SClusive Premiere: Obenewa - "Make.Believe" | Music Video

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After giving us the green light to premiere the audio a few weeks ago, West London-hailing Soul rising star Obenewa has today blessed us with the official video for "Make.Believe", the first track taken from her eagerly anticipated forthcoming EP B.

The EP which began as an idea three months ago sparked by events in her life, is an a capella outing utilising her vocals not only as the lead, but as the instrumentation on the songs, basically everything you hear is from her mouth. The EP was then written in 5 days and then recorded in 3 days. Intentionally created in that way to make sure she captured that snapshot of her life and kept it honest and pure.

The first single "Make.Believe." which is a poignant and emotive piece, "About not wanting to let someone go, but you know that you have to and for just a moment you’re asking them to pretend, to make-believe that they will still be around."

The beautiful visual accompaniment directed by Gary Nurse keeps the monochromatic aesthetic established with the EP artwork and reflects the theatrical nature of the song, showing the push n pull between two protagonaists/lovers and the young singer wanting to stay in a fantasy world of make-believe and hope to avoid the reality of a failing relationship.

Watch the full video SClusively below...

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Obenewa unveils "The Answer" from her 'B' EP live at This Is Wired [Video]

Last week, West London-hailing Soul star in the making Obenewa took to the stage at East London’s acclaimed live showcase This Is Wired to give a packed house an early listen to her forthcoming EP B.Read more

Obenewa to unveil new EP 'B' live at This Is Wired in London on June 10th | Event Preview


West London hailing Soul star in the making Obenewa will be launch of her anticipated EP B with a live performance of the brand new project at East London's acclaimed live showcase This Is Wired.

The singer/songwriter has impressed many with a string of breathtaking performances in addition to the much heralded Therapy EP which was released back in 2009, is set to release her new EP next week and it's a project with a difference as there are no other instruments on her project apart from her voice! Yes, you read that right, just her voice acting as the entire soundbed for her to perform over.
SoulCulture have had the honour of hearing the project and we can tell you it's a gamechanger. Stay locked for some exclusives on right here very soon.

Obenewa will perform her new mesmerising material alongside the Vive Vocal Choir in what should be a monumental night for live music and emerging acts. Support on the night come from Ruth Ann and JP Cooper.

Doors open: Monday 10 June; 8:30pm.

Location: Concrete (Underneath Pizza East) on the corner of Bethnal Green Road
and Shoreditch High St; just 2 minutes walk from Shoreditch High
Street Station.

Entry: As always, ThisIsWired is an invite only event. But we might have some space on our guest list for you, hit us on twitter @SoulCulture.

For more information on the event follow @thisiswired on twitter and be sure to stay tuned to SoulCulture for more news and music from the West London songstress.


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