The captivating story-teller Tobi Sunmola drops ‘Never Forget We’re Here/Tales From The East IV’ via Afropunk – the latest instalment in a series of conceptual releases documenting life in Manchester.
Whilst receiving recognition for his abilities as a promising young poet, following the release of this year’s ‘Childhood Culture’ EP, the emerging rapper showcases yet more of his distinctive capabilities here. Sunmola escalates from the smooth flow through ‘Never Forget We’re Here’ to a gritty MC delivery in the primal second section with effortless style. His skills are deployed with wisdom and a depth of ability beyond his years, as this gripping production wrestles with complex aspects of youth and manhood.
The accompanying video was produced by Luke Logan, who was shortlisted at the Cannes Film Festival for Young Director of the Year. It serves as a striking visual display of his internal struggle and illustrates the lyrical theme flawlessly. In his own words, Tobi explains how the concept “plays on the cynical nature and inherent flaws of the human sense of self. It represents a man running away from who he is, but eventually accepting and taking pride in himself.”