Crayon pours his story into the anticipated album, with the release of ‘Belle Full’ feat. Victony

Special features by Ayra Starr, Oxlade and Yaba Buluku Boyz to name a few

Johannesburg, Monday, 31 July 2023 – Following the fresh offering ‘Modupe’, which accumulated almost one million streams across all platforms in its first week– Afropop maverick Crayon continues to make waves. Crayon gifted listeners with an impeccable album, ‘TRENCH TO TRIUMPH’. This album explores personal themes, growth, and further defines his creative direction as the multifaceted artist that he is – all while using this pivotal moment to assert his presence across the powerfully dominating Afro scene. The focus track “Belle Full” introduced the highly anticipated body of work in which he featured Afropop star Victony.

Touching on the making of the single, Crayon shared “I really wanted to create a song that talks about contentment in love, and that was what I teamed up with my talented bro Victony to do”.

‘TRENCHES TO TRIUMPH’ is a sonically flawless album that effortlessly illustrates Crayon’s aim to push creative boundaries, honing features from a few of Africa’s exciting talents. With additional appearances from the likes of Ayra Starr, Oxlade and Yaba Buluku Boyz to name a few, Crayon also joined forces with fellow Mavin act Magixx in the all-rounded production that is worth talking about.

Bouncing between smooth numbers and catchy party bangers, Crayon’s dynamic writing skills are clearly evident, serving timeless Afropop classics to his strong, growing catalogue. Working with a roster of producer-turned-friends on the project including, Andre Vibez, Babyfresh, Sarz, Ktizo and many more, TRENCHES TO TRIUMPH’ not only shows off Crayon’s new heights but opens us up to a whole new world of the Afropop star.

Speaking on the album’s making, Crayon said, “‘TRENCH TO TRIUMPH’ is a carefully put together body of work where I have poured myself. When you listen carefully, you’ll hear my story as it’s unfolding, my relationship with Calvary and how it’s been instrumental in my growth.”

He continued, “Trenches, in this case, does not mean poverty, it’s different things to everyone, it could mean your life journey, trench could be translated to mean a state of mind here too, so it’s whatever you translate to be personally. From a good state to a bad state, from darkness to light, from confusion to clarity etc.”

In the testament of him honing his craft and being an artist staying true to keeping the torch of Afrobeats aflame, he opened the year by collaborating with Amapiano powerhouse Yaba Buluku Boyz, for hit single ‘The One (Chop Life)’, before moving on to release purely solo material with the recent drop, ‘Modupe’, which has instantly become a street anthem.

Musically, 2023 has been an exceptional year thus far for Crayon as he continues to channel his story through his art. Now that the anticipated album is finally out, we’re excited to see his story unfold through the growth of his music. 2022 proved a defining year for the Mavin act. Following his critically acclaimed performance on the Mavin All Stars single, ‘Overdose’, it was quickly followed up by the Sarz-produced hit summer jam– ‘Ijo Labalaba’, leaving listeners wanting more. With past coverage support spanning from the likes of key UK music and culture tastemaker titles including Mixtape Madness, GRM Daily, GUAP Magazine, The Floor Magazine to name a few, Crayon is poised to have a longstanding career, joining a long lineage of global greats, as his continued tireless focus and drive sets this new sensation up for great things for years to come.


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