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Manu WorldStar’s New EP ‘Young African Story’ is Joyful Afro Pop With Sprinkles of Afrobeats and Hip-Hop

Listen to Manu WorldStar's new joyful Afro pop EP 'Young African Story.'

Manu WorldStar has found his voice. Around the same time last year, the Congolese-born South African singer and rapper released the song "Nalingi," which grew to be a smash hit over the summer.

With the release of his new EP, Young African Story, the artist proves "Nalingi" wasn't beginner's luck. Young African Story sticks to the same aesthetic of triumphant feel-good Afro pop with sprinkles of Afrobeats and hip-hop.


The opening song "Young African Story," which is guaranteed to be the project's lead single, is the closest the EP gets to hop-hop. The artist reflects on his rise over a soulful funky instrumental, serenading his listeners for most of the song, delivering a short and smooth rap verse towards the end, rapping, "Young, black citizen/ Young black immigrant/ Young, black, killin' it," before dedicating the song to whoever's trying to find their path.

The whole project thrives on catchy songs that you'll be singing along to on first listen. The song "Rent" is anthemic with a wide hook that's made for arenas and world cup opening ceremonies.

Afro pop and Afrobeats are two most dominant production styles, with most of the songs assuming those forms by way of catchy drum patterns, organic sounds and Manu's vocal style. Illustrated perfectly on "Future Plan," "Sheba" and of course "Nalingi."

With its unitary wholeness, Young African Story comprises distinct songs that are easy to fall in love with because of their simplistic nature, relatable lyrics and danceability.

Young African Story comes a year since the release of "Nalingi," the artist's official breakout single. During the EP's release party last night, it was announced that the single had gone gold, and the artist was handed his plaque.

Manu WorldStar started his career as an R&B artist before becoming a rapper. The success of "Nalingi" changed everything, as the artist now raps less and sings more, and is slowly becoming a notable pop star whose rise is a pleasure to witness.

Listen to Young African Story below.




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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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