There are undeniable similarities, shared lineage and parallels to be drawn between contemporary pop music from our continent and the one produced by our counterparts in the Carribean. We’ve alluded to it before. We’ve also hinted at the constant exchange and meld of flavors, patterns, sounds, and techniques between them. We love it, we’d love...Continue reading
Over the past few months the big shots at Wasafi Records have ratcheted up their music outputs. Between Diamond Platnumz and his proteges (the recently-departed Harmonize and Rayvanny), they’re almost releasing a surefire hit every week! On top of that, this year the Tanzanians have made concerted moves to conquer the Nigerian pop market. From...Continue reading
Welcome back to another session of ‘Smoke x Mirrors‘. And indulge me as I share a bit of introspection. Going back through the past editions, and considering the excellent project that have been coming out as of late, I felt like I might not have shone a brighter light on our homegrown talents. So here...Continue reading
Another one! Say it again with that trademark DJ Khaled understated emphasis! That would probably be what Davido uttered as he launched his latest single, “Risky”, which has all it takes to be another megahit in the same vein as “Assurance” and “Fall“. It’s also a sign that we’re in for a great sophomore album...Continue reading
As far as I’m concerned, Wizkid is arguably the best Afro Pop ambassador we have. (By the way, we argue a lot about that here.) First off, consider that he’s had a sustained run of hits to follow a (by-now-undisputed) classic debut album…that came out over a decade ago! Throughout, he has remained consistent, on...Continue reading
I recently spent a nice evening with good friends of mine. We were catching up and kicking it over good tunes. That’s where I drew the inspiration for this mix. And I was concocting it, I kept thinking of the magic of music… It relieves anxiety; it offsets the daily stresses; and it offers us...Continue reading
I’m bringing back the ‘Smoke x Mirrors‘ series after a month-long absence. It’s been difficult to listen to anything but Nipsey, and I’m thankful for the time I was afforded before getting back on the saddle. There’s been an abundance of solid projects that I caught up with the past few days and that’s given...Continue reading
It would be an exercise in futility to ascribe Wavy The Creator’s music to a specific genre. After all, is there a neat designation out there for an amalgam of musical styles and eras that has been enriched by aesthetics from different creative disciplines? Take your time; I’ll wait while we celebrate Wavy’s latest gift,...Continue reading
I’m in a groove right now! Allow me to pop my collar while you acquiesce with the selection choices that I’ve made. Happy Valentine’s Day in advance. Get your weekend in and come back here next week for another hour as sweet as the one you’re about to have.
There’s strength in numbers. That’s the running theme behind most of the videos in this week’s Roll and Coasters. From one-two punch combinations (Bas with Cozz, Juicy J with Kanye, Pryse with Eva Alordiah) to massive posse cuts (DJ Juls, DJ Khaled, Khuli Chana), it’s all here.