Niniola Sings & Dances Through Her Story, With a Little Help From Sarz

In an exclusive new interview, longtime collaborators Niniola and Sarz discuss her new album, Colours and Sounds, plus working with the likes of Timbaland, Busiswa, Kel P and more.

Niniola's new album, Colours and Sounds, opens with an invitation: to dance night and day. The Nigerian singer offers plenty of opportunity to do so throughout the album, but this first track on her sophomore release makes sure that the Niniola fans have come to know and love is still very much here amongst the success that's followed since her debut 2017 album, This Is Me.

"It's still Niniola," she tells OkayAfrica. "My originality is still there, but definitely, you'll see growth in everything, from the first album to the second one." This Is Me carried the tracks "Saro," "Magun," "Sicker" and "Maradona," which earned her the accolade of becoming the first Nigerian female artist to cross the one-million stream mark on Spotify. Dozens of awards and nominations later, including being named one of OkayAfrica's 100 Women of 2019, Niniola wears the moniker Queen of Afro-House well.

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Interview: Sarz Has Powered a Generation of Nigerian Music—and He Isn't Stopping Anytime Soon

We talk to the star producer about his role in the rising global popularity of Nigerian music, spanning his production on massive singles from the likes of Wizkid, Skepta, Drake and more.