Johnny Drille has a unique ability to connect with his songwriting.
Recent singles such as ‘Wait For Me’ and ‘Hallelujah’ have underlined his talent, a kind of afro-folk blend as stylish as it is affecting.
Linking with powerhouse stable Mavin Records - home to afrobeats stars Rema and Tiwa Savage - they're busy showing another side to musical culture on the continent.
New single 'Papa' is a wonderfully emotive ode to fatherhood, one that comes as we gear up for Father's Day itself on June 16th - so best send those cards!
A soothing, organic arrangement rooted in acoustic guitar underpins that soulful vocal, with Johnny Drille's approach reminiscent of everyone from Marvin Gaye to D'Angelo.
The folk elements add something different, though - imagine a taste of someone like Johnny Flynn in there too, and you'd be close.
The video offers a glimpse into the personal side of Johnny Drille's lyricism, offering something moving and universal while staying true to the songwriter's culture and heritage.
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