Ghanaian singer-songwriter King Promise, real name Gregory Bortey Newman, continues on the success of his 2019 debut, As Promised, by creatively reworking highlife and hiplife styles using modern pop and R&B frameworks. While the guest features on 5 Star’s songs, which span British drill, Dutch and Nigerian Afropop, and American hip-hop, add synergistic strength to half of the songs, the other half highlight King Promise as a strong soloist.
His second album’s recording likewise took place during times of intense introspection and comfort:
“Lockdown literally had my ass sitting at home, and I had enough time to think about what really matters—family, life, and love.” The end result is a persuasive blend of sincere lyrics and all-encompassing production from a variety of indigenous and Afro-diasporic artists. One tenet is followed throughout: “I only go to the studio to make music that I love, and it’s always worked for me. I only go to the studio to make music that I love.
Listen/download the ‘5 Star’ by King Promise below.