Although born and raised in the chilling climate of Nigeria’s middle belt, Jos, it would be Lagos that gave Bella Alubo her big break in the industry. Thus Bella pays homage to the city that keeps redefining talent in Lagos 101. Although born and raised in the chilling climate of Nigeria’s middle belt, Jos, it would be Lagos that gave Bella Alubo her big break in the industry. Thus Bella pays homage to the city that keeps redefining talent in Lagos 101. Bella Alubo is genre-fluid. This she makes known sonically with the 9 songs in Lagos 101.
The title intro track reminds listeners of the hustle-bustle nature of Lagos. It also harps on the heavy nepotism floating in the socio-economic climate of the state. She puts Falz on to expand her ministry, and he delivered a lyrical caricature of Lagos.
Lagos 101 is a mix of different soundscapes ranging from Afro-pop, Hip-Hop, Electric, and R&B. Bella’s palette for music is wide and flavourful, enabling her to carry out musical experiments at will.
Disappointingly, though, only one song describes a fragment of Lagos. Listeners might get underwhelmed tuning into Lagos 101 if they pressed play intending to hear the unapologetic undiluted Lagos gospel. But if they listen with an open mind, they are sure to be pleased with Bella’s experimental sonic project.
To aid her cause, Bella Alubo has handpicked a few of her colleagues to join her. Falz (Lagos 101) as stated above. Ty Dolla $ign and late legendary The Notorious B.I.G on G.O.A.T showed the diverse range of Bella in Lagos 101.
Lagos 101 is Bella Alubo’s sophomore album and first project in 2 years. A much-deserved comeback for Bella and her ever-growing audience. Listen to all 26 minutes of the album: