Ghanaian Afrobeats and R&B singer King Promise returns to share his latest solo offering “Ginger”
‘Ginger’ is a mellow slow jam blending elements of afrobeats with indie, this latest offering lends itself to Promise’s penchant for love and romance, his silky smooth vocals lulling the listener into a warm embrace.
King Promise described by Complex UK as the honey-tongued ruler of Ghanaian R&B has also announced the release of his forthcoming 15-track project 5 Star out June 10 via 5K Records. Including recent singles “Bad ‘N’ Rude ft. WSTRN”, “Choplife ft. Patronaking”, “Ring My Line ft Headie One” and “Slow Down”.
The 5 Star project will also include singles with Wizkid, Omah Lay, Chance the Rapper, Vic Mensa, Frenna and Bisa Kdei. The first album since his 2019 LP As Promised (which saw him share tracks with Raye, and Wizkid and claim Ghana’s most-streamed album of all time), 5 Star is exactly that, pure excellence and the highest standard possible – shaping up to be his best project yet.
A national treasure and a true connector throughout the diaspora, in making the album King Promise was influenced by the different people and cultures he was surrounded by – its global energy speaking through the sound subconsciously.
Signifying growth from the last album in both personality and sound, 5 Star was recorded all over the world from his house in Accra to studios in London and across the states.
Speaking on the latest single “Ginger”, King Promise says: “I caught a vibe with JAE5 and we created this magic. Ginger is a feel good song about feeling someone, loving someone & what it comes with! Enjoy this one.”
Since the release of“Slow Down” at the start of Summer 2021, over the last year, King Promise has been making moves picking up support from the likes of The Face, i-D, The Independent, Highsnobiety, Loud & Quiet, DJ Target – fast establishing himself as one of the most exciting African artists breaking out of the continent this year.
On Christmas Eve, his sold-out annual Promiseland Festival featuring performances from Africa and the UK’s most exciting artists including Wizkid, Kwesi Arthur, Headie One, NSG and more was a huge success and a testament to his impact and pivotal role in Accra’s cultural scene. Coming up next, King Promise will embark on an 11-date EU Tour including dates in Birmingham, Manchester and London.
Born and raised in Accra, Ghana, King Promise is an ardent storyteller inspired by life writing about love, hustling, partying, family and moreover an irresistible blend of afrobeats, highlife, hip hop and R&B. Since first releasing music officially in 2017 via Soundcloud, Promise’s fanbase quickly began to swell as word spread and a huge buzz manifested locally.
Before he knew it, his career had taken off and he now counts fans in the likes of GQ, Complex, Boiler Room, BBC Radio 1 and more. Though a humble guy not bothered by numbers, he has over 35 million streams on his top 5 tracks on Spotify alone and 2.6 million followers on his socials and claims Ghana’s most streamed album of all time with his 2019 album As Promised. With his irresistible signature crooner lyrics and palpably warm and danceable energy, King Promise is somewhat of a hidden gem outside of West Africa. Promise hasn’t always been making music though, as in classic child-of-African-parents form he was focused mainly on finishing school and securing a degree up until a few years ago which he achieved in 2017 in the midst of his ascent.
Music was never the plan that was until he jumped in on an impromptu friend’s studio session where his curiosity and raw talent was sparked in the booth – soon to be discovered by Killbeatz (Fuse ODG, Burna Boy, Wizkid and more). At home though he still had a lush and diverse sonic upbringing. Enveloped in music from a young age where his “musichead” father inadvertently helped shape his genre and culture-spanning tastes: immersing him in everything from reggae to R&B to boybands to Ghanaian highlife, nowadays Promise finds himself pulling from and enjoying an incredibly wide range of sounds, both in his own sonics and also during his creative process. At the moment, he’s particularly feeling Ghanaian drill, the South African Amapiano scene and collaborating with UK artists like NSG and Headie One for his own music he has coming this year. Stay tuned for more music and news soon. Follow King Promise’s Journey: Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / TikTok For print and online enquiries please contact Emily