The Nigerian Music Industry is like the galaxy, it is home to many stars. And as each season comes and goes, a star is born.
The month of July left us with lots of good memories such as the global appreciation and recognition of Afro-beats through the efforts of Beyonce‘s Lion King: The Gift featuring African artistes and producers and reminding every girl, lady and woman on the streets of Africa to embrace their brown skins.
Well, it would be an act of ingratitude to forget to mention the gift of Nunu Eluma and her debut EP titled ‘July’. July EP consist of 5 songs: 4 are cover of songs originally performed by other artistes and a medley of other Nigerian songs.
Nunu Eluma is a Nigerian Afro-soul artiste who also finds delight in alternative music. News of her debut EP, July became public when she released ‘Looku Looku’, a cover of Tems‘ song.
‘Looku Looku’ originally sang by Tems earlier this year serves as the introduction into the Nunu’s July EP as she performed a cover of it. If you don’t know Tems or have not listened to Looku Looku before, you would argue that Nunu owns the song. It is worth noting how she possessed the song and sang through it skillfully. Looku Looku is melancholy in pop music dressing.
Away from a sour like mood, Nunu swung into a lustful mood craving for attention as she performed one of the biggest songs in 2019, Jealous by Fireboy. Jealous is an epistle to the one you love telling him/her that you are addicted to them and you do not want to see them with anybody. Nunu sounds like she is replying to Fireboy. Is it a reply? I wish. It is perfect.
You would get the best out of the EP when you listen to it in sequence. Super Nova is the third song on the EP. It narratives the tale of Nunu asking to be a Super Nova to her lover and she promised to buy him things from Fashionova. She sang with confidence on the song that if you were the lover you would be left with no choice but to have her as your Super Nova. She brought grace to Super Nova which was originally sung by Mr Eazi. Zaga Dat.
The fourth song on the project is ‘Rise Up’ originally sung by Andra Day. It is a pop song and a medley of some Nigerian hit songs from the past and the present wrapped up the EP. You cannot listen to the medley and not reminisce. It is not possible. The medley reminds you first your favourite Nigerian artistes and songs. She began the medley singing to Burna Boy’s ‘Ye’. Then you can hear songs from Wizkid, Mr Eazi, Ice Prince, Teni et al.
The basic themes you would find in the EP are love and lust but the love theme is dominant. It is everything about the EP. Nunu gave out too much love in the EP.
July EP is a strategic project from the songs Nunu chose and performed to the release. It is a good way to introduce an emerging artiste into the Nigeria Music Industry.
Nunu Eluma has the grace and the vocal prowess to compete and collaborate with other Nigerian female artistes and her male counterparts.
Let me remind you: a star is born and the name of the star is Nunu Eluma. Click HERE if you are yet to listen to the ‘July EP’.
Review Written by Paul McPetros. He is a Music Business wannabe Executive. He shares knowledge to provide solutions with a keen interest in creating and adding values to talents and brands.