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 Boomplay, Audiomack , Spotify & Apple Music for weekly updates.
R2bees – Dambalektra
‘Dambalektra’ is an Amapiano inspired song by R2bees produced by record producer and DJ Afrolektra. . Dambalektra is the thirteenth song housed under R2Bees’ fourth studio album ‘Back 2 Basics’.
Niphkeys ft. Zinoleesky – Blessings
Nigerian record producer, Niphkeys and Afrobeat singer Zinoleesky fuse fervent melodies which gives a feel-good song titled ‘Blessings’, self-produced by Niphkeys.
DJ Neptune ft. Omah Lay & Joeboy – Abeg
Since emerging in the early 2010s with his maximal interpretation of Afropop that weaved together R&B, hip-hop, and dancehall influences, DJ Neptune has had a constant presence at the forefront of the genre’s vaunt to global popularity, while trying to imbue popular music from west Africa with his more experimental ideas. “For me, as a DJ-producer, there are ideas I have in my head that the artists, most times, are necessarily not thinking up,” he tells Apple Music. “There’s really no rules to how I make music, I just want the end results to be great.”
The success of 2018’s Greatness was a vindication for Neptune’s innovative approach, and on his follow-up, the Lagos-based artist pairs his technical virtuosity with hit-making gravitas. “The idea behind it is just to kick off from where I stopped with Greatness,” he explains, “and then produce a bigger album and project.” Across an album that kicks off with the aspirational messaging of “Rise Up” and closes with the loved-up swag of “Nobody,” DJ Neptune (Imohiosen Patrick) engages his phalanx of collaborators in meaningful conversation.
Rexxie & Victony – Ego
Talented Nigerian record producer Rexxie calls on rising Afrobeat singer-songwriter Victony to serve his latest musical project ‘Ego’.
The song ‘Ego’ is one of two songs on Rexxie and Victony’s 2-pack body of work ‘Nataraja ‘.
NSG ft. Mist – Only God Can Judge Me
East London British Afroswing collective, NSG share a new single after the success of their previous output ‘Petite’. The group’s latest single is titled ‘Only God Can Judge Me’ featuring Mist and produced by 4Play.
Blaqbonez ft. Oxlade – Medicine
Nigerian rapper, Blaqbonez and Afrobeat prodigy Oxlade trade fine textured verses on this DJ Coublon produced tune titled ‘Medicine’, the third track housed under his latest studio project ‘Sex Over Love (Deluxe Edition)’.
Ruger – Dior
Ruger’s six-track debut Pandemic announced his arrival on the blossoming Afropop scene—and led him to opening for Burna Boy’s 2021 UK tour. On The Second Wave, Ruger reasserts his hitmaking credentials. His ongoing partnership with veteran producer KukBeat is once again on full display here, sticking with the formula that delivered “Bounce”. On “Champion”, he recalls his humble beginnings as the son of a roadside food vendor and recounts a steady growth from the streets to the stage—with plenty of chest-thumping: “Tell me why you vexing/not yet started, I’m still testing/already impressing.”
He makes a call romantic attention on “Snapchat”, a fitting title for a star who first got the attention of label boss D’Prince by way of Instagram freestyles. The EP’s highlight and twilight is “Dior”, where the infectious percussive underlay becomes a neat canvas for Ruger’s distinct wordplay and self-assuredness. The Second Wave proves that despite his relatively short time in the music industry, Ruger, named for the rugged pistol, is not given to shooting blanks.
Phronesis – Ataya
Ahead of the release of his ‘Genna Side’ studio project, fast-rising Ghanaian Afro-dancehall artist Phronesis gives listeners a sneak peek of what to expect on the tape with this new release titled ‘Ataya’.
Kwesi Arthur ft. Teni – Celebrate
Bryan The Mensah ft. Black Sherif – Life Is A Movie
On this self-produced song titled ‘Life Is A Movie’, Bryan The Mensah and Black Sherif make their synergy felt in this exciting tune housed under BRYAN THE MENSAH’s debut album ‘Road To Hastafari’.
There you have it, these are the 10 Best Songs You Need To Hear This Week.
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