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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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months ago) Permalink

*mandatory check in*

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

Not at all! Good work!

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

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

breastcrawl, Thursday, 3 January 2019 13:27 (four months ago) Permalink

that Killin' Dem track is fantastic

rob, Thursday, 3 January 2019 16:18 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months ago) Permalink

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

rob, Friday, 11 January 2019 17:13 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months ago) Permalink

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

rob, Tuesday, 15 January 2019 23:35 (four months ago) Permalink

Like does it mean something other than popcorn?

rob, Tuesday, 15 January 2019 23:36 (four months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months ago) Permalink

No Ye?

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

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

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

Not the Simmy album? Will probably my number one.

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

Re Mmino, the new Prince Kaybee album is out. With just six new tracks besides the three singles, it’s not overly generous. The new tracks are solid (with the exception of “AfroTech Thursday”, a real dud imo), but there’s nothing nearly as epic and groundbreaking (and just plain banging) as “Club Controller” or “Banomoya”. I think this is my favourite of the new tracks:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8M2qEonOzE

Prince Kaybee ft. Holly Rey • Yes You Do

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 19 March 2019 21:32 (two months ago) Permalink

ANGOLAN AFRO-HOUSE/KUDURO SPECIAL:

Nerú Americano and Os Santiegos (remember “Sem Maldades”?) have teamed up again (as, yes, you could have almost guessed it, “O Team”) for a mini album of six slamming tracks. I love all the ass action in the official video for lead track “Sim”, but the military roleplay is too triggering (literally, and especially now) to post it without a warning, so here’s a TV performance of it instead:

O Team • Sim: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXbkmravNg4


The “Sem Maldades” producer releases a track of his own:

DJ Vado Poster ft. Ed Sangria • Peso: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TS0H65B3Aw

(oh, you enjoyed that TV performance? Here’s another one!)


From last year, also produced by DJ Vado Poster (some amazing dancing in this video):

Cadu Fashion & Mr Brazuca • Andamento: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNSve4vp7AI


Two that are more informed by trap:

Preto Show ft. Teo No Beat • 150 BPM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tst_QFcQAq4

DJ Nelasta ft. Titica & Paulelson • Tonga: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRkL28SzBOk


And finally, an oldie, from 2014:

Staff Paulo ft. Gaia Beat & DJ Ricardo Orange • Sapelemé: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEp9ktHV6Sg

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 19 March 2019 21:51 (two months ago) Permalink

Wed. March 27 - Mr. Eazi at the Fillmore in Silver Spring, Md near Washington DC. Maybe I will go

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 20 March 2019 12:42 (two months ago) Permalink

Great track from Ghana (Naija references notwithstanding):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kBC94pjDYg

RJZ & DarkoVibes ft. Magnom & Nana Benyin • Zanku

”This is not a music video... It’s all fun & games
now LETS ZANKU!!!”


I guess, and it’s also just one minute long. Here’s the full track.

breastcrawl, Sunday, 24 March 2019 22:46 (one month ago) Permalink

Reminder: we can all help make ILM a less boring place by posting cool music and interesting content!

breastcrawl, Sunday, 24 March 2019 22:49 (one month ago) Permalink

important public service announcement there!
Zanku is quite good.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 25 March 2019 15:40 (one month ago) Permalink

X-post- Mr. Eazi dc area gig postponed till April 25

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 26 March 2019 15:55 (one month ago) Permalink

X-post- Mr. Eazi dc area gig postponed till April 25

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 26 March 2019 15:55 (one month ago) Permalink

Visa issues he said in a social media post

curmudgeon, Thursday, 28 March 2019 14:22 (one month ago) Permalink

just head 'straight from mars' by r2bees & wizkid. so subtle and great.
thanks so much breastcrawl for all the amazing music you've been posting.

Nourry, Saturday, 30 March 2019 21:32 (one month ago) Permalink

Happy to hear that, Nourry! Makes me feel less like some kind of Theresa May, stubbornly trying to push through something nobody is really interested in.

FYI: There’s a duet between Wizkid and Teni coming up that’s also super smooth and subtle from what I’ve heard of it (I don’t have access to the link right now).


The thing is though, I’m only scratching the surface. I wish others would share and discuss their favourites and discoveries here as well, so we would get a bigger picture, and it would become less of a I’m-Listening-To-This-Music-So-You-Don’t-Have-To kind of thing, but maybe that’s too much to ask of ILM in its current state.

I love ILM, but it’s lost a lot of its lustre with so many posters becoming less active or simply disappearing. (Did they migrate to greener pastures, and if so where might these be?).
Retro is the default mode more than ever before. It’s mainly old music that brings all the boys/girls to the threads, and while that’s fine in and of itself, I’d so much rather talk and read about the exciting music I’m listening to now (which does include new-to-me old school African pop tbh) than about music I found thrilling back in the day and only listen to occasionally these days.

Anyway, end of lament. There’s lots of great new stuff to post, but I’m in a YouTube-unfriendly part of the world right now. I might post some Spotify links instead soon, if it’s alright with you folks.

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 3 April 2019 13:04 (one month ago) Permalink

Your lost-lustre lament is exactly how I started to feel about ilm about two years ago (iirc). I think I've mostly stopped feeling bad about it, though sometimes the 180-degree disparity between the general drift of recent discourse and how the ilm I first discovered would have reacted is kind of stunning. I've been absent itt because I haven't been listening to much in this vein, but that's partially because there's been a slew of good to great albums/EPs out (Solange, DAWN, Koffee, Christian Scott, Comet Is Coming, etc).

Anyway, I really came to post this Eugy "Lolo" I just listened to:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viLHv8IkcDM

rob, Wednesday, 3 April 2019 13:58 (one month ago) Permalink

I was enjoying this Kranium song Mind Blown which turns out to be the same (Young John) production as this:

Kizz Daniel, "Fvck You"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGGu65glWpU

Both versions are pretty great imo

rob, Wednesday, 3 April 2019 14:07 (one month ago) Permalink

I’ve felt this way before too (pretty sure I’ve complained about it once or twice as well) and I actually quit posting for months on end two times because of the lack of feedback. I guess this time it’s the post-EOY blues in large part (you know, with everyone going “Wow, who knew this music was that fantastic. Guess I will start following the Afropop thread now!”, and then, as usual, nothing happens. Nabozo predicted it, I guess I should have seen it coming lol)

breastcrawl, Thursday, 4 April 2019 02:04 (one month ago) Permalink

But back to the music: I really like the Eugy, hadn’t come around to playing it yet. Especially like that it’s produced by Spanker, further proof of the upsurge of Dutch urban music.

I have mixed feelings about “Fvck You”. ‘Good guy’ Kizz is showing his misogynistic side more and more, and I don’t like it. However: am I reading you right and did Young John produce a track for Kranium? That would be interesting. It’s not on Spotify, so I can’t check.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 4 April 2019 02:04 (one month ago) Permalink

Oh I didn’t catch barely any of the lyrics on the Kizz, that’s a shame. The Kranium is called Mind Blown and it’s on Spotify in Canada anyway. It’s the same music as Fvck exactly, just different vocals

rob, Thursday, 4 April 2019 03:44 (one month ago) Permalink

I did think it was odd that the dude who sang Mama was putting out a song called Fvck You, but I haven’t paid much attention to him since that album

rob, Thursday, 4 April 2019 03:46 (one month ago) Permalink

Both versions are good but, yeah, no reason for Kizz Daniel of all people to go there, so I'll probably be playing the Kranium version way more. Is this a general tendency in recent Nigerian pop music or is it just a case of Kizz Daniel trying to rebrand himself as edgy?

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 4 April 2019 09:13 (one month ago) Permalink

I think it’s on Kizz, really. He’s been sexing up his image ever since “Sofa”, two years ago now. However, he could be setting a trend with the video for his recent smash “Madu”, which is very steamy for Nigerian standards. (it has some lyrical raunch as well).

(you’ll have to look up the video yourselves, all I can do is post the Spotify link.

It’s not nearly the best track on his album though, that would be the similarly titled “Maye”, even though that’s another golddigger-bashing song.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 4 April 2019 10:45 (one month ago) Permalink

oh yeah I do remember "Sofa," I think I liked that one. Lol I forgot he called his album No Bad Songz. In defiance of that title, I didn't get very far into it the one time I tried to listen, but "Maye" bumps. ("Madu" is dull imo.)

But I relistened to "Fvck You" and I still can barely discern what he's singing about, so I think I'm okay with it--all praise to Young John most likely. Also, on the Kranium version he says he calls his dick "Jehovah Thickness", which is hilarious but I'm not sure his version is a lyrical safe haven :)

rob, Thursday, 4 April 2019 13:46 (one month ago) Permalink

Especially like that it’s produced by Spanker, further proof of the upsurge of Dutch urban music.

btw, breastcrawl, could you expand on this? I don't know who Spanker is or what the Dutch connection is.

rob, Thursday, 4 April 2019 14:02 (one month ago) Permalink

“Jehovah Thickness” is A+

“Fvck You” is about a girl he was seeing who turned out to be an ‘ashawo’ (=slut); the chorus is basically him listing all the colleagues (you might recognize some names) who fucked her apart from him. He feels betrayed, the poor thing.

It does look like Kranium paid a little work visit to Naija. He and Kizz are both on the track “Send Her Money” on the Olamide-supervised YBNL MaFia Family album that dropped late December, and Young John is affiliated with that label too, so it makes sense.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 4 April 2019 15:05 (one month ago) Permalink

Spanker is one of the biggest producers within the Dutch urban scene, which has basically taken over the Dutch music industry in the past five years or so. Afro vibes are a non-negligible part of this.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 4 April 2019 15:06 (one month ago) Permalink

I should add: some of these producers are making waves internationally too (this does include working with/for Diplo/Major Lazer). I’ve mentioned it elsewhere, but one of last year’s biggest latin hits, “X” by Nicky Jam and J Balvin, was produced by Dutch producer duo Afro Bros.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 4 April 2019 15:36 (one month ago) Permalink

dang I kind of wish you hadn't spelled out those Kizz lyrics. I had noticed some famous names but didn't get why he was saying them--in fact it sounds more like he's dissing them if you don't know what's going on...oh well, 2016 already feels like a special moment in naija pop that I have nostalgia for, so I guess I can add "that was when Kiss Daniel wasn't a dickhead" to the list of reasons why.

interesting stuff about the Dutch scene, thanks!

Also, on further listens I really really like "LoLo." It's so airy and sprightly, it reminds me of "Ghana Bounce"...just don't tell me what it's about lol

rob, Thursday, 4 April 2019 16:22 (one month ago) Permalink

There is, fyi, also a "clean version" of Fvck You on Spotify. I can't make out what he's saying there either, but I'll stick to it.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 4 April 2019 16:54 (one month ago) Permalink

xp

Sorry about that, rob! Realized I should have added a spoiler alert after I posted it lol.

in fact it sounds more like he's dissing them if you don't know what's going on


I think that’s on purpose, but it didn’t make sense to me. That’s why I did a search for the lyrics and found what I found.

(I feel there was a song (a US or UK one probably, not all that recent) that did the same songwriting trick, or at least a very similar one? Anyone remember?)

Oh, and rob, I think we’re still in a golden age for Naija pop - see Exhibits A to M below!

breastcrawl, Saturday, 6 April 2019 07:58 (one month ago) Permalink

As promised, some current faves - with their Spotify links, as I’m in a YouTube-less part of the world.

breastcrawl, Saturday, 6 April 2019 08:00 (one month ago) Permalink

First up, seven smooth tracks with trademark Naija sweetness:

A) Fireboy DML • Jealous (an absolute beauty, originally on the YBNL MaFia Family album - and plugged in Olamide’s “Woske” video posted upthread) Spotify link

B) Tee Y Mix ft. Teni • Bilo (it’s Teni, baby, need I say more? Oh yeah: duet with Wizkid upcoming) Spotify link

C) Skiibii ft. Reekado Banks • Sensima (posted last year, but still in the mix, this song won’t quit!) Spotify link

D) Oxlade • Shugar (bringing that sweetness!) Spotify link

E) Reekado Banks • Maria (exquisite, produced by Young John) Spotify link

F) Iyanya ft. Duncan Mighty • Halle Spotify link

(Iyanya “celebrated” this (very good) sort-of comeback single by coming clean about his partnership with label boss Ubi Franklin. It’s yet another story of complete dysfunctionality in the Naija music industry.

G) Rema • Dumebi (new signing on Don Jazzy’s Mavin Records) Spotify link

breastcrawl, Saturday, 6 April 2019 08:07 (one month ago) Permalink

Two more:

H) DJ Prince ft. Olamide & Phyno • Piom Piom (highlife pop alert!) Spotify link

I) IBK Spaceshipboi ft. Always Good (?), Waje & Praiz • Because Of You (possible Alté alert! loving this vibe) Spotify link

breastcrawl, Saturday, 6 April 2019 08:09 (one month ago) Permalink

Legwork and other street and/or dancefloor stuff, times four:

J) Reminisce • Oja (produced by Sarz) Spotify link

K) Lil Kesh ft. Fireboy • Le Le Yi (another track of the YBNL MaFia Family album; can’t check, but this sounds like a Sarz production as well) Spotify link

L) Qdot • Koshi Danu (follow-up to “Gbese”, it’s another good one) Spotify link

M) DJ Xclusive ft. Zlatan Ibile • Gbomo Gbomo (another Rexxie joint) Spotify link

breastcrawl, Saturday, 6 April 2019 08:11 (one month ago) Permalink

All of course to be found on this Spotify playlist: ILM rolling Afropop / Afrobeats / Afrodance 2019

breastcrawl, Saturday, 6 April 2019 08:30 (one month ago) Permalink

epic post, breastcrawl, wow. To quickly clarify: I by no means think it's all been downhill since 2016--last year was huge!--it was just packed with personal favorites (some actually from 2015...really the whole "good year/bad year" thing is a little silly).

oh my god "Jealousy" is sooo good, thank you

rob, Saturday, 6 April 2019 15:18 (one month ago) Permalink

sorry "Jealousy"

rob, Saturday, 6 April 2019 15:25 (one month ago) Permalink

pretty obsessed
lil frosh / small doctor "firi yahoo"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4VFJDVywak

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Sunday, 7 April 2019 23:27 (one month ago) Permalink

^^^ You found my Exhibit N!

breastcrawl, Monday, 15 April 2019 20:26 (one month ago) Permalink

I’m becoming ever so slightly addicted to this slice of Angolan kizombo myself:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uL5z4_xFEBE

Yudi Fox • Baixinhas

breastcrawl, Monday, 15 April 2019 20:29 (one month ago) Permalink

By the way, did anyone catch Mr Eazi (& GuiltyBeatz) and/or Burna Boy (streaming) live at Coachella (on Friday and Saturday respectively)?

breastcrawl, Monday, 15 April 2019 20:36 (one month ago) Permalink

I guess not...

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 17 April 2019 16:32 (one month ago) Permalink

Two big East African smash hits from the House of Wasafi:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teejx562wxg
Harmonize ft. Burna Boy & Diamond Platnumz • Kainama

(video features Burna in a bathtub)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6pCgzHMJY8
Rayvanny ft. Diamond Platnumz • Tetema

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 17 April 2019 16:32 (one month ago) Permalink

Video for Niniola’s “Designer”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ib7YN4jK-oM

She also has a cute song with Mr. P:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oe5KxFF4n8w

Mr. P ft. Niniola • One More Night

breastcrawl, Saturday, 20 April 2019 09:48 (one month ago) Permalink

Designer is very good. Her and Sarz are such a great team.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Sunday, 21 April 2019 18:10 (four weeks ago) Permalink

New DJ Sumbody:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7kIa3OXsdU

DJ Sumbody ft. Kwesta, Thebe, Vettys & Vaal Nation • Ngwana Daddy

breastcrawl, Monday, 22 April 2019 15:13 (four weeks ago) Permalink

More from South Africa:

KayGee DaKing & Bizizi ft. Killa Kau • Kokota https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5Qj7HwJCws

Boss track.

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 23 April 2019 22:35 (three weeks ago) Permalink

*Killer Kau

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 23 April 2019 22:37 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Wizkid getting grief on twitter from North American based fans for being a live appearance no-show a lot. Read elsewhere a guess that Wizkid’s band had visa issues, but it’s not clear why he missed 2 DC area gigs & Coachella (both weekends). The afternoon DC gig was a big rap/ r'n'b stadium fest w/ Childish Gambino & Lil Wayne where Wizkid was scheduled to be the sole Afrobeats act; the evening DC bill in a 5,000 seater was all afrobeats I think

curmudgeon, Monday, 29 April 2019 11:34 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I'm really digging that Yudi Fox track and pretty much all the "Introduçao" album

daavid, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 22:02 (one week ago) Permalink

“Moça Louca” off that album is an all-time kizombo classic.

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 22:31 (one week ago) Permalink

This is spectacularly delightful:

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

Manqonqo ft. DJ Tira & Airic • Ngibambe

Is this the first track to be informed by the “Inhliziyo Yami Ithi Hey“ beat?
And man, those synths!

breastcrawl, Sunday, 12 May 2019 20:26 (one week ago) Permalink

Manqonqo - whose big hit “Eyadini” I momentarily forgot has a similar beat (must be all those current AmaPiano hits confusing me) - is also on this amazing track from the recent-ish (and very good) Dbn Nyts album, SeXtion 3:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fbIF3eoL6g

Dbn Nyts ft. Manqonqo & Cueber • Bawele

breastcrawl, Sunday, 12 May 2019 21:23 (one week ago) Permalink


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