At a book reading the other day, I met Falana. She was having a conversation with someone else and as I overheard the words music, EP, and jazzhole, I knew I had to join that conversation. Anyway, long story short, I introduced myself to this lady who is now my newest fascination. Her music, that is. Our conversation lasted only about five minutes, but I left thinking, “Wow! I HAVE TO hear her sing.
There’s definitely soul, jazz, and afrobeat influence in her sound and I literally cannot get enough. Since finding her music, I’ve played her EP more times than I can count. There is a sultry quality to her voice that I find very alluring. I just want to soak myself in it. And every time I hit the replay button thinking, “one last time”, I know I’m fooling no one but myself, because I come back again and again. It is worth it.
Raised by Nigerian parents in Brampton, Canada, Falana’s sound began falling together in her home. Despite describing her parents as “non-musical”, they introduced her to the sounds of Fela Kuti, and King Sunny Adé. Noting pop’s prevalence at the time, she recalls writing love songs in the “traditional pop” style that she often heard on the radio. But it was upon listening to Lauryn Hill that her powerful and honest writing style really began to take form. As she got into high school, her musical tastes expanded. Sade, Maxwell, Amy Winehouse and Erykah Badu were added to her playlists alongside Nina Simone, Etta James, and Duke Ellington. While still in the process of exploring her artistic voice, Falana decided to travel to Havana, Cuba. It was in Cuba where she would spend a year, performing, developing and eventually recording her debut EP “THINGS FALL TOGETHER”. She credits her time in Cuba for leading her to hone a sound that she calls “Soul Fusion”, her very own blend of jazz, soul, afrobeat, and R&B.
The 5-track EP, Things Fall Together, was released in 2014 and is a testament to Falana’s passion for life, love, and music. “Reinfiltrator”, the first song off the EP did a perfect job of keeping me hooked to the rest of the goodness packed into about twenty minutes of awesomeness. But if I absolutely had to pick a favorite off the album, I’d undoubtedly be drawn to the soul in the music and lyrics of “To Bernard”.
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