Nigerian recording artist and afrobeats star Wande Coal has released a brand new song and music video, “Let Them Know”, as featured in Earmilk, out today. On the record, Wande sings about keeping his relationship with a love interest under wraps and tells her to do the same.
Earlier this year, Wande tapped Olamide for “Kpe Paso” – watch here. The phrase comes from a Yoruba cultural representation for flex, or to celebrate, in a big way and is tradition to be grand at important events. The record gained press praise from Hypebeast, The Guardian, and OkayAfrica, to name a few. With “Kpe Paso,” Wande announced his forthcoming album Legend Or No Legend due out May 18, 2023.
Wande Coal is one of the few artists that has attained legendary status in Afrobeats with a career which has spanned over a decade, with OkayAfrica dubbing him the ‘best voice in Nigerian pop’. Stay tuned for more announcements to come.
ABOUT WANDE COAL
Wande Coal, born Oluwatobi Wande Ojosipe in Lagos, is one of the most revered, influential, and multifaceted African recording artists of the modern era, with over 200 million global streams to his credit. A singer, songwriter, and producer, he’s the voice behind afropop essentials “Iskaba” (2017), “So Mi So” (2018) and the Patoranking collaboration, “My Woman, My Everything” (2015).
Coal’s music journey began in church, where he learned to sing and play the piano, helping him develop what would become his trademark soulful sound. In 2007, he joined Mo’ Hits — then Nigeria’s premier record label — after principals Don Jazzy and D’Banj noticed him as a dancer in music videos. Quickly becoming an indispensable part of the label’s writing and production stable, he penned some of its most notable releases including D’Banj’s landmark “Oliver Twist,” the Kanye-endorsed big bang which birthed today’s afrobeats explosion.
In 2009, Wande released his debut album, Mushin 2 Mo’ Hits, an era-defining LP that’s been called “the classic that set the bar for Afropop” by The Native Magazine. With singles like “Bumper to Bumper,” the album transformed the West African music landscape, adding a distinctly Naija flavor to the global dance pop sounds emerging at the time. At the Headies, Nigeria’s version of the Grammys, in 2010, Coal cleaned up, taking home a record five awards.
It would be half a decade before Coal released his second album, Wanted, in 2015, a year that would turn out to be among his biggest. In addition to solo hits like the Maleek Berry-produced “Baby Hello,” he joined forces with Nigerian reggae star Patoranking on “My Woman,” MTV Africa’s Song of the Year.
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