Rolling Afrobeats / Afropop 2016

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We started last year's thread with a Phyno song so I thought we'd do the same for 2016. At his most sensitiv/spiritual this time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jS5zBrEZg-A

Phyno - Connect

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 4 January 2016 14:40 (three years ago) link

Lil Kesh has a new one out, Ibile, produced by Pheelz & Young John

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5BovB_l8aQ

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 6 January 2016 11:51 (three years ago) link

Five plays in and already in love with "Ibile".

Two other fresh ones by Young John, of the low-profile kind, i.e. they're not YBNL releases:

ElemGee "Mukuna":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCoeatlwJs0

ZiCool "Kpankpangolo":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BT3b2lHBHyA

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 6 January 2016 20:47 (three years ago) link

Banging.

Silyvi ft. KS Drums & Dicklas One "Maleku":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giOUqn_IsBw&list=PL96FsgAV3E8GCU3YkQyVcUB8pv3S4m22G

Silyvi ft. Kanda & Dorivaldo Mix "Mbocote":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lriTrf4OnBw

From Angola.

breastcrawl, Saturday, 9 January 2016 23:20 (three years ago) link

Not completely sold on the Tiwa Savage album yet. She always struck me as a very instinctual performer - going in and finding JUST the right groove on a track. But on this one she sounds a bit... uninspired? And the musicality of the production seems to be trying to take our attention off that fact? Idk. Maybe I need to listen more.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Sunday, 10 January 2016 15:51 (three years ago) link

I like the Tiwa album fine. Find myself coming back to the Dr Sid duet the most:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wb0icSGP7nI

Tiwa Savage ft. Dr Sid "If I Start To Talk"

breastcrawl, Sunday, 10 January 2016 21:29 (three years ago) link

Village Voice Critics poll of nearly 500 critics on 2015--

Am hoping I missed some votes, but maybe I did not--

As for afropop, I cast the sole track vote for Nigerian Wizkid's "Ojuelegba " ...I haven't looked to see what other afropop cuts or albums made it

― curmudgeon, Wednesday, January 13, 2016 3:44 PM (5 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

two votes for South African track-- Heavy K (ft. Tresor), Give Me Luv

― curmudgeon, Wednesday, January 13, 2016 3:50 PM (4

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 13 January 2016 20:52 (three years ago) link

Wizkid jumped on Good Time:

https://soundcloud.com/afrobeat360/kiss-daniel-good-times-wizkid-version

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 16 January 2016 17:05 (three years ago) link

This is pretty cool - Major League DJz feat. Riky Rick, Cassper Nyovesst & Danger - Zulu Girls

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4Blry0FHqo

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Sunday, 17 January 2016 00:48 (three years ago) link

Wizkid did his own version of (Jamie xx's) "Good Times" as well:
https://soundcloud.com/hwing_net/wizkid-good-times-remix

"Final (Baba Nla)" has him back at no 1 in Nigeria. Here's the video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srwAd1iR5qI

(I want that white shirt with black/grey front he's wearing!)

The new Reekado Banks is very pretty: "Oluwa Ni (Wemi You)":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXS0Qag1j4o

breastcrawl, Sunday, 17 January 2016 13:51 (three years ago) link

More from Naija:

Good track: Jesse Jagz ft. Ice Prince "Jaga Love":
https://soundcloud.com/olaniyiericson/jesse-jagz-jaga-love-feat-ice-prince-officialjfkblogspotcom

Loving this one a lot:
https://soundcloud.com/bigklef/big-klef-x-meaku-x-eddy-kenzo-feel-it-prod-by-jopee
BigKlef ft. Meaku & Eddy Kenzo "Feel It".

breastcrawl, Sunday, 17 January 2016 13:52 (three years ago) link

Not new, but it's amazing (great video too): QDot ft. Olamide "Ibadan", produced by Antras.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRZNZZZ8d38

Anyone know more about this style? According to a YouTube commenter this is "a Yoruba penkele/faaji beat". Is there a connection to fuji music?

Also from 2014, and also produced by Antras: Jhybo Rapwoli ft. QDot "Baba Alaye":
https://soundcloud.com/lekanpizzazz/baba-alaye-classicnaija

QDot x Antras have some real jams: "Question (Ibere)":
https://soundcloud.com/nigerian-hip-hop/q-dot-question-prod-by-antras

Their (most?) recent collaboration, "Alhaji":
http://tooxclusive.com/downloadmp3/qdot-alhaji-prod-by-antras/

breastcrawl, Sunday, 17 January 2016 13:56 (three years ago) link

One of my new year's resolutions was to pay more attention to Ghana. So far, so good:

M3dal ft. EL "Krom Ay3 D3":
https://soundcloud.com/medal233/krom-ay3-d3-by-m3dal-ft-el

DJ Sawa ft. Ephraim, Nero X & Opanka "Blessings":
https://soundcloud.com/deejay-sawa/dj-sawa-blessings-ft-ephraim-nero-x-opanka-prod-by-eyoh-soundboy

Mr Eazi "Sample You" (love those synth strings!):
https://soundcloud.com/guilty-beatz/mr-eazi-sample-you-prod-by-guiltybeatz

DJ Breezy ft. Papa Kojo "Boys Dey Town (Boys Wo Krom)":
https://soundcloud.com/djbreezybeat/boys-dey-townprodby-dj-breezy

Atom ft. Jhunea "Y3 Wo Krom":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WogAoIFaDq4

breastcrawl, Sunday, 17 January 2016 14:15 (three years ago) link

Ghana, Sophomore City: two big new albums:

E.L has finally come up with a followup to 2012's Something Else, it's called E.L.O.M. He dropped several rap mixtapes in the meantime, but this is him in all-round entertainer mode again.

I like this one a lot: "Mi Na Bi Po":
https://open.spotify.com/track/6GGGf5X6JAwDVoG7tr8QRQ
https://soundcloud.com/elrepgh/mi-naa-bo-po-el

"Koko" has a video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6KHY_QJQII

breastcrawl, Sunday, 17 January 2016 14:20 (three years ago) link

…and two years after ThanksGiving, highlife singer Bisa Kdei releases BreakThrough. (Its pretty short, just 10 tracks, compared to E.L's 19). Perfect reason to repost current smash "Brother Brother":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3BO-2b8IdQ

breastcrawl, Sunday, 17 January 2016 14:21 (three years ago) link

Loving these posts. Following the mainstream stuff is pretty easy thanks to shazam, africharts and the digital sales chart, but stuff like this easily flies beneath my radar.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Sunday, 17 January 2016 15:39 (three years ago) link

Let's hear it for East Africa:

From Kenya: Bizy K ft. Susumila "Tam Utam":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQeZJ8yqAp0

This one's been around all last year, from Zambia: Roberto "Ama-Rulah":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBloeWs7N1I

breastcrawl, Sunday, 17 January 2016 22:12 (three years ago) link

Wizkid's Oje finally has a video!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5ywBFBuJps

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 18 January 2016 20:38 (three years ago) link

Wow! That feels like validation for this awesome jam. It was my favorite 2014 track, along with "Pooley" and "2 On", and I've never understood why Legendury Beatz and Wizkid squandered it the way they did.

As I wrote back then:
While we're on the Naija House tip: How is it even possible that Legendury Beatz & Wizkid's Oje (posted two months ago) has not blown up by now? Why did Wizkid give that track it away? It's better than all the new tracks on Ayo.
― breastcrawl, zaterdag 22 november 2014 19:10 (1 year ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

PS: They should go all the way now, and release a 6-minute extended version for it. Would be a long overdue first for Naija.

breastcrawl, Monday, 18 January 2016 21:52 (three years ago) link

Gotta love the blurb, I think they used it back then too:

"Dance Music has been re-modified with an African Twist by the Kings of AFROBEAT: Legendury Beatz who have created the club anthem "Ojé (feat. Wizkid)." The collaborative effort between Wizkid and Legendury Beatz is always a Club Banger however The perfection and fusion of sound is beyond our ability to articulate in a way that does "Ojé" Justice. ''Oje" is here to take over the dance floors across the world."

It somehow true though, and I do hope it will take over those dancefloors.

breastcrawl, Monday, 18 January 2016 21:57 (three years ago) link

btw, I tried to make a Young John playlist in spotify - if you see anything that's missing but available in spotify, please let me know.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 20 January 2016 11:44 (three years ago) link

Good idea! I've been actually keeping one myself. It has a handful more tracks (or is that a country-specific issue?), hard to see which ones they are at the moment (I only have access to Spotify mobile right now). Guess I should have made it public earlier, would have saved you the trouble, but here it is now: eez the other YOUNG JOHN d wicked producer playlist.

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 20 January 2016 19:58 (three years ago) link

A lot of them were greyed out but I found a few I'd missed, so thanks!

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 20 January 2016 22:38 (three years ago) link

It does look like it's gonna be a Young John 2016 too!

A star-studded remix for the 2015 hit that never was (#20 on my tracks ballot):
Sexy Steel ft. Olamide & Tekno "Sisi (Remix)"
http://tooxclusive.com/downloadmp3/sexy-steel-sisi-remix-ft-tekno-olamide/

But really it's all about this one - that bubbly bass! DJ Kentalky ft. Lil Kesh "Blessings":
https://soundcloud.com/olaniyiericson/dj-kentalky-officialjfkblogspotcom-ft-lil-kesh-blessings

breastcrawl, Thursday, 21 January 2016 23:44 (three years ago) link

you guys hear davido apparently just signed some huge deal w/ sony

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Friday, 22 January 2016 04:55 (three years ago) link

Yeah I saw that -hope something good will come out of it.

This - Dj Maphorisa's Soweto Baby, was posted in late 2015 but since it just now got an official release and is available in Spotify I'm posting it again in here so forks can include it in this year's playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaYJbNkIrNk

Guessing it will become a hit somewhere in Africa this year.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 22 January 2016 12:27 (three years ago) link

Even more Young John - who even got to be in the video for this: Stringz' Grace feat Buckwylla. Love those harmonies!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oR1KMN4oRv0

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 22 January 2016 12:58 (three years ago) link

damn this thread is awesome. i wasn't expecting afrobeats / afropop to soundtrack my snowstorm 2016

rap is dad (it's a boy!), Saturday, 23 January 2016 19:39 (three years ago) link

been listening to these two from the tail end of 2015 a lot

SPHEctacula and DJ Naves ft Professor - KOTW ANTHEM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28XsElSWQxE

L'vovo Derrango ft. Mampintsha - Next Better Man
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtVUhSz9wCY

feel like kwaito got heavier in December 2015, and it sounds damn great to me.

kruezer2, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 06:05 (three years ago) link

also - breastcrawl that DJ Kentalky track you posted upthread is sick

kruezer2, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 06:10 (three years ago) link

Yeah the KOTW Anthem was posted in the last thread but it's such a fantastic track I'm glad it made it into this one as well. "Ya-y dis-co liiiiiiiights!" is just about the only thing I understand in there, but honestly, it's more than enough.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 26 January 2016 07:27 (three years ago) link

E.L UPDATE:

My actual favourite on the ELOM album is this glitterball of a track with Efya: "On And On":

YouTube link
Spotify link

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 20:18 (three years ago) link

…and a big Woof! to the L'vovo!

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 20:34 (three years ago) link

'soweto bb' was on my year end list

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Tuesday, 26 January 2016 21:41 (three years ago) link

4 x New Naija, pt. 1:

Skuki promised us a Young John joint, but okay, Masterkraft will do for now: "Zero Competition":
https://soundcloud.com/skukiofficial/skuki-zero-competition

breastcrawl, Thursday, 28 January 2016 20:06 (three years ago) link

4 x New Naija, pt. 2:

Understated party track by Kiss Daniel label mate Sugarboy, "Hola Hola":
https://soundcloud.com/gworldwideent/sugarboy-hola-hola

breastcrawl, Thursday, 28 January 2016 20:06 (three years ago) link

4 x New Naija, pt. 3:

Is Naija's no 1 female rapper finally blowing up? Eva (Alordiah) ft. Phyno & Reminisce "Kanayo"…

…& her dog (track starts at 1:38):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTyWwNDjZ3o

full track: https://soundcloud.com/eva-alordiah/kanayo-eva-alordiah-ft-phyno-x-reminisce

breastcrawl, Thursday, 28 January 2016 20:07 (three years ago) link

4 x New Naija, pt. 4:

2Baba (=2Face Idibia) ft. Phyno & Chief Obi "Coded Tinz":
https://soundcloud.com/hypertek-digital/2baba-coded-tinz-ft-phyno-x-chief-obi

breastcrawl, Thursday, 28 January 2016 20:08 (three years ago) link

3 x Francophonique, part 1:

New Reniss: "La Sauce".
https://soundcloud.com/new-bell-music/reniss-la-sauce-prod-by-le-monstre

breastcrawl, Thursday, 28 January 2016 20:13 (three years ago) link

3 x Francophonique, part 2:

Los Grumos "Baa W33". Are they French-Ghanian?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKs4fuXDPzc

breastcrawl, Thursday, 28 January 2016 20:14 (three years ago) link

3 x Francophonique, part 3:

From last year's thread, now an actual hit in La France: Franko's "Coller la petite".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LndrLOLJgrs

breastcrawl, Thursday, 28 January 2016 20:14 (three years ago) link

This is where Naija soaks up the Ghanian alkayida beat and starts doing its own things with it:

Phyno "Ezege (Wickedest)", as produced by Del B:
https://soundcloud.com/dj_kbs/phyno-ezege-wickedest-prod-delb

and, holy fuck!,...

Yemi Alade "Koffi Anan", as produced by PhilKeyz:
https://soundcloud.com/dj_kbs/yemi-alade-koffi-anan-prod-phil-keyz

breastcrawl, Saturday, 30 January 2016 00:31 (three years ago) link

Yeah! Been having Koffi Anan on repeat all day!

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 30 January 2016 01:10 (three years ago) link

Fucking loved this last yr, just got a video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vSXgEQ-ou8

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Saturday, 30 January 2016 08:26 (three years ago) link

Pretty wild stuff:

Zoro ft. Flavour "Ogene" (produced by KezyKlef & Major Bangz):

https://soundcloud.com/freemedigital/zoro-ogene-ft-flavourv

breastcrawl, Sunday, 31 January 2016 17:23 (three years ago) link

Really wild stuff!

Serge Beynaud "Mawa Naya":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjbAKsAUlfg

the full dance:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0INE56HQewg

breastcrawl, Sunday, 31 January 2016 17:24 (three years ago) link

Yemi Alade's "Johnny" is truly a joy! I feel that with the right push it could be an international hit, it's got the video for it too.

― breastcrawl, vrijdag 4 april 2014 23:10 (2 months ago)

I guess Yemi got that idea too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=op6te9u2IFU

Not sure if Google Translate-ing your lyrics and not having anyone checking your pronunciation (I mean, "fakon" for "façon"?) is the way to go though…

― breastcrawl, Saturday, 7 June 2014 20:10 (1 year ago)

She's just released a Swahili version of "Na Gode" with a video!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_7fy-UiHfM

Found via http://www.chickabouttown.com/kenya-gets-hat-tip-in-swahili-version-of-yemi-alade-na-gode/ , after I'd been mildly obsessed with Franko's "Coller la Petite" (heard it a bunch in Xiaobei clubs last year but never twigged the title) and found Biche's translations/annotations on the Camfranglais lyrics helpful: http://www.chickabouttown.com/franko-coller-la-petite-lyrics-with-english-translation/ ... oh, and despite Yemi's debut being a bit of a disappointment, Mama Africa's a promising title ...

etc, Sunday, 31 January 2016 19:30 (three years ago) link

forgot maleek berry - "kontrol"

quavoyoncé (||||||||), Sunday, 11 December 2016 15:31 (two years ago) link

From Jon Caramanica's top song list in the NY Times http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/07/arts/music/best-songs.html?action=click&contentCollection=Music&module=RelatedCoverage®ion=EndOfArticle&pgtype=article

6. Ayo Jay “Your Number” (One Nation/RCA) This Nigerian-raised singer had the song of the summer that wasn’t.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 11 December 2016 19:16 (two years ago) link

afropop.org had one item in their year-end stocking stuffers list -- Tiwa Savage, R.E.D. (Mavin)

curmudgeon, Sunday, 11 December 2016 19:22 (two years ago) link

quite like this Bisa Kdei & Patoranking track:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9a7yDxLpO0

is the Break Through album good? I haven't listened to anything Kdei since "Azonto Ghost"

also this new Runtown song is nicely languid:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGrxqOcZpZU

I also enjoyed reading the outraged comments for Davido's new "trap" song

rob, Sunday, 11 December 2016 23:45 (two years ago) link

Bisa Kdei has had a good year. I play Brother Brother and Jwe a lot.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 12 December 2016 07:42 (two years ago) link

ty longneck
also the Runtown I meant to post was this one: https://youtu.be/Tb4X1BWNO5k

rob, Monday, 12 December 2016 13:59 (two years ago) link

only just realised there was an eva alordiah album this year! loved "kanayo", gonna go in

love babes wodumo's sound but like the heavy-k album (and lots of house-adjacent genres) it's not really an albums thing - every track is worthwhile but listening to them as an album isn't the best way to do it

what are ppl's afropop lists of this year? (also, what are we calling it? both davido and yemi alade seemed to veer away from "afrobeats" when i talked to them, in part precisely because of the confusion with afrobeat; davido calls it afrofusion, yemi calls it afropolitan)

lex pretend, Wednesday, 14 December 2016 14:17 (two years ago) link

the djs ive talked to prefer 'afropop' which makes the most sense to me...separates it from like south african house qua house while accepting that as an influence directed more toward 3-4 min pop songs

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Wednesday, 14 December 2016 14:54 (two years ago) link

everyone ive talked to say afrobeats was a way of selling it in the uk & also tends to lump together very difft genres as if they were one genre... i think maybe afrobeats could be seen as synonymous with a bigger umbrella around 'modern african music all-inclusive' where afropop is pop songs derived from older genres (dancehall, house, highlife or w/e). I think this thread tends to center around afropop while often incorporating records that are outside that (south african house for ex) but typically in relation to afropop as a center

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Wednesday, 14 December 2016 14:58 (two years ago) link

@lex

Actually, I play them both as albums and it works just fine. However, my wife got me the Babes CD in SA and it seems as though Amatsegetsege is really the bonus track and not the opening track, as it seems to be on streaming services.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 14 December 2016 15:34 (two years ago) link

Anyway, when i was in Cape Town in March, the SA people I spoke with seemed to think Black Coffe was (deep) house while Heavy-K was afropop and Shumaya was kwaito 2.0, so it all seems to be a bit relative. I think afropop covers most of it, for the reasons given by deej, mostly.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 14 December 2016 15:56 (two years ago) link

I always just stick with afropop (i don't write about music or anything so not like i am doing this in any way other than conversation), but like the DJs D-40 mentioned, unless i am talking about the specifics of a genre i always just call it Afropop. Kinda like the idea of Afropolitan though.

otoh, i think these are my favourites from this year, in no real order, sure i am missing a bunch though as this is just off the top of my head (and searching this thread)...

DJ Kentalky ft. Lil Kesh - Blessings
Navy Kenzo - Kamatia
Vicmass Luodollar - Bank Otuch (Remix Ft. OCTOPIZZO)
Nonini ft Jegede - HiiNiYA
Babes Wodumo - Wololo
King Monada - Ska Bhora Moreki
Nyashinski - Mungu Pekee

Will (kruezer2), Wednesday, 14 December 2016 20:27 (two years ago) link

To me, at least, the defining grace of afropop is the «pop» component, suggesting that this is music that both is and *should* be widely popular, whereas the -beats label kinda sorta suggests that this is a club-centred, more marginal phenomenon. To us that might be where the house component seems to fit in, but I'm guessing Wololo has been blasted from Ubers for months now, and even Davido went with the house drums for his big crossover attempt with Tinashe.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 14 December 2016 21:26 (two years ago) link

nah i don't think beats is just the marginal stuff, i think '-beats' is basically any contemporary african music regardless of genre or origin

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Thursday, 15 December 2016 07:54 (two years ago) link

So Davido's output this year basically sucked right?

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Thursday, 15 December 2016 07:55 (two years ago) link

was also not super impressed w/ burna boy's tape

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Thursday, 15 December 2016 07:55 (two years ago) link

Pree Me is good. I also liked three of the songs on Davido's EP. None of them are better than The Money, but not much is.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 15 December 2016 09:04 (two years ago) link

The thing is... I've never heard of afrobeats as a genre marker outside of in a Nigerian/West African context. If you say Afrobeats in SA, they'll just look at you funny. Afropop, they can live with. I'm guessing the same goes for Kenya or any other African country where they make modern sounding popular music.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 15 December 2016 09:09 (two years ago) link

i think its different between South Africa and the other countries of Africa, Afrobeats & Afropop were used fairly generically when i was in Kenya (granted that was years ago now). But I think that SA has always kinda distanced its musical traditions from the rest of the continent, at least post-apartheid, and stick with there own genre markers because of it. But their pop music gets labelled afropop (for obvious naming convention reasons) so they to live with it.

SA has (obviously) had a different sort of history compared to the other nations of sub-saharan africa and i think their music is one reflection of that.

Will (kruezer2), Thursday, 15 December 2016 14:58 (two years ago) link

also i agree on Davido, he was on a steep decline this year.

Will (kruezer2), Thursday, 15 December 2016 14:59 (two years ago) link

I should adjust the last line of my earlier post to 'post-colonial history'

Will (kruezer2), Thursday, 15 December 2016 15:06 (two years ago) link

Pree Me is good. I also liked three of the songs on Davido's EP. None of them are better than The Money, but not much is.

― human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, December 15, 2016 3:04 AM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

'the money' is like his 9th best single or something though.

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Friday, 16 December 2016 22:07 (two years ago) link

I don't disagree with that.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 17 December 2016 12:06 (two years ago) link

it's funny that the two afropop artists really getting the western push - davido and wizkid - mostly spent 2016 failing to get long-awaited albums out

lex pretend, Saturday, 17 December 2016 18:06 (two years ago) link

but something i've always said about genres or scenes is that their health can be measured in how good the b-tier artists are, not the auteurs and stars and a-listers.

lex pretend, Saturday, 17 December 2016 18:08 (two years ago) link

I guess the main reason for them not getting albums out is their attempt to breach the western markets and not quite figuring out how. Your point still stands though. .

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 17 December 2016 18:17 (two years ago) link

davido got a project out and it was bad

wizkid spent part of the year appearing on the year's most streamed record. i think they're just being strategic w/ rolling him out, not 'failing'.

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Saturday, 17 December 2016 18:56 (two years ago) link

Wizkid did try to crossover on his own, though. Remember this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-EUPC7SGaw

It went exactly nowhere.

The weird thing to me is that the crossover moments on Davido's EP, the Tinashe song and the ATL trap joint were the songs I liked the best on it. I had to overcome a bit of initial resistance with regards to the Tinashe joint but it's really pretty good. She overdoes it in the video though.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 17 December 2016 19:12 (two years ago) link

he released one records where he was a bit player along w/ two singers and a rapper, i don't think that qualifies as an effort to 'cross over.' that wasn't pushed to radio, it didn't get a video

labels monetize 'artist development' now, i'm sure that's all that's happening here

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Saturday, 17 December 2016 19:16 (two years ago) link

the Davido ep is fine, not bad

the Eva Alordiah album is excellent throughout, dare I say the best afrobeats album of the year that I heard?

Judging from what's been nominated so far we're in for a repeat of no afropop songs placing in the ilx poll because everyone likes different ones; here are mine I guess

1. Mazi Chukz ft. Maleek Berry - Dem Hail
2. Yemi Alade - Koffi Anan
3. Kiss Daniel - Mama
4. Krishane ft. Patoranking - Inconsiderate
5. Tekno - Pana
6. ShiiKane - Loke
7. Kwamz & Flava - Take Over
8. Eva Alordiah ft. Phyno & Reminisce - Kanayo
9. Babes Wodumo ft. Mampintsha - Wololo
10. Young John ft. Lil Kesh - Bend Down Select
11. Mella ft. P-Square - Ginger
12. Serge Beynaud - Remanbélé
13. AY ft. Diamond Platnumz - Zigo (Remix)
14. Stunnah Gee ft. Davido - Dengeme
15. Reniss - La Sauce

lex pretend, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 20:08 (two years ago) link

yeah, i don't know there was any one song to rally around this year, will probably vote Wololo higher than any other afropop. that said, maybe the Kiss Daniel album in the album poll? I will be voting that one really high, seemed well loved earlier.

Will (kruezer2), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 20:41 (two years ago) link

kiss daniel is one of my favs this year for sure album wise

kontrol is prob my highest individual song

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 21:32 (two years ago) link

classixx - whatever I want (young john da wicked producer rmx)

this is so fuckin' good and accesses the actual good song i was certain was buried in the og

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 22:07 (two years ago) link

i luv "mama," "kontrol," "inconsiderate," "oh yay," sugarboy's "hola hola"

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 22:09 (two years ago) link

didn't really discuss Uhuru in this thread at all this year, they remained consistent in their appearances though

Jah Prayzah ft Uhuru - Tenge Doro Mdhara Vachauya ---This is a great song
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbPpQmfWdmg

Mzee & Rafiki ft Uhuru - Domba ----this is pretty run of the mill
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0OtFOI9AIQ

Vee Mampeezy ft Uhuru, DJ Buckz, Mapho ---not amazing but a nice tune, attempts a Y-tjukutja style break at the end, just not as great
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ir4oXnXl0Bg

also been listening to this non-uhuru song alot over the last week, pretty love song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OStQJPpYudY

Will (kruezer2), Thursday, 22 December 2016 02:58 (two years ago) link

discovered iray mvmt's soundcloud - seems like a good hub for a lot of the afrobeats stuff emerging in the uk

https://soundcloud.com/iraymvmt

also this ep from a year ago is great!

https://soundcloud.com/dj-pmontana/sets/p-montana-loves-afrobeats

lex pretend, Thursday, 22 December 2016 12:47 (two years ago) link

"Mama", "Kofi Anan," & Tiwa Savage "If I Start to Talk" are 3 of my faves

curmudgeon, Monday, 26 December 2016 18:38 (two years ago) link

Dope piece, lex! The Shiikane sisters are actually London based. I recently discovered that we have mutual friends.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 29 December 2016 21:50 (two years ago) link

Nice piece, Lex, a really good introduction/overview indeed. One tiny correction though: Although Tekno is a very able producer, he has never (so far) produced any of his own singles.  He has only produced songs for other artists (and then often guests on vocals as well) - think Victoria Kimani's "Show", Bracket's "Panya" and Rima's "Feeling You". "Pana" was in fact produced by Krizbeatz, "the Drummer Boy". 

On that note, and with high hopes for 2017:
http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/7633323/rb-hip-hop-artists-to-watch-in-2017

(You need to scroll down quite a bit, but it's worth it.)

breastcrawl, Friday, 30 December 2016 16:34 (two years ago) link

just seen this thread, glad you guys liked the piece. i haven't written much about afrobeats in general bc i think i'm so far from an authority but i had to really cram artists and tracks into that, and excise a lot of others, so i'm going to try to change this in 2017.

any reason tekno hasn't produced his own stuff?

lex pretend, Friday, 6 January 2017 11:33 (two years ago) link

Not sure why Tekno doesn't produce any of his own stuff. Not confident enough? Label policy (DJ Coublon and Selebobo are his labelmates)? Or is he just being smart by keeping things separate? It's rare enough for Nigerian singers to be producers as well to begin with, but Tekno's position seems pretty much unique. Now that he's made it into the big league and an album is in the works it will be interesting to see if there are any self-produced tracks on it.

Our favourite boy's most recent production job:

Stonebwoy ft. Tekno, "Last Station"
https://soundcloud.com/afro-songz/stonebwoy-last-station-ft-tekno

breastcrawl, Saturday, 7 January 2017 20:52 (two years ago) link

There's a new thread for 2017: rolling afropop / afrobeats 2017

breastcrawl, Saturday, 7 January 2017 20:53 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

Late but hopefully welcome: playlist for the thread for the year is finalized and closed.

ILM's Rolling Afrobeat & Afropop Thread 2016 Spotify Playlist

removed from the rain drops and drop tops of experience (ulysses), Monday, 13 February 2017 19:52 (two years ago) link

It's always welcome, forks. Thanks for the good work!

breastcrawl, Monday, 13 February 2017 22:21 (two years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5rMfLJKwIE

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 14 February 2017 18:40 (two years ago) link

Although many locals refer to all the new pop in Nigeria as “hip-hop”—even though much of it is not really hip-hop as we know it—the term the local industry folks prefer is “Naija pop.” “Afrobeats” is also used by some, but Ade judges it a term imposed from the outside—a kind of appropriation—and also far too general to have much meaning. Seun Kuti sees a different appropriation here, the adding of an “s” to his father’s genre coinage of the 1970s, and in that, Seun senses a certain “insecurity” among those producing and marketing the new music; he predicts the term Afrobeats will not last long.

http://www.afropop.org/34229/dispatch-from-nigeria-3/

curmudgeon, Friday, 17 February 2017 13:57 (two years ago) link

With your permission, let me re-post this on the 2017 thread:
rolling afropop / afrobeats 2017

breastcrawl, Friday, 17 February 2017 20:42 (two years ago) link


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