• By Usaini Nebianet
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    Apr 18, 2017
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    Eferoghene Florence Tamunodein Oraka aka Efe Oraka is a teen singing sensation based in Abuja. She knew she wanted to start singing at the 9yrs! 
    Talking about who her role models are, she says,

    Barbara Streisand for the wonderful way she sings and the Beatles for making music that cuts across every generation. Locally, it's Tuface because I love the way he approaches music and Asa for not being afraid to be different in terms of style of music.


    When the talented 18-year-old singer shared a video of herself singing an impressive mashup of 21 Jon Bellion songs in under two minutes – it felt like fate that the video would immediately go viral and earn nearly unanimous praise from everyone who saw it, including Jon Bellion himself.

    Speaking to Culture Custodian,she talks about Jon Bellion and his impact on her music: 

     

    "I feel like Jon Bellion is a true musician. There are so many great artistes right now, but not enough great musicians. Have you heard his stuff? It’s amazing. He has shown so much growth over the years. It’s so obvious that he really takes his time with what he does. He works not only hard, but purposefully. It’s so beautiful to watch someone doing what they do with so much passion and energy. You can really tell that he is making moves and doing things so organically and beautifully. I used to admire great songwriters as I felt poetry was the greater part of music. But Jon Bellion flipped my perspective. With him, I understood that poetry is not only the words you can muster, but it’s the feeling you can give. The feelings he gives through his beat. Have you seen a YouTube video of Jon Bellion working? Wow. Even when he performs his songs man. Jon Bellion can perform a song you know by heart and do it in such a way you feel like you’ve never heard it before. He’s really one of the only people who should be allowed to use the term ‘Beautiful Mind’ because that is what he is. He’s the perfect synergy between artiste and producer."

    About releasing her own music and her admiration of Connor Maynard’s work, Efe continued:
    "I don’t only do covers. I have so many tracks I’ve been keeping and waiting for the right time to release. Something great is coming and I just hope everyone is ready for me. Do you know that there are some artistes who can’t cover the songs of other artistes? And it’s not because they can’t sing or play well enough but because covering a song in such a way that it’s good enough really takes a lot out of you. Conor Maynard is phenomenal at what he does."
    You can follow Efe Oraka's journey on her Twitter and her SoundCloud – she has brilliant single, "Gbe Mi" on her soundcloud page.

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