Art ~  “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination…producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power” – Oxford Dictionary.

Over the past few weeks, Afritorial has been exclusively featuring the artistry of Gazele, a Nigerian-Australian singer/songwriter, in a very personal project named the ‘Gazele Play Project’.

Recently a resident of Sydney, Australia and now living in the UK, Gazele is one vibrant and soulful woman, whom I’ve had the privilege of meeting and sharing deep conversations about everything African, musical and creative. I’m astounded at Gazele’s raw emotion and verve for life, beautifully captured in her music, and what better way way to express her hopes and dreams especially in 2016 than in a new artistic endeavour.

The project, a 5 part video series that brings to life her latest musical creations, tells her story and showcases her talent in a most poignant style – using music and lyrical words as an expression of her soul.

“I’ve had the privilege to connect with so many people on beautiful journeys through the gift of music,’ she says. “Recently, I relocated to the UK from Australia and just before I left Sydney I got together with a great team of supportive and talented musicians for this final acoustic project, #GazelePlayProject.  A collection of new original music and covers, it meant a lot to me to create these acoustic videos with people who are dear to me at Sydney’s Play Bar.”

We are excited and honoured to debut her work to the world right here. Enjoy.

Part 4


When I was a young girl, I searched for anything that could show me and tell me who I was and where I fit in. A lot of the time I felt confused, frustrated and lonely. Growing up with my siblings in Australia and being the only Africans in a large primary school, I did not realise how different I was till I received the end of year whole school photo and wondered who those dark blobs were in the middle of the group with the blurry features…they were me and my brother. I was embarrassed and I felt like an alien because I did not fit in. I really stood out. I fell deeper and deeper into self loathing. I wanted to be pretty, I wanted to be acceptable to everybody. I had to have a weave/wig on at all times because my natural hair was “ugly”, I had to be in heels always because I was “too short” and I had to exercise 2 hours a day if I ate too much, because I was not supposed to be “fat”…LIES! After years of abusing my own body and punishing myself, my prayers for a peaceful mind and a freed spirit were answered. I could now truly adore everything about me. ‘Girl’ is a song about what that struggle was like. I feel that so many females can relate to the experience of not knowing our own worth and trying to fit in.  When in reality, we are all born unique and one of a kind.

For more of Gazele’s work and to connect with her on social, visit:






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