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Friday 17 September 2021

MUSIC: Lojay and Sarz drop visual for viral track 'Monalisa, track received over 9 million streams

“Merges Afropop’s sensual essence with a moody overcast across psychedelic tracks that sound enthralling.” – The FACE

“The Afro-Fusion soundtrack of the summer.” – Notion

“One listen will have you running it back to catch all the intricacies and melodies.” – The Native

“A head-turning Afro-fusion EP.” - OkayAfrica

Following the recent release of their hotly tipped collaborative EP ‘LV N ATTN’ which has amassed over 21 million streams and received praise from outlets such as Hypebeast, Notion and The FACE, Lojay – the fast rising Afro-Fusion act – and the prolific and internationally renowned, super-producer Sarz today release the must-see visual for their viral track ‘Monalisa’.

Directed by UAX and shot in Lagos, the clip further brings to life the track that has already proven to be a hit with over 9 million streams, reaching the UK Afrobeats Charts Top 20, No. 2 on the Apple Music Chart (Nigeria), heavy radio rotation including hitting No. 9 on the Nigerian Radio Charts and generating hordes of TikTok dance challenges.

Released in June, The ‘LV N ATTN’ EP has confidently taken centre stage as the Afro-Fusion EP of the summer. The dynamic Lagos duo have created a simmering 5-track EP which alongside their first single ‘Tonongo’ also features the Grammy Award winning superstar Wizkid on the hypnotic title track ‘LV N ATTN’, plus the songs ‘Park O X3’ and ‘Panty!’. 

Showcasing Lojay’s sublime vocals alongside Sarz’s slick production which blends contemporary Afrobeats with urgent Hip-Hop and sensual R&B sounds – and has established him as the go-to producer for heavyweight acts in Nigeria and across the globe such as Wizkid, Burna Boy, Skepta, Drake and BeyoncĂ©) – the ‘LV N ATTN’ EP is the essential soundtrack for the summer, filled with huge jams that will no doubt continue be on heavy rotation on radio stations and speakers everywhere across the globe.

Speaking on the ‘Monalisa’ visual, Lojay said:

“Monalisa for me was one of the big surprises of the EP. To think it almost didn’t make it to the project and now it’s one of the biggest songs in the country. That’s amazing grace right there. 

With a musical style largely indicative of his Yoruba roots, Lojay’s previous releases included ‘Ariel’ in 2019 and 2020’s ‘Ogogoro’. The upcoming EP was borne out of Lojay’s determination to persevere through his own dark times during the start of the pandemic last year. Already a huge Sarz fan, after some reflection he decided to reach out for an introduction which led to a face to face meeting between the two acts. Despite Lojay hoping to collaborate on one song, Sarz decided that they would work on an EP together and a 3 month-long boot-camp in Lagos ensued. Helmed by the explosive singles ‘Tonongo’ and ‘LV N ATTN’, the new EP is a reflection on heartbreak and vulnerability, with a sonic journey that will not only make you get up and move but will redefine the parameters of Afro-Fusion sounds and aesthetics.


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