There’s always been an air of mystery surrounding every aspect of Obongjayar, Emerging towards the end of 2016, he has been called many things. A soul singer, future afrobeat, nu-jazz... but regardless of how he’s labeled, each release manages to build upon what came before Today he releases ‘Still Sun’ the first piece of music to be released from his forthcoming EP ‘Which Way Is Forward?’ (out on 7th February via September Recordings).
The track radiates warmth, with vocals that bend, twist and snap amid a momentous melody and continues Obongjayar’s expressive style, - a finely balanced mix of spirituality and identity. Listen to Still Sun’ below:
Speaking about the EP, he writes:
"Which Way Is Forward?" is a project about love, family, self empowerment and self belief. It’s a mirror that allows you to look inward, to understand trauma, to heal. It’s a project about mustering the strength - the strength to get up and clean house”
ANNOUNCES BRAND NEW EP ‘WHICH WAY IS FORWARD?’
LISTEN TO OPENING TRACK ‘STILL SUN’ HERE
ANNOUNCES DEBUT EUROPEAN TOUR
The EP announce follows an industrious year for Obongjayar, both solo and and in collaboration with others. Most notably he worked alongside artists like Kamasi Washington, Giggs, Sampha and Ibeyi as an integral part of Richard Russell's Mercury Nominated Everything Is Recorded project, made a guest appearance on Wiki's "Elixir" with JJ, and appeared on Danny Brown’s critically acclaimed ‘uknowhatimsayin¿’ album.
His live appearances continued to grow too, with appearances at his regular club night "Sugarcane," hosted at Peckham's Rising Sun venue and in collaboration with one of the UK's most-acclaimed jazz drummers Yussef Dayes. After headlining Peckham’s Bussey Building, he is now ready to take his frenetic live shows across Europe in 2020 and will headline dates in Paris, Amsterdam, London and more. Tickets go on sale at 10am GMT on Monday 18 Nov”, see full listings below: