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Let's start the year with Wizkid's new single, Daddy Yo, which should be huge:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2uqOvEo2bQ

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 5 January 2017 13:20 (seven months ago) Permalink

this is old but i really love this old Makossa song from the 80s from Prince Eyango. When i don't listen to it for a bit i forget Makossa has such a Caribbean flair.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fS0aWtc1snM

Will (kruezer2), Friday, 6 January 2017 16:14 (seven months ago) Permalink

Daddy Yo: Kind of funny Wizzy has someone else singing the big hook for him this time; not so funny he failed to give Efya a credit for doing so.
I'm not really convinced about its hugeness outside Africa, but iTunes tells me it's doing some business in Norway, Sweden and Finland. Is RCA promoting him up there, that you know of, longneck?

Produced by renowned dancehall producer Dre Skull, by the way.

I'm more enamoured with "Good Love", the Wizzy track DJ Maphorisa recently dropped that he apparently had laying around somewhere. Could listen to him in this mode for hours:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bhs0s0nRbs

breastcrawl, Saturday, 7 January 2017 20:59 (seven months ago) Permalink

Yes, Davido's been disappointing lately, but I like him a lot on the new DJ Jimmy Jatt joint, "Orekelewa". The fact that it was produced by Young John in post-"Good Time" mode doesn't hurt:
https://soundcloud.com/djjimmyjatt/dj-jimmy-jatt-ft-davido-orekelewa

This is good too: Tekno and Flavour doing their thing on Masterkraft's "Far Away":
https://soundcloud.com/afro-songz/masterkraft-far-away-ft-tekno-flavour

Add in Wande Coal's "Iskaba" and King Perry's "Continental Boy" and you've got yourself the beginning of a great playlist.
Can I claim the name Naijapolitan for this sound? (thanking Yemi Alade for the inspiration, of course).

breastcrawl, Saturday, 7 January 2017 21:01 (seven months ago) Permalink

I would think the scandinavian sales are down to the «street team» of me and my friends, lol. So no, I haven't seen any promotion for it at all yet. The Dre Skull credit makes sense. Afaict there is increased interest for all things afro in the caribbean, and this beat seems designed to cash in on 2016s dancehallwave. I happen to like it a lot, but I won't be surprised at all if it fails.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 7 January 2017 22:42 (seven months ago) Permalink

My favorite wizkid-related song of 2016 would be Patoranking's This Kind Love btw. I just love those horns.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Sunday, 8 January 2017 09:00 (seven months ago) Permalink

That was my favourite as well. I see Wizkid's part on it as a more fleshed out version of his hook on the *other* international hit he was involved in last year, Major Lazer's "Boom".

breastcrawl, Sunday, 8 January 2017 13:39 (seven months ago) Permalink

Some jams that stood out to me while listening through the new Olamide album, which is good:

Pepper Dem Gang (Prod. Young John):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_g5__Y4fuY

Omo Wobe Anthem feat Burna Boy (Prod. Pheelz):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlKcJ68eseg

Woyo (Prod. Young John):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Az8c-wW71Sc

Be Mine (Prod. Pheelz):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEOaHJnFGqs

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 9 January 2017 21:25 (seven months ago) Permalink

I enjoyed the original but Skales' Temper Remix feat. Burna Boy takes it up another notch:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwnlBbnjuJs

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 9 January 2017 22:30 (seven months ago) Permalink

Found this in my Release Radar this week.I like it a lot.

https://soundcloud.com/eazzyfirstlady/eazzy-x-shaker-x-djfrenchkiss-baakor

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 9 January 2017 22:39 (seven months ago) Permalink

Check this song 'Radio' it's really dope.

http://www.britznbeatz.co.uk/single-post/2016/12/30/Nonso-Amadi---RadioLyrics

logicbox, Tuesday, 10 January 2017 01:02 (seven months ago) Permalink

Loving the new Seyi Shay, "Yolo Yolo", a lot. Also promises much for DJ Coublon in 2017:

https://soundcloud.com/loggmax/seyi-shay-yolo-yolo-prod-dj-coublon

Fun new track by Reekado Banks, "Killy Person (Freestyle)":

https://soundcloud.com/afro-songz/reekado-banks-killy-person-freestyle

New Orezi bangs too, "Just Like That":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FE0ih-FTOA

breastcrawl, Sunday, 15 January 2017 12:52 (seven months ago) Permalink

this Maleek Berry is v beautiful:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=047xGplGP4o

hopefully they'll do a remix minus Geeko

rob, Monday, 23 January 2017 22:51 (six months ago) Permalink

Radio is, indeed, very dope. He sounds a bit like a west african k-major. The guitars on e-kelly's leg over and juls' radio are very similar though (outside of being in a different key of course).

Also loving Yolo Yolo. I think we posted Tonight in last year's thread but since it's going to be with us for a while I figured I might as well post the video in here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcQSo0mrjBo

Hush The Silence does nothing for me, however.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 23 January 2017 23:32 (six months ago) Permalink

^love the production on Tonight

rob, Tuesday, 24 January 2017 00:25 (six months ago) Permalink

New Skuki is fire:
https://soundcloud.com/skukiofficial/skuki-pass-de-agbara
("Pass The Agbara")

So is the new Rayce ft. D'banj:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1jh4vr2ULA
("Shikishiki Mami")

breastcrawl, Sunday, 29 January 2017 13:15 (six months ago) Permalink

This track has legs and legs:
https://soundcloud.com/loves-abeats-recordings/mr-eazi-skin-tight-remix-ft-stefflon-don-haile-wstrn
Mr Eazi ft. Haile & Stefflon Don "Skin Tight (UK Remix)"

breastcrawl, Sunday, 29 January 2017 13:15 (six months ago) Permalink

yeah that is rly popping off rn

heard the cutest interview w/ eazi on radar radio this week where he was just hilariously sleepy and unassuming and not about the star life at all. "mixtape coming soon, 11 tracks on there, hopefully you can maybe vibe with one or two of them idk"

r|t|c, Sunday, 29 January 2017 14:22 (six months ago) Permalink

hopefully they'll do a remix minus Geeko

― rob, Monday, 23 January 2017 22:51 Bookmark

hater!

r|t|c, Sunday, 29 January 2017 14:27 (six months ago) Permalink

Lilyeatswellxo3 weeks ago
why is he dressed like a teenage mutant ninja turtle

ha this was my first encounter with Geko and further investigation indicates I'm missing some uk rap context here. He's quite charming on Englisia.
plus since posting I've come to appreciate his raspy croak as a dash of salt in the luxurious cream. It does still look like he won a fan contest when he shows up in the video

rob, Sunday, 29 January 2017 14:50 (six months ago) Permalink

Yes, Davido's been disappointing lately, but I like him a lot on the new DJ Jimmy Jatt joint, "Orekelewa". The fact that it was produced by Young John in post-"Good Time" mode doesn't hurt

Yeah this song is the best I've heard Davido in a long time, very nice! Daddy Yo, Tonight & Skin Tight (UK remix) are all really awesome. Great start to the new year!

this dance track is big in SA dance circles, I think it came out late last year officially, so may have been in last years thread and a a billion remixes are floating around, but this is the original, pretty great

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvRVHim8YkA

Will (kruezer2), Monday, 30 January 2017 15:51 (six months ago) Permalink

So here's an interesting but not wholly unlistenable train wreck. Verse Simmonds and Machel Montano come together on an afropop beat, lol:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SS0NSb1k9Dk

I kind of like it, but, of course, nothing adds up. I have no idea if this is the right thread for this but I'm letting the beat dictate the genre.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 8 February 2017 12:07 (six months ago) Permalink

So has anyone heard the Mr Eazi "mixtape" yet? It's an apple music exclusive, apparently, and I might well end up buying it from iTunes, but only if it's worth it.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 10 February 2017 16:12 (six months ago) Permalink

"Leg Over" is on youtube at least:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v15sS1sL_S4

rob, Friday, 10 February 2017 22:37 (six months ago) Permalink

i love leg over, haven't heard the full project yet

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Saturday, 11 February 2017 09:08 (six months ago) Permalink

Yeah, Leg Over is the jam.

My current jam is Dotman & Davido - Escobar. I just love the sonics on the hook.

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

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 11 February 2017 13:32 (six months ago) Permalink

This was just posted by curmudgeon on the 2016 thread:

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, vrijdag 17 februari 2017 14:57 Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

They have also spoken to Young John. The interview has yet to be published (or podcast, I guess). Could be interesting.

breastcrawl, Friday, 17 February 2017 20:45 (six months ago) Permalink

The Singles Jukebox likes Runtown's "Mad Over You".
It was posted on last year's thread, but as it has since become the biggest song in Western Africa, here it is again:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tb4X1BWNO5k

breastcrawl, Friday, 17 February 2017 20:53 (six months ago) Permalink

P-Square are now living in a post-Pana world as well: "Away".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xl9VNPzodcY

breastcrawl, Friday, 17 February 2017 20:54 (six months ago) Permalink

But what is the post-Pana world if not just another corner of the Eazi Universe? The Eazi "mixtape" longneck mentioned above is now on Spotify.
Eazi is also featured on "Heartbeat", the first single from another "mixtape" that just dropped, Afropop 101 by Legendury Beatz.

https://soundcloud.com/afro-songz/legendury-beatz-heartbeat-ft-mr-eazi

Let me throw in LB's remix for Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" as well, it's cool:

https://soundcloud.com/legendury-beatz/ed-sheeran-shape-of-u-afrobeats-refix-by-legendury-beatz

breastcrawl, Friday, 17 February 2017 20:59 (six months ago) Permalink

And hey, this just in:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=helEv0kGHd4

"If" by Davido, produced by Tekno!

breastcrawl, Friday, 17 February 2017 21:00 (six months ago) Permalink

I'm rather behind and most of the stuff that's catching my ear has turned out to be from late 2016 but 'Yolo Yolo' really is fantastic.

Matt DC, Saturday, 18 February 2017 09:55 (six months ago) Permalink

Lex posted this mix in the mix-thread, but I feel it sorta belongs here as well: https://thump.vice.com/en_uk/track/teki-latex-berite-club-music-mix-exclusive-stream (this is a link I found that has a tracklist)

It hits me a bit the same way the first Abrantee mix I ever heard hit me. That is, this is probably a frenchified version of it, calling it 'berite club' a bit like calling it 'afrobeats'. But it has a lot of west african influence, including Franko - Coller la Petite from Cameroun! Though to be honest, I still haven't made my way through the mix, I keep going back to hear Champions League Defeat and Block Party etc over and over. Great music!

Frederik B, Saturday, 18 February 2017 11:37 (six months ago) Permalink

Alfred Soto: I love its sheen: the synth pads, rhythm guitar, whistle. The steady groove conveys an attachment less mad than the title suggests.
[7]

this tawdry oaf...

r|t|c, Saturday, 18 February 2017 12:46 (six months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QU_NWi3u6lo

eaaaaaar worm

r|t|c, Saturday, 18 February 2017 12:58 (six months ago) Permalink

The Teni is great, would have been my next post.

breastcrawl, Saturday, 18 February 2017 14:55 (six months ago) Permalink

(as for your other post, take it to the Boring Belligerence thread)

breastcrawl, Saturday, 18 February 2017 17:15 (six months ago) Permalink

not familz w/ that partic thread but anyone who likes the song should have the decency to drag that smugly piss-poor read

r|t|c, Saturday, 18 February 2017 18:06 (six months ago) Permalink

The Eazi tape isn't quite... steamy enough, is it? He almost singlehandedly managed to infuse a bit of sex into the naija pop scene, which is otherwise heavy on marriage proposals and empty braggadocio (wads of money, big cassavas and gifts of banana). I was hoping for some proper sex jams (leg over fits the bill) but there's not enough air on this for it to heat up properly.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Sunday, 19 February 2017 17:50 (six months ago) Permalink

That's an interesting point. I'm underwhelmed by it as well. Most of all, I'm missing Juls. I mean, Eazi and he crafted a very special sound together and now he's nowhere to be found. Does anyone know what happened there?

Interesting review of the album:
http://www.okayafrica.com/audio/mr-eazi-life-is-eazi-download-accra-to-lagos/

The Twitter storm Mr Eazi started when he said “Ghana’s influence over Nigeria music cannot be underestimated” was a needful point, but maybe needless to point out. The symbolism in the cover art for Accra to Lagos is even more telling. Choosing to drape himself in a “Ghana Must Go” patterned outfit next to the phrase Accra to Lagos is a direct provocation of thought, and not a call to arms.

More on the Ghana-Nigeria issue by the same writer:
http://www.okayafrica.com/controversial/mr-eazi-tweet-nigeria-ghana-rivalry/

Still, Eazi seems perhaps a bit too eager to "return" to Lagos from Accra, what with most of the tracks being produced by Naija big shots?

breastcrawl, Sunday, 19 February 2017 19:25 (six months ago) Permalink

Find myself enjoying the Legendury Beatz goodie bag more right now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJjG27stjkA

Legendury Beatz ft. Wizkid x Mugeez "Undercover Lover".

breastcrawl, Sunday, 19 February 2017 19:26 (six months ago) Permalink

xpost to rtc:

The point is that you're using it to lash out at a fellow ILX'er (who's probably not following this thread). It's a lousy attitude.

(And if you're that concerned about bad music writing, you know there's a thread for that too.)

breastcrawl, Sunday, 19 February 2017 19:27 (six months ago) Permalink

Yeah , his eagerness to return to Lagos is def part of the problem. E Kelly mastered the Juls sound on Leg Over though - and it's the best track...

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Sunday, 19 February 2017 21:23 (six months ago) Permalink

Sure, E-Kelly did a great job there, but is there a reason Juls is not on the album at all (GuiltyBeatz has one track, at least)? Can't seem to find anything about them having parted ways.

breastcrawl, Sunday, 19 February 2017 22:14 (six months ago) Permalink

No, I sure hope he's saving Juls for the "proper" album.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Sunday, 19 February 2017 22:52 (six months ago) Permalink

Mr. Eazi's gig at a nearby university is sold out. Oh well. Tekno's coming too, but he's too samey for me. Some cuts I like though

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 21 February 2017 19:41 (five months ago) Permalink

DJ Vetkuk vs Mahoota - Thando Lok'dlala (ft. Black Motion, Nokwazi & Drumatic Boys)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYUQkH7gi0k

Wow at this

breastcrawl, Saturday, 25 February 2017 00:59 (five months ago) Permalink

I might actually prefer the radio edit that's on Spotify. It packs more punch.

breastcrawl, Saturday, 25 February 2017 01:17 (five months ago) Permalink

Yeah that's dope. A bit of Babes' rhytmic urgency in there, no?

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 25 February 2017 11:39 (five months ago) Permalink

Yes, and echoes of "Lahla" as well.

Never got around to posting their previous jam last year:

Vetkuk vs Mahoota ft. Sparks Bantwana & Character: "SoHamba Ngo 7"
https://soundcloud.com/news-muzik-2/vetkuk-vs-mahoota-feat-sparks-bantwana-character-sohamba-ngo-7afro-housewwwnews-muzikcom

Or this monster:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYhM2K1i8C4

Major League ft. Cassper Nyovest & Kwesta: "S'get It"

breastcrawl, Saturday, 25 February 2017 15:45 (five months ago) Permalink

Now that Korede Bello has Kelly Rowland on the remix for "Do Like That"...

https://soundcloud.com/mavinrecords/korede-bello-x-kelly-rowland

…we can play Spot the Theme:

Diamond Platnumz ft. Ne-yo "Marry You":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdOaBtUvH80

Seyi Sodimu ft. K. Michelle, "Love Me Jeje (Remix)":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpz2R1ULOfI

breastcrawl, Saturday, 25 February 2017 18:21 (five months ago) Permalink

Serge Beynaud's Accelerate -- now here's an album I can get fully behind. 16 tracks, all spanking new. Hard (but very varied) percussive beats, more generous with melodies than your average coupé-decalé, often clearly Naija-inspired, if a few years behind the latest trends there (telling that both Iyanya and Flavour feature on a track). Ironically, one of the most relentless (and best) tracks, "Zimbolo", features Tanzanian smoothie Diamond Platnumz. And I love that Ivorian guitar sound (that reminds me of bachata at times). Exhilarating stuff!

The first video is for opening track "Akrakabo":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgQ1CXd0sQc

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 28 February 2017 22:48 (five months ago) Permalink

Oh, wow. That last minute of Akrakabo. That's absolutely stunning.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 1 March 2017 14:36 (five months ago) Permalink

Wizkid's "Sweet Love" (the song he's been teasing for like a year) just dropped. Turns out it's afrobeat (no -s!) bliss. The bass and the beat are just…

http://www.thefader.com/2017/03/01/wizkid-sweet-love-video-record-deal

So happy he kept the Yoruba too - it looked like he was settling into a mid-Atlantic pidgin/island hybrid as his default in his bid for international stardom.

…that beat though...

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 1 March 2017 19:37 (five months ago) Permalink

Yep, this is the effortless Wizzy that I love.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 2 March 2017 07:19 (five months ago) Permalink

Don't mind me as slide in to plug a friends track that deserves more attention than its getting.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GXli8m4hz4

tsrobodo, Sunday, 5 March 2017 19:05 (five months ago) Permalink

Akrakabo is really awesome, love the traditional breaking out from behind the modern veil at the end. I think I went back to the 2 minute mark and re-listened to the end 2 or 3 times in a row. Will listen to Accelerate for sure. I don't have much knowledge of Bachata but your comment has me intrigued. i feel like afro pop has a natural lean into the carribean music scene of course, but i would be curious to listen for the links to more classic afro-latin music, perhaps this is already happening? like wizkid-popcaan is a natural fit of course, but what about Wizkid teaming up with Mexican or Columbian pop-stars?

speaking of wizkid, Sweet Love is fantastic, happy to see he stuck with the Yoruba as well. This is maybe my favourite first blush of a Wizkid song, normally he takes a bit for me to really get into. Maybe that bodes well for its shot at breaking out internationally. What do you guys figure his track to a breakout US hit is? Now that he has name recognition from One Dance, does he hope for a streaming hit that breaks though? or would he get enough of a push to get on radio before that? i assume the former, but not sure if he gets a push on radio due to the deal. And does he get on some spotify recommended playlists?

fuckin love Thando Lok'dlala, Nkwz should sing on every SA house song. I feel like DrumeticBoyz have turned a corner toward pop, but managing to stay a bit true to their GQOM roots. I agree longneck, definitely got some of Babes affect on it for sure.

dog latin, are you around? there is new Eddy Kenzo, called Jubilation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HslgsjEUV4M

I like it, not as much as Sitya Loss, but another great track, curious to hear from another Kenzo fan

really love this new durban track too, Colours Of Sound - Emuva (feat. SneMusiq). brutal name for the DJ's but this song is getting me thru some cold winter days. feels like driving around a rich neighbourhood and not giving a shit that the folks in it are looking down on you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMF6oo-niCA

Will (kruezer2), Sunday, 5 March 2017 22:33 (five months ago) Permalink

So the British library just made 8000 vintage afropop recordings available for free. I haven't had the time to check it out yet but I'm putting the link in here anyway.

http://www.openculture.com/2017/03/stream-8000-vintage-afropop-recordings-digitized-made-available-by-the-british-library.html

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 8 March 2017 12:28 (five months ago) Permalink

the serge beynaud album is immense. "atôkplè", "dieu n'oublie personne" and "la danse du way" also highlights. the percussion!

i love how the synths in "dieu n'oublie personne" sound...arabic??

lex pretend, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 12:53 (four months ago) Permalink

I haven't gotten around to the album yet but THAT bit of Akrakabo, when another song just emerges fully-formed from the chrysalis of the first one, is absolutely incredible.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 21 March 2017 13:03 (four months ago) Permalink

I keep coming back to the Faut bien me regarder -> Zimbolo -> J'ai cherche partout run in Accelerate, love that Diamond Platnumz shows up.

anyone know more about this? https://www.bellanaija.com/2017/03/the-silent-music-company-calls-out-sugarboy-and-kiss-daniel-over-alleged-theft-of-its-artiste-barz-song/

I think I like the original more tbh

also this is a really awesome party song from Akothee
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYEp_tp8smA

Will (kruezer2), Wednesday, 22 March 2017 19:06 (four months ago) Permalink

The Kilamiti/Kilamity thing is kind of shocking in how blatant it is. It looks especially bad on Sugarboy and his (and Kiss Daniel's) record company. Why pull this stunt for such a mediocre track? I mean, it starts promisingly enough, but I lose interest after one minute. But maybe they really are that desperate after all the disappointing follow-ups to the mighty "Hola Hola". Sad to say my expectations for his debut album are not very high.

breastcrawl, Monday, 27 March 2017 21:13 (four months ago) Permalink

By the way kruezer, "Jubilation" is fantastic, the EDM-y production works very well here, I think. Best thing I've heard from Kenzo since "Sitya Loss".

What's your opinion on Darassa ft. Ben Pol's "Muziki" that's very big in East Africa?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWyiC2CBtyI

Personally I think it doesn't match up to AY's "Zigo (Remix)" (especially vocally), but that fat synth bass and especially the way that beat is recorded are pretty great.

breastcrawl, Monday, 27 March 2017 21:13 (four months ago) Permalink

Five from South Africa:

"KwaMakhelwane", the most recent Dbn Nyts single, features… Nokwazi:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRckNX-1B8U

DJ Maphorisa & DJ Buckz go gqom on "Goosheshe" (feat. Sjava & TDK Macassette):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWwOU4HTE5U

More gqom: DJ Bongz ft. DJ Tira, Dbn Nyts & KidTank, "Kuruza":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cti5FMzM36s

…and from the Babes Wodumo album, "Family" ft. Mampintsha & Cassper Nyovest:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzmSuFFtNX4

Something else altogether: DJ Clock ft. Chicco Twala, "Saba Kufa":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adU-8OPdyYY

And of course, and just for the record, Black Coffee is featured on the new Drake album.

breastcrawl, Monday, 27 March 2017 21:17 (four months ago) Permalink

Also, Tekno dropped his next smash to be, "Yawa" (produced by Masterkraft, just like that Akothee track):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsQnCwV4Gr8

breastcrawl, Monday, 27 March 2017 21:26 (four months ago) Permalink

I feel this UK Afrotrap banger belongs on this thread too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvtxRv38Ep4

Don-E ft. Nado, "You Alright Yeah?"

Holland represent:

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

Kevcody, "Pakurumo"

breastcrawl, Monday, 27 March 2017 21:40 (four months ago) Permalink

completely overstimulated by the serge beynaud record

the raindrops and drop tops of lived, earned experience (BradNelson), Tuesday, 28 March 2017 17:36 (four months ago) Permalink

Akrakabo still song of 2017 for me.

Frederik B, Friday, 31 March 2017 19:59 (four months ago) Permalink

And that moment 2:00 in... It just struck me, there are few songs where the most ecstatic moment is when it goes down in intensity, but with that absurdly driving hyper-modern beat, when there's a moments breath, it's the best thing ever.

Frederik B, Friday, 31 March 2017 20:05 (four months ago) Permalink

feeling this WizKid/Drake single
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShVNtAYLOM0

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Friday, 31 March 2017 22:47 (four months ago) Permalink

It has grown on me but it's very controlla-wave 6 months late.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 31 March 2017 23:51 (four months ago) Permalink

this version of it sounds different than when it was titled something else

i dont really see it as controllawave though

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Saturday, 1 April 2017 00:09 (four months ago) Permalink

i mean its an actual afropop artist lol

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Saturday, 1 April 2017 00:09 (four months ago) Permalink

Well... I always start singing "gyal yuh body good and you're special to me" (popcaan's verse) every time I hear the beat.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 1 April 2017 08:53 (four months ago) Permalink

eh you might be right idk maybe im just subconsciously hunting for another controlla

at any rate its at the very least pleasant

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Saturday, 1 April 2017 20:00 (four months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqW18C4plZ8

||||||||, Saturday, 8 April 2017 08:03 (four months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Nigerian blogs mentioned here in addition to discussion of piracy issue

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/03/world/africa/nigeria-lagos-afrobeats-music-piracy-seyi-shay.html

excerpts from article

In Lagos, Africa’s biggest city, legitimate music stores are rare, streaming services haven’t caught on and fans are flocking to markets like Computer Village, with its rows of yellow umbrellas shading young men selling illegal downloads. Throughout the city, thousands of pirated CDs are churned out each day, and some artists even pay to appear on them, hoping the exposure will somehow be worth it....

“We’re no longer getting revenue from oil, so we’re arguing that content is the new crude,” said Aibee Abidoye, general manager at Chocolate City Group and 5ive Music, which seeks royalties on behalf of three Lagos-based record labels....

Many musicians pay to have their music heard. Popular music blogs like notjustok.com and naijaloaded.com collect as much as $120 from unknown musicians to promote a single song. Budding musicians also pay to have their songs featured on “latest mix” CDs hawked on the streets. A collection called “Mega Mix” contained new pirated songs from well-known musicians like Davido and Wizkid, along with songs from 43 less-known singers.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 6 June 2017 13:35 (two months ago) Permalink

hey. not sure if this interests you but I've started a Spotify play list of Uganda Pop tracks, mostly made up of stuff I found online last summer, but sadly limited to what's on Spotify. It's collaborative so if you fancy it feel free to add anything you like to it https://open.spotify.com/user/1153731601/playlist/3mGD7yiSrXji5dhfvKCSuH

Shat Parp (dog latin), Thursday, 8 June 2017 19:25 (two months ago) Permalink

hope you don't mind: i jacked that for the thread playlist as well.

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Friday, 9 June 2017 18:41 (two months ago) Permalink

Oh, nice!
There's also a new Tekno + Krisbeatz single today. The kid can do no wrong.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xw3YPJ1DUAU

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 9 June 2017 20:19 (two months ago) Permalink

Some gqom for the summer:

https://soundcloud.com/afro-songz/distruction-boyz-shut-up-groove-ft-babes-wodumo-mampintsha

Really nice vibe on this one.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 13 June 2017 07:53 (two months ago) Permalink

how come nigerian music labels can't find illegal markets but they can prevent me from hearing a new Tekno jam >:(

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 13 June 2017 09:54 (two months ago) Permalink

It's on Spotify! You can also get it here:
https://www.mp3naija.com.ng/music/tekno-samantha-prod-by-krizbeatz

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 13 June 2017 10:48 (two months ago) Permalink

Thanks!

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 16 June 2017 09:00 (two months ago) Permalink

hope you don't mind: i jacked that for the thread playlist as well.

― Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Friday, June 9, 2017 7:41 PM (one week ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

no probs, but be aware most of the tracks are not from 2017

Shat Parp (dog latin), Friday, 16 June 2017 09:05 (two months ago) Permalink

never a stickler about that

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Sunday, 18 June 2017 16:35 (two months ago) Permalink

"Loose Guard", the new Flavour featuring Phyno, is a beauty. Finally, a perfect blend of the classic Young John sound and current post-kayidawave.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GakI5IS4SSg

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 27 June 2017 20:01 (one month ago) Permalink

Also, damn!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvOWpwOR2UU

Vision DJ ft. Samini, "Like December".

Another Juls joint.

breastcrawl, Friday, 30 June 2017 17:11 (one month ago) Permalink

Talking about Juls, surely people have noticed Leap of Faith

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20bOgmbxvIw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJC3XtyRXpU

Nabozo, Saturday, 1 July 2017 14:05 (one month ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Not entirely sure where to post this, but MHD has been mentioned on this thread in other years, so I'll just write a bit about him here. I loved the remix that was on the Berité mix I posted upthread:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2I3pXTe3QE

But MHD is apparently a legitimately big French rapper, who calls his sound 'Afro Trap' and had a top ten hit with pt 8 (Never)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRRPt0ysfyI

His debut album MHD was released last year, and it's kinda pretty great. Much more hip-hop, I suppose, but very good.

Also, any opinions on the Wizkid album? Love the opener, the rest hasn't really caught on yet.

Frederik B, Tuesday, 8 August 2017 09:44 (one week ago) Permalink

Saw Yemi Alade with a band (drummer and 2 keyboardists plus 2 dancers) do a good late-night gig at the Howard Theatre in DC this past weekend. Keyboardists provided some backing vocal tracks, but Yemi's vocalizing was live and her dancing (and that of her dancers) was energetic and fun

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 8 August 2017 14:42 (one week ago) Permalink

https://www.gq.com/story/diplo-africa-tour-interview

Yeah, me and this producer, E-kelly, did a song for Mr Eazi. Before I left, I was like, Hey, this is an idea for a song. I gave him the stems—the music for the beat. Then I land and he's already sent me three demo versions with new drums. And Skales has already done a new version of “Run Up” with new guitars. The records were voiced and mixed. I've never seen people so hungry and the quality so high. In America, I can't get Travis Scott to answer my text messages. I gotta go pour water on his face to wake him up and get him to voice a song. I don't mind doing that, but I also don't mind being here on the frontier, making music with all the Nigerians.

...

I'd never been to Africa, besides South Africa, and everybody in South Africa calls it fake Africa.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 9 August 2017 22:43 (one week ago) Permalink


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