It’s no secret that I’ve been enamored about amapiano: I’ve been raving about it for almost two years now! The sub-genre grew out of Pretoria to progressively take over South Africa and then set its sights on the rest of the continent. Nowadays, it’s no longer uncommon to hear our usual hitmakers from Nigeria, Tanzania,...Continue reading
You might recall that Summer Walker had one of the most notable albums last year with Over It. Now, one of it’s more outstanding tracks, “Come Thru”, has been released as a single and got a video treatment. The song has been an instant hit because it tugs at our melancholic heart strings with a...Continue reading
I hope you enjoyed DJ Maphorisa’s Danko Mix, a determinant moment in my falling in love with amapiano. Since the release of that mix and the Scorpion Kings album, DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small established themselves as the authorities for amapiano. They did that by executing and maintaining a bewildering schedule of coordinated appearances,...Continue reading
Another one from the Wasafi Records hit factory! Behind Diamond Platnumz and Harmonize, Rayvanny has been a consistent hitmaking machine. He’s barely allowed us to take in “Vumbi” and “Girlfriend”, or allowed us to get tired of shaking it as instructed in “Tetema” (with its slew of remixes), that he’s reloading with “Chuchumaa”, another legwork...Continue reading
I am quite fond of the Pure Lounge 4 and I was pleased with the positive feedback that the playlist had garnered. I also liked that we dug into our personal pictures to capture the feeling I wanted to convey. It proved a winning and fulfilling combo. So why not do the same again?
Joyeux Noël ! 🎄🎄🎄 Je sais, vous avez autre chose à faire en ce moment que de me lire… et vous avez bien raison. Profitez de vos proches, de votre temps libre, des quelques heures de sommeil que vous pouvez rattraper pour les plus “workaholic” d’entre nous.
Ever since its release, Nipsey’s Victory Lap has been a mainstay in my speakers and headphones. So when one of its standout tracks (“Double Up”) got a video, it was pretty obvious what I would lead with. How we get from real spitters to gqom and deep house is a journey your ears will be...Continue reading
You can’t escape the song. Why would you even try? The dance challenge videos (and associated recklessness) have been everywhere. At this point, you might as well embrace it and ride the wave. “In My Feelings” will go down as one the bigger — if not the biggest — hits of this year. And the...Continue reading
I’m still on this DJ mOma Pan-Africa vibe. The first volume was all kinds of dope and the sequel is a real doozy. I’ve played it for friends; I’ve taken over the aux at many a lounge and played it there (😆); I’ve had it on for my commutes home… There’s an undeniable quality to...Continue reading
We received a great response to our latest (and first collaborative) playlist that we subtitled ‘Soirée‘. As I expected, many people came back to me with the songs they thought should be included. And I would then offer that the past year was so chock-full of music we had to break our playlist into moods....Continue reading