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Inusa Dawuda ‘Waka Waka Day & Night’ – LISTEN

By RawKeith

September 29, 2023

Inusa Dawuda

Crossover singer-songwriter, saxophonist, and entertainer Inusa Dawuda a.k.a the “Black Pharaoh” returned recently with the release of his new single, ‘Waka Waka Day & Night’. With releases on recording labels such as BMG and Universal Music, Pacha Recordings, Tiger Records-Kontor Records, Hed Kandi and Kingdom of Music, Inusa Dawuda has also enjoyed success in the smooth jazz/chill-out music genre with some of his hits like ‘Morning Light’ appearing on Café del Mar album vol. 9. If that wasn't enough, the trailblazing artist has also appeared at venues in Ibiza such as Space, El Divino and Pacha, as well as Niki Beach in Miami, even gracing festival stages at Holi-festival and Kampen Jazz Festival in Germany, and  House Music Fest in Croatia.  Inusa made it up in the Brazilian dance and pop music charts with ‘Life Is Love’, before being officially crowned ‘Russia’s and C.I.S territory most successful foreign artist” where Inusa´s single ‘Rumours-Digi Digi’ has received millions of radio plays. 

‘Waka Waka Day & Night’ exudes Inusa’s usual soulful afro artistry and flair. Abound with plucky guitars that trickle, lucious swooping pads, and complex african rhythms, Inusa’s voice is resplendent, raspy,  and authentic, as he channels his emotions into his visceral vocal delivery and cadence. We are also treated to sporadic saxophone riffs played by Inusa himself that ignite and color the soundscape for brief moments at a time, always leaving the listener wanting more. Although instrumentally it's groovy and easy on-the ear, the message is one of suffering and hardship, as Inusa explores our constant need to work, to pay the bills and put food on the table, and the suffering it brings for so many people and families across the world. Using his reach and voice to shine light on the various trials and tribulations we all go through, especially the poor and underprivileged, Dawuda demonstrates he stands for something more than just music and fame- a revolutionary act in an age of selfish monetary gain and attention seeking, all wrapped-up in an amazing song rife with musicality. 

Inusa Dawuda had this to say: "’Waka Waka Day & Night’ is a song born from the struggles of everyday life, particularly for those from the global south who seek a better life abroad. It all started with a bassline inspired by my late friend and companion Lisbon Bolowei Simon, who had once played with Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti at a very young he told me.”



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