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Santi Has the Nigerian Dancehall Jam You Didn't Know You Needed

Nigerian artist Santi delivers a refreshing new afro-dancehall song and video "Gangster Fear" featuring Odunsi.

There are a plethora of artists emerging from Lagos’ ever-growing music scene, but few are delivering music that sounds as refreshing as Nigerian artist Santi’s (also known as Ozzy B) latest song “Gangsta Fear.”


The track—which also features afro-fusion artist and producer Odunsi—blends dancehall, afrobeats, and mellow, '90s-tinged hip-hop production to deliver a laid back tune that is sonically distinct from what we’re used to hearing from many of today’s Naija artists.

The music video is just as unique. Ozzy B successfully avoids Nigerian music video cliches by offering a clip that's thoughtfully crafted and reflective of a side of Lagos that is rarely shown. The fact that it’s shot in the actual city, is in itself a departure from the afrobeats norm of outsourcing video production to the UK.

The video’s lurid texture and chilled-out vibe reflect Santi’s version of Lagos— one that’s relaxed, slow-paced and notably different from typical portrayals of the city.

Artists like Santi and Odunsi are creating a new wave of genre-bending Nigerian music that we can’t wait to hear more of.

Check the video for “Gangsta Fear” and stream Santi’s latest EP Suzie’s Funeral above.

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Image courtesy of Killbeatz.

Interview: Killbeatz' Short & Sweet Debut EP, 'Love and Happiness'

We speak to the renowned afrobeats producer about his joint Love and Happiness EP with King Promise & Ofori Amponsah, and his daughter's inspiration behind the project.

Killbeatz needs no introduction. The producer born Joseph Addison is one of the biggest hitmakers as far as afrobeats is concerned. From R2Bees to Sarkodie to FuseODG to M.anifest, Killbeatz has blessed your favorite singers and rappers alike with the soundtracks to their biggest hits. From the azonto era to the global spread of afrobeats, his contribution to African music as a whole cannot be overstated.

However, Killbeatz' influence doesn't stop at just music production. Behind the scenes, he's a complete industry player. The CEO of Ghanaian record label Legacy Life Entertainment, he's responsible for bringing star singer King Promise to the limelight.

Despite producing for the crème de la crème of the Ghanaian music industry as well as several international artists over the length of a decade, the highly-influential producer and instrumentalist never had a project of his own. Now he has set out to change that. In October 2020 Killbeatz dropped his debut EP, titled Love and Happiness.

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