Psst! New Stuff: Artistes You Should Listen To
Into an ocean of defiance filled with pleasant melodies and bold statements that characterize the new generation of Afrobeats, we have dug deep to handpick some of the best new music from across the continent that you should get familiar with.
Influenced by Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat and blending Afro elements with retro funk, Little Simz features Nigerian sensation Obongjayar on Point and Kill. The polyrhythmic record mirrors the resolute and defiant nature of the typical Nigerian youth with both artists exuding self-assurance and confidence, and paying no mind to hearsay. The video for the song, -shot by Ebenzer Blanche with stand out art direction by Ayo Lawson, is filled with compelling imagery of Lagos and the New Afrika Shrine. Point and Kill is a single off her fourth studio album ‘Sometimes I Might Be Introvert’.
Ghanaian singer Christie Quincyna Quarcoopome aka Cina Soul on the KiDi-assisted Feelings is all melodic chants and dreamy expressions of emotions. Feelings is the lead single ahead of her forthcoming EP set for release sometime this September. In soulful fervor and a groovy meld of energies, the artistes express their emotions to their lovers.
Burgeoning Nigerian musician YKB makes a bold statement with the release of ‘Before I Blow’ EP, a project billed to mark the beginning of his catalytic takeover in the music industry. While ‘Wake up’ is a call to action for himself and people who daydream and wait on results without putting in work, he echoes the demands of a young creative on ‘Oshofree’, asking to be paid what he’s worth. He is self-assured on ‘One Day’, weaving a story of what he foresees for his future. A peep into his musical vanguard on ‘Okukupay’ and ‘Bolatito’ confirms that YKB is poised for the next phase of his career and he’s ready to take us on a joyride immersed in dazzling sonic palettes.
Amidst several beautiful melodies out of Kenya, Nviiri’s ‘Falling’ is an instant earworm and heartwarming number. He features Ghana’s KiDi as they both go on a quest to piece their emotions together.
Ugandan Rapper Fik Fameica connects with Slick Stuart & DJ Roja on this Amapiano anthem to deliver a party starter! Zero worries, zero stress, just laughter, good vibes and groovy tunes on this side. Life is already hard enough. Just dance!
In a new two-single pack, South Africa’s Moonchild Sanelly presents ‘Undumpable’ and ‘Jiva Juluka’. ‘Undumpable’ is a fiery refusal to let things go and demand for mending in a relationship that was strained during the lockdown while ‘Jiva Juluka’ is an Afro House song perfect for summer raves and fun times.
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