Nigerian singer-songwriter and producer CKay returns to give fans a glimpse of what to expect from his upcoming album release with the new single ‘You’.
His previous offering, ‘WATAWI’ with Davido, Focalisitic, and Abidoza, which now sits at over 6.4 million views on YouTube since its drop in June, was a brazen denouncement of affection – a dialogue on the misalignment of two people who are in a relationship with another but have conflicting expectations of their companionship which presages a love lost.
‘You’ is a different temperature altogether. CKay takes the lead in the titillating process of pursuing someone for the first time and becoming so engaged and committed to them that you lose all inhibitions.
It is a tender yet patently passionate declaration of love and is delivered in a way only CKay can.
Drawing from R&B, Afrobeat, and Amapiano, ‘You’ travels miles along this time-space continuum to deliver a full-fledged work of art that surprises you at every turn. While you think the tune is soft and supple as it begins, brash Amapiano inflections in the form of log drum work and bass convince you otherwise.
The single manages to be both vulnerable and bold in its entirety. Producer Christer says the process of composing the song was preoccupied with merging two African cultures together in a way that not only speaks directly to two distinct African expressions of music but brings Africa ever so close to itself.
This is no easy feat in a continent that is so rich in tradition and culture but has historically been at odds with itself. While ‘You’ isn’t a political song by any means, it does the work of reimagining an Africa that looks within for inspiration, collaboration, and creation.
The instrumentation in the song is also contemplated. As CKay considers a deep-seated concern over the verses, a saxophone helps him sing the chorus. In due time, a string section melody brings the song tighter in the pocket and it grooves. As a precursor to the album, CKay shares that ‘You’ helps him reveal his experiences in relationships more intimately.
The album builds on this and is set to explore the superstar’s journey in the ever-complex human experience as well as in music and he hopes to bring fans closer to his world.
The tail end of 2022 will also see CKay headlining his first solo US tour in October. He is expected to perform in cities around the country, starting with the One Music Festival in Atlanta and moving through cities around the country including New York, Chicago, LA, and Houston.
On the back of his US tour, CKay will head immediately into his first solo European tour. Full details of dates and cities for the US and European tour and cities will be announced imminently and will be available on CKay’s website.
YOU is out now, Steam/Listen here: https://ckay.lnk.to/You