BNXN fka Buju & Wande Coal Kenkele Lyrics Meaning
After coming of age on 2021’s Sorry I’m Late—released on the back of an unprecedented run of hitmaking features and inescapable singles that established him as one of Afropop’s most talented singer-songwriters—BNXN fka Buju is enjoying bringing his music to people across the world. Pieced together on many stops along his unending journeys crisscrossing the globe, BNXN’s sophomore project, Bad Since ’97, is an audacious attempt to situate himself among the greats of Afropop. If Sorry I’m Late was a long-winded apology to fans for a quiet 2020, Bad Since ’97 veers into self-mythology, positioning Buju as a peerless act operating at the zenith of his powers. “Right now, I’m in my bag, lyrically and musically,” he tells Apple Music. “The storytelling is 100 percent better now—the delivery, the flow, and everything. It is all well-put-together and the sound is now so mature and confident. That is the stage I’m playing at.”
From the neo-soul leanings of the title track to the amapiano and fuji-influenced delivery patterns of “Loose Emotions”, BNXN delicately considers destiny and reflects on soured romance at different turns, creating a body of work that’s just as braggadocious as it is pithy. In recognition of his status as one of Afropop’s most prodigious collaborators, BNXN’s coronation is annotated with contributions from Afropop royalty like Wizkid, Wande Coal and Olamide, while the singer’s dulcet vocals and immersive sonics proffer ample proof of his unrelenting genius. Read on as BNXN (Daniel Benson, formerly known as Buju) runs us through his sophomore project, track by track.
BNXN fka Buju & Wande Coal Kenkele
Kenkele is one of my favourite songs ever in the world. I was in San Francisco with Wande Coal and a bunch of other artists. Wande dropped the hook to ‘Kenkele’, and because he had just done the hook, there were verses [open].
So, I went on, and I dropped the first verse, and I came out of the studio, and everybody’s like, ‘Whoa, this is crazy. This is hot.’ Wande was super excited. He was like, ‘Yo, you don’t collect the song for my hand.’ I was like, ‘Nah, bro.’ And he was like, ‘Yeah, man. Trust me.
This is you, bro. This is you.’ So, the song just became mine, in some sense. We had so much synergy on the song, me and Wande. It was meant to be.”
- Written by: BNXN fka Buju
- Album: Bad Since '97
- Released: 2022