If you’re reading this, Afropop legend and music executive D’banj has just recently released a new album “Stress Free“–– a fresh, new body of work that embodies his successful music career so far and also reflects a refined artist who is not only experimenting new sounds but having fun, along with slick production values and music geniuses.
On “Stress Free”, D’banj slips into Afrobeats innovation mode, visible in the multi-layered fusion of horns, saxophones and futuristic synths across tracks. The Egypt 80 brings the horns on the Afrobeat fusion, “Zombie”, and the Afro-meringue mix of “Welcome To Lagos” as well as the free-wheeling “Stress Free” and “Banga”.
“I went back to legacy – which is why I got Egypt 80 (led by Seun Kuti) on all seven tracks – and then eased into a realm of zero anxiety after the turbulent period that the world has been through. We had a lot of fun in the studio and hopefully this all shows up on the record!”D’BANJ
“Ikebe”, meanwhile, is a gentle, uplifting prayer while “Big Vibe” incorporates the Amapiano sound into a pan-Continental dance special and “Avocado” – featuring Burna Boy – leads you into a glorious sense of Afrobeats utopia.
The latest offering also came with a music video for the eponymous single, “Stress Free”, which brings to life D’Banj’s invitation to live on the lighter side by letting go of what you can’t control and taking care of what you can. The short film was directed by Clarence Peters, the video is pure entertainment, complete with D’Banj’s tongue-in-cheek lyrics, stylish fashion, and indomitable swagger.
LISTEN TO STRESS FREE ON ALL STREAMING PLATFORMS HERE.