In a short amount of time, i,sosa has become recognized as a major player in the future of contemporary music. Critics and new listeners alike have praised his infectious blend of soul, pop, and R&B. With this first release, i,sosa hopes to reach an international audience with his message of happiness and love.
i,sosa was born in Brooklyn to Nigerian parents and was raised on a combination of American and Nigerian music. At a young age, his natural ear for melody shone through as he began to master the Alto Saxophone. His real love, though, was music, and specifically singing.
Inspired by the timeless, feel-good music of John Legend, Samm Henshaw, and Leon Bridges, “spinnin” fuses soul, R&B, and “dream-like” lo-fi electronic sounds with a laid-back blend of jazzy harmonies and soft R&B vocals (ReverbNation).
According to i,sosa, this song makes him nostalgic for the heady days of first loves and infatuation. “I smile when I hear this song, remembering the feeling of butterflies that sent my head spinning.”
i,sosa’s parents encouraged his early interest in music by playing him records by Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, and the Nigerian artist Victor Uwaifo. Carnegie Mellon University freshman i, sosa sang with the Treblemakers, a coed a cappella group that went on to win best choreography at the ICCA quarterfinals. He elaborates, “We would perform regularly in crowds of a few hundred people. It was when I graduated that I realized that I missed the rush of being on stage, and a few years singing karaoke wasn’t cutting it. Writing music is giving me the outlet that I need and I can’t wait to build up a repertoire for live shows!”
On “spinnin,” i,sosa is joined by four of his friends—Hermona Tamrat, Shakoor Bess, Andrew Abrahamsen, and Ryan Temple—who each contribute their own unique beats and production. With the help of session breakdowns, I sosa hopes to encourage other musicians all around the world to sample and spread his tune after its release.