Bridging The Gap

Bridging The Gap

On his third LP, Ghanaian entrepreneur turned artist Smallgod carries forward the same ethos he brought to its aptly named predecessors—2021’s Building Bridges and 2022’s Connecting the Dots—a drive towards bringing Africa to the world, and uniting the continent’s talents and sounds. “I wanted to take the whole of Africa—sounds from South Africa, sounds from West Africa, sounds from East Africa, sounds from Central Africa—and put them [together with] Latin and Caribbean artists,” he tells Apple Music. From the hypnotic Afrobeats of “Want Me” (fleshed out by Kelvyn Boy, Jamaica’s Projexx, and American singer Traetwothree), to the drill-highlife blend of “Kusuu” that unites Ghana’s Kweku Flick, Nigeria’s ODUMODUBLVCK, and British rapper Abra Cadabra, Bridging the Gap explores our collective common ground in sound and spirit. The Black Sherif-assisted “Fallen Angel” speaks to the beauty of lifelong friendship, while the Lojay collab “Automatic” hints at the blurred lines between love and lust. No matter where the sound takes him, though, Smallgod never forgets to celebrate home, as “Treasure Island” attests—a lush, amapiano-infused album closer that evokes the warmth of Ghana, with help from Joey B and British soul singer Monique Lawz.

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