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Sierra Leonean-German Singer Patrice Drops a Protest Song, Co-Written by Diplo and MØ

Singer-song writer Patrice releases a music video for "Burning Bridges," the lead single off his forthcoming album 'Life's Blood.'

German-Sierra Leonean artist Patrice has just debuted his leading single, “Burning Bridges” off his forthcoming album Life’s Blood.


The song, which was produced by the Picard Brothers (credited for Major Lazer’s “Powerful”) was written alongside American DJ/producer Diplo and singer-songwriter .

If you haven’t heard of Patrice, the singer, songwriter and director, first made waves in 1999 with the release of his EP Lions and was Lauryn Hill’s opener for the European leg of her Miseducation Tour.

The 36-year-old artist whose full name is Patrice Bart Williams credits the likes of Fela Kuti, Bob Marley and Nina Simone for curating his sound. His song, “Burning Bridges,” pays homage to those legends as a protest-unity anthem.

Featuring reggae undertones complemented by an afrobeat rhythm, the track carries Patrice throughout Jamaica in its accompanying music video.

The video, which Patrice directed himself, celebrates Caribbean Junkanoo, with costume, stark colors and dance. The “dancers of the Caribbean-Jonkunno tradition rise up against evil spirits and worldly oppressors. We witness their dance of joy, strength and overpowering spirit,” the artist mentions.

You can catch Patrice next week on June 27 as he performs at the Brooklyn Bowl alongside Lady Moon and the Eclipse.

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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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