Sha Sha Lights Up Bas’ Album with “Testify” OUT NOW!

Written by on 22 December, 2023

In the expansive realm of global music collaborations, the fusion of Amapiano and hip-hop takes center stage as Zimbabwean-born Amapiano star Sha Sha joins forces with US rapper Bas on his latest album, “We Only Talk About Real Shit When We’re Fucked Up.” The track featuring Sha Sha, aptly titled “Testify,” is a testament to the international reach of both artists and the diverse soundscape that defines Bas’s visionary approach to hip-hop.

A fixture in Dreamville, Bas is no stranger to pushing musical boundaries. His hip-hop vision transcends regional limits, and “We Only Talk About Real Shit When We’re Fucked Up” is his first full-length album since 2018’s “Milky Way.” The album showcases Bas’s unwavering commitment to melody and lyricism, essential elements that have defined his catalog. Notably, the inclusion of two tracks featuring J. Cole, “Paper Cuts,” and the Afrobeats-infused “Passport Bros,” underscores the album’s diverse sonic palette.

Bas’s Sudanese roots, Parisian birthplace, and Queens upbringing are reflected in his choice of collaborators, creating a musical tapestry that spans the globe. The album features artists from different corners of the world, with a particular focus on the African diaspora. Among these collaborators, Sha Sha, with her Zimbabwean heritage, adds a distinct flavor to the album, leaving an indelible mark on the track “Testify.”

 

Sha Sha’s appearance on “Testify” is a highlight that showcases her vocal prowess and ability to seamlessly integrate Amapiano elements into the hip-hop landscape. Her Zimbabwean roots infuse the track with a unique cultural richness, creating a harmonious blend with Bas’s lyrical finesse. “Testify” promises to be a sonic journey, where Amapiano meets hip-hop in a groundbreaking collaboration that transcends borders.

Beyond Sha Sha, the album features a diverse array of collaborators, each bringing their unique sounds and perspectives. Ghanaian American singer Amaarae elevates the album with her soulful vocals on “Decent,” while British rapper AJ Tracey bridges drill worlds on the feverish “179 Deli.” French multi-instrumentalist FKJ contributes an organic feel to the album with his textured loops and grooves on tracks like “Risk” and “Wait on Me.”

As Bas’s “We Only Talk About Real Shit When We’re Fucked Up” takes listeners on a global musical odyssey, the inclusion of Sha Sha on “Testify” stands as a shining example of the genre-blurring collaborations defining contemporary music. This collaboration not only showcases the international expansion of Bas’s creative vision but also highlights the ability of Amapiano to seamlessly integrate with diverse genres. “Testify” serves as a testament to the power of collaboration in creating a rich and dynamic musical landscape that knows no boundaries.

 


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