We’re here for Nasty C riding over afrobeat
by: Mayuyuka Kaunda - 14 June 2017
Nasty C is set to spread his wings with a feature on internationally-renowned trio Major Lazer’s brand new track titled Particula. It seems the rapper brings out his best when rocking over afrobeat rhythms. It’s an exciting move for the young rapper and also sees him expand his sound by venturing into afrobeat territory on this song, alongside fellow African artists Ice Prince, Jidenna and Patoranking.
The afrobeat-themed anthem is jam packed with catchy melodies and smooth vocals as all the artists bring their A-Game. It’s perfect fusion of West African and Caribbean sounds is bound to make it a massive hit as it fits perfectly into the current musical landscape. Although it’s a definite dancefloor song, Nasty C’s lyrical prowess shines through as he grabs your attention with lines like “before we hit the road, put our phones on silent. Nobody’s tryna bring sand to the beach”.
We really hope this genre-straddling track gets a video because it’s great international exposure for one of Mabala Noise’s marquee signings. After receiving mixed reactions to his debut album Bad Hair Nasty showing his versatility on afrobeat anthems has been refreshing, particularly following the afro-trap banger he served up with Davido on Coolest Kid In Africa. Of course, that wasn’t his first foray into the afrobeat sound. His Coke Studio collaboration with Buffalo Souljah delivered the earworm, “Belong”:
We’re here for this direction Nasty C is taking and the growth he’s showing lately, even with his more traditional sound. The constant improvement is apparent on his latest track UOK which is dedicated to his mother, the late Veliswa. It’s a song with a strong message and stands out for its simplicity and mature subject matter. The multi-talented Nasty helped edit the Emilie Badenhorst & Nani Chehore-directed visuals, which are a perfect accompaniment to the heartfelt track.
Holding image by Sabelo Mkhabela