After releasing last summer’s viral hit track ‘Polongo’, which amassed over five million global streams, afropop sensation OLAKIRA has been on a brief hiatus while recording his highly anticipated debut album that’s set for release this October – but with fans and audiences clamouring for some new music from the Nigerian star singer, songwriter and producer, Olakira is letting everyone know that he is back outside this summer with an exciting double-a side single release titled ‘ILEKE’ and ‘KISSES’ to mark his sensational return, as he prepares to head back on the road again for a mini African and European tour, with confirmed tour stops in Ethiopia, Senegal, Kenya, and the Netherlands.
Produced by Simba Tagz (Burna Boy, Mr Eazi) and Olakira himself respectively, ‘Ileke’ and ‘Kisses’ provide an immersive listening experience for fans and critics alike, which combine Olakira’s motif captivating melodies, irresistible musical soundscapes, and his unmatched artistic prowess to great effects. Frontrunner ‘Ileke’ is an upbeat feel-good song that sees Olakira waxing lyrical in both English and Yoruba languages about his feelings for his leading lady, over an outstanding afrobeats and amapiano fusion sound bed. The second a-side ‘Kisses’ reveals Olakira’s versatility as a musician and producer, as he showcases his penchant for melodies that tug at listeners’ heartstrings.
Both ‘Ileke’ and ‘Kisses’ boast infectious pop elements, lush amapiano-leaning log drums, enthralling songwriting, and glorious afrobeats sensibilities that band together to deliver songs that are sure to be strong fan-favourites, amongst Olakira’s already undeniable discography, by the end of the summer. Olakira even takes it up a notch with the exquisite music video for ‘Ileke’ that was directed by award-winning filmmaker Clarence Peters (Wizkid, Fireboy DML, Tiwa Savage), and has already amassed over a quarter of a million views on YouTube. The visual spectacle calls its viewer to join Olakira in his vibrant world that showcases the beauty and allure of African women, culture, and fashion.