Free Music Naija: Listen to Teni's Debut Album 'Wondaland' - NOW OUT
19 March 2021
Photo Source: Teni/Twitter
By Khisa Cj
Nigerian singer, Songwriter and entertainer Teniola Apata — better known as Teni has finally unveiled her debut album titled 'Wondaland'.
The album released on March 19, as promised and expected — showcases the Nigerian singer’s talents for songwriting, and masterful ease with subgenres from afropop to emo-trap, and house to highlife.
Performed in Yoruba, English and pidgin, 'Wondaland' is a manifestation of Teni’s strength and confidence as entertainer-in-chief.
The LP features just one guest artist, Davido in the still trending 'For You' single which was released in February 2021.
“I wanted to do an album that anyone from my mother’s hometown in Ondo, or my dad’s in Ekiti—even to Osaka, Japan—can pick up and be entertained, inspired and educated,” Teni says about the album, in an interview with Apple Music.
“You can’t record your debut album again, so I ensured 'Wondaland' will be that album I would listen to in 20 years, and it would still sound just as fresh," she added.
The album was completed during 2020’s COVID-19 lockdown. In it, Teni ilustrates her bold, playful nature in both its high-octane artwork and its title, which is inspired by her love for amusement parks.
“It’s a labour of love meant to take you through a rollercoaster of emotions,” she explains. “I want to see old and young people shed a tear, laugh, dance and see themselves in the songs.”
'Wondaland' houses 17 tracks in which Teni is routinely impressive on diverse subject matter—ranging from bawdy sex to the travails of stardom as well as expressing affection or enjoying her “triple X life".
Teni is also deeply personal when she reminisces and pays homage to her late father, retired General Simeon Apata, who passed away when the singer was just three years old.
Representing her roots forms a big part of her work on this album—roots that also bore other musically inclined fruit in the form of her sister, fellow singer-songwriter, Niniola.
Check out the tracklist for 'Wondaland' now out on all music platforms globally:
- For you ft Davido
- Game O ver
- Danger Me
- 100 metres
- Wonda Why
- Dads Song