One of the most important parts of any record company is the A&R Department, which discovers new talent. For smaller labels, this is even more important as sometime, they can pick up some really talented artists early in their career, and nurture them. Often, new talented artists can be found in the most unlikeliest places. An example is Idrissa Sissoko, who Boddhi Satva discovered in Mali. Once Boddhi had heard just a few songs from Idrissa Sissoko, he signed him to Offering Recordings. Idrissa Sissoko then released his debut album Lopilopilo earlier this summer. Sometimes, an artist’s life takes a few twists and turns before they get the opportunity to even release an album. For Ade Alafia Adio, whose three-track sampler O.R.G.A.S.M. was recently released by Offering Recordings, his journey to becoming a singer, songwriter, musician and poet took a few twists and turns along the way. It’s Ade’s journey from Salisbury, Maryland via Minna In Nigeria and ultimately to the Netherlands that I’ll now tell you about. After that, I’ll tell you about his three-track sampler O.R.G.A.S.M. 

Ade Alafia Adio was born in Salisbury, Maryland in 1978 to Nigerian parents. When Ade was studying for a degree in architecture and civil engineering Ade returned to Minna In Nigeria. A couple of years later, Ade decided that architecture and civil engineering wasn’t for him. Instead, he decided to do what he loved and was passionate about, singing, writing songs and poetry and playing percussion. Having made this life-changing decision, he decided to use his music as a means of communicating.

For Ade music was essentially a way of expressing his individuality and his way of communicating to society. Communication he believes is a way for the misunderstood to make themselves understood. This he understands. He’d spent much of his life misunderstanding people. Through music, Ade could make himself understood. He could also get across not just his message, but that of a collective view. Music allows Ade to make sense of people’s actions, and to voice his thoughts and views about their actions. It’s a way of communicating and a way of voicing his fears, and common fears held and giving them a voice. These fears Ade has replaced them with a sense of faith and a vision, a vision which he shares with others.

Now living in the Netherlands, Ade has formed an alliance with Offering Recordings and has established his own lifestyle workshop the Tree of Alafia. This is Ade’s vision and creation. He’s a self-taught teacher, whose mission is to foster a sense of universal unity, a feeling of togetherness. His method of teaching is interactive, focusing on the individual’s experiences. The title of his three-track sampler O.R.G.A.S.M. is also an anachronism for Open Release Going Across Spiritual Movement. This is a taster of his visionary message of “Re-Claymation In Triumph,” where people who are “lost” are guided back into a “legacy of love, life and solidarity.” So there’s much more to Ade Alafia Adio than singer, songwriter, musician and poet, he’s teacher and thinker too. Having told you about Ade Alafia Adio journey to becoming Offering Recording’s latest signing, I’ll now tell you about the three tracks on O.R.G.A.S.M.

O.R.G.A.S.M. opens with Fulfillment, arranged and produced by Thane Wright, who cowrote the track with Bob Mabaje. Drums, percussion and keyboards combine with Ade’s impassioned vocal. His vocal is heartfelt, full of emotion, as if every word he sings means something. It’s as if he’s undergone a voyage of discovery and enlightenment. Percussion and drums accompany him, creating a dramatic backdrop for his vocal. Adding to the drama and emotion is a spoken vocal, which weaves its way through the arrangement. The focus of you’re attention is firmly on Ade’s emotive, heartfelt and his intelligent, meaningful lyrics. 

At Most Here has a jazz-tinged introduction with just a chiming guitar and subtle keyboards accompany Ade’s scatted vocal. The track was arranged and produced by W. Ellington Felton, who cowrote the track Bob Mabaje. Soon, things change and the arrangement heads in the direction of Nu-Soul. Crispy drums accompany Ade’s powerful, passionate vocal, as washes of Hammond organ sweep in. Like the previous track, this has a similar heartfelt, emotive quality. It doesn’t take long to realize just how talented a vocalist Ade is. He’s almost pleading, his vocal needy, almost desperate, as he brings the lyrics to life, injecting meaning to them. As if that isn’t enough, there’s a real warmth and soulful quality to Ade’s vocal. Without doubt, Ade has a great future ahead of him.

It’s almost with a sense of sadness that I come to Kindred Spirit, as that’s the final track on O.R.G.A.S.M. It was arranged and produced by Boddhi Satva, who cowrote the track with Bob Mabaje. Synths, percussion and pounding drums accompany Ade’s vocal which can only be described as spiritual and impassioned. Slikk Tim plays lays down a pounding bass line that snakes its way across the arrangement. His bass joins the drums in creating some glorious rhythms. The heartfelt harmonies that accompany Ade’s vocal, add to the spiritual sound of a track that’s celebratory, joyous and quite beautiful. That seems the perfect way to close the three-track sampler O.R.G.A.S.M.

The three tracks on O.R.G.A.S.M. are a tantalizing taste of a hugely talented new artist, Ade Alafia Adio. Quite clearly, he has a big future ahead of him, given who talented a singer, songwriter and musician he is. Ade doesn’t sound like a new artist. Quite the opposite. His vocal has a maturity and a richness. It’s one of those voices that you’re drawn to. Even after just three songs you realize that Ade is someone to watch. It seems architecture and civil engineering’s loss is very much music’s gain. His decision to turn his back on his previous career has been vindicated. This you’ll realize once you’ve  Ade Alafia Adio’s three-track sampler O.R.G.A.S.M. Once you’ve heard O.R.G.A.S.M. you, like me, will be hungrily awaiting the release of Ade Alafia Adio’s debut album. If it’s as good as O.R.G.A.S.M. then it’ll be a joy to behold. Until then, enjoy Ade Alafia Adio’s three-track sampler O.R.G.A.S.M., the latest release from Offering Recordings, who seem to have an uncanny knack of unearthing some hugely talented artists. This includes Sage Monk who released Heartache Allegory and Idrissa Sissoko who released Lopilopilo. Now a new name joins Offering Recordings roster, Ade Alafia Adio, and he’s one to watch in the future, as the three songs on O.R.G.A.S.M prove. 



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