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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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three months ago) Permalink

I also love Che Che, btw!

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

Finally something new. Thanks.

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

those kids are dope

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

indeed!

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

that song is really nice:

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

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

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

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

that is going in my EOY I can already tell

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

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

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

Anyway, it's called "Be Mine"

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

this is probably the best song I listened this year

https://youtu.be/m99Wmv7gU2A

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

that's awesome

they call me melo gelo (Spottie), Tuesday, 20 March 2018 03:04 (one month ago) Permalink

Proper video for “Akwaaba” is out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHjV0kzFKG8

(GuiltyBeatz feat. Mr Eazi, Pappy Kojo & Patapaa, “Akwaaba”)

breastcrawl, Friday, 23 March 2018 20:17 (four weeks ago) Permalink

(There's dancing)

breastcrawl, Friday, 23 March 2018 20:19 (four weeks ago) Permalink

2018's first official Summer Jam, btw

breastcrawl, Friday, 23 March 2018 20:31 (four weeks ago) Permalink

steady

||||||||, Friday, 23 March 2018 20:32 (four weeks ago) Permalink

???

breastcrawl, Friday, 23 March 2018 21:49 (four weeks ago) Permalink

I produce a bunch of data-generated playlists on Spotify, including a set based on the distinctive listening of countries. There hasn't been much African representation in this list, because Spotify hasn't been directly available in any African countries, but we just launched in South Africa, finally, and with a little tweaking of thresholds this week I was able to get lists for Ghana and Tanzania, as well. So, if you're interested:

Ghana: https://open.spotify.com/user/thesoundsofspotify/playlist/6zvs325lRproQd0Sd83oQg?si=k0tX616kT9mgp9Z0za4ehQ
South Africa: https://open.spotify.com/user/thesoundsofspotify/playlist/6KeYZIeYiElx86iOhDigH3?si=PMOriAFJTEWQ5kv7hsmHPw
Tanzania: https://open.spotify.com/user/thesoundsofspotify/playlist/56S93wwXTegxAuz9Np96zY?si=q4s8d5E9SgWqoD5v2BBK6g

glenn mcdonald, Friday, 23 March 2018 22:53 (four weeks ago) Permalink

I think this new Mayorkun (ft. Davido) track is pretty nice!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EitxN6DDN4

ahomka ginger, Wednesday, 28 March 2018 20:34 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Slimcase seems to be the man of the moment in Naija music. Here's an interview where he talks about Shaku Shaku (3:00), the meaning of "SaintSamiGanga" (4:23) and says he is the most featured Naija artist since December until today and he might be right.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5d2JDKgDoo

ahomka ginger, Wednesday, 28 March 2018 20:48 (three weeks ago) Permalink

There's this new Ghanaian artist with a song sounding like UK afroswing. The beat might be taken from "Barking" by Ramz, quite similar beat at least. Interesting to see how big impact this UK sound (Not3s, J Hus etc.) will have there.

Kwesi Arthur - The Anthem

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dW-i367I1Ro

ahomka ginger, Wednesday, 28 March 2018 21:10 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I think soundwise afrobeats is a bit locked-in. You can look towards America, Jamaica, UK, South Africa, retro African (trad, 90s or Antenna-levels party synths), but then you sound derivative and "interesting", and the next song you can come back to the central sound, even if every new idea there is quickly exhausted.
I think my favorite song of the year is still Soco (which has a video).
I'll be staying in South Africa for a while, so I soon get the opportunity to complain about them and third-rate distruction boyz songs too :)

Nabozo, Thursday, 29 March 2018 07:36 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Ha ha! Where in SA are you going to be staying? The whole Afro Bashment/Swing scene is still cool but it seems like all the best songs came at the beginning of it. It has settled in now but it doesn’t seem too exciting anymore.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 29 March 2018 08:57 (three weeks ago) Permalink

The trajectory reminds me of Mr Eazi’s. He’s still good, but there’s no magic in what he does anymore.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 29 March 2018 08:59 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Another excellent Sauti Sol track:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3oOJcyf7iA

daavid, Thursday, 29 March 2018 19:08 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I find this a baffling statement:

I think soundwise afrobeats is a bit locked-in. You can look towards America, Jamaica, UK, South Africa, retro African (trad, 90s or Antenna-levels party synths), but then you sound derivative and "interesting", and the next song you can come back to the central sound, even if every new idea there is quickly exhausted.
― Nabozo, donderdag 29 maart 2018 9:36

Mutatis mutandis and all that, but can’t this basically be said about all music ever?

Also, how are you defining “afrobeats” here? As Nigerian and/or Ghanaian contemporary pop music? African pop music in general? Just looking at Naija pop: At any given moment, there are several different strands of music that are popular simultaneously. Right now there’s pon pon, there’s shaku shaku, you have Simi, Olamide, “Soco”-phase Wizkid, Rudeboy, Niniola… - what’s the “central sound” here? (And that’s not accounting for the styles and genres that aren’t (currently) mainstream/on the charts.) All of this is evolving and shapeshifting continuously - influenced by factors both internal and external, indeed. What’s not to love?

breastcrawl, Thursday, 29 March 2018 21:13 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I agree with you on “Soco” though. Here’s that video you mentioned:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VrWaED18_g

breastcrawl, Thursday, 29 March 2018 21:15 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Oh right.. afroBEATS, I read that as afro swing. Sorry. Anyway, I agree w breastcrawl on this particular point. Last year was a bit samey w all the 98 bpm stuff but atm it feels less predictable.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 29 March 2018 21:41 (three weeks ago) Permalink

"Akwaaba", the Italian edition:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzadvC4D8Z0

Akiti Wrowro ft. GuiltyBeatz & DJ Kess, “Kokoti”

breastcrawl, Sunday, 1 April 2018 18:51 (three weeks ago) Permalink

It's true, it's constantly "evolving and shapeshifting", I just feel with a rather narrow margin for creativity, like any dance-pop music (what it is). Anyway my idea was only that looking towards established styles from other countries is not really a door leading to creativity for afrobeats, so I feel there's not much to hope from Nigeria receiving UK influences back or from copying South Africa for example. As for the "central" sound, I guess it's one of those "know it when you hear it" based on rhythms, vibe, melodies, vocal style etc.
And to answer longneck: Johannesburg :)

Nabozo, Tuesday, 3 April 2018 12:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink

And a brand new song from Ghana (KiDi - Adiepena)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YH8DAiSjmfA
And this one with old boy Sarkodie
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ag_ffZ-OV38

Nabozo, Friday, 6 April 2018 12:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

And WSTRN followed up on Ben Ova and it has Tiwa and Eazi.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07rVIVkKA58
What do you think ? It's alright but lacks punch / intensity imo.

Nabozo, Friday, 6 April 2018 13:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

https://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2018/04/04/599485289/my-friendship-with-janka-nabay-genius-of-bubu

Janka’s music doesn’t exactly fit this thread, but his use of programmed Sierra Leone born beats makes him kinda related. This NPR piece is by a guy who directed a video for Janka sometime after first hearing his music on a cassette brought back from S L.

curmudgeon, Friday, 6 April 2018 16:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I guess it's a bit late in the year for dec 2017 songs, but has anyone noticed that song by Burna Boy (koni baje) ? Actually the album came out this year (Outside)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9iW99DAs70

Nabozo, Monday, 9 April 2018 06:34 (one week ago) Permalink

No Skin Tight, but Mr Eazi / Efya with a decent song
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9y7phGL6Sl4

Nabozo, Friday, 13 April 2018 06:47 (one week ago) Permalink

I guess it's a bit late in the year for dec 2017 songs, but has anyone noticed that song by Burna Boy (koni baje) ? Actually the album came out this year (Outside)

I think I mentioned way upthread that imo Outside is fantastic. The first 5 tracks, including Koni Baje, are especially strong, with Ph City Vibration probably my favorite

rob, Friday, 13 April 2018 14:58 (one week ago) Permalink

The new Wizkid & Mut4y is awesome:
https://youtu.be/nUNe2svMR2A

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 13 April 2018 15:21 (one week ago) Permalink

Wizzy really is on another level right now. He also dropped three “freestyles” yesterday on Starboy’s Soundcloud, including a track with Ty Dollar $ign that - thankfully - is way better than their two collabs on Sounds From The Other Side.

The link: https://soundcloud.com/starboymusic

(“Highgrade”, the Ty track, is on Spotify as well.)

breastcrawl, Saturday, 14 April 2018 21:09 (one week ago) Permalink

Loving this Cassper Nyovest x Davido jam:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xb49bOipNuY

“Check On You”

breastcrawl, Saturday, 14 April 2018 21:12 (one week ago) Permalink

Two cool tracks from Ghana that just sound great:

Papa Chie, “Palm Wine”:

https://soundcloud.com/papachiemusic/papa-chie-palm-wine

DJ Lord ft. Magnom, “Kuntu”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WU8IHo27lo

breastcrawl, Saturday, 14 April 2018 21:32 (one week ago) Permalink

Two from Angola, despite the relative lack of enthusiasm for the Angolan bangers I posted earlier. Kizomba instead of kuduro this time, but equally good:

Tchobolito ft. Ary & Dicklas One, “Papel”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3JFecyQed0

DJ Elly Chuva ft. Tchobolito, “Lixo No Luxo”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdHlS2Z_dhc

breastcrawl, Saturday, 14 April 2018 22:12 (one week ago) Permalink

“Lixo No Luxo” especially reminds me a bit of Olu Maintain’s sumptuous 2011-2012 (Nigerian) hit “Nawti”. I’m glad that sound still resides somewhere.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oa5KVZtAnU

breastcrawl, Saturday, 14 April 2018 22:13 (one week ago) Permalink

btw, this is the live stream from Coachella, where Wizkid is about to perform in 15 minutes' time, if I've got the schedule right.

breastcrawl, Saturday, 14 April 2018 22:16 (one week ago) Permalink

ah yeah, that live stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyh9blvR54Q

breastcrawl, Saturday, 14 April 2018 22:17 (one week ago) Permalink

Wizkid MIA unfortunately...

breastcrawl, Sunday, 15 April 2018 00:09 (one week ago) Permalink

Let's continue with the good stuff, this time from Kenya:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JhtLNQBIA0

Sasabasi, “Bila Hook”

Last year’s “Lakini Bado” is good too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73gFxBY56os

breastcrawl, Sunday, 15 April 2018 00:10 (one week ago) Permalink

Oh, Diamond Platnumz has an album out, A Boy From Tandale. It has lots of good tracks and ambitious collabs, but also the cheapest artwork ever. Current hit is the lovely “African Beauty”, which was produced by Krizbeatz and features Omarion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FH2QsiBixe4

More USA with Africa: The new Ne-Yo single was co-produced by none other than Don Jazzy. He can be heard in the backing vocals too! (btw, Ne-Yo has a feature on the Platnumz album as well, 2016’s “Marry You”).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5WC-9TbjjQ

Ne-Yo ft. Bebe Rexha & Stefflon Don, “Push Back”

breastcrawl, Sunday, 15 April 2018 00:44 (one week ago) Permalink

A quick stopover in Ghana…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZKjAKlcv9I

Gasmilla, “Ak3somorshi”

breastcrawl, Sunday, 15 April 2018 01:04 (one week ago) Permalink

…and then it’s back to Naija.
This might be my favourite shaku shaku track so far: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8So5MpSNI94

Jaywon ft. Mr Real, Ido West, Ichaba, Gabzy Gambo & Toyin of Life, “Ma Sun (Stay Woke)” (It also has the biggest line-up.)

Hope I get to hear this on a massive soundsystem sometime, because whatever is happening 45-55 seconds in, I want to feel it in my body.

breastcrawl, Sunday, 15 April 2018 01:05 (one week ago) Permalink

On second thought, let’s finish in Cameroon.
Jovi, “Pimentcam”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZKjAKlcv9I

Amazing track. We need more music from l’Afrique francophone in this thread. In fact, we need more of everything. We’re covering a whole continent’s pop music here!

breastcrawl, Sunday, 15 April 2018 01:06 (one week ago) Permalink

Gaah, I fucked that up. Final destination is Ghana after all. This is that Gasmilla track:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ieGtNtM1AM

breastcrawl, Sunday, 15 April 2018 01:12 (one week ago) Permalink

Pimentcam reminds me of "Coller la Petite" or "La sauce" (also Cameroonian and about chili...).
I don't have anything to contribute right now, except that I realized I really like "FIA" by Davido. I was still stuck on If.
Ok, I'll post Sisi Maria
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6P258KGqjM

Nabozo, Monday, 16 April 2018 10:49 (six days ago) Permalink

Jovi (a/k/a Le Monstre) is also the producer of « La sauce » (and all of Reniss’s stuff), so that makes sense. My favourite recent track of hers is « Eya Eya », such a sweet song: https://youtu.be/AQ77YDwxjxc

As for Franko, his latest « On s’assoit pas » is same-old same-old, but I like it: https://youtu.be/sO5i-rvyyDY

Would love to hear of others’ Cameroonian, Ivorian, Senegalese, Congolese etc. favourites!

breastcrawl, Monday, 16 April 2018 21:49 (six days ago) Permalink

Gqom time: The new Mampintsha with Babes Wodumo, “Amaketanga”. Those final 30 seconds though - wish there was more of that! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VOxf6Fu0To

Sho Madjozi, “Huku”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBnKYuv8O3A
(A dance routine to the track on SA daytime TV, because why not?)

Coupla months old: DJ Sandiso ft. Okmalumkoolkat & Amadando - Isam-Qeh: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwZmoz8ptm8

Also, DJ Sumbody’s “Ayepyep”, posted back in January, does not get old!

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 17 April 2018 23:00 (five days ago) Permalink

Bisa Kdei’s new album Highlife Konnect is out. It features two Guilty Beatz, including current hit “Hammer”, which is gorgeous, and two Juls-produced tracks, “Domi Bi” and “Door Mat”. But the highlight for me is the beautifully understated (even by Bisa’s standards) “Bie Wueni”, which I’m guessing is an update of some specific old-school highlife style. Anybody who can enlighten me on this?

https://youtu.be/lEn3LHgrCtY
(Bisa Kdei, “Hammer”)

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 18 April 2018 21:59 (four days ago) Permalink

I'm really loving the new wizkids. Lagos Vibes is exquisite.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 18 April 2018 22:27 (four days ago) Permalink

Fingers crossed for his rescheduled Coachella show on Saturday. Hopefully the visa issues will be resolved.

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 18 April 2018 22:52 (four days ago) Permalink

There’s more:
https://youtu.be/QfB0UI28pfo

Kiddominant ft. Wizkid, “Alright”

(and several “official” singles to be released soon)

breastcrawl, Friday, 20 April 2018 00:29 (two days ago) Permalink

That Bisa Kdei album really is wonderful.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 20 April 2018 08:36 (two days ago) Permalink

Just started listening to Bisa Kdei's new album, sounds awesome so far!

Loving this new DJ Coublon produced track:

Seyi Shay ft. Flavour & Dj Consequence - Alele
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBGZWI6cnHM

And my current favorite in Ghanaian pop music:

Kidi - Adiepena
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YH8DAiSjmfA

ahomka ginger, Saturday, 21 April 2018 21:24 (yesterday) Permalink


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