Recipient of the Drake Yolanda Award, Chibundu Onuzo made a splash on the music scene with her stirring single ‘Good Soil’, a soulful celebration of one’s heritage, ancestors and culture. Anyone can relate to it, although for the Nigerian talent, it was a way to cherish the widespread African diaspora. It’s something that Onuzo relates to as a young person who moved from Lagos to London. Along the way, she’s written several best-selling novels including recent publication SANKOFA.
Now that you’re a bit more familiar with Chibundu, let’s talk about her newest single ‘Mama’. Released on one of the weekend’s of the COP26 conference, this single was written with the world’s future at the forefront of her mind.
“I wrote Mama during the lockdown. I was reflecting on the state of the world and the direction humanity is heading in. I want a better world. I hope we can course-correct.”
The gently rising emotion of ‘Mama’ pivots on a marching rhythm, which gives a great sense of importance to Onuzo’s message. It’s very much left unresolved, much like the crisis we currently face, and so it’s up to all of us to make the changes we need.