“A warm and sweeping neo-soul stunner” Mystic Sons
“A mastery of sound & emotion” Culture Custodian
Afro-retro singer & soulful storyteller Ibejii follows his previous release Gonto (which enjoyed support from BBC 6Music, The Face, Culture Custodian & others) with Happy Me, the 2nd single from his upcoming EP Intermission – a body of work that explores the emotional rollercoaster foisted on many by the global health pandemic, the movement for racial justice & the #EndSARS campaign to end police brutality for Nigerians. For many it’s been a daily challenge to keep things together amidst social isolation & multiple lockdowns.
Happy Me is the final puzzle in the EP’s story that sees the listener reclaim mental & emotional wellness after a long season of loss, fear, lockdowns & uncertainty. Produced by DopeL at Natalio Studios in Lagos, Happy Me’s inspiration came about when Ibejii received a call from a friend saying “I deserve to be happy don’t I?” – after reassuring the caller, Ibejii then began a journey to ‘Catch Happy’. Ibejii says of the song’s message: “We all have a right to be happy, regardless of who we are. There are some privileges you must guard zealously & first on my list is the right to be happy. Something we shouldn’t outsource or entrust to another. You can’t afford to depend on someone else for something as critical as your mental wellness”.
(press release, artwork & images included in MP3 download)