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Artist Playlist: Sarz

Having worked with the likes of Wizkid and Drake, Sarz is one of the biggest afrobeats producers out right now. Listen to his exclusive playlist for OkayAfrica.

Sarz is the man behind some of your favorite tracks.

He was the one who produced "Come Closer," the huge collaboration between Wizkid and Drake from Sounds From The Other Side, and has worked on countless hits for Starboy—"Sweet Love," "Jaiye Jaiye," "Beat of Life," "African Bad Girl," and "Sound It," to name a few.

He's also lent his production skills to several singles from many of afropop's biggest names, including 2face Idibia, M.I, Skales, eLDee, Banky W, and Niniola.

We caught up with the Nigerian super producer for our latest Artist Playlist, for which he decided to highlight the songs he wishes he'd produced.

Check out the new Artist Playlist: Sarz below and on our Spotify and Apple Music channels.

Collie Budz "I Got You"

Sarz: This song got me through the summer. Love it!

Skrillex & Rick Ross "Purple Lamborghini"

Sarz: If there's anyone in the world that I don't understand how he does it, it has to be Skrillex!

Tracy Chapman "Baby Can I Hold You"

Sarz: This song makes me feel vulnerable lol.

Drake "Controlla"

Sarz: This smash sounds like something I would do and I wish I did it lol

Michael Jackson "Liberian Girl"

Sarz: This is just pure vibes. The beat?!?! Omg!

Wizkid "Shabba" ft. Chris Brown, Trey Songz & French Montana

Sarz: This song tormented me even before it was out. It made me ask myself: "What are you doing with your life Sarz?!"

Shabba Ranks "Housecall" ft. Maxi Priest

Sarz: No words. I forget the world when this song is on.

D'banj "Oliver Twist"

Sarz: The production on this is brilliant! It's Don Jazzy again!

Dua Lipa "New Rules"

Sarz: I love this. I totally wish I did this.

Kanye West "Love Lockdown"

Sarz: This is such a tune and also very creative.

Listen to Sarz' Artist Playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.


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