Nobody could have predicted how returning back to basics would have played out for Davido following the breakdown of his relationship with Sony in 2017.
A 7-year wait (since the release of OBO: Genesis), one failed EP, a three-year-long roll out, and now fans finally have a project, that feels worthy of Davido’s uncompromising artistic vision. The new project, hit the internet earlier today sating the appetite of eager fans who have been anticipating its arrival since Davido started dropping hints, during his US press rounds.
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A Good Time It’s been a long 7 years. A lot has transpired in my life since my debut album ‘Genesis’, and I, David Adeleke (aka Davido) have gone through a process of immense changes and growth. In sad times I lost close family and friends (RIP) and in my happiest times I’ve created lives (Imade, Hailey & David Jr). I fell in love and got engaged to my PHENOMENAL fiancé, Chioma. I’ve fought battles of all kinds and on all fronts: spiritual, physical, mental, emotional even political. With less than 48 hours left of the 7 year wait for the album of the century; A Good Time reflects on the ability to trust the timing of your life, enjoying the best moments & persevering through the worst ones. There’s no time like the present and it’s A Good Time to be alive, to be a PROUD AFRICAN and to fight for the freedom of one another – in unity. This is my album cover art and it reflects the culmination of my 7 year journey in audio/visual form, I present to you, “A Good Time”. OUT Nov 22!!! #AGoodTime
Sonically, A Good Time, emblemises Davido’s resolute Africa-first creative gaze while expending a wide-range of collaborators as homage to afropop’s expansive inspirations and influences. Featuring already tested smash hits, like “Fall”, “Assurance”, and “Risky”, A Good Time also packs additional heft with guest appearances from Summer Walker, Naira Marley, Gunna, Zlatan, A Boogie With A Hoodie, Wurld, Popcaan, Peruzzi, and Yonda. With the exception of “D&G” featuring Summer Walker, where American producer, London On Da Track’s tag can be heard, production work for A Good Time is mostly helmed by usual suspects, Kiddominant, Shizzi and Speroach Beats.
With Burna Boy’s Grammy nomination, Afropop assenting to global reverence in 2019, has become a misnomer for the genre itself. Especially for afropop firebrands like Davido for whom creating an international presence is both a personal agenda and an altruistic campaign for the greater viability of African music. After selling out the O2 Arena earlier in the year, charting on the Billboard Hot R&B with “Fall” then headling festivals over the summer, A Good Time is already poised to easily be another win on the belt Africa’s biggest popstar.
Stream all tracks from Davido’s A Good Time via Apple Music below:
Toye is Editor-at-Large at NATIVE Nigeria. Tweet at him @ToyeSokunbi