Naira Marley Marks Nigerian Independence Day With ‘Ayewada’ Video Release

Joe Simpson

By Joe Simpson

Joe Simpson

4 Oct 2022

Lagos-via-Peckham superstar Naira Marley — hailed by NPR as “one of the greatest and most celebrated artists performing and producing in the Afrobeat scene today” — continued his annual celebration of Nigerian Independence Day with the release of a brand-new video for ‘Ayewada’. Taken from his critically acclaimed debut album God’s Timing’s The Best, issued in May, the Rexxie-produced song was previously used as the intro track to Marley’s NPR Tiny Desk in June and follows his most recent single, the explosive Excuse Moi with French Afro-Trap star MHD. 

Ayewada is classic Naira Marley; irresistible  Afrorap soaked through with sun-drenched adrenaline and follows on an incredible summer that has seen the artist perform at the Afro Nation festival 2022 in Puerto Rico and Portugal (among acts like Megan Thee Stallion, Wizkid, & Burna Boy), Toronto’s Kaboom! Festival and high-octane God’s Timing’s The Best parties across Lagos, London and New York.

After years of solidifying his reputation as both the pioneer of Afro/Hip-Hop and a prominent voice of the streets, Marley has continued to develop his music, marrying the raw, unpolished tones of UK rap, the Yoruba language, and the sounds of the diaspora as heard on God’s Timing’s The Best for an uncompromising and unpredictable and sonic palette debut in stark contrast to the saccharine commerciality of the Nigerian AfroPop mainstream.