Get to Know: Pink Oculus

Sounds like: All the fierceness you’d expect in the love child of Janelle Monae and Azaelia Banks. The low-down: First off, you can’t help but notice Pink Oculus (Esperanzah Denswil) is absolutely beautiful. Not just by looking at her but hearing the cocksure lyrics by the Dutch/Surinamese newcomer whose manifesto reads: “I Write, I Produce, I Slay”. Her impression on Belgium’s premier Hip-hop tastemaker Lefto landed her an invitation to perform at one of […]


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.



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: 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 […]


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 […]



Watch: Seinabo Sey Perform Clean Bandit's 'Rather Be'

Before the release of her EP For Madeleine last month, Seinabo Sey gave us this acoustic cover of Clean Bandit’s 90s-inspired electro hit Rather Be featuring Jess Glynne. Her version of the song bears almost no resemblance to the buoyant original. Even without the piano and the monochromatic visuals, her smoky, smouldering vocals create a mellower, more sombre song. She truly made the song her own.  


Watch: M.anifest Mines Alluvial Gold in 'No Shortcut to Heaven' Video

M.anifest just released the video for his single No Shortcut to Heaven, the fourth single from his EP Apae: The Price of Free. You might have noticed that it was a favourite on his Apae Taxi Diaries. Or not. It was produced by G Mo and features another Ghanaian music titan Obrafour. M.anifest’s team have gone all out for the video. In a narrative that seems to tie in with […]


Listen+Download: Temi Dollface's New Single 'Just Like That (Story)'

Back like you never heard before, the drama soul queen Temi Dollface part raps and part sings on this Just Like That (Story) - the first single off her forth-coming EP. Listen to and download the track below she composed, arranged and and co-produced with producer Jo Pee.



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. […]



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 […]