Angolan/Cape Verdean producer and DJ Djeff Afrozilia delivered a consummate Afro-house album last year in Soldier Ascension. The title track’s video set the bar high, its theme about the life-giving qualities of the music. For his next one he spreads the vibrations further afield to one of the many destinations his 2013 tours took him – Hong Kong. “I thought, ‘why not show people how music transcends culture?’” says Djeff […]
Sudan-born, Yemen-raised and US-residing Alsarah is a musician who also happens to be an ethnomusicologist. An alumni of 2013′s Nile Project (a music and education initiative founded in 2011 to address the Nile Basin’s cultural and environmental challenges), Aljawal, her collaboration with French producer and musician Débruitwas listed among the best 10 World Music albums according to NPR in 2013. Now together with her band the Nubatones on their new EP Soukoura, we […]
It was a night of contrasts. Energetic local acts pulled out all the stops as they showed and proved South Africa’s rap contingent can hang with the best. On the other side of the line-up, a simple, diminutive international cat proved you don’t need bells and whistles to move the crowd. It was an evening on which no one was disgraced – well, with the exception perhaps of the stage […]
Watch Khuli Chana's 'Hape le Hape 2.1' Remix ft Da L.E.S & Magesh and 'Lendlela' ft Reason, Kabelo and Maggz
One of the most memorable Kwaito/Hip-hop blends ever made is Amu and Zola’s gritty Ghetto Scandalous. In 2014, Kabelo and Magesh (government name Tokollo) from TKZee repeat the feat. Both have been featured on different songs with a different set of Hip-hop musicians. It’s tempting to draw comparisons between the two but it would be imprudent to do so. The first song is the odic Lendlela. It could easily pass for […]
He has been nominated seven times for the Channel O Awards, and in 2013 he won in the Most Gifted Male category for his collaborative effort with Tumi and AKA, #DATSWASUP. Zeus’ newest video, Psych, is a psychedelic montage with an equally trippy soundtrack, or vice versa. This next video may or may not have been inspired by an acid trip. Watch the uncensored version below.
Ever since it came to light that Clarence Peters took some inspiration lifted footage from Tumi and the Volume’s Asinamali video for Tiwa Savage’s Eminado, I can’t help wondering where else the luminary director cribs his ideas for all the high profile music videos he is tasked with including this one he’s done for Davido. Similar allegations have after all flared up before, all unaddressed too. But I digress. Omo […]
Rumours of this have been swirling around a little while and here it is finally. D’Banj’s contribution to the soundtrack for the much-talked about film adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Half of a Yellow Sun. The song takes a softer more cutesy Afro-pop direction than what we have heard from the Koko Master aka Banga Lee of late. The music video is directed by the film’s director, UK-based Nigerian novelist […]
Chances are that you have heard of this singer/songwriter more recently in her career because of the weight thrown behind her by Banky W, Nigeria’s favourite purveyor of smooth and boss of Empire Mates Entertainment records (Wizkid, Skales etc). Eniola “Niyola” Akinbo had her own thing going before assuming her current status as the first lady of E.M.E which, as industry rules would have it, affords her her best chance […]
It’s two years since we last checked in with Tendai ‘Baba’ Maraire, Seattle’s Hip-hop group, Shabazz Palace’s Zimbabwean member. And it looks like a lot’s been going on. Musically, Maraire’s repertoire has broadened while he continues to juggle multiple collaborative situations. On a more personal note, Tendai’s sister, renowned Zimbabwean Mbira music champion Chiwoniso died last July in Zimbabwe. (South African rapper Tumi and Nigerian singer Bez paid this tribute […]
The Clarence Peters-directed video to Waliyah’s Siwaju is ebullient, sultry and colourful (much like the song) with an equally energetic routine by the award-winning dance troupe, the CEO dancers. You might remember Nqobile, Ezinne and Soliat from D’banj’s Oliver Twist video and Britain’s Got Talent. Watch it here.
Sounds like: A man as much at home with Pac Div as he is with Tupac. The low-down: Well$’ tumultuous teen life brought on his concerned mother’s decision to ship him off to New Orleans to stay with his older cousin, one Alec Lomami in the hope that he could steer him back on to the straight and narrow. Lomami successfully averted Well$’ focus to music as a means of […]
Clarence Peters is fast becoming Africa’s Hype Williams. His latest visual project is Praiz’s Oshé. The song samples Awilo Longomba’s Karolina (Mama) and Longomba himself is featured in the song. Some of Praiz’s fans might not be happy that the usually soulful Praiz is doing ‘yeye’ music and there is a peculiar scene where Praiz dances on the porch in a robe and sneakers. The song is fairly enjoyable otherwise. […]
This video plays out like a Nollywood film with suitably over the top dramatics supplied by Nigerian actresses Blossom Chukwujekwu, Funke Akindele and stand-up comedian Helen Paul. One of last year’s latter top Naija hit contenders, Surulere shows us at least one thing. If Don Jazzy is lacking for a muse at all, he need look no further than Dr. Sid, who for the longest lay in the cut at Mavin Records. This could […]
2014 will likely also be known as the year of Kwabs. The conquest continues with the fresh off-the-shelf video for his debut EP title track Wrong or Right. Get ready.
Ever lay peacefully and happily in a canoe on a warm sunny day? That is exactly what Melimo E Mecha by Pitso Rah Makhula sounds like. At a time when a Maseru-based publications seems intent on kicking up an imaginary fuss with phantom sources it’s heart-warming to see a local artist pay homage to the Lesotho hip hop/rap scene. Melimo E Mecha was directed by Sehlabaka Rampeta from Cuts On […]