Naira Marley, one of the under-celebrated leaders of today's Afroswing movement, is ready to solidify his place in the scene as he delivers the video for new single, "JAPA". The Nigerian-born, Peckham-raised artist first made big waves back in 2014, with the song "Marry Juana" — which many believe sparked the Afrobeats-rap explosion we are currently seeing.
Mixing greazy bars with Future-inspired melodies and pop sensibilities, Naira's take on the popular West African sound is a wholly unique one — and the reason why he was recently signed to MOVES Recordings (as well as lighter company Clipper for a collab). On "JAPA", we see all of the above in full effect as Naira rides the feel-good production with ease. "I made the track out in Nigeria with a producer by the name of DJ Rexxie," Marley tells Complex over email. "He came to my apartment to make it, and the song explains why I really flew back to Nigeria. It was my real-life story at the time when I made it."
In the Visionnaire-directed visuals, Naira Marley shows off his acting chops as he tries to get away from the police (or, the "po-po", as the track catchily puts it). Fresh off the back of a sold-out UK tour, expect to hear this artist's name more as we enter 2019.