Wana shares her new project is a collection of memories at a private listening session in Lagos.
On Sunday, August 27, 2017, the spoken word artist hosted an intimate listening party at Rele Gallery in Lagos.
‘In Memory Of Forgetting’ which is an unexpected dash of honest expressions and precise storytelling comes almost four years after her debut spoken word album ‘Dirty Laundry’.
The 10 track album is made up of aesthetics including, music, wordplay, intonation and vocal variety. It features collaborations with Cat Mayel and renowned poet Titilope.
The event kicked off in a section of the art gallery surrounded by paintings and Wana's album art hanging on the walls. To set the mood, the lights were dimmed and the album was played.
After the listening session, a question and answer session was moderated by acclaimed spoken word artist Efe Paul Azino. The artiste whose real name is Wana Udobang spoke about being vulnerable and sharing her personal experiences on her album.
“Something about art is freedom . . . Art saved my life, poetry saved my life, I found my own freedom in being an artiste”, WanaWana said.
“The idea of totally submitting yourself to vulnerability is a decision that you have to make whatever the consequences are because what are you demanding of your audience?
“I want connection . . . I don’t want just teach or preach, I want people to connect with the work in a very personal way for themselves".
The journalist said in other areas of her work in radio and TV many people shared their personal unfiltered stories with her and she felt “indebted to that”.
“The least I could do was give them something back”.
She revealed this was the first time she was laying it all down.
WanaWana uses music and sound to accompany the words of her poems and set the mood of each story told.
The album features music by Femi Leye, Echo and Lanre ‘Sabre’ Oladimeji.
She revealed that when talking to music producers who worked with her project, she went with feeling.
“I knew the feeling I wanted. . .”
The album took WanaWana about a year and a half to write and record. "In Memory Of Forgetting" is available on iTunes.