‘Coco Baby’ – Waje (Feat. Diamond Platnumz)

coco baby Diamond Platnumz (‘Nataka Kulewa‘, ‘Nimechocka‘) has become one of Tanzania’s leading cultural ambassadors. Popular Nigerian artists have recognized the beauty of Naija Afrobeats/pop collabos with Bongo Flavour from East Africa. After collaborations with Davido (‘Number One (Remix)‘), Iyanya (‘Bum Bum‘), Diamond made a song with Nigerian Afropop princess Waje. ‘Coco Baby‘ (prod. by E-Kelly) is a light and danceable Afropop song, which will soon be rotating in radios, from Lagos to Dar es Salaam.

You may purchase the track via itunes.

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‘World’s Pain’ – Black Vulcanite

worlds painBlack Vulcanite is a Windhoek-based Hip Hop trio, which creates excellent socio-historical-conscious Hip Hop, which is embedded in soulful/jazzy beats and melodies. Food for your soul. In 2o13, Mark Question, AlithatDude, and Okin released their debut LP ‘Remember the Future‘, which African Hip Hop Blog described as “one of the most impressive African Hip Hop releases of recent times.” and The Rolling Stones SA regard it as “throwback megalomaniac rap supremacy“.

Download their masterpiece ‘Remember the Future’ on bandcamp for free (!) and listen here to their new single ‘World’s Pain‘ which features artist Renee.

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‘Bankulize’ – Mr. Eazi & Juls (Feat. Pappy Kojo)

bankulizeOn ‘Bankulize‘ Ghanaian music engineer DJ Juls (‘Feel Alright‘, ‘Suffer‘, ‘Gbeshi Afrobeats Mix‘) collaborated with Nigerian artist Mr. Eazi and Takoradi native Pappy Kojo. The lyrics are carried by a minimalistic Dancehall beat that sounds balafon-inspired (maybe a homage to the Ghanaian Gyil tradition) and is accompanied by soft drumming.

Grab the track for free via DJ Juls’ soundcloud!

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‘Oyaore’ LP – Sarabi

sarabi2Gandhi once said ‘In a gentle way you can shake the world‘. Sarabi seems to bring this statement to reality – with strong social and political messages that are carried by beautiful melodies.

After their widely celebrated breakthrough track ‘Fuata Sheria‘, which was regarded as one of the best political tracks in 2013 (Top 10 political tracks from Africa in 2013) and the thoughtful ‘Nitabaki Na Nini‘, the Kenyan band Sarabi has released the long-awaited debut album ‘Oyaore‘. The LP is a manifestation of the highly developed artistry of this young band. It contains tracks which reflect perfect instrumental and vocal arrangements.

The band lets us listen to some of the songs on their Soundcloud, including the wonderful Mandela homage ‘Amandla‘.

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‘Coucou’ – Djessou Mory Kanté

river stringsWe may not believe that ‘River Strings‘ (Sterns Music) is just the second international sophomore album of Djessou Mory Konté. After his 1998 released debut LP ‘Guitar Seche‘ the brother of famous Kante Manfila (Les Ambassadeur) has now released a brilliantly harmonious instrumental album, embedded in the rich Maninka music culture. A few weeks after its release it is already in the Top 10 of the World Music Charts Europe. There is no doubt that this LP will continue to deepen the fascination about Maninka music. Have a listen to the album opener ‘Coucou‘ (Co-written by Salif Keïta):

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