‘Africa’, ‘Kumushi’ & ‘Na Ndayeya’ – Namvula

NamvulaI would like to share with you three amazing tracks of a newcomer artist from who we will definitely hear more in future. Namvula is one of many female Zambian artists (like Wezi, Mutinta, Chisamo or Scarlet), who are leading a new generation of Zambian artists and she is cleraly one of the most promising artists among them. Her Afrofolk/pop is refreshing in sound and revolutionizing in its lyrics.

Whereas tracks like ‘Kumushi‘ and ‘Na Ndayeya (Part 2)‘ stand out because of their perfect instrumental and vocal harmony, ‘Africa‘ shows a distinct socio-political message. Namvula’s music is gently rebelling against current injustices on the African continent. The tracks are taken from her forthcoming album ‘Shiwezwa‘ (follow the artist on Facebook to receive updates on the release date).

Namvula is not only a musician and photographer but also engageed in the organisation Baobab Cente for Young Survivors in Exile where young people from communities broken by violence have theopportunity to build confidence, find their own voice and share their opinions.

You see me through eyes blinded by what you think you know
From now on shall I be defined by the boundaries of your mind
Shall I bound my back, Shall I shut my mouth
Shall I leave my pride behind and walk on blind
On a besoin d’une révolution (we need a revolution)
On besoin de Thomas Sankara, de Patrice Lumumba, on a besoin
You tell me that my truth isn’t enough to set me free ...”
- Namvula in ‘Africa

 


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‘Love on the Run’ – Blitz The Ambassador (Feat. Nneka)

love on the runA beautiful Soul-Hip Hop collabo from West-Africa. Ghanaian artist Blitz the Ambassador (‘Internationally Known‘) invited Nigerian NeoSoul star Nneka to feature on his new album ‘Afropolitan Dreams’. Both of them have already collaborated together on the sociopolitical track ‘Bisa‘ before. ‘Love on the Run‘ is released in anticipation of Blitz’ new album, which includes  great African artists from different countries: Seun Kuti, Angelique Kidjo or Just A Band. Blitz is truly living the Pan-African vision though music! You may pre-order the LP via Bandcamp, it drops on the 28th April.

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‘Gbeshi Afrobeats Mix’ – DJ Juls

dj juls gbeshi afrobeats mixtapeDJ Juls delivered again a quality product: The British-Ghanaian DJ – surely one of the best 10 DJs in this world when it comes to Afrobeats – dropped the brilliant ‘Gbeshi Afrobeats Mix‘.

Many Afrobeats-Mixtapes sound like a simple playlist full of the most popular club tracks. The quality of mixtapes cannot be measured alone by the popularity of the included tracks but by the ability of a sound-engineer to create an interesting and diverse mix that considers new tracks and fuses sounds. DJ Juls strikes the balance in brilliant style and invites us listen to great tracks from Naija, Ghana and beyond. If you want to hear more of DJ Juls’ mixtapes, check out his mixology here.

Gbeshi Afrobeats Mix‘ can be downloaded for free here.

 

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‘Political War from My Vote Dey Count’ – Yaaba Funk

yaaba funkYaaba Funk is a dynamic London-based ensemble that provides us with a very fine mix of Afrobeat, Highlife, Afrofunk and socio-political messages! Since their formation in 2006 in Brixton, England, they have become a central element of the London Afrobeat-Scene, staging concerts on a regular basis in London and the UK. After their celebrated debut album ‘Afrobeast‘ they are now about to drop their second LP called ‘My Vote dey Count‘ (Out 14th April).

Listen below to the energetic ‘My Vote Dey Count’ as well as pre-view versions of 7 other tracks from the upcoming album:

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Introducing: Ifé

ife2Here comes a rising star from Benin that brings us fresh Afropop béninoise! It is not easy to stand out from musicians in Benin – a country with a rich musical culture – but Ifé found her way and released her brilliant debut ‘Témi‘ LP in 2013. When you just listen to one of her songs, you will quickly realize that Ifé has an amazing vocal talent that reminds us on nobody else but Angelique Kidjo - a voice pervasive & strong but yet smooth, gentle & intimate.

About her album she says: “I have titled it ‘Témi’, which means ‘from me’ because it feels like a part of me. The different tracks remind me on events that I experienced in my life. It’s a very personal album that resembles me.”

On ‘Témi‘, Ifé created a captivating mélange of afropop, jazz and elements of funk, which I would like to share with you here. The tracks – all in Ifé’s maternal language Yoruba – were recorded in Cotonou and later mixed in New York. Renowned jazz artist Lionel Loueke has also contributed to the album. The following tracks show a different sites of her music:


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