Charity Ekeke Releases Eclectic Pop Album
Nigerian-born artist Charity Ekeke has released a politically-charged pop album, She, that’s been brewing for over 20 years. Now living in Los Angeles, the singer grapples with controversial issues including prostitution, gender roles, and the Syrian migration crisis. While Charity wrote some of the songs from She decades ago, it took her a long time to get a music career off the ground. Having to raise three children on her own and make a living didn’t stop her from pursuing her artistic goals, however. Now, having written a full record, the songs that Charity wrote 20 years ago are just as relevant today as they were when they were written.
The single, “If the Roles Were Reversed,” brings to light the inequalities that women have to face both in America and around the world. “The song is about unfairness in life,” the artist writes on her YouTube page. With lyrics such as: Do you ever stop to imagine, / do you ever stop to think? the song asks the listener to truly grasp some of the hardships women have to go through on a daily basis. Continuing this critical look at society, Charity’s song “She Bears” may be the strongest track on the album. While some of the tracks on this album feel a bit formulaic and weak, Charity’s lyrics are consistently strong and carry the album.
The album is available to stream on Charity’s Soundcloud.