Award-winning Ghanaian rap artist and musician M.anifest shares two cuts from his fifth studio album Madina To The Universe (MTTU).
On “MTTU” he makes use of a triumphant horn-driven backdrop to share his story and journey from the Gold coast to the world. His booming vocals pepper the backdrop with intensity and every line strikes a chord as it draws listeners deep into the mix.
“Game Over” sees him teaming up with Nigerian singer/songwriter Adekunle Gold for a love-soaked Afropop jam suited for the summer days. The production here is bright and warm and engulfing from start to finish. Adekunle Gold kicks it off with his sultry melodic runs and sweet melodies. M.anifest is not far behind as he drops evocative bars about the lady who caught his eye and more.
The 15-track album is also a genre-blending afro-fusion masterclass from M.anifest, as he excellently merges the Ghanaian jama soundscapes he grew up on, with his hip-hop foundations and modern afrobeats sensibilities to create a project that is truly one-of-one among the current global music landscape. Whether it is ‘Clean And Pure’ with Patoranking or ‘E No Easy’ with Tiggs Da Author or the life-affirming album curtain call ‘Blessings’, M.anifest has put together a collection of songs that will stand its own as one of the best African albums of the year.
Speaking about the inspiration behind the Madina To The Universe (MTTU) album, M.anifest says, “I came into my own artistically on my last full length tape. I was genuinely eager to answer the question ‘what next?’ Truthfully, it’s been noisy in my head sometimes, and my creative output has on occasion lacked the coherence and laser-like focus my vision requires. Amidst the uncertainty that was 2020 I went back to my essence. I began daily sessions on my dining table with a basic recording set-up and a consistent clarity enabled by seclusion. My reflections drowned out the noise and sounds of the panic that gripped the world.
I fell in love with my process, and the music I wrote during this period became the foundations for ‘MTTU’. Madina is my ‘village’ within my city. A formative place for me as a child. Beyond memories, it is where my Mom and Grandma still live, alongside colorful people and places that have shaped the window through which I see the world. This album is a reflection of life’s journey as well as a statement of ambition. The journey to its release has been fraught with last minute challenges. Fortunately, it was better for it. I hope this body of work allows you to see yourself and your universe in ways you haven’t previously, as it has done for me”.
‘MADINA TO THE UNIVERSE’ ALBUM TRACKLIST
3. Scorpio Flow
4. Bob And Weave featuring M3nsa
5. Best For You featuring LADIPOE
6. No Fear featuring Vic Mensa & Moliy
7. Weeping Clouds
8. Game Over featuring Adekunle Gold
9. Unicorn Flow
10. La Vida
11. Clean and Pure featuring Patoranking
12. E No Easy featuring Tiggs Da Author
13. 1000 Ways