This is a new monthly column where we’ll bring you a roundup of the most exciting new futuristic afrobeats and african dance tracks around.
We start with Rosa Ree’s Banjuka. Rosa Ree is an exciting new hiphop artist from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania with an album expected shortly. She can do a mean hardcore hiphop flow but in a slight diversion Banjuka is more of a slow grooving afrobeats track.
I love Bryte’s (Ghana) new track Mama Dey Party (produced by Mina) which I first heard in Kampire’s Boiler Room set. It’s so fast! Perfect for bouncing along to.
Mr Eazi is making waves recently with multiple guest performances (one coming below). His album Life Is Eazi, Vol 2 – Lagos To London is out now and my stand-out track is Chicken Curry with Sneakbo. A nice slow pop track without ever feeling cheesy (no pun intended).
The whole South African Gqom / SA House scene is so exciting and continues to churn out one great track after the other. And iWalk Ye Phara by DJ Maphorisa, ft. Moonchild Sanelly (and more) is no different. Gqom has such a deceptively simple beat, but it’s hard to sit still to this one. The video is also pretty cool.
While we are on the subject: Huku by the South Arican rapper Sho Madjozi is another amazing Gqom banger with nice vocals. The video really makes you want to go out and find a party where you can dance to this music.
Nigerian-born now London-based MC Afrikan Boy is the originator of Afro-Grime. From his new album Peppeh Sounds Vol.1 comes Buss Di Ting
And now for something quite different: Funaná is the music of the islands of Cape Verde. It’s a seriously fast rhythm with lots of accordion. You are bound to shake your tail feathers when listening to Lura’s Alguem di Alguem.
And if you thought that was fast, Mzee wa Bwax by Mshamba wa Kideo on the excellent NyegeNyegeTapes label is relentless. It’s a sort of outer-space speedcore anthem. With a melody. Insure your legs before attempting to dance to this one.
From Congo DRC Rey Sapeinz’s Hakuna Ku Lala offers a window into his soukous mutations.
iZaya The Composer is a very versatile producers and artist from Kampala, Uganda. He doesn’t conform with what Europeans sometimes expect of African producers and comes with often hard, technoid sounds. Mama Nalumansi is more of an EDM-type track, but with a crazy 6/8 rhythm.
Like iZaya, Faizal Ddamba Mostrixx is also part of East Africa’s New Wave, a scene many describe as the most exciting scene in Africa right now. Ilyoo is an afro-futuristic track par excellence (also check out the video with Vizurii Dance Crew).
I adore Lady Leshurr, full stop. Queen’s Speech 4 is the official soundtrack for teeth-brushing in our household. Her new track Black Madonna (with Mr. Eazi) makes the hairs on my neck stand up. All we needed now was an afrobeats edit. Nice.
And for your convenience we have put all the above tracks in nice little 20 min. mini-mix. (Download enabled)