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Album Review: Darkovibes’ ‘BUTiFLY’

Darkovibes is part of a new wave of Ghanaian musicians who are redefining the country’s music scene by infusing it with contemporary elements while preserving its cultural roots. In his sophomore album, “BUTiFLY,” Ghanaian musician Darkovibes once again showcases his genre-blending artistry, seamlessly fusing traditional Ghanaian sounds with modern influences. Known for hits like “Stay Woke” and “Tomorrow,” Darkovibes’ unique style sets him apart in the Afrobeat and hip-life music scenes.

Darkovibes, whose real name is Paul Nii Amu Andrew Darko, was born in Accra, Ghana. His music combines elements of Afrobeat, hip-life, and hip-hop, creating a distinct and vibrant sound. He gained popularity with his hit songs like “Stay Woke” and “Tomorrow.” These tracks showcase his talent for creating infectious, danceable

Darkovibes has collaborated with other prominent artists in the Ghanaian and African music industry, including Stonebwoy, Mr. Eazi, Davido, Wizkid and many more.

This 17-track album is a testament to Darkovibes’ musical evolution and versatility. With a star-studded lineup of collaborators, including Davido, Wizkid, and Not3s, the album offers infectious rhythms, heartfelt lyrics, and irresistible melodies. It’s a celebration of love, life, and the essence of women, resonating with a universal language that connects us all.

Darkovibes’ ability to infuse his personal experiences into his songs creates a deep connection with his audience. Tracks like “Backwoods” and “Oh My Days” demonstrate his storytelling prowess, and the presence of Villain Sounds/La Meme Gang adds an Alté feel to the album with Nxwrth’s production shining on ‘’Mine’’ which happens to be the fourth track off the album.

Collaborations with artists like Not3s on “My Yard” and Wizkid on ‘’Oh My Days’’ add a melodramatic touch to the project. The wealth of production throughout the album is appreciated, with different tracks exploring various themes and emotions.

While experimenting with genres like Afro-Reggae and contemporary dancehall on a song like “Around The Globe”, Darkovibes maintains his distinctive sound throughout
the album.

The title “BUTiFLY” not only reflects his perspective on beauty but also symbolizes the harmonious collaboration of artists in the world of music. The album leans less on hip hop, a departure from his previous work, but ends on a high note with “Legends Never Die,” a relaxing trap song reflecting on his journey and aspirations for
the future.

In conclusion, “BUTiFLY” is a testament to Darkovibes’ artistry, offering a timeless classic that resonates with music enthusiasts worldwide. It’s a bold step forward in his musical journey, and it’s clear that he’s unafraid to push boundaries and embrace the
freedom to be the pop star he aspires to be. This album is a must-listen for anyone looking for a fresh and unique sound that bridges the gap between tradition and contemporary music.

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