Today, we speak with Koel, a singer/songwriter who recently debuted with her single “Shimmer”. As an artiste and musician, Koel has an incredibly symphonic voice. As a person, she is a deep human and this can be seen in how she talks about herself, her childhood, and her dreams. In true polymath fashion, she combines being a law student and a budding musician brilliantly.
Talking about how she came to be known as Koel, she says “I go by ‘Koel’, pronounced like ‘Cole’. I got this alias from the name of a singing bird, The Asian Koel.” Going on to describe herself, she says “I’m an alternative rnb and afro fusion singer/songwriter. I’m from Delta State and a law student at the moment.”
Koel sees music as an avenue for her self-expression, and “Shimmer” is a beautiful example of this. “For some reason, after Keziri, the producer, sent the beat, the first lyrics that came to mind was related to the Girl-child, I decided to go with that and that’s how “Shimmer” came to be”.
Describing her music journey, Koel has loved music for as long as she’s known what it is. “My love for music started up at a very young age and I’ve been involved in many things related to it ever since but my decision to take it up professionally was only made this year. I started creating music proper and writing this year, but I began to get acquainted to the recording process last year. It’s been a good experience so far and I know it can only get better”.
In our opinion, Shimmer is an awesome confidence boost for women everywhere and is a great song from Koel to kick off her musical career. “Shimmer is a simple yet deep song, I wrote it for all women out there, especially black women, to remind them of their self-worth. I wanted them to know that they should never see themselves any less than what they are, absolute Queens”.
Not one to rest on her oars, Koel has a lot of plans and projects already lined up. “After Shimmer, I’ve got personal projects coming up and quite a number of collaborations that would blow your minds”.
Pointing out some of the artistes that inspire our sound, her list includes top Nigerian acts like Asa, Tiwa Savage, Wizkid, and Burna. Some of the sound engineers, producers, and artistes Koel would like to work with include: “I could go off on this all day but in the Nigerian music scene, I’d say Sarz, Shizzi, Spax, Killertunez for producers, Wizkid, Davido, Oxlade, SDC, Fireboy DML, Rema, Burna boy and Tiwa Savage for artists, to name a few”.
Here at TXT, we hope Koel never stops singing and continues flying from height to height, just like the Asian Koel.