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Listen to Solo’s New Single ‘Promises’ Featuring Kwesta

Solo and Kwesta connect on 'Promises.'

Solo and Kwesta share a bouncy kwaito beat on "Promises." Kwesta's at home over an instrumental of this kind. It's, however, a shift on Solo's side, who hasn't been known for new age kwaito. The rapper adapts his delivery accordingly, using fewer words than you'd normally expect in his verse.


"Promises" is the second single to Solo's upcoming album C.Plenty.Dreams. The first single was "Two by Two," and was released by the rapper to celebrate marrying his longtime lover, actress Dineo Moeketsi in June. "Two by Two," which featured Buks, references kwaito in its rhythm and bubblegum in texture.

Clearly, Solo is going through some changes—his previous work has revealed him as a hip-hop purist who prefers oom bap-leaning production. This shift increases the curiosity about C.Plenty.Dreams as fans aren't sure what to expect.

C.Plenty.Dreams will be the last piece of a trilogy of albums that started with 2014's .Dreams.A.Plenty, followed by .Dreams.B.Plenty in 2016. The series traces Solo's journey as he grows as a human being and a rapper. .Dreams.B.Plenty has been the most layered of the albums, with Solo using skits to drive his point home. The rapper was more aggressive on it than he was on his debut. From the two singles we've heard from C.Plenty.Dreams, it seems Solo's more fulfilled and is in celebratory mode. We are here for it.

C.Plenty.Dreams will be out on September 20.

Stream "Promises" below:



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A Year After #EndSARS, Nigerian Youth Maintain That Nothing Has Changed

Despite the disbandment of the SARS units, young Nigerians are still being treated as criminals. We talk to several of them about their experiences since the #EndSARS protests.

On September 12th, Tobe, a 22-year-old student at the University of Nigeria's Enugu Campus was on his way to Shoprite to hang out with his friends when the tricycle he had boarded was stopped by policemen. At first, Tobe thought they were about to check the driver's documents, but he was wrong. "An officer told me to come down, he started searching me like I was a criminal and told me to pull down my trousers, I was so scared that my mind was racing in different ways, I wasn't wearing anything flashy nor did I have an iPhone or dreads — things they would use to describe me as a yahoo boy," he says.

They couldn't find anything on him and when he tried to defend himself, claiming he had rights, one of the police officers slapped him. "I fell to the ground sobbing but they dragged me by the waist and took me to their van where they collected everything including my phone and the 8,000 Naira I was with."

Luckily for Tobe, they let him go free after 2 hours. "They set me free because they caught another pack of boys who were in a Venza car, but they didn't give me my money completely, they gave me 2,000 Naira for my transport," he says.

It's no news that thousands of Nigerian youth have witnessed incidents like Tobe's — many more worse than his. It's this helpless and seemingly unsolvable situation which prompted the #EndSARS protests. Sparked after a viral video of a man who was shot just because he was driving an SUV and was mistaken as a yahoo boy, the #EndSARS protests saw millions of young Nigerians across several states of the country come out of their homes and march against a system has killed unfathomable numbers of people for invalid or plain stupid reasons. The protests started on October 6th, 2020 and came to a seize after a tragedy struck on October 20th of the same year.

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