Mr Eazi has shared his new single Patek featuring Mozambique’s DJ Tárico and Ghanaian star, Joey B. The amapiano banger is Mr Eazi’s first dive into the genre that exploded out of South Africa’s dance music underground to become a global culture phenomenon.
Eazi recorded an early version of the song on a whim in South Africa earlier this year, but after a brief snippet posted to Instagram and TikTok generated an avalanche of user-generated videos and millions of views, 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 but witty cool courses through Mr Eazi and Joey B’s vocals while DJ Tárico’s rhythm offers that distinct and infectious Amapiano flavour that we’ve all come to know and love.
“It’s really not that deep,” Mr Eazi says, when speaking about the song. “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.”
As a recording artist (and one of the most streamed African artists worldwide), the Nigerian multihyphenate is the voice behind afropop hits like Pour Me Water, Skin Tight and Leg Over, as well as major collaborations with the likes of Beyoncé, Bad Bunny and J Balvin, and the creator of Banku Music, a fusion of Ghanaian and Nigerian sounds and culture. As a serial entrepreneur, he founded emPawa Africa in 2019 as a talent incubator program designed to accelerate the careers of African artists —an initiative hailed by CNN, Rolling Stone, Billboard and Forbes for its innovative approach to expanding African music’s global reach.
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.
Listen to the song below: