Archives for category: Afro Beat

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I’ve got D’angelo’s to pretty much thank for my recent soulful appetite. His new track ‘The Charade’ is killing it right now.

If you like versatility then Aminu is your guy. His music is a hybrid of soul, pop and several flavours of Latin music. If you’ve been knocking around Dubai long enough then you would have certainly seen him perform at several of the big music fests. Right now he is working on some new material which he is keeping tightly to his chest and online!

‘All The Way’, is a classic composition with very minimal features. Though one of his older RnB tracks I feel it really showcases his talent and potential.

You can check out his more recent Afro beat party jammer ‘Shake’ at the bottom if you are in need of some Friday night material:)

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Keeping up with the latest dance moves from Africa can be seriously exhausting. One moment you are on that Azonto tip then you wake up the next day to find out that Skelewu is what’s hot at the moment.

Thankfully, de centre de danse urbaines au Sengal, have put together this cool A-Z of African dance moves that are reigning.

I’ll be working on my Coupe Decale and Flekele this weekend ­čśÇ

#Justdoit

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Coffee with plantain is always a winning combination if you ever need a little pick-me-up

The Ibeyi’s Yoruba Doom Soul is my pick of the day.

The french Afro-Cuban sisters, daughters of the famous Cuban percussionist, Miguel ‘Anga’ Diaz, are cutting a path for themselves, serving up spiritual sounds mixed with hip-hop, electronica and Yoruba lore from Nigeria.

Channeling their musical energy from their Afro-Cuban heritage, the twins see themselves as part of a new breed of musicians seeking to push the boundaries of the music scene in the African Diaspora.

Below is their video for a track titled ‘Rivers’, dedicated to the the goddess Oshun, the mother of the Ibeyi which means “twins” in Yoruba.

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Ibadan, 1963.

The city was full of cosmopolitan energy. Many starry eyed intellectuals flocked ┬áto it – enthusiastically looking to make a name for themselves shortly after Nigeria’s Independence.

Life was good and care-free.

Today we are going to delve into some juju music which was popular at the time.

The track below is from one of the Godfathers of Juju music, Chief I.k Dairo & His Blue Spots Band. This is a medley of two of his tracks called, ┬á“Angelina” & “Hungry For Love”.

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Two afropop tracks to look out for are from the artist called Di’ja. Her song Dan’Iska (Rudeboy) feat. Maytronomy is a saucy club banger with some Hausa lingo to spice it up. She definitely deserves mad props for being the first female artist to do it so well. On “Hold On (Ba Damuwa)” Di’ja shows here more soulful side and deliver a positive message.

Here is a link to Hulkshare to get the tracks. Spread the love.

http://www.hulkshare.com/DIJAMUZIK

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Ajebutter 22 and Taymi who form the duo sho fro have come up with a great nigerian bass track titled “Senrenre”. Lord knows that it’s been long overdue for this fusion of afro-pop and bass love:)

Try standing still to this. I double dare you…

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Fun times are here again this Friday.

Check out this cute clip of Africa’s lovable twins from the cartoon series BINO AND FINO dancing to AZONTO by Fuse ODG Feat Tiffany.PaPa shows he is no slacker on the dancefloor to!

Enjoy!

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Thank God is freaking Friday.

Time to move it on the dance-floor. Mzo bullet Casablanca is on the mind today. A big big kwaito track just a minute back. Its slow and sexy synth patterns coupled with that funky township groove gets an instant pelvic thrusting vote. Looks like a long night.

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While Dbanj is off on his deluded quest to dominate the US market, Wanda Coal keeps churning out hit after hit on the homefront. Its been long you saw me is a fire grade of a track. You can smell the infusion of naija pop with traditional hausa music from the percussion. A robust tune for a world class night out on the town this Easter Weekender.

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Many artists influenced by Fela Kuti try to imitate the ‘shrine effect’. Some pull it off while others are less successful. W4 is in a whole different category. His aloof deamenour and distinct musicality swags across without effort.

W4 lays down catchy auto-tuned phrases like ‘girls want to use me like a roll on’and vocal sampling of the classic Fela track ‘She go say I be lady’ will leave you helplessly moving on the dancefloor to this futuristic naija beat. Omo GBA Kontrol!

Video produced by Captial Dreams Production.