After nearly 15 years with Queendom, singer-songwriter Monica Ifejilika presented her album ‘Keep it Solid’ her first project as a solo artist.
Thanks to her Nigerian father, who possesses an extensive record collection, Monica grew up with music from Anita Baker to Elvis and the Bee Gees to Bob Marley, and more obscure West African rhythms in the form of highlife and more traditional igbo ryhtmer.
Her musical expression is influenced by this varied musical education; and the result is extremely soulful.
Since 1999, she has been a part of Queendom, a culture collective, which in 2008 won the Oslo City art award. Along the way, she has also been a presenter at NRK, hosted a radio program on Channel 24 and participated in several musical projects from Gospel to Bob Marley.
It is as a singer that her love for soul music flourished, and Monica has found her own expression in a vintage-soul landscape inspired by legends like Bill Withers, Roberta Flack and Al Green.
Her debut album ’Keep it Solid’ was released in November 2014.
‘Keep it Solid’ really is as described - Solid. Solid Soul.
Andy Collins - scandinaviansoul.com