Songs Of The Day: New Music From Magixx, 1Da Banton, Diamond Platnumz & More
new month, new music
new month, new music
After the many wins forged by Afropop last year, the musical landscape has never looked more promising. As such the fast and furious pace of new music releases makes it hard to keep track of all the good music coming out of Africa. That’s where our Songs of the Day column comes in.
We’re doing the work to stay on pulse with all the music coming out from across the continent and beyond, bringing you exciting songs of tomorrow: today. Last weekend, we brought you new releases from Darkoo, Black Sherif, Poco Lee, Alpha P and more. This week, get into these new releases from 1da Banton, Magixx, Sess, Diamond Platnumz. Enjoy.
After 1da Banton’s “No Wahala” peaked and became a viral smash hit across the continent, the artist has arrived with a remix for the track, with guest verses from Tiwa Savage and Kizz Daniel. The track sees all three artists singing beautifully about living a stress free life as they merge energies together, delivering an outstanding track. All three artists work and connect seamlessly across the track, led by Kizz Daniel who delivers the first verse, setting the tone for the rest of the Blaise Beatz-produced track.
Mavin signee Magixx was only introduced to us last year, but already, his releases are near impossible to miss. Following the release of a re-up version to his single, “Love Don’t Cost A Dime” featuring label mate Ayra Starr, the singer returns for his first offering of the year with a new uptempo and energetic number titled “Chocolate.” The Rage-produced track is an Amapiano-infused single which sees the artist delivering addressing his irresistible muse over a heavy bass beat. He sings “Shana wole gba chocolate/make you dey fuck with my baby” on the chorus of the track, making known his salacious intentions.
For his first post-album single, singer-songwriter and producer Sess is back with new gospel-leaning single titled “Revival”. The track sees the artist confronting his faith, singing lyrics such as “Baba God cover me, them go try but them no fit to conquer me/Goodness and Mercy follow me”, which find him directly conversing and extolling his maker.
Tanzanian music prodigy Diamond Platnumz has begun the year with a new catchy single titled “GiDi.” The Afro-Highlife tracks finds him pulling from a wide range of influences and sampling nostalgic tunes such as Olamide’s “Show You The Money” and “Gbona.” Despite his proximity from the subject matter, the singer is able to wholly situate the song in Lagos, Nigeria, one of Afropop’s largest cultural hubs.
Veteran singer KCee is here with a new romantic number titled “True Love”. The track sees the artist expressing his deepest feelings for his muse, singing lyrics such as “ayaya, baby would you please be mine?, you dey do me ayaya”, over the subtle yet rhythmic production of the Spotless-produced track.
South African rapper Zoocci is here with his first official release of the year, featuring Blxckie and Nasty C. “Lift Me Up” is a bouncy rap tune which sees the artists making braggadocious claims in the respective indigenous languages, spitting lyrics such as “I remember bitches looking down but now we up/Now we up and we’ll never stop”, over the track’s window-quacking production.
Celebrated Ghanaian rapper and songwriter Malcolm Nuna taps his fellow Ghanaian artists Yaw Tog, Black Sherif, Kofi Jamar and Kweli Flick on his latest single titled, “Talk Talk”. The Khendi Beatz-produced track brilliantly exhibits the dynamism of each collaborator as they easily combine English and their native tongues in their rap, a feat which elevates the record’s overall vibe.