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 […]
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.
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 […]
MNEK has released the video for his 90s R&B/house-inspired single, “Wrote A Song About You,” which is his first official release from his upcoming album on Virgin/EMI. The song premiered on Annie Mac’s radio show on BBC 1 in mid-June and has already inspired several offshoots, most notably, the Kaytranada edition, the Clutch Remix, a deep and smooth Leo Kalyan rejig, another by Shift K3Y and more recently, a remix […]
Sounds like: the voice people struggled to hear over the chorus of those condemning South African R&B/soul to a premature death (side-eyes SAMA committee). The low-down: Ayanda Jiya is a young soulstress (with dimples) from a relatively unknown town called Klerksdorp in South Africa’s North West province. Over the last few years, she and her label TinismDotC0m have been gradually and precociously shaping the soulstress’ sound and her overall career. […]
We first heard Flavour’s I’m For Real a few days before Valentine’s weekend. The release was either serendipitous or purposeful because as he explained then, he wanted to create a song that his fans could “celebrate love with”. Wanting to convey raw, uninhibited emotion, I’m For Real does not have the usual bells and whistles that are often a feature of Flavour’s highlife music. It is perhaps the clearest recording […]
Yet another artist has been inspired by Stromae’s melancholic but beguiling music. Canadian jazz and soul artist Kellylee Evans made an English version of the Belgian artist’s dance hit Alors On Danse for her fourth album I Remember When. And So We Dance is just one of the many covers she has done for that album where she appears as the bandleader. It was released on Canadian iTunes in February […]
IBK Spaceshipboi, one of the more ‘quirky’ Nigerian artists in the business, has released the video to his single Loving You which comes off his album I Come in Peace. The song samples old school video game sounds and features the piano that is nearly ubiquitous in his music. In Loving You he professes his love to his partner and also promises to cross the seven seas for her, even […]
Hip hop heavyweights HHP and M.anifest released their collaborative effort, Jigah, in May of this year. Jigah is a reminder of sorts to “every George of the jungle [who] wants to be Simba”, that while HHP and M.anifest are kings in their own right, together they are indomitable. Their declarations are punctuated with the refrain “chale me si me jigah” which is Twi for “I’m fired up” or “I’m amped […]
Finally got the full-length version of this inspirational video by the beautiful Kenyan singer and actress Mayonde (who happens to be married to Mbithi Masya from one of our faves, Just A Band). Like it? More of what she’s got is up on Soundcloud.
Sounds like: 2am on a Saturday night with a drink in the air, with a complexity that intrigues you at 2pm on a Sunday afternoon. The lowdown: Born Siphelele Mnyande, the Pretoria via Eastern Cape rapper has been growing a steady fan base with the mixtapes ‘Street Novelty’, ‘The BluMurda tape’ and ‘Mind over Matter: The EP’ while appearances on Bongani Fassie’s Rise, L-Tido’s All or Nothing and stablemate BlakLez’s debut Black Beast has only strengthened his presence […]
It’s hard to believe it’s already been 5 years since Afripopmag first caught up with the twin sibling artist duo Christian Rich, at the time on the eve of their 2009 album The Decadence. Kehinde and Taiwo Hassan have not let up in anyway. You might have picked up their names in the credits for albums by Drake, Chris Brown, Childish Gambino, Earl Sweatshirt and Denitia and Sene among others. […]
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Badi features in this tag team I’ve wanted to see happen for some time with the mighty Youssoupha (who, by the way, makes a welcome first-time entry into MTV Base Africa lexicon as he is nominated in the Best Francophone category). In case you’ve not worked it out already, 234 is the international dialling code for Kinshasa. The song is meant for a new compilation on the way titled Talents […]
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