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Somadina: Originality, the Key to Creating Timeless Music

The beauty of Somadina’s music is the fusion of original African musical elements and the 80s metallic-instrumental rock style, creating her unique style-afro psychedelic rock. It’s a dynamic play of eccentricity and authenticity, mirroring her personality. A talented singer and songwriter who embodies her art; Somadina lets us into her corner, sharing her inspiration, highs, biggest lessons as a creative, and more. 

Your sound feels super raw and exciting- afro psychedelic rock. What inspired you to stick with this?

Honestly, I’ve never really stuck with anything. I just made music I loved. I found inspiration from sounds from the past and around me growing up. There was a whole culture of afro psychedelic rock artists in Nigeria in the 70s and 80s. I just hope they are proud of me and feel honored. 

 Interesting. Do you have any big musical influences that inspired your sound, especially women?

I grew up listening to the legends; Beyonce, Rihanna, Amy Winehouse, Brandy, Toni Braxton, Asa, and John Legend. The list goes on and on.  

 On your single – Rolling loud, you tried something different. What inspired this change, and is it something you would like to keep up with going forward?

I’m always evolving. I’ll never make a song like the last. However, I’m definitely interested in experimenting more with afro beats. I love the genre.  

 Do you ever worry about fitting into Nigerian music, especially as a woman doing alternative music and not mainstream?

Not exactly. I’ve never really fit in anywhere since I was a kid, so I guess I’m just used to playing by my own rules. My music is my truth and I know with time, everything else will fall into place. 

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far as a creative?

Learning/practicing patience. I constantly have to keep reminding myself that things are falling into place at the pace they need to, so I don’t worry. 

 Let’s talk highs. What highlight in your career currently motivates you to do better?

The love around me. It’s so real. I genuinely thank God for it. Everyone around me works as hard or even harder than I do. That always keeps me striving for the best. 

That’s amazing. If you have a chance to collaborate with any African female music artist/ creative, who will be and why?

Asa, because she’s just so cool and her music is quite legendary. 

Are you currently working on any exciting projects? Please spill the tea if you can.

You know I love a good secret! Shine your eye this year sha. I have a couple of surprises loading.

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Jacqueline Alabi
Jacqueline Alabi
Jacqueline Alabi is a Nigerian content writer and storyteller, passionate about amplifying stories about the African creative industry. Outside work, Jacqueline's favorite pastime is watching rom-coms and pretending to be the main character in them. A true Gen-Z babe, she believes that soft work will always be greater than hard work, so she balances both.