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Afrocritik Weekly Music Spotlight: Week 8

Afrocritik Weekly Music Spotlight: Week 8

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By Yinoluwa Olowofoyeku

Good to see you again, fellow adventurer! And hello to the newcomers on this journey. You are now at one of the best places to discover great, diverse African music, if I do say so myself. This week’s Afrocritik Weekly Music Spotlight list was another pleasure to put together. We’re breaking the record we set last week as this becomes the longest playlist thus far. I am truly spoiling us for choice here!

For the people that have missed a lot of the spoiling, the Afrocritik Weekly Music Spotlight highlights from Weeks 5-8 would be compiled in the second edition of the monthly mega editorial lists, so be sure to follow our socials @Afrocritik to stay informed when that drops. Don’t forget that you can also send an email to yinoluu@afrocritik.com for further details on how to get your own work considered for the Afrocritik Weekly Music Spotlight playlist.

With that said, let’s get right into it! I scoured the web to bring you beautiful under-the-radar gems from all across Africa and her diaspora. The eighth edition of the Afrocritik Weekly Music Spotlight, and our new longest list so far, comes with probably the least Afropop we’ve ever had, and a very strong focus on South Africa as a country. This lengthy selection features:

  • Very Few Big Names: It was a quiet week for the A-Listers. Or they didn’t crop up on my listening path. Either way, we still got Fireboy DML’s electro-leaning “Someone,” Ghanaian sweetheart Amaarae continues her release flurry with “Co-Star,” British rapper Not3s lends his talents to Killertunes & BZ for “Shy,” Kwesi Arthur flexes his growth on “Penny,” “Maybe Swankafornia” is a taste off Jidenna’s funky Me You & God album…
  • A Sprinkle of Afrobeats: Our sparse Afrobeats selection this week is mostly made up of the likes of T’neeya’s multilingual ballad, “Complete,” Flex off Cloud Beats’ amazing multi-genre WMLS album, virtuoso producer Trill XOE’s Azanti and Maghi-assisted “Let You In,” “Trophy” by Txby, “Cold” off Teddy Krane’s interesting Paradigm Shift EP…
  • Somber Alternative Offerings: The energy of this week’s playlist is interluded by Teledalase’s beautiful “Talita Kum,” “Thula” and: Hamba” from Bongeziwe Mabandla’s deeply moving ama Xesha project, “Without Your Love” and “Allez” representing Dwin, The Stoic’s new collaborative EP with Rhaffy called Love Lane, Kyla Blac’s “Problem” and Kaey’s “These Tables” returning from last week   …
  • Impressive Punchy Rap: There was a lot to love from rap this week, especially from the South of the continent. These gems include Flow Jones Jr.’s star-studded “Pramis, Swuh,” Nasty C’s “Blackout,” “Simpin 2 Pimpin” from K.Keed & Yung Tyran, Joda Kgossi’s “Diamonds” (yes, even the femcees were out in full force), Tonee C’s Underdog Champ project represented by “My Life Is a Silhouette” and “Cig$ & Gut$” …
  • Tons of Amapiano: Amapiano prominence won’t surprise any of our frequent listeners. Soulful entries are the order of the day with Toss & Blxckie’s slowed-down “Nikhumbulekile,” “Skeem Saam,” “Kancane,” and “Kufeziwie” off Amapiano newcomer Konke’s amazing debut Malandela, Mas Musiq’s star-studded “Gangnam Style” from his even more stellar Nini na Niniproject,  

All these standouts and load more are waiting for you to give them a listen on the playlists you should see to the right of this page. If you have trouble with the Afrocritik Weekly Music Spotlight playlists, feel free to find our profiles @Afrocritik on your music streaming service of choice and the playlists should show up there. I recommend you check out the albums named to find your own gems too. Feel free to listen in the curated order or shuffle the Afrocritik Weekly Music Spotlight playlist if you’re feeling adventurous. Either way, give the songs time to work their magic on you.

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Don’t forget to add and follow the Afrocritik Weekly Music Spotlight playlists, save your favourite songs as updates will be frequent, share the playlists with the people you care about, and get the information necessary to submit your own songs (or those of your people) by reaching out to yinoluu@afrocritik.com.

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