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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:


And Tiwa Savage's Ma Lo:

Also, the latest Davidos:


Like Dat:

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 12:52 (six 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):


Teni, “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”:

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

TeeQ Bello, “Shaku Shaku”:

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

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

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:

Mayorkun, “Che Che”

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


Vision DJ ft. Miyaki & VVIP, “Chuku”:

Produced by the wonderful GuiltyBeatz.

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

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:

Kidi ft. TNeeya & Kuame Eugene

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


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

Prime Gqom.

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

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:

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

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


ExQ feat. Killer T, “Nhema”:

Very much 2017, but such a banger.

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

And hey, there’s a new Tekno!

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

…which came hot on the heels of this one:

Tekno feat. Wizkid, “Mama”.

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

I also love Che Che, btw!

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 5 January 2018 20:31 (six 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.

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

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

Finally something new. Thanks.

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

those kids are dope

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

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

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

Since it's a new thread, might be ok if I post my favorite Sauti Sol from a few years back:

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

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

This track goes hard!

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


human and working on getting beer (longneck), Sunday, 21 January 2018 22:25 (five 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:

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

Reekado Banks, Tiwa Savage & Fiokee - Like

light and breezy

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

Enjoying this:

Flavour - Baby Na Yoka

Badgers (dog latin), Monday, 29 January 2018 14:15 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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.

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 (five months ago) Permalink

that song is really nice:

rob, Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:14 (five 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 (five 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:

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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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.
Great no?

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

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

that is going in my EOY I can already tell

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

Funny you should say EOY:

CaZe ft. Orezi & Mystro “Sololo”.

Total knock-out.

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

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

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

This one is classic Davido sweet

Another sweet one

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).

And since ILM likes him

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

Nabozo, Sunday, 11 February 2018 15:14 (five 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:

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

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

Another thing: that Sounds of Sisso compilation is all Tanzanian stuff, not Ugandan (that includes the Makaveli track posted above).
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 (five 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”:

And her current one, “Maame Hw3”:

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

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

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

Shaku Shaku time!

Twin record with “Legbegbe” >>>
Idowest ft. Dammy Krane & Slimcase, “Omo Shepeteri”:

Slightly older, but essential >>>
Zlatan ft. Olamide, “My Body”:

Even older, was this the first one? >>>
Kyla Cole, “Shaku Shaku”:

Brand new, super lit >>>
Super Wavey Records, “Kpano”:

Jumping the bandwagon >>>
D’Banj ft. Slimcase & Mr Real, “Issa Banger”:

Biggest record in Nigeria right now >>>
Olamide, “Science Student”:

breastcrawl, Monday, 12 February 2018 22:54 (five 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:

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

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

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

Anyway, it's called "Be Mine"

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

this is probably the best song I listened this year

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

It's been 10 days so it's appropriate to update the thread
Patoranking has one that sounds quite positive to me, if not quite "suh different". Eugy has one too with that signature prod (Tick Tock). Iyanya has a light retro one called Biko. And finally a Marley-Olamide-Kesh collab called Issa Goal.
I don't know if it's because I haven't listened to afrobeats in a short while, but that is a good string of songs.

In other news, Davido has money (and a song of his own). Tiwa Savage had the good taste to make a remix and a new video for Get it now. Has anyone posted Legbegbe ? There's something about songs about phones. Those two songs have 2M plays each.

Peace out

Nabozo, Thursday, 3 May 2018 14:03 (two months ago) Permalink

Was Was really enjoying Ebony's 'Sponsor' so I searched the thread and Oh no, RIP :-( :-(

brand new universal harvester (dog latin), Thursday, 3 May 2018 14:04 (two months ago) Permalink

Yes, it’s really sad, so much promise. She was extensively mourned on a Ghanaian award show I caught on livestream recently. I play her album quite a lot. She has a beautiful voice. “Date Ur Fada” is quite the anthem too, thanks in no small part to its wtf chorus.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 3 May 2018 20:51 (two months ago) Permalink

About that new Davido, “Assurance” - a change of producer, but he just won’t let go of that formula... Sounds a bit uninspired to my ears. This is the video:

breastcrawl, Thursday, 3 May 2018 21:15 (two months ago) Permalink

This is the shit though: DJ Spinall ft. Kiss Daniel, “Baba”. Killertunes knows no bounds!
Good to see Kiss starting to do some mingling now that he’s ran out of his contract with the G-Worldwide label, that had a no-outside-collabs/features rule. The legal battle is still ongoing though, afaik.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 3 May 2018 21:27 (two months ago) Permalink

Another artist with label “issues” is
Runtown. This article is probably the most detailed report I’ve seen of some of the incredible shadiness that goes on in the Naija music scene:

breastcrawl, Thursday, 3 May 2018 21:39 (two months ago) Permalink

Agree that Assurance sounds slightly uninspired.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 3 May 2018 22:05 (two months ago) Permalink

Looking for delicious chilled out afro-inflected house music for sunny days. Essentially, what else sounds like Akanamali? I know a bit of Auntie Flo and Sdunkero etc but what else can I check out?

brand new universal harvester (dog latin), Friday, 4 May 2018 11:21 (two months ago) Permalink

Professor, Kaybee, Lady Zamar, Heavy K, Maphorisa, Black Motion, Ganyani... to be honest, a lot of South African house has this sound, so you can dig.

Nabozo, Friday, 4 May 2018 12:31 (two months ago) Permalink

Sort of expanding on my last two posts here: Try to imagine what a Killertunes-produced Runtown record would sound like. Now imagine Wizkid and Duncan Mighty singing it…

Starboy feat. Duncan Mighty & Wizkid, “Fake Love”

Nothing better than this.

breastcrawl, Friday, 4 May 2018 20:24 (two months ago) Permalink

So good.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 4 May 2018 20:29 (two months ago) Permalink

Oh, and Wizkid dropped a track with Olamide today as well, also very good (duh), but I can have only one song on endless repeat:
Olamide x Wizkid, “Kana” (produced by Legendury Beatz)

(Actually it’s interesting how O and W both sing in a different voice/key here than they’re used to)

breastcrawl, Friday, 4 May 2018 20:39 (two months ago) Permalink

xps to dog latin:
Of the ones Nabozo mentioned Prince Kaybee seems like a particularly good reference/starting point. His older stuff, things like “Don’t Give Up”, might be in the vein you’re looking for.
(the vocal version, with Lady Zamar)
(instrumental version as featured on the Better Days album).
You can contrast it with his current smash “Club Controller”, which is in the much harder, stuttering (can’t come up with a better descriptor rn, sorry) gqom style that’s current now. Gqom (search: Distruction Boyz, Babes Wodumo) is all kinds of wonderful, but “delicious chilled out afro-inflected house music” it most definitely ain’t. The same contrast exists between older and current Maphorisa (/Uhuru). Ganyani and Black Motion (and Black Coffee too) are reliably afro-house though. Professor and Heavy K are both fantastic, but maybe not quite chilled out enough? If you’re not that familiar with SA house in its many incarnations, I’d say try all of these and see where it leads you.

breastcrawl, Friday, 4 May 2018 23:17 (two months ago) Permalink

meant to post this link for the instrumental “Don’t Give Up”:

breastcrawl, Friday, 4 May 2018 23:20 (two months ago) Permalink

If the category was “mind-blowingly gorgeous music from South Africa”, this might possibly fit: 

Zinaro ft. JB (of Thee Legacy) & Dust, “Dali Wami (Reloaded)”

breastcrawl, Sunday, 6 May 2018 11:56 (two months ago) Permalink

fake love is unseemly

||||||||, Sunday, 6 May 2018 11:59 (two months ago) Permalink

There you go again, ||||||||, confusing me, as a non-native English speaker, with your one-word reviews. I’m assuming “unseemly” is high praise, just like I’d hazard “steady” was for “Akwaaba”, but please correct me if I’ve misunderstood.

breastcrawl, Sunday, 6 May 2018 12:29 (two months ago) Permalink

yeah sorry, it's really good

||||||||, Sunday, 6 May 2018 12:42 (two months ago) Permalink

Haha, it’s all good. I’m glad we agree. (Actually, I now retroactively feel “unseemly” does it much more justice than just “very good”)

breastcrawl, Sunday, 6 May 2018 12:55 (two months ago) Permalink

or “really good” even

breastcrawl, Sunday, 6 May 2018 12:59 (two months ago) Permalink

New Wande Coal, “So Mi So”, produced by Juls:

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 8 May 2018 17:37 (two months ago) Permalink

Tiwa Savage with a Wizzy vibe on the Spellz-produced “Tiwa’s Vibe”:

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 8 May 2018 17:51 (two months ago) Permalink

Video for “Fake Love” is out:

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 15 May 2018 20:19 (two months ago) Permalink

Good profile on Davido:

breastcrawl, Saturday, 19 May 2018 09:15 (one month ago) Permalink

The girl from Dumi hi phone has a new song, quite a lot better, sounds a lot like Busiswa but I like those gqom songs more on the fun side, it's something to explore. Sho Madjozi - Huku.

Nabozo, Tuesday, 22 May 2018 17:07 (one month ago) Permalink

Yeah, that’s a good track. I posted it a month ago!

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 22 May 2018 17:26 (one month ago) Permalink

I’ve been maintaining a Spotify playlist for this thread. Here it is, for fun and reference: ILM rolling Afropop / Afrobeats 2018. (I included some of the older tracks mentioned by people as well.)

Most everything is in fact on Spotify. Of the current stuff, most notably absent are the Nyege Nyege Tapes releases, the Os Santiego track, Efya & Mr Eazi’s “Mame (Give Me)”, and Maphorisa x Raybel’s “iWalk ye Phara” - and then there’s the non-authorized Wizkid stuff, which (I suspect) is subject to an ongoing tug-of-war with RCA. “Lagos Vibes” is there now, posing as a Starboy track, but no such luck for the Ty Dollar $ign collab.

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 23 May 2018 20:14 (one month ago) Permalink

Nice! Thanks!

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 20:20 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm not super-familiar with Afrobeat, but I found this by accident on Spotify and can't seem to stop playing it

Chuck_Tatum, Thursday, 24 May 2018 10:38 (one month ago) Permalink

afropop, i mean

Chuck_Tatum, Thursday, 24 May 2018 10:38 (one month ago) Permalink

What do you all think of this? Some hard n heavy beats from West Country boys Boa Kusasa with Nigerian artist Magugu. I got to catch them the other day and they ripped it up

Hire Planes (dog latin), Thursday, 24 May 2018 11:25 (one month ago) Permalink

for fun and beause it's trending

Nabozo, Tuesday, 29 May 2018 09:43 (one month ago) Permalink

Saw Burna Boy at the Howard Theatre in DC. He had a band with a good backing woman singer plus a dj adding programmed and backing tracks as well. He was energetic but soundperson didn't have his voice high enough in the mix. The show lost some of the occasional subtlety and tunefulness his studio versions offer.

curmudgeon, Monday, 4 June 2018 18:18 (one month ago) Permalink

so what if it's penalty ISSA GOAL

||||||||, Saturday, 16 June 2018 08:40 (one month ago) Permalink

Keep it going!

breastcrawl, Saturday, 16 June 2018 10:49 (one month ago) Permalink

Two from South Africa:

This is great:

Mobi Dixon ft. Nichume, DJ Tira & Kwesta, “Visa”

Every good party has an afterparty: “Club Controller”, the remix:

(It adds Mpumi, Nokwazi, Bucie and Busiswa to the mix, for starters. The version on Spotify is almost 9 minutes!)

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 26 June 2018 18:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

so what if it's penalty ISSA GOAL

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 26 June 2018 19:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I had heard - and loved - the Club Controller Remix, but not Visa, which is equally awesome if not better. Thanks, acrobat!

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 26 June 2018 20:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

More acrobatics!

Two from East Africa:

This is gorgeous:
Eddy Kenzo • Your Value

So is this:
Ben Pol ft. Kizz Daniel • Zai

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 27 June 2018 08:23 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Kana (Olamide / Wizkid / Legendury Beatz) is classic new Starboy style

Nabozo, Wednesday, 27 June 2018 12:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I am bang on board with this surprisingly pretty, accessible bit of Gqom soul

Master KG - Skeleton Move

Gâteau Superstar (dog latin), Tuesday, 3 July 2018 12:59 (one week ago) Permalink

Profesor Jay ft. Sholo Mwamba - Kazi Kazi

Singeli music from Tanzania

Gâteau Superstar (dog latin), Tuesday, 3 July 2018 15:16 (one week ago) Permalink

I guess for many of us Singeli is a discovery so I allow myself to post something that isn't new
It's interesting to compare to the "traditional" speed that is less hectic (than Makaveli) but sweeter.
There's a 500+ playlist on YT, don't really know where else to find this stuff (except in Tanzania of course)

Nabozo, Tuesday, 3 July 2018 16:58 (one week ago) Permalink

there's no trace of it on Spotify. Always disappointing when that happens cos I find YouTube hard to just relax and listen to

Gâteau Superstar (dog latin), Wednesday, 4 July 2018 07:48 (one week ago) Permalink

I like it! This guy does have a couple of tracks on Spotify, both from last year as well (“Kazi Kazi” is actually from 2016):

Dulla Makabila • Ujaulamba:

Mkubwa na Wanawe ft. Dulla Makabila • Ruba:

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 4 July 2018 21:18 (one week ago) Permalink

In Nigeria, Shaku Shaku is converging more and more with Gqomwave. I love what producer Benie Macaulay is doing with this. Three from him:

Benie Macaulay ft. DJ Yin • Shashe:

Crowd Kontroller ft. Niniola • Bam Bam:

DJ Nana ft. Zoro & Mr. Real • Normal Level:

Two other good tracks in this vein:

DJ Mewsic ft. Reminisce & Ola Dips • Taka Sufe:

Chief Obi • Kweku:

Note: this is just music evolving, good old cross-pollination. No one’s feeling locked in, it’s not a case of diminishing returns, as was suggested upthread. It’s the Big Bad Naija Music Machine fueling itself with whatever it sets its sights on, it’s people getting inspired and being creative - same as it ever was. And the beat goes on...

breastcrawl, Sunday, 8 July 2018 20:36 (one week ago) Permalink

Interesting article about Shaku Shaku and drug culture:

I wasn’t aware of the (codeine/protein) “Diet” controversy. That song is also notable for being a post-“Maradona” Sarz production:

DJ Enimoney ft. Slimcase, Reminisce & Tiwa Savage •  Diet

breastcrawl, Sunday, 8 July 2018 20:49 (one week ago) Permalink

In better news, this dropped today as well:

DJ Fortee ft. Niniola • Monini

(and there’s also the Crowd Kontroller track I posted last week)

breastcrawl, Friday, 13 July 2018 15:37 (three days ago) Permalink

Ladies with an attitude:

Shan'L La Kinda • Tchizambengué:

Aya Nakamura • Djadja:

(Shan'L is from Gabon, Aya is French, but also emphatically Malian - one of her recent singles was a tribute to Oumou Sangaré. “Djadja” is a pop smash in France and beyond.)

Fellows that are in the mood:

Creme De La Creme ft. Tribeless & The Kansoul • Kufa Juu:

Timmy Tdat ft. The Kansoul • Tunakubali:

(from Kenya - the second one is actually from 2015, but it does fit the… mood)

breastcrawl, Saturday, 14 July 2018 17:23 (two days ago) Permalink

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