With his sharp observations and hard-earned pragmatism, Michael Ordor also known as Tchella, is a true every-man artist, and “Traffic” is a salute to the ears of every good music listener on any level. One of the standouts off his new E.P The Story Before, the song sees this Port Harcourt city based soul singer atop wormy piano cords that foreshadow greatness just around the corner.
Painting vivid images of his past relationship on “Traffic”, Tchella shows himself to be both plain-spoken and philosophical, dripping a melodic, coolly detached flow with vocal gymnastics without breaking a sweat.
Over the past few years, we’ve heard a lot of artists making melodic, emotionally charged music that bridges gaps between soul, emo, alternative rock, and pop. So far, Tchella is one of the best and most unique, bringing this genre-defying approach to life in Nigeria. He’s got a forward-thinking sound perfect for the moment, and he’s got the songwriting skills to back it up.
But despite that, the song is catchy as hell and addictive. Tchella may not fit in neatly with popular Nigerian music in this year, but that’s what makes him stand out.
Enjoy “Traffic” by Tchella.