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TENI, THE ENTERTAINER takes Afrobeats to Wondaland

TENI, THE ENTERTAINER or Teniola Apata has become one of afrobeats shining stars. Her eclectic mixture of sounds and her fearlessness has established her as one of the most important millennium voices in Nigeria’s music scene. After two years of releasing a string of successful records, the talented muso has released her debut album Wondaland….

Doctor and independent musician, Lioness, just wants to dance

It would seem impossible to juggle the duty of being a mother to a newborn and a doctor, let alone managing that with a music career. Yet somehow, it’s something that independent musician Lioness does on the daily. The 28-year-old is a medical practitioner in anaesthesia by day and a gritty and eccentric rapper by…

Taste Test: A few African music suggestions

With the rapid rise of African sounds taking over global dancefloors, I would like to offer you a few suggestions of other African sounds. The lens is being pointed at Africa and seeing people in London host Amapiano parties as our music has increasingly been embraced across international shores, is the reason for this taste…

Kwesi Arthur celebrates his heritage with debut ‘Son of Jacob’

Kwesi Arthur has been in the music scene since 2017 and established himself as a hitmaker with his smash, “Grind Day” with the remix featuring the Ghanaian rap veterans Sarkodie and Medikal. But he caught the attention of UK mainstream consciousness when he featured on the Yaw Tog smash hit drill record, “Sore”, that featuring…

Building momentum with Fave and ‘Riddim 5’

Fave — born GodsFavour Chidozie — is one of many outstanding artists who have harnessed the power of social media to propel themselves into audience acclaim and admiration.  Fave rose to prominence after her verse on a free beat produced by Jinmi Abduls became an internet sensation. The viral freestyle — which addressed the parells…

Gemma Griffiths is A Girl from Harare

The geographical location of a musician can mould the sound of the music and the feeling it gives. That is at the heart of Gemma Griffiths‘ music. The singer/songwriter was born in Cape Town, raised in Zimbabwe and studied in America. Her nomadic experiences have bled into her artistry, giving space for a rich and…

CKay’s ‘Love Nwantiti’ — sleeper hit of the year

Nigerian singer and producer , CKay, has seen his two-year-old song “Love Nwantiti” become a viral phenomenon — first on TikTok, then around the world, in the last three months.  The song, and particularly the remix featuring Joeboy & Kuami Eugene – which was first released in 2019 – has since gone viral throughout the world…

Mannywellz: connecting African and American sonics

Over the past couple of years, Mannywellz has stacked up an impressive music catalogue. Breakout songs like “Wellz”, “SoulFro” and “Meta” — display his songwriting abilities and the different genres he is able to tap into. Mannywellz also snatched a Grammy Award for his contribution to John Daversa and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals…

Tim Lyre’s ’Real’ | between neo-soul and Afrofuturism

Tim Lyre is a musician with many talents. His music is a genre-bending afro-futurist study of the human experience which has been credited as influenced equally by juju master Ebenezer Obey and R&B genius John Legend. From being a dynamic vocalist to being a multi-instrumentalist and producer Lyre’s talent exudes in every beat, chorus and…