Wizkid – “Ojuelegba Performance” at The Royal Albert Hall London
Wizkid’s accomplishments are the things dreams are made of; from his Superstar debut to his SFTOS international debut, the singer has left behind a trail of successes that guarantee he’ll be a tough act to follow. But despite his stellar achievements—including a feature on Billboard’s #1 spot—he still finds new ways to impress, the latest being his sold-out concert at Royal Albert Hall London. Credited as the first African Artist out of Africa to ever sell out the venue, he performed “Ojuelegba” which he referred to as “The Official African National Anthem”. Debateable though that might be, it’s hard to argue against Wizkid’s international claim and appeal.
Flavour – Nnekata
Flavour’s Ijele The Traveler album showed his ability to delicately balance traditional sounds with the contemporary Afropop trends. Compared to tracks like “Sake Of Love”, “Nnekata” listens like a travel through time and the recently released video directed by Nollywood director Tchidi Chikere continues with that premise. Flavour plays suitor in a the video that with the right filters, will fit into any classic Igbo film from the 90’s.
Maroon 5 – What Lovers Do Feat. SZA
Since CTRL‘s debuted at #3 on Billboard 200 back in June and helped her score her first platinum hit with “Love Galore”, the buzz surrounding SZA is yet to cool off. And with her recent feature on Lorde’s “Homemade Dynamite Remix” and Maroon 5’s new single, “What Lovers DO”, it will probably be awhile before it does. The video for “What Lovers Do” is set in a fantasy-filled world where Adam Levine and SZA go on a magical adventure, running through a field and encountering sunflowers and animals that sing, sparkly butterflies, dinosaurs, zero gravity, mermaids and other otherworldly things. The adventures however end with a badly hurt Adam Levine who has to be treated by SZA in a nurse uniform.
Shatta Wale – Haters Feat. Mr Eazi
Contrary to what Mr Eazi’s most recent twitter trend will have you believe, he’s still the most convenient bridge between Ghana and Nigeria’s metaphorical music borders. After featuring on Kcee’s Attention To Details project released a few weeks ago, Shatta Wale is fully accessing the Nigerian market with his new single, “Haters” featuring Mr Eazi. The adjoining video ushers Mr Eazi into Shatta Wale’s pseudo-violent universe on the Afropop song dedicated to their haters.
Vic Mensa – Rolling Like A Stoner
Off Vic Mensa’s The Autobiography debut album, “Rolling Like A Stoner” asides making known his anti-social tendencies, emphasizes a rockstar lifestyle that his self directed video also builds on. Set on a stage that cinematically transforms from driving, biking, flying among the stars and bedroom scenes, he uses symbolic imageries to represent the reckless abandon. The trippy video ends with a staged suicide when Vic falls into a seemingly empty pit.
R2Bees – Over
Just 2 weeks after releasing “Plantain Chip”, R2Bees surprised fans with a new single, “Over”. Though “Plantain Chips” leaned heavily on the Hip-hop sound, “Over” sees the duo return to Afropop’s dancehall flirtation—even Paedae who is more known for being a rapper sings through his lines. The video directed by Patrick Ellis follows the song’s breakup narrative and shows Paedae getting dumped by his love interest.
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