Jidenna Announces New Album ’85 To Africa’ / Drops Trailer & Two Songs

Published: Friday 26th Jul 2019 by Sam

It’s sophomore season for Jidenna!

And for his second studio album ’85 To Africa,’ the Classic Man is getting both personal and visual.

Details after the jump…

Momenta ago, the Epic Records star formally announced the follow-up to 2017’s ‘The Chief’ with the trailer above. It was paired with the following synopsis:

One fateful morning in the summer of 2017, Jidenna Mobisson found himself on the wrong end of the barrel of a gun. Armed with weapons and warrants, local police officers flooded the eight-bedroom mansion he and his team had been subletting in the suburbs of Atlanta. Unbeknownst to the world-renowned entertainer, the home’s owner had been grievously delinquent on mortgage payments and had lost the house in a foreclosure auction. Jidenna was being evicted. As movers dumped his possessions into boxes, the home’s new residents watched from the sidelines and smiled at his misfortune. Reflecting on the moment that would ultimately set the stage for his remarkable new album, “85 to Africa,” he says that being unceremoniously booted from his home of three years, “felt like the story of being black in America. We’re living in this beautiful house by the lake, that cul-de-sac life. Everything is dandy, career’s going well, we’re paying the lease on time, we’re doing everything right and then, out of nowhere, at 6am in the morning, we’re displaced.” His cup-de-sac dreams dashed and a tour looming on the horizon, Jidenna decided to hit the road and not return to the United States until the spirit moved him. “We had no where to come home,” he says, “so we ended up going back to Africa.

With Afrobeats in full stride on a global scale, the time certainly feels right for Jidenna – who’s long waved the flag for his Nigerian side.

Due on August 23rd, ’85 To Africa’ is preceded by two initial offerings – ‘Sufi Woman’ and ‘Tribe.’ Take a listen to both:

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  1. Namo July 26, 2019

    Okay now it’s clear that the new wave will be African vibes for everyone. Even if I’m not crazy about this kind of musical style I think that it’s great for the black community.

    • Iamyoteacha July 26, 2019

      Nah African Vibes have been in the Diaspora for hundreds of years now. Afrobeats and Fela’s Afro Beat came from African Americans in the States and Afro-Caribbean people. Research

  2. Keith July 26, 2019

    Welcome back, Jidenna! Looking forward to the new music…

  3. Iamyoteacha July 26, 2019

    Remember class,

    Afro Beats is a combonation of African American created genres R&B, Hip hop, and West Indian genres.

    Afro Beat is a combination of African American created genres Jazz, Funk and Indegenious West African sounds.

    If any African American hops on Afrobeats do your research before you scream cultural appropriation.

    Class, check your DNA. It’ll say we’re all predominantly the same. PEACE

  4. Jj July 27, 2019

    I love his artistry he is high quality

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