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Listen to Makwa’s New Song ‘Ayipheli’ Featuring AKA and MarazA

Makwa finally shares "Ayipheli."

Makwa has been teasing his collaboration with AKA and MarazA in the last few weeks. AKA shared a snippet of the song earlier this week, getting fans even more excited for the release.


"Ayipheli" is built on a woozy kwaito-inspired instrumental, and sees MarazA, AKA and Makwa drop verses that are sung and rapped. "Ayipheli" could make a good soundtrack for summer and could score Makwa yet another hit after his recent single "All Go," which also features MarazA.

This year, Makwa has been stepping away from just being known as a producer who crafts hits for Kwesta. The artist and producer hasn't only been carrying on his great streak as the go-to hook artist for a number of artists, but has been releasing solo songs.

AKA has been quiet this year, as he has been spending most of his time in studio working on his fourth studio album. Apart from a few snippets he's been sharing on his Instagram, what we know about the album is that it will feature a number of artists, especially from the new wave.

MarazA has also been busy working on a joint project with M2Kan3. The project's lead single "Neww Neww" was released a few months ago, and promises for a great project.

Stream "Ayipheli" below":



Interview

Interview: Bizzle Osikoya Is the A&R Shaping the Voice of a New Generation

We caught up with the A&R expert and co-founder of The Plug Management to talk about the fast-rising demand for Nigerian music and what it takes to break out as an artist.

The meteoric rise of Nigeria's burgeoning music industry over the last few years is definitely one for the books. From high profile collaborations that have graced international charts to appearances on American late night TV and a Grammy nomination, the Nigerian sound is sitting at the epicenter of a global conversation that the world—including Queen Bey herself —seem to scrabbling to get a piece of the action.

However, way before this global infiltration and westernized conflation of Africa's assortment of genres into one Afrobeats, Bizzle Osikoya was studying Music Business in England and plotting for a way to be a part of what he knew was inevitable. "I remember going to clubs in school and they would always play Jamaican music but rarely Nigerian songs. I knew we made good music here but I knew I couldn't sing. So I was motivated to come back, go behind the scenes, and see how we can make that crossover possible," he tells OkayAfrica.

More than a decade after making the intrepid decision to venture into A&R, helping artists find and develop their sound, Bizzle's creative genius has cascaded across different musical generations, from the piracy rife CD mix era with artists like Naeto C, Wande Coal and Dr. Sid to a streaming era populated with hits from Reekado Banks, Tiwa Savage and Davido.

Following the success of his latest project, Oxlade's Oxygene, we caught up with the A&R expert and co-founder of the Plug Management—a talent management company that has managed Davido, Peruzzi and DJ Obi—to talk about what it takes to break out as an artist, the fast-rising demand for Nigerian music, and how "alté" is not the same thing as alternative music.

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