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Watch the Accompanying Visuals to Blaq Jerzee and Wizkid's New Track 'Arizona'

Blaq Jerzee takes his collaboration with Wizkid to the desert in this new music video.

Blaq Jerzee has just dropped his new collaboration with Wizkid titled "Arizona" along with the accompanying visuals.

The Nigerian superstars are definitely hitting the ground running and setting the pace for what fans can expect music-wise this year.


Listen to "Arizona" on Apple Music or Spotify.

"Arizona" is a fun, mid-tempo banger which sees the duo's individual performances seamlessly flowing with one another.

The visuals which are shot in the desert, have both Blaq Jerzee and Wizkid navigating sand dunes on quad bikes. It's a straightforward video depicting the two artists just vibing out while surrounded by endless stretches of golden sands. Directed by Nelsonegh, whose continued aerial shots in several scenes add to the expansive feel of the location, the music video aligns well with the core themes of the song itself—hustling, chasing money and getting high.

The new track comes after the duo's previous collaboration titled "Blow" on Wizkid's 2019 EP Soundman Vol. 1 which was released late last year. The surprise project dropped just before the new year and left fans with some great music to carry them through the festive season.

Wizkid has since announced that the follow-up to that EP, Soundman Vol. 2, will drop sometime before his highly-anticipated upcoming album Made In Lagos (MIL).

Watch the music video for "Arizona" below:

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Interview: Buju Banton Is a Lyrical Purveyor of African Truth

A candid conversation with the Jamaican icon about his new album, Upside Down 2020, his influence on afrobeats, and the new generation of dancehall.

Devout fans of reggae music have been longing for new musical offerings from Mark Anthony Myrie, widely-known as the iconic reggae superstar Buju Banton. A shining son of Jamaican soil, with humble beginnings as one of 15 siblings in the close-knit community of Salt Lane, Kingston, the 46-year-old musician is now a legend in his own right.

Buju Banton has 12 albums under his belt, one Grammy Award win for Best Reggae Album, numerous classic hits and a 30-year domination of the industry. His larger-than-life persona, however, is more than just the string of accolades that follow in the shadows of his career. It is his dutiful, authentic style of Caribbean storytelling that has captured the minds and hearts of those who have joined him on this long career ride.

The current socio-economic climate of uncertainty that the COVID-19 pandemic has thrusted onto the world, coupled with the intensified fight against racism throughout the diaspora, have taken centre stage within the last few months. Indubitably, this makes Buju—and by extension, his new album—a timely and familiar voice of reason in a revolution that has called for creative evolution.

With his highly-anticipated album, Upside Down 2020, the stage is set for Gargamel. The title of this latest discography feels nothing short of serendipitous, and with tracks such as "Memories" featuring John Legend and the follow-up dancehall single "Blessed," it's clear that this latest body of work is a rare gem that speaks truth to vision and celebrates our polylithic African heritage in its rich fullness and complexities.

Having had an exclusive listen to some other tracks on the album back in April, our candid one-on-one conversation with Buju Banton journeys through his inspiration, collaboration and direction for Upside Down 2020, African cultural linkages and the next generational wave of dancehall and reggae.

This interview has been shortened and edited for clarity.

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