It’s been killing me not to be able not share this track with you lot. And now it’s officially here Be, the lead single from Jozi DJ/producer Kid Fonque’s forthcoming album 2Sides, sounds as large as I imagined it would. Featuring the inimitable Zaki Ibrahim and DJ Whisky this Atjazz-released sampler for the 12-inch contains three remixes of Be as well as the title track. This is the sound of [...]
Everyone’s favourite rookie of the year Burna Boy is busy blazing a trail that many could do far worse than to follow. I’d even say director Clarence Peters pulled a personal best on this video filmed on location at the New Afrika Shrine in Lagos. Hands down, this is the best video to come out of Naija this year.
A couple of years ago, Stromae had the world spinning in his hands to the rhythm of his Electro-House song Alors On Danse. The single from the Rwandan- Belgian singer sold 3 millions copies, grabbed the number one spot in 15 Europeans countries, and boasts a remix with Yeezus himself. For a name until then virtually unknown outside of the European territories, the pressure to follow up such a massive [...]
Music land is awash with news of the choke-hold that French EDM duo Daft Punk has on the business with their genius marketing ploys, their recent high-end fashion endorsement and of course their song of the summer which sits pretty in this week’s mash-up. Listen to Afripop’s crowned Afroboss on BBC 1Xtra every Sunday and for the week thereafter Look for Dj Edu on Twitter and on Facebook Track [...]
We’re wrapping our week in the best eclectic sounds from the diaspora. Check out the 5 tunes we can’t get enough of this week, from Angola/ Portugal (Aline Frazão, pictured above) to the Gambia and France. Listen in. Aline Frazão (Angola/ Portugal) “O Que Ela Quer” Yadi (Molaudi remix/ France) “Unbreakable” Talib Kweli Feat. Rubix and Bajah “High Life” (USA/ Sierra Leone) S.T. Da Gambian “Jumatti” (The Gambia) Nandi Mngoma [...]
Photo credit: Random Acts It’s great to see the cream of the UK’s performance poetry talent making sure strides towards their rightful place in the limelight. You already know about Ghost Poet by now. Inua Ellams (the first African solo act at London’s National theatre) gave me a peek into the spoken word scene back in 2009. And since my interview with him then, I’ve proudly watched him climb the ranks. [...]
I believe this song has been knocking around for a minute. The visuals are new though, in aid of the South African Bay Area singer’s recently released her deluxe edition of Break of Dawn, including three previously unheard original songs.
All photos ©Al Nicoll The premise for this gig was highly ambitious: Line up 9 urban music acts – some South African and others from East and West Africa – in a stadium-sized arena with one high profile American headliner in Durban. Up until now the more obvious host city would have been Johannesburg (if anywhere in South Africa) or elsewhere on the continent, where any and all of these acts [...]
All Photos © Guille Sola Since her 2008 debut In Jodi’s Bedroom, there has been a long wait for Beverly Tawiah’s follow-up. FREEdom DROP, her brand new free-to-download EP does not disappoint. I sat down with the singer-songwriter to discuss the new material, her creative partnership with long-time collaborator Jodi Milliner, and her musical influences. Afripopmag: With your first EP In Jodi’s Bedroom, you worked heavily with producer Jodi Millner. You’ve also [...]
Photo © Greg Marinovich The Brother Moves On (TBMO) is a performance art collective making waves in the pulse of Johannesburg’s indie live scene right now. They’re new kids on the block that you can’t get enough of. Southern African audiences will soon know why as the group embarks on its 3-week, 6-country, 14-show tour via the Firefest Route. Pioneered by the MTN Bushfire festival, the Firefest Route is a network of [...]
This single is out 8 July. A few weeks prior to that if you’re knocking about in Brooklyn you can catch Petite Noir supporting Solange Knowles at the Northside Festival.