In this selection this week: new album from the vanguard of South Africa’s electro scene Muzi, the follow up to Fly or Die from trumpeter Jaimie Branch, the UK sensation Afro B and many more to hear this week …
The flag bearer for the vanguard of South Africa’s electro scene is back with Zeno, a real and uncompromising concentration of shining Zulu house. Gathering around him the new guard of the South African electro scene, he intends to prove that the Rainbow Nation can shine all by itself. His third album is so shaped by Zulu house hits that it confirms Muzi’s artistic precision.
Fly or Die II: bird dogs of paradise
Fly or Die II: bird dogs of paradise is the much-anticipated follow-up to composer, trumpeter, and (now) singer Jaimie Branch’s debut Fly or Die. This new album is the result of a never-satisfied branch pushing her distinct style of progressive composition to new heights — while also stepping forward as a vocalist for the first time.
The figurehead of Afrowave sound sweeping the UK cements his greatness with third volume of his “Afrowave” serie. On this new album Afro B doesn’t compromise his sound, fuses afrobeats with a unique combination of dancehall, hip-hop, reggae and R&B. As well as including already-heard tunes, the 16-track album also contains a whole heap of brand-new singles such like the hit single “Mad Mad Mad (Fiya Dance)”
Future Afro-Latin jazz house from Italian master percussionist, multi-instrumentalist and composer Gabriele Poso. Following a long-term collaborative partnership with Osunlade / Yoruba Records, on Batik Poso further develops and matures his sound – exploring his extensive roots in Afro-Cuban percussion, while delving into the realms of jazz and soulful house. Entirely self-produced this new album features guest vocalists Nailah Porter, Nina Rodriguez, Quetzal Guerrero & Sofia Rollo.
Sao Paulo’s rapper and singer Drik Barbosa drops her first and eponymous album after gaining a certain reputation from her EP Espelha, last year. On the 11 tracks mixing baile funk, rap and R&B, she invites the elite figures from urban brazilian scene as Emicida, Karol Conká and Luedji Luna, among others brilliant artists.
Before an upcoming album in 2020 on Heavenly Sweetness, David Walters shares Mama EP. A track in which the balafon’s woody resonance, the meditative flute and the female choruses return to the Creole roots of David, recall the memory of his Caribbean grandfather exiled to New York. The EP includes two remixes; one by producer Patchworks that echoes of Roy Ayers and Lonnie Liston Smith, and on the second one the producers Déni-Shain and Mister Francky deliver a dancefloor remix that sails in the same waters that the David Walters original track.