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Davido’s Signee, Liya Shares New EP “ALARI”

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Late last year, Davido signed his first female artist, Liya and she made an initial offering with a single dubbed Melo.

Liya has now put out her debut project, a 6-track EP dubbed Alari that accommodates only one feature with Davido. Alari captures so much of Liya’s identity that is rooted in her Yoruba culture.

At 24, Liya already has one of the most captivating voices in Nigerian pop, using her sirenic
voice to translate love, faith, angst, and desire eloquently over fluttering beats. Late last year,
her tender voice reached the ears of Nigerian music heavyweight, Davido, resulting in her
signing to his Davido Music Worldwide label, in a deal that has seen her become the first
woman signed to the label. Hitting the ground running upon signing, on her debut track titled
“Melo,” the mercurial singer flipped a sample of Angélique Kidjo’s “Agolo” into a pop ditty
pulsating with regal grace.
Coming nine months after the release of “Melo,” her debut project titled Alari sees her push
her powerful voice in different places often at the same time while providing an update on the
themes and feelings that are orbiting her life. On the project’s eponymous opener she
expresses her interest in a love interest whatever the cost of her affection may be with her
impassioned shrills giving the song a cinematic feel. The song that follows is “Lakiriboto,”
where Davido and Liya dovetail in the opening session with her ice-cool delivery finding an
inverse in Davido’s firebrand expressionism. Liya’s knack for inventive songwriting comes to
the fore on “Years Ago” where she reiterates her commitment to living her best life over
grooving guitar riffs after going through difficulties. Positioned as the centerpiece of Alari,
“Melo” casts Liya as a ascendant popstar in tune with the nostalgia-driven feel of 21st century
popular music.
The songs that close out the project are as much a call to action as they are heartfelt prayers
with Liya offering supplications to a higher power over spectral instrumentals. On “Adua,” she
urges herself to handle her new-found fame with calm certitude while “Olodumare” ends with
her thanking God for directing her life and providing her with grace at all time to see out a
project that introduces her fully-formed voice to the world.

Listen below;

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