EXCLUSIVE: Afrobeats Stars Kobi Jonz And DJ Boat Unite Their West African Roots On ‘Naija-Ghana Tape Vol. 1’ EP

For the past few years, Nigerian artist Kobi Jonz and Ghanaian producer DJ Boat have been steadily pushing their respective takes on Afrobeats, taking their sounds across the world. Now they’re joining forces to forge an alliance between their takes on the West African sound.

The Naija-Ghana Tape Vol. 1 EP, which officially drops at midnight tonight, spans four tracks and was led by “Call Melanin” and “Iroko”, the former a melody-rich slow jam and the latter a jump-up Afro-banger for the clubs — giving some indication of the varied sounds the pair had in store.

Fans should have their appetites satisfied by the remaining two tracks, which feature assistance from Nigerian-born musician David Meli. Opener “Private Party” warms us up with a gently bumping rhythm, while “Give” acts as the EP’s centrepiece with a big, anthemic hook to keep us singing all night.

Speaking with TRENCH via email, Kobi told us: “Throughout the creation of this wonderful body of work, my core was set at hope and unity for all, especially amongst Africans. The name Naija-Ghana Tape sprouts from both of our origins: DJ Boat being from Ghana and myself being from Nigeria. Different countries but we are one under the sun, as we are brothers. We wanted to create something that sends a message of unity to whoever encounters this great body of work.”

DJ Boat added: “The EP came about because of our deep desire to connect people of the diaspora to the unique sounds that comes from these two countries in West Africa. Having been born in Ghana and lived overseas, I understand the importance of black people everywhere connecting around our shared culture. The sounds on Naija-Ghana Tape will take you back to your roots, allow you to connect to Africa, whether you live on the content or elsewhere in the world.”

While we wait for the EP to drop at midnight, get an exclusive listen of the whole package below.

Posted on November 27, 2019