Straight from your GROK music team comes a list of some of their favourite afrobeat records. Featuring songs from Davido, Tiwa Savage, Rema, Omah Lay, and more, this playlist is a smorgasbord of Afrobeat sounds.
In no particular order, here are your February picks!
PRONTO – AJEBO HUSTLERS & OMAH LAY
This fantastic record, arguably one of the best tracks to be released in February, saw the coming together of fast-rising Nigerian stars Omah Lay and the Port-Harcourt artist Duo Ajebo Hustlers. In ‘Pronto’, they continue with their introduction of Port-Harcourt lifestyle and culture which is one of the biggest in Nigeria and has no doubt influenced the music that is winning over the hearts of Nigerians. The arrangement was done brilliantly, with both artists able to input their style and sound into the music, leaving room for the other to shine. This track was an excellent fusion of music guaranteed to keep listeners entertained from the start of the track till the end.
BANDO – GOODGIRL LA
GoodGirl LA is one emerging act that has been living up to our expectations with a career that keeps progressing with every new single she drops. She was recently featured in rap sensation Vector’s single, ‘Early Momo’, which left fans flocking to the young talent. GoodGirl LA gives us her very first solo single of the year, ‘Bando’, an anthem for the new generation hustlers. The impressive track is a follow-up to her previously released track, ‘D4DM’, which was released last year. For the singer, “this one is for the free and unapologetic youths making money”.
BOUNCE – REMA
If this new single from Rema, the biggest young act in Nigeria, is any indication of how his debut album will sound, then it might just be the best afrobeats album to come out this year! The Nigerian artist is getting his fans excited for his album with this new track ‘Bounce’, a single created by Don Jazzy, the head of Rema’s label Mavin Records. This is the first time both acts are collaborating together on a track. Rema admits he got the inspiration to make the record from African women. The production of the track is extremely rich with the fusion of the growing South African Amapiano sound with well-defined Nigerian afrobeat fusion. ‘Bounce’ is a very strong record that combines all sorts of creativity for its execution.
KE STAR (REMIX) – FOCALISTIC & DAVIDO ft. VIGRO DEEP
For the remix of the Amapiano hit record ‘Ke Star’, the South African act enlisted the help of Nigeria’s music heavyweights to deliver this banging afro-pop version. The ‘Ke Star’ track has been reigning as one of the biggest songs in South Africa since it was released in 2020. The song is an example of how the contemporary South African Amapiano sound never misses when it’s blended with Nigerian afro-pop rhythms. From Pretoria to Lagos, this collaboration is a profound new development and movement for South African’s youngest and fastest-growing electronic music. ‘Ke Star (Remix)’ is currently shooting to the #1 spot on Afrobeats charts in Nigeria, Tanzania, South Africa, and several other African countries.
CAN’T LET YOU GO (REMIX) – STEFFLON DON, TIWA SAVAGE & REMA
In this remix, the British-Jamaican star enlists the help of Nigerian’s leading female act, Tiwa Savage, and the country’s youngest superstar, Rema to help her set the vibe of the track. With the huge industry names attached to it, ‘Can’t Let You Go’ is a “summer came early” single, setting it on course to be one of the hottest tracks in the mid-year. The track is a fusion of Stefflon Don’s cultural inspirations and is heavily influenced by the overall vibe of the sultry Afrobeats sound. The track is accompanied by a brand-new video that features 3D animation that transforms all the artists into Sims-like characters, making viewers feel like they are in a tropical paradise.
FOR YOU – TENI FT. DAVIDO
The lead single straight off her upcoming debut album, Wondaland it is no surprise it’s an instant hit for Teni. Especially with the guest feature of one of Afrobeats’ superstars, Davido. The artist’s collaboration shows how music just works easily when they team up together. The track depicts the beautiful bond they share together, giving them a chance to express their deep love through the visuals. In the song, they give us a taste of what it feels like to have strong chemistry with someone and going on a journey in Wondaland. The union between both artists is proof that more Afrobeats tracks with male and female collaborations will leave listeners grooving and excited.