Last year’s mainstream emergence and eventual ubiquity of the Zanku dance, was mostly proof of the streets’ indelible influence on Afropop. When prominent production duo, Legendury Beatz released their 2017 debut album, ‘Afropop 101′ as a crash course on the genre, the Zanku had yet to surface. The duo’s latest release, a three-track project with Mr Eazi, ‘Zanku Leg Riddim’, takes cognizance of the popular dance craze dominating pop music zeitgeist in the streets and high-end clubs of Lagos.
Sharing the same title, but differentiated by the guest appearances or lack thereof, all three songs share the same South African House-inspired beat by Legendury Beatz, comprising hard swinging bass drums and humming synths. Mr Eazi delivers the main vocals on each version, setting the mood by detailing specious specifics about club attendants, before going on to delivering the dance instructional repetitive hook; “zanku, leg work/shaku, gaga”.
Mr Real and Zlatan, two of the most popular faces from the recent wave of street music, deliver irreverent, catchy rap verses on their respective versions. The final version features just the instrumental and Mr Eazi’s hook, most likely a call to other artists who wish to create their own version of “Zanku Leg”.
You can listen to ‘Zanku Leg Riddim’ below.
Featured Image Credits: Instagram/legendurybeatz
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