Songs Of The Day: New Music From Moonga K., Skillz 8Figure, Ibejii & More

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2022 is no longer a new year, and Afropop knows that very well. As much as the previous year was packed with scene-defining achievements, especially within the context of global growth, the only way to keep the momentum from falling off is for artists to keep reaching into their bag for great music that holds the ears and captures the hearts of millions of listeners across the continent and well beyond. That’s exactly what’s been happening, so much so that there’s hundreds of new singles, at-least one new must-hear album and a new smash hit every week.

Amid this torrent of new music, the NATIVE is committed to highlighting the best releases you need to hear, and possibly add to your playlists. That’s the essence of our ‘Songs of the Day’ column. Last Friday, we highlighted songs from Gabzy, Yung L, DJ Tunez and more. This week we have new drops from Moonga K., Ibeji, Skillz 8Figure, Kwaku DMC, Laycon, Bahati and more.


After a short hiatus, Zambian-Botswanian singer and uNder alum (formerly known as Fresh Meat) Moonga K. is back with an eclectic new single titled “Up.” The mid-tempo new single sees him reflect on his journey and achievements while focusing on his growth. As he prepares for the release of his EP ‘IV’ in July the song boasts a bright tempo production, complimented by airy, summer-like synths, lo-fi piano and elated trumpets.

Skillz 8Figure – “Stop” ft. Sherro

Sierra Leonan-born, Ghana-based single Skillz 8Figure came unto our radar with the release of his stunning debut EP ‘Gangsta Luv,’ a collection of songs that merged dancehall sensibilities with trap-soul melodies. Since then, he’s sustained the momentum by peeling back more layers to his artistry with each new release. His leats single, “Stop” is an upbeat Afro number touching on success and determination to move on forward. The beat switches mid song as the synths simmer down, providing the perfect back drop for Skillz and Sherro to fire off their catchy lines.

Ibejii – “Broken”

Afro Soul artist Ibejii has opened his calendar for the year with new single, “Broken.” The open confessional sees him tackle lost love. Off from his project ‘Post 19,’ “Broken” offers an intensity that takes listeners through a deep emotional journey. The fine blend of eclectic sounds enables Ibejii to display his musical abilities.

Kwaku DMC – “Akatafo Party” ft. Suspect OTB

As a frontrunner in the Asakaa movement, Kwaku DMC adds another canon into his catalog of hits. Off his recently released project, ‘Road to the Jungle,’ comes “Akatafo Party,” a gritty memorable track which highlights his rapid-fire abilities. Weaning his experience to give a universal feeling, he employs UK rapper Suspect OTB and the pair trade off bars about getting their shit popping.

Laycon & Tobi Shang – “2000”

After winning Big Brother Naija back in 2020, Laycon has taken on the music industry with his fierce bars. Now he shares his latest single, “2000” which feature vocals from Toby Shang. Over a beat laced with Afropop drums and Amapiano sensibilities, the pair tackle current issues that plague young Africans in this decade with lyrics such as “will you vote for me, we will get back to you.”

Bahati & Diana B – “Sweet Love”

The East African power couple Bahati and Diana B team up for their first official single titled, “Sweet Love.” The romantic number finds them singing about the good times as well as the tribulations in the marriage. The pair give an exquisite performance accompanied by detailed visuals showcasing their romance.

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