It seems that Mi Casa are the ones to break my long breaks when it comes to blogging. The video ‘Get Through This’ with Yemi Alade dropped today and we are just going to ignore the obvious treatment lift from T.I’s and Keri Hilson ‘Got Your Back’ but the Maleek Berry’s produced track is amazing, soulful vibes for you and your bae to get through the hard times. Enjoy the visuals ….walks away to sip the brewing tea.
Top five current tunes from amazing artist who just happen to be African.
Wanlov the Kubolor – Never Go Change
Corruption is global and Wanlov presents it so simply and purely in this track accompanied by a black and white video. The song is reminiscent of his single Human, heartfelt music with meaning.
Fantasma – Cat and Mouse
The first time I heard this song I was convinced that I had lost it …. its rare to hear ‘Kiswahili Sanifu’ Pure Kiswahili in music, mostly when you were not anticipating it. The single is accompanied by a video of young ballet dancers who dance within townships, Spoek main aim was to showcase the benefits new skills extended to children living within townships.
Stonebwoy ft DJ Juls – Rudeboi Love
Purely on the strength of the production the next lines can be filled with an in-depth analysis and breakdown of elements that can be picked up but this has to be one of the best collaborations so far in the year, relaxed of the strength of this track Stonebwoy can take the BET INT award not many people within Afrobeats seek to merge a few genres some dub reggae elements shine through.
Burna Boy – Sonke
Anyone who knows me, knows that language is a tool that I greatly admire within music and Burna Boy has also found ways of adding his own swag (that word has been dying out) to his music Sonke does not disappoint, this is definitely one track that will not miss spin on decks this summer.
M.anifest – Forget Dem
Just felt it was nice to share this visual recently M.anifest has realised some fantastic videos but this one stood out mainly because my ultimate #MCM features and I wasn’t expecting it but it was a nice surprise.
Sharing is caring who are you jamming to at the moment.
Azekel – New Romance
Azekel is part of a unique group in the music industry the soulful male artist sits side to side with the likes of Kwabs, Angel and a recent addition, Raheem singer/songwriters who offer depth and pure artistry, his first video till today tops my favourite visual film and this is his latest release.
Sarkodie ft Castro – Adonai
Anyone who knows me has had to endure constant replays of this song, aside from Sarkodie being the only African rapper who delivers unique songs and has curved out a niche that leaves others eating dust, Catro’s feature adds volumes and depth to the deliverance and overall message of the song. The video does lack great direction although working to tell of the tries and tribulations faced it mimic Kendricks Lamar “Bitch Don’t Kill My Video” within wardrobe choices.
FKA Twigs -Two Weeks
Directed by Nabil Elderkin the super photographer and music video director that has for many years created the videos that match some of our favourite artists song, last year after reading and interesting interview I was opened up to his cleaver and slick tactics that introduced the world to both his talents and also Kanye West, having heard of the buzz of a raising star in both his and Kanye’s hometown Chicago Nabil purcharced Kanye’s domain name of which his management reached out to purchase from him, long story short this lead to him taking West’s most recognised images with LV bags and directing a number of his videos. This is his latest masterpiece and it speaks for itself drawing most notably from ‘Queen of the Dame’ staring Aaliyah and West’s ‘Power’ Nabil presents visuals that stick true to FKA Twings strong and sensual style.
Over the past month a number of bands have been raising up in Kenya this brings about a fresh collection of young adults consciously driven and ready to positively inspire their peers, on a previous post Sarabi was highlighted with their strong debut song Sheria featuring Juliani; this post highlights three other bands making wonderful moves and releasing great music in the Republic of Kenya and doing what many solo artists fail to do and that is capture the AfroSwahili and incorporate it into their music.
H_arts The Band – Uliza Kiatu/ Ask my Shoes
Inka – Romeo
Elani – Zuzu (Remix)
Becca ft Uhuru – Move
Director -Nicky Campos
Ghanian singer Becca realsed a new song that features UHURU a South African production collective. The song is upbeat and calls for people to move their body, truthfully it hasn’t captured my soul to move but I was pleasantly surprised by two legendary cameos that appear in the video. The Princess of African music Yvonne Chaka Chaka and the incredible Hugh Masekela.
Sauti Sol – Nishike
Director- Enos Olik
“I am a sinner who’s probably gonna sin again
Lord forgive me, Lord forgive me things I don’t understand”
2014 MTV MAMA Awards nominees Sauti Sol decided to get temperatures rising with the release of a single ‘Nishike’ of which translated to hold/ touch. The four piece showcase some serious gym work results and shows us the dictionary definition of ‘grown folk music’. Am still speechless and have to repent double portion this Sunday. Lawd have mercy.
Sauti Sol have been working on their third LP release but for now as we egerly await their fruits of labour; we wish them all the best in the upcoming MAMA Awards and enjoy the Enos Olik visuals.
Super happy, proud and excited that this happened Just a Band one of the best out of the beautiful nation of Kenya graced the TED Talks this month of June in Edinburgh and bought some needed sunshine and colour.
Described as the creators of the “Africans first viral video” the boys definitely show and express how talent and consistent work can place you on a global stage. As we wait on the TED Talks Video we can surely enjoy the video that helped in getting them there here’s ‘Ha- He ask yourself
“Are you a dreamer?”
Just a Band latest released ‘Probably for Lovers‘ is a solid album and worth the purchase and listen… go gerrrttt itt.