Veteran crooner makes return with new album
By Vicky Bricks
The crooner, Evi Edna Ogholi, who is generally referred to as Nigeria’s all time reggae queen, is back as she gets the stage lifted up once again with her latest music release titled ‘Peace and Love’.
The Nigerian female musician popularly known for her song ‘Happy birthday’ was born on 6th of July 1965 in Isoko, Delta State to the household of Reverend R. O Ogholi.
Evi released her debut album ‘My kind of Music’ in 1987 and immediately she was done with secondary school, she relocated to Lagos. Her debut album was dropped in the same year and this boldly signified her place as the first Nigerian female reggae artist. Thereafter, she released three more albums: ‘On the move,’ ‘Happy Birthday’ and ‘’Step by Step’. These three albums were very popular as she toured the West African region, dazzling audiences with her performance in 1989.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, she continued her reign on the Nigerian music scene. One of her songs was ‘Look before you Cross’’ which lectured youngsters on basic road safety principles, thereby making her song socially relevant and of greater benefit to the community at large.
The new album, ‘Peace and Love’ was produced in Paris, France and consists of five tracks alongside her traditional native song ‘’Urehe ‘’ (it’s not over until it is over). Other tracks include: ‘’ Nobody can please the world’’, ‘’Africa’’, ‘’My love in a jazzy place’’ and of course, the title track, ‘Peace and Love.’
The album was released in France last month and the accompanying video was reportedly produced by popular Nigerian act, Fortune Ortega, in the United States of America and its is also ready for consumption to complete the circle in Nigeria.
Ageless record company, ‘Premier Music Nigeria, has finally picked the end of this month for its release. The reggae queen had wanted it released last December.
Talking about giving back to the society, the reggae queen is also involved in a UNICEF project, ‘’Save a soul’’ which is designed to empower Third World countries.