Songstress Waje recently dropped a 10-track, R&B album entitled “Red Velvet”. With only two features on the track list and the absence of the up-tempo Kpongolo featuring Timaya, we were intrigued to see what Waje had planned.
Red Velvet is a daring and refreshing project with Waje showing off her range as a vocalist and remaining uncompromising to her R&B roots. The album opens with The Truth which gives us a glimpse into the stylistic choices of Waje and her producers. It is definitely not your basic love song and delivers edgy lyrics and stunning vocals. Why, featuring Adekunle Gold is another highlight as they deliver a true ballad with a great blend of their distinct voices.
Udue is a definite shining star as creative production blends African backing vocals and Waje and Johnny Drille offer meaningful lyrics on another potentially classic love song. She continues along with nostalgic instrumentals on tracks like Oh My, Soldier and Got Ya Back. However, she offers up some stylistic diversity with the house-inspired Got Sauce. This definitely served as a testament to Waje’s versatility as a vocalist. While it was exciting to hear the classic R&B melodies that have been lacking within the modern, Nigerian music scene, songs like Stupid run the risk of sounding dated and uninspired. In addition, this album could have benefitted from one or two more features. Artists like Falana and Simi would add value and break up some of the monotony in production.
Red Velvet is a much-needed addition to the collection of classic Nigerian vocal albums. It is a clear testament to Waje as both a songwriter and vocalist and her dedication to the preservation of the sound does not go unnoticed. With carefully chosen features, she gives us a glimpse into her world and we can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next.
VIBE RATING: 8/10