Rediscovering African Heritage Through Soulful Music
Azu Yeché, the independent UK singer, songwriter, and musician, is ready to captivate audiences once again with his highly anticipated project, “Soul Afrikanah Part II.” Following the success of his sophomore EP, “Soul Afrikanah,” which delved into his African roots through a captivating blend of folk and soul music, Azu Yeché is set to release his new project on August 11 via his indie label, Farmhouse Records. The project is introduced by the soul-stirring single, ‘Gone Are The Days.’
A Collaboration of Musical Talents
‘Gone Are The Days‘ is a heartfelt creation written and produced by Azu Yeché in collaboration with Fred Cox, a renowned producer who has previously worked with acclaimed artists such as Rag N Bone Man, Janelle Monae, and Rosie Lowe. The accompanying music video takes Azu Yeché back to Nigeria, where he seeks to recapture the essence of his childhood memories. Directed by the talented Jesse Shot It, the visuals for ‘Gone Are The Days’ depict Azu Yeché reminiscing over an innocent and carefree time in his life, filled with outdoor play, the comforting touch of a neighborhood “auntie” braiding his hair, and occasional punishments for mischievous behavior.
The Meaning Behind ‘Gone Are The Days’
Azu Yeché shares the inspiration behind ‘Gone Are The Days,’ stating that the song revolves around the realization of adulthood and the subsequent responsibility and challenges one must face. It highlights the need to confront the tasks and aspirations that were once put off for a later time. The track embraces the sentimentality and innocence typically associated with childhood. In particular, Azu Yeché and Fred Cox discussed the stark contrast between Azu’s simpler life as a child in Lagos and the hustle and bustle of adulthood in London. Against the backdrop of personal loss following the passing of his father earlier in the year, ‘Gone Are The Days’ serves as a poignant reality check and a source of solace during difficult times.
A Fusion of Soul and African Influences
For those who appreciate soul-infused melodies akin to Michael Kiwanuka, Lianne La Havas, Jordan Mackampa, or Leon Bridges, Azu Yeché’s music is a must-listen. The talented artist seamlessly weaves subtle folk and pan-African influences into his soulful repertoire. With a distinct vocal style, evocative lyrics, intimate storytelling, and captivating live performances, Azu Yeché has garnered critical acclaim from prominent platforms such as BBC Radio 1, Earmilk, BBC 6 Music, Apple Music, and Fresh On The Net. Additionally, he has received personal endorsements from acclaimed UK black music artists like Gabrielle and Lemar, the latter of whom invited Azu Yeché to join him as a supporting act during his sold-out UK tour in April.
Embrace the Soulful Journey
Prepare to embark on a soulful journey with Azu Yeché as he unveils “Soul Afrikanah Part II” on August 11. Let ‘Gone Are The Days’ transport you to a world of emotional resonance and cultural exploration. Experience the captivating fusion of soul, folk, and African influences that defines Azu Yeché’s remarkable musical style. Immerse yourself in his artistry, as he crafts melodic tales that speak directly to the heart and soul.