Falana earned some initial recognition for her self-produced EP ‘’Chapter One’’. The Canadian-Nigerian singer-songwriter subsequently travelled to Africa, North America, Europe and the Caribbean to work on new material. It was a process of self-discovery, which revealed new layers to her songwriting. She now shares the first taste of those sessions with the release of the single ‘Joy’.
A spirited fusion of vibrant Afrobeat, elegant R&B and island flavour, ‘Joy’ is a song that speaks to this moment in time. Falana’s impassioned delivery leaves you in no doubt that she means every word she sings. And by the time she’s put her heart and soul into its hypnotic hook (‘’No stress, I’ve got pure intentions… I count my blessings one day at a time’’), it’s impossible not to feel its spell sparking a new wave of positivity in your mind.
Falana returned to Jamaica to film the song’s video with director, Mykal Cushnie, whose culture-centric narrative storytelling has resulted in collaborations with Popcaan, Sean Paul and Damian Marley. As well as capturing some of Port Antonio’s striking natural beauty, the video also shows how her style and signature braid pom-poms are an extension of her artistry. She adds, ‘’I think the video is such a beautiful visual representation of ‘Joy’, the song and the feeling. The energy on set matched the song and I was so grateful for that’’.
Falling between so many of the genres that have influenced her own journey, Falana she’d often felt like an outsider, working on the periphery of multiple music scenes but never quite fitting in. With her new work, she’s finally been able to hit the balance she’s been searching for her whole life. It’s the start of a bright future.