Bubbling Under | Bemyoda – Shima Yam


Every once in a while a Soul artists comes along that really gets your attention. Asa, Nneka, Bez… And now we introduce Bemyoda.

Bemyoda – real name Bem Iordaah – is a brilliantly creative songwriter and an equally amazingly beautiful singer. He does not present you with music that is the norm because for him, every line of a song is the summary of a deeper meaning and every phrase explains a concept larger than that phrase. According to Bemyoda, music is first an expression of its creator and who they are…

Born in Benue state to musically inclined parents (his father was a member of the Church choir), Bemyoda’s musical influences range from the likes of India Arie to Tracy Chapman to Jill Scott to Dwele amongst others while he professes a great and profound respect and appreciation for Nigerian artists such as Asa and Nneka – two artists who defy the usual to do what their hearts say.

Honing his singing talents from as early as 5 years of age, Bemyoda picked up writing a few years later at just 14, first in the form of articles that won essay competitions for his secondary school and then by way of songs that were only sung in quiet places and for his ears only. As he grew older, some of his inhibitions were stripped away and he would later go on to pen songs that would become signature staples for his university choir (Federal University of Technology Minna) and easy favourites in concerts and among listeners.

Fast forward to 2012 and after an excellent but bit-part feature on Phishaman’s “God Is on Her Remix” from last year as well as a finalist position at Chimamanda’s Creative Writing workshop in Lagos a year before, Bemyoda is finally ready to come of age as one of Africa’s foremost new Soul artists – the first taste of which is the sublime sounding Soulful opus “Shima Yam”.

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*Shima Yam*

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