Krizbeatz is unarguably one of Africa’s finest producers. Since the last decade, the music
producer, artist, songwriter & DJ has significantly contributed to Afropop’s endearing qualities.
He continues to keep up the momentum and has now teamed up with Tanzania’s Mbosso and
Nigeria’s 1Da Banton to release a new banger “Abena”.
Over the past year, he has continued to stake out fresh turf, and his latest song “Abena” shows
that. Following the June-released “Wild Party,” a groovy collaboration with Bella Shmurda
and Rayvanny, this one combines the flavours of Nigeria and Tanzania once more, but the
lyrical direction is quite distinct.
1Da Banton of the “No Wahala” fame finds a natural alliance in Mbosso, whose Swahili evokes
the dreamy ease of lullabies. A romantic affair holds the actual tension at the song’s centre,
with both musicians uniquely positioning themselves for the lady’s affection. 1Da Banton
bemoans her indifference, singing “you go soon turn me to psycho” and maintains the cheeky
charisma throughout his verse. “Abena oh, don’t kill me for mama o,” he sings in the chorus,
still pleading. Mbosso’s verse is energetic and suffused in great candour, bringing to life the
possible image of a woman as beautiful as Abena.
Masterful as ever, Krizbeatz’s production flexes his ability to always come across as textured. A
door’s creak heightens the suspense in the opening seconds, but afterwards, it’s the Bongo
Flava guitars and punchy percussions hold you spellbound. Horns, shekeres and bassy
interludes also come in to spice up things. The result is a song that delivers on Krizbeatz’s well-defined mission to soundtrack the bubbly energy of Africa’s new leaders—its youth.
With his EP ‘King of The New Wave’ forthcoming later this year, Krizbeatz is stepping further
towards his deserved place as a pioneer. Even when he’s fronting an edgy style in his fashion or
playing to crowds of diverse nationalities, music has always been the dominant influence.
Listeners now get to step into his vibrant world of sound, and “Abena” is the new landmark
aboard the Krizbeatz train.