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Listen to Terry Apala and Niniola's New Track 'Lock Up'

Terry Apala recruits the Nigerian queen of Afro-House in this smooth banger.

Rising Nigerian artist Terry Apala has recently dropped a new single titled "Lock Up", his first official release for this year.

He recruits Niniola, the undisputed Nigerian queen of Afrohouse, in this smooth banger which is a follow-up to his 2019 singles "Apala WiFi" and "Jangolova"


Produced by Zaki Magic, "Lock Up" is a mid-tempo number that merges both Afrobeats and Afro-House to create a smooth and laidback bop. While Terry Apala offers up some pretty strong verses throughout the track, Niniola contrasts his effort by slowing things down in terms of pace and softening the overall feel of the song.

While Terry Apala is yet to release an album, he has released a number of dope singles over the past few years including "Baca", "Bad Girl" featuring Bisola and "Bread and Beans" featuring Zoro. Additionally, the artist is also known for his cover of Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You".

The Nigerian artist is known for his unique mixture of Afrobeats, highlife and Fuji—the contemporary form of Ajisari or Were music used to wake Muslims up during the Ramadan fast in Nigeria. Due to the genre's use of the Yoruba language and traditional instruments, it's often dubbed "the Yoruba sound".

According to Pulse NG, Terry Apala is reportedly working on numerous projects this year including a track with Burna Boy. All we know is that he's definitely one of the artists to keep on your radar.

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This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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