More and more frequently, music from the African continent breaks more molds and stereotypes, becomes more international, is heard in many more countries and spaces and is mixed, fused and reinvented with airs from other parts of the world. It is the unstoppable force of so much wealth that leaps over the walls that our narrow-mindedness wants to impose on them. In today’s selection there is little of all that, as a sign of so much cultural diversity.
The queen of Afropop, Yemi alade, has a new theme and we, as his most devoted subjects, could not ignore it. So nothing better than to open with this True love full of good vibes. It is the second single of what will be her fifth album. After Boyz, this new composition is less strident and speaks of happiness, joy and dancing under a shower of true love. A very careful choreography and aesthetics are the characteristics of the video. Since the simple Johnny made her known around the world, back in 2014, the Nigerian artist has not stopped growing. In recent months she has collaborated with international artists, appeared on television and radio shows, and given interviews in many countries around the world. After this hectic period, she returns to her roots to spread joy and, above all, what has been said: a lot of love.
Bab L’Bluz is a French-Moroccan quartet created in Marrakech in 2018, led by two Gnawa enthusiasts, Moroccan Yousra Mansour and French guitarist Brice Bottin. Later Jérôme Bartholomé and Hafid Zouaoui were joined. The group wants to mix traditional Moroccan music with rock and other more western rhythms. Bab L’Bluz could be translated by The door of the blues. The last single he has presented is titled Ila Mata.
Another Nigerian who has conquered the world, at least in the musical field, is undoubtedly Burna boy. In these pages we do not usually miss any of his creations, although being so prolific it is difficult to follow all of them. For your new theme, Devil, has the collaboration of the American rapper Rick ross. There is no doubt that after winning over the British public, she is now doing the same with the United States. There he has been interviewed on the most successful television programs and his concerts arouse passions.
Dj cuppy She is also Nigerian, but she is based in London. In your last topic, Jollof on the jet has the collaboration of his compatriot Paddle and from Tanzanian Rayvanny. This composition served as the presentation of the artist’s new album that went on sale at the end of August. This work is full of collaborations, including Julian Marley, Wyclef Jean, Teni, Ms Banks and Darakoo.
The Angolan disc Deejay Telio, D’Ouro, which was released last February, has had a great acceptance, however, the artist affirms that after his new single, Chuva de PapeHe, nothing and nobody will be able to stop his constant ascension. From his native Luanda he has already conquered Lisbon, but he promises not to stop there. He defines his style as afrotrap. The truth is that it is a tough subject and the accompanying video, designed by himself, reflects this.
We end with something calmer. Is about Breathe of Gaël faye, which is also a preview of what will be their new album scheduled for November 6. We already knew the experience of this young man during his childhood thanks to his book Small country (I hope we can see soon the film version that has already been very well received and has started to win awards). In the subject there is some reminiscence of his native Burundi, such as the expression ‘Lundi méchant’ that in an interview with Panafricamusic, says it comes “from a Bujumbura concept where people go out to discos on Monday nights, without waiting for the weekend to have fun. By extension, it has become a symbol of freedom, a rejection of the world as it is governed.