Nigerian singer Chinedu Izuchukwu Okoli, popularly known as Flavour N’abania has captivated the hearts of many by making the dreams of a Liberian blind boy come true.
In Flavour’s latest album, Ijele – The Traveler, Semah G. Weifur did not only record the “Most High” track with his favourite musician but also had the golden opportunity to feature in the official video shot and directed by Adasa Cookey.
Flavour met Semah during his trip to Liberia earlier in the year where he was introduced not just as a musician but also an icon for peace and humanity. The visually impaired boy simply made a wish to meet Flavour and the wish was granted.
Incredibly touched by the young boy’s plight and determination to live out his dream of performing with his musical hero, Flavour shared the picture of the little boy after their encounter with the caption; “I made a new friend Semah G. Weifur. He’s blind and sang my songs better than me”.
Flavour’s “Most High” song has turned Seimah into a star-kid overnight, racking up interviews from one radio station to another, while his photos have become the most shared on almost all popular social media platforms among Liberians.
Since the song was released, it has gained over 534,890 views on YouTube, with 3,113 comments, and is already a hit song in Liberia. Watch the video below:
Ijele – The Traveler is Flavour’s 5th Studio album whose title comes from the high life crooner’s indigenous background. In the Igbo culture, the “Ijele” is one of the rarest and biggest masquerades. Whilst smaller masquerades show up at every occasion, Ijele’s appearance is only at notable events where it brings that extra spice.
Flavour and his music are embodiments of the Ijele persona as he brings spice with his music everywhere that it is played. The album chronicles Ijele’s journey through the world, adding that extra spice.
“The album title reflects my journey as a musician metaphorically. As a musician, I’ve transformed, evolved and transcended within my music and social responsibilities, and I am proud to share this journey with my fans and listeners far and wide. Music is in my blood, it’s all I know. Music is my life,” Flavour said while unveiling the album.
With an ambitious album title and 17 songs lasting 63 minutes, Flavour is ready to remedy the inadequacies of his previous album,”Thankful”. The N’abania singer finds a delicate balance of Igbo folklore, highlife, pop influences, gospel references and contemporary idioms in this latest album.
Ijele The Traveler begins with a slow, guitar-hoisted ballad, “Virtuous Woman” where Flavour describes his ideal woman with banal platitudes in both English and Igbo.
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Though marketable nationally, Flavour still retains that Igbo boy core that keeps him attached to his roots no matter how far away from home his music has taken him.