afropunk premiere: afika nx’s new single, ‘new years revolution’

April 17, 2015

Today we’re premiering the new single from South African-American hip-hop artist Afika Nx – ‘New Years Revolution’. Regarding the political single (which touches on racism and police brutality), Afika Nx told us: “got in studio with a guy on my publishing team named Ryan Lawford in the first week of January. We were at the BMG studio on 1745 Broadway. He asked me what I wanted to work on, and I said that we should just make some dope revolution music, something that sonically was like the Aloe Blacc/Avicii track “Wake Me Up,” but was potent with a message and eating. This was in the height of the aftermath of news coverage about the Eric Garner’s killers being acquitted, and overtime I checked my Twitter or Facebook all I read about was tense race relations, and hatred for police. Ryan was onboard immediately, and we started with me on acoustic guitar while he built the beat. I reproduced the song with Christian Medice around March; we wanted to give it more tension in the beginning and have it build up all the way to its ending. We wanted to keep the song authentic, like a new age 1960s rebel music movement.” Listen to the single below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor