Moments ago, South East London Afropop singer-songwriter Adenikè released her brand-new EP, Adenikè Deluxe, featuring “Feeling It” and “Ready” with British Nigerian artist AdeJosh.
Written by Adenikè and executive produced by Nii Saul aka Fli5Star (J Hus, NSG, Afro B, Kida Kudz) for Afrisounds, the EP was produced by German hitmaker Brasco (Kalim, Lucio101, Eunique) and Finland-based Ghanaian beatsmith BarnnyBeatz (Moelogo, Zoey Dollaz).
Inspired by love, trust, and the choices people make when it comes to romantic relationships, Adenikè Deluxe delivers five captivating tracks flavored with rippling R&B textures, dazzling afrobeat elements, and the sumptuous voice of Adenikè.
Born and raised in South East London with Nigerian heritage, Adenikè parades her velvety, vibrant voice and her gift for songwriting on Adenikè Deluxe.
CelebMix spoke with Adenikè to discover the inspiration for Adenikè Deluxe, the meaning of her unique name, and how she got started in music.
What three things can’t you live without?
God, family, and food.
What inspired your brand-new EP, Adenike Deluxe?
Honestly, it all fell into place without my doing in terms of it happened because it was meant to happen that way. Originally, all 5 songs were supposed on my EP, however, it didn’t quite work out that way, so we decided to use 3 for my EP and then these two for the Deluxe, almost like a top-up.
How did you hook up with AdeJosh?
Well, after writing and completing this song, at first it was all me, however after a while, I felt like it needed a male touch to it and also someone that I felt would flow with my flow musically, and AdeJosh was the first person that popped into my head. So, I contacted him, showed him the song and he liked it which was great, and we went from there. I knew it would be a vibe once he got on the track and he just proved me right.
Which artists in your opinion are killing it right now?
Tems, Eni, Fireboy Melvitto, Joey, and Oxlade in my opinion.
How did you get started in music? What’s the backstory there?
Well from as young as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a singer from very young, I then grew out of it, however, it was the push of my family and friends that made me realize that I really have a voice, and I should take my singing career seriously and that’s where it all began.
What’s the story behind the name Adenike?
Well, not many are aware, but it is my real name, and it means “the crown cherished, a crown is cared for, she is loving.”
What musicians/singers influenced you the most?
I listened to a lot of Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, and Lauren Hill when I was young, and they influenced me. However, Tiwa Savage started me off; when I started listening to her, I wanted to be just like her, now I look up to her and she inspires me.
What do you want people to take away when they listen to your music?
Honestly, I just want people to be able to vibe and enjoy my music, no matter where they are or what mood they’re in. In the future, as I believe my sound will expand in terms of the types of genres I want to show, I want them to be able to take away and understand the messages being portrayed in my songs, really listen to what I’m saying, and be moved by it.
Is your sound evolving? If so, in which direction?
I feel like my sound continues to change, and I cannot say in what direction, as there isn’t just one, if that makes sense. I’m evolving in many ways.
Why do you make music?
It’s what I believe I am meant to do, and when it’s your calling, you’ve got to do it. I enjoy it, it allows me to be creative and expressive.
Looking to the future, what’s next?
There is a lot to come in the future, just expect consistency and greatness.