Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – In palpitating rhythm of anticipation Famous has released his seventh studio album, “One Life.” As a musical prodigy, Famous has transcended the boundaries of time and genre, leaving an indelible mark on the nation’s musical soul.
Amidst the festivity of the yuletide season and the dawn of a new year, Famous’s hit song, “One Life,” resonated deeply with Sierra Leoneans. The song emerged as a powerful anthem, weaving its way into the fabric of the collective consciousness. Its lyrical resonance served as a poignant reminder that life is fleeting, urging listeners to eschew conflict and seize the fleeting moments with fervour.
In an intimate reflection on the inspiration behind the album, Famous, a seasoned artist and a mature soul, shared with Awoko Ophaniel Gooding, “Having lived life to this point, I realized the profound truth that we only have one life to live. If we work hard, we can attain our desires, build our dream houses, wear the fashion we crave, woo the ones we love, and more. In 2024, after enduring life’s trials, I believe it’s time to savour the best life has to offer. Hence, the title of the album, ‘One Life.'”
Famous delves into the genesis of the album, recounting the initial plan to title it “Go Before.” However, a pivotal moment in the creation of the last song, “One Life,” prompted a transformative shift. “I knew this song would be a hit. The title ‘One Life’ changed the perception of my career, marking my seventh studio album while I continue to stay relevant in the Sierra Leone music landscape. The album is a portrait of my dreams in this one life we have to live.”
The journey to create this musical masterpiece wasn’t without its challenges. In a bid to elevate his sound, Famous brought in foreign producers Tunex from Nigeria and Flip Ties. “Our Sierra Leonean producers are skilled, but I wanted something different for the fans. It was a challenge to raise funds and coordinate with foreign producers, but the result was worth it.”
Reflecting on the recording process, Famous shared a glimpse into the studio, where countless memories were etched into the album’s DNA. “The sleepless nights, the challenges, and the unforgettable moments – it was a rollercoaster. We closed the studio after finishing, but inspiration struck, and ‘One Life’ was born in the living room, a testament to the spontaneity and joy that defines the creative process.”
“One Life” album features collaborations with two of Sierra Leone’s heavyweight artists, Star Zee and Dallas Bantan, adding layers of diversity to the album’s sonic blend. The 17-track album promises to be a musical journey, an anthology of Famous’s experiences, dreams, and the pulsating rhythm of Sierra Leonean life.
The album cover, a visual feast, showcases Famous pointing his index finger skywards on the front, embodying the essence of “One Life.” The back cover, a silhouette of Famous standing in an open door, arms stretching towards the sky, captures the spirit of the album – an invitation to embrace life’s vast possibilities. OG/28/1/2024