Wande Coal Set to Release New Album Legend or No Legend
14 March 2023
For nearly two decades, Wande Coal has made a name for himself and when history is written, he will be on its right side. With 17 years in the game, he isn’t done yet and he is releasing his sixth studio album “Legend or No Legend” on 6th April 2023.
Already, this prospective album is setting a discourse, much of it cutting deep into his long-going music career. But who is he? What’s his music journey like?
Who is Wande Coal?
He was born in Lagos on October 18, 1985, and his parents named him Oluwatobi Wande Ojosipe. He is the son of Chief Ibukun Olufunto and got his primary, secondary and university education in Lagos. Far from his music exploits, he is a graduate of Human Kinetics from the University of Lagos.
Like many other Naija artists, Wande Coal traces his musical journey to his local church choir as a young man. His schooling also exposed him more to music and he got soaked into it as a dancer which he gracefully did. But it was his vocals that would project him into stardom.
In 2006, Don Jazzy signed him to the now-defunct Mo' Hits Records. This was the beginning of a tall tale of success and constant learning that shaped his legacy as an Afrropop, Afrobeats and RnB artist.
In fact, when you mention Wande Coal, his all-time successful hit Ololufe' comes to mind. His debut album Mushin 2 Mo' Hits is regarded by many as a classic and one of the most successful Nigerian albums to date. The ‘Come My Way” hitmaker opened the floodgates for powerful collaborations with the like of D’banj, Dr Sid, Davido, Tiwa Savage, Phyno and many others.
What to Expect From Legend or No Legend Album by Wande Coal
This album carries a ship of thoughts on his legacy. First, Wande Coal’s Legend or No Legend album has 13 tracks. To give you a taste of what’s in this album, his recent release ‘Kpe Paso’ featuring Olamide lifts the lid on the goodness to expect. The Yoruba traditional flex expression or celebration in a huge way gives "Kpe Paso" its meaning.
The production is not only excellent but magical as well with a spontaneous striking dance tune. It has a diverse sound cutting across different West African genres and South Africa’s amapiano. From this song alone, expect a fire-laden album on April 6.
Moreover, Wande Coal in an effort to cement his legacy is likely to pull a surprise card in this album with genre diversity and infusion. ‘Kpe Paso’ speaks as much and the other 12 tracks are likely to carry this infused production DNA.
In addition, “Legend or No Legend” proudly carries Wande Coal’s Yoruba influence which he beautifully brings out through well-thought lyrics and impeccable blending of genres. Be sure to get all of this in the 13 tracks.
Besides the production element, Wande Coal is a flawless songwriter since the ‘Ololufe’ days in 2007. He has only gotten better and that is why he enjoys a lot of street love. With this in mind, his wit in the 13 tracks will possibly connect much better and in a big way with his grassroots audience whom he is so passionate about.
It is the voice, super delivery and confidence that keeps his star shining since the release of his first album Mushin To Mo’Hits in 2009. In fact, Don Jazz has bitter memories of letting Wande Coal leave Mo’Hits which later rebranded to Mavin Records in 2013.
Going by his last album in 2020 ‘Realms’ – its vocal range and creativity – ‘Legend or No Legend’ will settle a final score on the discourse. ‘Realms’ which he released under his label under Black Diamond Entertainment brought on board powerful collaborations across its genre fusion of R&B, afro-pop, and afro-fusion. Songs like ‘Naughty Girl’ come from this album.
Down memory lane in 2015, his second album ‘Wanted’ featured the likes of 2baba, Wizkid and Burna Boy. It solidified his place in Nigeria’s music industry with big songs such as ‘Superwoman’ and ‘Baby Hello’. From the success of each of his three studio albums and two compilation albums in the past 17 years, expect a bombshell from his forthcoming ‘Legend or No Legend’ album.