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Interview: Get to Know Rising Zambian Artist Jay Trigga
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Interview: Get to Know Rising Zambian Artist Jay Trigga

Zambia has relentlessly developed a vibrant music scene in recent times, instigating new genres like Zambian Rock (Zamrock), Trapundula (a music genre following the driving element of Kalindula) and putting their own spin on afrobeats. This has all been possible through the collective effort of young Zambian artists wanting to create music that is authentic, different, bold, and purely African. For 21-year-old Zambian hip-hop artist Jack Lumbeta Kafukwilwa also known as Jay Trigga, the need to showcase Africa to the world through music has been his greatest motivation. "I would define my sound as afro-fusion as it is a mix. I am quite versatile so finding a word to define my sound is tricky because I do trap music as well. In clear terms, my sound is chill, youthful and futuristic," Jay T...
Freddie Harrel Is Building Conscious Beauty For and With the African Diaspora
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Freddie Harrel Is Building Conscious Beauty For and With the African Diaspora

Photo: Courtesy of Radswan The normalising of Black and brown women in wigs of various styles has certainly been welcomed by the community, as it has opened up so many creative avenues for Black women to take on leadership roles and make room for themselves in the industry. Radswan (formerly known as Big Hair Don't Care), is a lifestyle brand "bringing a new perspective on Blackness through hair, by disrupting the synthetic market with innovative and sustainable products." Through their rebrand, Radswan aims to, "upscale the direct-to-consumer experience holistically, by having connected conversations around culture and identity, in order to remove the roots of stigma." The latest from French-Cameroonian founder and creator Freddie Harrel - who was featured on our list of 100 women of ...
Interview: Reekado Banks Is Coming For Everything
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Interview: Reekado Banks Is Coming For Everything

Joy is a theme that Reekado Banks keeps returning towards. In an arduous year additionally defined by landmark movements across the world, the 26-year-old musician born Ayoleyi Hanniel Solomon has managed to find pockets of happiness wherever he can. It has not always been easy to maintain that perspective in a year such as this. After opening the 2020 at full speed with a series of tour dates, determined to kick off the second part of his career properly, COVID-19 struck. And with Nigerian borders closed for a while, the musician had to stay put in Gabon for much of lockdown and its immediate aftermath. "That time was a period for me to grow personally and I really took my time to do that," he shares during our Zoom call. Much of his growth, as a person and musician, is trackable on Off...
<div>Femi & Made Kuti Create Their 'Legacy +' With New Two-Album Project</div>
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Femi & Made Kuti Create Their ‘Legacy +’ With New Two-Album Project

Femi and Made Kuti are fully equipped to carry the Kuti legacy as torchbearers for change, as they continue to do the work left over by afrobeat legend and father/grandfather to the pair: Fela Kuti. The waves created by Fela in his time still continue to affect not only his Nigerian countryfolk, but the world at large. It seems that no one is immune to his messages of change, social and political justice, as his own son and grandson have continued in his steps so many years later. The February 5th Partisan Records release of their joint 2-album project Legacy + is sure to be an exciting one. While the two have adopted their own styles and grooves within their music and art, the political and social messages continue to ring loud through tracks like Made's "Your Enemy" (off of h...
<div>Interview: ÌFÉ Blends Music & Religion to Honor Those Who Have Died During the Pandemic</div>
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Interview: ÌFÉ Blends Music & Religion to Honor Those Who Have Died During the Pandemic

There are bands that open up a spiritual world through their music. ÌFÉ is one example. An electro-futurist band that fuses Afro-Cuban rhythms and Jamaican dancehall with Yoruba mystical voices. With the success of their 2017 debut album "IIII+IIII" (pronounced Eji-Ogbe), ÌFÉ has reached an audience that is looking for Caribbean and contemporary sounds. The Puerto Rican-based band just released a new EP, The Living Dead- Ashé Bogbo Egun, that aims to heal and honor those who have died during this pandemic. Otura Mun, the band leader, is an African-American producer and percussionist, who began a personal journey about a decade ago, when he landed in San Juan, and decided to move there. He learned Spanish, dug deep into his African ancestry and started to practice the Yoruba-Caribbean reli...
Interview: Adekunle Gold Channels Refreshing Truths Into Afropop
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Interview: Adekunle Gold Channels Refreshing Truths Into Afropop

A few years ago, Adekunle Gold broke out into the scene with a refreshing way of carrying himself, presenting his art and speaking his truth with music. His debut single "Sade" started this journey of chart topping releases, sold out shows, and the constantly evolving sound that graces African airwaves. Gold's self assurance made him stand out from the very beginning, as his sound was delivered with intent, compassion, and stuffed with personal truths. Not many artists are willing to try new things with their music, and in order to maintain mainstream success, some cling to one sound, one image and direction often crafted from fragments of their first hit. These artists get stuck trying to recreate a capsule in time, while true artists are open to the dynamic of change, and the necessity ...
Elaine is The Most Streamed South African Woman Artist on Spotify in 2020
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Elaine is The Most Streamed South African Woman Artist on Spotify in 2020

South African R&B sensation Elaine has been breaking records and making history since she released her breakout hit "You're The One" which appears in the EP Elements (2019). Today, Spotify revealed she is the most streamed South African woman artist on the platform by South African audiences. She is in the great company of Ami Faku, Demi Lee Moore, Sha Sha and Juanita Du Plessis among others. Elaine is the sixth most streamed South African artist across all genres and genders on the platform. "You're The One" is the most streamed South African song across all genres on the platform. The song surpassed songs such as "eMcimbini (Live)" by Aymos, DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small, Mas Musiq, Myztro, Samthing Soweto and "Jerusalema (feat.Nomcebo Zikode)" by Master KG, Nomcebo Zikode. Elaine...
Nasty C is The Most Streamed South African Hip-hop Artist on Spotify in 2020
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Nasty C is The Most Streamed South African Hip-hop Artist on Spotify in 2020

Spotify recently released their respective lists of the most streamed artists, songs and albums globally and in South Africa. While amapiano cornerstone Kabza De Small topped the list of the most streamed SA artists across all genres, the Durban lyricist is the most streamed South African hip-hop artist on the platform in 2020. Nasty C has been appearing on the platform's lists since they started sharing the statistics in 2018, their year of launch in the country. In 2018, Nasty C was the most streamed South African artist across all genres. In 2019, Nasty came third after Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa. This year, the same three artists occupy the same positions on the list of the most streamed South African artists on the platform. Nasty C has had a great run since breaking into the m...
<div>Interview: Killbeatz' Short & Sweet Debut EP, 'Love and Happiness'</div>
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Interview: Killbeatz’ Short & Sweet Debut EP, ‘Love and Happiness’

Killbeatz needs no introduction. The producer born Joseph Addison is one of the biggest hitmakers as far as afrobeats is concerned. From R2Bees to Sarkodie to FuseODG to M.anifest, Killbeatz has blessed your favorite singers and rappers alike with the soundtracks to their biggest hits. From the azonto era to the global spread of afrobeats, his contribution to African music as a whole cannot be overstated. However, Killbeatz' influence doesn't stop at just music production. Behind the scenes, he's a complete industry player. The CEO of Ghanaian record label Legacy Life Entertainment, he's responsible for bringing star singer King Promise to the limelight. Despite producing for the crème de la crème of the Ghanaian music industry as well as several international artists over the length of a...
<div>Tanzanian Artist Ommy Dimpoz Releases 'Dede' & Energetic Music Video</div>
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Tanzanian Artist Ommy Dimpoz Releases ‘Dede’ & Energetic Music Video

Tanzanian artist Ommy Dimpoz has dropped his latest track "Dede" featuring South African musicians DJ Tira, gqom artist Dladla Mshunqisi and Prince Bulo. The vibrant track is an interesting mixture of a contemporary Tanzanian soundscape and a strong South African dance music flavour. The track is the official follow-up to several other bangers the artist has released in the past including his debut studio number titled "Nai Nai" and featuring Alikiba, "Mama" featuring Christian Bella as well as "Me N You" featuring Tanzanian songstress, Vanessa Mdee among several others. READ: 14 Bongo Flava Classics You Need In Your Life The music video for "Dede" is as vibrant and upbeat as the track itself with ebullient backdrops and energetic choreography at the fore. It will certainly have you wan...