Odunsi (The Engine) may not be a household name on this side of the globe yet, but the fast-rising Nigerian alternative artist is constantly pushing the artistic envelope with his multi-genre style. He recently released his debut project rare to critical acclaim, and now he's back with the official visual for the single "star signs", featuring Afro-pop act Runtown.
"star signs" is a fusion of styles as expected. The glimmering production beams with lush electric guitar riffs, solemn and reflective textures, and smooth rhythm to match. The soft-voiced Odunsi delivers a solid performance that blends the old and the new with his own unique twist. Although Runtown did his thing, I don't really feel his presence – it's clear this is Odunsi's show. Nevertheless he serves as an ad-hoc element to the mix.
The music video was directed by a collection of filmmakers who go by the name Sorry We Don’t Have Candles – comprised of Ademola Falomo, Santi, TSE, Chukwuka Nwobi, and SAN. Odunsi's vision was to show the world a piece of his Yoruba background. Transporting the viewer back in time, the retro set-piece is steeped in what they call Owambes’ (parties), complete with the eye-catching traditional regalia, live music, and all the elements that make these parties lively. Odunsi himself plays the part of the main act on stage, partly inspired by the legendary Nigerian Afro-juju maestro King Sunny Ade (KSA).
"star signs" is taken from Odunsi's debut album rare.
Odunsi (The Engine) recently played his debut UK tour which culminated at a sold-out show at The Garage in London.