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Album by Simi
2017, 15 tracks, 56 mins 47 sec


Jun 20, 2019

For someone who started out doing covers, Simi has duly exceeded expectations

In the past when you go to a show or an event there are people who are used to entertain guests. When a popular song is played, they come to the stage to perform and appear as if they are in fact the owners of those songs. Their performances are usually very exceptional that if you're not careful you may begin to convince yourself that maybe this guy or this girl actually is the original owner of this song. These people are called mimers and in those days they were really loved and idolized. There were also those who would in fact sing along to those popular songs and do it so well that it becomes so real to you. While it requires talent, it is a lot easier to sing along to a song or maybe have your own version of a song that has already been created by someone than actually creating one yourself. That is why there are a lot of people who are great singers and vocalists but are not able to transform that talent to being full-fledged musicians. These days mimers are no longer popular, or at least I no longer see them at events and shows. However, there are now those who re-create popular songs and most times add some flavours to it, by either changing the lyrics or adding some melody and beat to it but still following the original melody and beat of the song. Songs made out of this process are called covers, and many music enthusiasts are doing it. In fact, so many wonderful musicians have emerged from making covers of popular songs they love, that they have acquired fans of their own who look forward to their next cover of a popular song. One of these is Nigeria's Simi. After releasing an album which didn't see the light of day in 2008, Simi resorted to making covers of popular songs she loved. In 2014 she released another EP (Extended Play) she titled Restless consisting of five covers of songs namely, "Apologize" by OneRepublic which she titled "20nine", "Man Down" by Rihanna which she titled "Range Rover", "Grenade" by Bruno Mars which she titled "Misbehviour", "Halo" by Beyonce which she titled "Why You Forget", and "Set Fire To The Rain" by Adele which she titled "Not Okay.” These songs received favorable critical acclaim and placed Simi on the spot. Would she be able to maintain this new fame and popularity of hers if she starts to sing her own songs now? Or is just going to continue making more covers of popular songs and be known as that girl who makes really cool covers? Simi chose the former. She decided to be a full-fledged musician again. But how would she fair?

Written by @timuwakwe from NaviCorp




Album Info




  • Sep 08, 2017


  • Reggae