The Ship of Oblivion

Weekend Break Number 52 feature, among others, Buika, TV On The Radio, Alex Lomani, Ill Skillz, Tamikrest and Stromae.

Concha Buika, 2013 (Wiki Commons).

Further left field than the “Million Miles” video for Nigerian-American Tunde Adebimpe and his band, TV On The Radio. Oh, and here are ten other videos.

First up, set in Cape Town, a creative video for ‘CLV” by Alec Lomami, Sammus and Badi Banx (also known as “The Belgian-Congolese Connection”).

Another Belgian connection here, with roots in Rwanda: Stromae’s new album is a hit. Trust the YouTube numbers for this video (35 million views, and counting), the local press, and his other videos.

There’s South African Ill Skillz, representing Gugulethu township in Cape Town. To the beat y’all.

Moving to Tanzania, (the OG’s of information on the web about hip hop from the continent) shared this new Saigon/Deplowmatz music video “Rugia.”

Kenrazy — Kenyan label Grandpa still putting in the hardest work — has a new tune out.

This one (via GetMziki): Shikow FemiOne freestyles on Nairobi’s Home Boyz Radio with Dj Finalkut:

Loving these understated beats from Ghanaian Joey B:

A rare and beautiful South African collaboration between Jet Black Camaro’s shoe-gaze guitars and inspiring vocals courtesy of Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness:

More guitars: Malian band Tamikrest wowing European crowds in this video for “Imanin bas zihoun“, a new song off their forthcoming new album. Soon out on Glitterbeat Records.

And the American public radio service, NPR, featured Buika (Spain, Equitorial Guinea) on its Tiny Desk Concert series. Buika performs “La Noche Mas Larga” and “La Nave Del Olvido.”

Further Reading

Eastern Highlands

This Weekend Music Break features a number of strong women performers: Nosiwe, Rina Mushonga, Alicious Theluji, and the 95 year old Tututa Evora, who just passed away.