Obongjayar shares video for new single ‘New Man’ directed by Chukwuka Nwobi, Some Nights I Dream Of Doors LP out now

June 16 2022

PRAISE FOR Obongjayar

“Some Nights I Dream Of Doors”

Double J Feature Album

“Some Nights I Dream Of Doors”

FBi Radio Packet Album Of The Week

“Some Nights I Dream Of Doors”

SYN Radio International Album Of The Week

“Delicately fuses futuristic hip-hop and electronic influences with musical elements from his Nigerian upbringing”

triple j

“An accomplished first album from a voice you can’t ignore, not that you’d want to”

Double J

“Mixing Afrobeat and electronics, Nigerian-born Londoner Steven Umoh makes music befitting a self-styled ‘king’”

The Guardian

“Get to Know Obongjayar, Who Makes Otherworldly Spirituals for the Modern Soul”


“Obongjayar’s potential is limitless”


“A blacksmith of boundary-pushing sounds, opening the floodgates, and separating himself from the flock”

Acclaim Magazine

“Infectious vocal delivery”

Purple Sneakers

“Stong Afrobeat core”


Message In A Hammer
Some Night I Dream Of Doors
Wrong For It (feat. Nubya Garcia)
My Life Can Change Today (interlude)
New Man
All The Difference
Tinko Tinko (Don’t Play Me For A Fool) 
I Wish It Was Me
Wind Sailor

Some Nights I Dream Of Doors is out now via September Recordings, buy/stream it here.

Last month saw the release of London-based Nigerian artist Obongjayar’s highly praised debut album Some Nights I Dream Of Doors via September Recordings and today he follows the album release with a brand new video for ‘New Man’.  WATCH HERE + LISTEN HERE

Some Nights I Dream Of Doors is the culmination of years of writing and recording, collaborating and performing that serves as a true calling card for an artist that has found their own unique musical style, with time as the central theme, we find an artist reflecting on his journey so far and looking towards a bright future.

The video, directed by Chukwuka Nwobi and filmed in Lagos Nigeria, sees Obongjayar in a warrior stance, performing on rooftops and in the shadowy corners of the country where he spent his childhood – as the camera’s eye alternates between swooping panoramas and intimate close-ups, he sings of self-discovery and rebirth; “I am the black sheep, I am the new man, unlike no other”

Having garnered attention throughout 2021 by drip-feeding music in the shape of singles ‘Message In A Hammer’, ‘Try’, and last month’s ‘Tinko Tinko (Don’t Play Me For A Fool)’ as well as show-stopping collaborations with Little Simz on the track ‘Point and Kill‘, Pa Salieu on ‘Style & Fashion‘ and a full EP with influential Nigerian producer Sarz entitled  ‘Sweetness‘ – it’s hard to believe that Obongjayar has only just released his full-length album.

In the years that have passed since he released his first single, his music still defies easy categorisation. His musical palette is expansive, with a nod to the rich musical textures of his Nigerian roots, he adds a multitude of influences and on Some Nights I Dream Of Doors his sound is more potent than ever. Recorded over 12 months with producer Barney Lister (and from J Rick on ‘All The Difference), he’s created an album that transcends its influence, creating an innovative and fresh body of work that is ready to define 2022. 

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