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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 (four 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 (four months ago) link

yay!

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

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

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

Yes to “Finesse “

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

That’s re Teanet

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

thanks!

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

Rema album sounds absolutely wonderful

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

omg just the transition from Divine to Hold Me was swoooon

rob, Friday, 25 March 2022 14:15 (one month ago) link

why chris brown, rema?

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

gotcha

rob, Friday, 25 March 2022 19:20 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month ago) link

get himself double sued

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

that glissando bass sound

thanks for using the exact word I was wrecking my brain for to find, I’ll be using it from now on!

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 30 March 2022 20:33 (one month ago) link

haha I tried to explain the difference between trap and drill to a friend recently and "glissando bass" is about the only way to do it quickly

rob, Wednesday, 30 March 2022 20:45 (one month ago) link

fun to listen back to Yeeko with that in mind btw, I definitely hadn't picked up on that either given how different the vibe is (this time I also noticed he says "drilly" at one point...I think)

rob, Wednesday, 30 March 2022 20:47 (one month ago) link

Interesting how Free Mind from 2020 is outperforming most of the songs from If Orange Was A Place

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 30 March 2022 21:38 (one month ago) link

I had no idea either, but I just checked the YouTube comments: people are seriously feeling this song

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 30 March 2022 22:07 (one month ago) link

Less glissando bass

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErIwMUm91Xs
Pabi Cooper, Focalistic & Ch'cco - Banyana Ke Bafana

Focalistic is still on a roll, beyond the fact that something in his pitch is the definition of (bafana) charisma

Nabozo, Thursday, 31 March 2022 18:37 (one month ago) link

This is also delightful and proper

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsRwRaOqrxw
June Freedom, Djodje - Si Ki Min Krè

Nabozo, Thursday, 31 March 2022 18:42 (one month ago) link

I don't remember we posted that song with Buju which is on Basketmouth's all-pleasant Horoscopes EP (if you want 20 Nigerian stars pocketed in a EP size).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lg5yK6aZ2C8
Your Body

Nabozo, Thursday, 31 March 2022 19:15 (one month ago) link

Video for Emiliana is out
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ypr5QN7Xn_M
Ckay - Emiliana

Nabozo, Friday, 1 April 2022 14:23 (one month ago) link

“all-pleasant” is selling Horoscopes short, I feel. It was my favourite afrobeats/afropop album/EP of the year until Rema came along.
it’s world-famous-in-Naija comedian Basketmouth’s second project as a musical curator, after 2020’s Yaba, which was also very good. Remember “Myself” with Show Dem Camp and Oxlade?
On the new one he’s also included Ghanaian artists like Efya and Kwabena Kwabena.

A very important factor in the success of these projects is producer Duktor Sett, who has managed to forge a wonderful, unifying sound for all these different performers (a sound with lots of oldskoolisms - I’ve never drunk it, but I always wish I had some palm wine at hand when I’m listening to this stuff)

Read more about it in this Joey Akan piece

There’s also an accompanying podcast with Basketmouth and Duktor Sett, I just discovered. (I haven’t listened to it yet)

Anyway, this is “Money”, featuring Oxlade and Efya:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHhgx1M9itg

(btw we really need to talk about Oxlade! the guy is responsible for both my favourite song (well, it was a tie) and my favourite afropop “project” of 2021, and I can’t find any mention of either on ILM!)

this is Oxlade’s first single of this year, “Want You”:

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

(btw we really need to talk about Oxlade! the guy is responsible for both my favourite song (well, it was a tie) and my favourite afropop “project” of 2021, and I can’t find any mention of either on ILM!)
― I'm too sophisti for the pun generator, so sophisti it hurts (breastcrawl), Friday, April 1, 2022 6:47 PM (forty-four minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

Which were those ? He didn't really have much to his name last year, even if I usually like everything he's on, Kolo with Ice Prince being a big one, Ojújú maybe ? If we are talking about the Dunnie Remix (technically 2020), then as sole voter in the YEP I feel entitled to ask for explanations :D

I think the production on such all-star projects, which requires no risk taken, is what holds back more of my enthusiasm on the Horoscopes EP. I tend to see them as a showcase, a pretty polished postal card for Nigerian music. I did hesitate in also linking Celowi and the closer, my other two favorites on first listen. Also seeing The Cavemen. being featured again made me think I should get interested in whoever is doing highlife in 2022. Anyway, all-pleasant was meant positively.

Nabozo, Friday, 1 April 2022 17:54 (one month ago) link

I really like Want You, it starts vibey, but then the bass pulse comes, and it finishes almost funky.

Nabozo, Friday, 1 April 2022 18:01 (one month ago) link

oh, I’m aware “all-pleasant” was meant positively, but it felt too much like damning the ep/album with faint praise when it’s actually damn excellent.

but let’s talk Oxlade >>>>>>> oh yes, “Ojuju”was definitely *that* song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzvDyh0DOIY

…and the Eclipse EP it’s from is *that* project - all four tracks produced by a magically rejuvenated DJ Coublon, all four among my most played tracks of the year.

(for some reason, these August releases were given “Troniq Music” as their main artist after having intially been simply credited to Oxlade - Troniq Music being nothing more than the name of the (his own?) record label. very confusing and commercially unwise. I suspect a Starboy-like situation, as in: after Oxlade signed an international deal with Epic Records, he may no longer have been allowed to release that stuff under his own name. haven’t been able to verify this tho)

the long and short of it is that Oxlade has become my favourite singer in afropop. the guy’s in love with his own voice and all the things he can do with it and I love him for it.
his feature-to-own-material ratio is about 10 to 1, I think, but this year should see more, more, more of solo-him. either way, most of his features are very exciting as well - this vocal tour de force from last year was a big hit in Ghana, for instance:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqmxpTbOHX4
Sarkodie ft. Oxlade • Non Living Thing

At first I thought the hook on Fireboy DML's new single was a bit light and I've rapidly changed my mind

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaC6tL7zYxo
Fireboy DML - Playboy

Also since we've established that remixes are a good thing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7wqi1HZFq8
1da Banton - No Wahala remix feat. Kizz Daniel & Tiwa Savage

Nabozo, Saturday, 2 April 2022 10:17 (one month ago) link

Ojuju is beautiful! I'll have to check out the rest of that EP as I loved "Away" back in 2020 but he hasn't crossed my radar since. "I Want You" didn't make as much of an impression, but I'll revisit it later.

I'm into this new BNXN that's in a hazy, relaxed & warm mood, sounds like an afternoon nap with the windows open

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COgIYkIzg1k

BNXN - For Days

rob, Wednesday, 6 April 2022 21:13 (one month ago) link

new Black Sherif, “Kwaku the Traveller”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hb6I7GoTvzI

can’t remember the last time a Ghanaian artist did so well in Nigeria, if at all: this song is Naija’s most streamed track, the Burna remix of “Second Sermon” is at 10 and he’s got features at 3 (“Always” with Darkoo) and 19 (Poco Lee’s “Yard”).

his delivery is so dramatic, with that great voice he has

“For Days” is lovely - hints at r&b (which it has in common with some of the Rema and, of course, MiL-Wizzy).

“No Wahala” is one of those surprisingly (well, I’m starting to get used to it) big global Afropop hits on TikTok/Shazam. They’re going the “Love Nwantiti” route with it, with all sorts of remixes (there’s a French one out, for instance). Absolute banger, of course - the kind that sounds like it’s always existed. Love the slide guitar.

“Playboy” is good, not “Peru”-good, but very solid, and it might grow on me some more.

Can we take a moment to let Fireboy’s success sink in? “Peru”, in its *excellent* Ed Sheeran remix version, peaked at #2 in the UK for several weeks and is still in the top 5, and currently sits at 53 in the Billboard Hot 100. Man even has a video with Madonna under his belt. I wish him Elton John and of course Jon Bellion collabs next.

btw, the Peru remix spawned some of the dumbest reviews in TSJ in living memory, I’m talking about the second and third 4-scores.

and yes, rob and everyone else who hasn’t heard it yet, do check out that Oxlade EP, as well as the Basketmouth album!

loving this from Boj (who goes waaay back in the Naija scene) with Moliy and Mellissa (who you might both know from the Amaarae album, they’re sisters apparently):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyqSIHjvgUk
“In The Loop”

previous single, the Juls-produced “Culture” with Enny, is good too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWtCDU1EQmc

middot • is • my • middle • name (breastcrawl), Saturday, 9 April 2022 08:58 (one month ago) link

8-song EP on the softer side featuring two songs with Azana including title track Nanini

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DKNliP8Gac
Lebza TheVillain feat. Sino Msolo & Tosh - Sosha

Nabozo, Saturday, 9 April 2022 15:03 (one month ago) link

Introducing Magixx

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=divDTLBDmCw
Magixx - Chocolate

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwsGYaF-cEM
Magixx feat. Ayra Starr - Love Don't Cost a Dime (Re-up)

Nabozo, Saturday, 9 April 2022 18:40 (one month ago) link

hadn’t checked in on prolific Ghanaian (self) producer Magnom for quite some time, but “Sweetie”s low-key vibe hits the spot for me today:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gs9kaxxI4U

middot • is • my • middle • name (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 12 April 2022 19:37 (one month ago) link

"kwaku the traveller" is really something, isn't it? immediately commanding. idk if i've ever heard this kind of delivery over a drill beat

in places all over the world, real stuff be happening (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 12 April 2022 20:00 (one month ago) link

Mellow & Sleazy are dropping a 9-song album (EP ?) in three days. I am enjoying the drive and percussions in recent single SJEPA.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkAeAc23vLU
Mellow & Sleazy (feat. Focalistic & M.J) - SJEPA

Nabozo, Sunday, 17 April 2022 10:19 (one month ago) link

Actually, that edit is no good and they should all be credited
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHkm9Odpzw4
Focalistic, Mellow & Sleazy and M.J - SJEPA

Nabozo, Sunday, 17 April 2022 10:22 (one month ago) link

went on vacation for a week so I'm behind here, but that Boj "In A Loop" song is really nice

rob, Monday, 18 April 2022 14:07 (one month ago) link

Billboard profile on the newly Warner-signed Pheelz

he’s hoping for Cardi B and/or ***Ye and/or Rihanna and/or Drake on the remix for “Finesse”

middot • is • my • middle • name (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 19 April 2022 21:37 (one month ago) link

I mentioned Poco Lee’s “Yard” upthread because of its Black Sherif feature, but it merits more than just a mention - it’s a great track!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbDSxVrT4ZA
Poco Lee ft. Black Sherif, Bella Shmurda & Alpha P • Yard

middot • is • my • middle • name (breastcrawl), Thursday, 21 April 2022 20:17 (one month ago) link

(the fact that it’s produced by P.Priime may have something to do with it)

middot • is • my • middle • name (breastcrawl), Thursday, 21 April 2022 20:19 (one month ago) link

BOJ feat. Wizkid & Darkovibes, Awolowo remix is alright

curmudgeon, Friday, 22 April 2022 11:52 (one month ago) link

I'm out the loop and doing a DJ set on Sat. What's really making you tick?

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Tuesday, 26 April 2022 16:47 (three weeks ago) link

people, don’t sleep on Oxlade’s “Want You”. textbook example of a grower, that one.

middot • is • my • middle • name (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 27 April 2022 10:42 (three weeks ago) link

I'm out the loop and doing a DJ set on Sat. What's really making you tick?

― Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), 26. april 2022 17:47 (three days ago) bookmarkflaglink

Anything Fireboy and/or Rema, Sungba Remix, Kwaku the Traveller

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 29 April 2022 17:45 (three weeks ago) link

New Burna Boy out 2 July titled 'Love, Damini' (his real name)

Nabozo, Friday, 29 April 2022 18:21 (three weeks ago) link

yesss

jammin on the dud (Spottie), Friday, 29 April 2022 18:27 (three weeks ago) link

For fans of Osama

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZhKGa_d-Tk
Thee Suka - Aluwawa

Nabozo, Friday, 29 April 2022 18:32 (three weeks ago) link

Also we haven't posted either Mufasa or Jinja. Tekno has entered that sweet territory of effortlessness and he has endured remarkably well since his initial streak of hits (Duro - Pana - Rara - Samantha).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-H0AEH3kPTY
Tekno - Jinja

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6LPkQyYdwg
Tekno - Mufasa

Nabozo, Friday, 29 April 2022 18:42 (three weeks ago) link

He has endured, but he is a bit past his prime, no?

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 29 April 2022 18:57 (three weeks ago) link

There is no denying that Tekno has a formula, but it does not sound stale to me, rather like the classic afrobeats sound.

Playfully yours from Ghana, previously mentioned re-Horoscopes EP

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2Qfe8JZHJE
Kwabena Kwabena - Fingers

Nabozo, Friday, 29 April 2022 19:12 (three weeks ago) link

I like those two recent Tekno singles a lot, especially “Jinja”, but his problem is he hasn’t sounded current in ages, which *might* be by choice, but it has made him more or less irrelevant as a hitmaker.

there’s something sad about his career. he was almost on a par with Wizkid and Davido at one point (remember he gave “If” to Davido when Davido was at the nadir of his career), but when he finally released his debut album in December 2020, at least three years after the fact, I don’t think anyone talked about it, anywhere. at least the album’s bizarre title, Old Romance, made a lot more sense than when he came up with it in 2017 or whenever it was. I listened to it once, and it was nice enough, but again, out of touch with the times and no urgency to it whatsoever.

but who knows, he might catch a wave again someday 🌊

middot • is • my • middle • name (breastcrawl), Saturday, 30 April 2022 10:42 (three weeks ago) link

but speaking of endurance: this slept-on track from 2019…

In other news: Wande’s still got it (see also the Amaarae track posted over the weekend):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Snpa4_kUkkg
melvitto ft. Wande Coal • Gentility
― breastcrawl, woensdag 5 juni 2019 23:38


…is now the number one hit in Nigeria. search ‘Gentility” on TikTok and you’ll know why.

middot • is • my • middle • name (breastcrawl), Saturday, 30 April 2022 10:43 (three weeks ago) link

A friend turned me onto this great lo-fi afropop track from Nigeria (not to be confused with the Toronto indie-pop act of the same name):

Hotkid - "Star"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksEfm6MuJ0w`

sean gramophone, Monday, 2 May 2022 13:49 (two weeks ago) link

^^ really nice, thanks to your friend

liking the boj album a great deal, even if he does tend to fade into the background and let the guests shine sometimes

in places all over the world, real stuff be happening (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 11 May 2022 15:35 (one week ago) link

Focalistic touring the US through June. In Houston MY 13; Dallas May 14

curmudgeon, Friday, 13 May 2022 02:03 (one week ago) link

but who knows, he might catch a wave again someday 🌊

right on cue… guesting on this super-sized banger from Kizz Daniel, “Buga”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FC4o26-4-xQ

butt-mooning is a polysemous word, hoss! (breastcrawl), Sunday, 15 May 2022 11:33 (one week ago) link

disclaimer: unabashed Oxlade fanboy here, but here’s yet another song of his I just•can•not•stop playing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x80x3_JqOws
Smallgod ft. Oxlade • Biou Biou

Oxy is permanently crazy in love, basically.

Smallgod is a Ghanaian-Dutch entrepreneur-turned-artist/A&R guy whose new album features an impressive line-up of Ghanaian, Naija, UK and Dutch guest artists: https://thenativemag.com/essentials-smallgod-connecting-the-dots/

butt-mooning is a polysemous word, hoss! (breastcrawl), Monday, 16 May 2022 21:18 (six days ago) link


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