Fefe (pronounced Fayfay) is undoubtedly one of the next big female acts to watch out for from these parts. She made her official debut on Jaguda.com with her DJ Klem produced track, Aura, back in 2013, and since then has been working on building her brand, and carving out a fan base for herself.
She recently released her debut EP, Mixed Feelings, and we caught up with her to talk about her projects, inspiration, and who she’s feeling in the Nigerian music industry right now.
For those who have been living under a rock for the past year, please tell us a bit about yourself
My name is fefe. I’m a singer and song writer from detla state, Nigeria.
How would you classify your style of music?
I think there’s a bit of every genre in my music. But to keep things really simple I will say afro hip-hop and R&B.
We know you’re signed with Capital Hill music, how did come about?
I’m no longer signed with Capital Hill Music.
Why is that? And who are you signed with now?
My contract with Capital Hill Music expired. That’s pretty much it. I’m signed with Rebel Planet now… They are a management company.
When did you first discover your talents and love for music?
I first discovered my love for music when I was very young. I think I was about eight or so when my uncle bought a keyboard for my elder brother. He wasn’t really into the musical instrument thing, but somehow I was drawn to it and it became the only thing I really wanted to play with. Before I knew it I was singing in school and in my church, and from there the rest is history.
So who would you say are your musical influences, both at home and abroad?
I’ll say I have been influenced by Tuface and Don Jazzy a lot in terms of Nigerians artists. And outside of Nigeria I have been inspired by the late Aaliyah, Brandy and more recently Rihanna and Janelle Monae.
You just released your EP, Mixed Feelings. Tell us about the EP and what you want your fans to get from that EP.
Yea I just released an EP titled Mixed Feelings. The EP is really about my different styles, emotions and moods. Every song on there has its own vibe, and feel to it. One of the things I want my fans to get from it is a clearer picture of my sound and style. I want them to be able to easily relate and connect with the EP because I believe it has soundtracks to some feelings that we have all had at one point or another.
It’s rare for artist not to feature anyone in a project, and you didn’t. What the reason behind that?
I have a lot of records that I have worked on with some gifted artists that will be released on a different project in the near future. I do not have any particular reason for not featuring anyone on it. It just happened that I made the records and I liked the results. When I want to give my fans that extra spice we can always have a remix.
Any plans of an album in the near future?
Yes I have plans for an album. I don’t have a date for it yet, but I have been recording songs that could possibly make it to my album. Soon enough.
Nigerian music has had a very fascinating year. Which artist are you feeling right now?
Yes it has indeed been a fantastic year for Nigerian music. There has been a lot of growth, progress and good quality music released this year. In terms of who I’m feeling right now, I’m really feeling Seyi Shay!