Nigerian Afrobeat sensation Asake has recently released his highly anticipated second album titled “Work of Art,” featuring 14 tracks, including some previously released hits such as “2:30” and “Yoga.”
The album also boasts the latest single “Amapiano,” a collaboration with Olamide. Asake, a rising star who has captivated audiences worldwide, has collaborated with several talented producers on this project, including his frequent collaborators Magicsticks and BlaiseBeatz.
At just 28 years old, Asake’s new album is yet another testament to his deep-rooted connection with his cultural heritage. “Work of Art” follows closely on the heels of his debut album, “Mr. Money with the Vibe” which was released less than a year ago. One noteworthy aspect of this album is the seamless lyrical transition from Yoruba to English within a single sentence.
The second track on the album, “Awodi,” has received immense praise from fans who appreciate Asake’s originality and his commitment to staying true to his roots. This signature style is prevalent throughout his music.
Asake’s new album, “Work of Art,” demonstrates his unwavering determination to live life on his own terms, and fans around the world have embraced it wholeheartedly.
One notable aspect that his global fanbase appreciates is that, regardless of their understanding of the Yoruba language, Asake’s music effortlessly gets them on their feet, dancing.
“Work of Art” is characterized by the captivating sounds of guitar strings, shakers, and the ever-present log and talking drums, which make it irresistibly groovy for listeners, transcending any language barriers.
Asake’s new album solidifies his unique status in the music industry, showcasing an unmatched artistry that cannot be compared to any other artist. One fan named Michael Spears left a comment on his YouTube channel expressing, “Asake’s music deserves to be studied as a program in universities.”
Asake’s soaring popularity serves as a testament to the arrival of the era of “Fuji Piano.” His latest album blends the distinct qualities of his native Fuji genre with the infectious rhythms of South Africa’s Amapiano.
This fusion is characterized by log drums, Fuji-inspired melodies, and the use of the Yoruba language. A fan from South Africa left a comment on Asake’s new track “Awodi,” saying “Honestly, South Africa should be named after Asake in honor of making Amapiano a global phenomenon.”
Asake’s lyrics are deeply rooted in his life experiences and the rich musical traditions of Nigeria. As one of the hottest Afrobeat stars in the industry, he continues to make history.
His debut album, “Mr. Money with the Vibe,” released in 2022. Holds the record for the highest-charting African debut album of all time on Apple Music.
His trademark dance moves, born from the streets of Lagos, Nigeria. Where he grew up, showcase his ability to seamlessly blend traditional Nigerian Fuji music, Afro-Pop, and South Africa’s Amapiano into a captivating Afro-fusion sound.
During an interview on Good Morning America, Asake expressed that he perceives a spiritual essence within Afrobeats music. Indeed, his music carries a spiritual quality, and the rhythms resonate with the authenticity of his Yoruba heritage.
Words by: Daniel Nzohabonimana