Victony's 'Outlaw' Emboldens the Scope of Afropop

Nigerian musician Victony plays on unique sonic turf. His songs are lined with influences which stretch beyond Afropop and, on Outlaw, those qualities merge into fully realized bops.

Victony’s place in Afropop knows no boundaries. Ever since breaking out with a slew of emo-inspired rap songs, the 20-year-old has continued to evolve his artistry. Now he’s a bankable musician with impactful contributions on transcendental Afropop records like Mayorkun’s “Holy Father” and Savage’s “Rosemary.”

Heading towards pop stardom, Victony was halted by a car accident in April 2021. He lost a friend and after being admitted to hospital, sections of the Nigerian music community contributed towards his welfare. The budding musician however continued his ascent, releasing the two-track EP Dark Times just three months later. The songs were reflective of his perspective; they also held the promise of Victony's resilience.

Afropop is too often described by its hedonist allure but Victony belongs to a new crop of musicians. These acts know the unmistakable power of a bop but are nevertheless curators of their mental landscapes. To say contemporary Nigerian pop is introspective would be stating the obvious. A listen to Victony’s Outlaw would suffice.

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