Photos: 5 Hours with SA Rapper Khuli Chana in New York City

afriPOP! caught up with South African rapper Khuli Chana during his recent visit to New York City. The charming rapper, born Khulane Morule, had just won Best Male Southern Africa 2014 at the African Musik Awards in Texas. When we met up with him, Khuli was just excited to be back in New York as a student of hip-hop, open to learning whatever NYC had to offer. Here’s a day […]



Watch 'Power-Ups', The New Video From Sammus

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.


Here's One More Reason Why Busiswa Is An Artist to Watch

Where does one even begin with Busiswa? She’s the dynamic South African Xhosa poet and rapper bubbling on the scene. A respected talent in poetry circles, Busiswa Gqulu first came to the more mainstream spotlight when she featured on DJ Zinhle’s dance track “My Name Is” back in 2012.  Sidebar: I once interviewed the rapper Eve and asked her what her favorite song was and she name this one. Since […]



Watch: Ghana's M.anifest Contemplates the '9 to 5 Blues' in 'Someway Bi'

In January, rapper M.anifest began posting a few videos of his “listening session on wheels” under the name Apae Taxi Diaries. He got a few industry friends and some “honorable civilians” to listen to and offer their opinions about some of the songs from his latest album Apae: The Price of Free EP as they drove around the city in a 4-seater taxi. He (M.anifest) even appears in one of […]


Listen: Kelela and Ade Omotayo Feature on Kindness’ 'World Restart'

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 […]


Listen to Ghana-Born Fusion Drummer, Paa Kow's New Album, "Ask"

Ghana-born drummer and bandleader Paa Kow (pronounced Pah – Ko) has toured the world, sharing the stage with the likes of Hugh Masekela and Kojo Antwi. Now, he’s ready for his debut with the album, Ask (out August 19). Known as “a fiend behind the drumkit” (Colorado Daily), Kow’s debut infuses his traditional rhythms, time signatures, and the Fante language from Ghana with funk and jazz to create an Afro-Fusion […]



Watch: Mathew Gold Features Goodluck in 'Last Summer' Video

As the winter frost thaws into morning dew and pruned plant life waits for the perfect moment to develop for those of us in the Southern Africa, Mathew Gold and Goodluck collaborate again to give us a song for the summer. Their first collaboration was the SAMA-nominated “Taking it Easy” where Mathew was credited as Mathew Moolman. “Last Summer,” an electronic ‘heart song’ from his album The Rush, is their […]



Get to Know: Ghanaian-British Singer Moko, Stream Her Song, 'Ceremony'

Ghanaian-British singer Moko is a talented synesthete from South East London. Her specific talent is being able to hear color or being able to see the color of sound. Her EP’s are often named after certain colors and this may or may be as a result of her above listed talent. Her first extended play, Black, was released in 2013 and she’s preparing to release a second called Gold in […]



Stream Bongi Mvuyana's 'Sweet Love'

Alternative soul artist Bongi Mvuyana just released the third single, Sweet Love, from her forthcoming album Dopamine. Sweet Love is a slight departure from her previous releases I Wonder and Gold. Bongi ups the tempo as soul meets maskandi, or rather, as soul makes a tribute to maskandi. Over the foot-stomping, hand-clapping maskandi – rock grooves composed and produced by 340 ml’s Tiago Correia-Paulo, Bongi honors her own Sweet Love. […]



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 […]