Best New Music African is our roundup of latest afrobeats releases across the continent – a glimpse of the popular tracks hitting digital streaming platforms and airwaves. Afrobeats keeps bringing new sounds and noteworthy musicians to the world stage. The local afrobeats music scene is best characterised by artists who like to tap into various genres, from afropop to highlife, amapiano, rap, alte and everything in between. Here, dig into the best new and hot releases this week from your favourite afrobeats artistes, including Olamide, Kwesi Arthur, Tekno, Ladipoe, Ruger, King Promise, Focalistic, and more.
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1. Ladipoe feat. Buju – Feeling
Nigerian top rapper, Ladipoe links up with afrobeat’s golden boy, Buju to deliver ‘Feeling’. The track is an outstanding tune exemplifies a quintessential afrobeats rap song. Feeling is currently the number song in Nigeria.
2. Olamide – Rock
Olamide just don’t miss. He’s arguably the most successful Nigerian rapper ever and he keeps getting better with time. Following the huge success of his 2020 album “Carpe Diem,” Olamide has served up the first single off his next album, “UY Scuti” set to drop on the 14th of June. On “Rock,” Olamide stuns with melodic bars, detailing his insatiable appetite for the grind and good women.
3. Ruger – Bounce
Ruger has been busy this year. “Bounce” is just the right blend of Nigerian and Caribbean fusion, as Ruger uses the style to perfection. On the track, the young crooner’s flow is hypnotizing as he floats through verses and hooks, with a mouthful of melody and vibes. The track appears on Ruger’s six-track EP Pandemic.
4. Yemi Alade – Dancina
“Dancina” is an upbeat afrobeats dance record where one of our favourite afrobeats female artists Yemi Alade brings the party to life. “Dancina” is the latest single off her fifth studio album, Empress.
5. King Promise – Slow Down
“Slow Down” is a mellow afrobeats record from Ghanaian singer-songwriter, King Promise that carries an afro-pop vibe. Over soft strings and drums, the Ghanaian superstar center the song around the apple of his eye.
6. Tekno feat. Mafikizolo – Enjoy (Remix)
Popular Nigerian singer, Tekno has tapped South African duo, Mafikizolo for the remix of his feel-good tune “Enjoy.” It’s always a hit when South Africa and Nigeria collaborate!
7. Kwesi Arthur feat. Vic Mensa – Winning
“Winning” is a buzzing Ghana drill record from highly rated Ghanaian rapper, Kwesi Arthur where he links with American rapper, Vic Mensa. On the track, Kwesi Arthur whips through rapid-fire lines about winning. Vic Mensa also commands attention with controlled bars, repping for Chiraq while documenting his lavish lifestyle. “Winning” is a fiery afrobeats drill record that has fans excited for Ghana’s drill movement, Asakaa.
8. Focalistic x Mr JazziQ feat. Lady Du, Mellow & Sleazy – Gupta
Focalistic is back, and he’s assembled with him a fun amapiano clique, featuring Mr JazziQ, Lady Du, Mellow and Sleazy. “Gupta” takes us on a journey of groovy vibes. That feel-good frequency and festive feeling is why South Africa’s amapiano has the African music scene on lock right now.
9. Spinall feat. 6lack & Fireboy DML – Sere (Remix)
Popular Nigerian DJ, Spinall has tapped Fireboy DML and American grammy-nominated singer, 6LACK for the remix of his summer-pop vibe tune “Sere.” 6LACK and Fireboy DML come together on the chorus, harmonizing and singing throughout the record. The original track appears on Spinall’s 2020 album Grace.
10. Anjella – Nobody
“Nobody” is the latest song from Anjella, which finds the Tanzanian singer and songwriter pouring her heart out to her significant other with this romantic love song. Nobody is an English word in Swahili means (Hakuna Mtu).
11. Juls feat. Tay Iwar and Projexx – Chance
“Chance” is a mellow afrobeats record from prominent Ghanaian music producer, Juls, featuring Tay Iwar and Projexx that carries African and Caribbean vibe. Over soft strings and riddimic bass, the pair center the song around love and the good life.
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