AFROPOP STAR and global music trailblazer MR EAZI has dropped his first single of 2020, “Kpalanga”, along with an arresting video directed by TG Omori.
“Kpalanga,” which translates to “go crazy,” finds MR EAZI capturing the ebbs and flows of a powerful but strained love affair over producer Killertunes’ multi-layered, afro-trap beat.
The track, which is dedicated to servicemen and women around the world, was inspired by the real-life love between Eazi’s military father and civilian mother.
Continuing his ascent as one of the most influential and progressive African artists to break into the mainstream, the last 12 months have seen the Nigerian superstar collaborate with iconic talents Beyonce, J Balvin and Bad Bunny; make his debut appearance at Coachella; and launch his groundbreaking, YouTube-backed emPawa Africa initiative to develop and incubate new African music talent.
Speaking on “Kpalanga,” MR EAZI says: “My dad and mum have been married for over 30 years, and growing up I saw how committed my dad who was faraway in the military was to my mum.
“Now that I am older and more aware of the sacrifices that my father made, I see some of my friends who are in the military going through the same thing. The song is me speaking from the perspective of a lover who’s far away in the military, while his partner is waiting anxiously, engulfed with so much emotion because of the distance and the reality of their loved one being in the military.
“We don’t realise all of that waiting becomes frustrating, waiting for your partner to return. ‘Kpalanga’ is a special dedication to servicemen and women around the world and their spouses and loved ones waiting for them.”