rolling Afropop / Afrobeats / Afrodance 2019

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Let’s get started right away in this new year!

Once again, we set ourselves the impossible task of keeping track of all the good pop and dance music to come out of all of (sub-Saharan) Africa.

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 18:24 (two weeks ago) Permalink

For reference:

Last year’s thread: rolling afropop / afrobeats 2018

Some related artist-specific threads that are currently active:

Wizkid (aka Starboy)

Burna Boy – OUTSIDE (2018)

Sun-El Musician - Africa to the World - also for Simmy (do check out her album!)

Aya Nakamura, Naza and the new french urban scene - for that Eurafrican vibe

(...and check out our f/k/a-World-Music colleagues at
Rolling Global Outernational Non-West Non-English (Some Exceptions) 2019 Thread Once Known as World Music
)

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 18:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yes, there is a Spotify playlist that will be very regularly updated:

ILM rolling Afropop / Afrobeats / Afrodance 2019

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 18:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink

NAIJA:

Something old - here’s to, hopefully, another Year of Wizkid:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCVOi03QZXM

DJ Tunez ft. Reekado Banks & Wizkid • Turn Up

Something new - because 2018 was also the Year of Burna:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0l_BY6axlE

Burna Boy x Zlatan • Killin’ Dem

(Burna put this up on SoundCloud as a freebie for his fans ahead of his big Xmas concert in Lagos. Not clear if there will be an official release)

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 18:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Zlatan (Ibile), who’s on that Burna track, is hot and happening right now.

His current dance smash, “Zanku (LegWork)”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpQF7GbC5wg

(no official video, but there’s plenty of dance tutorials and stuff for/with it)

He’s on this big pop hit too:

Chinko Ekun ft. Lil Kesh & Zlatan • Able God: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvSyIqZSzHw

And also on this afroblisstastic track, produced by Young John, who’s back after a bit of a hiatus:

Prodit ft. Zlatan • Rora: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpNJ1OzV7Zg

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 18:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Two dance tracks from Ghana:

Eddie Khae ft. Medikal & RmvMnt • Speak In Tongues (SIT): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhJIg261AFY

(Eddie Khae had a hit last year with “Do The Dance”)

Patapaa ft. Article Wan • One Leg: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxIdi9IzQnQ

(Patapaa was featured on last year’s “Akwaaba” and is the man behind 2017’s the riotous “One Corner”, a true phenomenon, and one of the biggest tracks never to have been posted on this thread)

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 18:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Tanzania:

Rayvanny ft. Diamond Platnumz • Mwanza: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8eUTOYrkDM

A pleasure, as always.

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 18:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

And three from South Africa:

I like this: Pap’zo ft. Nuna • Teka (Afro House Mix): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PW3dkgV_WB0

Big in SA: Manqonqo ft. Dason & Saviour Gee • Eyadini: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wc3hf7Zmrk

Big across the continent: King Monada • Malwedhe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hoUCH0BOq4

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 19:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

*mandatory check in*

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 3 January 2019 10:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I took the liberty of starting the new thread right away - hope you don’t mind!

breastcrawl, Thursday, 3 January 2019 12:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Not at all! Good work!

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 3 January 2019 12:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Noted on the obituary thread that I had no idea Geoffrey Oryema died in I think June 2018.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 3 January 2019 12:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Duly noted, and RIP. Probably more relevant to the Global Outernational thread linked above.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 3 January 2019 13:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink

that Killin' Dem track is fantastic

rob, Thursday, 3 January 2019 16:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Expecting nothing but great things this year. Teni has released a slow soulful song, if you listen intently to her voice you can almost understand Yoruba.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVQbyIEK_jQ

Less meditative, Patoranking - Everyday has some energy and clear Sauti-Sol-vibes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HabnZEf4DFY

A big song that wasn't posted last year: Naaa Mean (Nadia Nakai and Cassper Nyovest). Completely obnoxious and completely addictive.

Nabozo, Friday, 4 January 2019 11:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Teni has released a slow soulful song, if you listen intently to her voice you can almost understand Yoruba.

Actually funny you say that cause this is one of the few Yoruba songs I have trouble immediately understanding.

Always forget how many dialects there are and how subtle differences throw you off if you're not hearing/speaking daily.

tsrobodo, Friday, 4 January 2019 21:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

that Killin' Dem track is fantastic


It has now been officially released! I added it to the playlist.

breastcrawl, Saturday, 5 January 2019 02:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

https://uproxx.com/selection/ph-city-vibration/

Marko Orlic votes for a Burna Boy track in the Uproxx poll

curmudgeon, Friday, 11 January 2019 05:43 (one week ago) Permalink

xps

The new Lil Kesh is another reminder that yes, there are language barriers and sometimes a lot goes over (many/most of) our heads because of it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22BRl_SqXro

Lil Kesh feat. Olamide • Logo Benz

It’s controversial, to say the least: https://filterfree.ng/features/logo-benz-nigeria-needs-more-artists-to-tell-her-diverse-stories/

Outrage or not, my favourite moment is when the beat drops out just as Kesh starts delving “pata pat-pata” into the chorus and his voice sounds just like percussion.

(That elastic beat is courtesy of Rexxie btw, who also did “Zanku (LegWork)” and “Able God” posted above.)

breastcrawl, Friday, 11 January 2019 07:48 (one week ago) Permalink

On a much more innocent tip, from Cameroon: I love this track from Tata’s No Holidays EP:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThlCVcsj2qE

Tata feat. Reniss • Ambiance

breastcrawl, Friday, 11 January 2019 07:50 (one week ago) Permalink

the link to that Logo Benz article is dead and afaict there's no article on that site about it--what's the controversy?

rob, Friday, 11 January 2019 16:42 (one week ago) Permalink

Here's a link to another article about it:
https://punchng.com/olamide-continues-romance-with-controversies-on-logo-benz/

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 11 January 2019 17:06 (one week ago) Permalink

lol I'm afraid this remains more or less over my head, but thank you

rob, Friday, 11 January 2019 17:13 (one week ago) Permalink

Yeah, Nigerian controversies seem to follow their own set of rules, lol.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 11 January 2019 19:35 (one week ago) Permalink

Basically witchcraft or juju in this case "blood money" operates at such an elevated level of taboo in Nigeria that its unwise to satirise it in ways that aren't immediately obvious.

tsrobodo, Monday, 14 January 2019 22:41 (six days ago) Permalink

That was the impression I got too: it hit a raw nerve.

This article looks at it from the satire angle as well. It zooms in on the moral outrage and is firmly in the condemnation camp:
https://www.pulse.ng/entertainment/music/olamide-lil-kesh-slammed-over-logo-benz/qjdf0x1

The “could the song have been satire?” section starts somewhere halfway. Olamide’s defense, however, (it’s at the end) is more or less “we’re just reporting from the ground”. The FilterFree article I posted above took a similar stance. As the lede said: “Nigeria needs more artists to tell her diverse stories”. I wonder if that level-headed approach (at least, that’s how it appears to me from here) is the reason it was removed from the site?

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 15 January 2019 09:09 (five days ago) Permalink

That a couple of songs "probably created the infamy of entitlement toward a woman’s body which our society now suffers from in rape and sexual harassment" seems like a bold statement. But then what do I know.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 15 January 2019 11:21 (five days ago) Permalink

I'm guessing the whole pop artist as cultural anti-hero thing never really caught on in Nigeria. Iirc this was something we discussed in relation to Fela a while back.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 15 January 2019 11:32 (five days ago) Permalink

Yes, even though this seems to be a bigger transgression than most, what strikes me every time there is a similar controversy (mostly around internet fraud or drugs or other “vices”) is the uneasy relationship the music press seems to have with “street music” (and I guess street culture in general).

That same FilterFree website now features a long-winded article (possibly by the same writer who wrote the removed piece) about the Zanku dance craze. Informative and quite sympathetic, but also very much from the vantage point of an outsider looking in, making it kind of awkward:
https://filterfree.ng/features/zanku-origins-and-its-relationship-with-other-things/

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 15 January 2019 12:08 (five days ago) Permalink

On that note, Zlatan’s “Zanku (LegWork)” now does have a fun official video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tupb4xV-15w

And, since the phrase “ijo ope” was mentioned in that piece:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oCA4fQNA2k

Rahman Jago ft Zlatan, Chinko Ekun & Junior Boy • Ijo Ope

(So many great bangers in this vein. It’s the continuation of shaku shaku that’s NOT taking its cues from gqom.)

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 15 January 2019 12:16 (five days ago) Permalink

Sometimes it's also the problem of the privileged class taking the traditional sphere as artistic subject, with the usual risk of caricature, projections, unwelcome commentary etc. I'm just talking in general here, I haven't followed the controversy.

Nabozo, Tuesday, 15 January 2019 12:19 (five days ago) Permalink

I'm just reminded of the controversy around the film Inxeba (which I haven't seen; translated as The Wound, 2017), that deals with Xhosa rites of passage, homosexuality etc. It struck a nerve too.

Nabozo, Tuesday, 15 January 2019 12:21 (five days ago) Permalink

I'm guessing the whole pop artist as cultural anti-hero thing never really caught on in Nigeria.

No “Popcaan”s, “Masicka”s or “Bounty Killer”s in Naija music, as far as I can tell, no.

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 15 January 2019 12:29 (five days ago) Permalink

Sometimes it's also the problem of the privileged class taking the traditional sphere as artistic subject, with the usual risk of caricature, projections, unwelcome commentary etc. I'm just talking in general here, I haven't followed the controversy.

That is definitely a thing, but in this case it’s the privileged class/mainstream taking issue with the artistic expression of the underprivileged. (Curious about that movie though!)

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 15 January 2019 12:56 (five days ago) Permalink

Maybe I'm about to embarrass myself here, but I cannot figure out why you included Popcaan in that list.

rob, Tuesday, 15 January 2019 21:00 (five days ago) Permalink

Just that in dancehall (not just there obviously) the stage names of artists quite often refer to crime and violence.

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 15 January 2019 22:06 (five days ago) Permalink

I got that, I just wasn’t aware Popcaan refers to those things

rob, Tuesday, 15 January 2019 23:35 (five days ago) Permalink

Like does it mean something other than popcorn?

rob, Tuesday, 15 January 2019 23:36 (five days ago) Permalink

Oh dear... I just always assumed it was patois for (a) “pop gun”, so I guess you’re not the one embarrassing yourself here!

I did just now find this on Urban Dictionary (I know) though:

Popcaan is the Jamaican Patois spelling for the English word Popcorn. Popcaan means that you pop a corn caan, in other words Popcaan really means you pop or fire gunshots or bullets. A Caan is the Jamaican Patois word for corn, caan another word for bullet or shots.

“I use my brand new gun to popcaan or fire bullets when i am in danger.”


https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Popcaan

So maybe we can split the difference (please)?

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 16 January 2019 00:19 (four days ago) Permalink

Ha that’s interesting! Popcorn is definitely a weird nickname so I could see that definition being true

rob, Wednesday, 16 January 2019 02:42 (four days ago) Permalink

Okay, people. So which songs have you been voting for this time around? I'll enter my ballot soon but thought I'd probe for some minimal consensus first.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 16 January 2019 10:39 (four days ago) Permalink

I will probably compile my ballot at the very last minute (Friday night), like always.

Sure shots are “Soco”, “Fake Love”, “Akwaaba”, “Banomoya” (and “Club Controller” too, probably), “Logba Logba”, and either “Gbona” or “On The Low”, or maybe both.

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 16 January 2019 11:04 (four days ago) Permalink

No Ye?

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 16 January 2019 11:08 (four days ago) Permalink

I was asking myself that very same question. Still haven’t made my mind up about “Ye” - I think I prefer the other two, but...

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 16 January 2019 11:15 (four days ago) Permalink

(and thanks for reminding me of Ne-Yo. Queuing up “Miss Independent” now!)

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 16 January 2019 11:19 (four days ago) Permalink

"ubala" and "on the low" are definitely on my ballot as well as the sun-el musician, mlindo, and busiswa albums

ufo, Wednesday, 16 January 2019 11:19 (four days ago) Permalink

Not the Simmy album? Will probably my number one.

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 16 January 2019 11:32 (four days ago) Permalink

it's definitely in contention but i'm not sure if it'll make my ballot, this year's been too good

ufo, Wednesday, 16 January 2019 11:37 (four days ago) Permalink

I think I entered something like 8 African pop songs. I also left out Ye. Two each for Wizzie, Burna and Kaybee, one each for Nini and Teni. Also two danceall songs, including a late exchange of Juggernaut for Stay So. I was surprised that no one nominated Black Hypocrisy.

Nabozo, Wednesday, 16 January 2019 14:13 (four days ago) Permalink

I should have nominated the whole Spice album/mixtape. Def one of the stronger releases of 2019.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 16 January 2019 14:18 (four days ago) Permalink

I had Outside so high on my albums ballot, I decided to just vote for Gbona. Narrowing down the Wizkid noms was extremely hard--so much so that I voted for Fever, Fake Love, Kana, and Soco. Plus Macala, Drogba, and Akwaaba.

rob, Wednesday, 16 January 2019 14:37 (four days ago) Permalink

Narrowing down the Wizkid noms was extremely hard

...and “Commando”, “Master Groove”, “Lagos Vibes” (and “Immediately”, and, and...) weren’t even nominated.

(Also, I ultimately decided against nomming “Manya” again - I was the only voter for it last year. It was probably to fresh then (late-Nov release), and now it also misses the 2018 EOY. Shame really, because it’s the song that heralded Wizzy’s Golden Year)

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 16 January 2019 16:30 (four days ago) Permalink

Listening to ILX Listen: 2019
respect to your own playlist; will be adding music on here into the big ol' everything in the hopper one as well

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 16 January 2019 17:08 (four days ago) Permalink

Ghanian Hausa rapper Kiryani Ayat (f/k/a “AYAT”) is on a track-dropping spree right now. I looove “Memuna”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6ouZ2yh7wg

That’s just the audio - hope there will be a video for it, and that it will be as stunning as the one he did last year for “Guda”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMVa8BS_SrQ

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 16 January 2019 21:50 (four days ago) Permalink

Sorry, his name is Kirani Ayat, not Kiryani.

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 16 January 2019 21:51 (four days ago) Permalink

At once very 80s housey and very recognisably 2018-19 SA clubby, I love it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ge_zyYIn6U

Kwiish SA ft. C’Buda, Macfowlen & Vukani • Iskhathi

(This is the vocal mix, the instrumental ‘Main’ mix seems unexplicably to be more popular in South Africa)

breastcrawl, Saturday, 19 January 2019 23:22 (yesterday) Permalink

A great song from a year ago I had completely forgotten about:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zivT9GVayPc

Zirra ft. Koker • Agbada

The kind of track that doesn’t fit in current trends, even though Zirra’s singing style is unthinkable without Wizkid’s example. (Is that guitar riff a “Going Back To My Roots” sample?)

breastcrawl, Sunday, 20 January 2019 02:04 (fourteen hours ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4_xrzuPgDU
Danish remix (by Nandu) of a South Sudanese song (by Nyaruach) on the inevitable MIDH afro-house label. One day I'll just check all their catalogue.

Nabozo, Sunday, 20 January 2019 13:56 (two hours ago) Permalink


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