10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week’ is a 10 track-listing playlist highlighting the best of songs released over the past few days from Africa and the Carribeans (Jamaica). Follow and like our playlists on Audiomack , Spotify & Apple Music for weekly updates.
Stonebwoy ft. Rémy Adan – Putuu (Freestyle)(Remix)
Just like Shatta Wale who has launched into a music releasing spree in the past few days, multiple award-winning Reggae/Dancehall artist, Stonebwoy embarked on a similar course with two releases namely ‘Outside’ and ‘I’m Strong’, all released on the same day – July 1st 2021.
Amidst all the protests and tension hatching up in the country, the BHIM Nation president aims at easing the inimical situation by leveraging on his music as a powerful tool to inspire change.
Today, Stonebwoy premieres the remix of his acclaimed song ‘Putuu (Freestyle), notable for smashing a record of 1 million views on Youtube within 24 hours’. He crosses borders to Ivory Coast to collaborate with rising Ivorian singer-songwriter, Rémy Adan.
In the remix, Streetbeatz tweaks the beat with a subtle touch of Amapiano and Francophone beat elements which syncs perfectly with Rémy Adan verse sang in French.
Masterkraft ft. Sarkodie & Larry Gaaga – Shake Body
Highly rated Nigerian music producer and instrumentalist – Masterkraft comes through with this groovy EP tagged ‘Masta Groove’.
‘Masta Groove’ is a 7-track body of work curated by Masterkraft where Amapiano fuses with jazz to give us a different groove. This project features Sarkodie, Diamond Platnumz, Flavour, Larry Gaaga and many others.
Masterkraft fuses Amapiano and Jazz music in this song, which was complemented by Sarkodie’s prowess lyrics and Larry Gaaga’s stunning vocals.
Yung D3mz – Life Of The Party
Multifaceted Ghanaian singer and producer, Yung D3mz unveils his debut studio project tagged ‘Yung’. The 5 track-listing project comes shortly after the release of the lead single titled ‘Fever‘ and ‘Tonight‘, both officially premiered on the 11th and 27th of June 2021 respectively.
Produced by BadTheSoundBoy, Fever has performed incredibly well, garnering enormous traction on radio whereas the David Duncan directed video is doing same on television.
On ‘Yung’, the Baajo producer walks listeners through his creative cosmos, re-establishing the assertion why he’s one of the best to ever do it.
T’neeya – Dark Twisted Fantasy
Cameroonian singer and songwriter based in Ghana, T’neeya returns from hiatus with a new single titled ‘Dark Twisted Fantasy ‘ off her impending album ‘In Her Feelings’.
Speaking about her latest single, this is what T’neeya had to say;
Dark Twisted Fantasy is such a groove and has a sexy vibe to it. Gives you all the Afro funk /soul vibes you need ! Super sexy record from vocal delivery to lyrics to production. Think about all the bad things you would like to do to/with the person you are attracted to! We all know what playing with fire feels like . I would start a fun night with this record, with my girls, partner or just myself . It puts you in a great mood ! Definitely Highway, bar, club friendly. Major Confidence boost !
T’neeya is making steady strides with her music, carving a niche for her sound in West Africa and beyond. We so can’t wait to hear what her forthcoming album will sound like.
Dark Twisted Fantasy was produced by Nektunez & Re.dcay.
M3nsa ft. M.anifest – Question For The Gods
Ghanaian rapper and film-maker, M3nsa releases his long-awaited collaboration with award-winning Ghanaian rapper, M.anifest titled ‘Question For The Gods’.
The duo finally got in the studio and sunk into this soul-style sampling, giving us a raw but refined performance. They point toward many Ghanaian (or African ) current issues questioning those who are stuck in a bubble of privilege.
Production credit to Rvdical The Kid.
Kelvyn Boy & Quamina Mp – Choco
Currently in the Afrobeat eco-system, Amapiano is at the highest point of popularity, taking all the shine from the other sub-genres.
Amapiano is undoubtedly the one of the biggest music genres in Africa now. Orginating from South Africa, the drum heavy sound which has shifted Gqom to the side has since become a mayhem across Africa.
Currently in Nigeria, Afrobeats artistes like Rexxie, Mayorkun, Dremo, Tekno, DJ Spinall, WurlD, Timaya, DJ Tunez, Alpha P, Skales, DJ Xclusive, Bella Shmurda, Zlatan, Ckay, Tunde Ednut, Tiwa Savage, Davido, Wizkid, Flavour, Seun Kuti and many others, have performed Amapiano in recent months.
It is fascinating to see the Nigerian music industry and it’s producers are owning the sound which originated from South Africa, and if things are not explicitly done, Nigerians might be responsible for making Amapiano break into the international music market.
Gradually making it’s way to the shores of Ghana, musicians like D-Black, Smallgod, Sefa and a few others have leveraged on the frenzy to make club hits. Kelvynboy is the latest Ghanaian act to branch out with the Amapiano genre, teaming up with Afrobeat hitmaker, Quamina Mp. He titles this potential party rocker ‘Choco’, produced by Anelworldiwde.
Bella Shmurda – Party Next Door
Nigerian singer , Bella Shmurda under the imprint of Oneword Global premieres a new song he entitles ‘Party Next Door’.
This latest cut registers as Bella Shmurda’s third single for the year, following the successes of the previous records, ‘Rush’ and ‘World.’
Party Next Door is a Vibez Ace production.
CDQ – Tekiller
Titled ‘Tekiller’, CDQ together with the highly-skilled Nigerian producer, Jay Pizzle combine their creative intellects to create a club banger, infusing Amapiano sonics with electronic music with subtle touches of Afrobeat sentiments to perk it up.
Mixed and mastered by Suka Sounds, ‘Tekiller’ was released on the 2nd of July 2021, a single off CDQ’s impending EP “Vibes & Lifestyle EP”, which is slated to drop later this year.
We trust CDQ to deliver on every beat which of course he did on this new new.
Stonebwoy – Outside
Bad governance is a prevailing situation present in many African countries. Citizens are left with no options than to campaign against these unfavorable conditions that kakistocracy comes with.
Not long ago in Nigeria, the #EndSars course of action was undertaken by the worried and concerned Nigerian citizens to end the ill-suited killings by the SARS organization and as well dissolve it completely. The campaign took a different turn, resulting in more killings of armless protestors.
A similar event is cropping up in Ghana under the despotism ruling of President Nana Akuffo-Addo. Since renewal of his tenure in office in 2020, the leader of the New Patriotic Party and his government have centered their ruling around corruption, lack of transparency and arbitrary policy making, bringing about an uproar spearheaded by social crusaders and it’s citizens. An online campaign dubbed #FixTheCountry was launched to serve as a medium or platform pour out their dissatisfactions. The campaign was well received, catching the attention of international media houses.
In Ghana also, events took a different turn when several attempts to launch a peaceful demonstration led to the arrest of some public figures and also the recent killing some protestors by the army. Recent developments in Ghana with regards to unfavorable conditions facing it’s citizens has left the masses perturbed. Some public and celebrities are leveraging on their large following to add their voices to this unfortunate events.
Stonebwoy, a well-known social activist took to his twitter timeline to vocalize his criticisms. He said;
Kaaka didn’t have to die. He was only advocating for the improvement of the lives of his fellow citizens including the very people that killed him. He was killed because he refused to be a spectator.
His brethren in Ejura didn’t have to be attacked.#Outside #WeNahGoin!
— 1GAD (@stonebwoyb) June 30, 2021
They were only venting their frustration. Yet the men and women who have sworn an oath to protect us and serve us with integrity attacked them.
We need justice for Kaaka. We need to hold the police and military responsible for the loss of lives in Ejura. #Outside #NaGoIn
— 1GAD (@stonebwoyb) June 30, 2021
Following these tweets, Stonebwoy further went on to vent his feelings in this new song titled ‘Outside’, produced by Streetbeatz.