Barely six months after the release of his long-awaited star-studded sophomore album KING, which featured African music heavyweights such as Wizkid, Stonebwoy, Burna Boy, and Sarkodie, among others, and was released in December to rave reviews, amassing nearly 10 million streams on Spotify alone, award-winning Nigerian R&B superstar, producer and singing sensation PRAIZ is back with a brand new EP titled To The Moon. He recently spoke to OkayAfrica about the project and much more.
Produced in its entirety by Praiz himself, and featuring another stellar line-up of guest artists,
including Nigeria’s biggest rap artist M.I Abaga, BET Award winning rapper Ice Prince, and
veteran R&B songstress Niyola, the To The Moon EP sees Praiz tapping into the love and intimacy that the current global lockdown will have afforded many relationships all over the world, and according to Praiz, “due to the pandemic, some lovers get to spend quality time together in isolation, creating a tranquil experience, and this EP tries to capture that feeling”.
Widely regarded as one of Africa’s biggest R&B artists, Praiz is an award-winning singer, songwriter and producer who has remained at the top of the Nigerian music landscape for a decade, with tens of millions of streams, an iTunes world music chart-topping album, endorsements from Hennessy, MTN and the US state of Minnesota (who proclaim February 6 as ‘Praise Adejo Day’ after the superstar musician), and massive collaborations with the scene’s biggest names including Wizkid, Burna Boy, Sarkodie, and M.I Abaga, all under his belt.
Speaking about the inspiration behind the To The Moon EP and how each track on the record came together, Praiz says, “the project opens with a classic 90’s R&B vibe on the title track ‘To The Moon’ because any kind of love that can take you to another planet is definitely worth experiencing, and for ‘Wings’ with M.I Abaga, I was thinking of how you could let a woman know just how they make you feel, and the vibe on this will make you want to fly literally.
On ‘Like It’ featuring Ice Prince, I took the time to describe everything I like, hopefully the listener can handle it, the art of my writing is in the descriptions, I want them to have a visual of what I’m singing, and that’s the same for ‘Feels’ as well, and maybe because I wrote this in lockdown, which has had me thinking a lot, the track is really just about how feelings in a relationship are important and not to be shied away from. With ‘Red Flags’ featuring Niyola, we explore the hidden secrets and lies that this lockdown can perhaps uncover in our relationships”.
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