It’s been an exciting week in the African Music Scene, with equal measures of celebratory happenings and things that made me as a music lover cringe. You probably had an imaginary “most engaging text conversation” on your phone, whenever your friends were talking about that new Iyanya “Bow for you” tune, to avoid awkward silence from your end. Don’t this people have work to do? A family to spend time with? Some reading to catch up on?- You wonder. 11 months on and you are not even aware that Iyanya is now a Mavin. We’ve all been there- don’t worry. I got you. I tried summing up some of the most notable things that took place in Africa’s music scene during this past week, to ensure that you are on the loop with what’s been happening.
Camp Mulla makes a musical come- back
Kenyan fans were treated to one of the most horrible performances of the year, courtesy of Teknomiles. Lucky for him though, the country’s very own; Kansoul, Fena and Camp Mulla made the 4000 bob (40 USD) spent for regular tickets worth it. And yes, you read that right. Camp Mulla made a surprise appearance and performance at the event, and even promised an entire album. I don’t know about you but I simply cannot wait for that one.
Mr.Eazi claims Nigerian artists are copying his style
According to Mr. Eazi, African songs are mostly a merger of Ghanaian and Nigerian music, a sound that he is a pioneer of. As you probably guessed, Nigerians went ham on him, to a point that he had to disable the comments feature on his Instagram posts. I’mma sip on my tea and let you decide whether what Eazi claims is true or not. (You can drop me a comment below;-)
Sarkodie dropped “Highest” Album
Just in case you missed it, Reefer Tym claimed that he is better than Sarkodie. To be more precise, that he “is the best and not Sarkodie”. I said what I had to already, so let’s move on… Sarkodie’s album titled “highest” just dropped and has since been dominating iTunes album charts globally. The album is among the top 20 on the iTunes Hip- Hop Rap album charts in UK and US.
Producer Jack Jack on the beat joined Kaka Empire
Jack Jack on the Beat has produced among others; Collo’s Bazokizo, Sema Ng’wee by Fena and Femi One’s Tippy Toe featuring Kristoff. Jack says that joining the label is the best decision he has made this year. According to him, “At some point in life, one realizes that you need to join a winning team.”
Another Mdee joins the music industry
Remember Namtero Mdee? She used to host Straight up Live on Kenya’s KTN TV. It’s impossible to forget the girl. Well, she’s back. And this time, as an an artist. A gospel artist. She now joins her sisters Vanessa Mdee and Marianne Mdee (who uses the stage name Mimi Mars) in the music industry. Check out her debut song and let me know what you think about it.
Coke Studio Africa is back
This is where the best of African Music happens. Live performances, music blends and exclusive access to your favorite stars…I live for this. This year, the show has merged with Coke Studio South Africa. Some of the artists that will be making a debut to the show include Rayvanny, Nasty C, Jah Prayzah, Runtown, Khaligraph Jones, Mafikizolo among others. It’s like attending a concert by your favorite stars and not having to pay a dime for it. What more could I ask for?
Is there anything that I missed which should have been on my highlights? Do let me know via the comments section below. (As well as what stood out for you the most in everything that’s listed here).
Enjoy your weekend!
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