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Premiere: Rising Nigerian Star Santi Unveils "Freaky" Single With Nonso Amadi And Bridge

Leading the charge within the experimental and collaborative wing of Nigeria's rising new wave, Santi first caught our attention over a year ago with his Suzie's Funeral EP and standout cut, "Gangsta Fear", featuring Odunsi.


FADER

Santi’s “Freaky” video is a fun twist on Nollywood horror movies

Growing up, rising Nigerian artist Santi idolized the horror movies made in his country. The films, such as Santi's favorite director Helen Ukpabio, were often used to scare kids into behaving themselves and showing what terrors lay ahead for those who don't. 

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OKAY AFRICA

Listen to Santi's Addictive New Single 'Freaky' Featuring Bridge & Nonso Amadi

This track is badass, laid-back and highly addictive.Nigerian artist Santi’s genre-bending sound and non-conformist style have made him one of the most thrilling artists to watch in the Lagos music scene.


OKAY AFRICA

Santi's Latest Music Video Is a 'Freaky' Nod to Vintage Nollywood Horror Films

The musician pays homage to the highly-dramatized Nollywood horror films of his childhood in the grainy, self-directed visual, in which Santi plays and exorcist looking to cast a demon out of a possessed young woman who is out to get collaborators Amadi and Bridge. 

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Dubai-Based Artist Santi Drops New Single “Freaky”

“Freaky came about from an old song named Shobeedobeedoo by a Nigerian artist named Ikechukwu. I remember hearing it in high school on the way home everyday. I had plans for a long time to sample the beat but the day finally came when Genio made the beat and the rest was history.” 


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Santi Teams Up With Nonso Amadi & Bridge For Solid New Song, 'Freaky'

There's no doubting the fact that Santi is a brilliant artist, as he's demonstrated on recent songs like "Altè Cruise" and "Icy". And while social media has been up in arms about his creepy Nollywood-inspired teaser for an upcoming music video, it actually shows his vision, and we can't really fault that.  

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splash mag

Santi feat. Shane Eagle & Amaarae - Rapid Fire // Video

For years now, Next Generation Africa has been rocking the cross-genre Afro R & B trap fusion (or whatever you call this colorful mixture of sounds) and the stylistic visual approaches that come with it. Part of this Alté movement - made up of an often misunderstood but incredibly aesthetic, style-oriented youth in Nigeria - is also Santi. 


native mag

Santi features Shane Eagle and Amaa Raw for new single “Rapid Fire”

The thought of a Santi, Shane Eagle and Amaa Rae collaboration just makes sense; All three artists have spent the last few years releasing dimes to keep the underground music scene in Africa as vibrant as the mainstream Afropop.

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culture custodian

Santi goes crazy in the Rapid Fire with Shane Eagle and Amaarae

With each release, Santi’s every growing artistic inclination becomes more evident, moving from different phases honed by different characters and name changes, he has made different plays at finding himself and whether this new phase is permanent, watching his evolution which has yielded Avant garde and unconventional offerings is enjoyable. 


i-d vice

a guide to the exorcisms, witches and cults of nigerian horror

Santi, a key player in the game-changing new wave of Nigerian artists, makes dancehall with a difference. fusing influences as diverse as cable TV cartoons, Nollywood VHS tapes and goth-rock ballads, the singer and director describes his sound as being “made up of my imaginations, memories and most importantly, feels”.

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