by Rachel Ogbu
‘About 30’ would mark Adekunle Gold’s second official body of work; a direct follow up to his 2016’s ‘Gold’ album. To mark this milestone, the urban Highlife sensation held an exclusive album listening exhibition free of charge so fans could sample the new sound ahead of the album’s release, today.
The listening exhibition took place both in Lekki and then in London on Tuesday. In Lagos; the exhibition room was specially orchestrated to hype up the atmosphere with a presence of Adekunle’s artistry and the album’s theme. The room had fourteen booths, with each dedicated to a track from the album. It can be recalled that Adekunle released the album’s tracklist a few weeks back; revealing fourteen songs and two bonus songs.
In London, Adekunle Gold performed several tracks including “Orente”,“Nurse Awalere”, “No Forget ft Simi” and “Ready”, “Ariwo Ko” and “Pick Up” and “Sade”. but it’s the track “Damn Delilah that’s stirring up reactions on social media.
The album’s tracklist starts at number 17; picking up from where his debut tracklist ended; at track 16. The release date is set for May 25 and Adekunle Gold has promised fans ‘About 30’ would be a momentous body of work which would not only showcase his ingrained talent to the world, but also give fans an incredibly advanced and never-before-seen side of the singer’s art.
Fans of the ‘Ire’ singer have since stated on social media that ‘About 30’ would surpass the success his debut album ‘Gold’ enjoyed – with hundreds still in awe after experiencing the listening exhibition. One fan wrote; “After getting a feel of @adekunlegold’s album; my brain is still trying to process such remarkable genius infused into a body of work. ‘About 30’ listening exhibition is absolutely unique, fresh and awe-inspiring and trust me when I say; this entire album is Billboard material. This album is about to put Nigeria on the map worldwide!”
“I felt that Dam Delilah Song by Adekunle Gold in my bone marrow ,” says another twitter user.
— Queen Peaches 👑👑 (@Peaches_Saint) May 25, 2018
— Babatunde Rafiu Owalaye (@BROApesin) May 24, 2018
About his album, Adekunle Gold said: “I am really emotional right now. I could cry happy tears. This album,
#About30, is a reflection of my heart, my fears, my pleasures, my pain, my losses and my faith. . With the love you give me? I would do it again and again and again and one more time.”
Photos by Michael Tubes