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 […]

 

 
 
 

Watch: M.anifest's first video for 2015, 'Mind Games'

Rapper M.anifest kicks off 2015 with the video for his single Mind Games off his Apae: The Price of Free. It as though he’s never stopped working since the EP was released at the end of 2013. In his latest cut he raps about the joys and the lows of being in a romantic relationship – the explosive fights that spiral into make-ups, how the good times are often contrasted […]

 

The 20 Best Videos By African Artists (and Those Inspired By Africa) of 2014

African artists have released some amazing visual work these past 12 months. Some videos gave us a powerful introduction to new artists, powerful enough to etch them in our memories and encouraging us to keep an eye on them in the New Year. Others cemented the popularity of already established artists. Some musicians opted to produce more filmic, iconic music videos. As is customary at this time of year, we […]

 

 
 
 

Nneka Is Back! Watch Her New Video, 'Book of Job'

Nigerian singer Nneka returns after a two-year break. Her latest single, “Book of Job” takes from her reggae and dancehall influences. This the first single is from her forthcoming album, My Fairy Tales, out March 2, 2015.

 

The African Abroad: 14 Songs That Rocked 2014

The African Abroad is a column featuring the random musings of AfriPOP! founding editor Yolanda Sangweni. 2014 was the year that kept on giving, musically speaking. From Those of whose love affair doesn’t only involve African music got even more high the minute D’Angelo dropped a surprise album mid-December, and Mary J. Blige dropped a stellar album (this, for me, hasn’t happened in a long time). Here are 14 musical […]

 

 
 
 

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 […]