“Ojuelegba” bought production duo Legendury Beatz a place in the history of modern Nigerian music and earlier this year they sealed their impact in a body of work titled Afropop 101. And because we understand that many producer-only albums sail under the radar of everything else I decided to share 3 quick essentials off the tape you can check out right away.
Legendury (feat. Timaya)
Over the years we have all collectively failed to acknowledge Timaya’s ability to craft solid melody on sparse instrumentals. “Legendury” features a Timaya who is not ill-suited for this Afro-EDM number. He brings energy like we have heard before on DJ Exclusive’s “Pangolo” , overwhelms the instrumentals with his presence and waxes a perfect opener first track for Afropop 101
One Call Away (feat. Maleek Berry)
You may not know this but Maleek Berry is much a firebrand for good African music as any of your faves. His deftness at vocal arrangement done precisely to score many earworm points on the same instrumental scored him unlikely hits with “Kontrol” and “Eko Miami” . One Call Away is a cross between Afropop and progressive Caribbean-R&B. Despite being producers themselves, Legendury Beatz didn’t mind slinking into Maleek Berry’s Afro-Caribbean comfort zone. And it works for the effect of a neatly written stand out from an album of really good songs.
So Rire – Simi
“So Rire”, one of the latter tracks on Afropop 101 features Simi who sets sail on an Afro-juju inspired baseline tempered by soft drums and low synths. Simi’s vocals could’ve done without the auto-tune but her thankful spirit is succinct even in the face of Legundary’s slightly obtuse, elaborate production