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Listen to Wande Coal's New ‘Realms’ EP

The Afropop icon's new EP was well worth the wait.

Nigerian afropop phenomenon Wande Coal has come out with a new EP, five years after release his last big body of work, Wanted. The new EP, titled Realms, comes through producer Screwface's Starstruck Management, as well as indie heavyweight EMPIRE.

Wande Coal, intimately know to fans as "Black Diamond" or "King Coal," assembled a flawless set perfectly showing off the range he has acquired as a vocalist and songwriter over the years.


Nigerian producer Sarz, known for his collaborations with Wizkid, Beyoncé and Drake lends his expertise to the track "Vex," a response to critics in the form of a delicious floor shaker. "Again" proves we're all a sucker for romantic notions as the lyrically tender tune has amassed over 30 million streams, and a steady run on many African charts this year. The song also has a remix with Wale.

With an already impressive reputation attached to his name, fans of the artist are sure to be excited for what's to come. Since he's written Afropop essentials such as "Iskaba" released in 2017, and "So Mi So" in 2018, listeners are eager to hear where they will be taken this time around.

Listen to Wande Coal's EP Realms here.


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Interview: Adekunle Gold Channels Refreshing Truths Into Afropop

Adekunle Gold achieves an artistic freedom that most mainstream artists don't have through a smooth balance of introspection and club bangers.

A few years ago, Adekunle Gold broke out into the scene with a refreshing way of carrying himself, presenting his art and speaking his truth with music. His debut single "Sade" started this journey of chart topping releases, sold out shows, and the constantly evolving sound that graces African airwaves. Gold's self assurance made him stand out from the very beginning, as his sound was delivered with intent, compassion, and stuffed with personal truths.

Not many artists are willing to try new things with their music, and in order to maintain mainstream success, some cling to one sound, one image and direction often crafted from fragments of their first hit. These artists get stuck trying to recreate a capsule in time, while true artists are open to the dynamic of change, and the necessity of renewal.

Adekunle Gold is one of a handful in his profession who draws on a spectrum of experiences to make honest music which is consistent with the self-revelations of a growing man. This has become his biggest strength, allowing him to craft contemplative songs like "Sade" and "Oreke" and still create afropop magic like "Something Different"

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