With over 10 million streams and 250,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, over 15 million plays on YouTube, and co-signs from Nicki Minaj, who invited her to open the Amsterdam leg of ‘The Nicki Wrld Tour’ last year, among other accomplishments already under her belt, Dutch Ghanaian rising star Nana Fofie is fast becoming one to watch within Europe’s R&B landscape, especially with her seminal ‘Afro R&B’ sound, which adds her infectious afropop sensibilities to her contemporary R&B foundation, while showcasing her Ghanaian heritage and language, to great effects.
Perfect for injecting some much needed positive energy into the world at this time, her brand new single ‘YENO NTEM’ is a timely “feel good summer jam that is all about good vibes, laughter and having fun with friends and family”, according to Nana Fofie.
The lyrics of the song will have you learning Akan (i’m assuming is the language as it’s the most widely spoken in Ghana). I like the fun use of her adlibs integrated into the main vocal parts.
Released to celebrate her birthday, ‘Yeno Ntem’ comes on the back of her last single ‘Undeniable’, which was released earlier this year and has already been streamed over 200,000 times, and it also serves as the precursor to her long-awaited sophomore EP, set for release later this summer, following her acclaimed 2019 debut EP RNBW.
Shot in Rotterdam before the lockdown, the accompanying music video for ‘Yeno Ntem’ is a fun and infectious dance-led visual affair that is sure to lift the mood and spirits. In an ingenious case of art looking to mimick life, the visuals, which are carried by Nana’s star power, infectious personality and captivating presence, depict a lively house party, which is probably what Nana and her friends would have been doing for her birthday this year – instead Nana Fofie have brought the party directly to you.