A Fusion of “Freeky” Flavors Hit the U.S.A.
The U.S.A. is about to get a taste of a tantalizing track from rising South African reggae and pop artist Olihile Afrika – better known as “Freeky.” His latest single is “Icecream Man” and it is climbing the charts. The songs showcase Olihile’s inherent ability to blend soul, hip-hop, and dancehall into a reggae-based style with crossover appeal. One could call these tunes a fusion of “Freeky” flavors.
“Icecream Man” is one of two songs to release from Freeky’s upcoming sophomore album release. The new project is a follow-up to his successful 2015 full-length Love Stories offering.
“As always, I leave room for the listener to interpret my compositions. I want to tap into the listener’s circumstance at the time.”
Freeky’s latest offerings stem from a musical development that began in early childhood and the many years he’s spent working within a multitude of genres. In 2006, as a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, he joined the legendary band Ntjapedi. Along the way, Freeky has performed with such A-List African acts as Salif Keita and Bongo Riot as well as recorded with the likes of Sizzla and Leftside.
The uplifting, pop and reggae-infused ballad, “You Take My Breath Away,” has been well received by both radio and critics in South Africa – as well as in the U.K.- where it’s called, “… no ordinary reggae song,” by Niche Records. The second offering, “Icecream Man,” with its upbeat, hip-hop and funky feel gives insight into how his songwriting skill set can instantly morph into a new musical mode.
Now in 2018, along with the help of his indie label, Dreaded Sounds a whole new side of the world is about to taste the “Freeky,” funky flavors of “Icecream Man” and “You Take My Breath Away.”