After a phenomenal run back in 2018, which saw the release of multiple singles such as “Askamaya”, “Case”, “Uyo Meyo” and more, Teni has enjoyed a near-consistent status as one of Afropop’s most formidable hitmakers. So far, she’s released ‘Billionaire’, the debut EP which saw her continuing to deliver on top form as she shared a slew of entertaining and inspiring numbers. But even still, Teni never lost sight of the long game–the release of her full-length debut LP which took her over two years to record.
Today, the wait is finally over. ‘Wondaland‘, her debut album is a 17-tracker that finds the singer commanding fantasy and entertainment with ease. The rollout for the project has been one of the most engaging and interactive we’ve seen so far this year, accompanied by a VR audio-visual experience of the album, a melange of crossword puzzles, interactive games and cash prizes, and the upbeat promotional singles, dance-inflected “Jo” and the Davido-assisted number, “For You”. It’s clear that Teni has been preparing for this moment, meticulously crafting the world around her album in a time where we are cut off from live music experiences.
The album tracklist will reveal that Teni only has one feature–the romance number “For You” which features Davido, while she goes the entire length of the album on her own serving up her familiar comical one-liners and flexing her lyrical chops. Speaking about the new release, the singer shared, “I want to see old and young people see themselves in the songs,” a feat that has always been consistent in her multi-generational music that has the power to be played in raves across the African continent as well as more formal events such as weddings.
Teni’s superpower is that she’s able to unite the entire world through dance and by consistently betting on her most authentic self. It’s this inspiringly firm sense of self-awareness that continues to endear her to her growing fanbase. Now, with the release of her debut album ‘Wondaland’, Teni is subtly widening the scope of her ability and letting viewers into her colourful world. It’s possible you couldn’t find an Afropop star better suited for this glittering moment and just as she declares on Ozedikus-produced “Moslado”: “Eru Baba Eru, Egbe Baba Egbe/Oja Baba Oja, Teni Power Ranger”.