Irish drill talent Offica has joined forces with fellow A92 crew member Dbo and Ghanaian singer-songwriter Darkovibes on new single ‘Kolomental’.
Tapping into a sound that melds elements of drill and Afrobeats, ‘Kolomental’ is a raucous, party-starting jam that’s accentuated by all three artists trading effortlessly slick bars. Shot between London and Offica’s native Drogheda, the accompanying official video captures the vibrant street energy of the track. Offica insisted that Darkovibes travel to his hometown for the video, where the scenes were shot in his local park with fans and friends.
The track came about after the trio connected at a studio session in London earlier this year. Offica and DBo had already recorded ‘Kolomental’ and the track quickly became a local favourite in Ireland via TikTok. Offica then wanted to have an artist feature from the continent on the hook, and Darkovibes instantly connected with the track. They then shot the video in just four days. ‘Kolomental’ will also feature on Offica’s forthcoming debut mixtape, with more details to be revealed soon.
“I liked his sound, and I think he’s a really talented artist,” says Offica. “I wanted to try a new sound, and show everyone that I am a different artist.”
DarkoVibes adds: “It was dope to connect with my brothers from Ireland, Offica and DBo, to create a banger which connects Africa to the world. ‘Kolomental’ is due to be mental!”
Utilising a unique blend of Irish and Yoruba slang and exhibiting his culture and identity across his music, Offica burst onto the scene in 2019 with the acclaimed ‘Naruto Drillings’. He has since collaborated with the likes of KSI, Fizzler, Blanco and Skengdo x AM, as well as breaking into the charts globally with A92 crew cut ‘Plugged In’, and following that up with the and Anime referencing ‘Orbito’ in May, proving to be an overnight success as it hit 100K views in just 17 hours. Having amassed 146 million streams across all platforms, the 21-year-old is leading the way for a new generation of Irish-Nigerian artists emerging from the migration of West Africans to the country.
Ghanaian singer-songwriter Darkovibes’ music is an experimental blend of highlife, hip-hop and rap. He has previously collaborated with fellow West African talent, such as Davido, Stonebwoy and Kwesi Arthur. More recently he linked up with Boomski Radio on new single ‘Jealousy’.
‘Kolomental’ is a triumphant cross-continental collaboration with serious crossover appeal.