First Listen: Nigerian Pop Singer Nova is Lustful on His Steamy Single 'One Time'

Nova’s latest single sees him croon over smoky pads, which are the creation of the producer BankyOnDBeatz.

Nigerian pop singer Nova’s latest single “One Time” sees him sing over smoky pads, which are the creation of the producer BankyOnDBeatz.

He croons with mild autotune about a woman who he can’t get out of his mind. The mellow yet catchy tune is an enigma in that it’s suitable for both the dance floor and headphone listening.  

“One Time” is about approaching a Nigerian woman, which, according to Nova, is a beautiful art. “It can be a very arduous task because they have this mysterious aura to them,” says Nova. “That mysterious nature inspired ‘One Time.’ It's not a love song, it's more of a lust rhythm.”

The singer says the song was inspired by a fashion shoot for his clothing line MVNSV. “We set out to create a sound that precisely expresses the mysterious vibes we got from the model Rita Murphy,” he says.

Stream “One Time” below.

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Photo: Single cover art courtesy of Emerald East

Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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