Nigerian music in Baltimore? Oh yeah. What a treat to have Baltimore-based musicians Janelia McNair-Sanya and Femi Sanya in the studio this week! Janelia is a Nigerian-American singer-songwriter making waves fronting her 7-piece band JaneliaSoul, with Femi on bass and production. They were a featured act at 2016 FestAfrica in Silver Spring, MD where the band’s live blend of soul, reggae, afrobeat, fuji and more proved a highlight of the two-day event. Janelia matches her gorgeous vocal talent with a positive, artistic outlook and we were delighted to chat with her about music, creativity and her love-hate relationship with life back home in Nigeria. As a special treat, Femi joined her in the studio for a beautiful, exclusive performance of their unreleased song, “Cocoa” [@ 16:14 below]. Check out the band’s website for more info (and some really cool videos), and go catch them live in the Balto-DMV!
[Click play to hear our interview w/ Janelia – March 8, 2017]