On this week’s edition of Psst! New Stuff, we go from Nigeria to Mozambique, Congo to Ghana, and a worthy stop over in South Africa. The playlist is now updated with our top picks from the fresh releases across the continent.
Goodgirla LA – Bando (NG)
Music for the rebellious youths no doubt! GGLA wants you to know that girls have now blown, without promo—an update on the popular line in her hit song ‘Bless me’. I love the energy with which she delivers the lyrics, and definitely the whole vibe! It’s not every day that you see a female artiste come with a song as hard as this.
We have updated the playlist with our Top Picks from this week’s fresh music releases and we hope you enjoy listening to them just like we did.
Focalistic – Ke Star Remix ft. Davido (SA)
Tule jor! Hearing Davido say this on a song for the first time made me jump, lol. Davido killed his verse, no doubt. Love how the flow of the original song wasn’t tampered with and they really just caught their cruise, the exact way every Amapiano song has you cruising.
On this week’s edition of Psst! New Stuff, we’ve got fresh music and sick collaborations from Across the continent. Our Top Picks are highlighted below.
Ajebo Hustlers – Pronto ft. Omah Lay (NG)
This is probably one of the sickest collaborations to hit the Nigerian music scene right now. The strings at the beginning of the song, the hook, the flow, everything just feels right. Omah Lay should be added to the list of Nigeria’s national treasures, please.
Look around you. What do you see? What do you feel? What do you hear? It’s new music babyyyyy! We launched a new Apple Music Playlist few weeks ago, because we love you and we want you to have first hand updates on some of the beautiful gems to come out of Africa. On this week’s edition, Our Top Picks from all the fresh African music are highlighted below.
I had watched Tobe’s Instagram posts and admired his art since I discovered him a few months ago, but I hadn’t properly reflected on how much his art speaks to our reality as Black people. This past year has been a long one; fighting for ourselves and our freedom as Black People against police brutality and impunity across the world, and with the emotional and mental wounds from the aftermath of the EndSARS protests in October still fresh in my head, I immediately decided to write a piece about the Houston-based rapper when he posted the video for WILDINGSfeaturing Olu of Earthgang + Duckwrth on Instagram. Little did I know that he had an impressive album lined up for roll-out. He got lyrical heavyweights like K.R.I.T, D Smoke, Royce Da 5’9, Trae the Truth and others to work with him on the album which is saturated with witty punchlines, sick flows and unusual beats. He delivers smoothly his bars which express the experiences and pain of Black people and our painful history and reality. It’s about to be a long one! But I really have to pick every song apart, because it is a thoroughly enjoyable album and I want a first listener to totally understand and reflect on each song that they find most relatable.
The first month of 2021 is crawling to an end, and I find myself thinking of all that the previous year brought my way. Our way. So much music, pain, tiktok challenges, conspiracy theories, loads of ‘how to’ videos, virtual shows, IG Lives, and of course the protests and awakenings, the list is endless…of all of this, the new dimension of reality that was so graciously dragged in by 2020 in the final weeks of December, in the form of ‘The 1111 Project’ is one for the books!
Strolling on these IG streets as one does on a random Tuesday, I see this video [below] on a friends page. I take a look, two looks, a third one and my mind is in a wow state, few clicks, and I am in Oladapo’s DMs, few hours and a couple exchanges later, I have an appointment for 2pm the next day.
Young African women are no longer scared of being themselves unashamedly and living life on their own terms. Rap is a channel of expression for some to speak their truth, self-reflect, and reclaim their identities.
African hip-hop is evolving and despite being dominated by male rappers, there are a number of female rappers holding it down, so I made a list of some African female rappers I think deserve the same level of recognition as their male counterparts.
Burgeoning Nigerian, Canadian-based artist; TOBi released Elements Vol. 1, a solid mixtape series last month following the warm reception his debut album STILL has received from listeners. He explores and experiments effortlessly, bending genres like jazz, grime, afro-pop, hip-hop and R&B to produce an unapologetically soulful project. The project explores themes like Black Joy as an act of resistance in a fundamentally lop-sided society. He says ELEMENTS is not just ‘the album’, he sees it as his own Dedication (Lil Wayne’s) series as he plans to keep ELEMENTS alive for years to come. TOBi creates his own sound by blending everything he listens to, and drawing inspiration from reading dub poetry to create soulful sounds.
Few weeks to the most lively and busy month of the year, you would think that all the ‘songs of the year’ should have dropped months ago and we would just be waiting to turn up to them. Buuuuuut!!! Nigerian artistes have chosen not to let our ears rest. It’s been raining good music even up until November with so many amazing projects being released that if music was alcohol, we would all be drunk to stupor. Our favorites at Apex Village have also joined the long list of super talented artistes that have contributed to the heavy showers of good music on the Nigerian music scene. Newly signed act, Azanti—who is a singer, songwriter and producer—has teamed up with Psycho YP to release what I find to be an amazing Joint EP titled YP & Azanti Vol. 1. Judging by the title, I’ll say we would be getting more projects like this going forward.