In May, London-born Ghanaian rapper Fuse ODG and Sean Paul announced the Afrobeats vs Dancehall competition to create a buzz about their new cross-national, collaborative single, “Dangerous Love.” Using the hashtags #AfrobeatsVsDancehall #DangerousLove, people were asked to upload videos on to Youtube where they danced to the Killbeatz and Di Denius-produced track. A steady stream of videos has been uploaded to the site from several different places around the world […]
Sinkane continues to offer us precursors of his new album Mean Love which is due September 2, 2014. He began with the tender “Hold Tight,” now he offers funky soul in “How We Be.” The Brooklyn-based musician’s sound is graceful and unhurried with the grit and coolness of Shaft. He humorously calls his music “fake jazz”. City Slang, his record company, describes the music as “doses of West African funk […]
CyHi the Prynce invited South African rapper Reason – who strangely has been called every variation of neophyte by popular hip hop sites – and Well$ – who has been gaining momentum over the last couple of months with his mixtape MTSYD: The Revenge Of The African Booty Scratcher – to join him on the remix of his song, Mandela. The original appeared on CyHi’s 18-song mixtape Black Hystori Project, […]
NeoSoulfulRnBAfroJazzyThings singer Debra Debs has been steadily promoting her debut album LifeCycles since its release in the UK late last year. Besides performing her song Fizzy Lemonade on BBC Radio a few months ago, she shared this video of a mini-jam session that was shot before one of her shows. It’s also interesting that in spite of the chorus of industry doomsayers wailing about the ‘death of the CD’, the […]
We first heard Flavour’s I’m For Real a few days before Valentine’s weekend. The release was either serendipitous or purposeful because as he explained then, he wanted to create a song that his fans could “celebrate love with”. Wanting to convey raw, uninhibited emotion, I’m For Real does not have the usual bells and whistles that are often a feature of Flavour’s highlife music. It is perhaps the clearest recording […]
The ever-vigilant staff over at Africa is a Country released a video where writer and editor Bongani Madondo explains the philosophy and the inspirations of the book he edited about pop icon Brenda Fassie. About a month ago Bongani Madondo released one of the most significant works in African literature – I’m Not Your Weekend Special: Portraits on the Life+Style & Politics of Brenda Fassie. The book approaches the story […]
Yet another artist has been inspired by Stromae’s melancholic but beguiling music. Canadian jazz and soul artist Kellylee Evans made an English version of the Belgian artist’s dance hit Alors On Danse for her fourth album I Remember When. And So We Dance is just one of the many covers she has done for that album where she appears as the bandleader. It was released on Canadian iTunes in February […]
IBK Spaceshipboi, one of the more ‘quirky’ Nigerian artists in the business, has released the video to his single Loving You which comes off his album I Come in Peace. The song samples old school video game sounds and features the piano that is nearly ubiquitous in his music. In Loving You he professes his love to his partner and also promises to cross the seven seas for her, even […]
Hip hop heavyweights HHP and M.anifest released their collaborative effort, Jigah, in May of this year. Jigah is a reminder of sorts to “every George of the jungle [who] wants to be Simba”, that while HHP and M.anifest are kings in their own right, together they are indomitable. Their declarations are punctuated with the refrain “chale me si me jigah” which is Twi for “I’m fired up” or “I’m amped […]
Finally got the full-length version of this inspirational video by the beautiful Kenyan singer and actress Mayonde (who happens to be married to Mbithi Masya from one of our faves, Just A Band). Like it? More of what she’s got is up on Soundcloud.
Before his nomination and eventual victory at the MTV African Music Awards, Stanley Enow had been steadily taking over the Cameroonian hip hop charts with hits such as Hein Père and TumbuBoss (Deluxe). Enow joins Nyanda of Brick N Lace fame on the remix of her debut hit Slippery When Wet. An earlier remix featured Ugandan musician Cindy Sanyu whom she likely met during a recent trip to the country.
The video for Dr Sid’s Baby Tornado remix featuring Alexandra Burke is possibly one of the more imaginative and playful ones out there. The song itself is a catchy club track with run of the mill lyrics about a woman shaking her ynash in the club. However, Olehbuckman Productions took the baby theme a step further. We see Dr Sid as a mischievous little baby who crawls out of his […]
Sounds like: D’Angelo’s twin flame – if D’Angelo could rap. The lowdown: The New York-based singer/emcee/song-writer with Eritrean and Egyptian roots does an intoxicating combination of neo-soul, hip hop, and R&B. The self-proclaimed hip hop head, who dreamt of being the first lady of Wu Tang, started out as a singer. Through high school she was part of a singing group and when the members left for university, she sang […]
The Fest Gurus have been working especially hard to bring us highlights from Africa’s best festivals. After releasing the first instalment of their adventures at the Lake of Stars Festival in Malawi where they spoke to rapper Tumi and The Fly 5 among others, they released part two of that episode this week. Mazuba Kapambwe, the Fest Gurus’ social media consultant and guest guru Reverb 7, a producer and a […]
After performing at Felabration 2013 in Lagos, Yaa Pono was captivated and inspired by one of Africa’s most endearing and enduring musical icons – Fela Kuti. His performance at the event led him to record the song Amen. The release of the song’s video was delayed, however – it has been about 7 months since the single was released. Whether or not this delay was purposeful cannot be established at […]