With most of the world self-isolating to flatten the COVID-19 curve, music is one of the things that has kept our spirits up and sustained our sense of community. Artists from all around the world have continued to put out new music, and their relatable subject matters help us process past hurts, dream of a better future, whilst also just enjoying the present moment. It’s completely understandable if this week, you haven’t really been keeping up with new music releases, given the current state of affairs around the whole world.
So to help out a bit, we’ve compiled a list of some songs you might have missed over the past week, in the middle of all the charos. Our mid-week “Songs of the Day” curation includes new releases from, Nana Fofie, Juls and Songo, Efya and Tiwa Savage, Skiibii and Reekado Banks, Nasty C and T.I, Prettyboy DO and Tim Lyre, and other artists like IDPizzle whose music provides escape from the increasingly bleak news updates we’ve been getting latest. Enjoy.
Nasty C – “They Don’t” Feat. T.I
Nasty C has been gearing up to the release of his upcoming project, ‘Zulu Man With Some Power’ and he’s been booked and busy all year long. Earlier on, he released his first single for the year, “There They Go”, where he stunted on his haters, and now for his latest release, “They Don’t”, featuring T.I, he’s tapping into hip-hop’s penchant for speaking the truth about the ills of society. He contributes to the ongoing protest against racial and social inequality, with lyrics describing the harsh reality he’s faced with as a black man, and seems to find comfort in spirituality and says “Everything will be alright soon/ The only thing I can do is turn to the Bible”.
Juls and Sango – “Angele Ni Fie”
Juls and Sango teamed up for an instrumental project, ‘Fufu and Grits’, released under Soulection Records. The standout track, “Angele Ni Fie” marries the cultural influences from the producer’s African origins, building a steady groove with horn samples, percussion, upbeat drums. chant samples which are primed to get listeners excited.
Nana Fofie – “Yeno Ntem”
Nana Fofie blends her Afropop sensibilities with contemporary R&B melodies to create a uniquely sensual sound anchored by her Ghanaian heritage. She has started the year off with a new romantic single, “Yeno Ntem”, upon which she sings over the laid back beat produced by WillyBeatz and VaineyOJ.
Efya – “The One” feat. Tiwa Savage
We’re excited to have reached a point where collaborations with women have become a mainstay in the industry, and this is what makes Efya and Tiwa Savage’s Black Jerzee-produced track so intriguing. Backed by catchy Reggae instrumentals, the pair address a love interest, with soulful vocals which complement the song’s appeal.
Skiibii – “Banger” Feat Reekado Banks
Skiibii and Reekado Banks have teamed up yet again after the success of their last collaboration, “Sensima”. Their new single, “Banger” is gearing up to become another hit, as they exchange lyrics celebrating their love interests, music and lifestyle. In typical Afropop fashion, the lyrics are penned to charm lovers and put listeners in the mood to dance and they accomplish this with the backing instrumentals provided by RhymeBamz.
Prettyboy D-O – “Odeshi” Feat. Tim Lyre
Prettyboy D-O is one of Africa’s most exciting artists, and his energetic personality always shines through on each track. His latest offering, “Odeshi” finds him describing his dedication to putting in the work; “From January, we dey grind till December so we no get time to play with pretender”. The song features a rap verse from Tim Lyre who infuses some Yoruba lyrics over the trap beat.
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