Over the last three years, the scope of Nigerian pop music has evolved to be inclusive of every demographic within its core, leading to the rise of powerful pop stars that are unconventional of the typical musical stereotypes. One of the most heartening sights has been the rise of female musicians who are confident in their capabilities and ready to share their perspectives with listeners across the board. Rising Nigerian pop singer, Phatiah, is one of these musicians. A teen wunderkind, she has been making music for the last three years with the support of her family who noticed her prodigious talent growing up.
Earlier releases like “Itesiwaju Eko” and “Education” have shown Phatiah’s capacity for belting out vivid pop anthems that are steeped in the wider spirit of Afropop. Her latest single, the Destiny Boy-featuring “Jeje,” took her music in a new direction, showing a capacity for alchemical world-building in tandem with the popular street-hop act. The central theme of “Jeje” was keeping oneself content regardless of any challenges that come in the pursuit of wealth and comfort.
Her newest song, “Hallelujah,” taps a bigger star as the girl eyes a bigger station in her music career. Featuring Zlatan, “Hallelujah” folds a call for a better life, marital bliss, and god’s favour. Atop a spectral beat, Phatiah and Zlatan go back and forth, offering an integrated version of afrobeats’ future.