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Listen to Tems’ New EP ‘If Orange Was A Place’

Tems is striking while the iron’s hot and sharing her new 5-song EP, If Orange Was A Place.The new release comes a few days after she dropped its lead single, “Crazy Tings,” an addictive and bounce-heavy track produced by Ghanaian beatmaker GuiltyBeatz.If Orange Was A Place also features a single guest appearance from American singer Brent Faiyaz — who lends his vocals to “Found” — and production from Jonah Christian. It was mixed and mastered by Spax.The new EP comes alongside the news that Tems has signed to Since ’93/RCA Records and been announced as Apple Music’s latest Up Next artist.Tems…

Silverstone Barz Is the Fresh Face of East African Rap

Fast-rising Kenyan rapper Silverstone Barz has released her new EP and official sophomore project, Don Bother. It features hard-hitting Kenyan rappers Timmy Blanco, Boutross and Scar Mkadinali. Tanzania’s Brian Simba and Navie are enlisted as well on the fierce title track that kicks off the project.According to the Nairobi-based artist, the 6-song EP was as a result of the persistence of her friends and producers who sent her cool beats that she was jamming to. Then she connected with a few artists, worked on the music and then compiled them to make a body of work. “The title was influenced by…

Listen to Olamide’s New Song ‘Loose It’ Featuring Eskeez

Olamide returns after the recent release of his acclaimed album, UY Scuti, with a brand new single in the form of “Loose It.” The new track sees the Nigerian heavyweight act linking up with producer and featured artist Eskeez, the man behind the boards on UY Scuti’s standout single “Rock,” one of our Best Nigerian Songs of 2021 So Far.”Loose It” is another mellow and flirtatious number like “Rock,” built on a dembow-indebted drum pattern and some sugary synth melody lines. For more, check out our recent candid conversation between Olamide and Fireboy DML — their first and only ever interview…

Wizkid’s ‘Made In Lagos’ Is Billboard 200’s Highest Charting Nigerian Album of All Time

Wizkid’s latest album, 2020’s Made In Lagos, has officially become the highest charting Nigerian album of all time on Billboard 200, according to ChartData.The album, which features standout tracks like “Ginger” featuring Burna Boy and “No Stress,” has been climbing up the charts steadily in the US due to the massive summertime popularity of “Essence” featuring Tems.Made In Lagos reportedly reaches a new peak this week at #28 on the Billboard 200 chart, up 53% in sales.The album has been aided in US markets by the recent Justin Bieber remix “Essence,” which dropped in late August and the release of a…

Tems Will Appear On Drake’s ‘Certified Lover Boy’

Drake’s long-awaited new album Certified Lover Boy is set to drop tomorrow, September 3.Ahead of the release, the Canadian superstar started teasing the album’s features by putting up billboard announcements across several cities. The ones that caught our eye, as reported by PulseNG, are those in Lagos that simply read: “Hey Nigeria TEMS is on CLB.”Past OkayAfrica contributor and Afrobeats Intelligence founder Joey Akan captured them on Twitter below:
And another. https://t.co/agIcJVf9XC— Joey Akan (@JoeyAkan) 1630576962.0

Tems has had a huge 2021 with “Essence,” the Wizkid single which she features on, blowing up across North American charts and markets and, even, getting…

The 6 Best East African Songs of the Month (August)

The month of August featured an array of incredible releases from East Africa’s pop royalty as well as promising newbies.Follow our East African Grooves playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.SilversTone Barz ‘If It’s On’ ft. BoutrossFast-rising Kenyan rap princess Silverstone Barz returned this month with a fresh single “If It’s On” featuring shrap pioneer Boutross. This track is catchy and great for a party vibe. Silverstone is looking to take over Kenyan rap in the next couple of months with her upcoming EP and big collaborations and we are totally here for it!Nviiri the Storyteller ‘Kitenge’Sol Generation artiste Nviiri The Storyteller…

The 8 Best Nigerian Songs of the Month (August)

Here are the best and most noteworthy Nigerian tracks we had on repeat this month.Follow our NAIJA HITS playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.Tiwa Savage “Somebody’s Son” ft. BrandyNigerian superstar Tiwa Savage came through with the new 5-song EP Water & Garri, which she describes as her “most spiritual journey through music so far.” The collectiin of songs, which features the likes of Nas, Amaarae and Tay Iwar, has several standout points but it’s the Brandy-featuring “Somebody’s Son” that’s stayed on replay on our end.Mannywellz ‘Peace’ ft. TemsMannywellz connected with Tems, who is coming in hot off the new…

Get to Know KayCyy, The Kenyan Artist Featured On Kanye West’s ‘Donda’

Kanye West’s long-awaited album Donda finally hit streaming services on Sunday.The American rapper’s latest album, which came after a string of stadium listening parties, officially made it out just days after he’d set himself on fire and controversially brought DaBaby and Marylin Manson onstage at his latest Chicago showing. Adding fuel to the controversy, Kanye himself took to Instagram to claim that Universal put his album out without his approval.The 27-song long Donda clocks in at nearly two hours long and features a long host of artists you might expect to be on a Kanye record: Jay-Z, The Weeknd, Travis Scott,…

Burna Boy Drops New Single & Video For ‘Question’ Featuring Don Jazzy

Burna Boy comes through with a brand new single and music video with the help of veteran producer and Mavin Records CEO Don Jazzy.In “Question,” the Nigerian superstar can be heard going in over a light guitars and airy synth chords. It’s a breezy song that comes paired with a new music video that follows both Burna and Don Jazzy as they hang with the youth. All the positivity, however, is contrasted by a secondary story line of a violent fight for who’s king of the local streets. “Question” is Burna Boy’s second single of 2021. It follows the energetic, Chopstix-produced…

Def Jam Announces Nigerian Chairman & CEO Tunji Balogun

Tunji Balogun will become the CEO & Chairman of Def Jam Recordings, the home of Kanye West, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Big Sean, Justin Bieber and many more.Universal Music Group announced last week that the Nigerian-born executive will be moving on from his position as Executive Vice President of A&R at RCA Records to start at his new position on January 1, 2022. “I grew up on Def Jam’s music – collecting, listening to and studying their albums and singles – those early moments as a young fan have had a lasting influence on who I am today,” Tunji mentions. “Def Jam remains…