Since breaking out in the inaugural class of Mr Eazi’s talent incubator programme emPawa Africa, Nigeria’s afropop superstar Joeboy has gone on to become one of African music’s brightest lights following his debut single “Baby” in Summer 2019. In a little over a year, the singer has joined the ranks of the new vanguard of afropop stars including Fireboy DML, Oxlade, Rema, and more, dominating the afropop genre and expanding its sonic reaches to a new generation of listeners.
While his run so far has been marked by a series of notable 2020 collaborations, including “Sun Comes Up” with Major Lazer and “Nobody” with Mr Eazi and DJ Neptune, the 23-year-old singer is still in the nascent stages of his career on the cusp of an explosion into superstardom. Starting off 2021 with a bang, the Lagos-based artist has now announced his plans to release his debut full-length LP titled ‘Somewhere Between Beauty and Magic’, a follow-up to the late 2019 EP, ‘Love & Light’.
The upcoming LP which is slated for a February 4 release date is said to be a celebration of love in its myriad forms through 14 tracks, produced by a committee of top afrobeats producers led by E Kelly, Killertunes, Dëra, and BeatsbyKO. As an artist endlessly putting the words to romantic millennial trysts, we can’t wait to see what Joeboy cooks up this time around.
Speaking about what we can expect from the debut album, Joeboy shares that:
“Working on this project was life-changing — I met a version of myself I never knew before… The plan was to come up with a title that best describes love, without actually using the word love. Hence Somewhere Between Beauty & Magic. Because love is a perfect blend of beauty and magic.”
Ahead of the album release, you can watch Joeboy’s documentary with Apple Music here.
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.@tamimak_ Is a Staff Writer at The NATIVE