Hello and welcome to the exciting world of Afrobeat music! Fans of this genre have had a fantastic ride in May 2023, as several exceptional Afrobeat albums have graced the music world. These albums have produced a compelling combination of African sounds and contemporary influences, from addictive rhythms to deep melodies.
Join us as we delve into the month’s thrilling Afrobeat releases, highlighting the genre’s great skill and originality. Prepare to groove, swing, and be immersed in the enthralling rhythms that define Afrobeat music.
Nonso Amadi – When It Blooms
Nonso Amadi emerged as a leading figure among producer-singers set to revolutionize Afropop after his inception into the limelight seven years ago. The Nigerian singer has maintained an air of mystery through curated releases and extended social media breaks, preserving the allure that surrounds his music. With his debut album, “When It Blooms,” Amadi seizes the opportunity to finally share his story, eagerly embracing this chance.
Amadi describes “When It Blooms” as a reintroduction to Nonso Amadi, recognizing that while many people in Nigeria know him from songs like “Tonight,” “Radio,” and “No Crime,” those tracks only offer a glimpse of his musicality, not his true essence as a person. The album serves as a starter pack for Nonso’s fans worldwide, setting the stage for what is to follow.
Inspired by certified classics like Wizkid’s “Superstar” and Drake’s “Take Care,” Amadi aspires to create a similar impact with his album. He beautifully brings his childhood to life in “When It Blooms,” delving into the tensions of an artist searching for his place in the world and the profound journey of self-acceptance.
1da Banton – 1da Shall Never End
Nigerian hitmaker 1da Banton, the multi-talented Nigerian singer, and songwriter has just released his latest project, an EP titled “1da Shall Never End”. The EP features six tracks that showcase 1da’s unique sound and versatility.
With the release of “1da Shall Never End”, 1da Banton aims to solidify his place as one of Nigeria’s most exciting music acts and expand his reach beyond his home country. Over the past year, 1da Banton has been growing in popularity in Europe and North America, and this EP marks a significant milestone in his journey to becoming a global music sensation.
“1da Shall Never End” is a mix of genres, from Afrobeats, and Afropop to Dancehall. The EP’s lead single, “Ego,” is already gaining traction across various music streaming platforms, with fans praising 1da Banton’s unique sound and catchy lyrics.
Speaking on the release of the EP, 1da Banton said, “I’m excited to share this project with my fans around the world finally. It’s been a long time coming, and I’m glad I can showcase my growth and versatility through this project. I’ve been working hard to connect with fans in Europe and North America, and I’m thrilled to see that my music resonates with audiences there.”
“1da Shall Never End” is now available for streaming on all major music platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music, and Deezer. With the release of this EP, 1da Banton is set to take the Nigerian music scene by storm and cement his place as one of the industry’s most promising acts.
Wande Coal – Legend or No Legend
After great anticipation, Nigerian singer-songwriter Wande Coal has finally released his much-anticipated album, “Legend Or No Legend.” Wande Coal’s amazing talent is showcased once again in the highly anticipated project, solidifying his standing as a veteran in the Nigerian music arena.
The album houses 13 tracks, each meticulously crafted to provide a distinct and intriguing musical experience.
Guest appearances by some of the industry’s biggest performers add to the album’s attraction. Collaborations like Wizkid, T-Pain, Olamide, and Fireboy DML further enhance the album’s appeal, bringing together a remarkable lineup of talent that is sure to fascinate music enthusiasts.
Joeboy – Body & Soul
There aren’t many hitmakers like Joeboy in the world. The artist Joseph Akinwale has dug the depths and complexities of passion and love for his Afropop bops ever since catching the attention of the Nigerian mainstream with 2019’s “Baby.”
Joeboy’s sensitive yet astute probe of love was expanded upon on his 2021 debut album, Somewhere Between Beauty & Magic.
His mesmerizing vocals and semi-autobiographical reflections on fame, affection, and self-perception cemented his place as one of his generation’s leading lights.
Between Somewhere Between Beauty & Magic and his highly anticipated sophomore album, 2023’s Body & Soul, the artist has grown and refined his music into a more full view on his experiences with attraction and relationship. “Body & Soul is my state of mind.”
Body & Soul is, in many respects, a combination of his loving world view as well as the pressures and joys of operating at the pinnacle of Afropop. “The idea for this album is just that you can actually be yourself and you don’t have to be perfect,” he says. “All you have to do is be yourself and work hard to be a better version of yourself.”
ChopLife SoundSystem – Chop Life, Vol. 1: Mzansi Chronicles
ChopLife SoundSystem, comprising Mr Eazi and DJ Edu, embarks on a musical journey to capture the vibrant sounds of specific African regions. In the first installment of the Chop Life series, titled “Mzansi Chronicles,” they delve into the infectious amapiano genre, immersing themselves in the rich tapestry of South African dance music. With elements of tribal, big room, and deep house seamlessly woven together, this compilation showcases Mr Eazi’s love for the amapiano sound.
As both a creator and curator, Mr Eazi collaborates with his favorite artists to capture his interpretation of the amapiano scene. The compilation features notable artists such as Focalistic, Joey B, Ami Faku, and Moonchild Sanelly, among others, who contribute their unique twist to the vibrant soundscapes crafted by talented producers. Through ChopLife SoundSystem, Mr Eazi not only collaborates but also takes on the role of executive producer, presenting this musical experience to the world.
For Mr Eazi, curating experiences and DJ mixes is a passion that allows him to explore the full potential of African music. He believes that the future of African music lies not just in the artists but also in the overall experience created. With Mzansi Chronicles, Mr Eazi immerses himself in the world of amapiano, showcasing his love for the genre and highlighting the incredible talent within the South African music scene.