We took the week off last week so we’re coming back at you extra strong today. For those of you trying to stay warm this winter and those of you keeping it cool this summer we’ve got ten tracks that’ll give you what you need.
Kicking it off is Brooklyn-based Rwandan Iyadede. It’s been far too long since we’ve heard her uniquely entrancing vocals. In the new video for “Not the Same”, invincible Director-DP team Terence Nance and Shawn Peters capture visually the ghostly dissonance that sets in when a relationship fades into a masquerade. Radiant, even in melancholy, Iyadede, delivers her trademark lyrical introspective brilliance over an eclectically electric beat.
Under the warmth of the Senegalese sun Lam’in Tukkiman finds himself stranded in an open plain amongst a herd of cattle and a majestically lithe angel. Blending hip-hop flows with rock rhythms, the track’s Wolof and English vocals are well accompanied by a symphony of strings.
Kenya’s most innovative multimedia creators Just a Band have tapped into their collective nostalgia for classic television once again to create the video “Dunia Ina Mambo”, one of the strongest tracks off their latest record, Sorry for the Delay. The crackling VHS effect never looked so good.
Ethiopian-Israeli Ester Rada makes the transition from actress to singer with the title track off her latest EP, “Life Happens”. Blending soul with Ethio-Jazz, Ms. Rada will be one to pay attention to. She keeps it funky in the video with stylish bright colors and scenes filled with clones that could be mistaken for fine art.
Brazilian electronic music producer Boss in Drama features MC Karol Conka, in their collaborative track “Toda Doida”. The upbeat song is coupled with an equally feel-good video that exudes positive vibes.
Filmed by the fantastically prolific producers at Amplificado TV, this live video captures members of the South African band BLK JKS performing their song “Tselane”. Opening with footage of the massive scale of Johannesburg, the video finally hones in on the performance and demonstrates how captivatingly intimate the city can be.
Off his new EP “Tokyo”, French rapper Joke spits the lyrics to the track “Louis XIV” with a smooth, slow confidence. Behind the grand, ecclestical visuals, a church choir provides the backup for Joke’s flow. The rythmic dancing of a veiled woman bids the viewer to make a confession.
A relative newcomer to the popular Ghanaian music scene, Bisa Kdei had been producing scores for the Gollywood (think Nollywood) film industry, when his song for the recent cinema release Azonto Ghost became a surprise hit (plus it has an incredible movie poster). Kdei’s hypnotic neo-Azonto song “Over”, featuring the star of the Azonto Ghost film Lil Win, demonstrates that Kdei’s success is no fluke.
Short and sweet, Blitz the Ambassador’s video for his new track “Dikembe” shows him repping Accra on the streets of Rabat. Amidst scratching organs and wailing guitars Blitz also make sure to show love for fellow musicians Nneka, Baloji and Sarkodie.
Speaking of Nneka: her “Kangpe” seems to have slipped through the cracks. Shot in Côte d’Ivoire, the video reveals how someone that is ostensibly pious can moonlight as an abusive big man. But if you dey Kangpe, the thing en no fit kill you, it go make you strong.