With a powerful and provocative sound universe that knows no boundaries between hip-hop, soul and industrial sounds, Nigerian-Canadian solo artist and self-made producer Debby Friday has earned an impressive reputation in the music scene.
This was evident once again when she won Canada's prestigious Polaris Music Prize in the Best Canadian Album category. She received this important award for her debut album "Good Luck", which should be interpreted as a strong statement of empowerment and encourages young people to believe in their uniqueness. This belief is reflected not only in her often powerful and direct lyrics, but also in the complex sounds that the self-taught producer uses in her music.
Debby Friday's work exudes a confident determination. With a sonic fusion that weaves together elements of pop, hip-hop, punk, soul vibes, club beats, hard industrial moments and experimental electronics in an impressive and expansive mix, the artist, who was born in Nigeria and immigrated to Canada as a child, gives the best impression artist an existential expression. Their musical spectrum encompasses all the extremes that life has to offer. In her songs with her multifaceted voice, which varies between falsetto singing and deep rap, she deals with the ups and downs of the reality of life for her millennial generation.
Her first album, Good Luck, released on respected indie label Sub Pop, showcases her impressive development as a songwriter and producer. The productions have become more individual, but without losing their radicalism and unmistakable signature. They appear more balanced and less confrontational, although there is also room for moments of pure harmony and melodic affection. Nevertheless, her music, which she initially shaped as a DJ in Vancouver, remains a resolute act of rebellion in every word and sound.
In a recent interview with Britain's NME, she said: "I don't think I had a choice. Even as a young girl, being myself and growing up in a very structured household was an act of rebellion. If you find yourself in a In a very regimented environment, you have to find ways to express yourself outside of your home. You have to find ways to be honest with yourself and find out who you really are. It happens almost automatically. I don't know what else I would do. "