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.
Kweku Flick ft. Strongman – Attack
The ‘New Year’ hitmaker goes face to face with the Strong Empire leader on this hip-hop record. Production credit to Apya.
Joeboy – Alcohol
Following the successful release of his acclaimed debut album ‘Somewhere Between Beauty & Magic,’ Joeboy releases a new number titled ‘Alcohol’.
Produced by the Nigerian music producer Tempoe, the perfectly crafted tune is customized to suit every listening ear and gives another taste of the sound and creativity that has placed Joeboy on the pedestal of the Afrobeat pyramid. It’s without doubt why he’s one of the most exciting and promising young acts on the Afro-pop scene.
Cheque ft. Ayra Starr – Dangerous
Penthauze/Empire presents the third studio album of super talented afrobeat singer and songwriter, Cheque titled ‘Bravo’.
Magixx – Pati
The embodiment of silky Afro-fusion, replete with smooth melodies and immersive sonics, this eponymous debut EP sees Magixx pair the thrill of experiencing romance with moments of upliftment and appreciation.
Displaying his range across five engaging tracks, he layers sublime vocals over various sounds as the tropical inflections of “Pati” and “Gratitude” deftly fuse with the velvety R&B of “Love Don’t Cost a Dime” and the Afrobeats of “Like a Movie”.
DJ Neptune ft. Patoranking – Gaza
Coming hard on the heels of his collaboration with Dotman on the song ‘Drunk In Love’, Nigerian disc jockey and serial hitmaker, DJ Neptune teams up with Nigerian Reggae/Dancehall artist, Patoranking to serve this potential party anthem ‘Gaza‘.
DarkoVibes feat. DaVido – Je M’apelle
The ‘Stay Woke‘ crooner secures arguably what is his biggest collaboration at the moment with the 30BG leader on this French titled fast tempo anthem.
Darkovibes leads the way and gets the best of Davido who sings in the local Ga Dialect as well. This is the right song to kickstart your day with. An accompanying video directed by Vertex is ready and will be premiered soon.
Furthermore, Darkovibes is currently on tour in the United States of America has been spotted with the likes of Wizkid, King Promise, Omar Sterling and other Afrobeat big names.
Je M’apelle is an MOG Beatz produced record.
Krizbeatz ft. Terri & Victony – Time And Place
Nigerian record producer and songwriter, Krizbeatz in his latest output maintains his high standard of churning out stunning records.
Adding to his plethora of top charting tunes, Krizbeatz calls on Starboy Entertainment poster boy, Terri alongside rising Afrobeat prospect Victony for this self-produced song titled ‘Time and Place’.
Darkoo ft. Buju & TSB – Bad From Early
South-London based Nigerian rapper and singer, Darkoo releases a new single following the success of her ‘2 In 1’ extended play released in the month of July, 2021.
Darkoo reconnects with his Nigerian roots, linking up with rave of the moment Buju alongside TSB to create this sublime tune titled ‘Bad From Early’.
Focalistic ft. DJ Maphorisa & Mellow & Sleazy – 16 Days No Sleep
South African musical artist and producer, Focalistic keeps up with his good works in championing the Amapiano genre and spreading it across borders with a new studio project.
Following the release of Champion Sound featuring Nigerian Afrobeat artist, Focalistic drops President Ya Straata EP and features the likes of DJ Maphorisa, Busta 929, Caltonic SA and others.
President Ya Straata incorporates 7 beautiful tracks with high replay value and it showcases Focalistics vocal range with respect to the Amapiano genre.
D Smoke & Fireboy DML – Sleepwalking
D Smoke knows that not everyone understands who he is yet. There’s a brief interlude tacked on to the end of “Road Rage”, from the Inglewood MC’s sophomore album War & Wonders, where a purported music fan states as much in a frustrated tone: “First he talking Spanish, then he tryna lead the masses, next thing you know he with the gangstas. Like, what is he really on?” The short answer: all of those things, and then some.
As a former high school Spanish instructor, he can, indeed, rap in Spanish, the way he did on his way to winning the Netflix reality show Rhythm + Flow and also here on “Dirty Mercedes”. Additionally, he’d love to be able to “lead the masses” to individuality and intellectual freedom, the way he attempts to on songs like “Shame on You”, “Find My Way” and “Crossover”.
He surely understands the gangsta mentality, the way he addresses its trappings on the title track and also “Why Run”, but to really understand who D Smoke is, at least in the way he’d like you to, the listener has to ingest the whole of these perspectives the way they are presented across War & Wonders. Because it is here that D Smoke gives us everything he’s got.
On track 13, D Smoke reconnects with Nigerian Afrobeat star, Fireboy DML on the song ‘Sleepwalking’. This is the second collaborative effort by the duo with the first being ‘Champion’ housed under Fireboy DML’s acclaimed Apollo album.