Africa’s premier indigenous label, Mavin Records has released a Mavin all-stars project, Chapter X to mark its 10 year anniversary.
Chapter X combines the talent, nuance and promise of all of Mavin’s new generation of artists in one explosive Afropop masterpiece that seriously contends for the classic spit of the genre. Preceded by Overloading and Won Da Mo, both of which peaked at the zenith of all major music charts in Nigeria, Chapter X is a ten song project that is as diverse thematically as it is in performance.
The project opens with Alle, a soothing confession of love and a solemn thanksgiving. Alle sets the album’s tone effectively, performed on a sonic backdrop that subtly metamorphoses to suit each artist’s individual style, here, the Mavins are as thankful for love as they are keen to give it.
All I’m Saying follows Alle, delivered on a heavy bass backdrop complemented by the group’s soothing flows and Don Jazzy’s legendary vocals. Ogini Na Fio comes next, delivered on a colorful, more ambivalent mid-tempo beat, picking up the pace as the Mavins stay in character, portraying a group serenading their muse.
Won Da Mo is 4th on the project and requires no introduction, its successor Amina is an experimental composition with Rema’s imprint all over it. The psychedelic sound is given further character by Ayra Starr, Bayanni, Crayon and DJ Big N.
Overloading follows- another well storied release that soundtracked the summer of 2022. The seventh song on the album is Losing You– a solemn serenade of loss and heartbreak. Delivered by the trio of Johnny Drille, Magixx, and Crayon, Losing You is an emotive number and a vocalist exhibition that promises to be a fan favorite. Won Le Le is up next in similar prolific fashion with its chest thumping and celebratory style
The album winds down with the penultimate song, Jara, a supplication where the Mavins count their blessings and ask for ever more. You is the perfect putto, led by Boy Spyce, the lighthearted, sweet and succinct tune close ChapterX with promise and verve.
With Mavins execution on ChapterX, the album is set to serve as compelling motivation for the next decade.
Listen to Chapter X here.