British Nigerian artist Dire Pitan releases new single titled Overcome

Posted on 7 February 2020
By Khyle Deen
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Following his breakthrough debut EP Nowhere Else, which was released in 2016 and championed by the likes of BBC Introducing, Sofar Sounds, Premier Radio, and Colourful Radio, among others.

London-based British Nigerian singer and songwriter DIRE returns in 2020 after a brief hiatus to recalibrate, explore new sounds, and record his next project, with his brand-new track titled ‘OVERCOME’, serving as the lead single for his forthcoming debut album titled SEASONS.

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.

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.

It was while reflecting on these dark days that ‘Overcome’ was birthed. It captures how he managed to push through into hopefulness during life’s transitions and found new ways to persevere and be thankful despite his hardships; a message that will resonate with all ages – whether you’re a teenager going through your first heartbreak or an elder who’s been through it all, has the scars to prove it and still survives to fight another day.

Now a husband and father of two toddlers, Dire continues to be tested with fresh challenges which he tackles with the spirit and resolve that ‘Overcome’ so perfectly embodies. It sets the tone for what is a compelling and inspiring listening experience as you follow Dire through the turning of the “Seasons”.

Overcome will be released on Friday, February 7, 2020 and will be available on all music streaming platforms. Dire’s debut album ‘Seasons’ is set for release in June 2020.