Story and Photos: David Adeyemi
Exactly what a real listening party should be; one could feel the intimacy, selflessness, and ‘freelancing’ which almost feel like the interactive session of the Christian Sunday school service. It was the album listening party of 1960 by the Bowen alumni, the down to earth personality, lover of her fans and huge lover of pizza, the ‘rapess’ (that’s if I’m permitted to do that) with the unique voice and prolific writer, Eva Alordiah at the Fuze Lounge, Victoria Island, Lagos.
There is actually no doubt that Eva has been tremendously recognized as almost the only female rapper in Nigeria, and for those who don’t know, she is the voice behind the famous ‘Deaf’- a song that will keep bursting my own head till further notice.
Also, she took the last verse of the female version of the famous ‘Shoki’ by Lil Kesh where she literally described how to dance Shoki in her rap lines. And of course, not forgetting that she also did a cover to the ‘combo’ of Ice Prince and Sarkodie on ‘Shots on Shots’. These among other tracks has Eva released before maybe she thought of ‘1960’.
The listening party was exclusively for the fans, especially those that bought the album online. Participating in the whole buildup, I realized it was an opportunity for a one on one celebrity to fan event because not a single moment from start to finish was dull, and almost everybody present had something to say at the end of each track off the album. Some of the presentations include ‘touching songs’, ‘love songs’, song dedicated to ‘mother’ and many others.
Featuring in Eva’s debut album are some of the present big voices in the industry, Phyno, Yemi Alade, just to be very stingy with words.
As a person that reads moods, emotions and faces, I noticed that the rapper-extraordinaire was pleased with the turn out of the fans that bought her album just after three days of release. She said: “I just wanted to see their faces, I wanted to see them one on one, those people that actually bought my music.”
Also, it was a fulfilling feeling for her considering that it was the first time she was selling her music, and the fans turned up real good to prove their unrivalled love for her.
And in an actual fact, she hasn’t thought that a day would come when she could gather all her fans under the same roof to celebrate and felicitate with her. In her words: “You only dream of it, you wish for it.
“…you never really think of things like this until it happens.”
So, up next for Eva is the album tour where she tours Nigeria as a ‘colony’ first, and move to the ‘big world’ of countries round Africa “…and then release another album.”
This single statement has made every Eva fan, including me, to linger and thirst for more of her seeming like the tour will last a year if not more, because she’s releasing another album after the tour. Wow! What a great plan.
The album is on 1960thealbum.com and guess what? You get to buy the album for any amount. She appeals: “Please buy the album, please get the album, because you get to pay any amount for it, so no excuse at all not to get the album.”