Songs Of The Day: New Music From KiDi, Ria Sean, Tomi Owo & More
New Music From Around Africa
New Music From Around Africa
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. Last weekend, we brought you new releases from Tim Lyre, Bucky Raw, Juls, dndSection and more. To begin the new week and celebrate Valentine’s day, get into these new releases from Kidi, Popcaan, Ria Sean and more. Enjoy.
Following a successful run in 2020 which saw the release of his debut album, ‘The Golden Boy,’ Ghanaian singer, KiDi teams up with American rapper Tyga on the remix to his standout single, “Touch It.” The groovy Afropop number finds KiDi in his natural element, toasting to the good life and beautiful women as he enjoys his success so far. He’s joined by Tyga for a fire guest verse that elevates the songs listening experience. The Tyga-assisted single will surely boost the song to new audiences, ahead of KiDi’s North American tour set for later this year.
Starting out the year on a phenomenal note, Asake taps Nigerian pop mainstay Olamide for the catchy new single titled “Omo Ope.” Following his signing to the rapper’s label and the song’s success on the TurnTable Top 50 this week, Asake follows this up with the song’s official video that finds both artists in a nightclub, a feat that certainly portrays how the song is currently taking over the clubs.
Jamaican singer Popcaan taps Imeru tafari on the brand new single “Elevate”. The introspective new single finds both singers trading verses about overcoming life’s many troubles and elevating despite all odds set against you. In their smooth-sounding patois, they fill listeners with affirmations about making it in life. The song was released alongside a music video in anticipation for the singer’s forthcoming mixtape titled ‘Vanquish’ which is said to feature 10 new songs.
Dancehall artist Jahmiel has released a new love induced single, “Lifetime” alongside a music video just in time for the week of love. “Lifetime” emphasises Jahmiel’s love and affection for his love interest as he reaffirms his commitment to choosing and loving her for a lifetime. In the accompanying video, we see clips of Jahmiel and his woman in romantic scenes as he professes his love for her, before the couple end up buying a house and moving in together.
Fresh meat alum Ria Sean first released the saccharine-sweet track titled “Satisfy My Soul,” as the headliner for her 2021 EP ‘Fluid’. After the earworm track warmed its way into our hearts, Ria is now giving the song a befitting Aazar remix, complete with a new video that elevates the listener’s experience of the track. Over a fast paced House beat, Ria delivers one of her best performances yet.
Last year’s ‘Metallica Blacklist’ album was curated to celebrate Metallica’s 30th anniversary, featuring a talented spate of artists, producers and engineers from around the world. Covering one of their favourite tracks on ‘The Black Album,’ Tomi Owó on Disc 3, Track 9 gives a special rendition of “Through The Never“, making her the only Nigerian on the album (excluding Oma Mahmud on the song’s production). Following the project’s success last year, Tomi Owó has begin the year with her first musical offering, the video for “Through The Never.” The picture-esque is a dazzling black and white sequence which gives Owó the ample space to flex off her skills as a live performer.