Simi does not need an introduction in the Nigerian music space, because she has built an empire for herself in the industry. In an industry that had hitherto been led by the male folk, it was a major feat for Simi to break into it and still hold sway many years after – The release of the “Simisola” album is a major factor that brought to the fore once more, the amazing personality called Simi. It is important to note that the album shouldn’t be passed off as a mere work of art because it was a “no bare” musical output that further let us into the world of one of the greatest songstress of our time, Simi. Interestingly, she chose to use her name “Simisola” as the title, which further buttresses the fact that she was intentional about the album – Simisola is the second studio album from Simi and comes nearly a decade after her first album. Simi had released her debut album “Ogaju” and made a major comeback into the Nigerian music space nine years later when she released her second album, “Simisola” on September 8, 2017. Oscar, Sess, Vtek, and SeyiKeyz produced the album. It was nominated for Album of the Year in the 2018 edition of the Nigerian Entertainment Awards and went on to win the Album of the Year in the 2018 edition of The Headies.
One thing that can’t be taken away from Simi is the mastery of her lines and the ability to deliver the same with a sonorous undertone. Sir Victor Uwaifo needs no introduction in the Nigerian music industry, as he was one of the proponents of indigenous music through his well-laced thoughts on his Afro tracks – Though the current generation of music lovers may not want to be dragged back to the ‘90s when Afro songs were in vogue, they can’t help but take the bold move, especially with the stunt pulled by Simi in her second single from the Simisola album, “Joromi”. With respect to Sir Victor Uwaifo who had the song as his classic, Simi was able to create a picture of an imaginary “Joromi” that had won her heart and whom she was willing to spend the rest of her life with – In truth, “Joromi” was a fusion of the ideal Afro-inspired track with notes of love for the opposite sex, in this instance, Simi’s love for Joromi. The young man in question seemed to have some soft spots for Simi probably was slow in coming forth with his intentions. Hence, Simi’s immediate reaction of “shooting her shot’ to win him over to her side.
The single “Original Baby” has many connotations to it. To some listeners, it was a further display of Simi’s advocacy for feminism and for the other school of thought; it highlighted the need for women to break free from dependence – “Original Baby” primarily focused on the independence of the songstress, Simi as she advocated for the independence of women, using herself as an example. It could be seen that part of the reasons for her stance was the numerous heartbreaks she had in times past, and which she doesn’t want to continue – As we know, “love happens”, and Simi can’t help but fall in love again. Rather than “get into the groove” of her newfound intimacy, she had to hold onto her independence because the lover in question seemed to be asking for more than she could give.
It is a fact that Simi is given to love songs, and seizes every opportunity to show that. The title of this single already highlights the theme of the song. In this case, the conventional notion of keeping away a former lover after a breakup seemed to be reinvented because the lover in question actually had his way back – “Take Me Back” is the only track with collaboration and it is not surprising that Simi chooses Adekunle Gold as the featured artist. Many factors point to that, including the possibility of Adekunle Gold being the ex-lover. It is also probably, a step to cementing their relationship, which later culminated in marriage – The track was all about two lovers that had broken up in the past but later realized that the breakup was never necessary in the first place. Hence, they had to rebuild their chemistry and forge ahead. There were indeed successful at this, not just on the track but also in reality.
In tandem with the calls for artists to “remember their roots or background”, Simi decided to give her fans another version of her – the playful part. The choice of “O Wa N’Be” for her ninth single from the Simisola album was to highlight the conventional playful mood of her ethnicity, Yoruba – As has become in the Nigerian parlance, “O Wa N’Be” is a typical reflection of the Yoruba’s love for festivities and parties. Thus, Simi decided to bring on the playful mood further by singing about it on this track. Although it was laced with her native language, music lovers wouldn’t deny the fact that Simi did a good job with her amazing vocals and excellent choice of lyrics – There are time and season for everything under the sun, and it is only a matter of patience and dedication to get the best out of life. This is true of Simi because many would have written her off after nine years of being out of the spotlight. However, the release of her second studio album, which had "Joromi” and other singles as the teasers, is an indication that the future is brighter for the singer.