Warner Music Africa proudly presents CKay’s newest offering, WATAWI, a rendezvous in the artist’s purple fantasy featuring Davido, Focalistic, and Abidoza.
Following his popular releases Love (Nwantiti) and most recently Emiliana, CKay gives us WATAWI and enlists the help of Davido, Focalistic, and Abidoza to quite literally coax us even deeper into his intimate lilac imagination. In the tune, a critical question asked in any situationship is put forth: WATAWI/’what are we?’ as the musicians use the song as both discourse and catharsis. Any woman listening may use the song as evidence of their misandry but how do you even begin resisting Africa’s Boyfriend?
CKay is of course no stranger to the charts if his previous works are anything to go by, with Love (Nwantiti) breaking several records across Africa and around the world and Emiliana spawning millions of streams while peaking at #1 on the UK Afrobeats Chart. This New Music Friday is yet another moment for this young musician to claim his spot on the top. The song itself is a passionate and effortless expression of CKay’s Emo-Afrobeat and is exacerbated by a head-bopping Amapiano inflection thanks to Focalistic and Abidoza.
Shot in Hotlanta (Atlanta), the music video itself was directed by Dalia Dias who is no stranger to directing African musicians. Here, she captures with acute precision and delicacy, CKay’s enticing yet elusive aura filled with shades of purple and hints of scorching crimson. The visuals become an exciting accompaniment to an otherwise heartbreaking song. It is boldly three African rock stars flaunting their charm.
While CKay, Focalistic and Abidoza may be relatively new to the music scene, they make it a point to match Davido’s impressive delivery, not just in flow and musicianship but in energy and in the X-Factor – a quality that is no mean feat for new artists who have hopes of solidifying their places on the global stage. It is in this way that WATAWI becomes an important marker for the African superstar. It is a manifestation of sheer talent at work while also pronouncing Africa as a now-continent if that was ever in question.