There’s plenty to choose from what musicians have been releasing during the holidays. So here’s a first selection of ten new videos that we’ve found in our inbox. First up, a new release from Akwaaba: Joey le Soldat, like his man Art Melody, raps on Burkina Faso’s ills:

This one by Stromae from late last year we have on repeat:

Another Belgian artist you might remember from last year is Coely, who released a new single this week:

Ghostpoet joined the latest Africa Express, and returned with the most interesting collaboration of that lot, with thanks to talking drum band Doucoura:

Jovi and Reniss shot a video in Douala and Yaoundé for their most recent collaboration:

There’s Pitso Rah Makhula, from Maseru, Lesotho, with a short reminder of what’s good in the country’s hip-hop landscape:

From Senegal, we have Alibeta who sings about migration:

Summer vibes in this video by The Reminders:

Tinariwen’s new sounds appear to be a lot more subdued than their previous work:

And the day after Mandela died, Peruvians Novalima dedicated this song from their KCRW session to him:

Further Reading

On Safari

We are not just marking the end of 2019, but also the end of a momentous, if frustrating decade for building a more humane, caring future for Africans.

Time travelin’

The Chimurenga arts collective explores the relevance of FESTAC, a near forgotten, epic black arts festival held in Nigeria in the mid-1970s, for our age.

Detritus of revolution

Nthikeng Mohlele’s novel Small Things (2013) provides a rejoinder to J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace (1999), depicting a black man’s perspective on the failures of South Africa’s transition.