A cocktail of genres including amapiano, afropop & drill are currently some of Africa’s hottest music obsessions right now. In this edition, we select the hottest sounds from these genres and more. Immerse yourself in sweet melodies, addictive harmonies, and catchy tunes from around the continent. It’s giving eargasmic bops. Dig in, people.
Titi – I never personally knew the guy. Might have met him a few times at best, but I was constantly inspired by him – music, the fashion, the hustle spirit, his presence in general – I like to think we all were.
If the South African industry was ever really in your sights, you would have heard of Riky Rick one way or another.
Following the very jolting news of his passing, about a month ago, I spent good time binging all things Riky; interviews, music videos, show clips, fashion looks and so much more. I knew I wanted to do something in his memory but I didn’t quite feel rightly placed to carry it alone the way I envisioned. So, I reached out to a few friends I knew LOVED and continue to be inspired by him to help me put this together.
So here’s to nostalgia for some, and discovery for others in a special compilation of our videos to watch review dubbed “Feed Your Eyes”.
To celebrate International Women’s Day this year, we launched a special edition of our playlist ‘Psst! Cool Stuff’. This time, curated by multi-faceted Namibian musician Lioness, to highlight some of the best female musicians to ever do it! On this episode of Psst! Cool Stuff, we’ll be highlighting some of our favorite African superstars on this playlist. Listen to sounds from the ones who actually run the world—Women.
We watched closely as our fave Nigerian superstar Fireboy DML toured stateside, singing his heart out with the crowd and killing it on every stage during his Apollo Tour. One other thing he undeniably had on lock was his style! Each new look was even more fiery than the last, and he had us glued to our phones, waiting to see the next fit. We’ll be highlighting our top picks of his looks from some cities he performed in. Come, take notes..
The product of a father from South Africa and mother from Lesotho who were exiled during the ‘70s, Palesa Bautloane’s background is as diverse as her musical offerings. Influenced by her parents’ love for music, attending a UB40 concert was the catalyst for her beginnings as a vocalist, arts activist and cultural practitioner.
Kenya’s music scene has experienced a shift in the last few years with Gengetone growing to become the most popular sound locally and developing a healthy competition for the Nigerian and Tanzanian music that have enjoyed almost total dominance among music consumers on a commercial level in the East African country.
Being a sub-genre of Genge-rap—a genre birthed from the infusion of hip-hop and dancehall music in the early 2000s, Gengetone draws its influences from more dancehall music and less hip-hop. The Kenyan audience have widely accepted this new wave as theirs amidst controversial reactions due to the vulgarity of the lyrics and the music videos that display a lot of “twerking”…
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, Dremo is telling a captivating story with a series of pictures and I am here for it. In his new online series ‘Perfect Picture’, he walks us through a night in the life of a typical young Nigerian man whose plan to have a good time gets ruined with each turn of uncomfortable events. Dremo is an excellent storyteller, weaving his words in impeccable flow schemes with his unmatched breath control, and he came correct as always on ‘Perfect Picture’.
I spoke to our boyfriend. Well, not literally but yeah (lol)…
I’d listened to the ‘Boyfriend’ EP and watched reactions on social media, taking in how Ckay won and melted the hearts of so many with this project, I wanted to find out what it was like for him putting it all together, so I asked. We are here because Ckay was graceful enough to share a glimpse of his process creating this work of art that emanates from his own reality. He calmly answers every question, his voice even more heartwarming as he speaks, piecing together his words in ways that make you feel as though you were listening to your actual boyfriend tell you about his day.
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.