‘As’jiki’ – BIG FKN GUN

Asjiki big fkn gunThe trio BIG FKN GUN originates from Durban but is based in South African metropolis Johannesburg. Bra Sol, Keith Kunene, and Soulfaktor have already proven in earlier projects that they produce some of the most innovative Hip Hop creations coming from the African continent (‘Space’, ‘ABC’, ‘R!ot’).

As’jiki‘ is their newest masterpiece. A smooth and laid-back rap track. Download it for free here.

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‘Fairy Tale’, ‘Let’s Go’ & ‘Clouds’ – Jarel

jarel fairy talesFantasy. This is how Jarel tags his track ‘Fairy Tales‘ on his soundcloud. It may not sound like a ‘classic’ genre but it perfectly sums up what this song is about and what it does with its listener. Here is an artist whose creativity seemingly does not know any boundaries. Jarel, poet/singer/songwriter, who calls Mombasa, the beautiful coastal town in Kenya, his hometown invites us to have a new musical experience.

Fairy Tales‘ shines through brilliant lyricism, its cosmic atmosphere and the immediate imaginations it provokes in oneself.

… Clench a drop of golden sunshine,
Trapped between the roots and vines.
There is peace within the moment,
It’s unbroken in the leaves.
Raindrops, shattered in a billion pieces,
Hear its deafening roar.
The Evening Song will not falter,
the Birds will safely guide it Home.

But it is not the only masterpiece by this Kenyan newcomer. Jarel recently launched the ‘Plus Minus Collection‘, for which he releases a track each month from July to October. ‘Let’s Go‘ debuted in the series. It was selected as the Song of the Week by Design Indaba whose writer Shiba Mazaza called the track  a”jazz-infused celebration of freedom and release.” On both tracks Jim Chuchu contributed his skills with backing vocals, instrumentation and production.

Listen also to ‘Clouds‘ a warm melange from Soul and Jazz which Jarel officially released in June.

All tracks are available for download at jarel.bandcamp.com

 

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‘Smile (Unanifurahisha)’ – Amos & Josh

amos joshA new Afropop duo on the horizon in Kenya. Amos & Josh already rose to fame in Kenya through their participation in the Tusker Project Fame Season Six. We all know that these music reality shows are not really caring about producing first class artists. The two became second in the competition and have started their professional music career despite that.

In the production of their first official release, ‘Smile (Unanifurahisha)‘ they were supported by Sauti Sol Entertainment and we know that we can expect nice Afropop if Sauti Sol is involved. Bien Aime Baraza, Sauti sOL member, supported the duo in writing the track. The creative head behind the track was Kenyan producer Cedric (Cedo) Kadenyi.
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‘The Hit Man’ – Magesh

magesh hit manThis is one of those tunes to which you just can’t moving your head. An infectious beat built around a very funky melody and attached by e-guitar riffs. ‘The Hit Man‘ by South African Hip Hop veteran Tokollo “Magesh” Tshabalala

 has the potential to become one of the main Hip Hop anthems in South Africa in the coming summer. Truly a hit! You can purchase the track via itunes.

It was obvious that this tracks needs a visual treatment. Magesh didn’t wait long and below you can see the result:

Magesh  *-*  ‘The Hit Man

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‘Sanko’ – Timaya

timaya sankoNigerian Afrobeats/Dancehall artist Timaya has been busy dropping hits since a year now (‘Hold Me Now‘, ‘Ukwu‘, ‘Bum Bum‘). Here is another tune for the dancefloor. ‘Sanko‘ is a Orbeat-produced Dancehall track that will surely rise in popularity during the coming weeks. Press play!

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