Lagos-via-Peckham superstar Naira Marley — hailed by NPR as “one of the greatest and most celebrated artists performing and producing in the Afrobeat scene today” — releases brand new track "Girls Just Wanna Have Funds" with an accompanying video directed by WG Films
Produced by Vibez Ace who previously worked with Naira on his latest single "Vawulence" featuring BackRoad Gee, "Girls Just Wanna Have Funds" represents the ulterior motives women have dating and marks Naira’s annual festive Detty December release. The new jam also follows on a whirlwind month that has seen the release of "Vawulence," a new feature on WizKid's More Love, Less Ego album standout "WOW" alongside Skepta.
After years of solidifying his reputation as both the pioneer of Afro/Hip-Hop and a prominent voice of the streets, Marley’s unique sonic palette draws on his transcontinental upbringing between Peckham and Lagos marrying the raw, unpolished tones of UK rap, the Yorubalanguage, and the sounds of the diaspora as heard on his 2022 debut album God's Timing's The Best.
About Naira Marley
With over 12 million combined social media followers and 300 million streams across DSPs and YouTube, Lagos-via-Peckham superstar Naira Marley is one of Nigeria’s most notorious Afrobeats and Hip-Hop artists who has single handedly created one of the largest cult followings in the world – a community affectionately termed the “Marlians.” The pioneer of AfroBashment, Naira's 2014 debut track "Marry Juana" was the first to fuse the slang and accent of his birth city of Lagos with the floor-filling rhythms of Jamaican Bashment – all delivered with the charismatic road swagger of his adopted hometown of Peckham, South London.
The last two years have proven the President of the Marlian Nation is on the road to stardom. He’s given electrifying performances at WizKid’s StarBoy Fest @ London’s O2 Arena, formed his own immensely successful Marlian Music label, headlined his massive Marlian Fests drawing in upwards of 30,000 fans, skyrocketed from 100k to 7 million Instagram followers, and released a series of local chart-topping hits including "Am I A Yahoo Boy" — the infamous satirical track about fraud that saw Naira jailed by the Nigerian government in 2019.
Inspired by the success of his first US tour in December 2021, lead GTTB anthem "First Time in America'' gave the Marlians a taste of what to expect from his dynamic debut album and continued his ascent across the globe. On the explosive standout “Coming,” which has surpassed 20 million streams globally, Marley joins forces with South African singer Busiswa. Kicking off 2022, Marley debuted the visual for his festive Detty December jam, "Kojosese", following a viral TikTok challenge that saw 20 million views. Marley's sound has eschewed the saccharine commerciality of the Nigerian AfroPop mainstream, proving that hit records can still be unpredictable, wild affairs.
Stream Naira Marley’s new single "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" out now.