Take 5: El’Vee

El’Vee are an Afropop duo, which consists of twin sisters Lilian and Vivian Nwaneho. They were born in Lagos, Nigeria and grew up in Reading, UK. Their love for music, drew them back and forth to Nigeria, and as independent artists, they have worked with renowned musicians like Don Jazzy, Sarz, Tiwezi just to name a few. We Take 5 mins for 5 Questions for a little chat with the musical sisters….

When did you realise that you wanted to make Afrobeats music? 

Lil: Afrobeats has always been something we listened to growing up in Nigeria. Then we started promoting Afrobeats artists in the UK. So we knew early on when we decided that we were going to do music professionally that it was a genre in which we would create music. Afrobeats resonates with our hearts because it’s beyond just singing, it’s the vibe. We love the Afrobeats vibe and the deep rooted feeling and a sense of culture and belonging it give us, so i’ll say it was always inevitable. 

What or who inspired you in that scene (or from outside of it?)?

Viv: Some of the people who inspired us in Afrobeats are some of the artists we grew up listening to like 2face, The Plantashun Boiz, Tony Tetuila, Eldee, Idris Abdulkareem, Brenda Fassie, Angelique Kidjo, Psquare, Onyeka Owenu, Mo’hits, Tiwa Savage, Wizkid, Davido etc

Tell us about your latest single ‘My Butter’ – what does it mean?

Lil: Butter in Nigerian culture is a metaphor for good life and prosperity. Kind of like ‘God has buttered my bread’ meaning ‘God has blessed me bountifully’.

You were born in Nigeria but grew up in Reading UK. Tell us five things you love about Nigeria and also Reading –  and why……

Nigeria:

  • 1- The Hustle and Bustle of Lagos city where we were born
  • 2- The Food
  • 3- The hospitality of the people
  • 4- The music scene
  • 5- I love the fact that it’s very industrious. They always say if you can make it in Lagos, you can make it anywhere in the world. 

Reading: 

  • 1- The sense of freedom to be whoever you want to be
  • 2- The sense of peace
  • 3- Also the hospitality
  • 4- Reading is a beautiful place, it overlooks the Thames
  • 5- And there so much opportunities. We love it.

What are you most looking forward to this year? 

Viv: To be honest we’re looking for more successes this year. Being an independent artist can be really difficult, so we’re definitely looking to achieve more musically this year, grow our camp, make other investments and help more people.