Bemyoda thrills with a bold debut album “stark” bothering on challenging the status quo, spirituality and more.
After a much anticipated wait for a LP from Bemyoda, the singer/songwriter finally has released his debut album “STARK”.
1. Long Way From Home
2. The Way It Is
3. Renegade Soldier
6. Child Come
7. I Told You
8. Dead Man Walking
9. The Other Side of Fear
10. No Gravity
Bemyoda is one of Middle Belt Nigeria’s best kept secrets. His EP, "Sketch", re-released in December 2015 as "Sketch: The Reprise", received rave reviews from both local and international press, with some comparing him to Asa, Nigeria’s international music sensation. With his debut album, "Stark", Bemyoda fuses different music forms in fresh ways and seeks to further establish his unique sound.
Bemyoda was last year named on UK-based Nataal Magazine’s One’s to Watch list, alongside a promising group of super talented young Africans.
Stark was recorded in 4 cities in Nigeria and USA: Abuja, Lagos, Cleveland, and the world’s music capital, Nashville. Produced by Atta Otigba, Amos Kantiok, and Paul Scholten, the project smoothly swings from simple folk melodies to haunting jazz influenced tunes, and sets Bemyoda in a distinct space all by himself.
“I’ve had to answer the same questions many times over. What does Stark represent? Why Stark? Is the music bare? Or intense? Or dark? Yes, it is. And no, it isn’t. I could’ve called it The Human Condition, but that name was already taken. Stark is about us, about hope and conflict, about life’s twists and turns, renegade men rising to challenge status quo, about man’s need for God, about war, and about growth. Yes, Stark is intense. And spiritual. And honest.” Bemyoda says, describing his debut album.