Waje Features Tiwa Savage on 'Onye'

Waje and Tiwa Savage star in a spectacularly comedic video for the song Onye off Waje’s eponymous album Words Aren’t Just Enough (W.A.J.E.). Reputedly, this is Tiwa Savage’s first feature with another female singer and the result is an infectious but light-hearted song with a delightfully refreshing video. The video plays on the hazards of dating in Lagos. The two singers play a pair of women who are unwittingly dating […]

 

 
 
 

MNEK Releases 'Wrote a Song About You' Video + 'In Your Clouds' (audio)

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 […]

 

 
 
 

Kenyan Singer Mayonde Debuts 'Isikuti Love' Video

Following the release of her uplifting first single “Rise“ a few weeks ago, Kenyan singer Mayonde returns with a cheerful love song with an equally sunny video. “Isikuti Love“ is the second single from the singer and it precedes the release of her upcoming album. Isikuti is both a type of traditional drum of the Abaluhya people and a type of dance, often seen at feasts, wedding marches and sports […]

 

Get to Know: South African Soul Singer Ayanda Jiya

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. […]

 

 
 
 

Watch Nigerian Rapper Highness Hafeez's 'Waye Babanka'

Hafeez Yaroson, whose stage name is Highness Hafeez, is a fairly new artist from Nigeria, currently under the Studio Magic imprint. Hoping to make his mark in the vast musical landscape of his native country and abroad, Hafeez has released a remarkable video for his equally audacious if not aggressive single, “Waye Babanka.” Featured in the song— whose title reportedly means who is your daddy?—is rapper and singer Morell. The […]

 

 
 
 

South African House Rising Star Gino Brown Finally Releases 'Body Language' Video

The video took about six months to get here! Gino Brown is an up and comer in the South African house scene and was the first South African artist to be signed to American DJ Harrison Crump’s Hump Records. He has released a few songs of his own before and continues forge a solo career as not just a DJ but as a producer as well. At the very beginning […]

 

 
 
 

Watch Just a Band’s “Probably For Lovers” + Metanoia’s Live Cover Mash-Up

Just A Band has enlisted the help of their incredible network of friends to (finally) create a video that is as sanguine as their track “Probably For Lovers.” Or perhaps, having grown increasingly impatient with the delay, their friends bandied together and shot a series of videos that were eventually edited together. “Probably for Lovers” is from their 2012 album Sorry for the Delay. The montage features several performers and […]

 

 
 
 

Fuse ODG & Sean Paul Release 'Coming to America' Inspired Video for 'Dangerous Love'

In May, London-born Ghanaian rapper Fuse ODG and Sean Paul announced the Afrobeats vs Dancehall competition to create a buzz about their new cross-national, collaborative single, “Dangerous Love.”  Using the hashtags #AfrobeatsVsDancehall #DangerousLove, people were asked to upload videos on to Youtube where they danced to the Killbeatz and Di Denius-produced track. A steady stream of videos has been uploaded to the site from several different places around the world […]

 

Stream Sinkane's 'Hold Tight' and 'How We Be'

Sinkane continues to offer us precursors of his new album Mean Love which is due September 2, 2014. He began with the tender “Hold Tight,” now he offers funky soul in “How We Be.” The Brooklyn-based musician’s sound is graceful and unhurried with the grit and coolness of Shaft. He humorously calls his music “fake jazz”. City Slang, his record company, describes the music as “doses of West African funk […]

 

Listen to CyHi The Prynce's 'Mandela' Remix feat. Reason and Well$

CyHi the Prynce invited South African rapper Reason – who strangely has been called every variation of neophyte by popular hip hop sites – and Well$ – who has been gaining momentum over the last couple of months with his mixtape MTSYD: The Revenge Of The African Booty Scratcher – to join him on the remix of his song, Mandela. The original appeared on CyHi’s 18-song mixtape Black Hystori Project, […]

 

 
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Cameroon-Born Singer Debra Debs Adds New Chapter with 'Sometimes'

NeoSoulfulRnBAfroJazzyThings singer Debra Debs has been steadily promoting her debut album LifeCycles since its release in the UK late last year. Besides performing her song Fizzy Lemonade on BBC Radio a few months ago, she shared this video of a mini-jam session that was shot before one of her shows. It’s also interesting that in spite of the chorus of industry doomsayers wailing about the ‘death of the CD’, the […]

 

 
 
 

Watch Flavour's 'I'm For Real'

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 […]

 

 
 
 

Bongani Madondo on Editing Brenda Fassie Biography (Video)

The ever-vigilant staff over at Africa is a Country released a video where writer and editor Bongani Madondo explains the philosophy and the inspirations of the book he edited about pop icon Brenda Fassie. About a month ago Bongani Madondo released one of the most significant works in African literature – I’m Not Your Weekend Special: Portraits on the Life+Style & Politics of Brenda Fassie. The book approaches the story […]

 

 
 
 

Jazz and Soul Artist Kellylee Evans Covers Stromae’s 'Alors on Danse'

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 […]

 

 
 
 

Watch IBK Spaceshipboi's Enterprising Proposal to His Girl in 'Loving You'

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 […]