Wizkid is back. The Nigerian pop star surprised listeners early this morning with the unannounced release of a new EP, Soundman Vol. 1.
Though Wizkid has released a couple of singles this year, fans had been awaiting a new drop and more extensive project from the artist. With it being so close to the end of the year, it didn’t look like we’d get a new body of work from the artist till 2020, but he proved otherwise when he took to Twitter at the wee hours of the morning to quietly share streaming links for the new project.
He also announced that a second EP, Soundman Vol. 2, would drop sometime before his highly-anticipated upcoming album Made In Lagos (MIL).
The new release features Jamaican artist Chronixx, on the opening track ‘Jam,’ and others including DJ Tunez, Blaq Jerzeeand Kel P. It sees the artist delivering a jazzy, highlife-inspired sound with tracks that feature heavy horns and smooth, mid-tempo production.
He released the tracks “Joro” and “Ghetto Love” in October, and that same month he became the first African artist to sell out London’s O2 Arena twice.
He’s also appeared in several memorably collaborations throughout the year, including “Gbese” with DJ Tunez, “Dis Love” with DJ Spinall and Tiwa Savage, and with Beyoncé, on the hit song “Brown Skin Girl,” which earned him a Soul Train award.
Get the EP on all streaming platforms here: Soundman Vol. 1