In this week selection: Kida Kudz’s first mixtape, Scorpion Kings live album by South Africa’s finest duo Kabza De Small & DJ Maphorisa and many more…
After a heavy 2019 of releasing singles including hit single like “Dance on the Table” or “Jiggy Pop”, Kida Kudz, has finally released his long-awaited debut mixtape, Nasty. It features 10 track with guest appearances from Tanika, Chip and Jaykae on the “1 AM” single released few weeks ago. Signed to Disturbing London, the British-Nigerian artist is pushing his own distinctive afroswank genre – a darker, groove orientated twist on afrobeats. Songs like “Big Up” and “Motive” are definitely worth listening.
We’re New Again: A Reimagining by Makaya McCraven
Gil Scott-Heron & Makaya McCraven
To mark the tenth anniversary of the release of I’m New Here, the thirteenth—and last—studio album from the legendary US musician, poet and author Gil Scott-Heron, acclaimed US jazz musician Makaya McCraven release a unique reinterpretation of the album. It’s set to follow in the footsteps of Jamie xx’s highly acclaimed 2011 remix album We’re New Here and will be McCraven’s first release of 2020, following the huge global acclaim heaped upon his 2018 album Universal Beings.
Scorpion Kings Live
Kabza De Small & DJ Maphorisa
In promotion of their upcoming concert at the Sun Arena, Pretoria, the scorpion kings have released their third studio album, Scorpion Kings Live. The 14-track album features the pre-released singles “Phoyisa”, featuring Casper Nyovest and QwestaKufet, and the recently released hit, eMcimibini, featuring Aymos, Samthing Soweto, Mas Musiq and Myztro. The much-anticipated concert was initially teased by the Phoyisa hitmaker at the beginning of the year, in a post asking if their fans would purchase tickets to the concert.
Antibalas celebrates its 20th anniversary with a stark return to their Williamsburg roots on its latest Daptone Records studio album, Fu Chronicles. Recorded with an impressive 17 musician band in Brooklyn and packed with five hypnotic long-form instrumentals, Fu Chronicles weaves through the band’s kung fu dojo origins to the gentrification of modern-day Williamsburg. Senior master of the Jow Ga Kung Fu School of martial arts, Duke Amayo, along with Antibalas founder/baritone saxophonist Martín Perna, guide listeners through an epic journey on the intersection of kung fu and afrobeat.
Born in Rwanda, raised in Uganda, and living in the melting pot that is Brussels, ever since, Yellowstraps are Belgian self-taught brothers (Alban & Yvan Murenzi). Today they are releasing Goldress, a mini-album featuring 8 songs with guest appearances from Le Motel and Vynk. Their unique sound’s mixing many styles like jazz, soul, hip-hop and electronic music.