South African based artists dumama + kechou (aka Gugulethu Duma and Kerim Melik Becker) team up to share ‘buffering juju’, their exceptionally soulful and vibrant debut album. Throughout the course of the record’s eight songs, which features contributions from the likes of Angel Bat Dawid, Shane Cooper and Dion Montithe, the pair take you on a soul stirring, spiritual journey that expertly blends together electronic and acoustic soundscapes interspersed with native South African influences and even a sprinkling of jazz.
After having a sensational 2019, Nigerian based star and COLORS favourite Rema returns with another absolutely stunning single in the form of ‘Beamer (Bad Boys)’. Released alongside ‘Rainbow’, ‘Beamer (Bad Boys)’ captures Rema’s infectious flow and invigorating voice once again as he works his magic over an equally fiery afropop beat penned by Rvssian.
Rising Nigerian Afrobeat singer/songwriter Myles impresses with another intoxicating cut in the form of ‘Fine Wine’. With production from Magik who lays down a tantalizing beat which serves as the perfect backdrop for Myles to deliver his chilled vocals and breezy melodies, it’s safe to say that ‘Fine Wine’ is a vibe from start to finish. Check out the scintillating single (which is released by Tinny Entertainment) here.
Nigerian AfroBeats star Killertunes drops his highly anticipated new EP ‘Gbedu & Things’. Having worked with the likes of Mr Eazi, Wizkid, DJ Spinall as well as COLORS alum Tiwa Savage, the producer steps into the spotlight with his first solo body of work which features five vibrant and eclectic tracks that entice and invigorate. Setting the scene beautifully with the cheerful ’11:11′, the entire EP is a continuation of Killertunes’ wondrous sounds that’ll have you up and moving from the get go.
Ghanaian artist Bryte shares vibrant new single ‘Ice Cream’, lifted from the ‘R&S presents: More Time Records Vol. 1’ compilation album. Boosted by a powerful beat penned by Mina and Tarquin, the accompanying music video brilliantly captures the track’s playful aesthetic. Check out the infectious track above and keep an eye out for the forthcoming compilation album which is out on November 29th and features tracks by Ahadadream, Bala Bala Boyz and SNØW.
Consider yourself introduced to Lyma, a Cameroon based singer and songwriter, whose striking debut project ‘Une Question de Feeling’ is a tour de force. Packed with afro-pop club-ready anthems that boast fiery beats and infectious melodies that’ll have you dancing from the get go, ‘Une Question de Feeling’ also features contributions from the likes of N.A.T. and Krys Kofi.
Having already released a handful of EPs this year in the form of ‘Rema’ and ‘Freestyle EP’, the former of which features breakthrough single ‘Dumebi’, Nigerian Afropop artist Rema continues to impress with new project ‘Bad Commando’. The four-track EP, which features production from the likes of Honter, Altims, Oliver El Khatib and 1mind, is another blistering slice of the rising artist’s refreshing sounds.
Rotation combines with fellow member of Sudanese collective nuslang. on banger ‘Affin Affin’. The track adopts a ‘trap-zanig’ style, fusing Sudani instruments with contemporary hip-hop to inject a refreshing dynamic energy. Driven by Rotation’s unique flow and a spine-chilling guitar solo by producer WillyWill, “Affin Affin” is a powerful example of the strength of the East African country’s vibrant rap scene, incorporating Western influences to create new original gems.
Sudan-born, Ontario-based A7MD is an artist who deserves to be watched closely. Aside from his archives of releases under the pseudonym Skripter, his new moniker and new sound brings a refreshing, original approach to the contemporary trap sounds that dominate North America’s rap scene. His successful single Zombies, produced by DBLCRSS, boasts a distinctive melodic lilt to his bars, and he is equally comfortable flexing his lyrical skill in the verses as he is delivering a catchy mantra in the chorus; “I only did this for squad, and my only witness is God”.
Kenyan born, multi-cultural DJ/producer Suraj, globetrotting German turntablist/producer Max Doblhoff and Kenyan afro-fusion artist Alai K team up to create a contagiously funky track. ‘Bana Bana’ embodies the eclectic energy of East Africa’s finest musical collaborations, effortlessly spanning afrobeat, reggae and house influences.The uptempo beat is carried by raw, soulful vocals and reverberating crooning melodies, echoing a sound Alai K refers to as “Disco Vumbi” – a homegrown form of street dance music. Individually, each artist brandishes a strong personal style, with Suraj known for infamously percussive afrobeat and melodic house, Doblhoff (fka MDgroove) known for roots-inspired techno, and Alai K known for everything from hip-hop to traditional kamba, but together their collaboration paints a fuller, truer picture of East Africa’s contemporary creative sector, innovating both electronic and acoustic genres in unique fusion.
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The producer Stephen Of Kent has linked up with rapper 2Lee Stark to create some of South Africa’s most cutting edge contemporary hip-hop. Kent’s first commercially released body of work, ‘There May Be Wolves’ is a joint EP project between the two that draws inspiration from the popular TV series Game Of Thrones; 2lee’s name references the House Stark, whose symbol is a wolf, with the tape’s concept revolving around the fable of “the boy who cried wolf”, framing this project as the genuine breakthrough they’ve prophesied so often before.The pair worked on this album in the OFF BOYZ Recording Label “Winter” campaign, which will also include two upcoming individual singles from each from the artists.