Less than 12 months after he burst onto the global music scene with his acclaimed debut EP Escape that put him on the radar of tastemakers such as BBC 1Xtra, The NATIVE, and others, exciting new Nigerian singer, songwriter, and producer KEMUEL returns with a brand new single titled ‘ALONE’ as he begins to tease towards his highly anticipated sophomore EP. Produced by Kemuel via his producer moniker Wondah, with additional guitar instrumentation from iconic Nigerian musician Fiokee (Davido, Tiwa Savage, Adekunle Gold), ‘Alone’ is a captivating love song with glorious pop and R&B sensibilities, driven by Kemuel’s amazing voice, emotive songwriting, and infectious melodies.
Speaking about ‘Alone’ and its creation, Kemuel says, “It was a Thursday when ‘Alone’ took shape, I remember because it felt like the weekend, but it wasn’t. Having crafted the beat earlier that day, I kept listening to it until the lyrics came pouring out. I’ll be honest with you about the inspiration – before music started happening for me, there was a girl in my life, but relocating to Lagos to pursue music was detrimental to our relationship. I realise now that I was somewhat blind to the strain that caused. We had gone through countless fights because of the distance between us, so this song is basically all the things I would’ve said to her to provide some level of assurance, but I never did, and in the end, we broke up”.
In the midst of Africa’s musical renaissance, capturing the attention of global audiences, Lagos-based musician and producer Kemuel stands out as a beacon of raw talent and intentional artistry. Infusing elements of R&B, pop, and afrobeats, Kemuel crafts stories through his lyrics, punctuated by compelling melodies, enveloping listeners in a vibrant auditory experience. He doesn’t merely represent the Nigerian essence; he amplifies it, drawing on the rich cultural threads of his native Rivers state. But Kemuel offers more than just music; he curates an immersive journey, a space of solace, companionship, and peace. Kemuel doesn’t just want you to hear his music; he wants you to feel every note and emotion.
Kemuel’s foray into music began at 13, immersing himself in his local church choir, where he honed his skills on the piano, bass guitar, and drums. His fervour for the arts didn’t stop at music, leading him to pursue a degree in Fine Art and Design from the University of Port Harcourt. His debut EP Escape signalled the dawn of a promising new talent in global music, a promise that was further acknowledged when he got drafted to work with African music icons Olamide and DJ Spinall on their hit single ‘Bunda’. Now, as anticipation builds for his sophomore EP, Kemuel boasts over 9 million plays online.