Royalty shows what identity is at the root — textured with culture, history and commentary. With its kaleidoscopic cultural lens, the video illuminates the multifaceted nature of Blackness. It’s as African as it is American, and everything in between, bringing to life the soul that lives through and across diasporic distances.
As the creator and pioneer of the genre, Yoruba Tech Soul— a fusion of traditional Nigerian sounds, electronic, jazz, house, and classical music — Eli adds a modern twist with tinges of traditionality in everything he makes. Having released his first project in 2016, in 2017, he went on to make his TED Conference debut under TedxCuny as a speaker and performer, focusing on how music can be used to reconcile and highlight differences in culture and identity. He’s performed at the Art Basel No Commission event in Miami, opening for Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, ASAP Rocky, and Swizz Beatz. Eli’s work and name have graced the pages of publications such as Wonderland Magazine, Fashion Glossary UK, Okayplayer, Okayafrica, and Milk Media, and recently mentioned as an act to watch in The New York Times.