Straight from your GROK music team comes a list of some of their favourite afrobeat records. Featuring songs from Wizkid, Oxlade, Ruger, Rema and more, this playlist offers the best in afrobeat sound.
In no particular order, here are your June picks!
POLICE N TEEF (REMIX) – PRETTYBOYDO & ZLATAN
In the highly anticipated remix of his previous hit single ‘Police n Teef’, the fast-rising Nigerian Afro-Pop recording artist and songwriter feature the multiple award-winning Nigerian artist, Zlatan, who is Zanku Records Frontier. The Hugo-produced song serves as PrettyBoyDO’s second release of the year. Both artists take the remix to a whole new dimension, which is set to make a major impact in the music industry and give fans an appetite for more music.
LV N ATTN – LOJAY & SARZ FEAT. WIZKID
Nigerian Newcomer Lojay and superstar Producer-DJ Sarz shine in this track off their recent Project LV N ATTN. Wizkid joins Lojay to execute a femme-feting anthem. The song breathes lyrics that are remarkable and deliver a sonic delight. This is proof that Lojay is coming into the music spotlight with hits and is set to join the ranks of the new school generation with artists such as Rema, Fireboy and Joeboy.
SMILE FOR YOU – MIZZLE FEAT. OXLADE
‘Smile For You’ is the lead single from Mizzle’s EP, In The Dark. Throughout the self-produced track, Mizzle flaunts his dynamic vocal range and features the sensational Nigerian singer and Afro-Pop prince, Oxlade. Together, the artists deliver a viral sweet and sensual love song. The track is a perfect blend of Afrobeats and R&B. When talking about the creation process, Mizzle said, “’Smile For You’ was initially written about overwhelming love for a woman. But through the lens of afro-pop star Oxlade.”
ALL MY LIFE – M.I ABAGA FEAT. OXLADE
M.I Abaga is here to serenade us with his latest track that features the young legend, Oxlade. Oxlade jumps on the Chopstix-produced song with his signature ‘Boy Ox’ and infectious voice. We witness both artists sing for love – documented in hushed tunes and loud calmness. If you are searching for a love song to play on dates, car rides or just in the background, this is the perfect track to add to your playlist.
BOUNCE – RUGER
Ruger, the 21-year-old Jonzing World new signee, makes pop music so exquisite. Bounce is a track off his recent EP, Pandemic. The project explores Ruger’s thoughts on love, self-worth, pleasures, gratitude, honour to Jah and his great expression. Bounce was an instant hit from the project and is currently topping all charts. In the song, he showcases his genre-melding sounds and smooth melodic delivery.
SOUNDGASM – REMA
Rema dominates the music scene with his new orgasmic sound in ‘Soundgasm’. The London-produced vibrant single features energy similar to his early track, ‘Iron Man’ – which made it into Barack Obama’s playlist. According to Pitchfork, the new track is a preview of his upcoming debut album, which is yet to be announced, but is arguably the most anticipated album of the decade.