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Song of the Day: ‘Listen’ by Basketmouth featuring Wande Coal

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Name: Basketmouth
Representing: Lagos, Nigeria
Genre: Afrobeats
For fans of: Buju, Oxlade, Wande Coal
Single from: Horoscopes
Produced by: N/A
Song of the Day: February 13, 2022
Label(s): Barons World Entertainment/EMPIRE


Last week, on the day I landed in London, I attended Nigerian multi-hyphenate Basketmouth‘s listening party for his brand new album ‘Horoscopes’. During the album’s run, four songs resonated with me when I heard them. The first was ‘Listen’ featuring Wande Coal, followed by ‘Money’ by Oxlade and Efya. And, of course, each track that The Cavemen touch is a thing of its own ‘The Traveller’ and ‘Assembly of Gods’ with Magnito, Illbliss and Dremo.

The production is terrific; each artist’s cadence is infectious. Even if you cannot understand all the words because of the language difference, you can still feel and note the passion put into the delivery. If you are anything like me, ‘Listen’ might make you reach within yourself and showcase your brilliance when people closest to you try to dim your light.

According to Basketmouth, it took years for him to collaborate with Wande Coal in this way, and I must say, it was well worth the wait. Stream the mesmerising track below.


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