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Nigerian-Canadian Singer, Shopé Drops the RIKIKI EPGuardian Life

Nigerian-Canadian Singer, Shopé Drops the RIKIKI EPGuardian Life
Born and raised in Nigeria for much of his childhood before moving to Canada as an 11-year-old, Mosope Adeyemi is a progeny of both countries’ cultural influences; navigating his artistic life as Shopé, the silky singer whose creative identity lies squarely at the centre of the diffusion of Canadian (Toronto) and Nigerian cultural bits. Those […]

His blend of both elements has received critical attention, winning him the CBC Searchlight in 2019.Nigerian-Canadian Singer, Shopé Drops the RIKIKI EP Born and raised in Nigeria for much of his childhood before moving to Canada as an 11-year-old, Mosope Adeyemi is a progeny of both countries’ cultural influences; navigating his artistic life as Shopé, the silky singer whose creative identity lies squarely at the centre of the diffusion of Canadian (Toronto) and Nigerian cultural bits.In a world where identity is fluid and questioned, Shopé’s RIKIKI leans into every aspect of his person, mining the sounds of his childhood and adolescence for a project that places itself adroitly in the pantheon of projects dedicated to life as a product of multiple cultures while advancing his vision of afrofusion.Those influences are imprinted on his music resulting in songs that deftly combine the resonant euphony of Nigerian popular music with the emotiveness and expressiveness of genres like hip-hop and R&B.

To further entrench the vision of his internationally crafted melange of sonic influences, Shopé offers a project that essentially serves as a primer on afrofusion’s place in global pop with a built-in tweak that allows the singer to explore his emotional range unlike anytime before.The project, aptly titled RIKIKI, is anchored by Shopé’s wispy voice for most of its runtime, with only one feature, Angeloh, joining on “Pepper Dem,” the extended play’s opener.

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