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P-Square Return With New Single 'Bank Alert'

Nigeria's biggest duo P-Square return with "Bank Alert."

Nigeria's biggest pop duo is back.


P-Square return today with the release of their brand new single "Bank Alert."

The Nigerian twins have been notably absent from the scene for some time and are announcing their comeback with this new joint—a catchy song built on light guitars, bubbly synthesizers and a shuffling beat.

"It's finally here after such a long time! PSQUARE IS BACK," P-Square's Peter Okoye wrote on his Instagram page.

P-Square's last studio album, 2014's Double Trouble, cemented their massive success and popularity in Nigeria and across the continent & globe with hits like "Alingo," "Personally," "Shekini," "Taste the Money (Testimony)," and more.

They mention that they've already shot the music video for "Bank Alert" which is due out imminently.

Update 9/19/16: Watch the music video for P-Square's comeback single below, it features cameo appearances from "the legendary Onyeka Onwenu, Mr Ibu, Phyno and a host of other artistes," according to the group.

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It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

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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