VICTOR GBLA MAKES A GRAND ENTRANCE WITH A NEW SINGLE
By Abdul Suhood Komeh
If ever there was a case of "the wait is worth it", this is it.
Victor Gbla, veteran performer and younger brother of legendary Sierra Leonean singer John Gbla Jnr. (of Riding Omolanke fame), is set to scale the Afro-Beats charts this summer with his new single "Mariama."
The song made its debut on Voice of America's African Beat show hosted by acclaimed Sierra Leonean DJ, David Vandy last month. It is the introductory cut from Gbla's first album of original material. And so far the reactions are good.
The album, produced by one of the hottest names in the emerging Sierra Leonean music scene, Lanzomatic Machine (producer of Shoaibu of CoCo Rose) is enjoying rave reviews amongst DJs and ravers in the United Kingdom where Victor Gbla is based.
In London recently, alongside other tracks from the album, Mariama was the centrepiece of Gbla's performance at a dance for the launching of the Lokko Descendants Association. As witnesses to the event, we are please to tell you the man simply known as Victor brought the house down. Mariama, which narrates a man's undying love for his woman is packed with catchy rhymes and uptempo rhythms that would get you moving from the get go.
Of course Gbla is no stranger to celebrity. Apart from cutting his teeth as a tribute performer of hits by Salif Keita and other luminary names in African music, he was a renowned amateur footballer of considerable talent in his youth. He now adds to his versatility, songwriting and singing with a reasonably successful charity work in his native Freetown.
He's been gaining plaudits for raising funds to provide sporting and schooling utensils for children in Sierra Leone.
With the announcement of his album release, many industry experts are predicting a successful new branching.
Reminded of the quality of the field in the market at the moment, "I'm proud of the material", he said. "I believe this album should hold its own with the current tilt to African music both in the West, and back home", he told 40 Acres Culture.
Backed by unfettered access to older brother John's creative influence, 40 Acres believes Victor Gbla's work is a welcome addition to a market that continues to improve year on year.
The yet to be named album features a collaboration track with rap star, Rap Malaika.
The album is expected to be released in June 2016. The single, Mariama will be out on sale at all the usual music retailers from 30th May 2016.
40 Acres Culture highly recommend the material heard so far.
As a valued reader, you can get a sneak listen of Mariama by clicking the "play" button on the video below: