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Ajebutter (10)

by Marenikae

An eclectic mix of rich African culture meshed with Western European subtexts and overtones, the project is a refreshing journey into the mind of a Nigerian millennial with womanist roots. The album is bold, cocky and a little arrogant. The pace is famili
Genre: Urban/R&B: R&B Pop Crossover
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1. Rosé High (Radio Edit)
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2. Gidi
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3. Smooth Operator (Radio Edit)
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4. The Bad Bih Interludes fx (Radio Edit)
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5. Luh U Ryt
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6. Vybz
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7. Kraze / Krase
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8. Kibinua / Body
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9. Cool Ajebutter (Smooth Operator Remix)
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10. Remember (Full Afromerge Version)(Clean)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Ajebutter is the debut Album from Nigerian singer/songwriter MARENIKAE. An eclectic mix of rich African culture meshed with Western European subtexts and overtones, the project is a refreshing journey into the mind of a Nigerian millennial with womanist roots. The album is bold, cocky and a little arrogant. The pace is familiar, marked with African drumbeats and patterns, yet complemented by MARENIKAE’s signature sound which is rooted in a blend of neo soul and afropop with electronic and AC nuances throughout. Her vocals range from sultry, to passionate; flirtatious to bold; transitioning between tracks and sometimes verses.  Besides its cultural influence, it’s evident Ajebutter is the product of the millennial mindset challenging age old beliefs and cultural norms.You can hear the range of Marenikae’s musical influences on the album ranging all the way from OG Nigerians artist like 9ice & Styl-plus to 70’s rock god Freddie Mercury and 90’s girl group Spice Girls

The term Ajebutter is an American derivative of the slur Ajebota which seeks to devalue affluent Nigerians, pitting their privilege against their authenticity.   MARENIKAE recalls being taunted with the term throughout childhood.  After growing into her independence as an artist she jumped at the opportunity to reclaim the cultural label that creates a socioeconomic division and prohibits inclusion. The album is set to be released March 11th 2018.

 AJEBUTTER (AJEBOTA)  means "I eat butter" and it's a derogatory name for privileged kids. You are made fun of cause you maybe have a slight western accent or you can't really speak your language or pidgin as fluently.

“I've been called that all my life and I'm at this point just embracing the term and telling my story the best way I know how because AJEBUTTER stories are still a part of the Nigerian story and they matter. . Hence the Nigerian currency on the album cover, it’s kind of like an ironic nod to the idea.

Like many iconic musicians, MARENIKAE uses her pen to entertain while subtlety addressing political and social issues wrapped in a musical tapestry that represents both her homeland Nigeria and her transplant home Atlanta, GA.

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