This edition of In Your Earbuds features a diverse set of vibes by African artists. This set includes soul-pop, reggae, and afrobeats. Amongst the artists, you’ll find a lot of cool plays from the eastern coast of our continent. Enjoy!
“Younger” by Seinabo Sey
Seinabo Sey is a Gambian-Swedish artist with a huge sound. Sey’s voice is soul-infused and rich. Once her voice lures you in, you are then taken aback by her profound lyrics. “Younger” can be described as soul-pop. At the beginning, the song hints at restraint; it then builds as the snare drums lay down a march you can’t help but dance to.
“Wale wale” by Jose Chameleone
“Wale wale” is by famous Ugandan musician Jose Chameleone. The song features classic East African melodies, carried by trumpets and electric guitar.
“Love you everyday” Bebe Cool
“Love You Everyday” is a slower jam with a reggae sound and beat. Singer Bebe Cool promises his devotion to an old love.
“7 Billion” by Mizan K
Mizan K is an Ethiopian-American singer whose voice is best described as “velvet-and-wood-smoke” (Billboard). Her song “7 Billion” is simple and subdued. The lyrics are a somber reminder of life’s magnitude. You can listen to her new EP, Dark Blue on soundcloud.
“Twatoba” by Pallaso ft Davido
In an East-meets-West fusion, Ugandan artist Pallaso works with Nigeria’s Davido to bring their fans “Twatoba.” Twatoba is lugandan and means “we hustled.” In the song the two musicians discuss the work they put in to make it where they are today.
“Adonai” by Sarkodie ft. Castro
“Adonai” is a Christian gospel tribute. Castro (RIP) and Sarkodie rap in thanks to God. The song follows a familiar Ghanaian beat so within the first thirty seconds, listeners find themselves busting their best alkayida move.
“Ruka” by Phy ft. King Kaka & Khaligraph Jones
Phyllis Ng’etich, alias “Phy,” is a rapper who hails from Nairobi. She made it big when she won the Kenyan reality music competition Maisha Superstar. Phy recently dropped her first single, “Ruka.” Her debut album entitled Phylosophy is soon to follow.