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Bella Shmurda & Tiwa Savage Want You to Have a "Non Stop Vibe" This Weekend

Nigerian singers Bella Shmurda and Tiwa Savage collaborated for their new single, the gbedu-inspired "Non Stop Vibe."

Bella Shmurda and Tiwa Savage have released "Non Stop Vibe," and it is the collaboration that we didn’t know we needed. The duo joined forces for the heavily-rhythmic track and the two Nigerian artists did not hesitate to bring oomph and personality to the song. With this, the duo is ushering in the summer season with a bang.

Complete with indigenous intonations, chants, and reminiscent phrases from vintage Nigerian street songs, “Non Stop Vibe’ has the potential to be a party banger for the rest of the year. Bella's signature street pop style meshes well with Tiwa's superior vocal energy. In this track, Tiwa shows off her ability to be versatile, and infuses Yoruba intonations with street lingo as a part of her verse. Not only does the infectious tune capture the spirit of Nigerian street music, it also celebrates the unrivaled energy that Bella and Tiwa bring to songs that they feature on.

The upbeat song marks Bella’s third release this year, proving he is a force to be reckoned with.

Bella Shmurda — whose real name is Akinbiyi Abiola Ahmed — first gained widespread recognition and popularity with his breakout hit single "Vision 2020" in 2019. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, he became prominent because of his unique blend of Afrobeats, hip-hop, and street-inspired music.

While discussing the collaboration, Bella Shmurda said that he was excited to have Tiwa on the song: "I'm thrilled to have Tiwa Savage on this track with me. She's an icon in the industry, and her energy and talent are unmatched. Together, we've created a song that I believe will rule the summer."

Known for her distinct vocals, Tiwatope Savage, popularly known as Tiwa Savage, has crafted a career for herself because of her stage presence, lyricism, and versatility. She rose to prominence with her debut single "Kele Kele Love" in 2010, which was followed by numerous hit songs including "All Over," "Ma Lo," and "49-99."

Listen to the song and watch the visualizer here:

Bella Shmurda & Tiwa Savage - NSV (Visualizer)

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The World Cheers As Bella Shmurda Releases 'Hypertension' Album

The 26-year old recently released the highly anticipated project and his fans are feeling the pressure.

In what seems like a witty play on words following the release of his critically acclaimed EPs, High Tension and High Tension 2.0, Nigerian singer Bella Shmurda has released his new project Hypertension. The highly anticipated album is a star-studded offering that features heavyweights like Simi, Phyno, Not3s, L.A.X, Pa Salieu, Victony, and Popcaan.

Abiola Ahmed Akinbiyi, popularly known as Bella Shmurda, became a prominent figure within the music world after the release of "Vision 2020", a song that featured Nigeria indigenous rapper Olamide. After the record's success, he released a string of additional songs that became online sensations and featured some prominent artists.

Shmurda's authenticity in his art is an element that quickly elevated the star to fan-favorite status, as well as, his commitment to consistently releasing songs that chronicled his ascension into fame and the struggles he faced while getting there. In a previous conversation with OkayAfrica, the singer shed some light on his journey.

"The truth is music for me was just passion, was just love, I was not doing music to make it. I was in school, and at some point, I used to be a fashionista I make clothes, amongst other things. I really just loved music, I love it when I hear myself," said the singer. "The way I listened to Pasuma or Wizkid, I wanted to hear my music like that. Mostly I did the songs for myself, I never thought of making them. I enjoyed it and improved myself."

This 15-track album underscores Shmurda's position as a versatile artist who is contributing his quota to the Afrobeats global movement. Hits like "Cash App", "Vision 2020", "Party Next Door", "Rush", and "New Born Fela", have set the tone for what Shmurda can offer sonically and make a case for the depth of his artistry, and Hypertension is an extension of that.

Listen to Bella Shmurda's fifteen-track album below.​

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