2015 marks ten years since MTV Base Africa’s first ever broadcast, and the first MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) staged in Abuja in 2005. For the occasion the stops were pulled out and it showed in the production – a suave, sparkly affair held on Saturday July 18th at Durban’s ICC. Ring side at the awards this weekend I picked up on a few things, but these five struck me […]
After releasing her sophomore album You Make My Heart Go in November, Maleh has shared the video for her summery lead single of the same name. Maleh came to prominence when her smooth ballad Falling from her award-winning debut Step Child was remixed by DJ Kent. She has been working on a follow-up since releasing and touring for that album. As a matter of fact, she gave audiences at the Kome […]
Sounds like: All the fierceness you’d expect in the love child of Janelle Monae and Azaelia Banks. The low-down: First off, you can’t help but notice Pink Oculus (Esperanzah Denswil) is absolutely beautiful. Not just by looking at her but hearing the cocksure lyrics by the Dutch/Surinamese newcomer whose manifesto reads: “I Write, I Produce, I Slay”. Her impression on Belgium’s premier Hip-hop tastemaker Lefto landed her an invitation to perform at one of […]
It has been quite some time since Kommanda Obbs dropped some new music but the impact of his triumphant voyage into music in 2011 can still be felt years after the fact. His first album, Tšepe, swept many Basotho and several others off their feet. Tšepe came to describe the brand of hip hop that Obbs became known for – an impressive weaving of the Sesotho language into song, complemented by beats that were […]
After you’ve watched the video for Satan Be Gone, the lead single for her album Bed of Stone watch singer/songwriter Asa describe how she toiled through the old writers’ block only to discard an entire album in order to arrive at her latest work.
Doris, a rather poetic songstress with roots in Cameroon but currently based in Paris will be releasing her EP Garçon (Boy) in a few months. From this 6-track EP comes the single Avant Toi (Before You) and its video. Avant Toi reveals Doris’ fondness for playing with contrast and oscillations. Doris almost sings alla cappella as the song opens, her voice accompanied only by a smooth but thunderous bass that […]
Very rarely does one see stories about the hustle and bustle of Lesotho’s urban areas. Perhaps it is improbable to some that the ‘sleepy’, relatively mysterious kingdom with its rugged but picturesque landscapes and its lofty peaks gushing volumes of its white gold has anything to bustle about. Lesotho, the name, seems to always conjure images of a man wearing a Seanamarena and mokorotlo (the Basotho hat) on his trusty […]
August Afrotonic hop artist Blitz the Ambassador recently began the first leg of his worldwide concert tour and this week he teases us with footage from a performance in Switzerland last year. He has uploaded the entire performance online, and we’ve embedded the video below for you. The rapper put the finishing touches on his album, Diasporadical, in January and he will be making his way across the globe to […]
Laurette La Perle, who is sometimes called the ‘female Fally Ipupa’, is a songstress from the Democratic Republic of Congo. She is currently signed to Brown Touch Entertainment, a label which also represents acts such as Toofan and Koffi Olomide. She’s best known for her songs Love Story and Terminus, and perhaps owning to their popularity, in 2014 she was awarded the AFRIMA for Best Female Artist in Central Africa. […]
Since dropping her Mango EP a few months ago and Noir before then, The Olawumi has been working towards the release of her next EP, the Crowns EP. To bide time until its release, the New Jersey-based songstress with Nigerian roots has released a single called Over. The soul-trap star departs slightly from the themes she expresses in the song Come Back from the Mango EP where she is heard […]
Rapper M.anifest kicks off 2015 with the video for his single Mind Games off his Apae: The Price of Free. It as though he’s never stopped working since the EP was released at the end of 2013. In his latest cut he raps about the joys and the lows of being in a romantic relationship – the explosive fights that spiral into make-ups, how the good times are often contrasted […]
African artists have released some amazing visual work these past 12 months. Some videos gave us a powerful introduction to new artists, powerful enough to etch them in our memories and encouraging us to keep an eye on them in the New Year. Others cemented the popularity of already established artists. Some musicians opted to produce more filmic, iconic music videos. As is customary at this time of year, we […]
Nigerian singer Nneka returns after a two-year break. Her latest single, “Book of Job” takes from her reggae and dancehall influences. This the first single is from her forthcoming album, My Fairy Tales, out March 2, 2015.
The African Abroad is a column featuring the random musings of AfriPOP! founding editor Yolanda Sangweni. 2014 was the year that kept on giving, musically speaking. From Those of whose love affair doesn’t only involve African music got even more high the minute D’Angelo dropped a surprise album mid-December, and Mary J. Blige dropped a stellar album (this, for me, hasn’t happened in a long time). Here are 14 musical […]
Rwandan singer, and afriPOP star, Iyadede returns with a vibrant new video for her song, “In My Darkest, shot in Kigali. The Brooklyn-based singer recently traveled back home to record new music, and rework, “In My Darkest Hour,” an old favorite. “It meant a lot to me to do something back home with local producers,” she tells afriPOP! “The sound you hear in the song is a traditional instrument called […]