Five Things We Learnt Hanging Out With AKA

When normal people hang out, it’s usually a handful of friends getting together. When AKA does it, 700 unique internet users show up. Yesterday, the South African rapper held a Google Hangout session at the Sony Music Headquarters in South Africa. With two albums under his belt, several awards on his mantle and a vision to collaborate with other African artists and win over the continent at large, AKA strives […]

 

 
 
 

Watch: Burna Boy's 'Check and Balance'

Check and Balance is Burna Boy’s newest single. For his first solo effort in months, he is reunited with producer Spellz, who produced his last hit, Don Gorgon and like Don Gorgon and Won Da Mon before it, Check and Balance isn’t from his acclaimed album L.I.F.E. Perhaps a new album is on the horizon. The up-tempo track is reminiscent of the dancehall sound of his hits Run My Race […]

 

Listen+Download: Temi Dollface's New Single 'Just Like That (Story)'

Back like you never heard before, the drama soul queen Temi Dollface part raps and part sings on this Just Like That (Story) - the first single off her forth-coming EP. Listen to and download the track below she composed, arranged and and co-produced with producer Jo Pee.

 

 
 
 

Watch: Sauti Sol 'Sura Yako' Remix

A few weeks ago Ghafla Kenya ‘leaked’ the official video for Sauti Sol’s “Sura Yako.” “Sura Yako” means your face in Swahili and the feel-good track with some hints of chakacha is the fourth release from the band’s upcoming album Live and Die Africa. Needless to say, I was had and the real video, which you can watch below, was only released some time later. The good-humored video was directed […]

 

 
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Watch: Gambian-Swedish Singer Seinabo Sey’s Cinematic Video for 'Pistols at Dawn'

Quite like a dark crimson rose Seinabo Sey’s timbre and music are solemn, almost heavy, and yet they are equally enchanting and moving. Besides her earlier releases like Younger and Hard Time, she recently recorded a mellower and more sombre interpretation of Clean Bandit’s 90s-inspired electro hit Rather Be featuring Jess Glynne. Her current release, Pistols at Dawn, is the third from her EP For Madeleine and it is just as piercing and poignant. Director Christian […]

 

Live in Brooklyn: Tumi Molekane, Toni Blackman and Chen Lo Talk Hip Hop Across Borders

afriPOP! Presents… South African emcee/poet Tumi Molekane sits down for a conversation about hip hop across borders with American emcees Toni Blackman and Chen Lo, this Sunday in Brooklyn. The conversation/panel will be followed by a performance by Tumi Molekane, and a cipher. Cocktails by Nucomme’s Witches Brew Learn more about… Tumi Molekane Toni Blackman Chen Lo RSVP here.

 

9 Artists You've Got To See At Carnegie Hall's Ubuntu Festival in NYC

The South Africans are coming! The South Africans are coming! Much to our delight, Carnegie Hall is celebrating the 20th anniversary of South African democracy with a month-long series of performances, panels, and art shows. The Ubuntu Festival, which runs October 8- November 5, is like Christmas for any African music lover. On the music front, the best part is that the festival merges the young (Toya DeLazy, The Soil) […]

 

 
 
 

Watch: Timaya's 'Sanko'

Timaya’s new and ebullient music video for his latest release Sanko feels like one of the those kinetic old school ragga videos whose sole purpose was to show off the nearly acrobatic but scarcely choreographed dance moves in bouncing displays of fluorescent or metallic colours. Yet, this feels like the only way the groove and feel of the song could be truly captured. Sanko is one of the songs from […]

 

 
 
 

Watch: Jovi's New Video 'Ca$h'

Cameroonian powerhouse Jovi (Le Monstre)’s video Ca$h comes some time after the rapper-producer’s label New Bell Music shared some stills from the video shoot.  Director Bertrand Ndukong  – who also directed Jovi’s B.A.S.T.A.R.D video – created a high energy, kaleidoscopic montage to match the bikutsi-flavoured song.  Ca$h is still available for download here.  

 

 
 
 

Watch: Well$' 'Black Swan' Video & Listen: 'Songs from WeekOfWell$'

Black Swan was the first single Well$ released from his critically acclaimed MTSYD: The Revenge of the African Booty Scratcher. However, it was during the WeekofWell$ that he released the official video for the song. During the WeekofWell$, which began on his birthday, the Charlotte-based rapper released several new singles among them Stella ’95, ’98 Juvie and Fight. The Black Swan video was directed by Jay Sprogell and the song […]

 

Listen + download: Davido and DJ Arafat's 'Naughty' Produced by Boddhi Satva

2014 has been good to Davido – as far as music awards are concerned. He has been collecting awards from the plethora of award ceremonies throughout the year. After being branded Best International Act Africa by BET, he has collected trophies from the MTV MAMAs (Best Male and Artist of the Year) and AFRIMMA (Best Male West Africa and Artist of the year). He also leads nominations at this year’s […]

 

 
 
 

Listen: VVIP + Idris Elba and Phyno – Get in Da Picture (Selfie Remix)

As his new film No Good Deed with Taraji P. Henson surprises critics by taking over the box office this week, Long Walk to Freedom star and Hollywood heartthrob, Idris Elba, has given us yet another surprise. The actor who is also a DJ from time to time has joined Ghanaian hip-life artists VVIP and Man of the Year Phyno on the Selfie remix of VVIPs Get in Da Picture. […]

 

 
 
 

Watch: Shabazz Palaces '#Cake' Video

If music played during astral travel, Shabazz Palaces would be the soundtrack. At least that is what their second album Lese Majesty sounds like it aims to be. It came out in late July and, as Ishmael Butler explained in an interview with NPR, it is an affront to the self-absorbed, especially self-absorbed rap “royalty.” The album has been neatly divided into seven suites, and the first single off the […]

 

 
 
 

Watch + Listen: P-Square "Ejeajo" feat. T.I.

Of late, there’s been scant mention of P-Square’s sixth studio album or of their potential blockbuster collaboration with T.I. Though it’s been confirmed the Nigerian duo will be releasing an album, very little details have been given about it, including a release date. What we do know is that three singles, which will purportedly appear on that yet-to-be-named album, have dropped (mysteriously), Bring It On featuring Dave Scott, Shekini, and […]

 

 
 
 

Listen: Mapei's 'Change' (Remix) and Her New Single, 'Believe'

In the lead up to the release of her upcoming album Hey Hey in September, Liberian-Swedish singer Mapei has shared two musical pieces to whet our appetites until then. First she shares the Shift K3Y remix of her song Change, a song for which she shared this sentimental and rather cool lyric video not too long ago. It might be described as the sensual house version of Change and it […]