Allen Anjeh is a Kumba, Cameroon-born singer-songwriter who has lived in Copenhagen, Denmark since she was 12 years old. Not too long ago, she released a lovely visualizer for her new and alluring R&B single, titled, “Once In A Million,” produced and co-written by London-based Nigerian artist/producer, AZEKEL. The song follows Allen’s debut single, “Rising Sun,” produced by Mont Jake.
Allen Anjeh – “Once In A Million” visualizer
“‘Once in A Million’ is about relationships that feel one-sided and never reciprocated. One of those relationships or friendships where you feel like you’re continually making sacrifices and the other person just sits back and takes full advantage of you.” – Allen Anjeh explained
‘Once in A Million’ delivers a stunning meld of progressive electronics and percussive beats that push through the sonic boundaries of R&B, to nestle firmly in the soul camp. An expertly crafted soundscape that brings the artist’s striking voice into laser-sharp focus.
“When I need you, boy, you’re not around.”
Allen Anjeh is here to speak her truth. A bold fashion-forward voice within alternative R&B, she draws heavily on her experiences as a child in Cameroon, and a teenager in Denmark, to sculpt something that is truly hers. Growing up, Allen was exposed to an eclectic mix of sounds, from her brother’s unwavering selection of ‘90s hip-hop, such as Nas, Biggie, and 50 Cent, she also loved the latest MTV videos from inspirational female acts such as Destiny’s Child and Missy Elliott; and then there was her grandmother spinning Cameroonian classics from artists such Manu Di Bango, or righteous Nigerian icon, Fela Kuti. In short, it was an inspirational brew of musical influences that flowed through the household.
Allen Anjeh’s life was turned upside down at the age of 12, when Allen left the comfort of her extended family in colorful Cameroon and moved to Denmark, to join her mother in Copenhagen. It was then that music became Allen’s safe space. She won a spot in the school choir, stealing the show with an incredible solo. But her big break came when she signed herself and her best friend at the time up for X-Factor as a prank, with no idea about the potential exposure it could garner.
Allen recalls the whole experience as pretty unpleasant, but as the only Black kid on the show, the small, but powerful, Black-Danish community gravitated towards the pair. This is where Allen began to earn legitimate recognition and a fanbase.
Sometime later, an old friend from the show introduced Allen to Danish music producers, Esben Zefting and Mark Fosnæs. Together they nurtured her songwriting and helped Allen Anjeh to figure out where her voice lay. The artist’s love for fashion and music coexists harmoniously together, alongside a glorious fusion of African color and Danish style which has earned her an ongoing collaboration with H&M.
Allen’s songwriting draws inspiration from her own unique experiences of growing up in two wildly different worlds, creating a musical universe that speaks from the heart. Her music has become a means of tethering the artist to her African heritage and the communities she grew up in. Her songs focus on fragility, insecurities, frustrations, and vulnerability as well as compassion, love, and, most significantly the communication barriers she has faced.
‘Once in a Million’ is the second track to be released from Allen Anjeh’s five-track debut EP, “Ó mmɛ ne,” which is set to be released in August 2023. Allen describes her forthcoming project as a love project dedicated to the African continent.
‘Ó mmɛ ne,’ translates to “This is me.” The collection of songs showcases a snapshot of Allen’s internal and external complexities colliding, as she attempts to find some form of harmony within. She takes the best of her eclectic influences with each track to create something truly mesmerizing. A blaze of creativity keeps us hooked from the outset as Allen Anjeh looks set to take the world by storm.
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