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 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two months ago) Permalink

*mandatory check in*

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

Not at all! Good work!

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

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

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

that Killin' Dem track is fantastic

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

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

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

Like does it mean something other than popcorn?

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

No Ye?

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

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

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

Not the Simmy album? Will probably my number one.

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

I’m Dutch, from Amsterdam. Sorry I had to close shop. It was getting way past my bedtime and I had to work in the morning (i.e. now).

rob, I do listen to older African stuff on occasion, but not in any systematic way (like I feel sometimes I should, in order to get more historical background). Just like with the singles vs albums issue, it’s a matter of priorities and time management, and I don’t even have enough time to enjoy and keep up with all the good new stuff that’s coming out.

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 6 February 2019 09:00 (one month ago) Permalink

And yeah, (classic) soukous is one of the genres I would love to explore more.

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 6 February 2019 09:02 (one month ago) Permalink

So many jams, so little time...

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 6 February 2019 09:04 (one month ago) Permalink

fwiw Franco one of my fav artists of any country, any genre

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 19:35 (one month ago) Permalink

^

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 19:37 (one month ago) Permalink

I forgot to mention another important player in contemporay Nigerian highlife: Adekunle Gold (see above).

A current highlife-inflected fav:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDabcMUdq5Q

Patapaa ft. Article Wan • Enemies

oh, and while we’re in Ghana: Koo Ntakra, “Bam”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5b4ny4r4TEo

(for that Akwaaba-ey vibe)

breastcrawl, Thursday, 7 February 2019 08:26 (one month ago) Permalink

Reposting the links to the tracks posted just ahead of that long convo we had the other day. Wouldn’t want them to get snowed under!

Busta Pop ft. Mayorkun • Masha Kilo

Qdot • Gbese

Mayorkun • Sope

Muthoni Drummer Queen • Suzie Noma

Serge Beynaud • Kota na Koto

breastcrawl, Thursday, 7 February 2019 08:43 (one month ago) Permalink

New Niniola. Producer Sarz gets the co-credit:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ku_TK7tsEs

“Designer”

breastcrawl, Thursday, 7 February 2019 23:32 (one month ago) Permalink

I posted the new Prince Kaybee on the Sun-El thread, because it fits there. But if you crave that Club Controller/Banomoya sound (albeit slightly smoothed out) look no further than NaakMusiQ’s new one:

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

NaakMusiQ ft. Bluelle • Ndakwenza Ntoni

breastcrawl, Friday, 8 February 2019 06:36 (one month ago) Permalink

Sarkodie is Ghana’s biggest rapper, but I find his singles very hit or miss these days. This new one is banging though, thanks in no small part to Akan, Ghana’s best new rapper:

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

Sarkodie ft. Akan • All Die Be Die

(Akan’s Onipa Akoma album, released in 2017, is extremely good btw. It was #4 on my 2018 ballot, although I somehow never stanned for it.)

breastcrawl, Friday, 8 February 2019 08:50 (one month ago) Permalink

The okayafrica debate seems to anticipate on an in-force US market entry, where commodification and simplistic labels might be a nascent risk. But so far, what I observe is that fans are, besides Africans themselves, people who have a direct connection or interest in the continent, and few others. For all of those, a catch-up term seems inevitable, given how the current pop culture has shot up and found obvious common points from Ghana to Tanzania, and from Ivory Coast to Cameroon and Congo, when it's obvious that everyone's paying attention to the success of a few stars. The pop scene presents itself as pan-African (with individualities), or as individualities with a pan-african inspiration. It's everyone's individual responsibility to engage intelligently and perceive the dynamics rather than a monolith. I understand the basic lack of trust in Americans and Europeans ("c'est de bonne guerre" as we say: all's fair in love and war) but I'm very resistant to another semantics war. Afro-pop is my preferred catch-all term, which I slightly prefer to descriptive terms like "pop from Ghana", just as I use, say mpb as a short-term for all Brazilian pop whether the influence is Samba, Bossa, Tropicalia, Vanguardia P., or genres from the North / regional traditions whose applications I don't master anyway. You can call something pop while recognizing specific influences without having to name them, so I don't insist on calling something Bongo Flava just because it's Tanzanian if: 1. it sounds pop to me 2. I don't actually know what Bongo Flava is and how to recognize it.
I don't know, I try to keep it flexible.
I'm Swiss btw.

Nabozo, Friday, 8 February 2019 09:17 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm finally listening to the Bucie album from december and it's... really good? The sun's out today and it all just sounds gorgeous.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 8 February 2019 11:16 (one month ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tjk0nHlT49A

Linex Sunday - Too Late ft Lady Jaydee

speaking of Bongo Flava I've been listening to this one a lot in the last week. Lady Jaydee's vocals are very sweet, feels summer-y.

You can call something pop while recognizing specific influences without having to name them, so I don't insist on calling something Bongo Flava just because it's Tanzanian if: 1. it sounds pop to me 2. I don't actually know what Bongo Flava is and how to recognize it.
I don't know, I try to keep it flexible.
I'm Swiss btw.

― Nabozo, Friday, February 8, 2019 4:17 AM (six hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I agree with this. I normally call all african music from the 70/80s and onward Afropop when i'm talking about it. Unless i'm having a genre specific convo. I would prefer to just call it pop really though if i had a choice. I dunno if k-pop or j-pop fans feel the same, but (and maybe its too utopian) its all just pop music written for broad audiences and why can't we just ignore where its from. Maybe the location specific markers won't matter as much in time, but i get them from a marketing perspective, and I get that the language barrier means something to some people as well.

I'm from Canada, but lived in Kenya for a time, my mom grew up on a farm outside Nairobi but her parents were decedents of the British 1820 settlers in SA so the majority of my extended family is still in SA.

Should we start a pre-2010s Afropop thread? I won't claim to be an expert in any way. But it would be awesome to post what we know/can find and go from there.

a thread for everything that came out before this...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N70tdfvuaOs

Will (kruezer2), Friday, 8 February 2019 20:26 (one month ago) Permalink

The afrofunk-ish beat on that Sarkodie/Akan track is awesome.

rob, Sunday, 10 February 2019 14:45 (one month ago) Permalink

Should we start a pre-2010s Afropop thread? I won't claim to be an expert in any way. But it would be awesome to post what we know/can find and go from there.


Go right ahead! Would be an interesting and fun thread to follow.

breastcrawl, Sunday, 10 February 2019 21:52 (one month ago) Permalink

To come back to rapper Cassper Nyovest, who’s mentioned in that OkayAfrica piece: Sure, he’s “hip-hop”, not “afrobeats”, but he’s also an artist working within the South African and wider African pop context. Last year alone he did a single with Davido, and scored hits with DJ Sumbody and old school vocal duo Shwi Nomtekhala. I mean, good luck trying to sell this as “hip-hop” in the US:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kej8eH6CNK8
Cassper Nyovest ft. DJ Sumbody • Remote Control

(or try “Tseya Ukwe”, the other Sumbody jam on his recent album)


To further confuse matters: South Africans are now doing *afrobeats*?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOJ31xKTH1s
DJ PH ft. Rouge & ManuWorldstar • Go Down

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-19tB50H7YM
DJ Yanga ft. MarazA & MJ Washington • Dancia Dancia


Another interesting sound from SA, gqom-related but very much it’s own thing. I think it’s awesome:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Grlp2OGeQIc

Shado M • Inhliziyo Yami Ithi Hey

(I’m still trying to parse that video)

breastcrawl, Sunday, 10 February 2019 22:11 (one month ago) Permalink

Still in South Africa...

This is fantastic:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-IWRr6ohzw

TNS ft. iNdlovukazi • My Dali

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 13 February 2019 22:20 (one month ago) Permalink

Apparently there’s som beef between Prince Kaybee and TNS at the moment. TNS accused Kaybee of exploiting him economically. Then Kaybee literally posted the receipts on his FB page. Looks like TNS was... ahem... exaggerating.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 14 February 2019 06:04 (one month ago) Permalink

*some

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 14 February 2019 06:04 (one month ago) Permalink

Hadn’t heard of that. So, how do you rate their new tracks?

breastcrawl, Thursday, 14 February 2019 07:33 (one month ago) Permalink

My bad I guess, I never even realized TNS was a producer. I thought his credit on “Banomoya” was for the male vocal part. (Of course, he’s got a credit on “Club Controller” as well, but I never made the connection.) Judging by their respective new tracks, TNS played a big part in creating that sound though.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 14 February 2019 08:38 (one month ago) Permalink

I organized a small battle between two of my favourite tracks right now. It’s over here: Gqompetition time: two songs, two videos - QDOT vs SHADO M

Feel free to take a look and participate!

breastcrawl, Thursday, 14 February 2019 18:15 (one month ago) Permalink

More Kaybee collaborators, with a fun jam:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zb5RXKRZ-3Q

LaSoulMates ft. Oskido & Busiswa • iStory

breastcrawl, Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:31 (one month ago) Permalink

catching up on some 2018 tracks. sho madjozi's huku is amazing

||||||||, Saturday, 16 February 2019 20:07 (one month ago) Permalink

You might like the one right before your post as well then

breastcrawl, Saturday, 16 February 2019 23:22 (one month ago) Permalink

In my search for context for the Shado M song posted above that I’m currently obsessed with (as discussed here) I came across this banger:

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

Setro Beats x Diloxclusiv • Makwenzeke

breastcrawl, Thursday, 21 February 2019 22:18 (one month ago) Permalink

Is everyone aware that kruezer2 went ahead and started an Old School Afropop thread? It’s actually busier than this one right now, for shame lol!

breastcrawl, Monday, 25 February 2019 22:03 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I revisited Sho Madjozi’s debut album Limpopo Champions League, and damn, it’s good! (thanks for reminding me, |||||||||!)
It’s fun, sassy and colourful, just like Busiswa’s Highly Flavoured, but musically it’s much more of a grab bag. It has several gqom jams (like “Huku”), it has shangaan electro, a cool track with Kwesta, but also an EDM track, and an r&b love jam. And then there’s my two favourite tracks, which may or may not fall into the xibelani, xitsonga and xingondo genres she cites as influences.

Highlight #1: “Yaz’ Abelungu”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ascPO9HhkiY
(produced by She’s Drunk - their collaborative track “Amadoda” was recently posted on the Rolling Reconstructed Club Music thread)

Highlight #2: “Changanya” ft. Marioo & Aubrey Qwana:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_wzdXg90Z4
(sung in Swahili - more on Marioo later)

It was released in December, ufo nominated it for the album poll. I’m pretty sure I will nominate it again for the 2019 EOY.

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 19:54 (three weeks ago) Permalink

As good a time as any to post this gqom track and video by queer performance art duo FAKA:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHCN8bynfF0
FAKA • Uyang’khumbula

(From 2017, but I only found out about it late last year, and then was reminded of it and them again through this: https://www.okayafrica.com/bigger-nzuza-faka-south-africa-music-interview/)

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 20:39 (three weeks ago) Permalink

A helpful YouTuber translated the hook:

Do you remember me,
we used to sleep together on a sponge,
and on a different day we slept in a bush
My father beat us when we were eating each other (having sex) in the kitchen
from the morning until midday

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 20:43 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Replacing some dead YouTube links:

DJ Yanga ft. MarazA & MJ Washington • Dancia Dancia

LaSoulMates ft. Oskido & Busiswa • iStory

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 20:54 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Tanzanian Marioo (who’s on that Swahili Sho Madjozi track) is a relative newbie. He’s similar to Rayvanny, Harmonize and other post-Diamond Platnumz singers, but his jams are meatier, “Wauwe” being a case in point:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yN1m37Y2ZFw

Also, the Arab elements in the instrumenation seem to be more pronounced (does that mean it’s “taarab”-influenced? maybe kruezer2 can help me out here?) “Manyaku” is a case in point:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIgmVc6sDaY

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 21:11 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Through Marioo I also found out about Gigy Money, a husky-voiced rapper/singer who’s got some nice tracks:

Gigy Money • Papa
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuWmarlfdxo
(there’s a remix with Marioo now too)

Gigy Money ft. Whozu & Sanja • Kiki Ni Gigy:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skYyXRSxPgU

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 21:33 (three weeks ago) Permalink

(not sure about that remix, I think both versions on Spotify are actually the same, but Marioo is credited on the most recent one only. he’s not in the vid though, that’s for sure)

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 21:37 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Ghana update:

GuiltyBeatz ft. Mr Eazi & Kwesi Arthur • Pilolo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzfAuw_zu6s (the *actual* follow-up to “Akwaaba”)

A-Star • Balaya: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSYi_JkTJmU (his “Kupe Dance” was one of last year’s biggest Afropop hits, although it was never posted here. I like this one better)

FOKN Bois ft. Medikal • Wo Nim Mi:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsmM4PXMANk (FOKN Bois is the side project of rappers M3NSA and Wanlov the Kubolor. This is from their new album Afrobeats LOL)

breastcrawl, Thursday, 28 February 2019 21:39 (three weeks ago) Permalink

a star track is so great

but I can't let Trae do it I got Huerter on my mind (Spottie), Thursday, 28 February 2019 21:47 (three weeks ago) Permalink

There’s a video for Zlatan x Burna’s “Killin’ Dem” (just as well, cause the link upthread went dead):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EfSs6-Pxx8

breastcrawl, Thursday, 28 February 2019 21:59 (three weeks ago) Permalink

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

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)


Another link gone dead:

Full vocal version: https://youtu.be/pmAWXcJQZEM

Unofficial dance video to an edit of the instrumental “Main Mix”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfNQ7BvJzJ8

breastcrawl, Thursday, 28 February 2019 22:04 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Ha yeah Spottie, I agree!

xxp

breastcrawl, Thursday, 28 February 2019 22:07 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Another Ghanian hit — Pappy Kojo ft. Joey B & Nshorna • Balance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyKqdS9l2uc

(it features legendary azonto producer Nsho(r)na a/k/a Krynkman a/k/a Amadaa, who only raps here and puts in a little shout-out to “Obuu Mo”, the 2011 E.L classic he produced)

breastcrawl, Thursday, 28 February 2019 22:38 (three weeks ago) Permalink

High-level Naija collabos:

Patoranking ft. Davido • Confirm:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pR6anPLRv6g
(never realized their voices are that similar)

D’banj & 2Baba • Baecation:
http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=h-XMvzgi0eE
(imagine how big this would have been ten years ago)

breastcrawl, Saturday, 2 March 2019 17:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-XMvzgi0eE

breastcrawl, Saturday, 2 March 2019 17:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

GuiltyBeatz at it again:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32HG5UYPs1w
Ms Banks ft. Kida Kudz • Snack

(location: exactly halfway between the UK and West Africa)

(Note: this beat is guilty of resembling the one Samklef made for Wizzy’s “Don’t Dull” - this is not a crime)

Juls at it again:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=of8zdBPIWlI
Zlatan ft. Damibliz, Worlasi & Juls • Kokosa

(location: exactly halfway between Ghana and Nigeria)

breastcrawl, Saturday, 2 March 2019 17:51 (two weeks ago) Permalink

R2Bees have a new album out (only their third in ten years!), called Site 15. I posted their collaboration with Burna Boy on the Burna thread. This is a new track with their buddy Wizkid:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6j5Y3DuSvc

R2Bees ft. Wizkid • Straight From Mars

breastcrawl, Saturday, 2 March 2019 19:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The new Olamide hit with Killertunes producing is... pretty good, I guess, but Young John has done this type of joint for Baddo more than once before:

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

Olamide • Woske

breastcrawl, Sunday, 3 March 2019 16:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

All of the above are fine and dandy, but this... is the fucking best!!! (or is it my current South African bias?)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGVP1HcXQhA

MFR Souls feat. TallArseTee • Bamb’ikhanda

Also: epic party video

(Their earlier track “Glory” is more conventional soulful house, but also very good)

breastcrawl, Sunday, 3 March 2019 17:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

So Babes Wodumo livestreamed Mampintsha beating her up on IG, and it’s pretty terrible. DJ Tira just released a statement supporting her wholeheartedly.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 4 March 2019 10:17 (two weeks ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

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 (three days 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 (three days 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 days ago) Permalink


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