STREAM THE ‘MIRAGE’ EP HERE
“’No More’ … a beautiful song.” – THE FADER
“The future of R&B.” – JOE BUDDEN / THE JOE BUDDEN PODCAST Following the 2020 release of his mesmeric, self-produced 7-track EP ‘Mirage’ (released via Platoon), the Maryland, USA based Nigerian-born Afro Soul music artist Mannywellz has just dropped a must-see visual for his Wale assisted single ‘A Million’. The visual was directed by filmmaker Malik Sulieman and Mannywellz.
Speaking on ‘A Million’, Mannywellz said:
“We go through various things in life and forget to love on ourselves. ‘A Million’ is a song that just reminds us to love as life throws different types of challenges, especially romantically.”
Emerging nearly three years after his debut project, Soulfro, the entirely self-produced ‘Mirage’ sees Mannywellz dive further into the realms of Afro Soul and R&B. His powerful harmonies, playful cadences, and unique instrumentation give a subtle nod to his Nigerian roots and feature mesmerizing vocals from an array of heavy-hitting featured artists such as rising Afropop act Tems on the project opener ‘Peace’, R&B sister duo VanJess on ‘Floating’ (watch the spellbinding visual here) and the Grammy nominated Hip-Hop star Wale on new single ‘A Million’ – marking their second collaboration after Mannywellz featured on Wale’s 2019 album ‘Wow… That’s Crazy’ on the single ‘Love & Loyalty’. Mannywellz invites his listeners to float through the highs, lows, and in-between of relationships and attachment. The dreamlike state Mannywellz puts us in while singing “every time I'm with you I feel like I’m flying” captures the essence of his performance throughout the EP – flirting with reality and illusion, a Mirage.
Mannywellz’s tales of love, heartbreak, and personal discovery pair with his soulful harmonies and African influences to create a unique, genre-melding sound. Also using his own personal experiences to inform his storytelling, he has his eyes set on purpose that is bigger than music - aiming to impact lives. He collaborated on the Grammy Award winning project ‘American Dreamers: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom’ in the Jazz category with fellow DACA artists. With a culmination of his dynamic live performances seen at his sold-out ‘META’ tour last year, song-writing and production and accolades from outlets such as The FADER, OkayPlayer and Complex, Mannywellz has positioned himself as one of the most promising rising stars around. ‘Mirage’ track-list:
1. ‘Peace’ ft Tems
2. ‘So Good’
5. ‘Floating’ ft VanJess
6. ‘Sweet & Tender’
7. ‘A Million’ ft Wale