10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week’ is a 10-track-listing playlist highlighting the best songs released over the past few days from Africa and the Caribbean (Jamaica).
Quamina MP – Wahala
Quamina Mp is gearing up to make a splash on the music charts with his latest single. The talented singer is back with his third official release of the year, and he’s ready to captivate listeners with his Amapiano-infused track titled ‘Wahala.’ Produced by FlamesOnTheBeat, the song is a flawless fusion of Amapiano’s addictive rhythms and Quamina Mp’s distinctive Afrobeat sound, creating a distinctive and catchy track that is likely to have everyone on their feet.
Quamina Mp continues to demonstrate why he is a force to be reckoned with in the music industry with his superb voice and flawless creativity. One of the burgeoning talents of Afrobeat, “Wahala” provides evidence of his versatility and capacity to experiment with various sounds. The sounds of “Wahala” have fans and music lovers alike grooving in anticipation of seeing Quamina Mp’s unquestionable skill emerge once more.
Tulenkey – KOM
Ghanaian rapper Tulenkey is back in the spotlight with a fresh and exciting Afro-pop release titled “KOM.” After a brief hiatus from the music scene, Tulenkey’s return has been met with anticipation and excitement from fans and music enthusiasts alike. The release of “KOM” comes as a pleasant surprise to fans who have been eagerly waiting for new music from Tulenkey.
JAE5 ft. BNXN – Love Made Me Do It
Renowned British-Ghanaian music producer JAE5 adds another gem to his discography with ‘Love Made Me Do It.’ This new release comes after the success of his previous single ‘I Wish,’ featuring Lojay and Libianca. ‘Love Made Me Do It’ marks his second official single of the year, and he collaborates with talented Nigerian singer and songwriter BNXN, who was also featured on his track ‘Propeller’ alongside Dave.
This song is destined to stand out among the producer’s remarkable library thanks to BNXN’s compelling vocals and JAE5’s distinctive production style.
Ruger – Kristy
With his most recent Afro-Riddim hit, “Kristy,” Nigerian Afro-pop musician Ruger satisfies listeners and demonstrates his expertise of fusing Afrobeats with Caribbean overtones. Ruger’s diverse vocals and the song’s dynamic music, which was produced by Kukbeats, make for an enchanting listening experience. Through enticing melodies and exquisite lyrics, “Kristy” tells a story of love and happiness that resonates with listeners.
The song has catchy hooks and a catchy chorus that are sure to make it a summer anthem for fun gatherings. Ruger’s artistic development is evident as he bravely pushes the boundaries of the Afrobeats genre, laying the groundwork for his upcoming September debut album. “Kristy” solidifies Ruger’s reputation as a pioneer of modern Afropop.
Adekunle Gold – Tequila Ever After (Album)
For his fifth studio album Tequila Ever After, singer Adekunle Gold arrived at a formula for recording sessions: “It is about where I am mentally,” he tells Apple Music. “What is my soul saying? What is my life at that point? What am I feeling? What vibe am I on? What sounds am I enjoying?” The title is a reference to Gold’s new-found love for tequila, the Mexican staple which he discovered during trips to Los Angeles, where the majority of this album was recorded. “I was a rum guy, I was a whisky guy before but, nah, tequila’s taken over,” he explains. “That’s why I call myself ‘Tio Tequila’.”
The pleasures of drinking aside, for the Nigerian singer, tequila become an elixir, which he uses to ease himself into moments of creative contemplation. “It starts with a conversation,” says Gold. “You book a 12-hour session, and then you talk for five or six hours. Then we start making beats. And then once I hear the sound I like, I get into spirit, my melodies.”
On Tequila Ever After, Gold’s new affair with tequila and therapy-inspired sessions are coupled with stellar collaborations with producers and artists who draw from Malian guitar blues, South African soul, Jamaican dancehall and American pop and hip-hop. He jokingly describes the combination as “Afrobeat Pro Max”, a bigger and better version of his previous albums. “I hope people enjoy life more. I know it’s crazy to say that in a world where people are dealing with a lot of things,” says Gold, “but I’ve learned that it’s not the event, it’s how you react to it. And I’ve chosen to react to life as ‘Tequila Ever After’ and I hope that you do as well.”
Bella Shmurda – DND (Full Album)
Cheque – Chequemate
Since breaking through with 2020’s “Zoom”, Cheque has stood out among Afropop’s newest generation of stars for the sonic choices that propelled his breakout project, Razor. Working with a distinct sonic palette that couches his traditionalist rap flows into sure-footed doses of saccharine earworms and heart-wrenching melodies, the sing-rapping hybrid (born Akanbi Bamidele Brett) is adept at bending influences from cloud-rap, emo-pop and Afrobeats into something wholly transformative and incisive all at once. The release of his debut LP, 2022’s Bravo, expanded on his public narrative while adding more exciting twists to his fusionist sound.
On his latest project, Chequemate, the Penthauze rapper continues to deftly sidestep categorisation while fine-tuning the formula that has made him one of Nigeria’s most highly regarded musicians. Recorded in an exciting blend of Yoruba, English and pidgin, this six-tracker sees Cheque contemplate destiny, romantic affiliations and his place in the game over midtempo instrumentals mostly crafted by talented beatsmith Ozedikus. “Shine” is a call to stay the course, while close friend Fireboy DML joins for another installation of their collaborative efforts on “Hustler”. There is a prominent hip-hop bounce on “Way Too Young”, where Cheque explains that he’s too young to be stressed, while “LPD” is a dedication to his fans and supporters. At its best and most engaging, Chequemate is a charming reminder of Cheque’s knack for crafting genre-fluid bops that live long in the memory, as he does on “Sunflawa” in tandem with Mavin singer Crayon.
Kizz Daniel – Maverick (Album)
Kizz Daniel arrived fully formed. Since lasering his way into the Nigerian mainstream with his 2014 hit single, “Woju”, the singer has maintained a definitive grip on the pulse of popular African music with a sound that is as pithy as it is declarative. A combination of the singer’s iconoclastic public profile and an unbeatable knack for deftly melding influences from hip-hop, pop, and R&B into his no-frills Afropop interpretation has made Kizz Daniel (Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe) an unavoidable fixture on the Afropop scene. New Era, Kizz’s highly regarded debut album that’s widely seen as one of the best in the genre’s contemporary history, set the stage for a two-album run from No Bad Songz to King Of Love that placed the singer on a pedestal.
Things further kicked up a notch for the noticeably-reclusive singer following the release of 2021’s Barnabas. His 2022 singles “Buga (Lo Lo Lo)” and “Cough (Odo)” brought his svelte voice into the global arena. On his 2023 album, Maverick, the singer continues to play at his own pre-determined pace. Rather than make a synchronised attempt at global stardom, Kizz is as keen as ever to invert such expectations and draw the world to him on his own terms as he wholeheartedly embraces his role as Afropop’s leading maverick.
The songs on album number four reflect of the singer’s worldview as he continues to make rich soul-pop fusions crafted in his signature sonorous Afropop croon. “My G” is a playful plea to be allowed to carry out his business as he pleases, while “One Dollar” is an innovative detour for the singer who accelerates his flow to match a jaunty opening by rapper Blaqbonez. As always, love plays a crucial role in forming the narrative of Maverick but, here, the singer’s reflections on love extend to involve his children, who make an appearance on “Feran You Two” before he emotionally declares his devotion to them.
Stonebwoy ft. Russ – Life & Money (Remix)
Renowned Ghanaian singer and songwriter Stonebwoy continues to make waves in the music industry, and he shows no signs of slowing down. Amidst his ongoing tour, the multiple award-winning artist is stirring up even more excitement for his highly acclaimed ‘5th Dimension’ album by releasing a captivating remix from the project. This time, he collaborates with American rapper Russ on the song titled ‘Life & Money.’
Originally featuring Stormzy on the album’s original version, ‘Life & Money’ serves as the powerful opener for the album, setting the tone for an incredible musical journey. Now, with the addition of Russ’s dynamic flow and energy, the remix promises to be a thrilling fusion of African and American musical influences. Stonebwoy’s ability to bridge genres and connect with global artists is a testament to his international appeal and rising status in the music scene.
KiDi ft. Stonebwoy – Likor
Ghanaian singer and songwriter Kidi continues his impressive run with a new single titled ‘Likor.’ This marks his second official release of the year, following the success of ‘I Lied.’ Teaming up with multiple award-winning artist Stonebwoy, Kidi delivers another hit. Kayso, Kidi, and Beatz Vampire all contributed to the song’s co-production, which promised an appealing fusion of their individual talents. The duo are poised to have another chart-topper with “Likor.”