We caught up with Nigerian artist Wayne Snow about the release of his new album, Figurine and his song, "The Thrill" making NPR Music's 27 Favorite Songs Of 2021 so far.
What song are you most excited for your listeners to hear and why?
I love all my songs equally. None of them stands out the other. They are all born from the same impetus but they all vibrate differently. This is why I prefer to let the listener make up his own mind and choose what she, he, they like.
Did you think it would already be on the NPR Music’s ‘27 Favorite Songs of the Year list?
Not at all. But I am more than honored that they chose me. NPR is like an institution for many, and me included. I hope to be able to deliver the songs to them live one day.
The song came out in one fell swoop and to this day I still haven't understood everything about it.Your music has an amazing and unique vibe.
How would you personally describe your music to a new fan?
I don't think I'm very good at this exercise. I often like to tell new fans to come see me sing live or take the time to listen to my songs or watch my videos to make their own ideas.
What is something you wish someone told you before you chose this industry?
The whole secret of this job, if you can call it so, is patience. You have to learn to cultivate patience. As they say: There is no point in running … Take your time. Observe. Practice.
Your “Figurine” album cover artwork is breathtaking. What was your creative process when defining the concept for Figurine?
For the visual part of my album, I had the honor of working with the incredible South African photographer and director Travys Owen. We didn't know at first what the album cover was going to be, but when we took this amazing photo, it was obvious.