Songs Of The Day: New Music From Shasimone, Adekunle Gold, Ycee & More
All the best music from around the continent
All the best music from around the continent
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. Earlier this week, we brought you new releases from Obongjayar, Koffee, Emo Grae, Phyno, Psycho YP & more. Now to begin the new week, we’re bringing you new releases from Shasimone, Adekunle Gold, Ycee & More. Enjoy.
Our Fresh Meat alum, Shasimone is back with a single alongside a video featuring British rapper SuspectOTB titled “Schweet”. This single is the first to be revealed as a feature on the British Ghanaian’s upcoming debut EP ‘Simma Down’, set to drop in March 2022. In this blend of Uk rap, Afropop and R&B, we see Shasimone coming into her own as she gives one of the biggest Uk rappers, SuspectOTB, a run for his money in this later track.
“Schweet is about living in the moment, having a good time cos we’re not here forever” says Shasimone. The track was reportedly enjoyable and easy to create as both artists worked seamlessly together. The video is also a visual feast which finds the rapper flexing her lyrical chops against a dazzling sequence.
Tapped from Adekunle Gold’s latest studio album ‘Catch Me If You Can’, is the 11th track featuring American singer and songwriter Fousheé dubbed “Dior Dior Dior”. The SPAX produced song is a blend of Afro-classic and R&B inspired sounds as both singers extol their love for their partners. Fousheé’s and Adekunle Gold’s voices sound just like melted butter on the romantic mid-tempo track that will have you falling in love all over again, just in time for the Valentine’s Day spirit.
With the success of the ‘Love Drunk’ EP and his fan favourite single from the project titled “Intentionally”, Afro-pop hitmaker Ycee taps Columbian rapper Nanpa Basico to feature on the remix. On this record, he details his intentional love towards his girl. This single comes just after the “Aunty Lovina” song with Patoranking and YCee just celebrating his 29th birthday.
Wizkid’s hit single “Mood” featuring hitmaker Buju from his Grammy-nominated album ‘Made in Lagos: Deluxe Edition’ is again in the conversation with the release of its long-awaited music video release. The visual is a modern neon colour inspired visual directed by Kuukua Eshun. We get a glimpse of the mood Buju and Wiz were singing about. Wizkid has had such an exceptional couple of years, and the same goes for Buju, who has continuously delivered hit track upon hit tracks for the past year. A must watch.
Last year, rapper Teffy released his latest EP titled ‘Melody King III,’ which featured the standout single “Motion.” Now, he has returned to our screens with a new music video directed by Z3RO and edited by Yaro. “Motion” is a trap record filled with poignant storytelling, detailing his push and strive to the get to the top. He uses real-life stories and good music to pull his listeners into his world.
dndSection’s music is the gift that keep on giving. His merge of this old-school Hip-Hop style with a gruff rapping style and trunk-rattling sonic homages will have you running back his songs to catch all the intricacies. For his latest release, “24 Days In Lagos”, Dndsection details the crazy antics he gets up to when he’s in the motherland in Lagos, Nigeria. He also speaks on the struggles of putting out music and making it as an artist with “Gatekeepers trying to stop his progress”.
Successful Nollywood actress Lucianne is back with an exciting single titled “More” to kickstart the new year. The British Nigerian singer-songwriter released “More” under her independent label known as RIV Records. “More” is set to feature in her forthcoming comeback EP ‘Becoming’. Produced by Majeek, the Afropop number is commingled with hints of R&B with pop sensibilities as she speaks on her online attraction that she lungs to take offline. The song comes with its music visual directed by Dotun Ajakaye, which features clips of Luciann in her online fantasy world where she meet her love interest.
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