Musically speaking, we have awesome talent in Africa. These artists are showing the world that we are a force to reckon with, and that they should be moving to the beat of our drums. I just want to take some time to share with you a couple of artists who have blown me away with their prowess.
Toya Delazy is a pianist, songwriter and composer from South Africa, the only reason I discovered her is because her song is currently on heavy rotation on Trace Tv. This joint will definitely get international recognition, you would definitely not think it is from Africa once you hear it. She sounds similar to Natasha Beddingfield and her style is similar to the next artist I want to shed the spotlight on.
Keko hails from Uganda and she is definitely making a name for herself as one of the best female rappers with her tight rhymes and sick flow.
Liquideep are no strangers to Kenyans, they have headlined the rising South African House music that has taken over most Kenyans with their hits like BBM, Settle for less and Alone. Still is one of their newest releases, with the sweetest lyrics that any girl would love to be serenaded with. Liquideep headlined the December edition of Blankets and Wine and they totally killed it! The lead singer Ziyon can obtain it!
Evidently South Africans are really making headway when it comes to music. Mi Casa is yet another soulful band hailing from the south, comprising of a Dj come producer, vocalist and a trumpeter. Their most popular songs from their debut self titled album Mi Casa are These Streets and Heavenly Sent which is getting a lot of airplay on MTV Base and Trace TV.
I have really been searching for their album, and I stumbled upon this song which I totally love, it is nice, sultry and mellow 🙂
This post would not be complete without some Naijo music and of course Naeto C has to make an appearance.
Given the popularity of Nigerian music you would think I would be fluent in pidgin. I was so sure he says ‘Me and you, I tend to go.’ yes, I know it makes no sense but that was what it sounded like he was saying :p
Naeto C has been in the game for a while now, making hit after hit. He prides himself as being the only MC with an MSC which is befitting seeing that he graduated with a Masters in Energy Studies. But he followed his heart and chose to pursue music.
Ice Prince is yet another talented rapper from Naija, popularly known for his hit song Oleku. He is definitely someone to watch out for.
Now let us shift the focus to Kenya, my home town 🙂
J’Mani has been in the game for a couple of years and his music has definitely grown. He has a dynamic sound and great flow, and in this song he teams up with Lyra Aoko, a very talented vocalist and Collo who is finally living up to the name King wa rap.
The best decision Nonini ever made was to leave Calif Records. His music has really grown and gained a global appeal, he even got to perform at Big Brother Africa in last year. The quality of the tracks he produces has become superior, and his videos have graduated from the antics of Luche and almost always get international airplay. This track Pole Pole has a very unique Afro sound, and the whole idea of a genge shuffle will make it a certified club banger.
Nonini is currently spearheading a campaign to stop discrimination against Albinos and to encourage the use of sun screen which I think is very admirable.
Just A Band can pride themselves for being the first band in Africa to go viral with their hit song Ha He which made them an internet sensation. They are one of the few bands who have exploited the full potential of the internet by organizing a Google+ hangout Boxing Day Special last year, featuring various artists singing your favorite Christmas carols. Take a listen here.
Huff and Puff is from their sophomore album 82 and it features my favorite video vixen 😛
Just A Band are the humblest band you ever did see, and their fame has not infiltrated their heads. They are just a cool group of geeks making good music.
This post would not be complete without talking about these young cats making waves in the music industry, Camp Mulla. They have a fresh sound, and a global appeal, not to mention a whole lot of talent. They were recently chosen to perform alongside J. Cole at the Big Brother Stargame show, and I think they were the perfect candidates for the job. I am really looking forward to their album dropping, I would BUY that ish!
Gospel music has grown exponentially in Kenyan with various artists thinking outside of the very stringent box associated with gospel music. MOG and Juliani are some of those artists producing hit after hit, which are not only a form of worship, but you will find Djs in clubs playing their records! My Call is currently one of my favorite gospel songs at the moment, quite catchy and I love the dancers in the video.
I hope you enjoyed my musical journey through Africa. If you feel there are some artists I left out, kindly let me know in the comment section.
Peace. Love. Light.