London has been a hotbed of musical diversity, and KOKOROKO embody the musical innovation which London’s diverse culture has helped create. Infusing the energy of West African afrobeats and comptemporary jazz, KOKOROKO, have helped usher a cross-cultural musical sound which has seen the tour across Europe.
Following the release of their single Carry Me Home’ earlier this year, they have just released the new single Baba Ayoola, through Giles Peterson’s Brownswood recordings.
The song is dedicated to the grandfather of the band’s saxophonist, Cassie Kinoshi, and it’s exactly the kind of bright, rolling jam that we need going into the end of 2020.
Check ‘Baba Ayoola’ below, and let us know what you think:
Positioning himself as the new face of the ‘Afro-fusion’ sound, Lagos-hailing crooner D’Nyra is ready to capture the hearts and minds of African music lovers. After teasing the release for some time, he finally unveils the video to his single “Dormot”, the leading single from his new EP Star Signs.
Coming in strong with a sensual, tropical record, D’Nyra brings a contemporary, vibe to an otherwise timeless sound – production that has all the chops of traditional Afrobeats. To the sounds of saxophones and real afro-inspired rhythms, he decorates the track with his luxurious vocals, culminating in an ultimately feel-good record.
Aforementioned, the new video drop comes alongside the release of his debut EP. A 7-track effort featuring a guest appearance from the Queen of Afrobeats Tiwa Savage,Star Signs is a lively mix of uptempo heaters and sensual cuts alike. D’Nyra fresh approach to music could certainly propel him to further heights, firmly shoulder to shoulder with their contemporaries in 2020.
Check out the video to his single, “Dormot” and let us know what you think:
Lagos based Afrobeat artists, Playaz have already been blowing up online with their hugely viral singles ‘Mad Oh’ and ‘Show Dem‘, the Lagos-based act unveil their brand-new single “I Wonder”, the lead single from their new Playsound EP.
Doubling down on their infectious sound, “I Wonder” calls on irresistible Afro rhythms and tenacious energy to reaffirm Playaz ability to make sure-fire hits. Taking it up a notch with the video, the playful duo come through with cool, dance focused visual that doesn’t lack in energy or creative flair.
The new drop comes alongside the release of their latest EP. A self-produced 7 track effort featuring the likes of Jaiçe and Afrobeats giant Zlatan Ibile, Playsound is a lively mix of sensual cuts like ‘Colour‘ and uptempo heaters like ‘Makosa‘ and “Mad Oh”, sitting on over 3 million streams across platform.
Have a listen to the single below, and let me know what you think:
Octavianhas released is second single of 2020, which sees him team up with Africa’s afrobeat artist, Santi, and Nigerian native artist, Obongyjar.
The track was produced by Take A Daytrip (Sheck Wes ‘Mo Bamba’, Lil Nas X ‘Panini’, AJ Tracey etc) and is a celebration of Octavian’s African heritage. This is an Afrobeats-inspired track that’s a perfect summation of Octavian’s artistic duality.
Obongyar leads the track with the ringing hook, which has a uniquely monotone distorted sound around his voice. Joining Octavian with a verse is Nigerian Born rapper, Santi. Santi transforms the track with his impactful rapid opening lyrics adding a complimenting sound to Obongjyar and Octavian link up to that point.
Have a listen to the singe below, and let us know what you think:
South London based Singer, Odealreleases his first single of 2020, ‘Pause It’. Teaming up with Music Video Director & Music Producer, MRMTMMG, who’s best known for directing some of the UK’s favourite urban artist’s videos, such as Beatfreakz’ ‘Pumpy’, One Acen’s ‘Miss Diva’ and Tion Wayne’s ‘2/10’.
As MRMTMMG have turned his attention to music production, Odeal’s new single Pause it, is the first of some more singles expected to feature from MRMTMMG in the near future.
Odeal’s vocals smoothly combine influences of dancehall and afro well with an authentic style which been has consistent with his brand. A stripped back production style, with percussion mainly driving high tones during the hooks, along with a gentle synth bass sound moving across your ears around Odeal vocals
Have a listen on our playlist below, and let us know what you think:
Jonny Faith’s journey in music has taken him from Edinburgh, through London and Sydney, to his adopted hometown of Melbourne. Along the way he has toured Japan with Bonobo, been remixed by Clap! Clap!, performed alongside b and Dam-Funk and dropped LPs on labels shared by Quantic and Debruit (Kokoko).
The first single from his forthcoming ‘Night Lights’ EP, ‘Fana’ stands on its own in instrumental form, with chiming melodics and arpeggiated synths building over crisp uptempo drums and deep bass tones. But it is with the vocals of Melbourne-based Guinean artist Mohamed Camara that the track really take the track further.
Jonny’s full album will be released on the 22nd of November, pre-order the album here
Afro-fusion 8-piece band K.O.G & the Zongo Brigade are pleased to announce the release of their debut album ‘Wahala Wahala’, released 8th March via Heavenly Sweetness.
K.O.G’s signature mix of high-energy songs, raps, operatic vocal effects, along with the hard-hitting patois raps from the spirited Franz Von and a dedicated band of serious musical badmen, has led the band to perform on some of the biggest stages including Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds Festivals and numerous clubs and venues around Europe. K.O.G & the Zongo Brigade have also received support across national and global radio including BBC Radio 6 Music, BBC Introducing Sheffield and BBC Radio 1.
Check out their latest single release whcih will feature on the album, titled ‘For My People’:
A group which has someone managed to miss my radar are KOKOKO! Channeling the alternative, vibrant energy of Kinshasa in to their music, KOKOKO! are group who hope to wash away African music’s label being ‘World Music’, by making music which is truly reflective of Congo. The artistic vision and producer comes in the form of well-respected music producer; Debruit, who is known to blend synthetic sounds to instruments inspired from Africa and the Middle East. Building on the foundations of the KOKOKO! project are four lively musicians who add their authenticity through their ‘Punk’ style vocals, and psychedelic repetitive patterns crafted on self-designed string instruments and other percussive energetic inventions.
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Just before the new year KOKOKO! brought their sound to UK independent record label; Transgressive, with their vivid 5-track EP titled; ‘Liboso’, which means ‘forward’. The journey into the diaspora and diversity of Kinshasa begins with the beautiful rhythmic patterns of the opening track; ‘Blvd Lumumba’, which is befittingly named after a road which leads into Kinshasa. Winding down from the exhilarating track; Azo Toke, is ‘Affaire A Mbongo’ meaning Money Problems, which has these incredible make-shift metallic sounding instruments which is indicative of Congolese culture, to make instruments out of anything. Bringing the EP to a close is the pulsating, radiating track; ‘Longola Ye Kupe‘, where the pounding drums, and bassline matches the energy and power of the lead vocalist; Makara Bianko.