Nigerian Music Sensation- Cynthia Morgan
Western African music has in the past couple of years evolved, with the likes of 2face Idibia, P-Square and Davido rising to prominence, but new artists are emerging from Nigeria and other West African countries, with that said, artist Cynthia Morgan comes to mind.
Cynthia Ikponmwenosa Morgan is an Edo State born Dancehall/Hip-hop artist born 22 years ago. After working closely with US based artist manager Joy Tongo, she finally signed with Jude Okoye (that’s P-square’s big brother) under his NorthSide Entertainment label in August 2013.
Since she was signed to Northside Music in 2014, the Patua queen has not stopped topping the charts. She got some noticed after her appearance in Jhybo’s single, Ejo Le Fe Ro at the age of 16.
Some of the songs she released in 2014 including ‘Don’t Break My Heart’ which was number 1 in Zambia and Uganda upon release, ‘I’m Taken’, ‘Popori’ and ‘Lead Me On’ received massive airplay. She is regarded as one of the hottest female artists of 2014 and we can see why, did I mention that she also plays the talking drum?
Morgan’s passion and love for music started since childhood. She started recording professionally at the age of sixteen, she grew up around musicians from being in the church choir to a being a backup singer for her mum’s musical band since the age 3, she also led her school choir in secondary school, as she grew older, her love and passion for music and stardom grew immensely. She credits her mother who was a choir leader in her days for exposing her to music and training her musical ear, and also her uncles whom she says are musically inclined. Her deep mezzo voice allows her to sing in different ranges but also helps her move in between different genres swiftly.
Her role models are Bob Marley, Sean Paul, Cardinal official Mavado and 2face. She has worked with some top notch producers like Ty mix, Samclef, Trey pounds, Tony Ross, Dee P amongst other African music sensations.
She has been criticized mostly for the way she dresses, which in her defense is a way of showing how comfortable she is in her own skin. People had many things and names to call her but she says “First of all I am a lady, but when I started working with Jude Okoye he felt since I was sexy I should exhibit a little of it. I wasn’t really comfortable with the sexiness because I was a tom boy while growing up, but when he said I should start dressing like a lady I found out that I liked it. It’s all about having a style as a brand in the industry.” The criticism is understood, we live in a continent that is still very conservative and unlike places like the US where artists can express themselves fully such us Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce and other prominent female artists, we are still to catch on when coming freedom of expression in the Arts.
The rate in which her music career is going, I guess it’s safe to say that she is amongst some of the most promising artists in the continent, and we hope to see her representing us globally, taking her music abroad. We look forward to seeing your star shine brighter over the next couple of years.