‘Zvekupenga (We GoTogether)’ – Chashe & Tinashe Makura

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Zimbabwean artists Chashe (‘Dhi‘) and Tinashe Makura (‘Hello‘) came together to create the lovely Afropop ballad ‘Zvekupenga‘. The collabo-track, sung in Shona and English, was written by the two artists and produced by Anton Morgan. It’s a light Pop track that shines trough its beautiful lyrics and its positive vibe.

Get the track via Bandcamp.

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‘Finish Line (Remix)’ – Dee Moneey (Feat. Paedeezy, Ice Prince, Reminisce, J.Town, M.anifest)

Dee-Money-Finish-Line-Rmx-ArtThe remix of Dee-Moneey‘s the first-class Hip Hop track ‘Finish Line‘ was actually released some weeks ago but it is still hitting the streets and I thought after the original version was already featured on JUSI I LOVE, there is need to give credit to this remix. Whereas the initial version featured Sarkodie and J-Town, four more West African Hip Hop heavyweights acknowledged the quality of the Gafacci-crafted beat and contributed rhymes: Ghanaian M.anifest, Paedeezy (R2bees) and Nigerian Ice Prince, and Reminisce.

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‘Lupita Nyong’o’ – Chris Adwar

lupita chris adwarIt was recently announced that Oscar-winning Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o will take a leading role in the picturisation of ‘Americanah‘, the widely celebrated novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. All in all, the face of the young actress was omnipresent in the media since she won the Oscar for her role in the drama ‘12 Years Slave‘.

Of course, her international success was also celebrated in her home country, where it was just a matter of time until musicians would dedicate a song to her. Chris Adwar (from The Villagers Band) did just that. In the Benga ballad ‘Lupita‘ he translates his adoration into beautiful lyrics. In one line, he asks: “Who is this guy called Oscar and has he paid the bride price?”

Watch below the version with the lyrics translated into English.

Chris Adwar  *-*  ‘Lupita

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‘Rise’ – Mayonde

mayondeUpcoming Soul artist Mayonde from Kenya just released the video for her track ‘Rise‘, which is the first song of her coming debut album. The track shines through Mayonde’s amazing voice but also through the powerful lyrics. ‘Rise‘ is encourages us to have hope and believe in our own strengths.

Listen also below to her great live set, consisting of the tracks ‘Magic In The Air‘, ‘Kamares (Samba Remix)‘, ‘Heart and Soul‘, ‘Salale’ and ‘Sticks and Stones‘. Mayonde is definitely an artist we should have an eye on.

H/T: AfriPOP!

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‘African Police’ – Sia Tolno

 sia tolnoThe Guinean chanteuse Sia Tolno takes a new direction in her new fourth album ‘African Woman‘. She discovered Afrobeat for her artistry and delivers – together with famous afrobeat veteran Tony Allen – a vibrant album with politically conscious tracks. Released in June, it is already at position #3 in the World Music Charts Europe. You can stream the whole album via Afropop.

The first released track, ‘African Police‘, deals with police corruption and is gives us a nice glimpse of what else we can hear on the album. On other tracks of the album she deals with machismo (‘Manu‘), warlords (‘Rebel Leader‘), police corruption (‘African Police‘), immigration (‘Yaguine Et Fodé), adovates for education for women (‘Waka Waka Woman‘) and condemns female genital mutilation (‘Kekeleh‘). Fela would surely be proud to listeo to Afrobeat with such strong messages.

Listen below also to an edition of RFI’s ‘World Music Matters‘ in which the singer gives details about her motivation behind the album and the sociopolitical messages that the album contains.

You can purchase the new album via itunes.

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