Nigerian Dancehall Meets South African Hip-Hop In AKA & Patoranking's New Video

Here's "Special Fi Mi," a new dance floor jam from South African star AKA and Nigeria’s Patoranking.

Here’s a new dance floor jam from South African star AKA and Nigeria’s Patoranking.

“Special Fi Mi” (or “Special For Me”) catches AKA and Patoranking in a romantic mood as they celebrate their infatuation with a newly found romance.

The single, produced by Nigerian beat maker Gospel, splices in afrobeat saxophones—this one reminds us of Femi Kuti’s sax in “Jaiye Jaiye”—and afrobeats rhythms as AKA and Patoranking serenade their "queens."

AKA, the South African rapper poised to take over the world, has been making quite a few international collaborations this past year—most recently with Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz and Cameroon’s Stanley Enow.

Patoranking's been holding his down the collabos as well, jumping on tracks with the likes of Tiwa Savage, Sarkodie, and Khuli Chana.

It’s a pretty seamless blend of South African hip-hop and Nigerian dancehall, ripe for your weekend unwinding.

Watch the music video for “Special Fi Mi” above.

Photo credit should read AFP via Getty Images

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