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