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Listen to Manu WorldStar's New Banger 'Future Plan'

If you haven't heard Manu's latest track, hop onto it now.

After releasing the hit song "Nalingi" that solidified his spot in the music game and reached a million streams, Manu WorldStar is back with what sounds like another hit. The young rapper who's been dabbling in Afropop recently, continues to dabble in the genre, in what we hope will become his mainstay because the truth is, he's damn good at it.


In "Nalingi", Manu speaks of loving an African beauty and the many things he would do for her. He had all the women swooning and all the guys trying to emulate his smooth and oh-so-natural charm.

In "Future Plan", which similarly echoes the calm pace of "Nalingi", there is the continuation of the theme of being in love with a leading lady. He talks about a trust and happiness that eventually leads to marriage and putting a ring on it as part of his future plans. Manu is definitely committed to serenading his fans in a way only he knows how and we're here for it.

In the chorus he sings:

"If you make me nice I'll be your man, future plans, understand me
If you make me nice I'll be your man, take my hand, understand me."

Manu WorldStar certainly looks poised to fuck this whole game up and we'll be right here taking notes.


Listen to "Future Plan" below or stream it on Apple Music or Spotify and other major streaming platforms.

Manu Worldstar - Future Plan www.youtube.com

Interview

Interview: Terri Is Stepping Out of the Shadows

We talk to the Wizkid-signed artist about the story behind the massive hit "Soco" and his latest Afro Series EP.

Certain afrobeats songs have made in-roads in international markets and paved the way for the genre's ceaselessly-rising widespread recognition. Among these history-defining songs were D'banj's "Oliver Twist," Tekno's "Pana," Davido's "If" & "Fall," Runtown's "Mad Over You," and of course, Wizkid's "Soco." Wizkid released "Soco" under his label imprint, Starboy Entertainment in March 2018, and the song spread like wildfire across Africa and beyond. "Soco" was an Afro-pop wonder delivered at a time when the 'afrobeats to the world' movement was gathering steam, further cementing its electric nature. The Northboi-produced song was co-signed by celebrities across the world like Rihanna, Cardi B, and Paul Pogba and has accrued well over a hundred million streams across streaming platforms worldwide.

"Soco" was not only a trailblazer amongst mid-2010s afrobeats records, it was also the introduction of the first Wizkid-signed artist, Terri. Just weeks before "Soco" was released, Terri was discovered by Wizkid's longtime producer, Mutay, who saw him covering the song "Oshe" on social media.

Before "Soco," Terri Akewe was well on his way to fame. At fifteen, he had performed at street carnivals in his neighbourhood and, one time, was carried all the way home by neighbours after winning a Coca-Cola sponsored singing competition. Before his life-changing meeting with Wizkid, Terri had a seven-track EP ready for release, as well as a viral song titled "Voices." "One time I was on set with the video director T.G Omori, he told me that 'Voices' was the first time he heard of me" Terri tells me as we settle on a plush couch at his home in Lagos.

Regardless of Terri's initial career trajectory; signing to a label headed by afrobeats' biggest superstar was bound to accelerate his musical journey, and at the same time, cast a huge shadow of expectation on his career, especially given a debut as spectacular as "Soco." With his latest EP, Afro Series, powered by the sensational single "Ojoro," one thing is clear: Terri is stepping out of the shadows into his own spotlight and he is doing it on his own terms.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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