Liya, DMW’s First Lady, has been one of the names to watch since her arrival on the scene last October with a major label backing.
Despite the fact that the singer had been recording songs for a long time before Davido’s co-signs, her debut as the first female artist on the DMW roster only served to raise her reputation and endear her to fans who had been waiting to see her star power.
Liya has already demonstrated her vocal range on songs like Davido’s “Melo” and “Trust Issues,” but she is now more prepared than ever to bring audiences further into her universe.
Today, the singer has just unveiled her debut EP titled ‘Alari’ which is Yoruba for ‘the one that stands out or is separate’, an aptly titled project to mark her self-determined showcase to re-introduce herself to listeners and loyal fans over the years.
On ‘Alari’, Liya is unafraid to tell poignant intimate stories of her life, tracing her times from austerity into fame with records effectively swathed in her Yoruba heritage.
The most effective display of her life can be found on the project’s penultimate single, the mid-tempo soulful number titled “Adua,” which finds Liya urging herself to handle her newfound fame with a calm certitude.
Here, she takes a metamorphic period in her life and shapes it into music that will surely resonate with listeners coursing through similar moments of turmoil and pain.
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Singing “Eyi eyi mo fi n duro/Mu kan meji a mi a jora won/E no Dey easy/Aso o le forawon,” Liya paints a picture that visualises her experiences before she got her big break in the music industry.
In the accompanying Dammy Twitch-directed video, Liya’s star power is on full display as she fights and bargains for her way out of difficult situations using nothing but her intelligence, her captivating voice, and her ability to persevere in dire situations.
We see varying clips of Liya discovering the strength of her power within and defeating the bad men that want to keep her star power under lock and key.
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With a powerful voice and an even stronger message, Liya shows that she’s able to stand on her own two feet and carve a path for herself without anyone’s help but God.