Posts Tagged ‘afro-pop’

May 9, 2018

Louisiana indie pop three piece GIVERS just kicked off their US tour the other day at New Orleans Jazz Fest, and I’m sure they more than enthralled the crowd with their new single Collide, out now on Glassnote Records. GIVERS douses us with plenty of their signature Afro pop rhythms on the infectious tune, a joyous revelry of a hearty guitar curling treat. Collide’s music video was co-directed by GIVERS themselves, alongside Emma Kanter. It was shot in New Orleans. Collide is available, here. Check out their tour dates, here.

July 1, 2017
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Magically charmed I am by Sudan Archives and this 23 year old singer songwriter, violinist, and producer’s recent single Come Meh Way. Though she hails from Ohio, her music is a mosaic of worldly sound. Come Meh Way mixes Afrobeat with hip hop, folktronica and R&B, and it does so in such a beautifully enchanting, rhythmically riveting manner. The song reminds me of French-Cuban duo Ibeyi as well as Oakland’s own Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs). Come Meh Way is the lead single from an EP arriving soon. 

February 7, 2017
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AtalantA is a song as rich and compelling as its architect, a Dutch-Zimbabwean singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based out of London named Rina Mushonga. A unique amalgamation of tribal Afro pop and soulful electro pop combine on this fascinating genre bender, like tUnE-yArDs interwoven with Seinabo Sey with an infusion of Future Islands’ wavy whorls and Kate Bush’s synth stabs. AtalantA is a lavishly spellbinding listen from Rina Mushonga’s forthcoming sophomore album, due out later this year. The single is available via all major platforms, here.

December 8, 2015
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Gourmet brings along plenty of whimsical playfulness on the Cape Town based Finnish artist’s single, Animals. The horn blaring, percussion jagged synthpop and experimental electronic track is colorful and honeyed, a spectacularly intricate and wonderfully artsy first single from the enigmatic act’s forthcoming debut album, Cashmere, out December 29th. Animals has the earthy sashay of Beirut, the sunny beach cadence of Al Bairre, and the glossy synth-scape of LA Priest. Gourmet labels the song “spaghetti pop”. It’s certainly a unique enough song to be called such a peculiar name. Download Animals for free, here.

May 15, 2015
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The radiant guitars and its uptempo rhythm immediately gripped my attention on Street Party In Soho’s new single 17. The young English quartet certainly have some swooning The 1975-esque vocals on the raucous, ebullient song, which comes off like a blend of Two Door Cinema Club, The Maccabees, and Bombay Bicycle Club. It’s a lustrous and infectious treat which they’ve described as “Liquid Candy Shop Afro-Pop”.

May 5, 2015
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Al Bairre had me bobbing my head in delight the moment I heard their Afro beat driven guitar pop single Bungalow, a bright, colorful, and peppy treat. The quartet combine cello, violin, guitars, and keys with ukelele and drums on the song, which reminds me of a playful blend of Vampire Weekend, Cayucas, and Arcade Fire. Al Bairre is a huge deal back home in South Africa but they’ll be heading to the UK for the first time in May. Watch Al Bairre’s music video for Bungalow below.