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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 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten months ago) Permalink

I also love Che Che, btw!

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

Finally something new. Thanks.

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

those kids are dope

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

indeed!

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

that song is really nice:

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

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

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

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

that is going in my EOY I can already tell

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

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

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

Anyway, it's called "Be Mine"

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

this is probably the best song I listened this year

https://youtu.be/m99Wmv7gU2A

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

Then I guess you can scratch Davido (bar Skelewu) and replace him with Burna Boy, Sarkodie, and add plenty of gqom, and play Spirit, Shumaya, Just like that (Orezi), Get Up (Sarz), Iskaba, Juice (Ycee), Akrakabo, Wo, Sekem... and choose the latest drunkenest possible time to play Sister Bettina.

Nabozo, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 21:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

got around to the Mlindo the Vocalist album and it's super lovely. really smooth & blissed out summery pop

ufo, Thursday, 1 November 2018 05:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

any thoughts about how this wizkid romance might end up influencing tiwa's career?

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 1 November 2018 09:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

lol, I watched Fever and thought (in order): "stylish pants", "The kid really has grown to look like a man", "probably 60 million Nigerian women would like to be in this clip right now", "horses ?". And didn't recognize Tiwa Savage.

Nabozo, Thursday, 1 November 2018 10:00 (two weeks ago) Permalink

lol

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 1 November 2018 11:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Then I guess you can scratch Davido (bar Skelewu) and replace him with Burna Boy, Sarkodie, and add plenty of gqom, and play Spirit, Shumaya, Just like that (Orezi), Get Up (Sarz), Iskaba, Juice (Ycee), Akrakabo, Wo, Sekem... and choose the latest drunkenest possible time to play Sister Bettina.

― Nabozo, Wednesday, October 31, 2018 5:09 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

+1. Sister Bettina is a perfect height of the party song. Some classic SA shit that's always good...Amantombazane, Vhavenda (Revolution Remix), Stay Real, Accuse (well, not sure how Accuse would do, but I love it and everyone should listen to it)

I've been way out of the loop on new music this year but I just listened to the new Distruction Boyz record and its solid. Still feel like they have a perfect GQOM record in them but they haven't hit it yet.

Damn Banomoya is fantastic. I have a lot of catching up to do.

Will (kruezer2), Thursday, 1 November 2018 14:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Try the Dladla Mshunqisi album, I actually prefer it to the Distruction Boyz one. It’s non-stop gqom banging. “Wangibamba” with Kaybee and Nokwazi is the only other track out there that comes close to “Banomoya”.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 1 November 2018 14:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Has Sister Bettina been popular for a long time or is it mostly a more recent social media kind of thing?

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 1 November 2018 17:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

It was decently big at the time IIRC, but its definitely a social media "Challenge" thing that is why its so huge now.

Will (kruezer2), Thursday, 1 November 2018 17:50 (two weeks ago) Permalink

like i definitely remember 50/50 feeling like a bigger deal a couple years prior, at least in terms of SA songs with US connections. But that could just be my memory.

Will (kruezer2), Thursday, 1 November 2018 17:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Accuse is perfection. Thank you. Do we have a thread for old Kwaito House jams ? No ? Why ?
Amantombzane huge too.

From what I understood, Sister Bettina is considered to have been permanently ingrained in every South African brain as their definitive dancing jam, their one-hit wonder, the one to expect at the end of every party ever and you're either on the dance-floor, either running to it, or you must have a valid excuse like paralysis, coma or death, and that's still barely acceptable. And the challenge is merely making fun of the phenomenon but really just another love declaration.

Nabozo, Thursday, 1 November 2018 19:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

xp

For everyone who doesn’t have a clue what this “Sister Bettina” thing is about (me, for instance):

https://m.channel24.co.za/Music/News/heres-the-story-behind-sister-bettina-the-countrys-favourite-song-20180913

breastcrawl, Thursday, 1 November 2018 19:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Thanks, guys.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 1 November 2018 22:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

thanks! I don't get to hear much afrobeats outside of this thread / the internet music bubble so I've never any idea of what's going on. Gotta say, I'm not sure I've quite got on board with the whole Wizkid/Davido/Kizz Daniel school of smooth Nigerian r'n'b-inflected pop, but Ma Lo is absolutely brilliant (although mostly because of Tiwa Savage who deserves to be an internationally recognised superstar by now)

Scritti Vanilli - The Word Girl You Know It's True (dog latin), Friday, 2 November 2018 11:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

dog latin, have you heard Eddy Kenzo’s new Roots album? It’s very good (and relatively light on “smooth [Ugandan, in this case] r'n'b-inflected pop”, although for me “Supa Dupa” - the song formally known and posted as “Your Value” - is a highlight).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdGT2XhzduM

Eddy Kenzo • Ogwo

(not the official video, but a Kenzo-approved entry in a dance challenge for the opening track of the album)

breastcrawl, Friday, 2 November 2018 13:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Niniola’s “Bana” has a wonderful video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snQc57ySkN0

...and her sister Teni has a new song + video as well, “Case”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYx5ukr_YWw

(“Shakeam”, her other new song, is good also)

breastcrawl, Friday, 2 November 2018 13:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

breastcrawl yeah I've heard Your Value. but my favourite by him thud year is Gear Lever

Scritti Vanilli - The Word Girl You Know It's True (dog latin), Friday, 2 November 2018 13:59 (two weeks ago) Permalink

“Gear Level” is not on the album unfortunately, but I think there’s a lot there you might like. Did you check the vid I posted?

breastcrawl, Friday, 2 November 2018 14:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

not had a chance yet cos I'm at work but I will. Thank u!

Scritti Vanilli - The Word Girl You Know It's True (dog latin), Friday, 2 November 2018 14:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Did some research into the kwaito classics mentioned yesterday, primarily for my own education. I think I identified them all. Below are the video links. (I will try to add them to the playlist.)

breastcrawl, Friday, 2 November 2018 16:08 (two weeks ago) Permalink

(“Stay Real” is the only one I can’t find on
Spotify)

breastcrawl, Friday, 2 November 2018 16:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I thought amantombazane was this hip hop banger: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9r3-uTy4zBE (I'd dance to it for sure)
Accuse was listed on Itunes as being from the Alaska 2000 album (from... 2002).

Nabozo, Friday, 2 November 2018 18:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah, there’s actually a lot of songs with that title (Google Translate tells me it’s Zulu for “girls” - so that makes sense). I considered that one too, but it’s from 2014, seems too recent compared with the other tracks that were mentioned, and I found the T’zozo & Professor in this list: https://www.prospect.zone/en/flashback-friday-we-share-our-favourite-kwaito-songs-from-past-to-present/

The Riky Rick is good too, but of course only kruezer can tell us which one they were talking about.

As for “Accuse”, I’m seeing it mentioned as a 1990s kwaito classic, so I don’t know, perhaps the album came later.

breastcrawl, Friday, 2 November 2018 19:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I just realized that wikipedia doesn't have an "afrobeats" entry, which is actually sublisted under "afrobeat", and only talks about cross-over potential on the US charts. That's a shame on all levels.

Nabozo, Friday, 2 November 2018 20:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I find it funny to compare Bana's clip (which has a dancehall feel) to the über-sexualized ones in Jamaica, it looks sweet and innocent and soft and girly. I prefer they keep it that way, but they must be conscious of this difference. I fear a little bit the day some artists might decide to totally break the mold. The only factor my simple brain can think of is religion and social censure, but well, Jamaica can be very religious too (but more individual / disenchanted ?).
And that also ties in with the softness hurdle alluded to by dog latin.
Now I'm really digressing, but I wonder if afrobeats is considered a feminine / girls genre in Nigeria, like r&b certainly is (worldwide).

Nabozo, Friday, 2 November 2018 21:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I’ve been thinking that the lack of a diasporic self-consciousness accounts for the relative smoothness of (west-) african pop/rap/dancehall but I might be way off base here. So yeah, religion and social censure would obviously be a part of that.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 2 November 2018 23:17 (two weeks ago) Permalink

thanks for the suggestions upthread all. I had a practice run today and while I'm still getting used to transitions on vocal tracks, I'm quite pleased with how this went.

Here's a preview. Now I've gotta get used to playing in a noisy roo. at 2am. How many tracks do you know?

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kwcUUMB4QivR3T5H33ch80pZJeT_c9qo/view?usp=drivesdk

Scritti Vanilli - The Word Girl You Know It's True (dog latin), Sunday, 4 November 2018 18:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Great choice to start this off with Suh Different, I had underestimated it. You also attracted my attention on Mon Lo. Haven't listened to the whole set but enjoy the night.

I'll still post something, Juls - Oshey. It's from December 2017 and on the soft, relaxed and subtle side of afrobeats, though the beat does come, very well produced as ever with Juls. Just raise the volume a bit. Always loved this guy ever since Early.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GrngaKe0g0

Nabozo, Sunday, 4 November 2018 21:15 (two weeks ago) Permalink

cheers Nabozo. yeah makes sense to start with Suh Different because people know the night as mostly dancehall and soca, so wherever I am on the lineup it should be a smooth transition. I even threw a couple of curveballs in there: there's an Errorsmith track in the last quarter which has nothing and everything to do with afrobeats

Scritti Vanilli - The Word Girl You Know It's True (dog latin), Sunday, 4 November 2018 21:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Shakeam by Teni is my jam today. 'The things you do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do'

Scritti Vanilli - The Word Girl You Know It's True (dog latin), Tuesday, 6 November 2018 10:25 (one week ago) Permalink

Yeah, I undersold that one for sure. It’s better than “Case” - but that’s the big hit.

I like this one a lot:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-I9Smp_ezGk
Airboy ft. Zoro • Eze Ego

But back to pop: The new DMW with Davido & Peruzzi (almost inseparable at this point), “Twisted”, is another FreshVDM showcase:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0aDBRn2E0o

...and “One Ticket”, the new Kizz Daniel (with Davido, without Peruzzi) is growing on me:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lm4x-gspW2k

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 6 November 2018 20:51 (one week ago) Permalink

This is lovely:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PGqS-3FW0Y

DJ Qness feat. NaakMusiQ & Ami Faku • Babuyile

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 7 November 2018 21:43 (one week ago) Permalink

Someone brought my attention to this: Skiibii feat Reekado Banks - Sensima. Very light and bubbly, with a touch of wizkid.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2Zw7N_p-SQ

Nabozo, Thursday, 8 November 2018 21:14 (one week ago) Permalink

Nice one!

Everybody, Busiswa just dropped her new album!

https://i2.wp.com/fakazahiphop.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/busiswa-summer-life.jpg?resize=372%2C377

breastcrawl, Friday, 9 November 2018 00:48 (one week ago) Permalink

The ILM rolling Afropop / Afrobeats 2018 playlist on Spotify is now at 300+ tracks, including some from related threads. Check out those brand new Simmy tracks from the Sun-EL Musician thread!)

breastcrawl, Monday, 12 November 2018 22:13 (six days ago) Permalink

Is anybody listening to the Busiswa album?

breastcrawl, Monday, 12 November 2018 22:14 (six days ago) Permalink

Or the new Mr Eazi for that matter?

breastcrawl, Monday, 12 November 2018 22:54 (six days ago) Permalink

i'm enjoying the busiswa album but it's not quite as strong as highly flavored i think

ufo, Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:12 (five days ago) Permalink

Heard good things about the Eazi but haven’t had the time yet

rob, Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:57 (five days ago) Permalink

Busiswa: I went in half-expecting /Highly Flavoured/ to the power of “Banomoya”, so I was bound to be disappointed.

It’s like she only took “Bayozenza” from that album and forgot about all the colour and light that was there (“Jam” being the exception).

It’s still good for what it is though and I’m coming around to it.

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 13 November 2018 11:46 (five days ago) Permalink

Mr Eazi: Still feeling my way around there, but it sounds good (GuiltyBeatz is involved, and even Juls has a track, so yeah). I’m happy he didn’t take the title concept too literally. The “London Town” single with Giggs that was supposed to be his UK breakthrough, but actually killed his momentum is still there, but it’s tucked away at the end.

I could have sworn “Keys To The City (Ogede)” had been posted already, but apparently not:

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

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 13 November 2018 12:16 (five days ago) Permalink

I like a lot of recent Eazi but I can’t fathom why he doesn’t work with Juls a lot more often.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 13 November 2018 21:38 (five days ago) Permalink

I don’t get that either. Maybe they (or one of them) didn’t want to become (or be seen as) too symbiotic?

Anyways....

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 14 November 2018 17:41 (four days ago) Permalink

Wizzy alert!

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 14 November 2018 17:41 (four days ago) Permalink

xp to self

Trying again:

I don’t get that either. Maybe they (or one of them) didn’t want their working relationship to become (or be seen as) too symbiotic?

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 14 November 2018 20:08 (four days ago) Permalink

Tiwa Savage has a new song out, “One”, produced by - there he is again - Killertunes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vL71si0mL1Y

breastcrawl, Thursday, 15 November 2018 20:15 (three days ago) Permalink

Nabozo, what do you make of the Busiswa album?

breastcrawl, Thursday, 15 November 2018 20:16 (three days ago) Permalink

(sorry, I’m assuming you’ve listened to it, apols if you haven’t. I’m curious though!)

breastcrawl, Thursday, 15 November 2018 20:30 (three days ago) Permalink

That new Tiwa is gorgeous. I have no idea what she's saying but I love it.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 15 November 2018 21:27 (three days ago) Permalink


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