Fast-rising Nigerian pop talent Nissi has teamed up with the internationally revered Amapiano duo Major League Djz on new single ‘Gravity’, out today on EMPIRE.
Underpinned by a typically infectious, amapiano-infused production that we’ve come to expect from the South African twins, ‘Gravity’ is a sensual jam that pairs Nissi’s majestic vocals with the smoothest percussion. Staying true to the track title, the similarly slick official video sees Nissi and her crew dancing under the sea and above the clouds. Being Nissi’s first single release of the year, it follows 2021’s ‘Hold’ and ‘Ready Or Not’ – a collaboration with exciting London rapper BackRoad Gee, and 2020 debut EP ‘Ignite’.
“Gravity” for the AfroJazz star “was a very natural song for me. From the first batch of beats Major League Djz sent to me, it was the one that stuck out because the instrumental resonated with a fantasy in my head of just being in a space with that one person who brings you the right energy that always gets you out of any low mood you may be in where you can sort of escape to a place where you feel as though you can do or feel anything and that feeling keeps getting better. I want this record to lift the spirits of anyone who hears it regardless of what you are doing at the time it comes on”.
Blending both African and European influences, the cross-cultural sound of Nissi reflects the path she has taken in life. Born into a highly creative family in Port Harcourt, Nigeria – her older brother is ‘African Giant’ Burna Boy and her grandfather was Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti’s manager – she has lived in England since 2011, first in Bath and then Warwick before settling in East London. As a painter and visual artist also (see her work here) Nissi has a long-running passion for painting and runs her own art & animation company called Creele Studio, as she regularly holds exhibitions, most recently Paris, London, Los Angeles and Lagos, where she presented her “Puzzled” showcase – a celebration of African culture and vibrancy on jigsaw palettes.
Major League Djz are the twin brothers duo who have hit the music industry with a bang. The rapidly rising stars have coined the term ‘New Age Kwaito’ for their music, and are the ultimate package of youth, ambition and hunger. Most recently they featured on Smallgod’s acclaimed Connecting The Dots album, and have just sold out Brixton Academy for their headline show there.
Nissi’s first release of 2022, ‘Gravity’ gives a taste of what is to come.