Hassani shows that letting out your emotions as a man does not make you any less, but rather brings to completeness the essence of a man.
Album -The African Gentleman
Artist - Ric Hassani
Guests - MI, Yung L, Johnny Drille, Tjan, Tay Grin, Sonyezo, CC Johnson, Mumba Yachi, Cabo Snoop, Nomsy, Excellente
Producer - Doron Clinton
Record Label - Riverland Records (2017)
Singer Ric Hassani who hails from Rivers State has released his debut album”The African Gentleman” (T.A.G) on August 31, 2017.
The love-themed album comes in two variances – a Standard and Deluxe edition, the latter coming with a richer experience.
Hassani started getting major buzz after releasing the ‘Gentleman’ song which got him a nomination for the Best Male Vocalist in the country at the Headies 2016.
Ric hasn’t looked back pretty much since then, going on to release more singles such as ‘Police’ that same 2016, all which further affirmed his vocal prowess.
In 2017, Ric kept on with the love themed songs, which would eventually make the theme of his debut full length album. Releasing songs like ‘Only you’, ‘Marry you’ and ‘Mama’ in 2017, Ric Hassani set the tone and mood for the release of his first album.
‘Mama’ is an up-tempo love song that can set the dance floor on fire. He features Malawian stars Tay Grin and Sonyezo. It’s a song perfect for a salsa dance with your lover.
Ric Hassani was not afraid to explore new sounds looking at what he did on ‘One two’ featuring Chocolate City Music stars MI and Yung L – A wavy collaboration with production sounds that did the most with its simplicity.
Ric employs the unique sound and production of Johnny Drille, both making magic on the record. A befitting record for that romantic date you’ve been planning for that special lady. Tjan also makes a feature with his adorable vocals. Definitely going to be a fan favorite number.
‘As long as you love me’ and the mid-tempo groovy ‘Beautiful to me’ as with other love songs on the project sees Hassani getting it right with finding the right woman for him.
‘Love you’ feat. CC Johnson is a sweet declaration of Ric’s true feelings for lady. CC Johnson blesses the track with a Jazzy saxophone instrumental to drive the music home to the lady’s heart.
‘Number one’ sees Ric singing straight from the heart. With stellar production and back-up vocals, Hassani just couldn’t go wrong on his delivery of this one.
‘Police’, a pre-released song by Ric which he says came from his personal experience loving a certain lady couldn’t have come out sounding any better.
“Baby baby oh baby baby my sugar lovey nobody do me like you….”the first line in the song goes. Doron Clinton produced the amazing track.
‘Gentleman’ the lead single off the album needs no introduction, the song which preaches against domestic violence talks about the true essence of love, a kind of love that does not fight or choose to quarrel at the slightest provocation. It’s a song for the quintessential African gentleman.
As an acoustic lover, Ric Hassani makes a piano acoustic version of the song as well.
‘Sweet mother’ is an ode to his mama, a song reminiscent of the Prince Nico Mbarga’s ‘Sweet mother’ at least for the song title.
Ric’s ‘Sweet mother’ featuring Zambia’s Mumba Yachi is interesting in the way he links the special love held between him and his lady interest to that of him and his mother. Doron Clinton once again formulated the typical African sound for this record, not forgetting Mumba Yachi’s terrific vocal input.
‘Only you’ became an instant favorite for his fans when Ric released the song a few months back. A simple love song with Ric declaring yet again his undivided affection for his woman. The emotionally laden song also gets an acoustic version on the album.
‘Oge na ga’ featuring Angola’s Cabo Snoop, Nomsy and Excellente hook up for this dance upbeat song which still centers on the chase for a lady. It’s a groovy joint that would easily cut across a range of African audience like ‘Mama’ and ‘Sweet mother’.
‘Sing’ is beautiful melody for the ears, a slow-tempo riding tune by the vocalist to sail along to the heart of that special one.
Ric Hassani is a sweet romantic once more on ‘Believe’ calling on his woman to dance for him, giving assurance of his love.
‘Marry you’ is the ultimate proposal song, one of the best you’ll hear from a Nigerian musician this year.
Ric Hassani’s penchant for love could be said to have gone on an overdrive, but for the purpose of the theme of the album, no one can fault the singer for going that direction, especially as he served the listener varying tempos and dimensions of his craft.
On “The African Gentleman”, Ric lets his emotions show and still comes out strong at the end of it. Hassani sets a solid blueprint for love and romance expression in “The African Gentleman”.
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