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Listen to Wande Coal's New Single 'Again'

The star Nigerian artist returns with a new ballad.

Veteran Nigerian artist Wande Coal shares his latest single the heartfelt "Again," which his first track of 2020.

The artist slows things down a bit for the mid-tempo track produced by Melvitto. He shows his versatility as he appeals to a lover who "makes his heart smile." While many of the artist's recent releases have been dance-inducing, this track offers a nice change of pace that will most likely make you want to sing along.

It's the artist's latest single since the release of "Ode Lo Like" and "Vex" which he dropped in 2019. The latter was produced by the Nigerian hitmaker Sarz. Coal also recently featured on the remix to "Amina" from Ivorian artist Afro B and producers TEAM SALUT.


Following the success of major hits like "Iskaba" and "So Mi So," the artist signed a new record deal with the American label Empire at the end of last year. He also announced that he'd be dropping his new EP Realms next month, so we also have that to look forward to from the artist. Realms will be his first since 2015's Wanted.

Listen to "Again" down below.

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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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