Reekado Banks’ hit single “Ozumba Mbadiwe” earns a befitting Fireboy DML remix

Banks is working on a collection of remixes to "Ozumba Mbadiwe"

Reekado Banks has spent the past few years, quietly and impressively racking up a stellar discography packed with party-starting anthems and soothing romantic jams. Towards the end of last year, he released his second installment on his Off The Record series, ‘OTR Vol. 2,’ a smooth reintroduction to his sure-fire abilities and his uncanny ability at nailing the perfect hook as he proved on the project’s standout “Ozumba Mbadiwe.”


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To say that “Ozumba Mbadiwe,” has skyrocketed into a monster hit is no small secret. Aptly titled after the expressway that leads to Lekki Toll gate in Lagos, Nigeria where peaceful protesters were massacred for protesting against police brutality in October 2020, the single has shot Reekado Banks into a new limelight and edged him into the upper echelons of Afropop–a spot he rightly deserves as one of the most magnetic hitmakers around.

Arriving today, the song’s official remix with Fireboy DML has arrived to incredible fanfare. While Reekado Banks takes time to stand in solidarity with the victims of the #EndSars protest massacre on the original song, the remix sees his collaborator, Fireboy DML – who is currently sitting at the top of the Official UK Singles Chart with his Ed Sheeran-assisted remix to “Peru”– in an introspective mood as he questions his pursuit for stardom and quest for wealth.

On his verse, Fireboy DML sings braggadocious lyrics such as “Since 2019 when I don blow, I’ve been on the road if you don’t lnow and I no get time for your convo”, reminding listeners of his how he got to where he is now and how he deserves a spot at the top, exactly where he is. He also references a line from his global smash tune “Peru” as he sings “Won ni wan wa mi, wetin concern me, I’m in San Francisco jamming”, delivering an incredible performance. 

“Ozumba Mbadiwe” has not only birthed the monster Fireboy DML remix, but Reekado Banks has also called upon some of his artist friends from across Africa for a star-studded ‘Ozumba Mbadiwe’ Remix EP. Among the collaborations on the EP are Ghanaian pop start KIDI, Tanzanian singer, Rayvanny, and award-winning Ivorian rap artist Elow’n, and South African innovator Lady Du.

Listen to “Ozumba Mbadiwe” remix here.

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