I like my trap music with as much sweet melody as possible, and Nigerian rapper and producerMobraibrahim delivers. The secret weapon here is that I hear a bit of R&B groove in a song that could otherwise just be in-your-face trap. The simple production and the new artist’s singing elevates the song into something I wish I could hear more of. New EP Capiche is out this Friday, October 27th.
“A rapper and R&B artist and a music producer who grew up on the beats of Michael Jackson, 2pac & Heartbreak, [he] came out from Nigeria with a relaxed style that connected the dots between Young Thug [and] Drake.”
I’m not too well versed in Namibian hip-hop, but if Travi$ Harvey reflects any scene, I’m all in. “Hip-Hop Back” takes me back to Jay-Z’s original Blueprint era with a large, cinematic sound that highlights his wordplay. Harvey calls this “Indigo Golden Soul,” and I like the moody way that music looks. The Walvis Bay artist, poet, songwriter, and producer is also one-half of New Breedz. According to The African Hip Hop Blog, Harvey’s upcoming solo release will be out sometime this month.
Also known as “the human megaphone,” RiFFRaFF Rap From The Working Class is a Middle Eastern MC who is not that Riff Raff but raps in Arabic and English over steady beats, tasteful saxophone, and sometimes banjo. Socialism and class politics is the name of RiFFRaFF’s game, which he backs up with plenty of energy. Check out more RiFFRaFF via Bandcamp.
Sabir plays sleek, Mediterranean dance-influenced My Morning Jacket, stripped-down, dance beat-heavy Tame Impala, or lively Israeli wedding music. Or all three. Or more. Take your pick. MDM (Middle Eastern Dance Music) can mean different sounds to each person and no one is wrong. This band doesn’t mind bending those rigid genres rules, and they’re all the better for it.
The band’s full-length debut is out September 9th.
Omar Siakhene, aka El 3ou, puts a new electro-pop remix spin on classic Algerian music. The touches of trip-hop, jazz, and reggae work to wonderful effect on these songs via this Boumerdes artist that you should know about.
I get the same feeling from listening to Sufyvn that I do listening to Tame Impala – a sort of otherworldliness that I can best describe as an ancient psychedelic sound. The Sudanese Beatsmith has been consistently releasing excellent music for the past couple of years, including his latest release, the Ascension EP, out now.
“The second installment of a four-part series. Compositions inspired by Nubian Sudanese percussion salvaged from old cassette tapes in Sufyvn’s hometown of Khartoum…Concept, arrangement, and cover artwork by Sufyvn.”Sufyvn:
cibils is from Trento, Italy and makes chill trip-hop. And that’s all the info I could find on this act – fitting for how mysterious and ambient the music plays out. Check out the entire EP, which is out now. All the tracks are strong.
Tumi Molekane (now known as Stogie T.) released “Too Long” back in January, and in the following months, one of South Africa’s most popular rappers released his self-titled debut album under his new name. Tumi is a gem and an exception in rap; he’s an acclaimed and popular rapper who’s maintained a strong 10+ year long career, which is praiseworthy for any rapper in the world. If you like what you hear, check out his work with Tumi and the Volume.
It’s October, so let’s listen to Raheem Kemet‘s new song called “September.” Kemet is an MC from Durban, a coastal South African city with a thriving hip-hop scene. Kemet’s past works include a jazzy hip-hop retelling of Markus Zusak’s literary masterpiece The Book Thief with his group Tree Houses on the Sea and last year’s The Wind collaboration with Durban producer Myndphlo. Let’s hope “September,” with its excellent bass groove, means that a new album coming out soon.
Emmanuel Owusu Bonsu (Wanlov the Kubolor) and Mensa Ansah (M3NSA) are FOKN Bois, a Ghanaian hip-hop duo now based in Budapest, Hungary, that specializes in socially conscious and satirical raps about Ghanaian and international African culture. One of Ghana’s more internationally well-known groups, FOKN Bois has performed at Glastonbury and has shared the stage with Snoop Dogg, Femi Kuti, The Gorillaz and more.
You can compare them to other hip-hop duos such as Outkast, Flight of the Concords, and Run The Jewels, but Bonsu and Ansah insist that these comparisons are misguided. Instead, the music is self-described “Gospel Porn,” as if the music is some form of enlightened debauchery through sensual hymns and rhythms.
The duo just released its third album, FOKN Ode to Ghana, which is a remix of Hobo Truffles’ instrumental hip-hop album, Ode To Ghana. The original Hobo Truffles album mostly samples older Highlife music, the Ghanaian jazz-dance style that reached its peak across West Africa between the ’50s and ’70s. Highlife is recently seeing a retro-induced comeback among young artists, including Wanlov and M3NSA, who both rap over the original dancehall beats with 2016 storytelling.
The album was made with help from Yoyo Tinz, a Ghanaian hip-hop collective documenting and promoting the country’s growing scene.