French Star James BKS teams with Grammy Award winners Angélique Kidjo and Nomcebo Zikode on new single, “Best We Can”
Listen here Best We Can
Part of the two-part album Wolves of Africa featuring Idris Elba, will.i.am, Q-Tip, Carlos Santana, & more
Afrobeat, hip-hop and global music with elegance, precision and commitment
Weeks ahead of the release of his eagerly anticipated second installment of his Wolves of Africa double album, gifted French musician James BKS is set to release a new single titled “Best We Can” alongside South African Grammy Award-winning star Nomcebo Zikode and Beninese-French legend Angelique Kidjo.
The single, which can be best described as a unifying track where global music sounds meet amapiano percussions, is due September 1 along with a dazzling music video filmed between France and Johannesburg due September 8. As ever, the single sees the dynamic star utilize his unconventional vocal style to weave together a story of hope and perseverance. It also sees him share a message of hope to the people that are facing challenges as they reach for their dreams.
“We all fail, we all fall, we all make mistakes, that’s what makes us humans,” said James as he explained the message behind the single. “We are imperfect, yet we, as humans, constantly learn from the past and what’s important is to never give up on us, never give up on our capacity to grow. We might get frustrated at times, angry at the universe, but we still need to keep faith and give us room and time to grow.”
“We may plant seeds in the hope that the earth will be indulgent and fruit will come forth at some point, but we can’t control the rain. Let’s be patient, let’s keep working on ourselves and believe we can achieve anything in due time.”
The multitalented star was recently in South Africa wrapping up the final scenes for a music video for the single alongside Nomcebo, which will be released September 8. Nomcebo, who first drew global renown with the international hit single “Jerusalema” in 2019, shared her excitement to be part of the project. “James and Angélique are two of the most unique and talented artists I’ve had the pleasure of working with,” she said.
The first part of the album, which was released last July, saw James collaborate with the likes of Idris Elba, will.i.am and Q-Tip. For the upcoming second instalment, fans can expect some more interesting guest features from the likes of Royce Da 5’9”, Yemi Alade and Grammy winner Carlos Santana. All in all, the album features 12 powerful tracks that blend afrobeat, hip-hop and global music with great elegance, precision and commitment.