By Benjamin Njoku
Fast-rising singer, Francis Atela popularly known as Atela recently released his new single titled “Jankara” with captivating visuals to set the Nigerian music scene agog.
The visually pleasing production no doubts takes music lovers back to the 70’s with a colourful retro-themed vibe. The sounds along with the video sweeps you off your feet and is sure to put a smile on your face.
Atela began singing at the age of 14 in his church choir where he developed his skills in music, songwriting and entertainment. With the backing of Squeeze Records, he has previously released songs such as Ojuju Calabar, Kekere and My Life
The singer has collaborated with top acts in the Nigerian music industry including Fome Peters, DJ Coublon, T-spize and Clarence Peters who directed Jankara; a feel-good music video depicting a celebration of love, laughter and life. He displays his trademark vocal prowess on this song, but this time surprising his fans by diversifying into a completely different sound. This Afro-pop song, produced by Fome Peters has paved the way for other artistes to tap into this genre.
Atela said, “I will continue to bring fresh, quality and relatable sounds to the waiting ears of the people of the world who are tired of hearing the same old sounds. My style of music is aimed at easing pain and bringing love to weary souls.”
According to the Benue State-born singer, his background as a chorister at the age of 14 with his local Catholic Church Parish has been a great influence. He said, “It greatly helped in shaping my music and giving me a better sense of sound, tones and generally it made me a better version of myself in all aspects.”
The songwriter and vocalist, who is the first official artist signed to Squeeze records is still basking in the euphoria from the release of his critically acclaimed cover to Adele’s “When we were young” last month. With this new sound, he creates a mystery of what next to expect.