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Let This Smooth Nigerian R&B Jam Kick Off Your Weekend

LeriQ and Odunsi The Engine bring the fire in "Start All Over."

You may know Nigerian producer and songwriter LeriQ as the main man behind the beats on Burna Boy's solid debut albumL.I.F.E - Leaving an Impact for Eternity and his Redemption EP.

You might also know him from his star-packed record, The Lost Sounds, which features the likes of Wizkid, Cassper Nyovest, Wande Coal, 2Face Idibia and more.

In his latest single, LeriQ teams up with another buzzing artist Odunsi The Engine—a producer who's transforming the sound of Nigerian music with his afro-fusion—for "Start All Over," an ultra-smooth R&B track with dancehall influences.

Let this absolute jam kick off your weekend in the right way.

LeriQ and Odunsi The Engine's "Start All Over" is available across all platforms from Okaymusic.


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Interview: ÌFÉ Blends Music & Religion to Honor Those Who Have Died During the Pandemic

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