"See I like Beyoncé, but she dey with Jigga / I like Nicki, her yansh is bigger..." // D'BANJ - OLIVER TWIST // afrobeats in the charts

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2012 summer jam number one


keep hearing this everywhere in public which makes it even better

kanye kardashian (lex pretend), Thursday, 24 May 2012 06:51 (six years ago) Permalink

first heard it on this mix


had no idea it was gonna become a thing this summer but there it is in the top 10

kanye kardashian (lex pretend), Thursday, 24 May 2012 06:52 (six years ago) Permalink

Only know it through the Funkystepz remix atm.

So, Kanye's involved somehow(?) - think this has any traction stateside?

etc, Thursday, 24 May 2012 08:40 (six years ago) Permalink

the funkystepz remix is kind of pointless

no idea about kanye's involvement though whenever an amazing song gatecrashes the charts out of nowhere there always seems to be something like that behind it (cf jepsen/bieber) so i wouldn't be surprised

kanye kardashian (lex pretend), Thursday, 24 May 2012 09:05 (six years ago) Permalink

I first heard of it via Dan Hancox's Guardian feature on Afrobeats in January. LOVE that it's in the Top Ten!

mike t-diva, Thursday, 24 May 2012 09:26 (six years ago) Permalink

Sneakbo version


I absolutely rinsed that Abrantee Afrobeats vol 1 mix a while back. He seems to have pissed quite a few people off by lumping so much different stuff under the Afrobeats tag, but what do i care, that tape was fantastic

Benny B, Thursday, 24 May 2012 10:25 (six years ago) Permalink

He seems to have pissed quite a few people off by lumping so much different stuff under the Afrobeats tag

really, like what? (and criticism from whom?)

as far as i recall the main flak abrantee copped from that article was to do with the misleading impression he himself invented afrobeats as a term and/or was one of its great originators in the uk

r|t|c, Thursday, 24 May 2012 11:29 (six years ago) Permalink

^ yeah you're right, that was the main beef people had with him (although i've never seen any criticism of Abrantee coming from the african artists themselves).

I suppose i was referring to a few people on the dissensus afrobeats thread, which quite depressingly turned into a moanfest about lumping together Naija, Hiplife, Boomba, kuduro etc, thereby misrepresenting these distinct musical styles/traditions etc...i suppose they have a point but slagging Abrantee seemed a bit cynical to me, he's doing a lot to promote this music.

Benny B, Thursday, 24 May 2012 12:00 (six years ago) Permalink

this too

Benny B, Thursday, 24 May 2012 12:15 (six years ago) Permalink

lol come on man, zhao talking out of his clueless backside is one of the stone tablets of the internet

r|t|c, Thursday, 24 May 2012 12:16 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah i've seen that piece too - first comment deals with it neatly

r|t|c, Thursday, 24 May 2012 12:20 (six years ago) Permalink

xp lol I knew you were gonna say that! Zhao, bless him...

still there is a controversy there, however tedious it may be, and I think these issues will keep cropping up as this afrobeats thing gets bigger i'm sure.

i agree the dude in the comments nails it for me

Benny B, Thursday, 24 May 2012 12:25 (six years ago) Permalink

This is just wonderful. And thanks to Benny B. for posting that soundcloud link also.

pandemic, Thursday, 24 May 2012 15:19 (six years ago) Permalink




Benny B, Saturday, 26 May 2012 15:57 (six years ago) Permalink

sup w kanye, big sean and MANNIE FRESH being in the "oliver twist" video

fapper don (J0rdan S.), Saturday, 26 May 2012 22:14 (six years ago) Permalink

^ they're all on Kanye's G.O.O.D. music label I think

stands for 'Getting Out Our Dreams' apparently *pukes*

still, its a good look...

Benny B, Saturday, 26 May 2012 23:20 (six years ago) Permalink

bit rich considering how many marcus 'natural artistic sounds touching you' sets you've heard in your lifetime :)

r|t|c, Sunday, 27 May 2012 08:38 (six years ago) Permalink

This thread needed to happen, there's so much good music coming out of this scene, I haven't been as excited for music since getting into UK Funky. This is my personal favorite atm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9z4VrDu_ZYw&feature=related.

Astrochimp32, Sunday, 27 May 2012 18:27 (six years ago) Permalink

love that track! apparently atumpan is also a high school english teacher irl, which makes it even better.

in case anyone hasn't heard it, d'banj's previous single is also excellent:

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r|t|c, Monday, 28 May 2012 09:20 (six years ago) Permalink

Blimey I had no idea that D'Banj was in the top 10, terrific song anyway, although this is my favourite of his:


Can't be bothered with the laboured controversy (yawn unifying US and dancehall DNA throughout loads of this etc etc) but glad someone's pointed out the two-way traffic between funky and the Nigerian artists at least, probably others as well, cf this from a couple of years ago:


Also lol at Donae'o popping up in the video for no apparent reason.

Homosexual Satan Wasp (Matt DC), Monday, 28 May 2012 18:20 (six years ago) Permalink

Heard this one on thesinglesjukebox a couple of weeks ago. As I said there musically reminds me of Paul Johnson’s Get Get Down.


Moka, Monday, 28 May 2012 18:46 (six years ago) Permalink

RE: UK Funky/Afrobeats

Dotstars been on this thing

always imagined this would fit nicely into a funky set (of yore, maybe not nowadays)

Quite old and based on SA house more than Naija/Ghana i think, but this is an anthem

another old one but fits i think

but Donaeo must be in his absolute element right now, I'm really pleased for him. He's come a long way!

Benny B, Monday, 28 May 2012 18:48 (six years ago) Permalink

A couple of years ago I heard 'Party Hard' on a dancefloor in Kampala and 'African Warrior' playing in some some random bar that was otherwise playing Nigerian and Ghanaian pop and the big US hits and it was a real penny-drop moment.

Homosexual Satan Wasp (Matt DC), Tuesday, 29 May 2012 08:04 (six years ago) Permalink

This ("Oliver Twist") was at first impossible to check out and then inappropriate to listen to for various personal context reasons for the past 6 days but OH SURPRISE it is in fact my favourite thing ever.

Tim F, Wednesday, 30 May 2012 10:57 (six years ago) Permalink


^^^ This is a couple of years old and corny as hell and has absolutely zero thematic development but is totally irresistible.

Homosexual Satan Wasp (Matt DC), Wednesday, 30 May 2012 11:02 (six years ago) Permalink

can't believe no one has posted this Azonto smash from Ghana here yet, could be the next "Oliver Twist" perhaps:


breastcrawl, Wednesday, 30 May 2012 14:49 (six years ago) Permalink

more Azonto goodness:


breastcrawl, Wednesday, 30 May 2012 14:50 (six years ago) Permalink

and how about this one:


breastcrawl, Wednesday, 30 May 2012 14:52 (six years ago) Permalink

killer track from Nigeria - a bit old, but new to me, and definitely still fresh:


breastcrawl, Wednesday, 30 May 2012 14:55 (six years ago) Permalink

^ follow this person's lead (re azonto)

r|t|c, Wednesday, 30 May 2012 14:56 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah them EL tracks are biggles. I believe he produced that daft Eddie Kadi/Funny Face tune I posted upthread too.

Benny B, Wednesday, 30 May 2012 22:43 (six years ago) Permalink

Looking forward to giving this a listen soon

Benny B, Wednesday, 30 May 2012 22:49 (six years ago) Permalink

more Azonto:


breastcrawl, Thursday, 31 May 2012 20:46 (six years ago) Permalink

^^ my undisputed #1 song of the year ^^

r|t|c, Thursday, 31 May 2012 21:13 (six years ago) Permalink

neptizzle is a fascinating character who i'm surprised the media havent really caught on to - a vietnamese dude from hackney and former grime dj who seemingly randomly picked up on afrobeats in 2007 and has become an international star

r|t|c, Thursday, 31 May 2012 21:20 (six years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4P-gOrdeZk. This is on that Neptizzle mix, very nice.

Astrochimp32, Friday, 1 June 2012 06:31 (six years ago) Permalink

you can listen to EL's double album here: http://elrepgh.bandcamp.com/.
4 out of 25 tracks in, it's pretty great!

rob, Saturday, 2 June 2012 20:37 (six years ago) Permalink

i was just listening to it as well... it's on Spotify, so fast!
(but really, putting that "this is crazy chale" thing in every single intro gets a bit annoying)

breastcrawl, Saturday, 2 June 2012 22:05 (six years ago) Permalink

That Neptizzle mix is amazing, I can't stop playing it! There's some proper hard tracks, like the Dee Moneeey I put up above, or 'Bossu Kena', and some beautiful, sugar-sweet ones as well, like 'Big Momma', 'Onyame Ehyira', and 'Sweetio'. There's just something about the colorful synths, syncopated beats, autotuned african vocals, and the relentless, catchy fun of this that really does it for me.

Astrochimp32, Thursday, 7 June 2012 18:43 (six years ago) Permalink

Love the Neptizzle mix so so so much.

Tim F, Friday, 15 June 2012 22:22 (six years ago) Permalink


curmudgeon, Saturday, 16 June 2012 05:09 (six years ago) Permalink

What's this about Bert Jansch? Ok. Leaving thread...

Pacific Rinko (Capitaine Jay Vee), Saturday, 16 June 2012 07:16 (six years ago) Permalink


based on the singles this album is shaping up to be really good! wizkid, banky w & scales

chilli, Saturday, 16 June 2012 10:29 (six years ago) Permalink

love everything about this


Benny B, Thursday, 21 June 2012 20:55 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah that one's a belter

rhythmically fairly unique from what i've found too

(save el's 'kaalu' maybe-ish)

r|t|c, Thursday, 21 June 2012 21:09 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah, you mean with those 4x4 kicks coming in and out?

I am also pretty in awe of how stylish these dudes look tbh.

Benny B, Thursday, 21 June 2012 21:16 (six years ago) Permalink

i love that neptizzle mix! what are the chances we can get marcus mixing afrobeats? he would be killing it.

hardhouse banter (tpp), Thursday, 21 June 2012 21:20 (six years ago) Permalink

"obuu mo" is absolutely my shit.

hardhouse banter (tpp), Thursday, 21 June 2012 21:24 (six years ago) Permalink

at the risk of being thick, what defines this "scene"? Like, what distinguishes "afrobeats" from other stuff? I don't want to be the genre police, I'm enjoying it, but it just feels like uk-funky influenced house?

boxedjoy, Thursday, 21 June 2012 21:31 (six years ago) Permalink

Oh, awesome. Appreciate the ability to d/l yr mix, too, as this thread had been crashing my browser something fierce.

etc, Thursday, 25 October 2012 23:13 (six years ago) Permalink

LOVING this mix, thank you!

mike t-diva, Friday, 26 October 2012 11:33 (six years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

oh shit The Thing and Lapaz Toyota are so hot. djing them both next time i dj something.

Jamie_ATP, Saturday, 17 November 2012 21:27 (six years ago) Permalink

Refreshing the thread with some Naija stuff, not exactly recent, but still good:


breastcrawl, Saturday, 1 December 2012 14:32 (six years ago) Permalink

Wizkid (who has an album out now) with an older track: "Pakurumo":


breastcrawl, Saturday, 1 December 2012 14:34 (six years ago) Permalink

And this one from Ice Prince feat. Brymo "Oleku". Brymo's hook is gorgeous.


breastcrawl, Saturday, 1 December 2012 14:37 (six years ago) Permalink

Yes I love that one too. Ice Prince has an album out as well but I wouldn't say it's essential listening outside the singles. Obviously Superstar is all-time though.

Matt DC, Sunday, 2 December 2012 11:12 (six years ago) Permalink

boss mix benny, sorry i didnt get round to it earlier

when will i be able to clone another me to have time for all the music i wanna hear :/

r|t|c, Sunday, 2 December 2012 11:58 (six years ago) Permalink

i think it's fair to say afrobeats has not bled into the rest of the world even in the relatively minor way i had envisaged, like 'oliver twist' might as well be the macarena now

r|t|c, Sunday, 2 December 2012 12:03 (six years ago) Permalink

i mean obv it was always going to be a novelty hit but the tide beneath it hasnt particularly risen and seems to have subsided if anything

r|t|c, Sunday, 2 December 2012 12:04 (six years ago) Permalink

I dunno the commercial infrastructure behind D'Banj is pretty hefty now so maybe he's just the outlier. Difficult to tell without a follow-up. Oliver Twist doesn't sound particularly African either which may have helped it crossover.

Like so much of the rest of this stuff, especially the best stuff, isn't in English. Although I'm not sure its a blessing or a curse that no US mainstream producer or UK hipster type has started knocking out fake Ball-J or Don Jazzy beats.

Also I thought I'd commented on Benny's mix but apparently not - one thing that you really notice when you listen to them all back-to-back is how much variety he's able to get out a fairly small number of sounds. Like he makes a handful of sounds do so much work, there are constantly little surprises popping up all over the place, it's all ravey in the best possible way.

Matt DC, Sunday, 2 December 2012 12:23 (six years ago) Permalink

tbh my pov there is overly azonto-centric

i would dearly like to think there's still a space for melodic naija pop to carve out on a mtv 93 euroreggae tip

r|t|c, Sunday, 2 December 2012 12:29 (six years ago) Permalink

if we could just get ace of base to reform and cover 'oleku' we're laughing

r|t|c, Sunday, 2 December 2012 12:31 (six years ago) Permalink

Like I challenge you to find anything dorkier than that.

Oh wait:


Matt DC, Sunday, 2 December 2012 12:40 (six years ago) Permalink

why is this gif not moving xp

r|t|c, Sunday, 2 December 2012 12:40 (six years ago) Permalink

Glad you guys enjoyed the mix. Ball J is crazy prolific, there was about another 10 tunes from this year I wanted to fit on there. Was quite surprised (and somewhat flummoxed tbh) to learn from an interview that he sees himself primarily as a hip hop artist. His whole attitude seemed to suggest he thought this Azonto thing is just a sideline for him. Thing is, his hip hop stuff is awful Jay-Z impersonations over standard-as-fuck beats!

This new one goes hard though


Benny B, Sunday, 2 December 2012 15:07 (six years ago) Permalink

This one too from a London based singer.

Gizo - Makofa Aba (prod. by Ball J)

The first few seconds of this had me thinking of early Wiley riddims. I always kind of wanted Wiley to have jumped on producing funky, it might have sounded a bit like this. Also, wouldn't complain about more Grime like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2sHpvmZ9Ts

Benny B, Sunday, 2 December 2012 15:48 (six years ago) Permalink

Here's my top 50 azonto songs for the year (or really since the abrantee mixtape). Might be a few from last year and the order is fairly arbitrary after the top 10 or so but whatevs. Also no Naija cos i don't really have enough knowledge.

1.Guru - Lapaz Toyota
2. Keche - Aluguntugui
3. EL - U Go Kill Me
4. Zigi ft. Amanda
5. Keche - Sokode
6. Kwaw Kese ft. Black Prophet - Let me do my thing
7. Guru - Karaoke
8. D-Black ft. Joey B - VERA
9. Yaw Siki - Wupe Dodo
10. EL - Obuu Mo
11. Fada Gran pa - To da centre
12. Obour - One people
13. Joey B - Azonto bomb
14. Sarkodie ft. EL - Dangerous
15. D-Black - Ha mi shoulder
16. Flexy Da Don - Tsofi sausage
17. EL - Kaalu
18. Mr HmHmm ft. Joe B - Non-fa
19. T-Blaze - Wa Sei Bebia
20. Greenfield ft. EL - Carry dey go
21. Fuse ODG - Antenna
22. Stay Jay - Twaame Lala
23. Stay Jay ft. Tiffany - Shashee Wowo
24. Eduwodzi ft. Stay Jay - Yenko Nkoa
25. Guantoa - Asore Party
26. Gasmilla - Innit
27. Funny Face & Eddie Kadie - They doubted
28. Humble Dis - Corner corner
29. Guru - Akonta Fried Rice
30. Stay Jay - Prepaid girl
31. Buk Bak - Kolum
32. Nadjat - Gbaa Alert
33. Bluebox ft. Bottlez - Spedede
34. Castro ft. Sarkodie - Swagger
35. Sun Rich - D33d3w Dot Com
36. Tiffany - Akyee wo
37. EL - On a long tin
38. Joe B ft. Guru - Dongor
39. Eyi Rap ft. Va - Serkle
40. Nyame K - Pay her
41. Edem - Over Again
42. Yaw Siki - Jeggings party
43. Black Kat ft. Zador - To Dey be to dey
44. Conzy - Megye hit
45. Gizo - Makofa Aba
46. Da Little ft. Limit - This London Girl
47. 4x4 & MarcusBeatz - Casanova
48. Fifi Selah ft. Stoneboy - Survival
49. 4x4 - Moko Ni
50. Fuse ODG ft.Tiffany - Azonto

Benny B, Thursday, 6 December 2012 11:39 (six years ago) Permalink

Great list, Benny. That's some of the very best music of the past year imo. I can't wait to listen to the ones I haven't heard yet.

(btw, #3 U Go Kill Me is by Sarkodie (featuring EL).

breastcrawl, Thursday, 6 December 2012 12:25 (six years ago) Permalink

...wish I had enough knowledge of Naija pop to make a coherent list...

breastcrawl, Thursday, 6 December 2012 12:27 (six years ago) Permalink

xp oh yeah, should also read 'Zigi ft. Sonniballi - Amanda' at number 4

Benny B, Thursday, 6 December 2012 12:44 (six years ago) Permalink

My top three: Gbaa Alert (Nadjat), Chop My Money (P-Square), Oma Ga (Tiwa Savage). Lots of co-signs with Benny's list, e.g. Obuu Mo, Twaame Lala, the two big Guru tracks...

mike t-diva, Thursday, 6 December 2012 15:12 (six years ago) Permalink

The latest from Keche is another good one: Body Lotion.


breastcrawl, Friday, 7 December 2012 00:05 (six years ago) Permalink

Dr. Slim - S3k3 (Seke) (feat. Double)


breastcrawl, Friday, 7 December 2012 00:18 (six years ago) Permalink

"Let Me Do My Thing" is amazing, was the highlight of yr Ball J mix, Benny. Gonna take a while to get through yr top 50, thanks for all yr work in this thread!

etc, Friday, 7 December 2012 05:16 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah the vocal performances on that song are incredible. There's an radio interview with Ball-J floating around on the net somewhere and he singles out that song, saying that it was the craziest studio session he'd ever done.

Benny B, Friday, 7 December 2012 09:52 (six years ago) Permalink

Quite digging this London-based crew from Nigeria

Apparently this dubstep influenced track is making waves in Nigeria


more info here

Benny B, Saturday, 8 December 2012 12:34 (six years ago) Permalink

Sony Music Entertainment is proud to announce the signing of Nigerian megastar D’Banj to its RCA Africa label. The breakthrough deal also includes a multi-album, worldwide exclusive contract with emerging Nigerian singer-songwriter star Kayswitch and a strategic partnership with D’Banj’s Nigerian record label DB Records, who’s catalog includes artists and producers such as J.Sol, Jay Sleek and DeeVee.


curmudgeon, Saturday, 15 December 2012 20:17 (six years ago) Permalink

Maybe I missed this ilxer posting his list here that includes the below cuts (or maybe he didn't)


D’Banj – Oliver Twist
Tiwa Savage – Kele Kele
Sarkodie ft EL – U Go Kill Me
Kwaw Kese ft Black Prophet – Let Me Do My Thing
Nyame K – Pay Her
Guru – Lapaz Toyota

curmudgeon, Monday, 17 December 2012 20:01 (six years ago) Permalink

I know it's old now but I flat out adore Guru's "Anything Goes".

Tim F, Tuesday, 25 December 2012 07:16 (six years ago) Permalink

That Ball J mix is great Benny, you always dig your mixes! I admire artists that have a fully formed unique sound, and can create a whole range of different tracks from a few simple elements- in Ball J's case those crazy technicolor, tropical, carnival synth stabs. With Azonto and Naija, Jersey/Philly Club, Jackin, and Funkystepz, 2012 been such a great year for music.

Astrochimp32, Wednesday, 26 December 2012 01:36 (six years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

"The debut Gospel Porn album by the most politically incorrect Christian Rap group of the times"


Benny B, Tuesday, 15 January 2013 22:00 (six years ago) Permalink

I haven't listened to it yet, but there's a new (i think) Abrantee mix: http://www.okayafrica.com/2013/01/10/afrobeats-dj-abrantee-mixtape/

rob, Wednesday, 16 January 2013 02:29 (six years ago) Permalink

^ looks a bit crap, think I'll just be googling the few tunes I don't know from the tracklist. Conor Maynard Afrobeats remix? No thanks.

Couple of good Kwaw Kese cuts:

Shoelace (feat Buda) - this one produced by Krynkman

Benny B, Wednesday, 16 January 2013 10:22 (six years ago) Permalink

"After the long drama and talk about his infamous boxer shorts at the Big Brother House, Keitta has finally released a new song that address the entire situation. The song is titled 'One Boxer' and was produced by Krynkman, aka Amadaa aka Nshorna Music. It's Azontomania...One Boxer!"


Benny B, Wednesday, 16 January 2013 23:26 (six years ago) Permalink

How about we start a new Rolling Afrobeats thread for 2013? There's bound to be loads of exciting new Azonto, Naija, etc etc stuff this year (obviously!) Maybe I'm wrong, but I feel the current thread title is becoming increasingly irrelevant and confusing, and it would be nice to be able attract more people. Good idea or not? Mainly looking at you, Benny B, since you've been by far the greatest provider for the thread :-)

breastcrawl, Friday, 18 January 2013 21:37 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah this one has become a little unwieldy. I'll start a new one.

Benny B, Friday, 18 January 2013 21:45 (six years ago) Permalink

cool :)))

breastcrawl, Friday, 18 January 2013 21:50 (six years ago) Permalink

new thread for 2013: Afrobeats 2013

breastcrawl, Friday, 18 January 2013 22:21 (six years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...


has someone posted this yet? It's the jam

rap steve gadd (D-40), Tuesday, 1 October 2013 22:55 (five years ago) Permalink

obv not

rap steve gadd (D-40), Tuesday, 1 October 2013 22:55 (five years ago) Permalink

Yansh yansh yansh yansh
Yowsah yowsah yowsah!

how's life, Wednesday, 2 October 2013 00:03 (five years ago) Permalink

that's great, reminds me I meant to post this beautiful azonto tune a while ago:


rob, Wednesday, 2 October 2013 01:52 (five years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...


does anyone write about this stuff in a way that contextualizes it at all.

rap steve gadd (D-40), Friday, 23 May 2014 22:40 (four years ago) Permalink


this jam actually makes me think of

The Ibadan Sound: Jerome Sydenham, Dennis Ferrer etc.

rap steve gadd (D-40), Friday, 23 May 2014 22:45 (four years ago) Permalink


rap steve gadd (D-40), Friday, 23 May 2014 22:45 (four years ago) Permalink


Lil Bucie

rap steve gadd (D-40), Saturday, 24 May 2014 01:33 (four years ago) Permalink

this dude Heavy K makes some jams, damn


rap steve gadd (D-40), Saturday, 24 May 2014 01:35 (four years ago) Permalink

Rolling Afrobeats thread 2014

breastcrawl, Saturday, 24 May 2014 12:59 (four years ago) Permalink

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