For our first collection of new stuff from some dope African acts to listen to this year, we’ve carefully curated some fresh sounds that could very easily last decades on your playlist, selected from different genres of music, we’ve got a variety of flavours to serve you one super platter of a magnificent dish. Bon apetit!
Basketmouth – Horoscopes (NG)
Honestly psyched for this one, the album “Horoscopes” by Basketmouth is a game changer, I find it all quite innovative, especially in the Nigerian entertainment industry. Talk about a triple threat, Basketmouth, our renowned Nigerian comedian and actor/filmmaker, who has made us laugh till teary for years now, finds himself diving back into the music industry with full bangers in one album, brining on board a variety of talented superstars who have influenced the industry with their diversified sounds, the 9-tracker features some of our personal faves like The Cavemen, Falz, Wande Coal, M.I Abaga , Buju, Johnny Drille, Simi, Efya, Peruzzi, 2baba, Blaqbonez, Oxlade, Kwabena Kwabena, Reekado Banks and more. In an exciting reveal, Basketmouth shared that the album is in fact the official soundtrack to his upcoming movie “SCORPIO”.
Tim Lyre – Hubris ft Lex Amor (NG)
Tim lyre, a core Afro-fusion singer-songwriter, multi-talented instrumentalist and producer has shown his super-powers with sounds, using a mix of afro-vibe melodies with his new release “Hubris” featuring London’s Lex Amor. Hubris, off his debut solo project “Worry <“, a slow groove music with beautiful rhythms, Tim inculcates confidence with his delivery and pairs this with a symbolic artwork of Icarus who perished by flying too close to the sun to drive home his point, he’s Tim, he’s capable and we’re in for a hell of an experience.
L.A.X x Ayra Starr – Options (NG)
With two melodic stars like Zaza and Ayra on a track, you know it is bound to hit the right spot! Our fast-rising Nigerian star Ayra Starr and ever popping afrobeats musician L.A.X, have come together to create a magical tune with a cherry on top called “Options”. A collaboration we didn’t see coming — the bad boy-good girl love combo with a slow but tingly groove to it, billed to get everyone singing along passionately.
Ukweli & Xenia Manasseh – Waiting (KE)
The new, slow RnB Tune by Ukweli & Xenia Manasseh, was perfectly written and composed to soothe the mind, bringing different shades of colour to music. Xenia is a fast-rising Kenyan RnB musician whose music is primarily influenced by neo soul and some jazz, it is no surprise that ‘Waiting’ is set up to get you in your feelings real quick. This track is playlist worthy if you are looking for a perfect RnB, afro-soul type vibe for that special moment.
NOTBENJAMIN (ft blxckie) – Tables (SA)
On NOTBENJAMIN’s newly released 24-track album, ‘Tables’ is one of many that blew minds. A pure hard electronic trap tune that gives a continuous bounce from start to finish. We’ll be keeping our eye on this one!
Ronehi – Saudade ft AYLØ (NG)
Needing some jazz and afro-soul vibe in your life? “Saudade” is for you. AYLØ on this addictive production by Ronehi is for that morning tea, afternoon time out, evening lounge. My point? It’s for the repeat button! Now with London x South African label Outersouth, we’re expecting consistent addictive sounds from this Nigerian born genius!
Jux – I Love You ft Gyakie (TZ)
We’re really digging this Tanzania and Ghana blend—a sensational Afrobeats tune. “I Love You” is an Afropop record with an unforgettable hook and a slow bop that pleases the ear. The synergy on this track is just right and we’ll be keeping this one on our playlists for a hot minute!
Miči – Respond ft Sun-El Musician (ZIM)
Okay! I got one to have you drifting to a state of repetitive calmness. Enlisting one of our fav South African hitmaker; Sun-El Musician, Zimbabwe’s Miči kick-starts 2022 with the impressive new single titled “Respond“. This stripped down vibe that’s filled with very little words but so much to feel.