- Words Notion Staff
Listen to afropop-sensation Wande Coal’s vibrant fourth studio album, “Legend Or No Legend”, out now.
Wande Coal, an acclaimed Nigerian singer, songwriter, and producer, has been a prominent fixture in the afrobeats world for over a decade. And, out of the many triumphs of his past years producing music, he regards his latest offering as his most personal yet. Delving into themes of love, loss, and the challenges of fame, with ‘Legend Or No Legend’, he shines a light on the man behind the music. Opening up on the album, he explains that it is “a reflection of [his] growth as an artist and as a person”.
As a showcase of his versatility, ‘Legend Or No Legend’ delivers a diverse range of sounds and sees him teaming up with a number of first-rate collaborators. T-Pain joins “Streets”, Wizkid lends his ongoing support on “Ebelebe”, and Olamide collaborates on early fan-favourite “Kpe Paso”, which has already amassed over 20 million plays online.
Looking back at where the multifaceted musician’s journey began leads to singing and piano playing in his local church, where he honed his trademark soulful sound. In 2007, he joined Mo’ Hits, a Nigerian record label, after he was spotted as a dancer in music videos. At this early stage, he penned some of Mo Hits’ biggest tunes, such as D’Banj’s infectious single “Oliver Twist”. It wasn’t until two years later that Wande dropped his debut album, ‘Mushin 2 Mo’ Hits’, a seminal piece that brought some Naija flair to the booming dance-pop scene. Half a decade on, Wande brought out his second album, “Wanted”, which saw him winning MTV Africa’s Song of the Year with “My Woman” featuring Patoranking.
‘Legend Or No Legend’ marks the artist’s fourth release, following ‘Realms’ in 2020. With its introspective undercurrent and mastered afropop sound, the album’s straight proof that Wande Coal continues to up the ante with each release. For long-time fans and newcomers alike, listen to his most recent work below.