1da Banton has garnered attention from listeners by seamlessly blending Highlife and Afrobeats in his music. Rather than attempting to cater to the European audience, which constitutes a significant portion of his streaming base, he has wisely chosen to stick to the style that brought him international fame. His latest EP, titled ‘1da Shall Never End,’ serves as a testament to his belief that he has much more to offer beyond his hit track ‘No Wahala.’
The 6-track EP showcases a fusion of Highlife and Afrobeats, combining his Port Harcourt influences with mainstream elements that appeal to a broader audience. In songs like ‘Omotola‘ and ‘No Love in Lagos,’ 1da Banton draws from real-life experiences on the streets, using relatable street language to capture the encounters and relationships of everyday people. His lyrics evoke vivid imagery that aligns with the emotions conveyed through his melodies.
Even when expressing love and commitment in ‘Family‘ or offering to pamper his partner in ‘Ego,’ 1da Banton reminds listeners in ‘Call Jehova’ that such love and enjoyment are reserved for deserving women. ‘Family‘ stands out on the EP for its smooth Afropop cadence, impeccable delivery, and the addition of French vocals, which pays homage to his success in France. The minimalistic production and incorporation of horns elevate the project’s overall quality.
Throughout the EP, 1da Banton delivers street gospel on the challenges of finding love, sweet-talks women, explores casual encounters, and provides tips on avoiding financial obligations. ‘1da Shall Never End’ effectively establishes 1da Banton’s distinctive musical identity following his international achievements. The EP captures a familiar and exhilarating essence, characterized by infectious melodies, catchy lyrics, and solid production.
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