Today [Thursday 7th July] the laidback life of Ghana’s party King Promise returns to link up with Nigerian singer and producer Young Jonn for the “Terminator Remix” via 5K Records. Following the release of the original last month that’s been flying all over the world with 20M streams to date and an impressive hatrick of Top 5 Shazam in Ghana, Top 10 in Nigeria and Top 100 (#76) worldwide, this latest summer slow jam lush with an infectious afrobeats percussion inflected with harmonic vocal layers is given a fresh twist with the instantly recognisable and clever wordplay of Young Jonn.
Speaking on the track King Promise says:
“This song is the story of my life, it talks about how i’ve survived, and speaks on how i’ve thrived, this song is special to me.”
Last year, King Promise gave the world what they had been waiting for, his latest project 5 Star via 5K Records. A highly anticipated first album since his 2019 LP As Promised (which saw him share tracks with Raye, Wizkid and claim Ghana’s most streamed album of all time), 5 Star was exactly that, pure excellence and the highest standard possible across 14 tracks. His best project yet, King Promise lived up to his reputation as Ghana’s cultural connector throughout the diaspora globally with tracks from Headie One and WSTRN (UK), Frenna (Amsterdam), Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa (USA), Omah Lay and Patoranking (Nigeria) and Bisa Kdei (Ghana). King Promise’s mellow yet danceable blend of afrobeats, highlife, indie, R&B and more on “Slow Down”, “Bad ‘N’ Rude ft. WSTRN”, “Choplife ft. Patronaking”, “Ring My Line ft Headie One” and “Ginger” caught the attention of key tastemakers including The Face, i-D, The Independent, Highsnobiety, Loud & Quiet, DJ Target and more. Since the albums release 5 Star has garnered over 36M streams across Spotify and Apple Music alone and saw King Promise embark on his world tour in the US with some incredible guest appearances by Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa to perform “Run To You” live in Chicago, as well as Mayorkun to perform “Sugarcane” at the Atlanta show.
King Promise Bio
From humble beginnings in Nungua, Ghana now based in Accra, King Promise is an ardent storyteller inspired by life writing about love, hustling, partying, family and more over 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.
Fast establishing himself as one of the most exciting African artists breaking out of the continent, on Christmas Eve 2021, his sold out annual Promiseland Festival featuring performances from Africa and the UKs most exciting artists including Wizkid, Kwesi Arthur, Headie One, NSG and more A huge success and a testament to his impact and pivotal role in Accra’s cultural scene.
Young Jonn Bio
John Saviours Udomboso, fondly known as Young Jonn “The Wicked Producer” is an award winning Afro-pop producer, singer/songwriter. Born on February 16, 1995, Young Jonn spent his early childhood in Ibadan and began producing music in 2009 before moving finally to Lagos in 2012.
After moving to Lagos, he signed with Hit Factory Studios, where he honed his skill as a producer working with and building the sound of several legendary Artists on the Nigerian music scene today. He popped into the mainstream with timeless hits like “Mafo” by Naira Marley, “ShakitiBobo”, and “Story for the Gods” by Olamide (Baddo), “Biggest Badside” by Davido to more recent hits like “Don’t Call Me” by Lil Kesh; currently the #1 song in Nigeria. Other memorable Artists he has worked with include – Tiwa Savage, Kizz Daniels, and Flavour to name a few. His accolades include 3 Awards in the Producer Category the Nigerian Entertainment Awards, several nominations. Young Jonn’s credits have established him as one of the most iconic singer, songwriter and producers in the last 10 years.
In 2021, Young Jonn signed an Artist Recording Agreement with Nigeria’s foremost record label, Chocolate City Music, known for their track record of making Producers into Superstars (CKay, Love Nwantiti). His first project Love Is Not Enough Vol 1. was released in April to critical acclaim scoring him a remix to his first single “Dada” with Davido. The project features singer, songwriter and recording Artist VEDO in a cross over Pop track, “Next To You” alongside production collaborations with some of the best in the industry – Niphkeys, and Dozer.
His hit single Xtra Cool was an industry sensation entering #1 on Apple Music (Nigeria, Ghana), Deezer, Shazam and Radio in Nigeria within two weeks of release. With a total of 150m streams till date, and counting, the record charted in over 89 countries and still stays on over 20 country charts till date – with high places in key international Afrobeats regions – France, Poland etc. His first single of the year, Aquafina has done 20m streams since its release, hit 1m views within 7 days of release on YouTube and peaked at #1 on the Apple Music charts in Nigeria.