Moelogo Penekele

Review: Moelogo 'Pénkéle'

As the Afrobeats music scene continues to churn out sizzling bangers from across the African continent and the UK, Moelogo stands up tall with his latest track ‘Pénkéle,’ which arrived February 15. The home-grown singer-songwriter is musically influenced by his Nigerian heritage, as well as his UK upbringing. ‘Pénkéle’ is a fusion of Afrobeat, Hip-Hop, Trap and Soul, which has manifested sweetly into the jam below. Press play and enjoy!

The video, which premiered on Link Up TV, is shot in monochrome against the backstreets of Peckham, confirming his growth as an artist both lyrically and musically. The MAJOR key here is the sample that is used. The hook is from a song written by Nigeria’s legendary King, Sunny Ade, which was released back in 1983 and is also called ‘Pénkéle’.

Well, fast forward 33 years and we have slick production by P2J Music, who serves us a formula of the Afrobeat sub genre and allows Moelogo to do what he does best.

Moelogo’s voice is smooth like hot chocolate as he rides this Afro-trap sound like a boss! Already co-signed by DJ Neptizzle (Reprezent Radio), and currently playlisted on his London Afrobeats playlist via 22Tracks, Moelogo has also received support from the likes of DJ Abrantee (Capital Xtra), DJ Edu (BBC 1xtra) and it looks like it will be making huge strides across the shores of Africa and the UK. While we anxiously wait for his EP 'Ireti' to be released, ‘Pénkéle' is definitely an outstanding track you should have on repeat right now. 

Lyrically, ‘Pénkéle’ is a Yoruba word meaning ‘something that isn’t heavy - something lightweight’. So, in essence, he is telling us to take life easy and ‘just be light’ - just be ‘Pénkéle’.

‘Free your mind, don’t you worry, ‘Sha Rora’ - (means take care) Don’t you worry.

Everything na pénkéle



Danai Mavunga (@Lovemavunga)