The twenty-sixth edition of the Afrocritik Weekly Music Spotlight
By Yinoluwa Olowofoyeku
Greetings, dear music enthusiasts! As we embark on another soul-stirring musical journey, I’m thrilled to share that this week’s playlist is an enchanting blend of rhythms and melodies. R&B takes centre stage, but we’ve also uncovered a treasure trove of diverse gems from all corners of the musical world. It was truly an exciting week of discovery, and I’m eager to introduce you to this auditory adventure.
Before we dive into this week’s musical selection, let’s take care of some housekeeping. If you’re an aspiring artiste with a track that deserves recognition, don’t hesitate to send us an email at email@example.com for details on how to get it considered. Make sure to stay connected by following us on our social media platforms @afrocritik, and don’t miss the opportunity to explore our September monthly editorial playlist, a collection of the month’s finest tracks that’s not to be missed.
With all that said, let’s set sail into this week’s playlist. Prepare for a smooth journey that traverses genres and styles, with a few left-field inclusions that might just become your next musical obsession.
This week’s sonic delights include:
A Few Big Names: The stars continue to shine brightly this week. Mayorkun’s Love.. For Free project is finally out and gifts us the infectious “For Daddy”, the groove-worthy “Lose Control”, and the spirited “My Energy”. British diasporans, NSG, bring us the AREA BOYZ album, featuring “Nella Rose” and the Libianca-assisted “Tonight”. Shatta Wale and Tekno join forces for the spectacular “Incoming“, delivering an unforgettable collaboration. Seyi Shay graces us with the dance-heavy Feels Like Home mixtape, offering tracks like “Lamba”, “Bobo”, and “Doing Me”. And there’s no shortage of excitement as Blaqbonez teams up with Zlatan for the banging “Bad Till Eternity“, showcasing their undeniable chemistry.
Moving R&B Releases: R&B enthusiasts, rejoice! AYLO’s neo-soul Moneybag EP is a delightful listening experience, featuring tracks like “Touche” and “Loosen Up” that effortlessly blend captivating melodies and soulful vibes. Begho and Inçi’s Don’t Bother, I’m Not Coming Back collaboration is nothing short of stellar, offering listeners gems such as “Distance”, “Amphetamine”, and “Ride4U”. Kenyan songstress, Maya Amolo, presents her Asali project, exemplified by the enchanting “Love Letters”, the mesmerising “Amazing”, and the passionate remix of “Fuego”. South-African Kaien Cruz’s I Lay project is an eclectic blend of R&B, featuring standout tracks like “Black Ice”, the Hip-Hop-infused “Shoes n Hoes”, and the titular track “I Lay”. And let’s not forget the heartfelt offerings from Manana and Azana, with “All The Noise” and “Sifanelene“, respectively. A special mention goes to June Freedom’s exemplary 7 SEAS album, offering tracks like “Limbo”, “Zanzi”, “Roma To Paris”, and “World Goin’ Crazy”.
Dope Hip-Hop Bops: This week, it’s all about the laid-back boom-bap vibes. South African rapper, A-Reece, drops the highly-anticipated P2: The Big-Hearted Bad Guy album, treating us to tracks like “Better Now”, “God Laughs”, “One Time”, and “Too Much”. King Maaga’s “Back Home” single is a standout piece from his The P.A.I.N project, taking us on a soulful journey. Damien Karma’s Intro album provides a fresh perspective with stylistic counterpoints like “Biza Biza” and “Apala Drill”. The selection is rounded out with some familiar tracks returning to keep the groove alive. Zamir’s “Slush“, Shalom Dubas’ introspective “In My Soul“, and TOBi’s “Someone I Knew” contribute to the vibrant Hip-Hop melange.
Our Weekly Dose of Electronica: Get ready for a soothing dose of smooth Amapiano vibes and pounding emotive Afro-House. Sam Deep’s Imali Ye Ntwana album continues to shine, offering captivating tracks such as “Taximan”, “Lalala,” “Isutha”, and “Moya”. The deluxe version of Darque’s More Life album elevates the listening experience with gems like “Impendulo”, “Uyozisola”, “Akatenago”, and “Moja”. DJ Stokie’s “Masithokoze” adds the perfect finishing touch to this section.
This week’s playlist was a joy to curate, filled with diverse sounds that truly represent the rich tapestry of African music. As you immerse yourself in these beautiful melodies, remember to follow, save, and share your favourite tracks with fellow music enthusiasts. And remember, if you’re an aspiring artiste, take advantage of the opportunity to submit your music for consideration. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for all the details.
So, embrace the magic of music, let the beats carry you away, and until next week, may your days be filled with beautiful melodies! Enjoy!
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.