Labianca Talks About Love, Heartbreak, Pain In Upcoming Album

BY Nii Ogbamey Tetteh November 29, 2023 9:48 PM EDT

Cameroonian Afro-Soul musician, Labianca, is getting ready to serve her fans a new set of melodies from her debut Extended Play (EP) titled Walk Away.

Scheduled for December 8, 2023, the People hitmaker describes the project as a compilation of tunes with themes revolving around love, heartbreak, pain, and progression.

Listeners are eager to hear what the BET award winner, who had been “drinking more alcohol”, as indicated in the opening verse of her People song, will open up about.

People, released in 2022, stemmed from the singer’s personal experiences, as she had reportedly been dealing with a rare mood disorder known as cyclothymia.

Libianca Kenzonkinboum Fonji, shortened as Liabianca won the BET Award for the People. She rose to fame within a short period of time after the emotional single went viral last year.  

The track reached No. 2 on the US Billboard Afrobeats Chart and No. 1 on the UK Afrobeats Chart. It also peaked at No. 2 in the UK Official chart and received wide attention across social media.

Apart from People, her discography includes Level, My Place, Revenge, Thank You, Special, and Lovin. She previously competed in the 21st season of American TV show, The Voice, in 2021, prior to recording mainstream music.

Labianca signed with 5K Records and Sony in 2022, and told BBC in March that People was written after throwing a Thanksgiving party where she “felt invisible”.

“I’d been at a low point of my life for at least two weeks and I was just like, ‘I can’t take any more of this…There were self-harmful thoughts, over-thinking, really anxious – a bunch of things going on in my head,” she had stated.

Announcing her latest Walk Away project on her X (Twitter) handle, she said: “I was finally talking about stuff that I spent so long hiding from myself…I write what I write because we don’t like to talk about these things.”

Labianca, who describes her music as an “intersection” of R&B, Afrobeats, and Soul, takes influence from genres prevalent in her upbringing such as Cameroonian music, Nigerian music, and Highlife.  She performed as an opening act at Alicia Keys‘ 2023 ‘Keys to the Summer Tour’.