Falana Releases Her Highly-Anticipated Sophomore EP ‘RISING’

Falana has been hailed as “Nigeria’s coolest front-row star” by Vogue, standing out not only with her music, but also with stylistic expressions, and is known for her distinctive braid pom-poms, which have fans tagging her in fan art and pictures of their own hair, to which she says, “I feel like it’s become this signature for me that’s so powerful now.”

Born and raised in the Ontario suburb of Brampton, Falana’s upbringing was soundtracked by a diverse music selection that has shaped her penchant for genre defiance. As soon as she was able to, she moved to Toronto to pursue music, and after a year of balancing day jobs and relentless gigging at night, Falana departed once again to Lagos in Nigeria. As she says, “In Lagos, everything started to make sense in my songwriting, even down to how I express myself with style and my hair”, and she began to use her sense of style as an extension of her artistry more than ever before. 

I think one of my main motivators is just being a different reference point – for African women, and women in general. I’m sexy, but I’m not selling sex. I’m different, but I’m still beautiful. I’m strong, but I’m soft. I care about how I am presented because what you see is what you know.

On the back of her first single of 2021 ‘Joy’,  singer, songwriter, and producer FALANA is set to springboard into her long-anticipated sophomore EP titled Rising. The Rising EP is themed around women’s empowerment, according to Falana. It’s a journey of the different emotions and stories that we all experience – stories of self-love, personal struggle, romance, black girl joy, and chasing your dreams – told from a woman’s perspective, and told through song and music. The Rising EP, which is the long-awaited follow-up to her self-produced 2019 EP Chapter One that was described by The New Yorker as “changing the sound of global pop”, is the result of collaborations that started before the global pandemic – a process that has seen Falana recording in Jamaica, England, Canada, USA, Portugal, Ghana, and Nigeria.

The process has been one of healing and self-discovery; each trip unveiling a new layer that allowed her to write from a different perspective. With the sounds of her Rising EP spreading their tentacles across the genres that have influenced her own journey – from the soul and pop to R&B and afrobeat – Falana has been able to hit the balance she’s been searching for her whole life, with the Nigerian Canadian native observing.

 I feel that I’m in my spirit position to be able to speak to different people because I’ve experienced so many different placesIt’s funny how things fall together slowly and then all at once. I feel like I’ve really found my voice. And I think once an artist finds their voice, they become unstoppable.

Listen to the new EP below:


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