Aya Nakamura, Naza and the new french urban scene

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At the moment and since the beginning of the year (especially during the world cup since they were basically the french team's soundtrack), they make the most exciting music in France, imo.
A mix of zouk, afro, RnB, hiphop with killer and funny lyrics, great charisma, energy, creativity.
Naza's concert at Olympia in October was crazy. The crowd was a mix of the suburbian youth and more parisians hipsters and everybody was shouting, dancing and singing during the whole concert.
Aya's new album is very good (the first 5 tracks are just hit after hit.. and later on you have the fantastic "Sucette").

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 15 November 2018 15:04 (four years ago) link

Oh and it's catchy as hell : if you don't feel like shaking your hips listening to these, you might be dead !

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AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 15 November 2018 15:07 (four years ago) link

Never been my thing tbh (admittedly, I am dead inside), mais ça change de Jul et consorts.

pomenitul, Thursday, 15 November 2018 15:15 (four years ago) link

Eheh, many of my friends think I'm crazy for loving these so there's clearly not a consensus about this music !

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 15 November 2018 15:35 (four years ago) link

I like Naza but Aya Nakamura is still too Bieber-core for me (or whatever the name should be) & not Afro enough. but I dunno I really only hear French pop on tv like on BeBlack, in the streets here in the 18ème it's all rap or Tamil tunes

L'assie (Euler), Thursday, 15 November 2018 15:54 (four years ago) link

Yeah, Aya Nakamura's music is more a mix but the afro/caribbean aspect is still pretty strong ("Djadja" is zouk basically).
One of my favourites off the new album is "La Dot"


AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 15 November 2018 16:02 (four years ago) link

Aya Nakamura is great, will check out Naza

niels, Friday, 16 November 2018 09:10 (four years ago) link

djadja bangs

single bed mentality (||||||||), Friday, 16 November 2018 09:22 (four years ago) link

Wow, Naza is great

Frederik B, Friday, 16 November 2018 12:00 (four years ago) link

Does MHD fit into this thread? Both his albums are phenomenal.

Very keen to be pointed in the direction of any decent mixes of this stuff.

Matt DC, Friday, 16 November 2018 12:28 (four years ago) link

Naza is fantastic (and even more when you understand the lyrics !)

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 16 November 2018 12:31 (four years ago) link

Yeah, MHD is in that scene too (he's done tracks with Aya and Naza actually).

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 16 November 2018 12:53 (four years ago) link

I haven't actually given the new MHD a listen, should definitely try that.

The title of that first Naza track doesn't exactly fill me with confidence about his lyrics, though ;)

Frederik B, Friday, 16 November 2018 13:07 (four years ago) link

eheh, and that's nothing compared to :


AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 16 November 2018 13:27 (four years ago) link

I like the one Aya Nakamura track I heard -Pop afrobeats

I feel like I heard an Afropop Worldwide popcast that covered African diaspora artists in Europe ( but I am forgetting who they specifically covered)

curmudgeon, Friday, 16 November 2018 14:17 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

aya and naza + everything on dj kimpembe's playlist during world cup was one of the best things happening this year, I thought there would be more on ILM about them by now!


Wish she would play some shows in the US next year

¯\_(🏈 )_/¯ (daria-g), Thursday, 27 December 2018 16:05 (four years ago) link

A couple months ago I was excited to find out Aya was gonna be playing Olympia in March... only to find it was already fully booked!

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 27 December 2018 17:48 (four years ago) link

oh that stinks, stubhub/ticket resellers don't have? see i am hoping when she does her first shows in the US it'll be easy to get really good tickets because she isn't really known here yet?

😂😂🔥👑 pic.twitter.com/ASgnaewGMA

— Aya Nakamura (@AyaNakamuraa) July 18, 2018

¯\_(🏈 )_/¯ (daria-g), Friday, 28 December 2018 05:52 (four years ago) link

nick of griezmann there

there are no good podcasts (||||||||), Friday, 28 December 2018 10:31 (four years ago) link

every time l'équipe de france is playing some matches go on the players insta stories. l love them


¯\_(🏈 )_/¯ (daria-g), Friday, 28 December 2018 16:06 (four years ago) link

listening to MHD right now. je kiffe! what else should i check out? and any radio stations? is it still like skyrock i'd find this on?

¯\_(🏈 )_/¯ (daria-g), Sunday, 30 December 2018 02:43 (four years ago) link

three months pass...

“Pookie”, my favorite track on Aya’s album, now has a video:


(love the sashaying in what looks like Versailles)

breastcrawl, Friday, 19 April 2019 10:04 (three years ago) link

aya and naza + everything on dj kimpembe's playlist during world cup was one of the best things happening this year, I thought there would be more on ILM about them by now!
― ¯\_( )_/¯ (daria-g)

Well if they'd focused more on football and less on playlists, maybe they would've won!

- https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7roe9RLmenXQTmQwHnAaUA

- https://mcetv.fr/mon-mag-buzz/sport/coupe-monde-2018-playlist-presnel-kimpembe-spotify-1207/

sbahnhof, Sunday, 28 April 2019 09:28 (three years ago) link

Love DJ Plat(i)num-D’s “Ou paka fè sa” off that playlist. (Haitian and from 2013, so perhaps not completely relevant to this thread.)

breastcrawl, Sunday, 28 April 2019 11:35 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

Because it’s a jam and because it’s (further) proof of l’Amitié franco-néerlandaise urbaine:

OBOY ft. Aya Nakamura & Dopebwoy • Je m’en tape

(Also played La Nakamurance’s album again for the first time in months. Joyful listening!)

breastcrawl, Friday, 21 June 2019 20:18 (three years ago) link

Anybody got any new favourite jams?

breastcrawl, Friday, 21 June 2019 20:26 (three years ago) link

three weeks pass...

literally the first time Youtube has ever recommended something good


sbahnhof, Sunday, 14 July 2019 09:01 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Faisons le Pookie Pump:

Aya Nakamura ft. Lil Pump • Pookie (Remix)

breastcrawl, Saturday, 3 August 2019 10:21 (three years ago) link

all over this

frame casual (dog latin), Saturday, 3 August 2019 13:33 (three years ago) link

A question – is being a pookie the same as being a djadja? Also, which one is ol' Pumpy impersonating on that track

sbahnhof, Sunday, 11 August 2019 05:55 (three years ago) link

'Pookie' is short for 'poucave', i.e. a snitch, whereas a 'djadja' is an average joe.

pomenitul, Sunday, 11 August 2019 14:16 (three years ago) link

this song is otherwise great but that lil pump verse is remarkably awful

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Sunday, 11 August 2019 15:30 (three years ago) link

try the original version posted upthread, it’s got a great video too

breastcrawl, Sunday, 11 August 2019 15:53 (three years ago) link

(filmed in the Palace of Fontainebleau, not in Versailles as I was vainly hoping)

breastcrawl, Sunday, 11 August 2019 15:57 (three years ago) link

Aya says a "djadja" is a guy who tells lies about women, hence me presuming that's why they got Lil Pump to do it.

He's brought shame on the entire Pump family

sbahnhof, Friday, 16 August 2019 17:43 (three years ago) link

Is the fact that he tells lies about women part of the definition of a 'djadja' or a contextual detail supplied by the song?

Un djadja, c’est un mec lambda. Ca pourrait être ton pote, ton frère qui raconte des salades sur une de ses copines.

She also says that it might as well be a proper name (which it is in parts of Northwestern Africa):

Ça ne veut rien dire, j’aurais aussi pu dire Bastien ou Antonin.

Anyway, props to her for taking such bold liberties with language.

pomenitul, Friday, 16 August 2019 18:09 (three years ago) link

Djadja is an earworm but Pookie is by far my favorite of hers - reminds me of very early Missy/Timba prods

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Monday, 19 August 2019 20:23 (three years ago) link

The first tracks of the album are all killers. My favourite is « Copines » though.

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 19 August 2019 21:47 (three years ago) link

Baaderonix, have you seen the video of Ney grooving to ”Djadja” ?

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 19 August 2019 21:50 (three years ago) link

Pookie is so great. That Lil Pump verse is sooooo shit. What's the point in it?

frame casual (dog latin), Monday, 19 August 2019 22:48 (three years ago) link

I really can’t stand Copines (or La Dote). Find half of her songs pretty conventional and uninteresting.

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 07:30 (three years ago) link

I love this, from Monsieur Sucette:

Niska • Du lundi au lundi

Also featuring more château scenes.

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 10:46 (three years ago) link

Does Damso belong on this thread?


frame casual (dog latin), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 14:23 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

Had forgotten about Aya till I just saw a mention of her on twitter. I like her pop w/ touches of afrobeats

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 20 November 2019 02:26 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

Great song:

Soolking ft. Dadju • Meleğim

breastcrawl, Saturday, 29 February 2020 20:24 (two years ago) link

Nakamura's most recent hit:

Aya Nakamura • 40%

breastcrawl, Saturday, 29 February 2020 20:28 (two years ago) link

I’m including the stuff on this thread on this very generous Spotify playlist: ILM rolling✳️all-inclusive✳️afro 2020

breastcrawl, Saturday, 29 February 2020 20:33 (two years ago) link

^amazing pl

wish there was a german equivalent of this scene, though understand why there's not (? unless...?), given the dynamics of the different countries' diaspora etc. would help w my learning

||||||||, Saturday, 29 February 2020 21:51 (two years ago) link

naka track bumps

||||||||, Saturday, 29 February 2020 22:32 (two years ago) link

There’s TONS of German rappers with a Turkish or Kurdish background. In fact, as far as I know they dominate the German urban scene, but I don’t know too much about it. Think it’s mostly trap-influenced tho, not much of an Afro vibe there. There was a Ghanaian (I think)-German girl who had some nice tracks a couple of years ago, but I can’t think of her name rn.

Now if you were studying Dutch instead...

breastcrawl, Saturday, 29 February 2020 22:33 (two years ago) link

wondered if this bump would be about the Fally Ipupa show at Bercy last night, since Aya Nakamura featured on one of his songs a couple years ago

pet friendly (Euler), Saturday, 29 February 2020 22:38 (two years ago) link

love this new one.

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Sunday, 1 March 2020 09:54 (two years ago) link

I was thinking of Ace Tee, from Hamburg: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ace_Tee

I especially liked “Jumpa” (starts at 2:35 in the video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beNAT-vIAxE
From 2017 - it’s more R&B than afropop tho.

xps to self

breastcrawl, Sunday, 1 March 2020 13:03 (two years ago) link

four months pass...

Nouveau Nakamura:

Aya Nakamura • Jolie Nana

(song starts at 3:55)

Meanwhile, “Djadja” has blown up in the Spanish-speaking parts of the world. Its most recent remix (there’ve been a few) is with Maluma.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 28 July 2020 07:07 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

changement de style - dare I say 'much needed'?

Aya Nakamura • Doudou

Regard the timeless piano balladeeress! (breastcrawl), Friday, 9 October 2020 19:13 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

Anyone listen to the new Nakamura album?
I found it very enjoyable and pleasantly varied. Not sure there’s another “Djadja”, but “Tchop” is no doubt earmarked as the next “Pookie”, “Doudou”, with its smoky Nigerian beat/production, is ace, “Fly” is a lovely ballad, “Ça blesse” is a great deep cut, closing track “Préféré” with OBOY could be the surprise hit - and then there’s current smash “Plus Jamais” with Stormzy:


One thing that struck me while listening is how much I, with my competent-at-best French, was able to follow the lyrics. She seems to have dialled back the argot/“street French” compared to her previous stuff, which I found quite impenetrable in places (although, according to French Wikipedia, not much has changed: ”L'album utilise toujours une langue française « élastique et inventive », enrichie d'argot et de ses expressions.”)

obsessed with quality over quantity or the need to produce tracks (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 30 December 2020 19:55 (two years ago) link

yeah it’s nice! my kids already regard “plus jamais” as old news

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 2 January 2021 14:55 (two years ago) link

what are their current faves?

whatever’s in “france top 50” in spotify lol

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 2 January 2021 15:46 (two years ago) link

djany they like

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 3 January 2021 08:07 (two years ago) link

and maître gimes

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 3 January 2021 09:59 (two years ago) link

this Djany?

Djany ft. Gaz Mawete • Bima

seems like older news than “Plus Jamais”, but it’s quite nice

btw Tracer, don't know if you're familiar with this thread that popped up as if by magic yesterday:
What are your kids listening to in 2021?
(I c&p'ed our little convo to it, seemed appropriate)

ahh thank you :)

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 3 January 2021 15:45 (two years ago) link

She's based in Brussels rather than France, but Lous and the Yakuza is probably my favourite discovery of 2020 and I'll be voting for her in tracks and albums in the ILM polls



"Bon acteur"

"Tout est gore"

monotony, Monday, 4 January 2021 00:28 (two years ago) link

oh and "Solo", the album's closing track, is worth a shoutout too https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ph6FkwzJJkc

monotony, Monday, 4 January 2021 00:30 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

salut, copains et copines de Je Kiffe la Musique, the new Nakamura is fantastic, love the beat and everything about it:

Aya Nakamura ft. Damso • Dégaine

butt-mooning is a polysemous word, hoss! (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 8 June 2022 17:00 (seven months ago) link

seven months pass...


Aya Nakamura - Baby

Nabozo, Wednesday, 18 January 2023 17:49 (two weeks ago) link

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