After serving fans with the Versa Villa album in 2023, Paapa Versa returns to the music scene with “Brand New.” The chill and optimistic track, released on January 5, marks the first single from his “24 Songs in 2024” project. This will see the Ghanaian Afro-Soul artist release a song every two weeks.
The self-produced and written song came to Paapa Versa when he was trying to figure out his next step in life. In his words, “I was feeling crippled by mistakes from the past, but a breakthrough conversation with a loved one gave me the spark to start a new chapter in my life.” “Brand New” touches on themes such as new beginnings, optimism, and hope in the people and passions in one’s life.
Paapa Versa’s artistry shines in “Brand New,” which blends soul with retro and highlife vibes. “I wrote and scrapped three songs while trying to find the right sound and vibe to start off my 2024 challenge,” he revealed. After days of hopelessness, Paapa constantly reminded himself that he needed a “brand new song” with a “brand new feeling.” That marked the start of the song’s lyrics. “Once it clicked, I wrote, produced, and recorded the whole song myself in two days,” he added.
“Brand New” is the first of the 24 songs Paapa Versa will release in 2024. In a video message, the artist asked for topics for his upcoming releases and received suggestions from fans and artists, including Koo Kusi, Worlasi, and Carter Ace.
Listen to “Brand New” on your preferred streaming platform.
Watch his video message here.
About Paapa Versa
Born Edwin Paapa hMensa, Paapa Versa is a versatile Ghanaian producer, singer-songwriter, rapper, and podcaster. He has received much attention and respect for his empathetic and broad musical style since his debut. The lead single, “Write for Me,” off his sophomore album Songs for Kukua, received massive airplay and critical acclaim, locally and internationally. In 2021, he changed his stage name from Paapa to Paapa Versa, with the Versa as an abbreviation of versatile.
As a gifted multi-instrumentalist, Paapa can play most instruments but is well-versed in the piano, drum kit, ukulele, bass, electric guitars, and percussion instruments. His genre-bending music is often labeled as eclectic, insightful, uplifting, and more. Paapa’s greatest wish is to inspire people everywhere to utilize their gifts and follow their dreams.