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So let's start this year off with two of the Wizkid bangers that I believe we forgot to post in the old thread:

Manya:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBHH0_JtaCQ

And Tiwa Savage's Ma Lo:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4fqMMKo9ns

Also, the latest Davidos:

FIA:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ORvJcpe2Oc

Like Dat:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJPt8ruo2BQ

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 12:52 (eight months ago) Permalink

Hell yeah, let’s make this year’s thread a fat and juicy one!
Last year’s thread became so desolate at times I gave up on posting new stuff, but the recent upswing in activity gives me fresh hope for 2018.

Some fresh goodies (picking them basically at random, so much good stuff coming out continuously):

NAIJA:

Teni, “Pareke”:

https://soundcloud.com/teniofficial/pareke

You might know her from last year’s “Amen” (posted here) and “Fargin”. She also wrote the Davido track “Like Dis” longneck posted above.

Tinny Mafia ft. Ycee, Bella, Dapo Tuburna & Damilare, “Kokoka”:

https://soundcloud.com/musicplugafrica/tinny-mafia-ft-ycee-bella-dapo-tuburna-damilare-kokoka

Ycee plus labelmates. Their “Komije” was good too.

TeeQ Bello, “Shaku Shaku”:

https://soundcloud.com/freemedigital/tee-q-bello-shaku-shaku

Killer track. Loved his recent “Naturally (Freestyle)” too.

DJ Consequence ft. Lil Kesh, “Water Bottle”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMi2he8PemQ

Produced by Young John, obviously. Fun track. What’s that though, “hey lads (?), shove it up your ass”? That water bottle?

But by far the funnest track to come out of Nigeria in the past two months or so is this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ea4bHtJrbUI

Mayorkun, “Che Che”

breastcrawl, Friday, 5 January 2018 19:20 (eight months ago) Permalink

GHANA:

Vision DJ ft. Miyaki & VVIP, “Chuku”:

https://soundcloud.com/purple_tunes1/vision-dj-chuku

Produced by the wonderful GuiltyBeatz.

Joey B ft. King Promise, “Sweetie Pie”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zY-NLE0SwLI

King Promise is one of the new wave of Ghanaian pop kids that came up last year, along with Kidi and Kuame Eugene.

Speaking of Kidi, this is his follow-up to “Odo”, which features Kuame as well:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSlvXjMVFh0

Kidi ft. TNeeya & Kuame Eugene

breastcrawl, Friday, 5 January 2018 19:21 (eight months ago) Permalink

SOUTH AFRICA:

DJ Sumbody ft. Tira, Thebe & Enza, “Ayepyep”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1qDvmteVlw

Prime Gqom.

Heavy-K ft. Mondii Ngcobo, “Siphum’ eLokshin”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cib5TQJIAa8

Follow-up to his South African smash “Inde”, that was mentioned (but not posted?) on the 2017 thread.

Sun-El Musician feat. Samthing Soweto, “Akanamali”, for those who haven’t heard it yet:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4ApmPc4g48

NB: forks/ulysses wants everyone to vote for this in the EOY. He’s not wrong.

breastcrawl, Friday, 5 January 2018 19:22 (eight months ago) Permalink

ZIMBABWE BONUS BEATS:

ExQ feat. Killer T, “Nhema”:

https://soundcloud.com/exqofficial/nhema

Very much 2017, but such a banger.

breastcrawl, Friday, 5 January 2018 19:24 (eight months ago) Permalink

And hey, there’s a new Tekno!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tznar4pVS1U

Tekno, “Only One”. Produced by Legendury Beatz.

…which came hot on the heels of this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Cs-OOxzLwI

Tekno feat. Wizkid, “Mama”.

breastcrawl, Friday, 5 January 2018 19:30 (eight months ago) Permalink

Aknamali has been my jam for a while. I'm pretty sure I have a spare vote for it someplace.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 5 January 2018 20:30 (eight months ago) Permalink

I also love Che Che, btw!

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 5 January 2018 20:31 (eight months ago) Permalink

To me one of the most interesting things from Nigeria right now is the 'Shaku Shaku' dance and the music associated with it.

http://www.pulse.ng/gist/pop-culture/shaku-shaku-the-new-street-dance-style-we-should-all-learn-in-2018-id7799976.html

This seems to be one of the dance anthems in the street. Interestingly, sounds a lot like South African house. Who knows, maybe they stole the beat from some South African tune :)

Mr Real - Legbegbe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XKu2O4HnQM

ahomka ginger, Saturday, 13 January 2018 00:25 (eight months ago) Permalink

Finally something new. Thanks.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 13 January 2018 09:43 (eight months ago) Permalink

those kids are dope

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Saturday, 13 January 2018 16:26 (eight months ago) Permalink

hello music friends -- if you have a little extra time/goodwill, please bookmark my thread:

help me with my class?

you wouldn't have to do anything more than contribute your existing knowledge :)

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 16:37 (eight months ago) Permalink

I need to slowly get back into the afrobeats of this year, so it'd be great to have some help from ILM if you guys care to post even things that are not totally groundbreaking :) (or do you all experience fatigue)

Sauti Sol have a nice follow-up with Tiwa Savage
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1zvVUqWccE

Niniola's Saro is alright, and so is Burna Boy's Deja Vu.

Nabozo, Saturday, 20 January 2018 17:25 (eight months ago) Permalink

Since it's a new thread, might be ok if I post my favorite Sauti Sol from a few years back:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYFQRuqQ7EM

Frederik B, Saturday, 20 January 2018 17:41 (eight months ago) Permalink

https://youtu.be/Tf_0Cc2PiTg

Prince Kaybee & LaSoulMates ft. TNS & Zanda Zakuza “Club Controller”

This track goes hard!

breastcrawl, Sunday, 21 January 2018 22:04 (eight months ago) Permalink

indeed!

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Sunday, 21 January 2018 22:25 (eight months ago) Permalink

I'm gonna need ilx to weigh in on burna boy feat. lily allen. I feel like I'm probably not being fair to it because of the featuring lily allen, lol:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKa6jTfZB5w

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 22 January 2018 13:27 (eight months ago) Permalink

Reekado Banks, Tiwa Savage & Fiokee - Like
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaKfUTWU0dw

light and breezy

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 22 January 2018 15:06 (eight months ago) Permalink

sub in, idk, an Asha Bhosle sample or something for Lily Allen and that Burna Boy song would be unstoppable (not that she's objectively ruinous or anything, tbh I don't remember much about her beyond reports of her being 'problematic' a while back)

rob, Wednesday, 24 January 2018 17:16 (eight months ago) Permalink

I feel like all I’ve got left in this world is loving problematic artists but idk, i just never cared for lily allen...

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 24 January 2018 17:34 (eight months ago) Permalink

putting lily aside, Burna's new mixtape Outside is superb. It might appeal more to UK afro(tbd) and dancehall partisans but I think it's the most satisfying afrobeats full-length I've heard so far

rob, Saturday, 27 January 2018 15:06 (seven months ago) Permalink

Enjoying this:

Flavour - Baby Na Yoka

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsR0yCvG3Oc

Badgers (dog latin), Monday, 29 January 2018 14:15 (seven months ago) Permalink

If I heard that Burna Boy song with no context, I wouldn't know it was Lily Allen. Good song.

Badgers (dog latin), Monday, 29 January 2018 14:17 (seven months ago) Permalink

Was listening to Tzy Panchak (Cameroon afropop) who's gonna be doing a late night gig in a Washington DC suburb tonight. Eh, he's ok. Kinda formulaic though

curmudgeon, Saturday, 3 February 2018 22:58 (seven months ago) Permalink

Also still catching up on 2017 releases. Interesting that on Congolese singer Fally Ipupa's Tokoos album, that one of his tracks that utilized more traditional Congolese influences "Eloko Oyo" got the most Youtube attention. Ipupa used to be in Congolese rumba/soukus bands but tried to crossover with this album with more autotuned vocals, afrop beats and guests like Wizkid.

http://afropop.org/articles/tokooos

The flip side of international success? Fally has taken a direct hit from the Congolese community for his new album. Many are saying he is selling out, that he has compromised his originality in order to follow everyone else. However Fally is fully convinced that he always has a unique touch. And given the success of his single “Eloko Oyo,” with its 21 million views on YouTube in five months, he is right. This is a record for an artist coming from a Congolese rumba background. But this is nothing compared to the goals he has in mind.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 3 February 2018 23:14 (seven months ago) Permalink

that song is really nice:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4KNVT2w0mU

rob, Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:14 (seven months ago) Permalink

Someone listed Ipupa's Eloko Oyo on their end of year faves on the 2017 Rolling Afropop thread. Sorry I forgot who.

curmudgeon, Monday, 5 February 2018 15:29 (seven months ago) Permalink

I'm not sure whether this ought to go on Outernational, Global dance or this thread, but the Nyege Nyege Tapes label has music on it that sounds unlike anything I've ever heard:

https://nyegenyegetapes.bandcamp.com/

Fantastic cover design too. Nihiloxica appears to be a group of drummers and a synth player making this dark Ugandan techno racket which in my own limited knowledge could only be compared to things like the GQom Oh! stuff from SA, but not really like that. The Sounds of Sisso comp is crazy, and again provides a nice Ugandan analogue to the frenetic, helium-paced Shangaan electro style.

Badgers (dog latin), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 10:14 (seven months ago) Permalink

Don’t think anyone has mentioned Nyege Nyege on the global dance thread, although that seems the best place for it

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 6 February 2018 17:44 (seven months ago) Permalink

I'm really interested by these Ugandan artists on Nyege Nyege, sounds like a cool mix of trad drums and electronic sounds. I guess the Otim Alpha thing would be Shangaan.

Nabozo, Tuesday, 6 February 2018 17:52 (seven months ago) Permalink

And let's post a single from Makaveli, that is like sped-up shangaan with spoken-word rap and other cool sounds.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tonm1HYRxHk
Great no?

Nabozo, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 20:02 (seven months ago) Permalink

https://i.imgur.com/bsFp78u.jpg

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 22:15 (seven months ago) Permalink

that is going in my EOY I can already tell

Badgers (dog latin), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 23:28 (seven months ago) Permalink

Funny you should say EOY:

https://m.soundcloud.com/dj_michy/craze-sololo-ft-orezi-x-mystro

CaZe ft. Orezi & Mystro “Sololo”.

Total knock-out.

breastcrawl, Friday, 9 February 2018 16:06 (seven months ago) Permalink

Mystro also produced Orezi’s own new single “Whine For Daddy”, which features Tekno. Should do well in the Caribbean too.

https://youtu.be/XT2oBKtABms

breastcrawl, Friday, 9 February 2018 16:15 (seven months ago) Permalink

woah at whatever the hell happens 90 seconds into "Nammiliki"!

Sololo is also very nice

rob, Friday, 9 February 2018 16:26 (seven months ago) Permalink

This one is classic Davido sweet
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-ngDUlekTE

Another sweet one
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIYipEOsGTM

And here's Wizkid, I love this song but I don't understand from when it was (late 2017 I guess, they just made a remix).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qx9k2k6Ag5c

And since ILM likes him
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcUdwBK5Ma0

Go Down (Alade) is good. Your Body (Wizkid) is good.

Nabozo, Sunday, 11 February 2018 15:14 (seven months ago) Permalink

Nabozo, “Without You” is a 2015 song by LK Kuddy ft. Yung6ix. The remix with Wizkid dropped early 2016. Is “Your Body” the one with Akon? ‘Cause that would be “For You” from Wizzy’s 2014 Ayo album. Lots of mislabelling going on out there!

This one is very recent though, the latest installment in Wizzy’s Killertunes trilogy, after “Opoju” with DJ Spinall and “Manya” with Mut4y:

https://youtu.be/VYawNmc3m0s

DJ Jimmy Jatt ft. Wizkid, “Oshe” (produced by Killertunes)

breastcrawl, Monday, 12 February 2018 09:55 (seven months ago) Permalink

Another thing: that Sounds of Sisso compilation is all Tanzanian stuff, not Ugandan (that includes the Makaveli track posted above).
https://nyegenyegetapes.bandcamp.com/album/sounds-of-sisso
Nyege Nyege Tapes, the label, is based in Kampala, but they aim to release “outsider music from around the region and beyond”.

Anyway, a lot of good stuff on there. In their relentlessness and piling on of chipmunk and other sound effects some tracks remind me of those crazy Ball J productions from the azonto era at times.

breastcrawl, Monday, 12 February 2018 10:11 (seven months ago) Permalink

Very sad news from Ghana: rising star Ebony (or Ebony Reigns as she was also known) died in a road accident last Thursday. She had just released her debut album a month ago.

Her big hit last year, “Sponsor”:
https://youtu.be/4DBPLxbjads

And her current one, “Maame Hw3”:
https://youtu.be/d8cJoGtU660

breastcrawl, Monday, 12 February 2018 10:28 (seven months ago) Permalink

thanks for clearing that up breastcrawl didn't realise it was Tanzanian

Badgers (dog latin), Monday, 12 February 2018 12:17 (seven months ago) Permalink

Shaku Shaku time!

Twin record with “Legbegbe” >>>
Idowest ft. Dammy Krane & Slimcase, “Omo Shepeteri”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrdlrp4yKAw

Slightly older, but essential >>>
Zlatan ft. Olamide, “My Body”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4mSuYyCDy0

Even older, was this the first one? >>>
Kyla Cole, “Shaku Shaku”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1JwIm79BXo

Brand new, super lit >>>
Super Wavey Records, “Kpano”:
https://soundcloud.com/freemedigital/super-wavey-records-kpano-prod-jaga-bantu-moor

Jumping the bandwagon >>>
D’Banj ft. Slimcase & Mr Real, “Issa Banger”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6M_nGSyg1pM

Biggest record in Nigeria right now >>>
Olamide, “Science Student”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WimJP1SDa4I

breastcrawl, Monday, 12 February 2018 22:54 (seven months ago) Permalink

This is from last year but I did not see any mention of HE3B on the 2017 thread. I think these two tracks are pretty good:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alPUrD2w-jw&list=PL6zyXmG5g9xEeh0mQJVlo1Iovr0ITin6S

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O31DaWeRyyY

daavid, Tuesday, 13 February 2018 18:34 (seven months ago) Permalink

First embed doesn't seem to be working. Let's try again

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alPUrD2w-jw&list=PL6zyXmG5g9xEeh0mQJVlo1Iovr0ITin6S

daavid, Tuesday, 13 February 2018 18:35 (seven months ago) Permalink

Anyway, it's called "Be Mine"

daavid, Tuesday, 13 February 2018 18:36 (seven months ago) Permalink

this is probably the best song I listened this year

https://youtu.be/m99Wmv7gU2A

Nourry, Friday, 16 February 2018 20:59 (seven months ago) Permalink

Wow, that is fantastic! I want to sample that breakdown and make a house banger out of it!

(This is about “Mariana” by Nelson Freitas, by the way. Including track info when posting is much appreciated. Makes it easier to search, and YouTube links often disappear over time as well. )

breastcrawl, Saturday, 17 February 2018 01:32 (seven months ago) Permalink

YT is terribly impractical for exploring new stuff, especially since they personalized suggestions by filling them with your latest listens. There's a few mass playlists that are regularly updated, but not enough great songs to sit through them.

Nabozo, Saturday, 17 February 2018 10:52 (seven months ago) Permalink

I apologize for the lack of information. i thought that the caption would appear, but it didn't, i don't know why.
i'm kinda addicted to "Mariana". Nelson Freitas is really big in Portugal, although I never payed much attention to his music until this one came up.

Nourry, Saturday, 17 February 2018 16:25 (seven months ago) Permalink

More Nigerian heavies:

One of the biggest tracks of the year, Burna Boy’s “Ye”, finally has a video: https://youtu.be/lPe09eE6Xio

It’s been called Nigeria’s “new national anthem”.

And... Yemi Alade just dropped her best single** in quite a while, “Oh My Gosh”. Great new sound by DJ Coublon! https://youtu.be/GdIe0cX8etk

** Amazingly, Black Magic standout track and ILM EOY favourite “Mon Lo” still hasn’t received the video treatment.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 9 August 2018 19:17 (one month ago) Permalink

This just in as well, and it’s huge:

Idowest ft. Davido • Ji Masun:

https://youtu.be/omUJoVKPWEw

This is Idowest’s first single for Davido’s DMW label. The mainstreaming of shaku shaku and the ongoing incorporation of gqom leads to spectacular results. In-house producer Fresh VDM raises to the challenge and comes up with his best production yet. Listen to that percussion!

(Also further proof that in 2018 Davido is so much more enjoyable as a featured artist)

breastcrawl, Thursday, 9 August 2018 20:00 (one month ago) Permalink

Speaking of the devil...

https://youtu.be/WEA9EB7Q5RY

Davido • Nwa Baby

breastcrawl, Friday, 10 August 2018 09:00 (one month ago) Permalink

...and there’s a surprise on the Ciara thread...

breastcrawl, Friday, 10 August 2018 11:11 (one month ago) Permalink

(warning: spoilers ahead)

breastcrawl, Friday, 10 August 2018 11:14 (one month ago) Permalink

https://youtu.be/NSIDTlG6bbs

https://youtu.be/2gIHj8stIGo

breastcrawl, Friday, 10 August 2018 11:14 (one month ago) Permalink

(Ciara ft. Tekno • Freak Me)

breastcrawl, Friday, 10 August 2018 11:15 (one month ago) Permalink

(...or as it was known in a previous incarnation, “Before Nko” by Tiwa Savage ft. D’Prince:
https://youtu.be/IeasOeUgkA8 )

breastcrawl, Friday, 10 August 2018 21:54 (one month ago) Permalink

Also, the new DJ Maphorisa bangs hard: https://youtu.be/_XVOf9Md7aM

(DJ Maphorisa ft. Bontle Smith, Lady Du & Zingah • More Than That)

breastcrawl, Monday, 13 August 2018 16:51 (one month ago) Permalink

Following up on “Ji Masun”, a couple more good shagqom shagqom jams:

Zoro ft. Slowdog • Away Match:
https://youtu.be/j-MtZuTR_b4

Oshak ft. MzKiss • Sho Mo Age Mi Ni?: https://youtu.be/SjrcXuIskNM

Omawumi ft. DJ Spinall & Slimcase • Malowa (produced by Killertunes!):
https://youtu.be/WX8KTueg_As

Mofe Boyo ft. DJ Fem & Snagxy • Ololo: https://open.spotify.com/track/6cUbkeItkqcf92xmJkYjG9?si=XTtQl8ahQOyahF-MCwGmPg

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 21:07 (one month ago) Permalink

Afro B’s “Drogba (Joanna)” has been massive all year, but didn’t have a video until now:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YqecbxSr4A

The track has several official remixes, including one with Wizkid, but I’m posting the “New Africa” one, since it came up on the Popcaan thread. It features Kidi, Mayorkun, Kuami Eugene and Dutch rapper/singer Frenna, who’s of Ghanaian descent:

https://open.spotify.com/track/2Quilvy2PSXswv8SnTFnjl?si=ASFKa8bEQL-UbzhJt24xLg

(I couldn’t find a YouTube - it is on SoundCloud, but “not available in [my] country”)

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 22 August 2018 15:18 (one month ago) Permalink

Mayorkun’s followup to “Bobo” is
producer Northboi’s followup to “Soco”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Co56ohAKMfA

Mayorkun • Posh

He dropped this simultaneously:

https://youtu.be/WEhfwP_OdWU

Mayorkun • Fantasy (produced by Kiddominant)

breastcrawl, Thursday, 23 August 2018 07:28 (one month ago) Permalink

Double dose of SA house:

DJ Mshega ft. Lady Zamar • The End:
https://youtu.be/VLmnkqR2P0E

Bucie ft. Mpumi • Soz’ Uphinde:
https://youtu.be/2H-KZLXnkCY

(Fans of Sun-El Musician might possibly like these)

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 29 August 2018 07:06 (four weeks ago) Permalink

i...

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

has Google totalled fucked this? this music is afroBEAT from the 70s, rather than afroBEATS (unless i'm totally out of it)..

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 29 August 2018 15:02 (four weeks ago) Permalink

The End is terribly classy, lush, and epic without being overboard epic.
I'm glad to like SA house for the prod alone, case of the other one.

New Prince Kaybee feat. Busiswa. Does not disappoint.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3M9lmguqnQc

A SA one with Niniola, to discover:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFd2CHNOD-c

Nabozo, Wednesday, 29 August 2018 15:20 (four weeks ago) Permalink

And for a follow-up on that MIDH label (madoras in da house) and although it totally belongs to a deep house thread:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3Fe4wzWGEY
and a dub version of another one of his/theirs (original is from 2014)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKU1ZTpVeTw
sounds like some of the best house to my ears

Nabozo, Wednesday, 29 August 2018 15:59 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Damn, “Banomoya” is sensational!

“Monini” has been posted already. Niniola is obviously very much in demand in SA, post-“Maradona”. She’s also featured, along with Ntombi, on the new Heavy K, “Let Them Talk”:

https://youtu.be/6ICWCqVuuxw

(Heavy’s album has been announced for September)

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 29 August 2018 16:41 (four weeks ago) Permalink

xps

Yep - unless the Google Ass is so smart that it new he MEANT to say “Play me some Afrobeat[-track]s”.

That playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/thesoundsofspotify/playlist/1pkTiB2M94dKQLcG3K5z4t?si=ZAnHDIw_SPi7WV0KA6R4fw

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 29 August 2018 16:42 (four weeks ago) Permalink

it *knew*

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 29 August 2018 16:48 (four weeks ago) Permalink

lol wtf are they doing

Boyega even apparently pulled strings to get a WizKid song into Pacific Rim II

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 29 August 2018 17:27 (four weeks ago) Permalink

"Banoyama" and "Monini" are outstanding, thanks!

sean gramophone, Thursday, 30 August 2018 14:05 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I know some people have professed their love for the portuguese side of Africa (Angola mainly) or were hoping to hear more from the french-speaking side. But it's crazy how Nigeria and South Africa are the two dominant poles. I'm wondering if it'd make sense to have a 2019 thread for each (pole), collabs allowed on both. I guess it's just that afropop/beats does not mean so much in SA, and that term sort of orients the content we post in this thread (obviously), to the detriment of other African musical veins.
Thoughts ?

Nabozo, Thursday, 30 August 2018 16:59 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I have thought about suggesting that exact kind of thread split as my lack of participation itt is usually due to recs I don't recognize piling up unlistened + a general sense of not following the SA stuff as much as the Nigerian/Ghanaian stuff (let alone the rest of the continent). I never did though because the user base is so small I worried balkanizing the thread would just reduce participation further. Also not sure what to do with the non-polar stuff--a third thread?

rob, Thursday, 30 August 2018 17:04 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Also it's amazing the number of iconic songs Busiswa has lent her voice to. There should be a wiki article about her particular style of... toasting. I think that style contributes a lot to those hits that are neither entirely house (where you have a diva singing) or pop (again, sung).

Nabozo, Thursday, 30 August 2018 17:10 (three weeks ago) Permalink

And to answer you rob, maybe keep a general afropop thread (afrobeats + others), and then have a specialized offshoot for SA afro-house / gqom, and all things African that aren't pop hits (by which I mean the pop hits that go from r&b to pop to dancehall), including things that are too "complex" or mellow to be called pop. Not implying a de facto dismissive judgment of afrobeats.
Hopefully, most people would be happy to contribute to both and it would rather encourage participation.

Nabozo, Thursday, 30 August 2018 17:19 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I definitely think it's worth trying!

This advice gets tossed out a lot as a panacea to any ILM ill, but it would also make sense to have a few more focused threads. I think a lot of the flack the rolling threads used to get was off-base, but I wonder if they exert a kind of gravity on emerging artists that prevents them from getting their own threads even after they've become really established--like it's weird there's no Wizkid or Yemi Alade or Busiswa threads, but it's also hard to feel any urgency right this minute to start them

rob, Thursday, 30 August 2018 17:25 (three weeks ago) Permalink

this. also keep to get the house music covered more

Scritti Vanilli - The Word Girl You Know It's True (dog latin), Thursday, 30 August 2018 17:32 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Hmmm. I guess it's worth a try but I'm not exactly certain that we need two threads. I like being able to open one and feel like I'm not missing out on something elsewhere, lol. I already feel like there would be more soca action on this board if we posted soca in the dancehall thread instead of splitting it off. But this is mostly a question of convenience, since I've been so busy lately that I haven't had the time to contribute much myself in any of these threads. Would it be an idea to try to find a new, more precise and inclusive title for next year's rolling afro thread?

I do think Wizkid in 2018 would deserve his own thread though. He has been on fire throughout the year.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 30 August 2018 18:10 (three weeks ago) Permalink

(fwiw longneck I was thinking of combining the soca and dancehall threads next year)

rob, Thursday, 30 August 2018 18:17 (three weeks ago) Permalink

taking my own advice: Wizkid (aka Starboy)

rob, Thursday, 30 August 2018 18:25 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Obviously, trying to cover a whole continent’s (well, the sub-Saharan part of it anyway) pop music (in the broadest sense) with all its different genres has always been a pretty ridiculous endeavour to begin with, but such is the state of ILM. An I Love African Music board would have dozens of threads by genre, country, artist, song, album etc, but with the user base here being so small I’m not sure what would be the best way to go about it.

On Spotify I maintain separate playlists for Nigerian, Ghanaian, South African, East African, Francophone, Lusophone, and “other” West African tracks. Even though this is still very generalised and reductive, it would probably be much too “balkanised” for ILM.

If a separation needs to be made, I guess of the suggestions so far nabozo’s second one, of an offshoot for SA afrohouse and gqom and other less poppy stuff, makes the most sense to me. (That would imply that a SA rap joint would “belong” on the general afropop thread, no?)

[Counterpoint: even if the house and gqom might feel different, they actually overlap quite organically with Angolan kuduro, Nigerian shagqom shagqom (yes, I’m trying to make this a thing!) etc.]

So yeah, I have no idea whether this would work better in terms of participation, but maybe it’s worth a try? It’s not like there’s a lot of traction now, unfortunately.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 30 August 2018 22:00 (three weeks ago) Permalink

The soca scene is becoming huge in Bristol and various other cities in the UK, which is unusual because it's not known for its Trini population.

FWIW I'm absolutely loving Eddy Kenzo's 'Gear Lever', an EOY track for me

If any of you fancy sharing your Spotty playlists, I'd love to hear them

Scritti Vanilli - The Word Girl You Know It's True (dog latin), Friday, 31 August 2018 09:50 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Spotify playlist: ILM rolling Afropop / Afrobeats 2018🕸

On my account [which you can access through the above playlist] I have several other public playlists with tracks per year on a country / region basis that I constantly update. Feel free to follow!

breastcrawl, Friday, 31 August 2018 11:23 (three weeks ago) Permalink

ah cool i didn't realise we were continuing with those. fantastic!

Scritti Vanilli - The Word Girl You Know It's True (dog latin), Friday, 31 August 2018 12:31 (three weeks ago) Permalink

What do you mean? The ILM Rolling playlist is an ongoing thing obviously, the other playlists are my own.

breastcrawl, Friday, 31 August 2018 16:31 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Just noticed that a) by copying the post, I killed the link to the Rolling playlist
b) Spotify doesn’t show your public playlists in a useful way through this kind of link anyway

So: once again, here is our ILM rolling Afropop / Afrobeats 2018 playlist

(now also including Angolan megabanger “Sem Maldades” by Os Santiagos!)

breastcrawl, Saturday, 1 September 2018 12:52 (three weeks ago) Permalink

...and here is a direct link to my Spotify profile page, from where it should be easy to link through to my various (mainly) Afropop-themed public playlists: You can click that link here.

breastcrawl, Saturday, 1 September 2018 12:55 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Not got time to look through thread but I hope people npticed that Youssou N'Dour got a gig in the Proms this year. It's on BBC4 now so will be on iplayer I assume. Started at 11 and goes on to I think 12.30am

Stevolende, Friday, 7 September 2018 22:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

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

||||||||, Monday, 10 September 2018 17:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Lol I came here to ask if it'd been posted already. Successful collab.

Nabozo, Thursday, 13 September 2018 15:19 (one week ago) Permalink

And of course there is now also this thread:

Wizkid aka Starry

breastcrawl, Thursday, 13 September 2018 20:28 (one week ago) Permalink

Wizkid aka Starboy

breastcrawl, Thursday, 13 September 2018 20:28 (one week ago) Permalink

Good things come in pairs:

Two by/with DJ Sumbody:

“Monate Mpolaye” feat. Cassper Nyovest, Thebe & Vettis, his follow-up to “Ayepyep”:

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

...and “Hoana Ho” by Calvin Fallo x DJ Sumbody ft. Carlo & Liquid Metsi:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyrvsS9xRiY

breastcrawl, Thursday, 13 September 2018 20:31 (one week ago) Permalink

And two by Olamide with his new best producer friend Killertunes:

the mighty “Motigbana”, one of the biggest songs in Nigeria right now:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DR5dPcoIjOQ

...and the brand new “Logba Logba”, a song that feels magical to me, sure to be in my EOY top 10:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZV4O1Yjik8

(in the past 12 months Killertunes has given us Yeba + Manya + Oshe + Nowo + Bobo + Baba + Fake Love + Motigbana + Logba Logba = truly Shabalistica!)

breastcrawl, Thursday, 13 September 2018 20:33 (one week ago) Permalink

https://2minuteshowersongs.com/

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 19 September 2018 17:12 (one week ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yvv7bzTe1Y

Niniola • Bana

breastcrawl, Saturday, 22 September 2018 15:49 (four days ago) Permalink

And oh, hello NJxSA shagqom shagqom interzone!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mcpeSB80aM

Mr. Real ft. DJ Maphorisa x Niniola x Vista x DJ Catzico • Legbegbe (Remix)

breastcrawl, Saturday, 22 September 2018 15:59 (four days ago) Permalink

finally listening to the Busiswa album and it's soooo good wow. one of the best things i've heard all year

ufo, Sunday, 23 September 2018 00:26 (three days ago) Permalink

Like Bana

There's a Major Lazer / Burna Boy that I feel felt just short of doing something truly great, misses a chorus
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IW4KbVdISps&index=9

Nabozo, Monday, 24 September 2018 08:52 (two days ago) Permalink

This being end of September, I wonder if it'd be time to look back and have a fun top 12 tracks of the year so far.
So that we all catch up to the things we've missed before the end of the year :)

Nabozo, Monday, 24 September 2018 15:37 (two days ago) Permalink


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