This week, Nigerian singer CKay released Sad Romance, a 12-track album available on all streaming platforms and for download.
KAMPALA, UGANDA | NOW THEN DIGITAL — Nigerian singer CKay released his debut album Sad Romance at 2:38 PM on Sep 23, 2022. The 12 tracks he recorded are available on all major streaming platforms for streaming and download.
- A 12-track album entitled Sad Romance was released by Nigerian singer CKay on Sep 23, 2022 at 2:38 PM. The album is available for streaming and download on all major streaming platforms.
- The ‘Sad Romance’ album features Nigeria’s Ayra Starr and Davido, South Africa’s Focalistic, and Cape Verde’s Mayra Andrade and Ronisia.
- “Sad Romance”, which combines Afro-pop with other pulses like soul, R&B, jazz, and Afrohouse, focuses on CKay’s journey through romantic relationships.
- CKay first gained mainstream attention after landing a record deal with Chocolate City in 2016. His debut EP ‘WTFiCKay’ debuted in 2017.
A diverse selection of previously-released singles is included on the album, including ‘Love Nwantiti’, a global chart-topper for 2019, ‘Emiliana’, ‘Watawi’ and ‘You’.
On the ‘Sad Romance’ album, he welcomes Nigerian singers Ayra Starr and Davido, South African singers Focalistic, as well as Cape Verdean singers Mayra Andrade and Ronisia.
With ‘Sad Romance’, CKay chronicles his struggles with romantic relationships, mixing Afro-pop and other pulses like soul, R&B, jazz, and African house.
CKay is one of Afrobeats’ most recognizable faces
Afrobeats’ most recognizable face, CKay was introduced to music by his father, who was a choirmaster, during his childhood.
CKay first became popular after he signed a record deal with Chocolate City, under which he released his first single “Nkechi Turn Up” in 2016. His debut EP, “WTFiCKay,” was released in 2017.
In 2019, Ckay released the sophomore EP ‘CKay The First’, which included the single ‘Love Nwantiti’. Aside from being popular in countries like Morocco, India, and Portugal, the song has been on YouTube’s ‘Top Songs Global’ as well as Spotify’s ‘Global Viral 100’ charts.
‘Love Nwantiti’ has also amassed over 956 million streams across various platforms. The song’s successor, ‘Emiliana’, has amassed over 290 million streams since it was released earlier this year.
“While the numbers are impressive, CKay is still deeply rooted in making music that connects to people in the sincerest of ways and his commitment to artistry remains crucial,” a statement reads.
“Writing and singing about love is the basis of his creativity. This fascination with love and passion has also inspired his persona as ‘Africa’s boyfriend’.
Ckay will tour multiple cities in the US, Canada and Europe in support of his new album ‘Sad Romance’.
On 1 October, the self-described emo Afrobeat musician and producer will launch his 22-city tour in Oakland, California, and on 20 November in London. There will also be stops in Toronto, Brussels, Copenhagen, Cologne and Paris.
Take a listen to CKay’s full album ‘Sad Romance’ below
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