Emerging Artist, Ninety Drops Superb Debut EP ‘Rare Gem’ | LISTEN!
Almost three years after moving to Lagos to claim his destiny, Nigerian singer, songwriter and producer, Ninety, a.k.a the Southern Gentleman, is ﬁnally ready to unveil his long anticipated debut E.P, “Rare Gem”. The 7 track project is set to be released on the 28th of April, under the banner of Freeme Music, the premium label services arm of Freeme Digital.
“Rare Gem” promises to be a stellar body of work, as Ninety deftly weaves distinct, vibrant sounds and genres together and makes them into New Wave
Music, a term he believes adequately describes the fresh, avant-garde sound he is pioneering in the Nigerian music industry.
In each carefully curated track he displays his unmistakable versatility, riding the exhilarating amapiano beat in “Kiss and Tell” with ease and smoothly blending his sweet vocals with the jazzy tones of “Buttercup” and “Wants & Needs”. His lilting vocals in “Maintaining Beauty” are reminiscent of bollywood music, and his lead single “Diamonds” is almost orchestral, with strings and almost heavenly choral music coming together to create a thing of beauty.
At the center of it all is Ninety, and the ever-present sound of Afrobeats that conﬁrms his roots and cements his place. With each song he proves himself over and over again by bringing together sounds that are different and unique, all the while remaining true to his identity as a Nigerian artiste.
After three years of being mined, unearthed and polished, “Rare Gem” is ﬁnally here, a dazzling debut that lives up to its name and shines like no other, proving once again that Ninety is here to stay.
Ninety, born Alabo Tuonims, emerges at a time when the Afrobeats genre is evolving with late Millennials and Gen Z shifting speciﬁc themes and styles of traditional genres in music. As Afrobeats becomes a much fuller and richer type of sound with better lyrics, better production, international features, varying delivery styles and the like, Ninety is gradually establishing himself as a musical mainstay from Port Harcourt to the world. Ninety brings a fresh ﬂuidity to the wave of sounds being
newly generated in this multi-genre.