Nigerian singer-songwriter and actress Simi joins Dadaboy Ehiz via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about her latest collab with Adekunle Gold, “Balance.” She also discusses her new album, ‘Tbh (To Be Honest)’, her minimalist approach to collaborations, and why she doesn’t try to top her previous work.
The Big 5
Dadaboy Ehiz shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Sha Sha feat. Soa mattrix, Mellow & Sleazy & Chley feat. 2woshort, TNK MusiQ a& BoontleRSA, GuiltyBeatz, Twitch 4EVA & Mr Hudson, Zuchu, and Skales & 1da Banton.
Ghanaian Afrobeats singer-songwriter Lasmid is the latest artist featured from Apple Music’s Africa Rising playlist, a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars, and this week’s show features his singles, “Friday Night,” and “Sika (feat. Kuami Eugene)[Remix].” ListenHERE.
Dadaboy’s Song of the Week
Each week, Dadaboy Ehiz chooses his favourite track from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. This week he spotlights Nigerian star Victony and his KTIZO collab, “Jolene,” from Apple Music’s Naija Hits playlist. ListenHERE.
Tune in and listen to the full episode this Friday July 8th at 9a Lagos/London / 10a Johannesburg/Paris / 1a LA / 4a NYC on Apple Music 1 atapple.co/_AfricaNow
Simi on why ‘Tbh’ took three years
It took me almost 3 years, from conception of the idea to the actual release of the album.
It was the sound. I had the idea from the beginning, I knew what I wanted to say but for me I think the hardest part was “How do I want to say it? What sounds do I want to go with, or not want to go with?”
I did loads of writing and removing and adding, mostly because of the sound I was going for. There are lots of songs that also fit the idea but not the sound I was looking for, so just all of that I think was the hardest part.
Simi on the sound of ‘Tbh’
Simi on not trying to top previous music