Watch: Rwandan Electro Pop Singer Iyadede New Video, 'In My Darkest Hour'

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 […]

 

Listen: Kelela Releases An Acoustic Version of 'Enemy'

As prepares to release an album in the spring/summer of 2015, Kelela has shared with us an undressed version of her song, “Enemy.” The original version which appeared on her acclaimed mixtape Cut 4 Me was a dark, almost moody song with a late 90s R&B bounce. It sounded like it might have been on the Romeo Must Die soundtrack. Now it has been stripped of all the bells and […]

 

Watch: Faarrow's Mash Up Fugee's 'Ready or Not' and Sia's 'Chandelier'

The last time we heard from Faarrow was over a year ago when they released the singles Say My Name and Rule The World. We learnt in this period that they are also attracted to mash-ups. They performed this mash-up of Wide Awake and No Church In The Wild and Gotye’s Somebody That I Used to Know and J.Cole’s Can’t Get Enough for example. Throughout 2014, they have been dropping […]

 

Stream MNEK’s 'The Rhythm'

We have been slightly obsessed withMNEK’s 90s-inspired dance music this year, with him being on our list of artists to look out in 2014 and all. After a period of being featured or producing other people’s songs, MNEK has been releasing the bulk of his own work over the last year. He adds to that oeuvre this almost spasmodic dance tune that makes you want to vogue to tha gads called […]

 

 
 
 

Watch: Tiwa Savage's Video for 'My Darlin’'

The last time Kemi Adetiba and Tiwa Savage worked together it was for the spectacularly comedic video of Savage’s collaborative single with Waje called Onye. This time around Adetiba directs the video for Savage’s latest effort, My Darlin’. The Don Jazzy-produced song takes us back to the honeyed sounds of Eminado but with the pace and sensibilities of Dorobucci. The video is quite possibly one of the most romantic videos […]

 

 
 
 

Les Nubians to Headline MTN Bushfire Festival in Swaziland

The MTN Bushfire Festival returns for its ninth edition next year and they have already announced their first headlining act. Les Nubians will headline the festival which will run from the 29th to the 31st of May 2015. Hélene and Célia Faussart, stage names Queen Hélene and Blue Nefertiti, will also be celebrating their 20th year of making music next year. The sisters haven’t released any new albums since their […]

 

 
 
 

Watch: Okmalumkoolkat Blazing Hot Video for 'Holy Oxygen'

Okmalumkoolkat and Minted director Wim Steytler have come together to give us the video of Koolkat’s single, “Holy Oxygen”, off his debut solo EP of the same name. Director Wim Steytler, who also directed the (oddly) polarizing video for Haezer’s Minted, re-explores the themes of social rejection and magic realism. This time we are taken to a seeming desert wasteland inhabited by itinerant outcasts, outcasts who were cast out and […]

 

 
 
 

Watch: P-Square's New Video 'Shekini'

Some time ago, three P-Square tracks emerged on the internet simultaneously, namely, blockbuster collaboration Ejeajo with rapper T.I., Bring It On with Dave Scott and Shekini. All of these songs we later found out were singles from their sixth studio album Double Take. A little while later another blockbuster collaboration called Collabo which featured Mavins’ Don Jazzy also came out. It too was on the reported track list of that […]

 

 
 
 

Watch: Petite Noir's New Video 'Chess'

Chess is Petite Noir’s latest offering from his upcoming EP The King Of Anxiety. Although the trailer has been up on YouTube for quite some time now, the video eventually premièred on Dazed Digital. The video première comes three months after an interview the magazine did with the noirwave artist and his latest collaborator Yasiin Bey. Chess seems to depict the war of words between two lovers before an imminent […]

 

Watch: Naeto C featuring Boj and Ajebutter 22's 'What U Want'

It looks like Naeto C is gearing up to release another album after a long silence. About a month ago he released a single called China featuring rapper Phyno. The house-y track was produced by Jay Sleek. About a week later, he released the video for the song and that video was directed by Clarence Peters. This week, he has released another video for yet another collabo but this time […]

 

Watch: Ibibio Sound Machine's Video 'Let's Dance (Yak Unek Inek)'

The Ibibio Sound Machine has been forging its way through the vast landscape of musical delights for quite some time now. The London-based 8 piece band that is currently on tour in the UK is led by British-Nigerian vocalist Eno Williams. The Machine creates music that they describe as “evocative Nigerian poetic imagery set against an edgy Afro-Electro soundscape”.  More specifically, their sound is a dizzying combination “of West African […]

 

 
 
 

Watch: Seinabo Sey Perform Clean Bandit's 'Rather Be'

Before the release of her EP For Madeleine last month, Seinabo Sey gave us this acoustic cover of Clean Bandit’s 90s-inspired electro hit Rather Be featuring Jess Glynne. Her version of the song bears almost no resemblance to the buoyant original. Even without the piano and the monochromatic visuals, her smoky, smouldering vocals create a mellower, more sombre song. She truly made the song her own.  

 

Watch: Nandi Mngoma's 'In My Skin'

Just in time for the summer, the video for Nandi Mngoma’s new single In My Skin has finally made it on the interwebs. The feel good single, which she wrote, was released earlier this year and produced by Zakes Bantwini. The video’s release coincides with news that she will be fashion ambassador for clothing brand LEGiT. Nandi will be the face of their new spring/summer collection Nandi x LEGiT which […]

 

Watch: M.anifest Mines Alluvial Gold in 'No Shortcut to Heaven' Video

M.anifest just released the video for his single No Shortcut to Heaven, the fourth single from his EP Apae: The Price of Free. You might have noticed that it was a favourite on his Apae Taxi Diaries. Or not. It was produced by G Mo and features another Ghanaian music titan Obrafour. M.anifest’s team have gone all out for the video. In a narrative that seems to tie in with […]

 

Watch: Fantasma's Video 'Fafi'

The collective we have come to know as Fantasma have released this abstract video for their song Fafi. Fafi is from their 5 track Eye of the Sun EP , which was originally set to be released on November 3rd but has been pushed back to November 10th.  You can pre-order it here. Just to recap, Fantasma is now a four man collective with Spoek Mathambo, DJ Spoko, Bhekisenzo Cele […]