Watch: M.anifest's first video for 2015, 'Mind Games'

Rapper M.anifest kicks off 2015 with the video for his single Mind Games off his Apae: The Price of Free. It as though he’s never stopped working since the EP was released at the end of 2013. In his latest cut he raps about the joys and the lows of being in a romantic relationship – the explosive fights that spiral into make-ups, how the good times are often contrasted […]

 

The 20 Best Videos By African Artists (and Those Inspired By Africa) of 2014

African artists have released some amazing visual work these past 12 months. Some videos gave us a powerful introduction to new artists, powerful enough to etch them in our memories and encouraging us to keep an eye on them in the New Year. Others cemented the popularity of already established artists. Some musicians opted to produce more filmic, iconic music videos. As is customary at this time of year, we […]

 

 
 
 

Nneka Is Back! Watch Her New Video, 'Book of Job'

Nigerian singer Nneka returns after a two-year break. Her latest single, “Book of Job” takes from her reggae and dancehall influences. This the first single is from her forthcoming album, My Fairy Tales, out March 2, 2015.

 

The African Abroad: 14 Songs That Rocked 2014

The African Abroad is a column featuring the random musings of AfriPOP! founding editor Yolanda Sangweni. 2014 was the year that kept on giving, musically speaking. From Those of whose love affair doesn’t only involve African music got even more high the minute D’Angelo dropped a surprise album mid-December, and Mary J. Blige dropped a stellar album (this, for me, hasn’t happened in a long time). Here are 14 musical […]

 

 
 
 

Watch: Rwandan Electro Pop Singer Iyadede New Video, 'In My Darkest Hour'

Rwandan singer, and afriPOP star, Iyadede returns with a vibrant new video for her song, “In My Darkest, shot in Kigali. The Brooklyn-based singer recently traveled back home to record new music, and rework, “In My Darkest Hour,” an old favorite. “It meant a lot to me to do something back home with local producers,” she tells afriPOP! “The sound you hear in the song is a traditional instrument called […]

 

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 […]

 

Stream MNEK’s 'The Rhythm'

We have been slightly obsessed withMNEK’s 90s-inspired dance music this year, with him being on our list of artists to look out in 2014 and all. After a period of being featured or producing other people’s songs, MNEK has been releasing the bulk of his own work over the last year. He adds to that oeuvre this almost spasmodic dance tune that makes you want to vogue to tha gads called […]

 

 
 
 

Watch: Tiwa Savage's Video for 'My Darlin’'

The last time Kemi Adetiba and Tiwa Savage worked together it was for the spectacularly comedic video of Savage’s collaborative single with Waje called Onye. This time around Adetiba directs the video for Savage’s latest effort, My Darlin’. The Don Jazzy-produced song takes us back to the honeyed sounds of Eminado but with the pace and sensibilities of Dorobucci. The video is quite possibly one of the most romantic videos […]

 

 
 
 

Les Nubians to Headline MTN Bushfire Festival in Swaziland

The MTN Bushfire Festival returns for its ninth edition next year and they have already announced their first headlining act. Les Nubians will headline the festival which will run from the 29th to the 31st of May 2015. Hélene and Célia Faussart, stage names Queen Hélene and Blue Nefertiti, will also be celebrating their 20th year of making music next year. The sisters haven’t released any new albums since their […]

 

 
 
 

Watch: Okmalumkoolkat Blazing Hot Video for 'Holy Oxygen'

Okmalumkoolkat and Minted director Wim Steytler have come together to give us the video of Koolkat’s single, “Holy Oxygen”, off his debut solo EP of the same name. Director Wim Steytler, who also directed the (oddly) polarizing video for Haezer’s Minted, re-explores the themes of social rejection and magic realism. This time we are taken to a seeming desert wasteland inhabited by itinerant outcasts, outcasts who were cast out and […]

 

 
 
 

Watch: P-Square's New Video 'Shekini'

Some time ago, three P-Square tracks emerged on the internet simultaneously, namely, blockbuster collaboration Ejeajo with rapper T.I., Bring It On with Dave Scott and Shekini. All of these songs we later found out were singles from their sixth studio album Double Take. A little while later another blockbuster collaboration called Collabo which featured Mavins’ Don Jazzy also came out. It too was on the reported track list of that […]

 

 
 
 

Watch: Petite Noir's New Video 'Chess'

Chess is Petite Noir’s latest offering from his upcoming EP The King Of Anxiety. Although the trailer has been up on YouTube for quite some time now, the video eventually premièred on Dazed Digital. The video première comes three months after an interview the magazine did with the noirwave artist and his latest collaborator Yasiin Bey. Chess seems to depict the war of words between two lovers before an imminent […]

 

Watch: Naeto C featuring Boj and Ajebutter 22's 'What U Want'

It looks like Naeto C is gearing up to release another album after a long silence. About a month ago he released a single called China featuring rapper Phyno. The house-y track was produced by Jay Sleek. About a week later, he released the video for the song and that video was directed by Clarence Peters. This week, he has released another video for yet another collabo but this time […]

 

Watch: Ibibio Sound Machine's Video 'Let's Dance (Yak Unek Inek)'

The Ibibio Sound Machine has been forging its way through the vast landscape of musical delights for quite some time now. The London-based 8 piece band that is currently on tour in the UK is led by British-Nigerian vocalist Eno Williams. The Machine creates music that they describe as “evocative Nigerian poetic imagery set against an edgy Afro-Electro soundscape”.  More specifically, their sound is a dizzying combination “of West African […]