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 […]

 

 
 
 

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 […]