Straight from your GROK music team comes a list of some of their favourite afrobeat records. Featuring songs from Adekunle Gold, Ice Prince, Oxlade, Buju, and more, this playlist offers the best in afrobeat sound.
In no particular order, here are your April picks!
History – Cheque & Fireboy DML
‘History’ is a track by two long-time childhood school friends Cheque and Fireboy DML. In this track, they join forces to execute a smooth single reflecting on their past and history. Both artists have come a long way and are rising to the top quickly. Having inked deals with labels founded by two big dogs and frequent collaborators in the music industry – Phyno (Penthauze) & Olamide (YBNL Nation), it is only right that their proteges made a collaborative single as well. ‘History’, produced by Andyr, serves as Cheque’s first single of 2021, a follow-up to his critically acclaimed EP, Razor.
Kolo – Ice Prince ft. Oxlade
The superstar Ice Prince has released this single, produced by Edgar Boi and featuring Oxlade––who’s coming off the success of his debut EP, Oxygene. In ‘Kolo’, Ice Prince provides Afro-fusion production and rap verses about love that makes you go mad. Oxlade comes in with the falsetto hook for the song. Together, they have created an excellent record that has made fans excited for future collaborations. The track is accompanied by the announcement that Ice Prince has signed to Lyor Cohen’s 300 Entertainment, the home of Young Thug, Gunna, Megan Thee Stallion, Fetty Wap, and more.
Overdue – Tellaman ft. Sha Sha & Oxlade
This melodious track is a creative result of a collaboration between one of South African’s finest wordsmiths, Tellaman; Nigerian talented Afro-Pop export, Oxlade; and sensational Zimbabwean singer, Sha Sha. It is safe to say that there is plenty of contemporary African talent, and the stars are not giving up till afrobeat takes over worldwide. ‘Overdue’ is a soundtrack to Def Jam Africa’s, ‘Rhythms of Zamunda: Music Inspired By Coming 2 America’ album. With tracks like this, the world is watching out for African music.
Jiggy Bop – Alpha P & TMXO
‘Jiggy Bop’ is another track off the Def Jam Africa-curated soundtrack for Coming 2 America. A sleek, Funk-indented cut-off the curated album, performed by the fast-rising star, Alpha P, and produced by go-to collaborator TMXO. It is evident that this track was created in a fun atmosphere, and both artists have strong artist-producer chemistry with a bond on a signature production. ‘Jiggy Bop’ is a track that makes you feel good and feel proud of yourself with its funky and groovy vibes. It is a cross-continental party starter.
Antidote – Nao ft. Adekunle Gold
‘Antidote’ is a collaboration pop and R&B feel-good track from the London singer-songwriter Nao, and Nigerian artist and hitmaker, Adekunle Gold. The track is dedicated to both their daughters, born weeks apart during the lockdown. According to Nao, ‘Antidote’ “is the remedy to 2020.” With this track, both artists wanted to share how their daughters have lifted up their vibrations, using them to share good energy with the rest of the world. According to Adekunle Gold, ‘Antidote’ is a cure: a loving cure to the things that ail him. The song is a perfect summer remedy for your winter days with its smooth mid-tempo afrobeat groove that will sweep you off your feet.
Heaven (Remix) – DTS ft. BUJU
This remix is a follow-up to the original track that was released in May 2020 during the pandemic-induced lockdown. ‘Heaven’ is the track that launched DTS’s career in the industry. It is also the lead for his introductory project, which he has now renamed ‘The Social Experiment’. In 2021 as the world recovers, the afro-alternative artist is returning stronger than ever, ready to take over the mainstream scene with a soulful remix of ‘Heaven’ featuring Buju aka “Baby Giant”. In terms of inspiration, DTS says, “I’m trying to change the way people define the word – heaven. It means a lot of things, so I am doing a lot with the audio, the visual, and the content in general.”