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‘Tech Afrique’ Eli Fola Is Back With His New Hypnotic Electro-Jazz EP: ‘The Platform’

The new project continues to follow the distinctly jazz-electronic sound Nigerian-born Eli Fola has been developing.

EP cover courtesy of Eli Fola.


Back in January, Okayafrica interviewed Eli Fola, a Brooklyn-based and Nigerian-born musician, where we highlighted his music video for his song, 'Evolve.' Fola got his music start, “at the age of 9, while attending church with his parents in Nigeria where he joined the children’s choir, and started learning to play different musical instruments such as local African drums, congas, piano, and eventually settling with the saxophone.”

The video for 'Evolve' chronicles Fola’s unique DJ performances across NYC subway platforms. The song itself refreshingly incorporates the electronic sounds of house and techno all the while maintaining a distinct jazzy aesthetic.

'Evolve' is the introduction to his new, aptly named EP, The Platform, which Fola began work on while taking production courses at Dubspot NYC back in early 2015. It's just been released and is now available for you and yours to stream on Soundcloud. The EP continues to follow the distinctly jazzy, yet electronic sound trajectory Fola has been developing.

The lone feature on the hypnotic project appears on the track, 'Apocalypse' with the live string quartet known as the New York Virtousi laying down some smoothness.

If you haven’t already, press play on the dazzling visuals for 'Evolve,' peep the captivating new six tracks off The Platform EP and be on the lookout for more news about the talented Eli Fola.

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Photo: Single cover art courtesy of Emerald East

Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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