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5 albums to discover this week

This week, Rema drops his long awaited debut, reggae prodigy Koffee shows us why she’s Gifted, Ibibio Sound Machine rock some kaleidoscopic afrofuturism, Ish Kevin establishes himself as the Kinyatrap kingpin, and Hypaphonik gives us over an hour of South African club music.  

Rave & Roses

Rema

Rema’s debut album, Rave & Roses, has finally arrived. Since its emergence in 2019, the author of the hits “Dumebi” and “Soundgasm” has not finished conquering new musical territories, imposing little by little his status of international star of Afrobeats. The young Nigerian offers his first long format composed of no less than 16 tracks, on which we find notably the American 6LACK, the British AJ Tracey or more surprising, the French singer Yseult.

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Gifted

Koffee

The Jamaican prodigy, awarded the Grammy for Best Reggae Album two years ago for her short-lived project Rapture, has released her first album, Gifted. Short but loaded with tributes to her roots, the young Mikayla Simpson aka Koffee weaves a skillful thread between the beautiful hours of a soulful reggae and a vision of dancehall and Afrobeats anchored in our time.

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Electricity

Ibibio Sound Machine

Electricity, Ibibio Sound Machine’s fourth album is a kaleidoscopic work and a concentrate of innovative afrofuturism. For the first time since it was founded in London in 2013 by Eno Williams and the saxophonist Max Grunhard, Ibibio Sound Machine has brought in outside producers. Electricity is produced by the Grammy and Mercury Prize nominated English synthpop band, Hot Chip.

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Trappish II

Ish Kevin

Kevin Semana popularly known as Ish Kevin is a young artist based in Rwanda. His long awaited project, Trappish II, holds big names in the industry such as Kivumbi King, Confy and Yannick YMK, one of the pioneers of Kinyatrap. Ish Kevin said that this mixtape is coming to accomplish what the Trappish movement started by giving comfort to the youth and young generation in the industry. “After releasing this mixtape, there is no going back. This is a game changing project,” he said.

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Altair

Hypaphonik

South African house label presents a debut album from 26-year-old Afro House producer Hypaphonik, a producer raised in Dimbaza in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Label owner Kid Fonque first discovered Hypaphonik after licensing his remix of ‘Westside Warriors’ from Kenyan producer EUGGY and has been waving his flag ever since. The name of this full-length debut is ‘ALTAIR’ which is the brightest star in the constellation of Aquila and the twelfth-brightest star in the night sky. Very fitting for this new talent whose career has just started, and with the release of this album, his future is shining bright!

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