A keen music fan and avid creator, he blends a myriad of afrocentric sounds and western influences that reflect his Nigerian heritage, his Australian upbringing and the multifaceted taste of an open-minded listener of the internet age.
These concoctions vary in sound from piece to piece, but are usually punctuated by hints of African percussion, infectious bass lines and layered electronic textures, all of which pay direct homage to the hallmark genres of black creativity including Jazz, Soul, RnB, and of course Hip Hop.
The name, given to him by his uncle now passed is his way of putting his culture first through his music,
in which he rhymes over “a melting pot of Afrobeat, searing electronic and traditional hip hop stylings” (Themusic.com.au).
“With energy and animation that would rival the likes of Andre 3000” (Purplesneakers.com.au), IJALE exhibits a level of artistic conviction that is seldom seen in newcomers like him.
As stated by the music.com.au after one of his premiere performances, “Australian hip hop is in a very good space ...(IJALE) is evidence of this”
Watch out for IJALE in 2020 and beyond.