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Perdeby took a look at music that you might not know about that has been released across the African continent.
Nigeria: Korede Bello – Beloved
Korede Bello is loved in Nigeria, and his music cuts across every demographic in the country. He has achieved this by making music for everyone. His 2015 single “Godwin” is the song that launched him in Africa and established him as a household name. The fear with new artists is that they will be “one hit wonders”, but this was not the case with Bello as he continued to release singles that were successful. Beloved is his first album and it has a classic Nigerian beat that will have you listening to it on repeat.
Zimbabwe: Winky D – Gafa Futi Chi Extraterrestrial
If you have a Zimbabwean friend then at some point they must have mentioned an artist from Zimbabwe named Winky D – especially after the success of his 2015 hit “Disappear”, which was particularly popular on Trace Africa last year. Zimbabwe’s music has come a long way with the emergence of artists such as Tocky Vibes and Jah Prayzah. This specific album has a reggae dancehall beat that will resonate with its listeners, and the vocals are the icing on top. Singing in his native Shona language, you will find this album interesting.
West Africa: Les Amazones d’Afrique – République Amazone
This is an all-female group of West African musicians singing and campaigning for gender equality. It includes Benin’s Angélique Kidjo, Malian singers Kandia Kouyaté, Mamani Keita, Mariam Doumbia, Massan Coulibaly and Rokia Koné, Nigerian singer Nneka, and Pamela Badjogo from Gabon. The album is a protest against female circumcision, forced marriage and general female oppression in Africa. This album was also dedicated to raising funds for the Panzi Foundation, a Congolese hospital that treats abused women. The album itself has a blend of beats that are edgy and groovy, and it will allow you to experience an African style of music you may have never heard before.
South Africa: F2D Presents: Hall of Fame (various artists)
This is an album released by Da L.E.S that features artists who are signed to his Fresh 2 Def imprint and its other partner labels, Young Legend Music and Rudebuoy Major. This album includes artists such as L-tido, Maggz, Yanga and Nomuzi (Moozlie). Hip-Hop fans will definitely enjoy listening to this album as it has hot hooks and verses that will have you singing along in no time.
The African continent’s musical scene has a lot to offer and if you give it a chance you will be exposed to amazing songs that could change your life.
Illustration: Michelle Hartzenberg.