Continuing to make an afrobeats impact on the world is Bella Shmurda who dropped his brand new amapiano fused single, titled “DND” featuring Lil Kesh. The track shares the same name as his recently announced new EP which is set to be dropped on July 26, 2023. The release of this new single acts as the follow-up to Bella Shmurda featuring on Toyosi’s single “Tml” alongside Seyi Sound as well as his collaboration with MohBad on the single “Pariwo”; and acts as the follow-up to Lil Kesh’s partnership with Jonn Young on the single “Feeling Funny”.
Bella Shmurda, real name Abiola Ahmed Akinbiyi, is an acclaimed Nigerian singer, songwriter, and musician, who fearlessly uses his voice to convey the truth against all odds. Recognised as ‘The New Voice of the Street’, Bella Shmurda’s musical journey began in his early school days, drawing inspiration from fuji music and exploring his creativity. His breakthrough came with the viral hit “Vision 2020”, a collaboration with Olamide, paving the way for his highly praised debut EP ‘High Tension’ in 2020. Since then, Bella Shmurda has been on an unstoppable trajectory, captivating audiences with his conscious and relatable afrobeats sound, combining elements of philosophy and religion with a deep understanding of the struggles faced on the streets. With an extensive discography of over 50 songs and notable collaborations with industry giants like Wizkid, Davido, and Popcaan, Bella Shmurda has amassed over 1.2 billion global streams and garnered a dedicated following of 8 million social media fans. His impact extends far beyond his music, earning accolades such as being a YouTube Foundry alumni, Global Music Awards Africa winner, and Headies Award nominee. From sold-out tours across Africa, Europe, and America to critical acclaim from renowned media outlets like CNN, Variety, MTV, and the BBC, Bella Shmurda’s mission to make a lasting impact on the world has only just begun. As the president of Dangbana Republik, he leads a collective of determined creatives, ready to face the challenges of the industry head-on. With an unwavering dedication to speaking his truth, Bella Shmurda is a force to be reckoned with in the afrobeats scene and a beacon of inspiration for aspiring artists worldwide.
Lil Kesh, born Keshinro Ololade, is a Nigerian singer, rapper, and songwriter known for his dynamic afrobeats sound and high-energy performances. Hailing from Bariga, Lagos State, Lil Kesh’s music career took off in 2012 when he started rapping among his peers and gained attention with his viral debut single “Lyrically”. He rose to prominence with the chart-topping hit “Shoki” and subsequently signed with YBNL Nation, where he released a string of successful singles including “Efejoku” and “Gbese”. Lil Kesh’s debut studio album “Yagi” showcased his versatility and received positive reviews. Collaborating with artists such as Olamide, Patoranking, and Davido, he has solidified his position as one of Nigeria’s most successful recording artists. With a unique blend of afrobeats, Lil Kesh has carved his own niche in the industry, garnering millions of streams on platforms like Spotify, where tracks like “Don’t Call Me” featuring Zinoleesky and “Love Like This” featuring Fireboy DML have been streamed 10.8 million and 4.9 million times on Spotify, respectively. His vibrant sound and undeniable talent continue to captivate audiences both in Nigeria and beyond, making Lil Kesh a force to be reckoned with in the music industry.
Written by Akinbiyi Ahmed Abiola, John Saviours Udomboso, and Keshinro Ololade, whilst it has been produced by Reward Beatz, “DND” is an afrobeats track that starts off with a prominent drum segment creating an unstoppable rhythm that is heard throughout the track. Lyrically hitting on not wanting anyone or anything to take his attention away from his love interest, the track’s name comes into play as it means “do not disturb” and it is also the name of Bella Shmurda’s upcoming EP, with this track reflecting what we can expect. Lil Kesh stuns with his racy and addictive verse that makes an impact on the track as soon as he jumps in. Then Bella Shmurda brings his amapiano fusion sound that just effortlessly gives this afrobeats track that replayable vibe taking the listener right to Africa. This is one of those catchy addictive tracks that you can’t help but listen to again and again as Bella Shmurda and Lil Kesh show the world their incredible artistry and global potential with “DND” becoming that feel-good track that just brings those summer vibes.
Taking about this track, Bella Shmurda said: “Rewardbeatz crafted the instrumental, and recorded a demo in the studio with Lil Kesh. Kesh then sent the draft to me to check it out and see if I liked the track. I listened to it and immediately started recording what I was feeling at the moment, and that’s how ‘DND’ was born. The song perfectly captures my current headspace, where I don’t want to be disturbed, while I do things my own way.”
Stream “DND” by Bella Shmurda featuring Lil Kesh on Spotify here:
“DND”, by Bella Shmurda featuring Lil Kesh, is available to download and stream, right now, across all platforms, via Dangbana Republik, with exclusive license to ONErpm. Look out for Bella Shmurda’s upcoming EP of the same name, expected to drop on July 26, 2023, with additional features from Tiwa Savage and Pheelz.