Gbolahan’ is Bella Alubo’s first single of the year 2020 since the release of her 2019 ‘Summer’s Over’ project which featured artists like Mr Eazi, Zlatan, T’neeya and Ladipoe.
This R&B number is great for the intimate social-distancing hangouts and activities that replaced crowdy parties this summer.
The easy-going delivery is consistent with Bella’s sound from her 2018 ‘Late Night Vibrations’ collaborative EP with Nigerian rapper, Ycee and Re-Bella EP.
With lyrics like “dark shades on, know you can see me” referencing Burna Boy, “tryna love me like a gangster” referencing Darkoo and “e no go sweet if the girl no come to the party” referencing Falz, Bella stays on trend with Afro-Beat, Afro-Swing and Afro-Pop while also infusing Y2K Ashanti ‘Foolish’-type vibes delivered in Bella’s own distinct sound.
Born Mabel Oine Alubo, Bella Alubo is a Nigerian pop artiste who describes her music as a cocktail of her influences which include afrobeat, hip-hop, smooth jazz, r&b and reggae. Bella who has been based in London, UK since early 2019 is gearing up to return to Nigeria after her just completed masters degree in a business and management field.
The ex-pageant model has released three (3) projects since she came into industry focus in 2017, including the 2018 Late Night Vibrations collaborative EP with Ycee, Re-bella EP later the same year and Summer’s Over EP nearly a year later in 2019. Bella’s projects feature an array of African artistes including Sho Madjozi, Mr Eazi, Victoria Kimani, Zlatan, Efya, BOJ, Ladipoe, T’neeya, Ajebutter 22 and Dice Ailes.
After over 7 million streams on DSPs and standout singles such as ‘Tropicana Fruit Juice’, ‘Aiya’ and ‘Don’t Trust Geminis’, Bella’s latest release ‘Loneliest Girl in The World’ is a donation to Red Hot Org’s Covid-19 relief scheme in Nigeria. Her first single of the year, ‘Gbolahan’ with release date 11th September 2020 precedes her next EP, Popstar, which will be released early in October.