The amapiano banger is Mr Eazi’s first dive into the genre that’s exploded out of South Africa’s dance music underground to become a global culture phenomenon.
Mr Eazi recorded an early version of the song on a whim in South Africa earlier this year. After a brief snippet posted to Instagram and TikTok generated an avalanche of user-generated videos and millions of views, Eazi was inspired to complete the track — tapping DJ Tárico, whose amapiano smash “Yaba Baluku” took Africa by storm last year, and Ghanaian rapper Joey B to cement its banger status.
The result is one of Eazi’s lightest and breeziest tunes. An air of detached cool courses through Mr Eazi and Joey B’s vocals while DJ Tárico’s icy rhythm blends amapiano’s rolling, “log drum” basslines with atmospheric accordions. “It’s really not that deep,” Mr Eazi says. “It’s a fun song that I can’t wait to perform. And it’s got Nigeria, Ghana and Mozambique all together on one track.”
“Patek” follows recent singles “Legalize and “Personal Baby” among Mr Eazi’s 2022 releases. Fans can expect more singles from the Nigerian music superstar and African business innovator before year’s end, as he gears up to share his long-awaited official debut album in 2023.