Watch the video to the Nigerian soul singer’s debut single Hallelujah

Following the recent release of his uplifting debut single Hallelujah, Funbi now follows up with this equally inspiring video. Directed by King Davies (aka Tec, one half of Show Dem Camp), the film takes Funbi into the heart of Olumirin Waterfall at Erin Ijesha in Osun State, Nigeria where the song’s spiritual message about finding inner strength through adversity, mingles with the breath-taking nature that surrounds him. "Hallelujah is like opening a gate," Funbi tells Nataal. "We all fight different battles as we journey through life. The key is to find a way to use them as an opportunity for growth." 

The emerging Lagos-based singer cites Usher, James Brown and Orlando Julius among his influences and started out in 2012 by collaborating with M.I. He stepped into the limelight last year as part of the alternative supergroup The Collectiv3, for which he flexed his naughty and nice sides with producer Ikon and fellow singer Poe on the tracks Forbidden Fruit, Adore Her and Sexy Bitch. Ikon has also produced Hallelujah. “Funbi is a cross between Chris Brown and Michael Jackson but with this afro funk sound that’s fresh and different,” he says. (Read our interview with The Collective3 here). Funbi has also put out covers of Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud and Brian McKnight’s Anytime and a mash-up of Bryson Tiller’s Don’t with Mr Eazi’s Skin Tight, and last month lent his sultry tones to Show Dem Camp’s BMW. Expect more great things from this budding talent on a glistening horizon near you soon.

Photography Manny Jefferson
Styling Kelechi Odu
Words Helen Jennings

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