Singer-Songwriter Dire Pitan Releases Video for New Single 'Overcome'
Overcome', the first offering of the year and comeback single from British Nigerian singer and songwriter Dire Pitan is finally out today, and I wanted to ask if you'd consider featuring him on The Urban Influence and sharing the single with your readers.
His debut album 'Seasons' is due for release this June, from which 'Overcome' is serving as its first single. Following the success of his 2016 breakthrough debut EP 'Nowhere Else', Dire took a brief hiatus to recalibrate, start a new family, explore new sounds, and record this highly anticipated project.
If you find yourself enjoying the sounds of Jacob Banks, Emeli Sande, Kwabs, Samm Henshaw or Rag 'n' Bone Man, then Dire Pitan will be right up your street, he stands out with his deeply soulful voice, vivid storytelling, and enriching fusion of soul music, hip hop, worship music, R&B and world music.
Speaking about the inspiration behind ‘Overcome’, Dire hinted that the song “compounds a series of trying times” during his life. Leaving his native Nigeria in 2003 with a burning desire to achieve better for himself in the UK, Dire’s journey was far from smooth. An immigrant in what he considered the promised, but sometimes hostile, foreign land, Dire endured periods of homelessness, as well as, a soul-crushing stint in a detention centre with the
threat of deportation hanging ominously over his head. Together, with the sudden and devastating loss of his beloved mother, Dire sunk to what he describes as the lowest point of his life, with all hope near lost.
Written and composed by Dire himself, ‘Overcome’ is beautifully woven together with an evocative arrangement, artfully reflecting the emotional rhythms of the narrative. The stirring backing vocals and resounding bass, mirror the triumphant refrain and consolidate the sense of a defiant, yet joyful opening to a new chapter. The track also sees Dire collaborating with burgeoning video director Joseph The Dreamer (Three Four Films) to deliver a well- crafted and fitting black and white visual spectacle, which brings ‘Overcome’ further to life.