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Bella Shmurda is Back with New EP, ‘DND’

This project encapsulates a defining moment in Bella Shmurda’s artistic journey, revealing a fresh soundscape.

  • Melony Akpoghene
  • 27th July 2023
Bella Shmurda is Back with New EP, ‘DND’

Bella Shmurda recently released an EP titled DND. It comes less than a year from the success of his acclaimed debut album, Hypertension. This project encapsulates a defining moment in Bella Shmurda’s artistic journey, revealing a fresh soundscape. But most specifically, it heralds the dawn of a new musical cosmos for Bella Shmurda, one that is profoundly influenced by his mindset for 2023 — one which he aptly terms his “do not disturb mode.”


DND showcases impressive collaborations with renowned artists and producers. The 6-track project begins with “In Charge” where Bella Shmurda asserts his authority, chanting that he’s “back again and in charge.” The song’s catchy beats and bold lyrics set the stage for what’s to come. 


Following the powerful opening is “Ara,” which features his long-time collaborator and producer LarryLanes. It is a vibrant, dance number that resonates with Bella’s expression of gratitude to the Almighty. He acknowledges the blessings and support that have guided him on his journey.


Bella also teams up with Afrobeats queen, Tiwa Savage, and producer Krizbeatz for “NSV.” True to its name, the track delivers an unstoppable wave of positive energy and infectious rhythm. “Bankruptcy” follows suit, presenting a different aspect of Bella Shmurda’s artistry. Here, he opens up emotionally and vulnerably, expressing his willingness to spare no expense when it comes to the person he loves. The song’s tender lyrics, along with its smooth production, bring out a more intimate side of Bella.


Finally, the EP reaches its pinnacle with “Jojo.” This groovy Afrobeats track intertwines with dancehall elements, showcasing Bella’s versatility. The collaboration with Pheelz on this song ensures an even nicer auditory experience.


Throughout his career, Bella Shmurda has been steadfast in infusing his music with social consciousness and relatability. Driven by an unwavering determination to create a global impact, Bella Shmurda is poised to make an indelible mark in the music industry. In a remarkably short span of three years, he has achieved numerous milestones and accolades, solidifying his position as a rising star.


The Dangbana Republik president is a Global Music Awards Africa winner, Headies Award nominee, and the second most streamed African artist on Audiomack, with sold-out tours across Africa, Europe and America. He has critical acclaim from the likes of CNN, Variety, MTV, and the BBC, among others.

Listen to the EP here.


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