Songs Of The Day: New Music From Suté Iwar, Nesza, King Promise & More

New music for the weekend

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.

Amidst 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. Earlier in the week, we highlighted new drops from Naira Marley, Zinoleesky, Young Jonn, Darkoo, Ninety and more.. Today’s selection includes new cuts from Kizz Daniel, Tekno, Larry Gaaga and more.

Suté Iwar –  “Alright, Okay”

Suté Iwar is known for his fiery Hip-hop numbers but in “Alright, Okay,” he takes a soulful approach as he carves out his own image in the burgeoning music scene. This melodic single tells the story of chasing the bag while avoiding negative vibes as he sings lyrics such as “your bad vibes can’t affect my mental temple.” 

Kizz Daniel – “Buga” ft. Tekno

Following the release of his high-charting EP ‘Barnabas’ last year, Kizz Daniel is back this weekend with a new single. Here, he teams up with Tekno for a brilliant Afropop number titled “Buga”. The duo talk about the pertinence of money while also singing about the need to have fun amid their day-to-day struggles. 

Larry Gaaga – “Monica” ft. Ajebo Hustlers and De La Ghetto

“Monica” is a sultry single which sees Larry Gaaga, Ajebo Hustlers and De La Ghetto trade amorous lyrics about their respective muses. Over a drum-led uptempo beat, the trio in a braggadocious fashion, pump their chest as they talk of spoiling their muse.

Nezsa – “Trouble”

“Trouble” is a captivating number from R&B singer Neza’s anticipated sophomore album. Her enchanting silky voice serenades the audience creating a calm ambience as she talks of emotional breakthrough from a toxic relationship. The glorious saxophone complements her layered harmonies over the lush 808 productions

Korb$ – “Kamata” ft. Kahu$h

Korb$ has been a force to reckon with in the underground Nairobi music scene. With a knack for storytelling, the stellar rapper has released a 12-track project titled ‘Purple Orange Skies’ which tells the story of growth, love and pain. Teaming up with fellow Kenyan rapper, Kahu$h on standout track, “Kamata” is an earworm track highlighting the concept of a good time. 

Jess ETA – Raging ft. Gemini Major

For his latest EP ‘Playing With Fire’, Jess ETA delivers an 11-track project with hits such as the Psycho YP-assisted “Paralysed” and eccentric number “Raging”. “Raging” is an Amapiano infused single that sees Jess ETA employ help from the super-producer Gemini Major who does not fail to deliver. With a hypnotic sound bed, they create a dance anthem with deep percussions synthesised with distinct log drums. 

King Promise – “Ginger” 

Ghanaian singer King Promise’s latest single, “Ginger” feels as if you are watching a sunset by the beach. King Promise tries to woo his muse by dishing out praises as he sings “prettiest girl I’ve ever seen for you these melodies I sing”. The romantic number is meticulously produced with a mellow sound bed that shines a light on King Promise’s passionate singing.

Kemena – “Rewind”

Nigerian singer Kemena has released a new single titled, “Rewind.” This Afro-fusion ballad will certainly have listeners compelled from the first listen as it’s furnished with dainty violin melodies, bass sound beds and a jolty backdrop. Expressing his attraction towards his muse, Kemena’s stellar penmanship shines all through the song as he fawns over his muse. 

95ANTNY – “Less Is More”

uNder alum (previously Fresh Meat) 95ANTNY — a deft purveyor of genre-defying experimental sounds — has returned with his first solo offering in almost a year dubbed “Less Is More.” The track is a resplendent ode to a love interest who relishes the silent moments between them. “She say less is more, so she don’t talk”, he sings over the billowing production. “Less Is More” is made up of tittering drums, ethereal synths, raging guitar riffs, and slick flows that lean full-tilt into RnB. True to his nature, he marries an assortment of elements into holistic flourish that captures his idiosyncratic essence. 

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