In a world filled with synthesized rhythms and repeating beats, every once in a while, an artist emerges who manages to break through the clamor with authenticity. Enter Kemuel, Nigeria’s latest sensation. Less than a year after captivating the music scene with his debut EP, Escape, he’s back, teasing fans and critics alike with his new single, ‘ALONE.’
Kemuel‘s journey into the limelight is as intriguing as it is inspiring. His love for music began at the tender age of 13 in a local church choir, where he nurtured his talents playing instruments like the piano, bass guitar, and drums. Further delving into arts, he pursued a degree in Fine Art and Design from the University of Port Harcourt, all while honing his musical prowess.
Despite being on the scene for just a short time, Kemuel has already caught the attention of major industry players. From BBC 1Xtra and MTV Base to The NATIVE and TRACE, the young musician’s sound is clearly resonating. ‘ALONE’ promises to be another feather in his cap. With production done by Kemuel himself, under his producer alias Wondah, and additional guitar accompaniments by the iconic Fiokee, the song promises a melodious blend of pop, R&B, and afrobeats.
However, beyond the beats and melodies, there’s a touching story. The Lagos-based musician describes ‘ALONE’ as an outpour of emotions and unspoken words that he wishes he had said to a past love. His relocation to Lagos for music strained their relationship, leading to its eventual end. The song paints a poignant picture of love, sacrifice, and missed opportunities.
Kemuel’s sound is undeniably fresh. Infusing R&B, pop, and afrobeats, he narrates stories that are both personal and relatable. He’s not just a singer; he’s a storyteller who invites listeners into his world. But Kemuel’s ethos isn’t just about producing hits; he wants to create an immersive experience. He wants listeners to not just hear his music, but feel every note and emotion.
His collaboration with industry heavyweights such as Olamide and DJ Spinall on the hit single ‘Bunda’ showcases his versatility. Notably, DJ Spinall labeled Kemuel as “the hardest new artist worldwide” – a testament to his budding impact on the music scene.
As the musical renaissance unfolds in Africa, artists like Kemuel are positioning themselves at the forefront, merging traditional sounds with contemporary beats and relatable narratives. The Rivers State native is on a trajectory that looks promising. With over 9 million plays online and consistent recognition from platforms like Apple Music and Spotify, Kemuel is undeniably making waves.
As anticipation builds for his sophomore EP, fans and the music industry eagerly await what this prodigy will bring to the table. His trajectory suggests nothing but upward momentum. And for those who wish to dive deeper into his world, his social media channels are a gateway to his soulful universe.