Meet the 20 years old Blaise Omondi from Kisumu, Kenya. This is his first music video that he has featured Kisumu city's top act, Asen B known for the hits 'Ukimwona' and others. Very few new artists get enough support in the industry due to lack of funds or inability to get hold of the industry stakeholders who can show them the best direction and even give them support and love to keep them moving forward. Feel Blaise's new vibe and kindly support Africa's young vibrant talent.
South Africa has always produced some of the most prolific talents in Africa and Dilaman Watts (real name: Kunda Watts Mtonga) is no different. Founder and CEO of Flatline Music Digital Publishing, Dilaman is a graduate from South Africa's Sound Engineering Academy and a phenomenal rap-guru. Dilaman Watts' rap style involves a consciously diverse collage of Pan-African art forms and catchy vibes that fans can easily sing along to. His latest single "It's Time" premiered at #1 on MUSIC UNITES AFRICA's #Top40Africa playlist-chart a couple of weeks ago and is still going strong on our Pan-African music playlist-chart.
On World Music Day 2017, MUSIC UNITES AFRICA under the leadership of Anire Okene launched the all-new #Top40Africa playlist-charts on Spotify. This groundbreaking move comes as the Pan-African music organization aims to further solidify it's hold on content/music curation in Africa. Poised to give a fair voice to independent artists and bridge the wide-divide between upcoming and established acts, the TOP40-AFRICA playlist charts serves as a fresh reminder of how beautiful and artistic African music can be. The playlist-charts is a platform to showcase Africa's hottest songs each week from Across the continent and the Diaspora.
We turn our attention this week to Nigerian born-Brooklyn raised rapper, Thutmose. After watching this young rap-assassin's deadly freestyle over Kendrick Lamar's "Humble" beat, it was only logical the the Neo-Afrikan Voices team here at MUSIC UNITES AFRICA's HQ delve a little bit deeper into Thutmose's intriguing style music.
There's absolutely no doubt that Nigerian artiste are taking music to the next level. Some might argue that they're gradually surpassing the American music industry in terms of good content, sounds and a freshness with their approach to music and entertainment generally. Rilwan, a young-vibrant Nigerian music artiste releases his debut single "Lean Talk" (feat. Cadet Loco).
Rahmon Tha RapkiiD is the newest cool kid on the music scene. Rahmon is a phenomenal photographer and an exceptional music artiste with a raw vibe that's impossible to replicate but easy to fall in-love with. Rahmon is the Founder and Editor of íwé online Magazine - The modern day Basquiat of visualized sounds and images. His latest music release, "Mary Jane" gives a new definition to studio freestyles. Smooth, silky and fresh, "Mary Jane" talks about Rahmon's love for the Pan-African herbs and spices.
Mich Straaw is a refreshing introduction to the new era of alternative music artists. The Nigerian singer/songwriter is a phenomenal musician with a unique fresh silky style of music that soothes listeners from start to finish. His sounds are a blend of Trap-Soul fused with Afro-pop vibes that make for a perfect blend of enthralling music and atmosphere regulator. Mich Straaw is shaping his sounds by putting together a plethora of music elements to create an exceptional multidimensional feel.
Smooth, vibrant and poetic, TriQ Otabenga's music coupled with a good earpiece or some really loud speakers makes for a great outing with friends over drinks and laughs. TriQ isn't new to the music industry. He's been working really hard to get his music heard from Lagos, Nigeria to California, USA and beyond. TriQ has worked with A-Lister artiste, Patoranking and is now gradually getting the recognition that he well-deserves.
Zimbabwean born-UK based singer/songwriter, Shanky is our featured artiste of the week. She is an award winning musician, bagging Zimbabwean Artist Of The Year back-2-back for two consecutive years. She's also won the Zimbabwean Achiever Award in 2013; a much coveted award among young rising Zim-artists. Shanky is Sensational! Her music is a blend of Afropop fused with Afrobeats, Afro-Dancehall, RnB, and contemporary sounds that ignites the fire in her audience. Shanky is amazing!
Demi Grace is a singer, songwriter and model. She was born to Nigerian parents in London, England and later moved the United States. Demi is dedicated to unifying the nations of her generation and empowering young women. She conquers barriers of racial expectations in her music and performance by including high energy female dancers and an overall racially diverse band. Demi Grace’s music presents a pop overtone but often includes undertones of West African music or Afro-pop. In 2016, Demi Grace performed with Beyonce at the MTV Video Music Awards and has worked alongside international recording artists such as Taio Cruz, Flo-Rida, Akon and Amber Rose. Demi Grace has opened for and hosted events with some of the hottest Afro-beats artists, including Davido and Banky W.
While Efe, Big Brother Nigeria housemate and top contender continues to make waves in the Big Brother Naija house in South Africa, Efe's super-dope 13-track EP titled "Lagos" is making greater waves on iTunes and MTN Plus. The EP features some really amazing hot tunes such as; "Sikira", "Déjavù", "Bad Belle", "Ayo Tide" and "Ukwu".
Jerome Arab (Former Manchester-based dance studio cleaner and caretaker) releases an acoustic-soul body of work that highlights why this vocal talent is fast becoming one of Africa’s rising stars to watch. The seven-track EP is based on Jerome’s past and present experiences of love, and is driven by his unique vocals, and Influences of Afro, indie and soul.
Afro-beat singer/songwriter and saxophonist, Adegboyega lit 2017 ablaze with his hit track "Faya Dance". The video is electric and reminiscent of the great Afro-Beat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti. But that's not all! Adegboyega's music history and style is something we're all thrilled about. His unique styles of music and persona spreads across his humble lifestyle. Exporting African culture and heritage through music has been his 'major key' in making greats waves continentally while reaching out to the rest of the world through digital music marketing and sync licencing. Adegboyega's rise to fame and fortune wasn't an easy one...one we'll let him share during the course of the "Faya Dance" era. Until then, here's an exclusive BEHIND THE SCENES footage of Adegboyega and his visual production team as they shot "Faya Dance" in Africa's Number-1 music cultural heritage-site; THE NEW AFRIKA SHRINE.
Namibian singer/songwriter, Adora Kisting is an amazing Pan-African wonder and a phenomenal musical genius. Her angelic voice will swiftly sweep you off your feet. Her just released body of work "As I Am" was released on CD in Namibia and has been met with great enthusiasm and excitement. Adora Kisting is a bright light in Africa's fast-growing music industry and it is with great joy that we introduce such a remarkable talent and inspiration to our global audience of young Pan-African readers.
What's going on in Africa? Our music seems to be at an all-time high and our young artistes are maturing really quickly with uniquely diverse sounds which fuse culture, youth and fashion into a globally recognized brand/trade. South African musicians especially, are taking continental music global with unique sounds and hypnotizing lyrics; a growing addiction to music lovers and fans around the world. Namatshego Letshego Tlholoe is no exception to this great 'gush of wind' influencing Africa's music industry. Better known by his stage name, 'NAMA' is a 20-year old South African artiste and producer from the Pimville Soweto in Johannesburg Gauteng. His futuristic sounds and musical prowess are fresh, energetic and really just super-duper dope!
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Singer/Songwriter, Model, Business Entrepreneur and Pan-African Wonder Woman are but a few words that best describe Ruky, a rising musical star from Lagos, Nigeria. Her background with music started when she was 12 years old and has since, then developed into a brand centered on fusing African rhythms with global sounds aimed for a universal audience-appeal. Her debut single "Chop and go" is an Afro-pop song which talks about a woman's point of view on dating men who don't want to commit to relationships.