Following the release of his globally anticipated sophomore album ‘About 30’, urban highlife pioneer Adekunle Gold has held an astounding listening party, which had attendees in absolute awe as they experienced each track on the album firsthand at Upbeat Recreation Centre, Lekki on Friday, May 25, 2018.
Hosted by seasoned Nollywood actress Kemi Lala, Akindoju the listening party was specially themed with Adekunle’s widely revered persona; reminiscent of true Africanism. The boisterous atmosphere added to the memorable experience – as attendees consisted of numerous industry big shots who gathered not only to support the singer, but also to hear the true story behind the album in its entirety.
Donning his signature embroidered cap, Adekunle sat across the audience with the host; Kemi seated right next to him. As each track came on, the singer elucidates and narrates the unique story behind their inspiration, creative process, production and recording experience.
Starting with the overall creative approach of the album, the singer explained ‘About 30’ embodies the various experiences of his life, as well as the reflection of his feelings; which include love, pain, fear, pleasure and passion; right from his childhood to the present day. On the album’s opening track ‘Ire’ which was the first released single, AG revealed the song is an introspective piece, which aims to instill in the listener, the importance of resilience and self-content. On the next song, ‘Down with You’; a riveting ballad, the singer revealed working with DYO on the song was an exhilarating experience, on ‘Mr. Foolish’ featuring the enigmatic sapient Seun Kuti, Adekunle expressed profound gratitude for working with the world-famous legend – describing the making of the song as incredibly momentous.
Adekunle went on to tell in vivid details, the journey of the other songs, including ‘Surrenda’, ‘Damn Delilah’, ‘Yoyo’ featuring Flavour, ‘Money’, ‘Pablo Alakori,, ‘Remember’, among others.
The listening party ended on a high note, with Adekunle appreciating everyone who contributed to the making of the album, specially thanking his alleged partner Simi for directing, mixing and mastering the album. AG went on to reveal he profoundly trusts her genius and every track he has ever put out has the artistry contribution of the songstress.
Some of the noteworthy names in attendance at the party include, Tobi Bakre, Dotun, Alex, Omawunmi, Falz, Seyi Shay, Emma Oh My God, Woli Arole, Lasisi Elenu, Pheelz, Praiz, Ric Hassani, Denola Grey, Cobhams Asuquo and a host of others.
‘About 30’ now available on Spotify, Google Play, Deezer and Apple Music.