Now Listening: Boddhi Satva's 'Skin Diver' Featuring Teedra Moses

Two of my fave faves on a track that is every bit as good and as sexy as you imagine it would be. This is the Ancestral mix of the collaboration with Teedra Moses on Boddhi Satva’s album Transitions due out September 18th. (It also appears on Teedra’s brand new album Cognac & Conversation) Other contributors on Boddhi’s album include Kaysha, Dudley Perkins, Mohamed Diaby, Pebbles, Karun, Davido and Omar. Production […]

 

Now Watching: Música(s), A New Music Web Series on Female Musicians in Spain

New York-based filmmaker Paige Polk just launched Música(s), a music series which follows the music, the life and the work of underground female musicians from a variety of backgrounds, genres and cultures living in Spain. Watch the debut episode featuring Barcelona-bred artist Marga Mbande who is of Equatorial Guinean heritage. You also get a good sense of Barcelona as an international hub for music, fashion and culture which you won’t ordinarily see in guidebooks. […]

 

 
 
 

Now Watching: Kwabs' Acoustic Video Recording For 'Look Over Your Shoulder'

Following Fight for Love, Kwabs brings the focus back to his distinct soulful brooding baritone on this recording of Look Over Your Shoulder, stripped of producer SOHN’s foreboding strings and synths, and which can be found on the version made for the album Love+War, headed for release on September 11. A little extra in case you missed it, watch Willing and Able too, the outstanding deep housey number by producer duo Disclosure premiered at the […]

 

 
 
 

Ghanaian Songstress Jojo Abot Releases New Video for “Lom Vava”

Can you say obsessed? We’re head over heels over Ghanaian singer Jojo Abot who recently released her debut EP, Fyfya Woto. Abot is a vision of beauty in the video for her second single, “Lom Vava,” which means “love me truly” in her native Ewe language. Here, she offers a brief description of her EP, Fyfya Woto: “FYFYA WOTO is a young Anlo (Ghanaian) woman hungry to be loved. Caught […]

 

 
 
 

Now Watching: REDRED Balcony TV Performance of 'For You' In Budapest

M3NSA, the pioneering Ghanaian producer/ songwriter and performer also known for his solo work and conquests with FOKN Bois and Budapest’s seasoned DJ/music producer and instrumentalist ELO, known for his work with Irie Maffia & Sena together are Hungary-based REDRED. For Balcony TV here they bass up the streets of Budapest with a rather sweet father-to-child ode For You  

 

5 Things I Learned at The MTV MAMAs 2015

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 […]

 

 
 
 

Maleh Sings the Melody of her Heart in New Single 'You Make My Heart Go'

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 […]

 

Get to Know: Pink Oculus

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 […]

 

Lesotho Rapper Kommanda Obbs Fights for His Art with New Single, 'Ntoa Lumela'

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 […]

 

 
 
 

Watch: Asa's New Video 'Satan Be Gone' + Her Video Interview With Bloomberg TV

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.

 

 
 
 

Watch: Cameroonian Songstress Doris' Video for "Avant-Toi"

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 […]

 

 
 
 

Rappers Lakzen, Soul of Wit and L-Tore Show a Different Side of Lesotho

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 […]

 

 
 
 

Watch: Blitz The Ambassador Perform in Switzerland + See His 2015 Tour Dates

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 […]

 

 
 
 

Watch: Congolese Singer Laurette La Perle's "Twist"

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. […]

 

Listen and download, The Olawumi’s 'Over'

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 […]