The twenty-third edition of the Afrocritik Weekly Music Spotlight
By Yinoluwa Olowofoyeku
Hey there, fellow music explorers! We hope you’re doing well and that life’s rhythms keep your spirits high. This week in the world of music was a bit quieter with major releases, but we still found some dazzling gems to share with you. While the playlist might be shorter than usual, it’s packed with intriguing discoveries that we’re excited to showcase.
But before we dive into the musical wonders of this week, we’ve got some news for you. Our September monthly editorial playlist is still on its way, and we’re thrilled to be bringing it to you soon. The best tracks from all the September spotlights will be combined in one place. Be sure to follow us on our socials @afrocritik to stay in the loop and receive updates. And if you’re an aspiring artiste eager to share your musical magic, don’t hesitate to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for details on how to be considered for our playlists.
Now, let’s turn our attention to the spotlight and explore the musical treasures we’ve uncovered this week. This week’s collection features:
Very Few Big Names: we kick off with some stellar contributions from a few established superstars. British group, NSG, returns with the energetic “Nella Rose“. marking their first release in a while. Stonebwoy teams up with King Cruff for the boisterous “Shedoeneed” delivering a dose of infectious vibes. Lady Donli’s “Nothing2Something” from her Pan African Rockstar album features Obongjayar, and is a standout track among several gems like “Jazz Up”, “Comme Ci Comme Ca”, and “Said”. M.anifest celebrates Hip-Hop with the memorable “50 Years Freestyle“, while renowned producer Martin Garrix collaborates with Lloyiso for the powerful “Real Love.”
Bold Unique Acts: This week’s playlist avails us of a diverse array of boundary-pushing artistes. June Freedom brings a breath of fresh air with the invigorating “Say Salud“. Rain in April finally dropped their eponymous Rain in April EP, offering captivating tracks like “Diamonds”, “No Pressure”, “Weather”, and the title track. Nigerian songstress Jane Chuks shares her soft-spoken Afrocana EP, including enchanting tunes like “Doing It”, “Breathe”, and “Toxic”. IDVH (pronounced Idah) announces himself with Xpress Music Vol.1, represented here by the thought-provoking “Cause and Effect” and the emotive “Feelings”. Manuwa and M. Rumbi tug at our heartstrings with “Where U Dey” and “Warmth“, respectively.
The Typical Hard-Hitters: Hip-Hop and Amapiano enthusiasts, we’ve got you covered. South African rapper, FLVME, delivers the punchy “Do Right Intro“, while Otami brings a unique approach to the scene with “Well”. The francophone flavour in “Si y’a Drap” adds a delightful energy. Vector effortlessly straddles two worlds with “Gbedu“, and Zuchu serves up the delightful “Chapati“. Daliwonga keeps the dance floor alive with the irresistible “Seduce Me“, and DJ Maphorisa leads us into a joint project with Tman Xpress through the enticing “Imali Khona.”
This is just a taste of what awaits you this week. Whether you choose to listen in order or embark on an adventurous shuffle, we hope you enjoy every beat and rhythm. Tune in, follow, save your favourites, and share the musical magic with friends. Until next week, happy listening, and keep your spirits high with the power of 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.