Nigeria-born US-based disc jockey and songwriter, DJ Kassava, is rated as the Afro-beat king in New Jersey, USA. Also Known for his fearless mixes on the decks, DJ Kassava won the Best Afro-beat DJ 2019. He also possesses some major singles in his arsenal including Opoju, Kalakuta and Shamaya.
Talking about Arsenal DJ Kassava just added a new piece of music to his collection titled “Waste”. Waste features Gidising, Leevibes, and Mulla. Check it out below
Deecy, real names Damilola Onikoyi is a Nigerian Afro-beat artist based in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. His first song Kele featuring Kapish received very positive reviews in and around the city and provided the required push and incentive for Deecy’s adventure into music. Still very young in the industry, Deecy is very curious to see where this whole Journey will take him.
Minister of Faji – his 3rd ever single, is a single off his upcoming EP and is very reminiscent of Fela’s sound. It features chanted vocals, complex intersecting rhythms, and percussion. Click on the icons below to play and download.
The End sars protests on the streets of Nigeria may have been truncated by the very aggressive Government approach of shooting at the protesters, but the voice of the masses of Nigeria has been heard throughout the world. Pictures of the shooting incident at the Lekki toll gate that surfaced online showed the Nigerian police and the Nigerian military shooting at unarmed protesters, injuring and killing many in the process; something that the Nigerian government has denied. The lesson from this is that we as Nigerian people should ensure that we elect credible people into political office. We should no longer accept people with questionable character or those with past misdeeds as leaders. A leopard never loses it’s spots.
Now that it is apparent that the people in power do not mind killing protesters, it is time for the youths of Nigeria to restrategize and come up with other ways to pressure the Government to listen to their concerns. Music however is one of many ways to achieve this. Historically, music has been used effectively to effect change, raise awareness over a social issue, and pressure the Government into making the right decisions. Music is a massive weapon for activism. Here is a mix by DJ Final that comprises many of the revolutionary songs of years to years from Fela Anikulapo Kuti down to present-day Afrobeat artists.
00. Fela’s Intro
01. Monsters You Made – Burna Boy ft Chris Martins (Cold Play)
02. Lokal Govament – Tha Suspect ft M.I Abaga
03. Colonial Mentality – Fela Anikulapo Kuti
04. Mercies of the Lord – Oritse Femi
05. E Be Like Say – 2Face Idibia
06. Poverty Die – Olamide
07. Coffin for The Head of State – Fela Anikulapo Kuti
08. Oga Police – P-Square
09. I Go Yarn – eLDee tha Don
10. Basket Mouth – Fela Anikulapo Kuti
11. Fire Fire – Daddy Showkey
12. Mathematics – Sound Sultan
13. Hard Life – Blackface ft Rocksteady, Alabai
14. For Instance – 2Face Idibia
15. Mr President – African China ft Efe
16. Bush Meat – Sound Sultan ft 2Face Idibia, W4
17. Our Government Bad – African China
18. Army Arrangement – Fela Anikulapo Kuti
19. Yawa Go Gas – Alariwo
20. Eyes Don Clear – Oritse Femi
21. Abule – Patoranking
22. End Sars – Magnito ft Ike, Sir Dee
23. Soke – Burna Boy
24. Sorrow, Tears & Blood – Fela Anikulapo Kuti
25. Sori Sori – Femi Kuti
26. E Dey Pain Me – Stereoman
27. Yellow fever – Fela Anikulapo Kuti
28. Naija – Dotman
29. Anybody – Burna Boy
30. Gba – Burna Boy
31. Dem Mama – Timaya
32. Flog Politician – Oritse Femi
33. Chop & Quench – Fela Anikulapo Kuti
34. Thieves in Uniform – Dremo
35. Elewon – Oritse Femi
36. Our Government I Beg – Oritse Femi
37. Pity 4 Us – Timaya
38. If Dem want to Hear – Femi Kuti
39. Bad Leadership – Lagbaja
40. Alagbon Close – Fela Anikulapo Kuti
41. As E Dey Go – Naira Marley
42. Am I A Yahoo Boy – Naira Marley
43. Mafo – Young Jonn ft Naira Marley
44. Korope (SARS) – Mayowa Bae
45. Aye – Naira Marley
46. DJ YK – Ayee
47. Soro Soke – Small DOctor
48. Truth Don Die – Femi Kuti
49. Carry Us – Black Face
50. Police – Pasuma
The end SARS #ENDSARS protest in Nigeria has gained a lot of momentum as many Nigerians have taken to the streets in several States to protest against the Special Anti-robbery unit of the Police force (SARS) for mistreating the people and violating the basic human rights of citizens on numerous occasions. Internationally recognized individuals, brands, and organizations such as Kanye West (Good Music), Jack Dorsey (Twitter), Davido, etc have lent their voices to the struggle to end police excesses in Nigeria. Musicians have not been left out, as is the norm, music is meant to carry the message of the people and speak the language of the people hence many musicians have spoken up.
This is not the first time we have written about The Nigerian Police. There have been numerous reports of people being kidnapped and abducted against their will, extrajudicial killings, armed robbery, and theft of people’s personal effects like money, laptops, phones, etc have emerged from Africa’s most populous nation. That is why the citizens have decided to take to the streets to express their anger and disappointment at the Government for not taking appropriate actions to clamp down on members of the Special Antirobbery Unit of the police for their excesses.
Artists like Fefe Blanko, Terry Apala, and Acetune have released singles describing the ordeal the Nigerian youth is facing in the hands of the Police and the Government in general. The playlist below is dedicated to music released during the protest and that addresses the struggle.
Most African artists who ply their trade in the USA typically do so from an Afro-beat perspective. Afro-beat remains the most exploited form of African music in the United States. However, this is not to say that there are not many artists who do other forms or genres of music here in the United States. As a matter of fact, some artists who exploit alternative genres become bigger than those who try to dive into the saturated Afro-beat market. Uniqueness is often a factor that is overlooked because people want to engage in what is trending.
“Not being moved by the trend” is what attracted me to Ady Mob. These young African Rappers from Indianapolis, Indiana USA bring something unique to the table. They represent a population of young people who still listen to rap music. Their lyrics can be described as hardcore but they also still pack quite a number of good laid-back songs. The group is comprised of the founder Adykhukwu (Ghana), Kolly Bizzle (Nigeria), Yung__rc, Kvngobi, Rosegold Musik, and lastly Dakota Diaz.
As Solo artists, each member has put out a number of singles, and as a group, Ady Mob has a number of projects to its name. Listen to Change your Attitude, one of Ady Mob’s most recent releases in the market.
We are glad to present Ndimakonda Iweyo another masterpiece from South-bend Indiana-based singer T-Music. He has been sensational ever since we posted his debut single on the site. T-Music said “This is a piece that was inspired by my Home Malawi. I wanted to give a good song that Malawians can sing and dance too whether at their weddings or in their speakers at home. I also wanted to reach many more listeners back at home with my native tongue so they can enjoy it more. I also wanted to make the song catchy enough so that everyone can enjoy as well whether Malawian or not and learn the lyrics easily”.
DJ Smart is out again with another banger. This mix is thoughtfully put together to create butterflies in your stomach. All you need to do is plug a headphone and the hit play button. This one is one to go on a road trip with and you will not know how you got to your destination. Volume 1. was a hit and volume 2. sounds even fresher.
DJ Smart describes himself as an Afrobeats Dj from Indianapolis USA, but one thing I could deduce from listening to his mix is that he has great ears for good music. His new release “Smart’s Mix Vol 2” is filled with premium Afrobeats and Alté vibes from several African countries. I really enjoyed the quality and content of the mix and the transitions are so seamless and smooth. It is well put together.
Olu Folarin has been busy on the playlists with major hits like Blem and a video to the newly released “317 Riddim Music”. Olu Folarin is carving a niche for himself already with his unique voice texture and style. Blem certainly made an impact on my playlist and hopefully, this new single titled “Fornicate” may surpass the very high standards of Blem Blem.
Olu Folarin is a young Afro-beat artist who plys his trade in Indianapolis Indiana. He is also a graphic artist, a model, and the CEO of yangtrendz.
2020 has been a massive year for the Agege bred Superwoman crooner regardless of the fact that the Coronavirus pandemic has had a sweeping effect on all of mankind. The Sensational Afro-beat gem from Indianapolis USA successfully released his Take II E.P at the tail end of 2019 and is now following that up with an impressive new single titled “Low”.
Obanla Babatunde popularly known as T-ME Singsong is one of the most hardworking and consistent Afro-beat artists from this part of the USA. Recently, he was a guest in our Interview series “The Rapport”, where he told us about the urge to keep setting the bar high and keep coming at his fans with great music and content. He also challenged Afro-beat artists in different parts of America to up their game.
“Low” is a vibrant mid-tempo jam produced by Spiritual. It will definitely make your playlist. Just hit the play button below