Orajiaka Anthony Ferdinand, the versatile UK-based Nigerian musician, songwriter and record producer better known as Turph Kako, has officially released his debut EP, Heartbreak On A Full Moon. This highly anticipated project showcases Turph’s unique musical style and marks a significant milestone in his career.
Since his arrival on the music scene Turph Kako has captivated audiences with a diverse fusion of musical genres influenced by artists such as Bob Marley, Damian Marley, Fela, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Nas, Jay-Z and many others. His music reflects a wide array of sounds and influences that have shaped his artistic evolution. Unlike artists who adhere to a specific genre, Turph embraces experimentation and refuses to be confined to a single category. With four projects and numerous singles under his belt, he has consistently showcased his versatility and growth as an artist.
Heartbreak On A Full Moon further showcases his growth and will captivate listeners with its emotionally charged themes. The EP delves into the complexities of heartbreak and the challenges faced in relationships, skilfully blending African rhythms with the soulful essence of R&B. Turph’s artistry vividly portrays the nuances of toxicity and personal growth within the context of romantic relationships.
The concept for the EP was born in 2020, sparked by the creation of the track “Heartbreaker”, which was self-produced and released in December 2022 as a precursor to the EP. This project boasts impressive collaborations with talented producers and songwriters, including Jabani, TKBheatz, Sambee, G U Y and T1Ondabeat, resulting in a diverse tapestry of emotional experiences.
Reflecting on the creation of Heartbreak On A Full Moon, Turph Kako shares, “In the past, I have made music about heartbreak and the challenges of toxic relationships, but I was merely scratching the surface. I knew I wanted to make an entire project about this episode of my life. In 2020, the inspiration to create an Afro-soul/Afro-fusion EP that would vividly capture these emotions through a blend of groovy yet melancholic tunes came about. The track ‘Heartbreaker’ marked the beginning of this creative journey, though it didn’t ultimately find its place in the EP. Relocating to Bristol, UK, where I knew nobody, I found solace and continuity in my passion for music. The city introduced me to like-minded musicians and my amazing collaborators who helped bring this EP to fruition.”
As Turph Kako continues to push boundaries and explore new musical horizons, his debut EP solidifies his position as a rising artist to watch out for.