Navy Kenzo (Aika and Nahreel), the makers of mega hit records like “Kamatia Chini”, “Game” featuring Vanessa Mdee and “Bajaj” featuring Patoranking, release new single and music video ‘Fella’. The dancehall tune and certified club banger produced by Nahreel and Alvin Brown, comes hot on the heels of Nahreel’s production of the Coca-Cola anthem for the 2018 World Cup.
Speaking on their debut single since the release of their critically acclaimed 2018 debut album, Navy Kenzo say: “We are proud of Africa and FELLA is a show of our embrace and celebration of Africa,” adding, “As Navy Kenzo we have never showcased this kind of African expression in our videos – making many people always wonder if we do come from Africa.”
Watch ‘Fella’ on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acn3zbtlPzI&feature=youtu.be
The concept and idea behind FELLA is a celebration of Africa’s diverse music styles, avant-garde fashion culture and the richness of our continent. Its music video was shot and directed in Tanzania’s Bagamoyo by celebrated South African director Justin Campos – a long-term collaborator of Navy Kenzo. Nahreel says, “For the first time, we [Aika and I] took up the creative direction of our music video; from the fashion and hair stylists, makeup artists to designers.”
Navy Kenzo’s debut album AIM (Above In A Minute) was a compilation of 11 tracks, produced by Nahreel, alongside renowned Nigerian producer Chopstix and DJ Moshe Buskila. Featuring collaborations with some of Africa’s big names in music like Alikiba, Patoranking, Mr. Eazi and R2Bees, the album is a gift to their die-hard fans and a true reflection of the group’s hard work. Navy Kenzo went on tour to Canada, Australia, Rwanda, Congo and UK to promote the album. They are currently working on their second album, which will drop in 2019.
Founded in 2013, top Tanzanian pop music duo comprising Aika and Nahreel make Navy Kenzo, are credited for popularizing English rap in Tanzania, a Swahili speaking nation. The group’s unique pop sound is crafted in Aika’s singing and rap abilities and Nahreel’s creation of distinct sounds and varied genres like hip hop, dancehall and R&B. Nahreel has also been a two-time music producer on Coke Studio Africa and the founder of The Industry Studios in Tanzania.