ALBUM: D’banj – “Stress Free, Chapter 1”

DB Records boss, D’banj has released his much-anticipated new album, Stress Free, on Friday, October 1 – a fresh, new body of work from the Afrobeats super star.

While embodying a successful career, Stress Free shows a polished artist who is not only experimenting but having fun, along with slick production values (featuring the spectacular skills of music producer Rexxie).

“I went back to legacy – which is why I got Egypt 80 (led by Seun Kuti) on all seven tracks – and then eased into a realm of zero anxiety after the turbulent period that the world has been through. We had a lot of fun in the studio and hopefully this all shows up on the record!” says D’banj.

On Stress Free, D’banj slips into Afrobeats innovation mode, visible in the multi-layered fusion of horns, saxophones and futuristic synths across tracks. The Egypt 80 brings the horns on the Afrobeat fusion, Zombie, and the Afro-meringue mix of Welcome To Lagos as well as the free-wheeling Stress Free and Banga.

Ikebe, meanwhile, is a gentle, uplifting prayer while Big Vibe incorporates the Amapiano sound into a pan-Continental dance special and Avocado – featuring Burna Boy – leads you into a glorious sense of Afrobeats utopia.

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