British-based music artiste and record producer, Austin Elayo Agbo AKA OSANA AD has created his official debut single, Cleopatra of Egypt. A jazz-infused and novel take on Afro-fusion as soothing as cold coffee in the early hours of the morning, Cleopatra of Egypt starts up with velvety crooning reminiscent of the golden days of Soul music, fluidly tempered by bass piano chords that are intricately woven together by music artiste and producer, Osana-AD who doubles as the smooth-voiced operator, gliding over the instrumentals to serenade his newly reunited lover with promises of a magical night.
With this soothing foundation fully established, amidst vocal assistance from Key Luv and the record audio engineer, Erik, Cleopatra of Egypt soon unfurls into an unabashed jazz-soused Afro-fusion ode complete with hypnotic sax riffs from Garry Reader and haunting guitar chords from J Strings.
Expertly exhibiting the polyrhythmic nature of Afro-fusion to the fullest, the sensuous hook on Cleopatra of Egypt is then wrapped up with a rap verse from AD which briefly elevates the tempo of the record without detracting from its soothing and hypnotic feel that brings to mind images of sparkling wine and lovers tangled up in satin sheets, cocooned by a balmy night breeze. Described by Osana AD as a new age perspective on Afropop icon, 2Baba’s epoch-marking African Queen hit song, Cleopatra of Egypt serves as the quintessential manifestation of Afrobeats’ development in the British diaspora.