Yes, I’ve been listening to pop music a lot. You get work done and don’t have to think too much. First up above is Nairobi’s Camp Mulla and their generic rap pop.
Then Nigeria’s Iyanya presents “Ur Waist.” Yes, he could not have been more obvious:
More Nigerian pop: “Fine Lady” by Lynxxx (featuring Wizkid) with its brief Fela sample.
Might as well get continental here. Congolese pop from Shakalewe:
… and Zambian pop from B1 and Debra:
Congolese-French rapper Youssoupha pays homage to his father — 1970s Congolese rumba star Tabu Ley Rochereau (Google him if you don’t know):
Cane Babu and Young Starz Basagalamanya Squad from the Ugandan capital, Kampala, where the desperate ruling party puts forward 19 year olds for election to Parliament:
Second generation Cape Verdean migrants to The Netherlands shout out Nelson Mandela and the modern state’s founding father Amilcar Cabral:
The Ghanaian-German singer Y’akoto, all neo-soul, with “Good better best”:
And Brooklyn-based Kilo Kish shot this video around Manhattan:
* Bonus: I’ve blogged about this South Sudanese immigrant rapper (more marketing genius) based in Australia before: