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Listen to Naira Marley's New Single 'Aye'

Naira Marley explores the meaning of life in this vibrant new number.

Naira Marley has just dropped his much-anticipated new single titled "Aye".

The Rexxie-produced number explores the meaning of life and encourages the listener to keep pushing even in the midst of challenges.


"Aye"—the Yoruba translation for "life"—makes use of number of instrumentals to give the track an overall bounce. While fairly mid-tempo, the rhythm and lyrics work together to convey Naira Marley's contemplativeness as he navigates what he feels is the meaning of life.

At a time when the world needs it most, the Nigerian artist speaks about persevering through obstacles one meets in life. He explores themes around human emotions such as hatred and envy and how he's no longer afraid of certain folk because he knows he doesn't mean them any harm.

Naturally, it's a great track overall as Naira Marley continues to churn out hit after hit. "Aye" comes off the back of his collaboration titled "Caro" with his newly-signed artist Zinoleesky. Also produced by the talented Rexxie, the track, which is Zinoleesky's debut project under Marlian Records, is a classic uptempo Afrobeat number with a pretty laid-back rhythm that makes the track itself an easy listen.

Listen to "Aye" on Apple Music:

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This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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