Spotlight weekly

Friday is finally here and there is no better way to round off a full week of work than to kick back, relax and enjoy the delectable sounds that talented African artists have to offer. We’ve rounded up what we think are the hottest music videos from this past week, to help you get in the mood for what will hopefully be a splendid weekend.

1. Keni – Morayo

Keni presents the music video for his first single, Morayo. The visuals are quite simple, yet elegant, perfect for this crisp clean love song. He’s fast making a name for himself in the music scene and releasing this song as his debut single was a smart move.

2. Ronnie – Bounce

Nigerian superstar Ronnie, released the visuals for her colourful and highly entertaining single, Bounce.  The music video has an electric vibe, with intense lighting that has been used to highlight the killer dance moves that are displayed throughout the song.

3. Feza – My Papa

Feza has come a long way since she was first introduced to Africa on Big Brother. Now a well-established singer, Feza presents the music video for her single My Papa. The music video was shot in various locations including a boxing ring and features Feza showcasing some pretty dope dance moves with the help of her talented choreographers.

4. Ronnie – My Body ft Oritse Femi

Ronnie presents the highly anticipated music video for her smash hit My Body and she features the talented Oritse Femi. The music video features a few sultry scenes where Ronnie flaunts her curvaceous body as well as dancers displaying their electrifying dance moves.

5. Vanessa Mdee  – Never Ever

Tanzanian pop and Bongo Fleva princess, Vanessa Mdee recently released her single and music video following her major win at this year’s AFRIMMAs. Never Ever is a sensational song that has been accompanied by a stunning music video.

Check out the the full playlist as well as some of your favourite music videos on the Africori YouTube Channel.

Vanessa Mdee releases smash hit “Never Ever”

Fresh from her Best Female East Africa win at the AFRIMMA‘s this past weekend, Tanzania’s very own “prized gem”, Vanessa Mdee has released her latest smash hit. Never Ever was released this passed Monday and was almost immediately accompanied by the release of the amazing and wonderfully shot music video.

Produced by Nahreel of Navy Kenzo fame, the song is testament to the fact that whenever Nahreel and VeeMoney get together, they create pure magic. The song is an enchanting new age love song with sweet melodies and a light and playful feel to it. With a video directed by Justin Campos and shot at a beautiful mansion, Vanessa shows off some of her dance moves and even features a sexy dance scene with gorgeous male model, Daniel Joao.

The music video hit the 50 000 view mark within two days, proving that Miss Mdee has made a big name for her self and has come along way since she first won the MTV VJ competition.

Listen on: iTunes // Deezer // Spinlet

Check out the sultry music video!

 

This Week’s New Releases

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Dj Roxxi has teamed up with the first lady of South African hip-hop Nadia Nakai, lyrical master, Reason and the incredibly talented Yung Swiss to create Like Whoo! The track instantly trended on Twitter when it was initially released and is set to light up the club scene and we can’t complain, it is a banger!

Listen on: iTunes// Deezer // Spinlet

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Popular Hip Hop artist Sean Pages has teamed up with some of the biggest names in the game for the Remix of his popular hit Blind. The track features Kid X, L-Tido, DJ Dimplez, Kwesta & Towdeemac! The single has received a stunning reaction from many famous hip-hop producers and artists and the tracks soft melody and catchy lyrics have made it a big hit with the fans.

Listen on: iTunes// Deezer // Spinlet

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Reggae act Docta Bruce releases his latest single I Want! featuring Denzel Fante. The single leans more towards the commercial side and Docta Bruce delivers it particularly well. His voice and flow give the single a professional feel and Denzel Fante brings his own touch to expand the song further.

Listen on: iTunes // Deezer // Spinlet

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Award winning Nigerian vocalist Sean Tizzle presents his latest single Abiamo, a warm dedication to his mother and all the good mothers in the world. Produced by D’Tunes, Abiamo features his distinctive sound, a modern fusion of Afro-beats, Yoruba High-life and Afro-pop.

Listen on: iTunes// Deezer // Spinlet

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Vector and Sarkodie team up for a remix of one of the biggest hits from Nigeria so far, King Kong has created a massive buzz in the music scene. Vector is well known for creating artistic masterpieces and he has collaborated with some huge artists like 2 Face, Wizkid & Ice Prince. Sarkodie is another name he can add to his affiliations.

Listen on: iTunes // Deezer // Spinlet

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Pop queen Eazzy presents her latest single, Kpakposhito, a heavy tune with a raw beat and lyrics. The single is a complete switch of feel from her last release featuring 4X4 which was more soft. Kpakposhito holds the hard attitude Eazzy conveys and the single is set to be another one to watch out for in 2015.

Listen on: iTunes // Deezer

 

Spotlight Weekly

Friday has finally arrived and the weekend is only but a little while away. As always, this past week has been amazing in the world of African music and to give you a good start to the weekend, we have rounded up some of the freshest music videos from the past week.

1. General- Like Dem Woman ft Ruffman

The highly anticipated music video for the song Like Dem Women was finally released and it was definitely worth the wait. General features the king of reggae dancehall, Ruffman. Together General and Ruffman created this masterpiece and it has received major airplay on most of Nigeria’s radio stations. Directed by O2 Media, the music video has General and Ruffman showing some love to woman as they dance to the rhythmic beats.

2. Vector – Popular

#A7 and Vector collaborated to create one of the best tracks and music videos that have come out of Africa. Popular is a testament of some of the awesome and challenging times that Vector has had while in the music and entertainment industry. Vector goes in heavy on these beats and he tells a story in the most amazing way. The music video showcases some of the people who have been influential in Vector’s rise to the top. It features stars such as Dbanj, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Phyno and Seyi Shay to name a few.

3. Linah – Hellow ft Christian Bella

Tanzanian Bongo Flava songstress Linah collaborated with Christian Bella on this stunning track. Directed by Khalfani, the music video was shot on a dreamy location.The song has island inspired rhythms and features shots of Linah singing the song and Christian joins her, while serenading her with sweet melodies.

4.Vector – Follow Me Dey Go

This song is a bit of an oldie but it’s definitely a goldie, taken from his second album titled The Second Coming, Vector flows over Caribbean style beats. The music video was shot and directed by Antwon Smith and was set on a beach in Miami, Florida.

5. Vector – King Kong Remix ft Phyno, Reminisce, Classiq & Uzi

Vector enlisted the help of some of Africa’s rap heavyweights to produce the banging King Kong Remix. This is one of the most highly anticipated music videos this year and it definitely delivered on every possible level. Directed by Mattmax, the music videos stars Vector, Phyno, Reminisce, Classiq and Uzi delivering some heavy flows and punchlines over some intense beats. The video also has to mystic, dark and impressive visuals. The track changed the game and is one for the books!

To see the full playlist, check out the Africori YouTube channel.

 

This Week’s New Releases

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Kenyan Pop icon Amani releases her new single, Heartbreaker. Her second major single of 2015, since Kizungu Zungu, Amani brings another smash hit for her fans! The songstress has enjoyed a successful year so far and there are no signs of her slowing down.

Listen on: iTunes // Deezer // Spinlet

 

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Nigerian rap King Jahbless has a new album out. I Am Me is rated as one of the best albums to come out of Nigeria so far. This hip-hop masterpiece touches on various political and cultural topics and it features asrtists such as Ice Prince, Vector, Cee Boi and Olamide. The 22 track album features the hit single 69 missed calls.

Listen on: iTunes // Deezer // Spinlet

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Colourful comedian and original Hip-Hop Hype Man has finally released his very own hip-hop single. Tol A$$ Mo released the highly anticipated single, Volume. The track has already received some major airplay. Produced by Decetikonz, the track has an amazing beat and is sure to keep the club scene abuzz

Listen on: iTunes // Deezer // Spinlet

african trip

African Cream presents The Great East African Trip, a compilation of some of the best music from Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda. The album features classic songs from artists such as Samba Mapangala, Afrigo Band, Saida Karoli, Cool James and many more.

Listen on: iTunes // Deezer // Spinlet

Philly Lutaaya Signs

We’re extremely proud to announce the signing of Ugandan legend, Philly Lutaaya. Born in Uganda on the 19th October 1951, this highly respected musician was the first prominent Ugandan to open up about contracting HIV/AIDS. Philly became popular in Uganda in the 1960s and developed a strong loyal fanbase.

In the 1970s Philly expanded his following by touring Congo, Kenya and Japan amongst other countries. It was not until Philly relocated and settled down in Stockholm, Sweden, that he recorded his ground breaking hit album, Born in Africa. The album remains close to Ugandans’ hearts and the musicians involved were regarded as some of the finest musicians in the country.

Before passing from aids, Lutaaya was heavily involved with local schools, churches and communities, within Uganda where he performed his songs and shared stories of his battle with HIV, whilst enlightening the listeners with hope, faith and a message of prevention.

His Christmas themed album was produced in 1986 was his most successful album. Songs like “Tumusinze“, “Gloria“, “Merry Christmas, Oh Happy New Year”, “Azzaalidwa” and “Zukuka” remain popular choices around the festive period and the album remains part of the Christmas tradition in Uganda.

We are honoured to be able to bring the music of this legendary musician to the digital world, under his label Afripeans, and we hope to help his legacy and message live on.

MzVee shares her ‘Re-Vee-Lation’

Award winning Ghanaian songbird, MzVee presents her debut album Re-Vee-lation, which includes some of her biggest hits such as Bokor Borkor, Natural Girl and My Everything. The album, which was released in November 2014 is still making waves in the music industry as she has recently been nominated for this year’s AFRIMMA and she was also nominated in the Best New International Artist category at the BET awards earlier this year.MzVee has established herself as a musical genius in the making, dabbling in different genres to create a unique sound that fans love. Her sound is a rhythmic fusion of Hiplife, Dancehall, R&B and Afropop. Although she is a newcomer, she has has already collaborated with some of the biggest names in the game, acts such as Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale, Richie Mensah andAwadi.

MzVee has had an impressive ride to the top and we cannot wait to see the major moves that she will be making next.

This stunning album is now available on all digital music stores.

Listen on iTunes // Deezer  // Spinlet // Spotify
 

The Inaugural South Africa Meets Africa Concert

The first annual South Africa Meets Africa (SMA) concert will be taking place on Saturday 24th October 2015 at the Expo Centre, Nasrec in Johannesburg. The concert will be in honour of Nigeria’s independence day and will emphasis the importance of celebrating African unity. Proudly sponsored by South African-African promoters the VAS Company (TVC) South Africa and Mcomm Solutions and Services Limited Nigeria, the event promises to be a colossal continental turn up!

The jam-packed line-up will feature major stars such as Wizkid, AKA, Anatii, Davido, K.O, Flavour, Burna Boy, Dama Do Bling, Yemi Alade and Bucie, this is undoubtedly the biggest event of the year and it will be hosted by Metro FM’s Tbo Touch and Beat FM’s Olisa Odibua. 

The CEO of the VAS Company, Chidi Okeke stated “the South Africa Meets Africa concert is all about unity and what better way to unite its people than through music”, this is very true and we hope to see you all there.

Tickets are still available on the Computicket website.

 

Afrovibes Festival 2015

The 12th annual Afrovibes festival will be taking place from the 7-17th of October 2015 in Amsterdam. The festival showcases some of the greatest talents in the various arts forms from South Africa all the way to the Netherlands and everywhere in between. Every year, the festival highlights a selection of young, urban talented individual’s work in the fields of fashion, music, dance, theatre and design. This year’s theme is Moving in time, emphasising on connecting the past, presence and the future. Festival Artistic director, Sibongeleni James Ngcobo has stated that he “created a programme of works that reflect this contemporary urban Africa that is moving in time”.

Representing Africa, rapper Zuluboy will be collaborating with Black Moses Ngwenya and Joep Pelt, showcasing a preview of their collaborative album which is an interesting and unique fusion of traditional Mbaqanga music, Hip-hop, Kwaito and Afrosoul.

There will also be a showcase of the film, Finding Fela. Directed by Alex Gibney, the film takes an in depth look into the life of the Afrobeats inventor, Fela Kuti who died 17 years ago. The film travels through the journey of his life as one of Africa’s greatest musicians and political activists. After the viewing of this masterpiece, there will be an exclusive performance by Ongerept with Kern Kappen and Zuluboy.

Check out the trailer for Finding Fela below!

Another proudly African artist who will performing at the festival, is the talented Afrikaans rapper, Hemelbesen, who is known for merging Hip-hop, poetry and skillful rhyming.

To find out more about the Afrovibes Festival, head over to the website and check out the trailer below!