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King Perryy Drops Official Music Video For “YAWA”

July 16, 2021 (Lagos, Lagos) – Dynamic Afro-Fusion artist, King Perryy has released the highly anticipated music video for “Yawa,” a promotional single off his debut album CITIZEN OF THE WORLD released in April. The official music video is directed by TG Omori (Wizkid, Burna Boy, Naira Marley, Tekno) who is one of the most sought-after video directors in Nigeria.

Shot to tug at heart strings, the video for “Yawa” features King Perryy pleading for the affection of his love interest while bringing emotive lyrics like, “Good vibes, I’m addicted to loving you” to life. The release of the music video is an addition to the singer’s collection of musical gems which have been praised by RollingstoneAudiomack, Okay Africa, Pan African Music, and GRUNGECAKE.

Over three years in the making, his debut album, CITIZEN OF THE WORLD features 17 tracks along with previously released records like, “YKTFV,” “Waist,” “Work ‘N’ Grind,” and “My Darlina.” The album is more than King Perryy’s debut project. It’s a manifesto and a mission statement for the way he sees the world. Sharing details behind the project’s title, he says, “Citizen of the World is an identity, a mind state. I found the title the moment I found myself.”

With Nigerian music gaining precedence around the world, King Perryy stands out as one of the country’s most distinctive and ambitious young acts. The creator of what he calls the “Continental Sound,” the former seminary student and would-be Catholic priest fuses the melodies and rhythms of today’s afrobeats with pan-African influences and reggae/dancehall to create deeply resonant songs that transcend cultures and borders. With a run of successful singles (“Man on Duty,” “Work ‘N’ Grind”) to his credit and over 70 million streams on digital platforms, he’s set to release his debut album, Citizen of the World.

Born Anthony Offiah, King Perryy grew up in the oil city of Port Harcourt, the same town that has spawned Nigerian music superstars Burna Boy and Omah Lay. As a child, his father introduced him to a wide range of music, from the reggae of Bob Marley and Sean Paul to Nigerian classics from Fela Kuti and Alex Zitto. Some of his favorite music from the time was from boy bands Westlife and the Backstreet Boys, whose melodies he maintains as an influence to this day. Taking to rap, he made his first tracks at age 12, freestyling over instrumentals from the group P Square which he downloaded online.

He always felt he had a higher calling, and when it came time to further his education, he opted to pursue the priesthood in seminary school. Ultimately, after four years, he had a change of heart and shifted course, later completing his degree in Project Management at Nigeria’s Federal University of Technology in Owerri. Despite this, faith continues to be a driving force in his life.

Dubbing himself King Perryy — with two ‘y’s to avoid any mixup with the 1950s-era jazz saxophonist, King Perryy — he began venturing into the Lagos studio scene as an undergrad, releasing tracks to Soundcloud. One of these caught the attention of Nigerian afro-dancehall star Timaya (“Bum Bum,” “Sanko”) who took him under his wing and signed him to his label, Dem Mama (DM Records, for short).

King Perryy’s first studio session with Timaya resulted in his 2018 breakthrough hit, “Man on Duty.” “People are still finding that song,” he says. “I’ll wake up and find out it’s doing well in a certain place, and I’ll start seeing dance videos from that place. It’s still making waves around the world.” With the chemistry between the two artists apparent, the duo dropped another hit that year in “Kom Kom,” featuring another Nigerian afro-dancehall star, Patoranking.

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