The rise of new wave African R&B artists is underway and if last year’s underground drafts—Nonso Amadi, Tay Iwar and Odunsi—are anything to go by as indicators, the future of Nigerian music we’ve all anticipated may finally be here. Daramola, another artist in that Afro-R&B class, made a late 2016 entry with “Lotto” the lead single off his upcoming The Last Time I Tried album.
Save for links to plush social media profiles on his SoundCloud page, there is very little information on Dáramólá (even on his website). Luckily, “Lotto” opens with unmistakable personality channeled through a simple narrative of love, near-ethereal beauty and leaving bad places.
‘I pray that you’re worth all my failed relationships’ Daramola sings plainly on the pre-hook. These iterations are some of the most defining parts of “Lotto”. Daramola’s voice rings of a kind of honesty only found in folk music. Even when the bounce kicks in on the verse, he emotes lyrics into melodies and swings between the alternating tempos without veering off course. “Lotto” is African R&B meets, fringe poetry meets tints of Yoruba folk music shrewdly laced on an EDM-inspired refrain.
Daramola’s The Last Time I Tried album is slated for release on the 24th of this month. In the meantime listen to “Lotto” our best new music for this week below.
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