Douyé A Nigerian Born Star On The Rise
Yes I was introduced to Fela's sound by my dad. He had always played his music, especially on Sunday afternoons. And I was easily drawn to his sound and unique style and of course, his movement. I really appreciate the fact that Fela stood for something bigger than just music.
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First published: September 4, 2014
It takes a special artist to fuse elements of varying genres and eras into a winning formula. Taking a bit of the old and a bit of the new to create a fresh sound requires great skill and care. This is the crux of Douyéism. On her forthcoming sophomore album So Much Love, Nigerian-born, Los Angeles-based singer Douyé (pronounced Doe-Yay) pays homage to the mellow blend of silk and soul made iconic by artists such as Sade, Dianne Reeves, Chanté Moore, Regina Belle, and Rachelle Ferrell. Featuring the musical prowess of fellow Nigerian and multi-platinum producer Dapo Torimiro (John Legend, Justin Bieber, Toni Braxton), Grammy-nominated multi-platinum British songwriter Terry Shaddick (Pointer Sisters, Diana Ross), guitarist/ producer Chris Sholar (Beyoncè, Mariah Carey, Kanye West), JR Hutson (Jill Scott, Musiq, Lalah Hathaway) and Grammy-nominated jazz keyboardist/ producer Philippe Saisse (Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau), So Much Love is a breathtaking tour de force that adeptly revisits the sound of early 90s Urban Adult Contemporary radio with a unique spin.
Douyé with So Much Love
Douyé: Well, I am a Nigerian born singer/songwriter, recording artist based in Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A. My first project titled, "Journey" was released 2008. My second project was released this year, 2014 and it's titled "So Much Love". The album title track is a tribute to the legendary Fela Kuti. I took great interest in music from my childhood years listening to my parents' music collection of various genres but mostly jazz. I began writing poems at the age of 7 and at that age, I decided to join a church choir which was directed by my godmother. At that point, I knew that music will remain my strongest passion and career.
Later at my teenage age, I made a decision to settle in America and pursue music as a career. At that point, I then attend a music school called "Musicians Institute" located at the heart of Hollywood, CA; I studied voice. Afterwards, I met my co-writer, Terry Shaddick through one of my instructors at MI. I started working with Terry, writing songs which led to us creating my first album and now my second album; we work well together and I am grateful for that. In general, my sound is a blend of Jazz, Soul and R&B.
About me... I am naturally a laid back kind of chic... hahaha... However; I enjoy the simple things of life with a touch of class to it.
Colin: So Much Love album you said is a tribute to Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti. You have a strong attachment to his legacy?
Yes I was introduced to Fela's sound by my dad. He had always played his music, especially on Sunday afternoons. And I was easily drawn to his sound and unique style and of course, his movement. I really appreciate the fact that Fela stood for something bigger than just music. He was a voice for the people and to the people. He said things as clear as one should, and didn't hold back at all. His songs were not only rhythmic but they have a sincere message that touches lives and stir up political awareness, which is powerful.
Indeed he left a legacy on the African continent! Crossing over... for those that haven't yet had their hands on your new album...
My new album was released this year and it consists of 13 songs all written by me and my co-writer, Terry Shaddick. The songs of the album are a blend of Jazz, Soul, R&B and Afrobeat tune. The album also features some great musicians such as Eric Marienthal and Rick Braun etc. Several other great musicians worked on this project and everyone that was part of the making of this album gave it their very best and that is why the album is titled "So Much Love". I must say that, I am grateful for the great reviews that I continue to receive of this album; it's really been awesome and encouraging.
You mention it took you a consecrated 3 years to get this 13-track album together. What are some of the challenges you were faced with?
Firstly, it took that long because, myself and my co-writer were trying to write great songs that will capture hearts and for me, writing is a process, I never rush my writing process... I always go with what I feel at that moment in time. Plus, I like to live with songs that I have written for a while before actually recording them; that gives me time to bond with the song and understand the emotion(s) of the song.
Secondly, I took my time finding the musicians that performed on this album; I am particular with things like that. And finding the right musician for each song, takes time and effort because a musician can be considered really great at his chop but it doesn't necessarily mean that he is great for a particular song. So I had to take all of that into consideration.
Thirdly, well, I was trying to gather my big bank together...hahaha. When one is an indie artist, it can be challenging financially especially for such an artist as myself who has big! Mucho! taste bug for great things...hahaha, well quality cost mucho money but, I must say that I am indeed thankful to have made it through.
On to tours!! Have you been on any tour before? Where in the world do you fancy performing?
I did a brief tour in America. However, I still feel that I will continue to tour as the opportunities come. I intend to tour all over the world. I have fans all over world. I get messages from fans just about all over the world and that really feels good.
Douyé with Til Morning Comes
Where can our readers find your music?
So Much Love is available at all Digital stores as well as some moms/pops record stores both in America and Europe. It's also available at my website, www.douyetheartist.com. Go get the album! It's a musical experience you will not regret... Thank you for your love and support. Cheers!
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First published: September 4, 2014