Ghanaian Afrobeats star King Promise joins Dadaboy Ehiz on Apple Music 1 to talk about his latest track, “10 Toes (feat. Omah Lay).” He also discusses his new album, ‘5 Star,’ how he’s grown since his last project, and how he views his role as a representative of African music.
The Big 5
Dadaboy Ehiz shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Bella Shmurda, T.I Blaze, Terri feat. BNXN fka Buju, Fally Ipupa, and Nomfundo Moh feat. Shekhinah & Sjava.
South African singer-songwriter Yashna is the latest artist featured from Apple Music’s Africa Rising playlist, a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars, and this week’s show features her singles, “Give You Up” and “Can’t Live without (feat. Tyler ICU).” Listen HERE.
Dadaboy’s Song of the Week
Each week, Dadaboy Ehiz chooses his favourite track from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. This week he spotlights Tanzanian singer-songwriter Zuchu and her single “Fire,” from Apple Music’s EA Wave playlist. Listen HERE.
Tune in and listen to the full episode this Friday August 12th at 9a Lagos/London / 10a Johannesburg/Paris / 1a LA / 4a NYC on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_AfricaNow.
King Promise on ‘5 Star’ Living
From when I came on the scene four years ago, to the music and how I sound now, and even the whole package…if the person don’t improve, the music don’t improve and I feel like we’re at a spot where we can say this music is five star.
The name speaks for itself - the highest level, gold standard - that’s where we are with the vibes, and it’s not even just the music, it’s the lifestyle. Me and the tandem, the vibes is 5 star. When you come out to Ghana and chill with us, you have the best time of your life. Wherever we are in the world, honestly we have a good time. The gyal dem: 5 star, the music: 5 star.
King Promise on Growth Between Albums
Let’s say 90% of my first album was a lot of love, but this album… you see, because I’ve been through stuff since I came on the scene, there’s more to speak about, so I’m talking about things I couldn’t speak about before. I’m not exactly the same guy I was before - I’m still Gregory, I haven’t changed but I’ve grown so I see things differently and speak in that light.
King Promise on Gratitude and Responsibility
It’s beautiful that African music is at a point where globally it’s recognised and gradually being accepted everywhere, and I’m happy to contribute as one of the people who’s the face of African music, especially from where we’re from… I don’t take this for granted. The fact that I have this chance to represent my people and put smiles on the faces of people through our music, it’s a super blessed position to be in and I’m going to play my part to the best of my ability.