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 […]

 

 
 
 

Listen + Download: M.I Abaga's "King James"

To many, Nigerian rapper M.I’s ascent in music was interrupted by a deafening silence over the last couple of years. The rapper was christened Nigeria’s Hip Hop Messiah after releasing a few critically acclaimed projects such as Talk About It, MI2 and Illegal Music. But then, to the audience’s dismay, M.I. unceremoniously walked off stage. Indeed, he has evaded the spotlight for quite some time, preferring instead to produce music for […]

 

Listen: Kelela "OICU feat. Le1f

Kelela adds to her growing oeuvre with the release of OICU which was produced by P. Morris and features Le1f. The single comes as we await Kelela’s full-length album later this year. The seductive tune – which could be mistakenly cataloged as a sensual binaural beat – starts off floating on a dreamscape but the moony ambience is interrupted by a tripping bass that continues to pulsate or rather syncopate […]

 

 
 
 

Watch: Okmalumkoolkat's Chris Saunders-Directed New Video

The second video off Okmalumkoolkat’s 4-track Holy Oxygen I EP produced by LuckyMe signing Cid Rim and Affine labelmate The Clonious. This collaboration came to life during the Viennese producers’ South African tour with stops in Johannesburg and Cape Town. The video for Allblackblackkat was directed by Chris Saunders who will celebrate the premiere of the SA-NYC fashion/photography exhibition NOT x Chris Saunders in early September.

 

Spoek Mathambo’s Fantasma Share Track from Forthcoming 'Eye of the Sun EP'

Fantasma have shared the first song from their forthcoming Eye of the Sun EP set for release 3rd November via Soundway Records. Premiered via The Quietus, Sefty Belt features the mesmerizing vocals of guest artist JOSIAHWISE IS THE SERPENTWITHFEET. Fantasma, the latest project of South African innovator and creative pioneer Spoek Mathambo, is a five-man collective which weaves together electronica, hip-hop, traditional Zulu maskandi music, shangaan electro, South African house, psych-rock and punk […]

 

Listen: Kwabs' New Single "Walk," Download 2-Track EP

Kwabs has made a dramatic return with his new single, “Walk,” a dark, theatrical song with an arresting piano – it might be the theme song of a trailer for an epic like 300 or Game of Thrones. With his signature baritone, he sings about being in a situation where knows it would be detrimental for him to stay. He wants to evade his decline and he knows what he […]

 

Photos: 5 Hours with SA Rapper Khuli Chana in New York City

afriPOP! caught up with South African rapper Khuli Chana during his recent visit to New York City. The charming rapper, born Khulane Morule, had just won Best Male Southern Africa 2014 at the African Musik Awards in Texas. When we met up with him, Khuli was just excited to be back in New York as a student of hip-hop, open to learning whatever NYC had to offer. Here’s a day […]

 

 
 
 

Watch 'Power-Ups', The New Video From Sammus

Directed by Jay Sprogell (Complex, Fader, Spin, Vibe), Power-Ups is the first video from upstate NY producer + rapper Sammus’ latest kickstarter-backed EP, Another M (June 2014). Armed with Sprogell’s characteristically stunning visuals, the video finds Sammus doing some slick space age shit talk over a self-produced soundbed of classic southern trap blended with her signature expansive 8 bit synth sound, all while stuntin’ on a stoop rocking an anything-but-typical accessory in this tribute to Metroid.

 

Here's One More Reason Why Busiswa Is An Artist to Watch

Where does one even begin with Busiswa? She’s the dynamic South African Xhosa poet and rapper bubbling on the scene. A respected talent in poetry circles, Busiswa Gqulu first came to the more mainstream spotlight when she featured on DJ Zinhle’s dance track “My Name Is” back in 2012.  Sidebar: I once interviewed the rapper Eve and asked her what her favorite song was and she name this one. Since […]

 

 
 
 

Watch: Ghana's M.anifest Contemplates the '9 to 5 Blues' in 'Someway Bi'

In January, rapper M.anifest began posting a few videos of his “listening session on wheels” under the name Apae Taxi Diaries. He got a few industry friends and some “honorable civilians” to listen to and offer their opinions about some of the songs from his latest album Apae: The Price of Free EP as they drove around the city in a 4-seater taxi. He (M.anifest) even appears in one of […]

 

Listen: Kelela and Ade Omotayo Feature on Kindness’ 'World Restart'

After announcing the release of his forthcoming LP Otherness with this fairly abstract clip, Kindness has also shared the first single off that album. World Restart, which you can stream here, is an electro-soul jam led by a prominent horns section and the soft and gentle singing of Ade Omotayo and Kelela. The percussive elements are reminiscent of Earth, Wind and Fire but there is a hint of 90s R&B […]

 

Listen to Ghana-Born Fusion Drummer, Paa Kow's New Album, "Ask"

Ghana-born drummer and bandleader Paa Kow (pronounced Pah – Ko) has toured the world, sharing the stage with the likes of Hugh Masekela and Kojo Antwi. Now, he’s ready for his debut with the album, Ask (out August 19). Known as “a fiend behind the drumkit” (Colorado Daily), Kow’s debut infuses his traditional rhythms, time signatures, and the Fante language from Ghana with funk and jazz to create an Afro-Fusion […]

 

 
 
 

Watch: Mathew Gold Features Goodluck in 'Last Summer' Video

As the winter frost thaws into morning dew and pruned plant life waits for the perfect moment to develop for those of us in the Southern Africa, Mathew Gold and Goodluck collaborate again to give us a song for the summer. Their first collaboration was the SAMA-nominated “Taking it Easy” where Mathew was credited as Mathew Moolman. “Last Summer,” an electronic ‘heart song’ from his album The Rush, is their […]

 

 
 
 

Get to Know: Ghanaian-British Singer Moko, Stream Her Song, 'Ceremony'

Ghanaian-British singer Moko is a talented synesthete from South East London. Her specific talent is being able to hear color or being able to see the color of sound. Her EP’s are often named after certain colors and this may or may be as a result of her above listed talent. Her first extended play, Black, was released in 2013 and she’s preparing to release a second called Gold in […]

 

 
 
 

Stream Bongi Mvuyana's 'Sweet Love'

Alternative soul artist Bongi Mvuyana just released the third single, Sweet Love, from her forthcoming album Dopamine. Sweet Love is a slight departure from her previous releases I Wonder and Gold. Bongi ups the tempo as soul meets maskandi, or rather, as soul makes a tribute to maskandi. Over the foot-stomping, hand-clapping maskandi – rock grooves composed and produced by 340 ml’s Tiago Correia-Paulo, Bongi honors her own Sweet Love. […]