For many, the Headies-nominated Chi Efo was their introduction to The Voice Nigeria star J’Dess, whose voice is calm as an ocean, tingling as a bell sensation and riveting as a tragedy, but her stellar debut extended play Ada; which comes after her praised appearance on Phyno‘s Something To Live For is showcasing her captivating artistry to the planet.
Coasting between Igbo, English, a little pidgin, and English with wild dexterity, J’Dess is supported by an impressive set of production and instrumentation from The Cavemen, Black Culture, and Magical Andy. The message is filled with copious amounts of love and hope, expressed in emotive writing of mixed themes and subplots. J’Dess embodies a hopeful character who demands her preferred brand of love but moves hearts with Lee Nu and Chi Efo – a power ballad that is a personal tale of growth, hope, and opportunism. In English, Chi Efo means a new dawn. The inspirational number gets a remix with features from powerhouses Waje, The Cavemen, Selebobo, Zoro, Chigul, and Loud Urban Choir.
In Igbo, Ada refers to the first daughter of the family. With that position comes great expectations and responsibility. According to her, the potent 8-track Ada is a gift, born of a rollercoaster of emotions and perseverance, and even fear; “It’s been quite a journey, one I certainly will embark on over and over again. This has been about 5 years in the making and it’s been a time of discovery; an incredible learning process: having to drop the old in order to embrace the new. Sounds that formed me had to be redefined. I am not in control of your reception, but one thing is sure, Ada is beautiful. She is a gift: my first gift to the world. Ada is an entire body of work: an expression of my being, an embodiment of love and hope, a picture of life as I imagine and want it to be, a sound of joy. Ada is my first baby.”
Ada is available on all music platforms, and has been showered with critical praise since release.
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