Press Play: New Music From Fireboy, Wizkid, Wani & More
Your weekly dose of the best new songs on the continent!
We're still living in a pandemic and its endless resulting effects, but at least we've had an ample serving of tunes to keep us company. Each week, the B.Side staff will round up a guide to the hottest songs on the continent. Dig in and enjoy.
“Peru” - Fireboy DML
Nigeria’s resident loverboy is back with his first lead single of the year. Asides from the remix of the DJ Spinall song “Sere” with 6lack and an appearance on Cheque’s “History”, it has been a quiet year for the singer. Announcing the release via his official Twitter account, the Shizzi-produced single is just something to appease hungry fans while he works on his album. It is unclear when the album will come out or if “Peru” will be part of the project. Nevertheless, it’s a catchy tune (as we have come to expect from Fireboy) and should be part of your new music playlist.
“Bus Stop” - Ajebo Hustlers
After a long wait, Ajebo Hustlers have released their first studio project, Kpos Lifestyle Vol. 1. Although it contains hits we have already come to love, such as “Symbiosis” and “Pronto”, the opening track “Bus Stop” is a fantastic love song and one of the best intros to a Nigerian project this year. An exhibition of their unique chemistry with seamless alternating verses and a sprinkling of their Port Harcourt lingo, “Bus Stop” is a perfect introduction to one of the most anticipated albums of the year.
“Times Two (x2)” - Wani ft. Buju
Having Buju on your song’s hook is a goldmine these days, and Wani takes full advantage of this on his new single “Times Two.” According to the singer, he is putting in the finishing touches to Lagos City Vice 2, the sequel to his debut of the same name. While we wait for that, “Times Two” is a melodious love banger to whet our appetites. Featuring two fire verses from Wani and another Buju chorus for the ages, this is a potential chart climber in the coming weeks.
“Gone Girl” - Obongjayar & Sarz
Nobody has the words to adequately describe Obongjayar’s music. Common attempts, however, include the adjectives “beautiful” and “unique.” When this is combined with the sonic excellence that is Sarz’s production, you know you are in for a ride. The pair have released the 4-song Sweetness EP, and while every song is a bop, “Gone Girl” is the cream of the crop. Featuring Obongjayar’s haunting voice accentuated by