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Listen to Wizkid's Surprise New EP 'Soundman Vol. 1'

Wizkid treats fans to new songs featuring Chronixx, DJ Tunez and more—just ahead of 2020.

Wizkid is back. The Nigerian pop star surprised listeners early this morning with the unannounced release of a new EP, Soundman Vol. 1.

Though Wizkid has released a couple of singles this year, fans had been awaiting a new drop and more extensive project from the artist. With it being so close to the end of the year, it didn't look like we'd get a new body of work from the artist till 2020, but he proved otherwise when he took to Twitter at the wee hours of the morning to quietly share streaming links for the new project.

He also announced that a second EP, Soundman Vol. 2, would drop sometime before his highly-anticipated upcoming album Made In Lagos (MIL).


READ: Interview: Wizkid on Pushing Nigerian Music Forward

The new release features Jamaican artist Chronixx, on the opening track 'Jam,' and others including DJ Tunez, Blaq Jerzee and Kel P. It sees the artist delivering a jazzy, highlife-inspired sound with tracks that feature heavy horns and smooth, mid-tempo production.

He released the tracks "Joro" and "Ghetto Love" in October, and that same month he became the first African artist to sell out London's O2 Arena twice.

He's also appeared in several memorable collaborations throughout the year, including "Gbese" with DJ Tunez, "Dis Love" with DJ Spinall and Tiwa Savage, and with Beyoncé, on the hit song "Brown Skin Girl," which earned him a Soul Train award.

Revisit OkayAfrica's interview with Wizkid from October, where he discussed moving Nigerian music forward. "It's been amazing to see Nigerian, African culture traveling, pushed by all of us in our small way," said the artist.

Stream Soundman Vol.1 down below via Apple Music and Spotify.


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Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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