In the last few months, there has been a few relatively new artists that have caught the eye, and in my opinion, are destined to do great things if they continue to give off the same energy and vibe or maintain the same level of creativity they currently exhibit. One of such persons is Gisèle – The astounding singer from the United Kingdom.
Gisèle is a singer/songwriter from East London, specializing in the UK Afro Swing genre, Gisèle’s music boasts of worldwide influences including that of African, Caribbean, and European cultures. Being multilingual, Gisèle has the ability to add flavor and character to her music in various languages.
Her debut single ‘Let Him Go’ gained a lot of traction landing her a position on the Official Apple Music Afro Swing playlist just a week after its release and other playlists across Spotify. With a growing audience from all over the world including USA, France, and Nigeria to name but a few, ‘Let Him Go’ amassed thousands of streams in the first 2 weeks of its release.
The vibrant track by Gisèle has already been featured on several radio stations across the globe, and notably, premiered on Capital Xtra by DJ Tiiny, Stormzy’s official DJ. The song has also been played at Nike flagship store in London Oxford Street and other Michelin star restaurants in London.
The single has received co-signs from some big names in the UK urban music scene including S1mba, the mastermind behind hit song Rover which reached number 3 in the official UK charts.
Afrorolls reminds us of the Great Fela Anikulapo Kuti in this highly spiritual new single titled Ire. This is Afrobeat in the purest form. Ire means blessings, it is a powerful prayer song asking chi for blessings, according to Afrorolls we all need grace and blessings from Oluwa to make day to day progress.
Ire is Dedicated to all the young people trying hard to find their way through the hardship of this country. People find themselves in extreme conditions having crossed the boarders into Foreign lands for greener pastures. When I wake up in the morning these are all my prayer points, I just decided to put them all in a song, I pray for Ire (Blessings), for Ife (love), for success, good kids, nice houses, divine favor, and good vibes.
“Ki ire ko ya lo odo mi, ki Iyanu ya lo odo mi Make I get some girls for my hood, wey dey feel all my gbedu , Make Oyinbo dey fell all my tunes”
“This is a prayer for blessings, divine favor, and acceptance,” Afrorolls says.
The song produced by Killertunes also has a political side to it, it features samples from what sounds like the voice of Olusegun Obasanjo, a war veteran and former two-time president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The sample sees him endorsing Dele Momodu’s presidential candidacy saying he is the most qualified young person in Nigeria. This vocal sample on this song is mind-blowing and can have so many meanings. It will be interesting to ask Afrorolls or Killertunes why the choice of that sample. Killertunes is also responsible for hits like Manya by Wizkid and Yeba by Kiss daniel.
Czure is a Nigerian born and raised producer/songwriter who currently lives in Houston Texas — home to some of the most talented Nigerians in the USA. Growing up in a music-loving household exposed him to the sounds of everyone from Fela to Dr. Dre from an early age. This without a doubt influenced his keen ear for, not just music, but “sounds” in general.
The ability to pick out the right tones is the hallmark of every producer’s sound and Czure definitely does this well! With over ten years of “music-making” experience tucked under his belt, its no wonder he is able to curate music that anyone can relate to.
Recently stepping into the spotlight as an artist himself, Czure has dropped a few singles that are actually rather impressive. The ability to wear numerous hats while creating gives him an unfair advantage if you will.
Listen below to his newest Afro-beat offering titled Dumb, I am hundred percent certain that this will move up the charts quickly.
OLU FOLARIN is an independent Afrobeat artist currently based in Indiana USA. He mostly works on Afro music but sometimes dabbles into other genres like hip hop, RnB and soul music.“ I really enjoy making music; it truly renews me and fulfills me with joy. In my free time, I model and design clothes as well. I’m looking to put Indiana on the map through my music and other forms of art” says the young artist.
His current single is titled BLEM is going viral on all platforms.
Izzy-BM, (Born Chimeremeze Madumere), is a Nigerian Singer, Songwriter, and Producer with a distinct music style. He describes himself as an Afro-fusionist, Izzy BM mixes AfroBeats, Hip-Hop, RnB, Reggae and Rap to create his own distinct sound.
Izzy-BM has had the privilege of working with notable African artists in Portland Oregon and beyond. His music style is heavily influenced by Burna boy, Fela Kuti and Bob Marley. In his own words; “I am called an entertainer because I flow with what the audience is dancing to” Izzy Baba Melo is not just a name, it’s a title.
I’m here to entertain. I don’t just make music for me, I sing to the beat of distant drummers. It comes with being an artist, you feel the music in your bones. You create what you hear, then you listen to what you create, that’s what makes me an artist”.
Listen to the mad vibes below…
His song Echo blew our minds when we first heard it and this is an instant chart-topper.
Sensational and Award-winning singer KELLA KAYY has released the official music video of her buzzing single titled FOLAKE. The record was produced by Becky J and the video was directed by a skilled video director shot on Wednesday.
Folake by KELLA KAYY tells the story of a young girl whose parents had chosen a career path for but she would rather do something else. Would she follow her heart or fulfill the desires of both Parents? This story is told with reference to most Parents in our country Nigeria.
Kella Kayy has such an amazing voice. This song has become my ring tone since I heard it a couple of weeks ago.
Onosz Started singing early in his life and at a point found himself in the Aristocrat camp alongside Burnaboy, Leriq and Piriye Isokrari (CEO & Founder of The Aristokrat Group). “I really enjoyed my time at aristocrat records, I believed in the movement as soon as I was introduced to Preye and Leriq by Redkad (Mazi Ifeanyi), then we were all at Port Harcourt Nigeria”. “The first day I set foot in their studio, I recorded three freestyles including Smoke some weed with Burna boy and one that featured Wande coal. I really felt like my career would accelerate at Aristocrat records but they had a really talented artist in Burna boy and that was the focus of the entire team. I am a huge fan of Burnaboy but as an artist, I wanted more and at a point, I got a bit tired of waiting on an official contract and I decided to check out other alternatives. I like the people at aristocrat records and I hope to do music business with Piriye and hopefully Jump on some Leriq produced tracks in the future because I have seen him work and I think he is one of the best in the business. The Journey so far has been amazing, I have an E.P that is doing really well on the streaming charts and singles that have opened the door to good opportunities”, Onosz continued.
The new single titled “Together” is a special dedication to celebrate women for all the times they have silently carried their men, families, and kids and still kept the love strong. They are unsung heroes. In a statement on his Facebook page, the singer said, it took him three producers and several cover art edits to get here. It is also the first single off my forthcoming E.P. Together is a wonderful love song. The track is produced by Beka Beats.
My search for African talents in diaspora has led me to Nestreya, an afro beat artist resident in New york . I learnt of her via (an online celebrity here in Indianapolis ) who is known on Instagram for his motivational posts on Mondays tagged #MondayMorningMotivation . He posted a video of himself dancing to Nestreya’s single Ye baba , and i decided to find out more about the song and the artist.
Ye Baba is a very catchy Afro-beat tune and Nestreya delivers it very comfortably . On her Instagram page She describes her self as a ” Your New afro sexy artist ” and her video falls in line with that description . Nestreya has got the body of a goddess , she is energetic and also a very good dancer. The young D produced track has found it’s way to my playlist.