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Okwei Odili: From Bahia with love

Brazil-based Nigerian afrobeat/ soul artiste Okwei Odili has released an EP titled “Acoustic Love”. In an interview with The Daily Report, Odili says she was inspired to work on the project because of the strong connection between Nigeria and Brazil, “and the ever present Atlantic Ocean”.

The message of the EP, she adds, is mostly of Love and gratitude to nature.

Listen to the EP teaser here

“I decided to release the Acoustic EP first, and on streaming platforms as a teaser before the album with the band is completed,” Odili says. “It is minimal and acoustical also because it is in homage to the lives that were forced to cross this ocean from home to Bahia. I hope the songs give their soul more peace and pride.”

The artiste, who divides her time between Lagos and Bahia, describes her experiences in Brazil as mostly positive. “Bahia, especially Salvador, is like home away from home. I believe the governments of both countries need to help strengthen further the exchange and interactions between us,” Odili says.

She and the band are working on an album “which hopes to fully capture my Nigeria – Bahia experience and the connections made in this new world.”

‘Acoustic Love’ is produced by Jose Balbino. Odili pays homage to Badagry (where she used to live) on the EP graphic with a photograph (taken by Adeola Olagunju) of her “at one of my favourite spots” in the town that experienced centuries of slavery and currently pulls tourists in the hundreds.

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