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 (eight months ago) link

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 (eight months ago) link

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 (eight months ago) link

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 (eight months ago) link

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 (eight months ago) link

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 (eight months ago) link

Tanzania:

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

A pleasure, as always.

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 18:49 (eight months ago) link

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 (eight months ago) link

*mandatory check in*

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 3 January 2019 10:07 (eight months ago) link

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

breastcrawl, Thursday, 3 January 2019 12:04 (eight months ago) link

Not at all! Good work!

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 3 January 2019 12:36 (eight months ago) link

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 (eight months ago) link

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

breastcrawl, Thursday, 3 January 2019 13:27 (eight months ago) link

that Killin' Dem track is fantastic

rob, Thursday, 3 January 2019 16:18 (eight months ago) link

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 (eight months ago) link

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 (eight months ago) link

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 (eight months ago) link

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 (eight months ago) link

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 (eight months ago) link

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 (eight months ago) link

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 (eight months ago) link

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 (eight months ago) link

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

rob, Friday, 11 January 2019 17:13 (eight months ago) link

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 (eight months ago) link

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 (eight months ago) link

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 (eight months ago) link

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 (eight months ago) link

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 (eight months ago) link

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 (eight months ago) link

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 (eight months ago) link

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 (eight months ago) link

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 (eight months ago) link

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 (eight months ago) link

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 (eight months ago) link

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 (eight months ago) link

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 (eight months ago) link

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

rob, Tuesday, 15 January 2019 23:35 (eight months ago) link

Like does it mean something other than popcorn?

rob, Tuesday, 15 January 2019 23:36 (eight months ago) link

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 (eight months ago) link

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 (eight months ago) link

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 (eight months ago) link

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 (eight months ago) link

No Ye?

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 16 January 2019 11:08 (eight months ago) link

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 (eight months ago) link

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

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 16 January 2019 11:19 (eight months ago) link

"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 (eight months ago) link

Not the Simmy album? Will probably my number one.

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 16 January 2019 11:32 (eight months ago) link

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 (eight months ago) link

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 (eight months ago) link

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 (eight months ago) link

Music from East African countries is relatively underrepresented here, and it tends to be mainly the chart-oriented stuff by people like Diamond Platnumz and Rayvanny. However, there was a bit of singeli/Nyege Nyege Tapes discussion on
the Rolling herky-jerky thread earlier this year, as mentioned upthread, and I posted a Jay Mitta track here - which is of course also featured on
this Spotify playlist of most of the African stuff posted on various threads.

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 18:07 (three weeks ago) link

https://www.nyegenyege.com/2019-artist-lineup/

This is the lineup for the Nyege Nyege Festival, to be held in two weeks’ time. Dozens of names, of which I know only a few. Feel free to post interesting tracks!

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 21 August 2019 18:27 (three weeks ago) link

ah cool. i was so keen to go to NN this year but it was a mission and i didn't go in the end, mch to my current disappointment

frame casual (dog latin), Wednesday, 21 August 2019 18:48 (three weeks ago) link

that line up looks intriguing even though i've heard of maybe 2% of it.

frame casual (dog latin), Wednesday, 21 August 2019 18:50 (three weeks ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxQ9MRxm9Uo

Mr Eazi ft. Simi • Doyin

Glorious production by Killertunes

breastcrawl, Friday, 23 August 2019 06:35 (three weeks ago) link

oh, there’s a video already:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBMredVuy7M

breastcrawl, Friday, 23 August 2019 16:29 (three weeks ago) link

gorgeous

big city slam (Spottie), Friday, 23 August 2019 16:32 (three weeks ago) link

Not all that random Ghanaian highlife rap I’m loving:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsNCFKjB_x8
NiiQuaye ft. Kirani Ayat & Akan • Twa Wonan Ase

breastcrawl, Friday, 23 August 2019 21:59 (three weeks ago) link

This is fantastic. A Best of Flavour and Flavour-featuring songs would be so great:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ie6HixFu_IE
Jay Fashion ft. Flavour • Ikuwago

(what’s that kick-ass high-pitched instrument that plays during the chorus and is most clearly heard in the final 18 seconds?)

breastcrawl, Saturday, 24 August 2019 19:38 (three weeks ago) link

(I guess it could be a distorted version of the traditional flute that Igbo musicians like Flavour sometimes use when they “take it to the village”)

breastcrawl, Saturday, 24 August 2019 20:03 (three weeks ago) link

Two from Liberia:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rO7KxEhzAdY
Kobazzie ft. Davido • Bounce (Remix)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbOEQklxDFs
JSB ft. D. Pretty • Bluetooth

breastcrawl, Saturday, 24 August 2019 21:34 (three weeks ago) link

Obama has Rema’s Iron Man on his summer playlist, lol.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Sunday, 25 August 2019 05:32 (three weeks ago) link

never catching up on the thread this year, but "Doyin" is lovely

a friend just told me Koffee is on there too. If he tweets about "Balloon" we'll know he's a lurker

rob, Sunday, 25 August 2019 17:51 (three weeks ago) link

Koffee is on “Doyin”? Doing what? Backing vocals?

HOWEVER, Killertunes has a 🎈in his Twitter bio, so I don’t know anymore...

breastcrawl, Sunday, 25 August 2019 19:27 (three weeks ago) link

koffee is on O's playlist i think rob mean

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 25 August 2019 19:48 (three weeks ago) link

aaah lol

Barack BALLOON Obama

breastcrawl, Sunday, 25 August 2019 20:00 (three weeks ago) link

haha sorry that is what I meant, should have put an xp on that

rob, Monday, 26 August 2019 18:38 (three weeks ago) link

a promoter friend is traveling through E Africa at the moment and heard this on the radio. It's brilliant

https://youtu.be/9VSz1gKlfmk

B Gway (et al) - Ndembe

frame casual (dog latin), Tuesday, 27 August 2019 22:46 (three weeks ago) link

weird'n'warpy Kenyan trip hop from Nah Eeto - Kichaa. This is from very late 2018 but there's a new album out soon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZxDQM7gcRM

frame casual (dog latin), Wednesday, 28 August 2019 00:15 (two weeks ago) link

That’s the spirit!

Loving “Ndembe”, especially when it goes into overdrive during Sholo Mwamba’s section.
(unfortunately, this remix is not on Spotify, so it’s the original version [minus Sholo] on the playlist. Still good!)

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 28 August 2019 20:17 (two weeks ago) link

Still hardly any singeli “singles” on Spotify by the looks of it, but this is Sholo Mwamba’s most recent video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8enq4afCTqw
Sholo Mwamba • Kimbia

This one is from a year ago and sounds like a bit of a pop move:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWbDAHF-pUc
Sholo Mwamba • Anataka Uma

Live scenes:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZ3OyRYryt8

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 28 August 2019 20:47 (two weeks ago) link

As for BGway himself (who does have stuff on Spotify), he makes “trap mdundiko” rather than singeli.
“Ndembe” seems his most exciting track by far, precisely because of the singeli injection, and there’s some bongo flava there as well, I think.

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 28 August 2019 21:28 (two weeks ago) link

(just trying to school myself here, feel free to ignore)

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 28 August 2019 21:40 (two weeks ago) link

no it's interesting. I only recently learnt the terms singeli and bongo flava

frame casual (dog latin), Wednesday, 28 August 2019 23:29 (two weeks ago) link

Very sad news, I only learned about this today:

DJ Arafat, a giant of coupé-decalé and one of the biggest stars of francophone Afropop (and beyond: he also worked with Nigerian artists like Davido and Yemi Alade, for instance) died two weeks ago in a motorcycle accident in Abidjan. He was 33.

https://www.france24.com/en/20190831-ivorian-music-star-dj-arafat-gets-royal-send-off-with-grand-funeral-concert

His funeral was today. His life was celebrated with a stadium concert featuring performances of many fellow artists. Here’s (all?) seven hours of it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xld7GMoqKyc

His most recent hit:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuk8PdGKv9c
DJ Arafat ft. Naza • Ventripotent

breastcrawl, Saturday, 31 August 2019 19:10 (two weeks ago) link

This one, from a year ago, is pretty damn awesome:

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

DJ Arafat • Pandou Koulé

breastcrawl, Saturday, 31 August 2019 19:26 (two weeks ago) link

Horrible news.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Sunday, 1 September 2019 13:26 (two weeks ago) link

Hi all

Here's an thread-relevant mix I made over the weekend featuring a lot of songs ITT and from elsewhere. Tracklisting is partially complete as I need to wait till I get home tonight and check through my Serato history

https://soundcloud.com/charlieframedj/akrakabo-2019-more-afrobeats-pop-and-dance

Enjoy!

FOKN Bois - African Holiday
Juls x Mr Eazi - Cake
Tiwa Savage - One
E.L. - Ehua
Rema - Dumebi
Zero12Finest - Baby Are You Coming?
A-Star - Solege
DJ Tunez x Busiswa - Majesty (Fuck It Up)
Sefa - Suga

Mina x Bryte - Sentah
Bryte x Busy Twist - Hustler
A-Star x GuiltyBeatz - Bogada
Eazzy - Away
Goldlink x Maleek Berry x Bibi Bourelly - Zulu Screams
Material Culture - Ngenzan
Mina x Bryte - Make Money (SNØW Remix)
Scró Q Cuia x Neru Americano - O Pintin
Tshegue - The Wheel
Petrah - Tiaso

B-Gway ft Mesen Selekta - Ndembe
Jay Mitta x Dogo Janja - Taitzo Pesa
Nihiloxica - Kadodi

frame casual (dog latin), Monday, 2 September 2019 13:28 (two weeks ago) link

I love Rema “Dumebi” . Great song

curmudgeon, Monday, 2 September 2019 17:26 (two weeks ago) link

It’s been out since March, so I am a bit late.

https://www.thefader.com/2019/06/24/rema-dumebi-interview

curmudgeon, Monday, 2 September 2019 17:28 (two weeks ago) link

There’s a Spanish version too

curmudgeon, Monday, 2 September 2019 17:32 (two weeks ago) link

Didn’t know about that Spanish version, it’s fun!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuQiQFHgzDM
Jthyago x Oscar el Ruso x Samueliyo Baby x Irrita el Indio • Dumebi (Spanish version)

Might as well post the Panamanian version of Skiibi’s “Sensima” too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNN-TBgAD9A
Italian Somali x Dubosky • Loco Fefo

breastcrawl, Monday, 2 September 2019 19:47 (two weeks ago) link

Dumebi is beautiful. I prefer it to Ma Lo

frame casual (dog latin), Monday, 2 September 2019 19:54 (two weeks ago) link

not Ma Lo, I meant Manya which it's loosely based on

frame casual (dog latin), Monday, 2 September 2019 22:31 (two weeks ago) link

“Ndembe” is so fucking good!

breastcrawl, Thursday, 5 September 2019 07:47 (one week ago) link

I had to rip it from YouTube in the end cos the version I bought on Google Play was quite different and nowhere near as good

frame casual (dog latin), Thursday, 5 September 2019 16:26 (one week ago) link

Is that the version I mentioned above with just G Nako that’s on Spotify? It’s not as singeli-larly spectacular, but still very good in its own right imo.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 5 September 2019 18:30 (one week ago) link

In other news:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOoNEi8BlgM
Tiwa Savage • 49-99 (produced by Pheelz)

breastcrawl, Thursday, 5 September 2019 18:39 (one week ago) link

re: Ndembe - it's not bad but the video version is jaw dropping in how it ramps up a gear every couple of bars. Goes from this loping reggaeish best to full throttle singeli in the course of 4 mins. The Spotify version is more straightforward rap / bongo flava

frame casual (dog latin), Thursday, 5 September 2019 18:44 (one week ago) link

totally agree, only your “not bad” is my “still very good in its own right”

breastcrawl, Thursday, 5 September 2019 18:48 (one week ago) link

Nigerian music writer Joey Akan profiles five Naija artists (Blaqbonez, Wavy the Creator, Fireboy DML, Odunsi and Teni) for the New York Times Style Magazine:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/29/t-magazine/nigerian-musicians-fireboy-dml-odunsi-the-engine.html

(I note that, just like in his recent Burna Boy review for The Fader, he uses the term “Afrobeats” for his American audience. Guess we’re stuck with that one)

breastcrawl, Friday, 6 September 2019 05:58 (one week ago) link

Been absent here due to major surgery a few weeks back, but saw this: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/07/world/africa/zimdancehall-the-music-that-moves-zimbabwes-uneasy-streets.html

Probably more appropriate for the dancehall thread, but an interesting read nonetheless...despite the music being a bit meh to my ears, the messages seem urgent, and sometimes that's enough.

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Saturday, 7 September 2019 12:30 (one week ago) link

Hope you’re doing better, table!

Don’t know much about the Zimbabwean scene, but this was one of my favourite jams of 2017:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFzDqKRb7zc
ExQ ft. Killer T • Nhema

GoogleTranslate told me the lyrics are about haters telling lies. I was going to say it’s hard to read a line like “we are free spirits” as completely nonpolitical, but then I came across this.

breastcrawl, Sunday, 8 September 2019 13:55 (one week ago) link

:

breastcrawl, Sunday, 8 September 2019 13:55 (one week ago) link

TNS has the Midas Touch as far as I’m concerned. “My Dali” and “Joburg” (with Mampinthsa) are two of the best tracks of the year. This is his latest - and there’s an album on the way:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVRbI2Pjjog
TNS ft. Mpumi • Umona

breastcrawl, Monday, 9 September 2019 07:29 (one week ago) link

Nice low-key EP from Blackmagic:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5Busrs7LGw
Blackmagic - BM19001

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kzum0bAFZ4
Blackmagic - BM19007

vcrash, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 15:52 (one week ago) link

Just heard this on Eazzy's EP:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQ8jNU1US2k
Eazzy - Away ft. Medikal

vcrash, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 21:26 (one week ago) link

Away is so great

frame casual (dog latin), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 21:50 (one week ago) link

Ghetto love, made in Lagos.

breastcrawl, Friday, 13 September 2019 07:59 (four days ago) link

So good:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSHff6H5Wxc

AVala • Mo Fe Be

breastcrawl, Saturday, 14 September 2019 19:30 (three days ago) link


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