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Listen to Rick Jade (Bontle Modiselle and Priddy Ugly)’s Album ‘D.N.A (Da New Africa)’

Rick Jade release their debut album.

Bontle Modiselle and Priddy Ugly, collectively known as Rick Jade, aren't half-stepping. Today, the couple released their debut album D.N.A (Da New Africa).

D.N.A consists of 10 songs that dabble in pop, trap and even kwaito. Guest features on D.N.A include Forcalistic, KLY and some members of the collective Frsh Citizen, which Bontle and Priddy are part of.

In his previous projects, Priddy Ugly had some moments of showing emotion and sharing intimate details of his life. But on D.N.A, he explores that side of himself further.


"I became a far better songwriter on this project," says the rapper in a press release, "learning to write from both a woman and man's perspective, learning to tap deeper into my emotions and even learning to write deeper concepts in different languages. Working together was near seamless and 100% organic."

Priddy Ugly & Bontle Modiselle present: Rick Jade - Bonita (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com


On working with Priddy Ugly, Bontle says:

"Priddy Ugly really impacted my feeling, thinking and approach to music. To explore different variations in tones and delivery, to challenge my vocal range, to find the character for each song and to understand the purpose then give it just what was needed to come alive. Finally, to write and record a song with no guidance or assistance, just creativity and instinct at work, to allow my full artistic expression in isolation manifest, is how [the song] 'Lerato' came to be."

Rick Jade released their debut EP I Want Something New in February, and it came with two songs which appear on D.N.A. "When we dropped the EP earlier in the year, we already had the album ready," says the duo in the same press release. "So, the music on the EP was meant to be on the album from the onset. However, the idea of Rick Jade was still a new concept to the masses and we didn't want to oversaturate them with music, so we picked the two songs that were the most suitable for release during the Valentine's Day period."

Last week, Rick Jade release a music video for the song "Bonita," which they dedicated to their unborn child.

Listen to D.N.A (Da New Africa):




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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