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).
Larruso – New Hope
Larruso’s electrifying performance at the recent Ghana Party In The Park event in London has inspired a fresh chapter for the skilled Ghanaian dancehall artist. His latest release, “New Hope,” highlights Larruso’s journey and the strides his talent has afforded him. In the track, he pledges to persist and offer his utmost. The song is brought to life with production by Gigzbeatz.
Korede Bello – Beauty & Bliss (ALBUM)
Nigerian singer and songwriter Korede Bello has just dropped an exciting new studio project titled “Beauty & Bliss.” This eight-track project features collaborations with two talented artists, Yemi Alade and Mr. Eazi. With a total of eight tracks, “Beauty & Bliss” promises to offer a diverse and captivating musical experience for fans of Korede Bello and lovers of Afrobeat music.
D Jay – Starman (ALBUM)
Ghanaian Afrobeat artist and songwriter D Jay, known for delivering captivating solo tracks over the years, has delighted fans by unveiling his highly anticipated studio project. Building anticipation for this release, D Jay offered a glimpse into the album’s essence through the single ‘Amina,’ which is also part of the album. Titled “Starman,” this studio project comprises seven tracks, each showcasing his artistic prowess. Notably, the album stands out for its unique feature: a solo endeavor with no collaborations.
Tekno – Pocket
Nigerian artist Tekno has dropped his vibrant single “Pocket,” produced by Insane Chips. The song is a teaser for his upcoming album “The More The Matter,” releasing on September 1st. Tekno captures the essence of money’s impact on our spirits in catchy lyrics. This is his fifth release this year, following the success of “So What?” featuring Shallipopi. With each track, Tekno proves his dedication to delivering fresh and engaging music to his fans.
Burna Boy – I Told Them (ALBUM)
From the very beginning of his career, Burna Boy has always moved with the disposition of a misunderstood and underappreciated virtuoso. There was the statement-making 2013 debut L.I.F.E – Leaving an Impact for Eternity, controversy-addressing releases like 2015’s On a Spaceship and 2016’s Redemption, and the self-assured groove of 2018’s Outside that re-centred his journey and set the stage for further success on 2019’s era-defining, self-mythologising African Giant.
By the time he won a Grammy for 2020’s Twice as Tall, Burna Boy was already at the forefront of popular African music, regularly being referenced as one of global pop’s most incisive acts. A left turn on 2022’s emotionally charged and personally reflective Love, Damini has done nothing to diminish Burna’s powers, while the resounding success of his Toni Braxton-sampling 2022 hit “Last Last” has only further propped up his international profile.
All of these triumphs have left Burna Boy walking in rarified air and appreciative of sticking to his convictions. In keeping with his penchant for not holding back on his most cogent thoughts, it’s no surprise that the first words uttered on his new album I Told Them… is a cheeky reminder to long-time detractors and onlookers. “It’s fun to tell people something is true, and they doubt—and then they end up seeing it. There’s no greater feeling,” Burna Boy tells Apple Music. “You can go back to my old tweets and stuff. I basically predicted everything that’s happening now. So this is basically that.” Where Love, Damini was primarily a revelatory, genre-bending immersion into Burna Boy’s world, I Told Them… is hip-hop inspired, cocksure, and blunt, offering a glimpse at Burna’s future with backstory from his past.
Whether warning haters not to be surprised by his successes on “On Form” or reeling off said successes on glitzy cuts like “Big 7” and “Sittin’ on Top of the World”, Burna is keen to make it clear that he’s in a new place, and he taps J. Cole for a withering dress-down of his critics on “Thanks”. Still adept at pulling musical influences from all over into a fully realised musical vision, Burna Boy recruits newcomer Seyi Vibez for a cinematic reimagining of street pop on “Giza”. He barely breaks a sweat swapping verses with Byron Messia on “Talibans II”, but the emotional core of I Told Them… comes on “If I’m Lying”, a wispy ballad where he admits to losing control at times over an alluring instrumental by Steel Banglez.
Kelvyn Boy – For The Kulture (ALBUM)
Ghanaian singer, songwriter, and performer Kelvyn Boy is an afrobeats crusader and a household name in the Ghanaian afro-pop and highlife space.
The young singer made waves after making his debut in 2017, dropping a string of singles that outdoored his craft both in Ghana and beyond. His urban sound and distinct approach to his chosen genre set him apart from his peers, seeing him land numerous awards, chart topping singles, and etch his name on the walls of Ghanaian music history.
Now Kelvyn Boy is back again, and this time with a brand new project, his latest EP titled For The Kulture (FTK). For The Kulture is a 7-track offering that sees Kelvyn Boy firmly solidify his stand as a topmost Ghanaian afrobeats talent. For The Kulture houses 7 tracks of infectious blends of afrobeats, highlife, and more – from “Roma” to “Getting Better” to “Anti So”, all through the 7 tracks of the project the singer laces infectious instrumentals with dextrous melodies, creating earworm after earworm of afropop goodness.
With For The Kulture, Kelvyn highlights his tremendous skill and maintains his status as a major musical force – a befitting offering from an artist who has quickly become Ghana’s top global afrobeats export.
Efya – Jara Jara
Renowned Ghanaian singer Efya is ready to share with listeners worldwide her latest release, “Jara Jara.”
‘Jara Jara’ is an Afropop record that captures the enchanting impact of romance on Efya’s heart and soul. Her vocals bring a sense of warmth to the lyrics, highlighting Efya’s musical versatility but also adding a layer of uniqueness to the track.
‘Jara Jara’ stands out as a testament to Efya’s ability to adapt her signature style to current trends while maintaining her artistic integrity.
The song’s ability to convey heartfelt emotions through a captivating musical arrangement underscores Efya’s unwavering commitment to her craft.”
Efya’s journey as a music icon has been marked by her distinct style and profound musicality, which have earned her international acclaim and numerous accolades. ‘Jara Jara’ serves as a testament to her enduring influence on the Ghanaian music scene and beyond.