Sudan-born, Yemen-raised and US-residing Alsarah is a musician who also happens to be an ethnomusicologist. An alumni of 2013′s Nile Project (a music and education initiative founded in 2011 to address the Nile Basin’s cultural and environmental challenges), Aljawal, her collaboration with French producer and musician Débruitwas listed among the best 10 World Music albums according to NPR in 2013. Now together with her band the Nubatones on their new EP Soukoura, we […]
It’s two years since we last checked in with Tendai ‘Baba’ Maraire, Seattle’s Hip-hop group, Shabazz Palace’s Zimbabwean member. And it looks like a lot’s been going on. Musically, Maraire’s repertoire has broadened while he continues to juggle multiple collaborative situations. On a more personal note, Tendai’s sister, renowned Zimbabwean Mbira music champion Chiwoniso died last July in Zimbabwe. (South African rapper Tumi and Nigerian singer Bez paid this tribute […]
Sounds like: A man as much at home with Pac Div as he is with Tupac. The low-down: Well$’ tumultuous teen life brought on his concerned mother’s decision to ship him off to New Orleans to stay with his older cousin, one Alec Lomami in the hope that he could steer him back on to the straight and narrow. Lomami successfully averted Well$’ focus to music as a means of […]
Samkelo “Samthing Soweto” Ndolomba, raised the third of four children by a single, English school teacher mom in Soweto, from an early age learned to create music with minimal resources. “I always made Accapella music because I didn’t know anyone with the ability to play any instruments,” recalls Sam the vocalist and songwriter. “Later on when I found a group of people who could play instruments, I did Jazz music […]
When life hands you dramatic episodes with ex-lovers, you do what James King of the GTW crew did and write dope songs about them. While we were away being distracted by the trappings of silly season this song Bleach Pool premiered on the Kitty Cash mixtape for Vogue which includes tracks from Kelela and Jesse Boykins III amongst others. Inspired by the antics of a former flame who King says dragged his clothes through a […]
Officially one of 2014’s hottest new prospects, London-based singer/songwriter Kwabs will release his debut EP Wrong Or Right on February 3rd. The original title track, a Ben Pearce remix and last year’s favourite Spirit Fade will appear on this EP. Kwabs, as you probably know, was shortlisted by MTV for their hotly contested ‘Brand New for 2014’ as well as BBC Radio 1Xtra’s ‘Hot For 2014′.
2013 is the year that Afro house music started to make inroads in mainstream music across African territories. South Africa’s well established sound and scene were at the centre of this trend with its more commercial vocal outfits such as Mafikizolo, Liquideep and Micasa not only touring but also charting in several African countries – more than we’ve seen before. (Expect to see more collaborations between acts from different African […]
It’s no secret that I’ve been trumpeting the arrival of Burna Boy this year every chance I got. *That* Felabration performance which had Seun Kuti hating was a good 80% of the reason I showed up at all to Channel O’s Music Video Awards last week. In my mind, Oluwaburna would set the stage ablaze with a career-defining performance for all watching across Africa to see, and justify his deafening buzz […]
Juls covered all the bases with this one. A 44-track mix of Afro beats heat to keep your Dezemba lively. He says it’s just the first in a series of Christmas season mixes so there’s more dancing up ahead if you can handle it. Track listing 1. Professor ft Oskido- Jezebel 2. Mafikizolo ft Uhuru-Khona 3. Black Motion ft Jah Rich-Banane Mavoko 4. Dj Cleo ft Dj Mlungu-Zooma 5. Dj […]
Following a string of online releases, namely, The New Era, Talk UR Mind (with Lynxxx), and Don’t Give Me Sh*t (with Jesse Jagz & Kahli Abdu)here is Ko Ye Won, the first single off Show Dem Camp associate Poe’s intro mixtape Talk About Poe. Paris-based FB produces the street single which loosely translates to “they don’t understand”. Listen below and download here. Ko Ye Won (Prod. By FB)
Sounds like: Possibly how Aaliyah might have sounded in 2015. The low-down: Born to Ethiopian parents, and based in Los Angeles, it’s so tempting to draw comparison with another purveyor of new internet-age R&B, one Abel Tesfaye aka Weeknd. The two are worlds apart though. Sarah Vaughan as well as Amel Larrieux count as influences on the 30-year-old Kelela Mizanekristos. You will also remember her from last year’s EFX by Teengirl Fantasy. […]
Sounds like: Lush, layered folky vocals with just a hint of electronica. The low-down: Geographically Nox and Ayo – together Adeiyu – can be traced to Kenya. Otherwise this twin duo engage from within no other world but their own. In their words: “WE’RE ALWAYS CONTRADICTING OURSELVES.” We want people to tell us apart yet we don’t want them to be able to. We want people to get to know us […]
I’ve come to expect nothing but quality from Ghanaian DJ/producer Juls whose work ethic guarantees a whole lot of listening when he drops Jungle Book Tape III this month. It’s an anthology of his production credits this year, both familiar and old. This remix Juls just dropped for New York-based Ghanaian MC Blitz the Ambassador sums up why the wait will be worth it.
Sounds like: If Odd Future and Tribe Called Quest moved to England together and had some kids they would be these guys. The low-down: The Baishe Kings are Shin Tesh, F.King Taisho, T.Funk, King Toe Knee, Geekus, Herdavim? and Squint Eastwood. Six left of left-field MCs. The verdict: Big Dada has given us back Grime fire-spitting Wiley (yes!), and is on something of a roll lately. Baishe Kings is their […]