British-Nigerian singer-songwriter Moeologo has had busy few years. Over the course of two EPs he built an impressive amount of buzz and proved it wasn’t all hype with string of infections, summer infused singles. Drawing on influences that span the globe and musical history, Moelogo cites everyone from Afrobeat legends such as Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade to soul icons like Curtis Mayfield and modern R&B and dancehall.
Moelgo is set to release his third EP Shine Your Light later this year and recently dropped the video for the title track as well as the Tiggs Da Author-featuring “Sometimes I Pray”
When not cooking up his own material, he’s busy collaborating with others – recently he’s worked with artists like Davido, Sneakbo, Wretch 32, Avelino, Mr Eazi, Maleek Berry, Sarkodie and Mostacks. A mightily impressive list but his back catalogue should demonstrate why people are lining-up to work with one of the most exciting talents in music.
To the uninitiated, how would you describe your sound?
I’d describe my sound as beautiful as I feel it has the ability to help people to deal with harder times in their lives and even though some of it is delivered in Yoruba, you don't need to understand the language to feel it.
You’ve collaborated with some amazing artists over the years, who do you dream of working with?
I’ve had a chance to work with some great artists such as Davido, Wrech 32, Avelino, Maleek Berry. Ghetts and Adekunle Gold so I’m open to working with anybody doing something amazing with their music and profile and using their artistry to connect with people going about their day to day lives.
Your third EP Shine Your Light is on its way, how has your sound changed between EPs?
It's still the same message and feel... the only thing that has changed is I’ve evolved so I feel like the sounds are even bigger and the output is better as I’m always working to develop my music with each new body of work.
Which musicians had the biggest influence on you?
Definitely the greats like Fela Kutii, Ebenezer Obey and King Sunny Ade.
You recently brought your live show to SXSW, how was it?
SXSW was the bomb. I really enjoyed myself and had the chance to connect with some fantastic people. It was a blessing for me to share my music to people that got to hear me for the first time.
For anyone who hasn’t experienced one of your killer live sets, what can they expect?
I'd say come to watch my next show which I’ll be giving details of on my socials soon. I love performing and getting to bring my songs to life by delivering them live and all live performances are different so for the fans they’re getting to experience and take away something unique. I put my heart and soul into my live performances as it’s another opportunity for me to connect with old and new audiences and also to help to spread some much-needed positivity through the lyrical content and themes of my songs.
What’s next for you?
There’s a lot more to come. There will be more music and visuals this summer and as I mentioned there will be some exciting live shows. And I’m always in the studio so as well as my own music there are some cool collaborations in the pipeline which I’ll be revealing in due course.