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).
Black Sherif – Take Care Of Yourself Blacko (EP)
Renowned Ghanaian rapper Black Sherif celebrated for his exceptional musical prowess, has kickstarted the year with a fresh offering. Titled ‘Take Care Of Yourself Blacko,’ this two-track studio project represents his initial foray into the musical landscape of the year.
While Black Sherif has been making waves with his music, it’s worth noting that he hasn’t been confined solely to the studio. His commitment to his fans has led him on a global tour, allowing him to connect with his dedicated followers across various corners of the world.
‘Take Care Of Yourself Blacko’ is more than just an album title; it embodies a message of self-care and reflection. This choice of title suggests that Black Sherif is addressing not only his artistic output but also his personal growth and well-being. As an artist who resonates deeply with his audience, he might be using this project to explore his own journey and share his insights with his listeners.
Olamide – Unruly (Album)
Olamide’s consistent record of outstanding albums continues with “Unruly,” a 15-track project succeeding his 2021 release, “UY Scuti.”
Renowned Nigerian artist Olamide Adedeji graces us with his presence once again, presenting his tenth studio album, “Unruly.” This new release not only upholds his reputation as a prolific artist but also highlights his ceaseless creativity. “Unruly,” comprising 15 tracks, explores a range of human emotions and experiences. Collaborations with fellow artists like CKay, Asake, BNXN, Fireboy DML, and the notable Rema enrich the album’s sonic tapestry. The album also marks Olamide’s first collaboration with Rema.
Production credits for “Unruly” belong to talents like Eskeez, Magicsticks, CKay, P. Prime, B Banks, and Alex Lustig. As Olamide’s legacy grows, “Unruly” confirms his position as a key player in modern Nigerian music by serving as a testament to his commitment and talent. The album’s release has permanently etched his identity in the minds of music lovers.
Tekno – Peppermint
Nigerian musician Tekno just released the song “Peppermint,” which demonstrates his versatile musical ability and teamwork with producer Egar Boi. Tekno’s distinctive vocals and rhythmic expertise are highlighted by the track’s engaging rhythms and enticing melodies. This album’s release, which comes after his popular singles “Peace of Mind” and “Freetown,” solidifies his status as a key player in the Afrobeats industry. A compelling encounter with a lingering beat, “Peppermint” is more than just a song.
Stefflon Don & BNXN – What’s Poppin
In her most recent song, “What’s Popping,” Stefflon Don collaborated with the compelling Nigerian vocalist BNXN. The song, which was produced by AJ Productions, explores themes of love and desire while weaving a beautiful and entrancing melody. While navigating the emotional terrain, Stefflon Don demonstrates her skill as a lyricist, and BNXN’s resonant vocals provide depth. With this album, Stefflon Don continues to push the boundaries of her craft while maintaining her distinctive flair.
Nektunez ft. Jeremih & Young Jonn – Anti-social
Ghanaian music producer residing in America, Nektunez has teamed up with Jeremih, a celebrated American R&B/Pop artist, and Young Jonn, a well-known Nigerian music producer and vocalist, to create the thrilling new track “Anti Social.”
Three different musicians who each have their own special musical talents come together to create this collaborative masterpiece. Nekunez, a Ghanaian who now resides in the US, has gained notoriety for his outstanding production abilities and for giving many songs his distinctive touch. In the American music scene, Jeremih is well-known for his soulful voice and number-one hits. A well-known musician in Nigeria, Young Jonn has established himself as a talented producer and performer who consistently produces popular songs.
Herman Suede – Your Love
Herman Suede is an artist who continues to raise the bar for Ghanaian music with his lyricism, sonically captivating vocal arrangements, and his unique blend of Afro-pop, R&B, Alté, and Amapiano. Having received plaudits for his abilities from music greats such as will.i.am and Timbaland, as well as being signed as a songwriter in LA by legendary group One-In-Song, the young artist continues to grow to new heights consistently throughout his musical journey. Known for his smooth vocals and exhilarating stage performances, Herman was also included in Sarkodie’s New York show in the summer of 2022 where he delivered a breath-taking performance for close to 1000 guests. After releasing his Amapiano-infused single “Kumbaya” late last year, the 20-year-old singer is gearing up for another release which will be sure to ignite feelings of love, nostalgia, and romance amongst listeners and fans.
“Your Love” can be classified as a romantic ballad, in which Herman laments over his love and affection toward an unknown partner. He accurately depicts the feeling of being hopelessly in love with another, expressing that even when trying his best to avoid succumbing to such strong feelings when in love, the outcome will always be to fall for the object of his desires. Through his verses, Herman narrates descriptions of the girl’s appearance, actions, and his own emotions as a result, portraying an all-encompassing passion that is very relatable to listeners that have experienced such weighted emotions, for better or for worse.
The producer, Skool Beatz, showcases an exquisite use of log drums conventionally used in Amapiano beats, lead guitar riffs strumming throughout the instrumental, and a catchy drum pattern reminiscent of early 2000s Ghanaian and Nigerian Hiplife. This creates an eclectic canvas for Herman to truly express himself. It is on this canvas that showcases his growth and maturity as a musical talent, mainly through his ability to meander his way through an Afro-Pop style of instrumentation while maintaining the heart and integrity of a traditional love ballad to create something which feels fresh and timeless. “Your Love” will surely be a song meant to encapsulate the feeling of romance and deep-rooted yearning, and is sure to be an anthem for lovers all across the globe.
This release will mark a new stream of releases being planned by the 20-year-old, so eager fans are sure to be in for a treat as the year unfolds.
D Jay – Amina
Ghanaian singer and songwriter D Jay continues to impress with his latest single titled ‘Amina’. This new track comes on the heels of his successful solo effort, ‘Necessary’. ‘Amina’ is a feel-good song that showcases the singer’s vocal range and songwriting abilities.
‘Amina’ is a perfect addition to any playlist and promises to be another hit for the talented artist. Fans and music lovers can expect more great music from D Jay as he continues to make his mark in the Ghanaian music scene.