July 16, 2024

Set if Off – Oneda


Its Notting Hill Carnival.

Its a well curious accent that Oneda’s got – firey and fast – Caribbean, perhaps a touch of London, but I think I can discern a northern twang to the accent – curious and cute.

Its into the Vanguard Online charts at number 2.


Some facts…

Stolen from Jumi Akinfenwa’s writing about Oneda…


  • Her tracks incorporate elements from the hip-hop and drum and bass scenes of her home city of Manchester before adding an eclectic mix of afro-trap and tinges of afrobeats that lean into her Nigerian heritage.
  • She has her own with her self-produced debut album, ‘Formula OneDa’, due out in the Autumn of 2024 on Heavenly Recordings.
  • Growing up inspired by fiery American rappers such as Eve, Nas, Missy Elliott and Lauryn Hill.
  • Raised in Hulme in a churchgoing, strictly religious Nigerian household.
  • This spirit is heard from the very first note of “Set It Off”, the first single from Formula OneDa and a production collaboration with Fat Budha that combines a chassis of bombastic drum and bass with sharp and self assured lyricism. “Just do you and kill it / The right energy will feel it, innit / My gyal just fly / Do more than just survive,” she spits as a call to arms to step into your own “Pussy Power” and live for oneself.
  • Defining “Pussy Power” as “the power of my unapologetic self of accepting the fullness of who I am,” this spirit permeates the entire album.


Just as an aside, I was interested to see what Microsoft AI Bing Image Creator would come up with if I put lesbian Nigerian rapper from Manchester…

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