Fresh from being playlisted on the award-winning BBC 6 Music and selected to be on Lufthansa Airline’s Sounds of Africa playlist, British Nigerian singer, songwriter and musician LÁNRE debuts the brand new music video for her latest single “Má Gbàgbé” which is taken from her critically acclaimed debut solo album Pen Voyage Chapter One: Singing for Change.
Already highlighted as a favourite among several tastemakers such as Uche Uchendu (TKIAP, BBC 1 Xtra) and Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music), the Goz-i-am-produced “Má Gbàgbé” is an excellently-crafted Folk/Soul opus – laced with acoustic guitar and bass arrangements, lush percussions and powerful lyrics – that is set to capture the hearts and minds of many African listeners and critics alike.
Shot and directed by Olan Collardy with a fine and emotive display from Lánre who is in glorious form as she performs a rousing rendition of “Má Gbàgbé” with her acoustic guitar, the beautifully-crafted music video superbly captures the poignant and reflective nature of the excellent traveller’s song and sees Lánre pay homage to a lesson she learnt from her grandfather of “the importance of staying true to your core values and who you are regardless of where you find yourself”.
Introducing British Nigerian Folk/Soul artist Lánre – a talented singer, songwriter and musician whose music can best be described as Acoustic Soul with influences from her Nigerian heritage of storytelling and Folk music along with her background in Gospel music.
Born in Stoke On Trent, England and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, Lánre has been making music and performing for well over ten years, first as part of the award-winning UK collective GK Real and now as a Solo artist with a critically acclaimed debut album to her name – a musical journey that has taken her around the world doing what she does best, writing, singing and performing.
Over the past couple of years, Lánre has been playing her songs in cafés, bars and various charity events all over London and in 2010, she was one of the eleven singers and songwriters selected to be part of the Prezzo Live Tour where she performed exclusively at various branches of the Italian restaurant chain around the United Kingdom.
Last year, her debut solo album Pen Voyage Chapter One: Singing for Change was officially released to rave reviews from fans and critics alike and she has since taken herSinging for Change acoustic tour to various venues and events around the world including the Greenbelt Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, Bath Music Festival, Brighton Fringe, Toronto Canada and Paris.
Lánre’s latest single and one of the leading songs from her Pen Voyage Chapter One: Singing For Change album, “Má Gbàgbé” was recently selected to be on the Lufthansa Airline ‘Sounds Of Africa’ playlist and was also included in the BBC Introducing playlist on award-winning UK radio station BBC 6 Music.
“My parents took me to Nigeria when I was four years old. I ended up spending 20 years and those years inform the way I write and the stories I try to tell.”