Nigerian Afropop superstar Teni clears all doubts as she delivers her sophomore LP TEARS OF THE SUN to the fore. The 16-track project sees her working with a talented array of producers ranging from award-winning Blaisebeatz, Rymez, Debonair Dessy, Kukbeat, Yung Willis, Extremebetz and many more. The project is a vibrant and expansive work that showcases Teni’s natural talents as a singer and songwriter and also broadens her scope as an artist. She is able to bring into the music her life stories, experiences and emotions with ease and draw listeners in with her rich vocal runs and relatable lyrics.
The album starts off with “YBGFA (Young Black Girl From Africa)”, a semi-autobiographical tune that sees her embodying her African roots and what makes her tick. Over the frenzied drum grooves and sombre textures, she implores everyone to take her as she is because she won’t stoop low to appease to the crowd. This is followed by “Popo”, a mid-tempo love jam that explores unrequited love as she jokingly sings “If you don’t call me back, I’ma call the Popo“. On “Jalingo” she employs whispered and sultry melodic runs layered over a sublime backdrop made up of warm pads and an infectious drum groove while on the Blaisebeatz-produced feel-good track, she is in high spirits as she celebrates her wins in life. The love theme continues on “Banga” where she reassures her lover that she will never let another woman take them away. Other jams include the energetic “No Days Off” and the Odumodu Blvck-assisted “Devil Dance” where the duo showcase their distinct chemistry alongside their somewhat contrarian attitudes. Not one to stick to singular themes, Teni goes into the Western African worship territory in the upbeat “Malaika” and moving ballads like the atmospheric album closer “How”.
Overall, Teni pours her all into this project and shows us her highest and lowest points. From her real-life experience with a medical scare to her taking ownership of her life, Teni once again proved that authenticity in music will always go a long way.
In her own words, Teni says, TEARS OF THE SUN has taught me about life and has brought many blessings. Life is for the living, people come and people go but remember your time around the sun will surely come, and mine is here and here to stay.
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