Nigerian singer Simisola Kosoko, better known as Simi, has characterized her voice as strikingly distinctive noting that it’s what listeners notice about her music right away.

In a lengthy tweet on the microblogging platorm, X, she made this statement in response to fans who suggested she modify the tone and style of her music.

Simi explained that some people love her songs more than her voice because although she is a fantastic songwriter, they think her voice is too piercing.

She wrote;

“I know some of you honestly struggle and don’t know why, so let me help you. My voice is so, so incredibly distinct. It’s in your face. It’s beautiful and sweet and soft, but it can be piercing and in your face. It doesn’t melt and get lost in a beat like most voices do. So regardless of what style or tempo of music I’m singing on, the first thing you’ll notice about my song is my voice. Not the beat. This is what the majority of people love the most about me – the piercing nature of my voice.

So they love everything I sing on. Some people love my songs more than my voice, because let’s face it, I’m a fantastic songwriter…but for them, my voice is too piercing sometimes and gets in the way. For some, because of how my voice stands out, it sounds like they’re hearing the same kind of music – even when they’re listening to me sing 5 diff genres back to back.

That’s why my features work for many of you (you probably didn’t even know that). The balance of someone else’s voice can distract you and then when you hear my voice again, you have space to love it. I know my voice. It is my super power, but that power has its consequence. I accept it.

Howfxckingever, I can NOT change my voice. Even if I could, I do not want to. This is why I insist that you take what you can, when you can and keep it moving – but do not insult me or all the hard work I do. Stop that shit! I’m too good at what I do for these ignorant takes. So get your shit together and do better. I love love love my fans. I cater to them first. When everyone else dials in for the shit they like, I’m grateful for them too. But please don’t be obtuse and insult me 🙏🏾”

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