Reekado Banks has unveiled his hotly anticipated new EP “Off The Record” marking his first project release in four years following on from “Spotlight” LP in 2016. The 7-track release is a deep exploration into Reekado Banks’ Nigerian identity, with a global audience in mind. This coming-of-age EP from one of West Africa’s most adored talents is his most accomplished release to date.
Things open with East African lead single “Mama”; a highlife-influenced collaboration with Tanzanian artist Harmonize produced by Tee Y Mix, seeing both Reekado and Harmonize reeling off a list of locations before declaring that, ultimately, Nigeria and Tanzania is home.
Reekado says, “My brother Harmonize brought such a vibe to Mama, a very special song on this project. The song is a Pan African sound that anyone anywhere across the continent and beyond will connect with it instantly,” adding on his collaboration with Harmonize, “I knew my brother from the East was a perfect fit for this song. He was coming to Lagos often and as soon as we hit the studio, we made this classic!” Reekado also revealed that he just worked on a song with Kenyan artist Otile Brown recently released.
“Mama” follows “Need More”, featuring Afrobeats rising stars Kida Kudz and EO, a blissed-out track that has already amassed more than 1 million combined streams. Whilst the presence of the huge international hit “Rora” sees Reekado slow things down solo, the presence of star-studded guest collaborators continues throughout ‘Off The Record’, with exciting young singer-songwriter Tiwa Savage lending her delicate vocals to the melodic “Speak To Me”, Reekado and Banku music pioneer Mr. Eazi channel a tropical vibe on “People Dey”, among other collaborators.
Reekado shares with fans on the EP, “The vibe is more mature in the sense that the messages touch on different realities, love, life, Africa and more. Working with the likes of Harmonize, Tiwa and Eazi was great as we continue to move the culture forward and finally giving my fans something to rock before 2020 is over.”