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I decided not to fret about titles & country-specific threads this year.

I love this tense & teasing track, bit of an antidote to how melancholic a lot of naija has gotten (though it's not exactly joyous):

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

Portable x Poco Lee Ft. Olamide - ZaZoo Zehh

rob, Friday, 21 January 2022 14:49 (eight months ago) link

Yes, stop & start feel but very energetic. Not ultra smooth Nigerian r’n’b ( not that there’s anything wrong with that)

curmudgeon, Friday, 21 January 2022 19:15 (eight months ago) link

yay!

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 22 January 2022 09:33 (eight months ago) link

Not ultra smooth Nigerian r’n’b
― curmudgeon, Friday, January 21, 2022 8:15 PM (two days ago) bookmarkflaglink

Hem, speaking of the devil
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPJG5eeRHDc
Ice Prince & CKay - Shakara

It's no "Make Up Your Mind" or "Kolo" but Ice Prince is still on a nice string after his comeback. Ckay obviously of Love Nwantiti's fame.

Rema is on a track with FKA Twigs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxDD49WNogQ
FKA Twigs feat. Rema - Jealousy

Nabozo, Sunday, 23 January 2022 17:39 (eight months ago) link

This came out last year but was only recently reviewed in The Singles Jukebox. It's pretty great:

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

daavid, Thursday, 27 January 2022 05:41 (eight months ago) link

Ayra Starr & Ckay's "Beggie Beggie" is nice, I should probably check her whole album

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1Vp9gpO_OM

rob, Saturday, 29 January 2022 17:35 (eight months ago) link

not quite sure where to post this, but the new Pierre Kwenders single "Papa Wemba" is great:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6y4F8Q1CR4

rob, Saturday, 29 January 2022 17:40 (eight months ago) link

Nomfundo Moh's album, Amagama (Words), is out. The soft beats support a singer still ecstatic at having found her own voice and a little imprisoned in the melodies that have worked best for her, but it's still a solid, pleasant first effort.

Nabozo, Saturday, 29 January 2022 21:25 (eight months ago) link

Some odd notes in this review—"AG has the writing and vocal chops to make better music than most of the leading men of Afropop" o rly—but an interesting read nonetheless: https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/adekunle-gold-catch-me-if-you-can/

rob, Wednesday, 9 February 2022 15:36 (seven months ago) link

i think she's inelegantly stating that he is probably a better technical singer than someone like burna boy or wizkid, which i think is fair.

the album is solid overall, tho i think the singles kinda tower above everything. of the new songs, i especially like the fousheé collab.

roflrofl fight (voodoo chili), Thursday, 10 February 2022 18:16 (seven months ago) link

I understood the line, but I think it's a weird critical move to assert that AG is ~capable~ of writing better music than BB or WK when he demonstrably has never done so. Maybe if she'd only said vocal chops I might not have cared—I certainly don't listen to Davido for his impressive pipes lol—but I have a fundamentally different way of listening to music than someone who would listen to AG and BB and think the former clearly has more potential

anyway, I listened to about half of the album and lost interest. Maybe he has "chops" but he sure lacks charisma! Not sure I blame Gold entirely for that, I'm bored with a lot of naija production right now, and I posted the review because I agree with her conclusion. OTOH I think African Giant has probably come closest to that point, and I always wished Wizkid had done more in the Ojuelegba vein

rob, Thursday, 10 February 2022 18:32 (seven months ago) link

I understood the line, but I think it's a weird critical move to assert that AG is ~capable~ of writing better music than BB or WK when he demonstrably has never done so.

oh yeah totally agreed

roflrofl fight (voodoo chili), Thursday, 10 February 2022 19:05 (seven months ago) link

the lovely new Rema single does exactly what I think that review was asking for

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQLsdm1ZYAw

Calm Down

debut album out in March

rob, Saturday, 12 February 2022 17:48 (seven months ago) link

Reekado Banks & Fireboy DML - Ozumba Mbadiwe (remix)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qNHgciOut8

(I don't remember if the original version was posted last year)

sounds kind of like someone put Bounce in the freezer for a few hours

rob, Saturday, 12 February 2022 17:56 (seven months ago) link

Rapper Riky Rick died this morning in Johannesburg from suicide, he was 34. I was a fan of the hit Ungazincishi and he seemed to be all around the place.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQsND8-oYnQ

Nabozo, Wednesday, 23 February 2022 20:05 (seven months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Anotha banga– but without the tag this time

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTTsxSoYEFs
Rema & AJ Tracey - FYN (Prod Kel P Vibes)

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 11 March 2022 23:25 (six months ago) link

Signature addictive King Monada melody

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjmzfSBQHDc
Rechie Teanet & C Boy Teanet - NuNu Ft King Monada

Nabozo, Saturday, 12 March 2022 17:00 (six months ago) link

Buju and Pheelz' Finesse was #1 on the global Shazam chart when I checked it last night. I predict it's going to be huge this summer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyeCxH9wbDc

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Sunday, 13 March 2022 12:47 (six months ago) link

those Pheelz and Teanet tracks are great - the Rema's halfway there. Thanks!

sean gramophone, Monday, 14 March 2022 13:54 (six months ago) link

Yes to “Finesse “

curmudgeon, Monday, 14 March 2022 14:25 (six months ago) link

otm, that is excellent, and the video is the first time I've been hyped for the metaverse

Teanets are really nice too--is that South African?

rob, Monday, 14 March 2022 14:34 (six months ago) link

the Rema is maybe a little relaxed to a fault, but I could see it sounding really good in the context of an album, the production is deeper than I first thought

rob, Monday, 14 March 2022 14:37 (six months ago) link

I like this bit of naijapiano from Niphkeys & Reekado Banks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHI3JGyuRH0

rob, Monday, 14 March 2022 14:45 (six months ago) link

Yes, and their parents were musicians/performers too. Read that father Peter was killed by a policeman

https://fourwaysreview.co.za/377379/richie-teanet-brings-a-different-sound-to-south-african-music-industry/

curmudgeon, Monday, 14 March 2022 14:48 (six months ago) link

That’s re Teanet

curmudgeon, Monday, 14 March 2022 14:49 (six months ago) link

thanks!

rob, Monday, 14 March 2022 14:52 (six months ago) link

I'm playing catch-up. On the darker side of production, uMlando

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wY1AKe1Qnkw
9umba, Toss & Mdoovar - uMlando (feat. Sir Trill, Sino Msolo, Lady Du, Young Stunna & Slade)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aq6zkFOHEiw
Major League Djz x Mathandos x Nvcho ft C4 Djs - BAKWA LAH

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmiIDKQV8kE
Cyfred - Lengoma ft. BenyRic, Nkulee & Skroef, T&T MusiQ

On the lighter side, I don't think that last year we posted ThackzinDJ, Tee Jay & Sir Trill - Yini Sdakwa

And I posted about TAYO from Musa Keys, but it was not Selema
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUfphAcgjLA
Musa Keys - Selema

Nabozo, Monday, 14 March 2022 15:14 (six months ago) link

the pheelz song is gonna be a big hit, and deservedly so.

loved the group vocals on this video from pheelz's tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@pheelzonthebeat/video/7069775235326758149

roflrofl fight (voodoo chili), Monday, 14 March 2022 15:57 (six months ago) link

With stars like @YAWTOG_, @KwakuDMC, @JayBahd1 and @ygaokenneth, will #Asakaa, or Ghana drill, replicate the recent global success of Nigeria's #Afrobeats and South Africa's #Amapiano?https://t.co/BT6RUFojU9

— BBC News Africa (@BBCAfrica) March 22, 2022

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 22 March 2022 17:35 (six months ago) link

Rema album sounds absolutely wonderful

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 25 March 2022 08:40 (six months ago) link

omg just the transition from Divine to Hold Me was swoooon

rob, Friday, 25 March 2022 14:15 (six months ago) link

why chris brown, rema?

roflrofl fight (voodoo chili), Friday, 25 March 2022 14:37 (six months ago) link

it is indeed wonderful. go swoon over here: REMA : days of Rave & Roses (& of course Bangers)

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Friday, 25 March 2022 14:37 (six months ago) link

while you’re all having fun on the Rema thread, let me post some hot stuff here.

this is a fucking jam, biggest streaming song in Nigeria right now (well, until the Rema album dropped):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5A-CjKOQWvg
Asake • Sungba

but what? shock horror! his first absolute smash of the year wasn’t even posted here? sleeping on the job, folx! (you thought “Finesse” dropped out of thin air?)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PnZf9U1HxQ
Asake ft. Olamide • Omo Ope


and another current naijapiano hit with its own unique vibe. slowed and screwed perhaps? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRn1gL9NNb8
Zinoleesky • Rocking

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Friday, 25 March 2022 17:51 (six months ago) link

Rocking is cool

I'm not sure I get the fuss with Asake, though I liked Omo Ope more that Sungba and could see him growing on me. What's the connection between Omo Ope and Finesse?

speaking of: I'm glad Buju changed his name, but how exactly does one pronounce BNXN? bee en ex en I guess?

rob, Friday, 25 March 2022 18:55 (six months ago) link

he's said it's pronounced "benson," which is his real last name

roflrofl fight (voodoo chili), Friday, 25 March 2022 18:56 (six months ago) link

yeah, that will def put an end to any potential confusion with Buju Banton, which I assume is the reason for the name change

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Friday, 25 March 2022 18:58 (six months ago) link

ha! thanks vc, I wasn't actually expecting anyone to know the answer lol. do you all listen to afrobeats podcasts or radio or...?

rob, Friday, 25 March 2022 19:15 (six months ago) link

What's the connection between Omo Ope and Finesse?

way I see it: it’s in large part thanks to that anthemic background singing (which I assume is a traditional thing in certain Nigerian musical styles, and something Olamide likes to use on occasion) that “Omo Ope” blew up the way it did. Pheelz ran with the idea,m and turned it into that massive chorus chant.

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Friday, 25 March 2022 19:19 (six months ago) link

gotcha

rob, Friday, 25 March 2022 19:20 (six months ago) link

ha! thanks vc, I wasn't actually expecting anyone to know the answer lol. do you all listen to afrobeats podcasts or radio or...?

― rob, Friday, March 25, 2022 2:15 PM (eight minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

ha, i saw an article about his name change and it helpfully pointed out the pronunciation. also the first track on his e.p. from last year is called "daniel benson (buju)"

roflrofl fight (voodoo chili), Friday, 25 March 2022 19:25 (six months ago) link

lmao I suppose I could have googled it myself. I only figured out the change because Finesse got greyed out on Tidal

rob, Friday, 25 March 2022 19:29 (six months ago) link

Buju should have doubled down and renamed himself Buju Benson, who's going to recognize BNXN ?

Nabozo, Friday, 25 March 2022 21:24 (six months ago) link

get himself double sued

roflrofl fight (voodoo chili), Friday, 25 March 2022 22:03 (six months ago) link

The Asake ep is dope- I didn’t quite get him at first either but he’s got it. Omo Ope is the standout though - Olamide guesting it (and him being signed to YBNL) makes a whole lot of sense. He’s very much the next generation’s Olamide.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 25 March 2022 22:33 (six months ago) link

all Nigerian btw, except for the big Ghanaian hit of the year - which is super lovely and happens to have a suitably Naija sound:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxyzTOX_tDQ
KelvynBoy • Down Flat

my favorite cover version:

This guy 😅 @_LHOGY pic.twitter.com/X39cOXvx3v

— Black Star ⭐️ (@kelvynboymusic_) March 3, 2022

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 29 March 2022 20:57 (six months ago) link

ok I get the fuss now:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WU__JQuB8g

(Sungba remix w/Burna Boy)

rob, Wednesday, 30 March 2022 14:28 (six months ago) link

so then how do you (and others) feel about Black Sherif before and after Burna?

“Second Sermon” (July 2021): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFdD3Y8mqPI

“Second Sermon (Remix)” (December 2021): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPf8LT2uNbs

how it started: “First Sermon” (May 2021): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-M8GrF2b7M0

so yeah, these are all from 2021, but they’re very relevant to the BBC piece curmudgeon linked about Ghana drill/asakaa, even though Black Sherif, the biggest star to come out of this scene so far, doesn’t even get a mention there.

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 30 March 2022 19:04 (six months ago) link

aiui palm wine is pretty important to Igbo and Yoruba culture, and it figures in their folklore and more contemporary culture (e.g., Amos Tutuola). Most relevantly there is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palm-wine_music

rob, Friday, 26 August 2022 12:33 (one month ago) link

Omah is more of a cognac guy tho

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Friday, 26 August 2022 14:42 (one month ago) link

lol sure I just meant stuff like this and Joeboy's "Sip" might be tying more into traditional themes than you'd expect (or not, sorry if I'm 'splaining here)

rob, Friday, 26 August 2022 15:24 (one month ago) link

rob be sipsplaining

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Friday, 26 August 2022 15:49 (one month ago) link

Tekno has got his groove back (thank you, Kiss!) and it’s a joy to behold:

“After Party”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aDjFAWJzB4

also a nice new twist on the anthemic chorus line thing

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Friday, 26 August 2022 23:33 (one month ago) link

Since the UK afro thread is not the most active, I might as well post this here.
We've been enjoying playing this, and for once, the French feat is good.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHLesr_8Y0Q
NSG & MHD - In Da Car

Nabozo, Sunday, 28 August 2022 15:31 (one month ago) link

“In Da Car” is some good shit!
besides 4Play, there’s two boss Dutch producers involved in that one: Diztortion and Spanker.

if you’re looking for a super cho French rap feature, look no further than this one, one of my crucial 2022 jams:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Lp9clJSB7E
Aya Nakamura ft. Damso • Dégaine

(I’m cheating of course, this one being French on French)

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Monday, 29 August 2022 18:34 (one month ago) link

meanwhile, the latest boy (Spyce is sooo old news) from the House of Mavin, Bayanni, just dropped his 4-track debut EP.

single “Body” is good (love the strings!)

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

…but my favourite here is the lewd “Ta Ta Ta”, which has drill bass and suitable murky production:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zn3L_HbcrpA

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Monday, 29 August 2022 18:36 (one month ago) link

I've been really really really enjoying "Girlfriend" by Ruger and "I'm A Mess" by Omah Lay recently. So much great music in this thread.

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Monday, 5 September 2022 09:42 (three weeks ago) link

Oooh, Aya Nakamura and Damso! Two faves, one track.

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Monday, 5 September 2022 09:43 (three weeks ago) link

I’ve never felt comfortable posting (South African) piano in this thread, but I’m hoping this poll I created might get the amapiano party started again on ILM, because we’re seriously logging… lagging behind. here’s your invitation - I hope you will all participate:

drowning in a blissful ocean of log drums and keys: 🎹🎹 amapiano a-z 🎹🎹 an ilm poll

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Monday, 5 September 2022 15:03 (three weeks ago) link

Asake album out, and no, it’s not called Haters Gonna Hate

haven’t listened to it yet, this is just a public service announcement. pbuy!

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Thursday, 8 September 2022 09:42 (three weeks ago) link

The album sounds really right and good. 30 minutes! Organise is an early fave but there are more.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 8 September 2022 14:35 (three weeks ago) link

Tight not right but ok

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 8 September 2022 14:36 (three weeks ago) link

- - Whitney Houston

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Thursday, 8 September 2022 14:37 (three weeks ago) link

Lol!

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 8 September 2022 14:56 (three weeks ago) link

Wow, I love the flow of this.

Frederik B, Thursday, 8 September 2022 15:19 (three weeks ago) link

yeah the Asake sounded great to me too, a really fascinating project. From one angle, it doesn't deviate from the formula at all. But it explores every possible corner of it, and since there's barely a breath between tracks—and quite a few end very abruptly—it almost comes across like a single-song suite

rob, Friday, 9 September 2022 14:08 (three weeks ago) link

i'm also digging the asake, agreed that it flows very well. there's enough differences between the tracks that it isn't monotonous though. i particularly like "nzaza" and the particularly amapiano-flavored "sunmomi"

comedy khadafi (voodoo chili), Friday, 9 September 2022 21:13 (three weeks ago) link

I love the Asake more and more. I might just be a bit out of the loop on afropop, but it's one of the most inventive and new-sounding albums I've heard all year, from anywhere? It's as if he loves the thing on amapiano-albums where one beat morphs into another so much that he wouldn't wait 6-7 minutes for each one, and therefore turned everything into 2-3 minute sketches. And on top of that is the usual 'organic' instrumentation, but instead of the usual jazzy sound there's a gospel choir and that wonderful rustic violin, which really ties the album together. It feels a bit much to call it 'deconstructed amapiano', but it does feel a lot like all those British artists adjacent to the dance-scenes, taking sounds and ideas and turning them into weird personal projects. Like PinkPantheress or something.

It's great to listen to, and a lot of fun to think about as well.

Frederik B, Saturday, 10 September 2022 08:12 (three weeks ago) link

Yay, Asake album is lush

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Saturday, 10 September 2022 08:40 (three weeks ago) link

Somewhat reticent profile of Asake: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/asake-afrobeats-new-album-mr-money-with-the-vibe-1234588970/

Tbh a Magicsticks profile might be more revealing (not that I have any idea how they collaborate)

Anyone watched the Afrobeats documentary series? On Netflix, at least in Canada

rob, Saturday, 10 September 2022 15:03 (three weeks ago) link

hey, did you know we had a trend going on?

http://thenativemag.com/asake-davido-anthemic-chants/

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Saturday, 10 September 2022 17:21 (three weeks ago) link

I shall have no qualms posting Amapiano in this thread (there's a nice spectrum here after all).

Mbosso from Tanzania has a nice track with Costa Titch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKWey2e8NY0
Mbosso Feat. Costa Titch & Phantom Steeze - Moyo

Going back to SA, very chill amapiano "ballad" here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErB9HJU2vOk
K.O feat Young Stunna & Blxckie - SETE

Nomfundo Moh still in her space but I don't mind a romantic duo with Kwesta

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnrWXf5yuU8
Nomfundo Moh feat. Kwesta - Sibaningi

And finally, afrobeats-wise

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ommOZ_493yU
Mr Eazi - Personal Baby

Nabozo, Sunday, 11 September 2022 09:23 (two weeks ago) link

asake album is really lovely but i wish he let the songs breathe a little they're so short & he definitely has enough ideas to carry them a bit longer

the occasional amapiano beat makes it particularly fascinating, a 2 minute amapiano track just seems perverse

ufo, Monday, 12 September 2022 04:59 (two weeks ago) link

Much as I am loving the proliferation of amapiano, I am starting to get (only slightly) concerned that quite so many artists within and without SA are taking on the sound to the point where everyone has to have at least one amapiano song in their repertoire (usually a lot more)

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Monday, 12 September 2022 09:40 (two weeks ago) link

you can spare yourself your ever so slight concern trolling - that ship has long sailed.

this is from a year ago already:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rphoHc0JLU

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Monday, 12 September 2022 10:08 (two weeks ago) link

and as Davido said in an earlier incarnation of this phenomenon, it’s The Sound!

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

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Monday, 12 September 2022 10:12 (two weeks ago) link

Nowadays I feel like the Amapiano export industry is where all the creative potential is. I especially appreciate it when it's really well integrated and subtle. Compared to the deep and hard sound that tends to be crushed under its own dark gravitas and sluggish block structure (Felo le Tee, another 3-hour album by KdS). The core sound is a little behind. I will still lend an ear to Busta 929, Focalistic, but I haven't even listened to the aforementioned KDS, couldn't get into the new Mr Jazziq at all, I find myself skipping and getting tired, too many songs are absorbed in that opaque internal space, that inner conversation. So I get the Amapiano fatigue and I've been wondering when the next sound is due.

Part of my own fatigue is the exacting challenge of finding songs from Spotify though.

Nabozo, Monday, 12 September 2022 13:04 (two weeks ago) link

thanking you for rating an album you haven’t even listened to, very useful information.

it’s a great album by the way, can’t be mentioned enough

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Monday, 12 September 2022 17:39 (two weeks ago) link

Lol, I will eventually get to it, if only out of loyalty to the artist. I was just pointing to the obvious that artists going deep into the rabbit hole may discourage even original fans of the sound, and widen the divide between the DJ-side and the pop-side, which feels more vital and interesting right now. There's something for each listener though, I just don't have the dedication to line up 100-minutes+ albums, and I think KDS can take a little blame for this excess.

I've always tried to keep up and posted Amapiano in our threads, so please don't get mad at me breastcrawl :)

Nabozo, Tuesday, 13 September 2022 09:08 (two weeks ago) link

I found this tune by a new Canadian artist in an Apple Music R&B playlist. Very distinct amapiano influence.

https://open.spotify.com/track/68qSx0qS9nfVm4X0wFIBx1?si=up-UF1tpQuS2uvoiaEdKJQ

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 13 September 2022 13:30 (two weeks ago) link

According to this, it's not so much influence as intentionally trying to make ama: https://www.onscenemagazine.com/home/news/music/2022822-luna-elle-is-crazy-off-love-for-her-amapiano-debut

rob, Tuesday, 13 September 2022 13:40 (two weeks ago) link

Oh right! Fascinating.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 13 September 2022 13:41 (two weeks ago) link

Correct me if I'm wrong, but what's most interesting about the genre's spread is there isn't really a particularly prominent artist or track leading the wave, right? Unlike afrobeats' slow rise to prominence, which was punctuated by both one-off hit singles and artists like Wizkid and BB consistently releasing tracks & albums, making guest appearances, having mediocre US/UK features on their songs, Drake taking an interest, etc.

rob, Tuesday, 13 September 2022 13:46 (two weeks ago) link

on second thought, I gather this might be somewhat different in Europe?

rob, Tuesday, 13 September 2022 13:46 (two weeks ago) link

That track/artist will surely come along. But you’re right. It seems to spread in an… organic sort of way. As much as I enjoy current SA amapiano though, I am a bit frustrated that so little of it seems to be at all concerned with the genre’s pop potential - if only because someone outside SA looks set to be the one or ones spearheading the movement globally. Looking at the Apple Music London charts today, Oxlade’s Ku Lo Sa is number one (!) while Asake and Burna Boy dominate the list. Which is great. But seeing a “real” amapiano track in the mix would be awesome.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 13 September 2022 15:06 (two weeks ago) link

From the little time I've spent in SA, Amapiano is played as is on the radio and blasted in some popular restaurants / taverns / shops, public space, and obviously in clubs. Afrobeats has relatively little penetration and influence, since SA produces so much music of its own, it's there but a little further in the global periphery. The pop side is already well covered between the gentler house, hip hop, the gospel type of stuff. At its core, Amapiano remains dance music from the lokshin, an underground culture, much like Gqom was.

Nabozo, Tuesday, 13 September 2022 15:33 (two weeks ago) link

Of course. I’d just like to see some of the originators get a little of the crossover action that must surely be on its way.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 13 September 2022 18:32 (two weeks ago) link

I think amapiano succeeds in part by playing the long game

xheugy eddy (D-40), Wednesday, 14 September 2022 20:51 (two weeks ago) link

Africa’s most out there music festival (afaik) is blossoming and Museveni’s government doesn’t like it:

https://thequietus.com/articles/32062-uganda-s-government-issues-guidelines-for-nyege-nyege-festival

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Thursday, 15 September 2022 14:55 (two weeks ago) link

wow…

This just made my year 🤍🌴🦅 pic.twitter.com/eQsNHwAIa2

— Ozedikus Nwanne 💯 (@ozedikus) September 17, 2022

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Saturday, 17 September 2022 18:46 (two weeks ago) link

just wow…

…Just some boys from surulere doing what they know best pic.twitter.com/mbg3UE1EbI

— ᴏғᴀ (@oxladeofficial) September 17, 2022

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Saturday, 17 September 2022 18:47 (two weeks ago) link

asake album debuted at no 66 in the US, outselling ari lennox (among notable other debuts last week). wild times

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 20 September 2022 20:16 (one week ago) link

highest-charting nigerian debut album of all time

comedy khadafi (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 20 September 2022 20:36 (one week ago) link

yep, also debuted at #22 in the UK album chart. not so much outselling as outstreaming tho, it’s #12 on US Apple Music Top Albums today, and the #1 (!) on UK Apple Music Top Albums - two weeks after its release. wild times indeed.

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 20 September 2022 20:38 (one week ago) link

streaming = selling these days

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 20 September 2022 22:29 (one week ago) link

clearly not to the chart compilers or it would be much higher up there

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 21 September 2022 05:42 (one week ago) link

j0rdan is right. there are multiple streaming services and the albums in front of him seem to have more cross-platform appeal

for example, asake is doing much better on apple than spotify, where he’s not in the global or us top 50 album charts

comedy khadafi (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 21 September 2022 12:31 (one week ago) link

just checked the uk album chart on spotify and he’s not on there either

comedy khadafi (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 21 September 2022 12:33 (one week ago) link


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