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Abiola: Abiola Time

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Abiola: Abiola Time
Abiola expressing herself in mood indigo

It would appear [though not explicitly stated] that the young Abiola is responsible for the entire creative content of this recording – and by that I mean: all vocals and all instruments and instrumental effects. This is quite a feat and because it is more than “quite well done” – in fact it is quite the flawless production. Doing everything on an album is not an uncommon occurrence; certainly not one that is unknown for the style of music we are listening to on Abiola Time, which is a deeply Africanised R&B recording.

The artist is of Nigerian origin and her practice of the kind of syncretized worship – which again suggests Afro-Cuban influence – has deeply influenced the music. You may not notice it easily – certainly not at first blush, but the track “Para Ti Para Mi” at the end of the album is evidence of this. But the voice is quite original. Abiola brings to all this music her confident, laser-bright soprano. She is never shrill although conventional wisdom welcomes this.

Abiola displays a nimble vocal technique, phrases elegantly and makes much of her words. She vividly catches the pathos and agitation of repertoire such as “Give Me” and finds a tenderly softened tone for “What We’ll Be”, and African Hi-Life emotion for “Werey Style” and “Ko Le To”.

No matter what you may have to say about the artist who keeps every aspect of this recording so close to her [artistic] person there is no doubting the energy and commitment to performing as close to perfection as can be. This – together with her affecting voice – is something that is hard to ignore.

Tracks: 1: Kilofe; 2: Give Me; 3: Can’t Wait; 4: Werey Style; 5: What We’ll Be; 6: Free; 7: Ko Le To; 8: Naked Talk; 9: Para Ti, Para Mi; 10: Feel This Good

Musician: Abiola: all vocals and instruments

Released – 2022
Label – Adele Enterprises
Runtime – 35:21

Raul da Gama is a poet and essayist. He has published three collections of poetry, He studied at Trinity College of Music, London specialising in theory and piano, and he has a Masters in The Classics. He is an accomplished critic whose profound analysis is reinforced by his deep technical and historical understanding of music and literature.

1 COMMENT

  1. Wow… thank you so much for this review. I appreciate the poetry of your words in describing my album. I truly hope that others are able to connect with my sound in the profound way you’ve described. Thank you again and I hope to share more music with you in the future.
    With hugs and love,
    Abiola☆♡☆♡☆

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