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Simisola (album)

Simisola is the self-titled second studio album by Nigerian songstress Simi. It was released on September 8, 2017 by X3M Music as her debut major project under the record label, and as the follow up of her debut album Ogaju, which she independently released in 2008.[2] Met with positive reviews, many of whom were full of praise for Simi's creativity in performing on different sounds,[3][4] the album was preceded with the release of five singles with music production from Sess, SeyiKeyz, Oscar and Vtek.[5] Upon its release, the album debuted at number five on the Billboard World Albums chart for the week of September 30, 2017.[6][7]

Simisola album cover.jpeg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 8, 2017 (2017-09-08)
Simi chronology
Singles from Simisola
  1. "Tiff"
    Released: June 9, 2014
  2. "Jamb Question"
    Released: February 15, 2015
  3. "Love Don't Care"
    Released: February 14, 2016
  4. "Smile for Me"
    Released: January 27, 2017
  5. "Joromi"
    Released: August 11, 2017



On January 27, 2017, Simi released a single titled "Smile for Me", a love song which was produced by Oscar,[8] while the music video was directed by Clarence Peters.[9] In anticipation of the album, she released a second single titled "Joromi", another love-themed song which was also produced by Oscar while the music video was directed by Aje Films.[10] On September 1, she took to Instagram to unveil the cover art and tracklist of Simisola.[11]


Known for her prowess in composing love ballads, the album sees Simi combine contemporary R&B with highlife and juju music as evidenced in the Victor Uwaifo-inspired "Joromi" and a remake of Ebenezer Obey's "Aimasiko". Traces of afrobeats, dancehall and techno sounds were seen in "Original Baby", "Hip Hop Hurray" and "One Kain" respectively.[1]


Three singles ("Tiff", "Jamb Question" and "Love Don't Care") were released as bonus tracks on the album, all of which did well commercially upon their release. "Tiff" was nominated in the Best RnB Video and Music Video of The Year categories at the 2015 Nigerian Music Video Awards.[12] "Jamb Question" was also nominated in the Best Soft Rock/Alternative Video category at the same event.[13] "Love Don't Care" was released on February 14, 2016 in celebration of Valentine's Day and went on to be nominated in 3 categories at The Headies 2016, winning one.[14]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
The Star     [15]
Pulse Nigeria     [16]
tooXclusive     [17]

Simisola received all-round positive reviews from contemporary music critics, many of whom were pleased with her progress and versatility in exploring several music genres. Ifeoluwa Nihinlola of Music in Africa opined that Simi has progressed since her last album and thinks "she has found a way to retain the lightness of her voice and persona, while being earnest, all without turning bathetic".[1] Filter Free's Chiagoziem Onyekwena stated: "On 'Simisola', Simi defines her own sense of everything." [18] An editor of YNaija was full of praise for Simi's dynamism in sampling two Nigerian classics with contemporary R&B and further went on to conclude that Simisola is "a project that could go on to start a new Nigerian sound".[19] Vibe's Cyclone Artemis, who wrote a song by song review, pointed out that the "deep chemistry" between Oscar and Simi makes the album "in a class of its own by quite a number of standards", lyrically and production wise.[3] Reviewing Simisola on Pulse Nigeria, Joey Akan observed that Simi "delivered on her promise of good music" and went on to argue that "in many ways, it is the best that Nigeria has seen in 2017".[16] Adeyemi Gbolahan of TalkGlitz Media added that "‘SIMISOLA’ the album didn’t contain sounds like most Nigerian body of works that boasts of the ‘pon pon’ sounds." Describing the album as "quite predictable", Adeoluwa Atayero of Nigerian Entertainment Today wrote a mixed review; but he however remarked that Simisola "is one of the strongest musical pieces of 2017 and without a doubt a step in the right direction".[20]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Nomination Result
2018 The Headies Best R&B/Pop album Nominated
Album of the Year Won

Track listingEdit

Album credits adapted from official liner notes.

1."Remind Me"Oscar3:04
4."Complete Me"OgunleyeOscar3:18
5."Gone for Good"OgunleyeOscar3:59
6."Original Baby"OgunleyeOscar3:45
7."One Kain"OgunleyeSess3:07
8."Take Me Back" (featuring Adekunle Gold)Oscar4:08
9."O Wa N'bę"OgunleyeVtek3:30
10."Smile for Me"OgunleyeOscar3:33
12."HipHop Hurray"OgunleyeOscar3:34
13."Love Don't Care" (bonus track)OgunleyeOscar3:25
14."Jamb Question" (bonus track)OgunleyeOscar3:24
15."Tiff" (bonus track)OgunleyeOscar3:32
Total length:53:46



  • Oscar – production (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15)
  • SeyiKeyz - production (3)
  • Sess - production (7)
  • Vtek - production (9)


  1. ^ a b c IfeOluwa Nihinlola (12 September 2017). "Simi bets and wins on Simisola". Music in Africa. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Simi releases second studio album " – TVC News Nigeria". Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b Artemis, Cyclone (11 September 2017). "Album Review: Simi is an unapologetic lover girl in spanking new project, Simisola". Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Opinion: Simi's 'Simisola' is originality at its peak » YNaija". YNaija. 9 September 2017. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  5. ^ Chidirim Ndeche. "Simi Releases New Album "Simisola"". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  6. ^ "World Music: Top World Albums Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Simi's debut album makes No.5 on Billboard's World Albums Chart - Vanguard Allure". Vanguard. 20 September 2017. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  8. ^ Akan, Joey (31 January 2017). "Simi: Singer"s new single "Smile for me" is her most important move in 2017". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  9. ^ Jasper Efe (13 March 2017). "Simi - Smile For Me (Dir. by Clarence Peters)". Daily Post. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  10. ^ Adeoluwa Atayero (16 August 2017). "Here is what we think about Simi's latest single, 'Joromi'". Nigerian Entertainment Today. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  11. ^ Akan, Joey (1 September 2017). "Simi: Singer releases "Simisola" album cover, tracklist". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  12. ^ "Nigerian Music Video Awards (NMVA) 2015 Nominees List". 17 November 2015. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  13. ^ "Who will win NMVA Best Soft Rock/Alternative Video? - - Nigerian Music". 27 November 2015. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  14. ^ Daniel Anazia (31 December 2016). "The rise of X3M Queen… Simi". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  15. ^ Davies Ndolo (16 September 2017). "Album Review: Simi's "Simisola"". The Star. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  16. ^ a b Akan, Joey (8 September 2017). "Album Review: Simi replicates her hot romantic form on "Simisola"". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  17. ^ Oluwatobi, Ibironke (1 October 2017). "ALBUM REVIEW: Simi – "Simisola"". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
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  19. ^ "Album review: Simisola could start a fresh Nigerian sound » YNaija". YNaija. 12 September 2017. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  20. ^ Atayero, Adeoluwa (9 September 2017). "Some tracks are forgettable but 'Simisola' did not disappoint". Nigerian Entertainment Today. Retrieved 24 September 2017.