Afro-Jazz singer and songwriter, Nissi Ogulu, simply known as Nissi, releases her anticipated seven-track EP, “Ignite“.
When Nissi, who is Spaceship Records’ first signing, released her singles, “Trouble” and “Tornado“ last year, it was clear that she knew her sound. Her musical submissions in songs like “Judi“, “Notice“, “Babalawo“, “Ignite“, “Holiday” amongst others, establish her signature fusion sound – a blend of Highlife, Afro-punk, and Afro-jazz along with her own twist.
For this “Ignite” EP, Nissi worked with different music producers. From Kwame Yeboah, SlickMo, Chopstix to Stadic, and Kizz Ernie, they created infectious, drum-led genre-bending songs woven together by Nissi’s velvety vocals, arresting delivery and vibrant flow.
In the track “Notice”, Nissi goes back to her Port Harcourt roots with its guitar-led instrumental which has a slower intro but still serves a hundred per cent on the groove. Here, there is more of the ‘Naija’ flavour spilt in Pidgin and embalmed with the highlife feel. “It’s a story that represents everybody that goes through trials and tribulations when it comes to them chasing their dreams or their goals,” Nissi says of “Notice”.
Further proving that colourful instrumentals are very much her forte, Nissi shines on “Tornado”, a spontaneous track speaking to her raw love of music.