December 1, 2021

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Ray’Em releases new EP, “Nostalgia

Ray’Em

I am boldly claiming my roots as an Ughelli-born artist, and to mark this significance, on one of the songs.

By Femi Ogusnhola
Raymond Okoro, better known as Ray’Em, a budding musician has released another EP, titled “Nostalgia”, which is a follow up to his previous EP, “In No Particular Order”.

Ray’Em, in a chat with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja, said he wanted to release music that would evoke a nostalgic feeling in his fans and listeners.

The singer who also goes by the moniker, “Ovie Reezy, said “while we all have different life experiences, music is something that places timestamps on those experiences.

He stated that it was possible to travel back in time to those fond memories through music that was made in that time, noting however that it was not the conventional style of making music to feel like old times.

“Where it is obvious that the artist is sampling old sounds, rather the songs on the EP have made use of various elements of music of times past in a subtle and inconspicuous manner.

“From the beats to the chants, the vocalisations, and of course, the lyrics. The feeling is meant to be subconscious,” he stated.

He said that the main idea that drove the project was that he worked with beatsbyMayor, his producer, to make the songs in that way.

“We even used some current trending sounds selections and styles to bring the past to the present. So that what we are doing is not immediately apparent,” he said.

On the importance of this particular “EP”, the Musician said it was important because for the first time “I am boldly claiming my roots as an Ughelli-born artist, and to mark this significance, on one of the songs.

He stated that the subjects of the song are very relatable as they have to do with ambition, individual personality, and money.

“On this project, I truly embraced my personal experiences, my roots and identity, on one of the songs I did a creative rendition of Wizkid’s “Holla at Your Boy” because it’s one of the songs that inspired me to start making music.

“And I wanted to remind myself of that. I am excited to share this project with the world and I do hope people find ways to connect and relate with these songs even beyond the sound,” he said. (NAN)