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Iyanya x Oritse Femi 'Story Story'

Made Men Music Group's Iyanya and Oritse Femi team up on 'Story Story' produced by DJ Coublon.


Iyanya is no stranger to the theme of "stories." In 2009 the Triple MG heavyhitter made his full-length studio debut with My Story along with that record's third single and standout song "Iyanya (My Story)." Fresh off a trip to the US (where some of us at OKA caught the Kukere Master on the loose at the Kennedy Center in DC for the "Nigeria Our Heritage" celebration), Iyanya revisits his "storied" past on a new song that sees him shy even further away from his hot/sweaty dancefloor staples– a trend we first caught on to with "Away," his mid-tempo scorcher released back in April. On "Story Story" DJ Coublon's soukous production has more in common with classic afro-pop/folk than computer generated "afrobeats." It's a melodious love song that pairs Iyanya with the soulful pipes of "Double Wahala” crooner Oritse Femi, who we reported on back in May for his silky smooth guest spot on "Pass You By" with Blackmagic. Look out for more from Iyanya soon with the forthcoming video for "Mr Oreo," off the TripleMG compilation album The Evolution. In the meantime, listen and download "Story Story" below.

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Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

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