Blog entries from: AfriPOP!

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August 29 2014

From AfriPOP! Fri Aug 29 2014, 13:02:54

In the lead up to the release of her upcoming album Hey Hey in September, Liberian-Swedish singer Mapei has shared two musical pieces to whet our appetites until then. First she shares the Shift K3Y remix of her song Change, a song for which she shared this sentimental and rather cool lyric video not too long ago. It might be described as the sensual house version of Change and it [...]

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From AfriPOP! Fri Aug 29 2014, 12:47:20

To many, Nigerian rapper M.I's ascent in music was interrupted by a deafening silence over the last couple of years. The rapper was christened Nigeria's Hip Hop Messiah after releasing a few critically acclaimed projects such as Talk About It, MI2 and Illegal Music. But then, to the audience's dismay, M.I. unceremoniously walked off stage. Indeed, he has evaded the spotlight for quite some time, preferring instead to produce music for [...]

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From AfriPOP! Fri Aug 29 2014, 12:44:46

Kelela adds to her growing oeuvre with the release of OICU which was produced by P. Morris and features Le1f. The single comes as we await Kelela's full-length album later this year. The seductive tune - which could be mistakenly cataloged as a sensual binaural beat - starts off floating on a dreamscape but the moony ambience is interrupted by a tripping bass that continues to pulsate or rather syncopate [...]

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August 27 2014

From AfriPOP! Wed Aug 27 2014, 14:43:13

The second video off Okmalumkoolkat's 4-track Holy Oxygen I EP produced by LuckyMe signing Cid Rim and Affine labelmate The Clonious. This collaboration came to life during the Viennese producers' South African tour with stops in Johannesburg and Cape Town. The video for Allblackblackkat was directed by Chris Saunders who will celebrate the premiere of the SA-NYC fashion/photography exhibition NOT x Chris Saunders in early September.

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From AfriPOP! Wed Aug 27 2014, 14:01:22

Fantasma have shared the first song from their forthcoming Eye of the Sun EP set for release 3rd November via Soundway Records. Premiered via The Quietus, Sefty Belt features the mesmerizing vocals of guest artist JOSIAHWISE IS THE SERPENTWITHFEET. Fantasma, the latest project of South African innovator and creative pioneer Spoek Mathambo, is a five-man collective which weaves together electronica, hip-hop, traditional Zulu maskandi music, shangaan electro, South African house, psych-rock and punk [...]

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August 25 2014

From AfriPOP! Mon Aug 25 2014, 23:11:44

Kwabs has made a dramatic return with his new single, "Walk," a dark, theatrical song with an arresting piano - it might be the theme song of a trailer for an epic like 300 or Game of Thrones. With his signature baritone, he sings about being in a situation where knows it would be detrimental for him to stay. He wants to evade his decline and he knows what he [...]

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From AfriPOP! Mon Aug 25 2014, 22:59:32

iamISIGO by Bubu Ogisi recently unveiled their 2015 spring/summer Resort collection called White Noise. The garments were inspired by the white noise, or static, that would precede television programming back in the days of analogue video and TV. Other times, when a signal is not processed properly or the TV did not receive a clear signal (perhaps because there was thunderstorm), it would produce white noise which appeared as a [...]

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From AfriPOP! Mon Aug 25 2014, 10:35:42

afriPOP! caught up with South African rapper Khuli Chana during his recent visit to New York City. The charming rapper, born Khulane Morule, had just won Best Male Southern Africa 2014 at the African Musik Awards in Texas. When we met up with him, Khuli was just excited to be back in New York as a student of hip-hop, open to learning whatever NYC had to offer. Here's a day [...]

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From AfriPOP! Mon Aug 25 2014, 08:50:56

Directed by Jay Sprogell (Complex, Fader, Spin, Vibe), Power-Ups is the first video from upstate NY producer + rapper Sammus' latest kickstarter-backed EP, Another M (June 2014). Armed with Sprogell's characteristically stunning visuals, the video finds Sammus doing some slick space age shit talk over a self-produced soundbed of classic southern trap blended with her signature expansive 8 bit synth sound, all while stuntin' on a stoop rocking an anything-but-typical accessory in this tribute to Metroid.

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August 22 2014

From AfriPOP! Fri Aug 22 2014, 12:21:49

Where does one even begin with Busiswa? She's the dynamic South African Xhosa poet and rapper bubbling on the scene. A respected talent in poetry circles, Busiswa Gqulu first came to the more mainstream spotlight when she featured on DJ Zinhle's dance track "My Name Is" back in 2012.  Sidebar: I once interviewed the rapper Eve and asked her what her favorite song was and she name this one. Since [...]

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