Naira Marley Enlists Backroad Gee For ‘Vawulence’ Video

Joe Simpson

By Joe Simpson

Joe Simpson

29 Nov 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” — returns with brand new single Vawulence. Produced by Vibez Ace and featuring London’s very own BackRoad Gee, the track is the first in a new Marley-created genre he dubs Gangpiano and marks the first new release from Marley since his critically acclaimed debut album God’s Timing’s The Best in May of this year.

The track also follows Naira’s feature on a brand-new Wiz Kid trackWow alongside Skepta. Accompanying the single is a new video directed by Keasy and set in Paris.

One of the biggest artists across Africa and a true pioneer of Afroswing, Naira Marley has established himself as an icon of the African vanguard. Vawulence is classic Marley; chaotic, fun, humorous, witty; a UK rap-infused banger drenched in sunny amapiano that pays homage to both Naira’s transcontinental upbringing across Peckham and Lagos. The track also serves as a teaser for Naira’s soon to be announced London headline next year, a return guaranteed to be one of the most raucous and highly anticipated shows of 2023. Stay posted for news on that very soon.

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.