Akefa's debut concept album centers around the immortal spirit of love. Soon to be released, presales are officially available NOW!
Six Awesome Songs
This song was inspired and evoked by Ariella Montoril, a close friend, fan, fellow composer, and performing artist. Ariella challenged Akefa to write a song about being beautiful. She challenged her to write a vulnerable and transparent song about Akefa's challenges and victories in her journey concerning self-image.
Akefa wrote the song in the summer of 2019 in 1hr. It was a challenging year for Akefa as her family was away for most of the year and Akefa had to tend to the home and hobby farm on her own in rural BC without transportation. Funny enough on the heels of almost 1 year of isolation, a second isolated period began as the coronavirus shook the world.
During this time of her life, Akefa felt really un-beautiful, lonely, and stranded, but Ariella's challenge reminded and lent Akfea the strength to carry on, to believe in herself, and find her own meaning of what it is to be truly beautiful.
"For The Love" is a ballad about letting the ones you love go, trusting that if it's meant to be, they will come back to you and if not, having faith that the "right one" is out there and that it's essential to be grounded in your authentic self, to follow your soul's purpose, and too not even let your desires to be loved hold you back from what you know you are meant to be and do.
This song was written over the course of many years, slowly gaining a verse here and there as Akefa accumulated more life experiences to validate her convictions. It is a song close to Akefa's heart and is also one of her most-requested love songs.
"Immortal" (written in 2018) is a sweet yet macabre tale about a fox who is hunting a rabbit in the deep dark forest. When they are face to face, they remember their many past lives as lovers, friends, and nourishment for one another. Their love rekindled, they frolic in the woods, playing together, but as fate would have it the rabbit also remembers all the lives it spent being the loving sacrifice of food for the fox.
The rabbit shares with the fox, her fantasies about eating him because she loves him so much she could just gobble him up. The fox remembers all the love and sacrifices of the rabbit and offers up his body as nourishment, she devours him with tenderness and passion, knowing that she will see him again in another lifetime and that one day, they again will be lovers.
The song was influenced by Akefa's passionate encounters with many twin flames in her life, the knowledge of divine timing, and the twists of fate that bring people together time and time again to heal, to laugh, and to love.
This song is not about eating your lovers... (hahaha), it's about returning the love and sacrifices for those who have sacrificed for you. It's about reunions, unity, and accepting our differences as divine lessons in humility, loving-kindness, and compassion
This upbeat and lively song is the first love song Akefa ever wrote (in 1999) about the healing journey through countless incarnations, once enemies in battle, next as healers tending and mending the wounds of the present created by an unconscious past, and finally the love that can manifest after the healing has mitigated said trauma.
It's about remembering and acknowledging the subtle connections between us, our ancestors, and the work and reconciliation we have to do in order to get to the love at the core.
It's an invitation to look deeper than the surface of our relationships, to the core dynamics therein, and to practice self-reflection, so that we may see the sameness within us, that bonds us to one another.
"Practice" was written in 2011 and dedicated to a wonderful man who graced the life of Akefa after she was recovering from a heavy and painful relationship. The message is about the healing balm it is to first ground oneself in self-love, and self-care before recommitting oneself to a new relationship.
It's about remembering to take heed of all the feelings inside, to sort through the pain and disappointment, and clearing by forgiving so that when the next love interest comes along, you are free and clear of any jadedness that might hold you back from giving or receiving love.
This song was written in early 2012 and was written for and about Akefa's life partner when they first got together. It's about celebrating the relationship with one's own self, in one's loneliness and isolation, yet welcoming the presence of the "other". Akefa is an only child and generally enjoys being alone. She often laughs at the irony of the fact that once you are happy being alone, once you no longer seek is when you find... "the one".
In her solitude she was in peace, no complications of another person's "dislikes", "needs" and "wants" etc, but still, the's not all that. And all that garners its own interest.
We often complain about our life partners when they are around us, we can easily find faults, grievances, and annoyances. We may pick at these things and magnify their influence in our life using them as excuses for our own misery. We take one another for granted forgetting how challenging it was when we were alone.
When we are alone we pine for one another, often not stopping to enjoy our own solitude, our own company. We say things like, "I don't need a perfect partner I just need companionship", yet in truth, our time with ourselves is an opportunity for integration, self-work, to pursue our interests and passion projects, and a time to do all the things that would be challenging or impossible to do when in partnership.
Never happy in the now, always thinking the grass is greener elsewhere keeps us trapped in a vicious cycle of disappointment, discontentment and creates endless drama. This song challenges the listener to accept where one is whether it's alone or together, to celebrate the gifts each state has to offer and to use that to one's advantage and betterment. This song is a reminder not to take our time together or alone for granted. each has its place and divine timing in our lives, no matter how challenging.