British-Nigerian soul fusion musician, poet and performer Davina Oriakhi drops emotive track “Pray For Me,” in a healing embrace of pain. With a seamless blend of jazz, R&B, the soundscape is led by an Afro-fused beat and Oriakhi’s sultry vocals, enveloping us in a warm and angelic melody.
Described as a “release of pain to dance to,” which sees the London-based singer weaves narratives of overcoming tough times by channeling her struggles into empowerment underpinned by slow-build instrumentals. Infused with a sense of peace that comes from letting go of the bad times that cloud your life, “Pray For Me,” is elevated by Oriakhi’s soothing, honeyed vocals layered over gentle drum beats for lulling therapeutic vibe.
Refining a musicianship founded on fluid lyricism, smooth vocals and a versatile sonic arrangement spanning elements of Afro-beat, R&B, Soul, Reggae and Jazz, Oriakhi’s music encompasses familiarity with a refreshing and original twist drawn from her experience as a spoken-word artist.
Quickly carving a niche for herself with a graceful style of music that takes people on journey infused with themes of spirituality, love, lust, pain and joy. Right from her debut release in 2017 to her album Love to a Mortal, Oriakhi has honed an artistry which draws from the likes of Lauryn Hill, Sade, Solange, India Arie, Erykah Badu, andAlicia Keys, to deliver a diverse array of ethereal sounds.
With no signs of slowing down, this latest single which comes after two years of musical silence from the multi-faceted artist, is a heartfelt glimpse of her forthcoming EP Ase with an identifiable yet unique fusion sound that’s easily becoming her signature.