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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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The New Fela Kuti Box Set is Curated by Femi Kuti & Chris Martin

And they said the perfect holiday gift doesn't exist...

Fela Kuti's 50th anniversary reissues released this year have reminded us why his status as a legend continues to ring true.

Through the year, Partisan Records (the homes of Fela's catalog) has released a number of special reissues, and now Vinyl Box #5 is set to drop just in time for you to be named the coolest gift giver in your friend group. The highly-anticipated fifth installment of vinyl reissues was co-curated by Fela's son, Nigerian afrobeat ambassador Femi Kuti and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.

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