Weekend Music Break

Once again, demonstrating Azonto’s global reach, the Azonto London Allstars conquer a myriad of urban landscapes with their indefatigable dance moves to the beat of a mix by DJ Sawa. Above. Next, with hair fit for the most flamboyant players in the African Cup of Nations, we’ve got Supremos with their new video for “Namorado Cola”:

Dublin native Rejjie Snow (formerly Lecs Luther) who is reportedly half-Nigerian, has just dropped a new track called “Lost in Empathy”. With a voice oddly like that of Tyler the Creator, Rejjie, dressed in the video as a “far derrig,” spits about the tribulations albinos endure in some countries where their body parts are used as traditional remedies. “Swimming in the ocean, swimming in the ocean, vanilla face, candy floss, limbs in a potion.”

We can’t wait for ngoni legend Bassekou Kouyate’s new record to drop in early March. The record was recorded in Bamako last year just as the country’s political situation began to deteriorate. Here’s a sneak peek of what will be known as “Jama Ko”:

Because we know that fashion is circular, recycling and reimagining styles of the past, this new banging kuduro jam from Angola’s Da Magical proves that it is officially cool again to look like Milli Vanilli:

Here’s one we missed late last year: Gato Preto (Germany via Portugal via Mozambique and Ghana) worked with MC Zulu on “Musica Di Gato Preto” (H/T MTVIggy):

From Harare (“H-Town”, via Berlin), there’s also a new video for Zimbabwean rapper Synik:

And if you were wondering whether the Senegalese Y’en a Marre coalition was still kicking it in Dakar… here’s a 45 minutes concert recently taped at the Place de L’Obélisque, celebrating the movement’s second anniversary. (H/T NomadicWax.) Sound and image recording quality isn’t the best, but you’ll get the message:

One thought on “Weekend Music Break

  1. While I am happy to see Africans progressing in the arts and music arena, its starting to mimic the West a bit too much. Most artists these days sing/rap about money, cars, clubbing/drinking and women while comfortably using vulgar language. And videos are filled with half naked women gyrating in parties/clubs. I did enjoy some of the music posted, but I felt that a couple could have been omitted. I’m not saying artists shouldn’t make videos with dancing and partying, those things are part of life and should be celebrated. I’m saying that its becoming to vulgar and westernized. (speaking of pop music in Africa in general, not specifically of music posted here) I can’t even listen to some African pop artists with my family without hearing something vulgar, cringing then quickly changing the song or CD. Same could be said with some of the movies.
    We as Africans need to be careful. I feel like as we are progressing in some areas, we are loosing sight of our culture and what is important. We can still create contemporary music without sacrificing our culture/values. It is actually refreshing that we now support our own artists instead of obsessing about Western artists, but we have to learn how to stay true to who we are.

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