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Afrocritik Weekly Music Spotlight 2024: Week 1

Afrocritik Weekly Music Spotlight 2024: Week 1

Afrocritik Weekly Music Spotlight

Afrocritik Weekly Music Spotlight

By Yinoluwa Olowofoyeku

My dear music enthusiasts, Happy New Year! 

Welcome to another exciting year of musical exploration with Afrocritik. We hope this year brings you joy, success, and, of course, incredible music. As we embark on this journey through the sonic wonders of Africa and her diaspora, we invite you to join us in discovering the musical treasures that 2024 holds. 

This year, our spotlight will continue to focus on hidden gems, shining light on talented artistes and exceptional songs that might have slipped under your radar.

But before we dive into the melodies, we want to extend an invitation to aspiring musicians. If you have a tune that deserves recognition, don’t hesitate to send an email to yinoluu@afrocritik.com for details on how to get your work considered for the playlist. Stay connected by following us on all our social media platforms @Afrocritik, and don’t miss out on updates about our playlists, artiste spotlights, and more.

Afrocritik Music Spotlight
Afrocritik Music Spotlight 2024: Week 1

Now, let’s unwrap the musical gifts awaiting you. This week we have:

Female Singers Leading the Charge:

Step into the emotional world of rising Cameroonian starlet Libianca, as she debuts with the mesmerising, Walk Away EP. Lose yourself in the story of “angeldemon” and the immaculately produced “W.O.M.S.” Nigerian singer, F3line, captures hearts with the romantic allure of “Day One”, while Ghanaian songstress, Darkua, brings sultry energy on “Say My Name”. From Gabon, Emma’a hooks us with the catchy rhythms of “Biso Mibale”, and Joyce Olong makes a long-awaited return with the eclectic sounds of “Diiisappear”.

Ear-Catching Vocal Performances:

Ejoya’s Class of ‘23 project is a collection of powerful voices. Feel the blooming talent of these young artistes on tracks like “Highway”, “Somtin Somtin”, and “Canabi”. Ric Hassani’s Afro Love takes you on a journey showcasing different sides of his artistry, especially on gems like “Kaku-Late” and “Catch Cruise”. Newcomers VASA and Rawo make a lasting impression with “50-50” and “No Rest” respectively, while Mbosso’s energy shines on “Umechelewa”. Garey Godson and the highly-regarded La Meme Gang deliver captivating vocals in rap form on “Roses” and “Worldwide Runners” respectively.

South-African Electronica Still Going Strong:

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The South continues to be the gift that keeps on giving. Kelvin Momo’s Kurhula album is a treasure trove featuring tracks like the titular “Kurhula”, “Uku Khanya”, and “Ikhaya Lam”. Mr Thula takes us on a journey with his own “Khaya Lam” from the Tronics Land Series 2 project. De Mthuda’s Baba Yaga EP is a shorter experience but filled with pleasantries like “Yoba Yoba” and “Buyeka Ekhaya”. Zakes Bantwini’s unique The Star is Born project blesses us with AfroHouse on “Utshwala” and Gqom on “Dubai”. Darque’s “Yonke” adds a touch of cinematic magic to our playlist.

These highlighted tunes are just a glimpse of the musical wonders waiting for you on the playlist. There’s more to discover on the albums and from the artists mentioned, so go check them out. And if you’re an aspiring artiste with music worth spotlighting, don’t forget to reach out to us at yinoluu@afrocritik.com for all the details.

So, immerse yourself in the magic of these sounds, submit your music if you have a gem to share, and enjoy the musical journey until next week. May your days be filled with beautiful melodies!

Yours in music,

Yinoluwa “Yinoluu” Olowofoyeku is a multi-disciplinary artist and creative who finds expression in various media. His music can be found across all platforms and he welcomes interaction on his social media @Yinoluu.

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