The fast and furious pace of new music releases makes it hard to keep track of all different new sounds coming out of Africa, as the music scene grows more and more expansive. We’ve decided to help out, by sorting through all the new songs from across all the sub-genres around the continent to curate a column with all the best “Songs of the Day”, to highlight all the new releases you absolutely need to hear.
Last Friday, we brought you new releases by a diverse set of African artists, including South African rapper, Dope Saint Jude and Nigerian rappers, Naira Marley, Dremo, YCee, Sinzu and Blaqbonez. We kick off today’s Songs of the day list with Mr Eazi’s “Arcoíris” feature on J Balvin’s new ‘Colores‘ album then move to Ghana, where Nxwrth has shared a new single from his anticipated ‘NASA: Thanks for Flying’ project. You can update your playlists with these new songs and more below.
J Balvin – “Arcoíris” Feat. Mr Eazi
Mr Eazi first melded the afro & Latin pop audiences with his feature on J Balvin & Bad Bunny’s “Como Un Bebé” last year. The “Skintight” singer continues to push the global narrative for African music as he contributes another verse and hook on “Arcoíris” off J Balvin’s new album, ‘Colores’. While J Balvin sang in Spanish, Mr Eazi also included Yoruba lyrics to give the song a truly international perspective over the electronic beat.
Aussie Maze – “Arya” Feat. 808Vic
The cover art for Aussie Maze’s “Arya” shows the singer holding a landline phone to his ear. The sense of nostalgia the picture conveys is also echoed on the song, where he sings about missing his love interest over a soulful beat. Standout lyrics, “I look away, you’re out of sight/ And just like Arya/ I’ll look for you”, draws a “Game of Thrones” reference, that will resonate with listeners who are familiar with the series’ heroine, and also the feeling of wanting to be with someone who isn’t around.
Nxwrth – “Oh My Days” Feat. KwakuBs, Hama, KiddBlack, Darkovibes, Kuvie
Nxwrth’s debut project, ‘NASA: Thanks for Flying’ is set to drop next week, on the 3rd of April, and the Ghanaian producer’s contribution to La Meme Gang projects have built anticipation for his debut solo project. He just released “Oh My Days”, ahead of the project’s release, featuring Ghanaian singe, Hama; producer, Kuvie and other members of his crew. The self-produced trap beat inspires confident sets from the featured artists, who take turns bragging about their team spirit and accomplishments.
DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small – “Lorch” Feat. Semi Tee, Miano & Kammu Dee
DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small have updated their hit single, “Lorch” with a party-themed music video. Last year, the South African production duo teamed up for ‘The Return of Scorpion Kings’, the 14-track sequel to “Scorpion Kings”. For the track, they enlist Semi Tee, Miano and Kammu Dee for a verse each on the eerie house beat. For the new video, we see clips following Semi Tee, Miano and Kammu Dee as they perform their impressive vocals and join DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small at the party.
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