10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week’ is a 10-track-listing playlist highlighting the best songs released over the past few days from Africa and the Caribbean (Jamaica).
Nonso Amadi emerged as a leading figure among producer-singers set to revolutionize Afropop after his inception into the limelight seven years ago. The Nigerian singer has maintained an air of mystery through curated releases and extended social media breaks, preserving the allure that surrounds his music. With his debut album, “When It Blooms,” Amadi seizes the opportunity to finally share his story, eagerly embracing this chance.
Amadi describes “When It Blooms” as a reintroduction to Nonso Amadi, recognizing that while many people in Nigeria know him from songs like “Tonight,” “Radio,” and “No Crime,” those tracks only offer a glimpse of his musicality, not his true essence as a person. The album serves as a starter pack for Nonso’s fans worldwide, setting the stage for what is to follow.
Inspired by certified classics like Wizkid’s “Superstar” and Drake’s “Take Care,” Amadi aspires to create a similar impact with his album. He beautifully brings his childhood to life in “When It Blooms,” delving into the tensions of an artist searching for his place in the world and the profound journey of self-acceptance.
With this most recent effort, Timaya reaffirms his status as a proven hitmaker. “My Moto” exemplifies his own sound, fusing dancehall and Afrobeats elements into an appealing aural experience. Timaya effortlessly commands the pace with his typical charisma and fire, giving an exhilarating and engaging performance. “My Moto,” produced by Timaya’s trusted partner Yung Willis, is his first official release of 2023, following on the momentum from his 2022 hit “Sweet Us.”
Nigerian rapper and singer, Cheque, kicks off his 2023 campaign with the captivating single “Sunflawa.” Teaming up with fellow Mavin Records artist Crayon, Cheque showcases his lover-boy side and delivers a dynamic performance. Produced by Ozedikus, the song serves as a remarkable follow-up to Cheque’s previous release, “Holy Gee.”
The collaboration with Crayon adds depth and complexity to the tune, resulting in a beautiful and melodic synergy that will resonate with audiences. Cheque cements his status as one of Nigeria’s most promising artists with “Sunflawa,” demonstrating his ability to fascinate audiences with genre-defying songs.
ChopLife SoundSystem, comprising Mr Eazi and DJ Edu, embarks on a musical journey to capture the vibrant sounds of specific African regions. In the first installment of the Chop Life series, titled “Mzansi Chronicles,” they delve into the infectious amapiano genre, immersing themselves in the rich tapestry of South African dance music. With elements of tribal, big room, and deep house seamlessly woven together, this compilation showcases Mr Eazi’s love for the amapiano sound.
As both a creator and curator, Mr Eazi collaborates with his favorite artists to capture his interpretation of the amapiano scene. The compilation features notable artists such as Focalistic, Joey B, Ami Faku, and Moonchild Sanelly, among others, who contribute their unique twist to the vibrant soundscapes crafted by talented producers. Through ChopLife SoundSystem, Mr Eazi not only collaborates but also takes on the role of executive producer, presenting this musical experience to the world.
For Mr Eazi, curating experiences and DJ mixes is a passion that allows him to explore the full potential of African music. He believes that the future of African music lies not just in the artists but also in the overall experience created. With Mzansi Chronicles, Mr Eazi immerses himself in the world of amapiano, showcasing his love for the genre and highlighting the incredible talent within the South African music scene.
Multifaceted Ghanaian musician Bryan The Mensah returns to the music scene with his latest single, “Gree,” his third release of the year. Bryan demonstrates his versatility once again, this time with frequent collaborator Okaiwav and singer Gidochi. “Gree” seamlessly blends rap and singing, with Bryan and Gidochi delivering enthralling performances over Okaiwav’s superb production.
Bryan The Mensah’s ability to create exceptional and well-crafted music that resonates with listeners is made clear in this song.
British-Ghanaian producer and DJ jockey, Juls continues to offer great and distinctive music with his latest single, “Terrified.” Juls explores the Amapiano genre in this engaging track with South African singer and songwriter Ami Faku.
Juls’ ability to blend different musical influences in “Terrified” creates a dynamic and refreshing sound. Ami Faku’s soulful vocals add depth and emotion to the song, making it a standout collaboration.
With “Terrified,” Juls continues to push boundaries and solidify his position at the helm of Afro-fusion in the Afrobeats fraternity.
With the release of his fascinating new single, “Amapiano,” YBNL signee Asake sets the stage for his eagerly anticipated sophomore album. The song features his label boss, Olamide, who adds an extra dimension of greatness to it. Asake’s new single “Amapiano” provides listeners a taste of what to expect from his upcoming album ‘Work Of Art,’ which was announced earlier today.
The bouncy track “Amapiano,” produced by his usual collaborator Magicsticks, is Asake’s third official release of the year, following the release of his previous single, “2:30.”Asake’s collaboration with Magicsticks has shown to be a winning recipe, with the duo continuously producing outstanding results.
Adekunle Gold’s artistic journey has been characterized by a remarkable streak of success since transitioning from his previous persona as Adekunle the lover boy to AG Baby the zaddy. His recent hit single “Party No Dey Stop” featuring Zinoleesky garnered enchantment from audiences.
Adekunle Gold’s artistic prowess is on display once more with the precisely prepared bundle of musical perfection titled “Tio Tequila.” The album includes three fascinating tracks: “Do You Mind,” “Omo Eko,” and the previously stated “Party No Dey Stop.” “Do You Mind” captures the listener’s attention with addictive rhythms and beautiful melodies, showcasing Adekunle Gold’s soothing vocals and delving into themes of love, attraction, and desire.
There you have it, these are the 10 Best Songs You Need To Hear This Week.
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