Also including new music from Manzi Fleur, Seketxe, Matata & Sema Solé
Each week Pan African Music scours the digital vaults for the latest and greatest rap from across the African continent and its diaspora. Drill, trap, grime, Afropop, amapiano, coupé-décalé, electro mahragan… all these sub-genres and interpretations make an appearance, attesting to hip-hop’s power to unite the world with indomitable flows and creative melodies. Rap is now the world’s music, and our pan-African selection is only scratching the surface. If it’s here, it means we think it bumps, and would be confident sharing it with hip-hop heads everywhere. We encourage you to do the same.
This week’s Pan African Rap roundup features the coupé-décalé rap of Didi B, hardcore Angolan drill from Cef Tanzy and Seketxé, feel-good vibes from Kenya’s Matata, head-bopping trap from Rwanda’s Manzi Fleur and Sema Solé and Davaji’s neo-soul drill banger.
“On a pris balle”
Ivory Coast, April 3rd, 2022
Former leader of the group Kiff No Beat, Ivorian rapper Didi B continues to use coupé-décalé rythmes for a hip-hop sound that’s unmatchable. This latest single and video “On a pris balle” translates to “we took a bullet”.
“Tamu a Brilhar” feat Seketxé
Angola, February 11th, 2022
Angolan singer/songwriter Cef Tanzy teams up with the hardcore raps of Seketxé for drill detour featuring some of the scratchiest, energetic raps the roundup has seen in awhile.
Kenya, April 8th, 2022
A Kenyan group based in Oslo, Norway, Matata combine their colorful lifestyle and personality with raps in Sheng and a mix of Kikuyu for some good time flows that are ready for the dancefloor.
“Black Puffy” feat. Sema Solé
Rwanda, March 26th, 2022
Two enigmatic Kigali MCs come together on this track for a smooth hip-hop take on a trap inspired beat. Perfect for head-bobbing and late night drives.
Kenya, March, 2022
Kenyan rapper and driller brings it down a notch with a track that blends neo-soul and alternative r&b with the slide bass of drill and Da Vaji’s non-stop flows on this ShoBeatz production.