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Global Spin: Dami Oniru Turns Down the Lights For A Moody Performance Of "Runnin'"
Nigerian-based singer-songwriter Dami Oniru shares a performance of "Runnin'" that spotlights her smooth-as-butter vocals in this episode of Global Spin.
Rising R&B star Dami Oniru zeroes in on a relationship that she wants — despite some doubts about whether or not her feelings are reciprocated — in her pulsing slow jam, "Runnin.'"
In this episode of Global Spin, Oniru dims the lights for a moody, intimate performance of the song. In a dark room decorated by sparse, shadeless lamps, Oniru's performance places the spotlight on her crystalline vocal runs and intricate rhythms.
Based in Lagos, Nigeria, Oniru has been on the music scene since 2016. "Runnin" comes off her seven-song collection from 2019, Bri's Lounge, a project that scaled down her African-inspired influences to focus more heavily on R&B, as she told Culture Custodian upon its release.
"I've always wanted to make purely R&B music, but obviously I'm Nigerian so I had to try and infuse a bit of culture into the project, which you hear on [the song] 'See,'" she explained. "I think the difference is that I played around with sounds more and you can definitely hear the growth between both [Bri's Lounge and its predecessor, Cliche] in just a one-year period."
The singer — whose birth name is Brianna — decided to name her project Bri's Lounge because of its overarching theme of at-home comforts, and her vision for making music you might listen to in pajamas. That intimate, cozy vibe is alive and well in Oniru's performance of "Runnin'," as she sits at the microphone wearing a silky lounge set, letting her vocals fall effortlessly over the song's rhythmic, pulsing melody.
Press play above to enter the cozy, dark world of Oniru's "Runnin'," and keep checking GRAMMY.com for more episodes of Global Spin.
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Global Spin: Watch Jeremy Dutcher Deliver An Empowering Performance Of "Pomawsuwinuwok Wonakiyawolotuwok"
Two-spirit Indigenous musician Jeremy Dutcher performs a captivating performance of "Pomawsuwinuwok Wonakiyawolotuwok (People Are Rising)," a resistance song from his latest LP, 'Motewolonuwok.'
As a two-spirit Indigenous person, Canadian musician Jeremy Dutcher knows judgment lurks on every corner. It's brought resilience to their life and a drive to fight against it, and they're more than ready to invite more to join the ongoing revolution.
"People are rising/ So, we stand up," Dutcher sings on the outro of "Pomawsuwinuwok Wonakiyawolotuwok (People Are Rising)," strategically using English to welcome listeners beyond his Wolastoq community.
In this episode of Global Spin, Dutcher performs a stripped-down performance of the track on the piano, allowing his fiery vocals to move the performance.
"Pomawsuwinuwok Wonakiyawolotuwok (People Are Rising)" is the "resistance song for all voices" on Dutcher's new album, Motewolonuwok. In a press statement, they explain that "Motewolonuwok," or "witch," is a phrase commonly used for two-spirit people: "They're the people of great spiritual power. The honor and the strength of that, rather than it being something to be ashamed of."
Dutcher will close out 2023 with the final two shows of his Motewolonuwok Tour, which see him returning to his home country. He'll make two stops in Ontario: St. Catharines on Dec. 7, and Toronto on Dec. 9.
Press play on the video above to watch Jeremy Dutcher advocate for change with this performance of "Pomawsuwinuwok Wonakiyawolotuwok," and check back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of Global Spin.
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Global Spin: Teni Asks For "No Days Off" In This Energetic Live Performance
Nigerian singer Teni celebrates her hard work with this upbeat performance of "No Days Off," a single from her upcoming album, 'Tears of the Sun.'
Nigerian singer/songwriter Teni traveled from Atlanta to Lagos as a young adult in a leap of faith. After a few months of grinding and "No Days Off," she quickly built her dream life — though it did mean she had to question a few people in her inner circle.
"Pay me my money, pay me my dough/ Is you my friend? Or, is you my foe?/ I'm about that life, is you about that life?/ Come outside if you about that life," Teni sings before switching to pidgin.
In this episode of Global Spin, Teni delivers a high-energy live performance of "No Days Off" from her October show in Los Angeles.
"No Days Off" is a single from her upcoming album, Tear of the Sun, which will arrive on Nov. 17. "'No Days Off' was made everywhere in the world. That's why it really is called 'No Days Off,'" Teni explained in a press statement. "It was made in Lagos. It was made in L.A. Some parts of it were also made in Cape Town."
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Global Spin: Hataałii Pays Homage To His Navajo Heritage In This Picturesque Performance Of "Story Of Francisco"
Strumming an electric guitar in the middle of a desert road, Indigenous alt-rock singer Hataałii uncovers the unfortunate irony of life with "Story of Francisco," a track from his latest album, 'Singing into Darkness.'
Life has a way of dealing unlucky circumstances sometimes. As Indigenous alt-rock singer Hataałii tells in the "Story of Francisco," you can have a shimmering gleam in your eye, only to have the universe's "unholy jester" take it from you.
"Your age-old stone breaks apart somewhere/ By the child whose mother has lost her hair/ To our great defeat, limping up the stairs," Hataałii recounts in the song.
In this episode of Global Spin, Hataałii delivers a live performance of "Story of Francisco" from a desert road, paying homage to his roots in Window Rock, Arizona, the capital of the Navajo nation.
"Story of Francisco" is a track from Hataałii's latest album, Singing into Darkness, which the singer released on June 30 via Dangerbird Records. On Nov. 1, he premiered an expanded edition of the LP, which hosts three new tracks and five demos.
Singing into Darkness largely explores Hataałii's experience as a Navajo citizen, from the erasure of Indigenous culture throughout history to the unique dynamics between tourists and the residents of reservations.
Press play on the video above to watch Hataałii's scenic performance of "Story of Francisco," and check back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of Global Spin.
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Global Spin: JINI Is Impatient In Love During This Passionate Performance Of Her Debut Solo Single, "C'mon"
K-pop soloist JINI offers an electrifying performance of "C'mon," the title track from her debut EP, 'An Iron Hand in a Velvet Glove.'
K-pop soloist JINI feels the highs of a blossoming relationship — wearing their t-shirt and her hands running across their "beautiful face." She's impatiently ready for the next stage, and there's only one word that can sum up her emotions: "C'mon."
"Baby, come on, come on, come on," JINI calls in the chorus of her new single. "Wanna love you harder/ Wanna make it louder/ Wanna listen to it/ Baby, you're my favorite song/ 'Cause you feel like music."
In this episode of Global Spin, JINI delivers a performance of "C'mon" outside a motel while receiving support from a band of pianists, guitarists, and drummers.
"C'mon" is the lead single from JINI's debut EP, An Iron Hand in a Velvet Glove; the original track features Aminé. The project dropped on Oct. 11 via ATOC with four more upbeat tracks, including a Korean version of "C'mon." Next month, JINI will host her first in-person fansign event in Los Angeles.
Beyond music, JINI is an ambassador for Mac Cosmetics. According to her artist biography, she aspires to "shine her light on the world, leaving an indelible mark on both the music and beauty industries."
Press play on the video above to hear JINI's energetic performance of "C'mon," and check back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of Global Spin.