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Seun Kuti, Mr Eazi & More Feature On Jidenna's Sophomore Album, '85 To Africa'

This purposeful album is a phenomenal comeback from the Nigerian-American star

Late last month, Jidenna teased his sophomore album, 85 To Africa, using an emotive album trailer, preceded by two singles, "Sufi Woman" and "Tribe". Now, a month and two more solid singles later, the Grammy-nominated star's comeback project is finally here. 

Right from the first few words on the cleverly-titled opening track, "Worth the Weight", the theme of Jidenna's 85 to Africa is made abundantly clear. Having recently been displaced from his Atlantan home, this album takes us on his journey of self-discovery and identity.

85 To Africa also promotes a message of global black unity — between Africa and the diaspora. This is illustrated on "Worth the Weight", as fellow Grammy-nominee, Seun Kuti represents Africans reaching out to our counterparts in the diaspora (represented by Jidenna). 

Along with the political subject matter that runs through the tape, Jidenna also displays his affection for women — which has been all over Twitter lately — on "Sufi Woman" and "Vaporiza". Infused with live instrumentals, "Vaporiza" is definitely a standout on the tape. 

Overall, the production on 85 To Africa is outstanding, with each song emerging as a seamless amalgamation of different genres. "Pretty & Afraid", in particular, stands out in this regard, as reggae tones and country tastes are all blended into the spirited bop. 

When it comes to the featured artists on the project, although Jidenna selects only a few of them, each act certainly earns their spot. Seun Kuti's significant feature is followed by an indelible performance from Grammy nominee, GoldLink on the hip-hop standout "Babouche".

Of course, the women on the tape steal the show. 85 To Africa's closer, "The Other Half", pretty much belongs to the gifted women he enlisted, St. Beauty and Mereba. Well, given the terrible ordeal that inspired the project, we are pleased to see that Jidenna is back and better than ever.

Listen to 85 to Africa below:

By Adewojumi Aderemi, published on 23/08/2019

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