Rising Nigerian artist Aninooritsewarami Alero Oritsesan, better known as Kold AF, thinks its important to stay true to her artistic vision.

Known for exploring diverse sounds, she was selected by Spotify to be its Equal Ambassador for April which put her on the cover of Spotify’s Fresh Finds artists.

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At the time, Monica Kemoli-Savanne, Spotify’s Senior Artist & Label Partnerships Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa said of their choice: “We’re committed to continuing these efforts and showcasing rising artists like Kold AF, who serve as a reminder that dreams are valid.”

Despite the praise and boost from the streamer, Kold AF is determined to be known for her art. She recently released a 2-pack EP called no PITY alongside alternative soul artist Aema in an effort to not be put in a mould.

“People often try to fit me into their preconceived moulds, guided by their prejudices. 

“Yet, as a young woman navigating the labyrinth of the music industry, I refuse to be confined by such limitations. 

“My focus remains unwaveringly fixed on staying true to my artistic vision.”

Speaking about participating in the Equal programme, Kold AF said: “Participating in the Equal program is a genuine honour, a testament to Spotify’s commitment to supporting female artists. It also serves as a gentle reminder to me to extend a helping hand to the aspiring women who will follow in my footsteps.”

In this interview, she delves into her music and creative journey.

What is that one surprising thing your fans might not know about you?

I like video games; I had a Nintendo DS at some point in my childhood and I was STUCK ON IT. I played a couple of games on my friend’s XBoxes and PlayStations but I never had a console of my own.

Now I’m getting back into the groove of it and I’m loving every second of this reunion of sorts. 

When did you realise that making music was in your destiny and what is your WHY for pursuing this craft?

I only fully realised that it was what I was made for in 2019. As a child, I dreamed of being a star, performing in front of millions of people but I was riddled with fear for many years before 2019.

I decided that year that regardless of the intense fear, I would take the first step and keep moving till I see myself on the stages my younger self had been daydreaming about all day with no regrets. 

Which African songs or artists did you grow up listening to?

I listened to whatever my parents were a fan of at the time. That included icons like Fela Kuti, Lagbaja, Plantashun Boiz, Psquare, Angelique Kidjo, Fally Ipupa, Awilo Longomba, and the stars that came after them like Asa, Wizkid, Burna Boy, Davido, Cynthia Morgan and so on.

To someone who has never heard your music, how would you describe the sound, tone, and style?

I would describe my sound as a Fusion. It’s electric and full of emotion. A fluid sound that will always infuse beautiful genres. 

My foundational genres are Dancehall, R&B and and Afropop but I’m as versatile as it gets and I’ll never be afraid to show it any chance I get.  

I speak on real and relatable topics and I’m probably the biggest fan of my music. When you press play on anything I’m on, you can be sure one thing is constant; QUALITY. 

Any advice for someone dreading following their dreams?

I was literally in their position before 2019 so I can categorically say this; Take the first step. It’s the scariest decision and action but it is the most important one. 

The ‘what ifs’ and ‘maybes/maybe nots’ don’t matter in the grand scheme of things if you play it safe and never know. Things will come together with time, effort, showing up and consistency.

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