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For the past few years, I’ve been looking for good, somewhat folk-inspired vocalists from Africa. Being Nigerian, I’m more exposed to the hip-hop scene which is filled with a lot of autotuned voices. But I’ve been able to find some really great (in my opinion) African singers, so I wanted to share!

Please feel free to recommend others because I do have mostly Nigerians listed here and I do want to hear more of Africa’s voices!

Aṣa

  • Nigerian- French singer
  • Albums: Aṣa (2007), Beautiful Imperfections (2010)
  • Example song: Questions

Nneka

  • Nigerian- German singer
  • Albums: Victim of Truth (2005), No Longer at Ease (2008), Concrete Jungle (2010), Soul Is Heavy (2012)
  • Example song: Suffri (from Concrete Jungle)

Inna Modja

  • Malian- French singer
  • Albums: Everyday is a New World (2009), Love Revolution (2011)
  • Example song: Homeless (from Love Revolution)

Temi Dollface

Ayo

  • Nigerian- German singer
  • Albums: Joyful (2006), Gravity at Last (2008), Billie- Eve (2011)
  • Example song: Black Spoon (from Billie- Eve)

Imany

  • Born in France; parents from Comoros Islands
  • Album: The Shape of a Broken Heart
  • Example song: Kisses in the Dark

Bez

  • Nigerian singer
  • Album: Super Sun
  • Example song: Zukiya Daya
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undergroundhiphop-eargasms:

Erykah Badu || On & On (Kero One JAZZHOP remix)

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sounds-of-silva:

mymusicglobe:

justflailing:

fandomsandfeminism:

prettyectoplasm:

You pick 1) a song by Beyoncé I don’t believe is even a good representation of her music.
2) the most popular song ever by Queen.
You are not making some super special point by comparing two COMPLETELY different songs (and artists!) from different times. This reeks of racism, and misogyny. Good job.
 (If I have errors I’m sorry, I posted from my phone)

Spot on. This reeks of racism and sexism, not to mention a heap of nostalgia blindness. 

I’ll be honest here, I’ve never really understood what the big deal is about Bohemian Rhapsody….
Not that I think it’s a bad song or whatever, but I don’t get excited when it comes on. Even though the lyrics are really good, I just don’t feel connected to the words and I’ve heard far better production done by one person so that doesn’t exactly impress me either…
Also, not taking into consideration that these 2 songs shouldn’t be compared, Run the World, while simple does serve to incite confidence to a group of people who are underrepresented and often oppressed. Bohemian Rhapsody is telling a neat, but arbitrary (correct me if I’m wrong, I’m not too well versed in Queen’s music) story.
So in terms of how each songs on a societal level, Run the World is actually spreading a message. Just as one might find at a protest, sometimes the only way to get one’s point across is to repeat it.
Yeah. Not to discredit Queen as artists, because they’re a staple in the greater narrative of musical history, but this image is bunk.

I know I don’t usually post opinion things, but I had a lot of feelings about this post

First, I don’t understand where the ‘racist’ and ‘sexist’ accusations are coming from - whoever made this picture was just trying to show pop music NOW vs. pop/rock music back in the day. I think comparing music now to music from the 70s is really unfair in itself, but yeah, not great choices for comparison. There was no real grudge against what Beyonce stands for with what this person chose. They just don’t know anything about Beyonce or her music.  “Bohemian Rhapsody” (along with Queen’s whole career really) revolutionized theatrical music performances, which Beyonce and other current pop stars owe their success and influence to. As for Freddie Mercury: he was an icon and a hero to many people. HIV awareness, gay rights, real theatrical/rock frontmen. “Bohemian Rhapsody,” especially, seems arbitrary on the surface, but it’s so much deeper. It’s about learning to face death, like Mercury had to about a decade after this song was released when he was diagnosed with HIV. It’s about not feeling sorry for yourself. It’s about helping your friends carry on and live in your image and follow your example as a good, caring, meaningful human being long after you’re gone, like Freddie has for many people for many different reasons. You can discount the argument this person was trying to make, but don’t discount Queen and Freddie.

Thank you for clarifying Bohemian Rhapsody’s meaning for me, I really appreciate it!

sounds-of-silva:

mymusicglobe:

justflailing:

fandomsandfeminism:

prettyectoplasm:

You pick 1) a song by Beyoncé I don’t believe is even a good representation of her music.

2) the most popular song ever by Queen.

You are not making some super special point by comparing two COMPLETELY different songs (and artists!) from different times. This reeks of racism, and misogyny. Good job.


(If I have errors I’m sorry, I posted from my phone)

Spot on. This reeks of racism and sexism, not to mention a heap of nostalgia blindness. 

I’ll be honest here, I’ve never really understood what the big deal is about Bohemian Rhapsody….

Not that I think it’s a bad song or whatever, but I don’t get excited when it comes on. Even though the lyrics are really good, I just don’t feel connected to the words and I’ve heard far better production done by one person so that doesn’t exactly impress me either…

Also, not taking into consideration that these 2 songs shouldn’t be compared, Run the World, while simple does serve to incite confidence to a group of people who are underrepresented and often oppressed. Bohemian Rhapsody is telling a neat, but arbitrary (correct me if I’m wrong, I’m not too well versed in Queen’s music) story.

So in terms of how each songs on a societal level, Run the World is actually spreading a message. Just as one might find at a protest, sometimes the only way to get one’s point across is to repeat it.

Yeah. Not to discredit Queen as artists, because they’re a staple in the greater narrative of musical history, but this image is bunk.

I know I don’t usually post opinion things, but I had a lot of feelings about this post

First, I don’t understand where the ‘racist’ and ‘sexist’ accusations are coming from - whoever made this picture was just trying to show pop music NOW vs. pop/rock music back in the day. I think comparing music now to music from the 70s is really unfair in itself, but yeah, not great choices for comparison. There was no real grudge against what Beyonce stands for with what this person chose. They just don’t know anything about Beyonce or her music.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” (along with Queen’s whole career really) revolutionized theatrical music performances, which Beyonce and other current pop stars owe their success and influence to. As for Freddie Mercury: he was an icon and a hero to many people. HIV awareness, gay rights, real theatrical/rock frontmen. “Bohemian Rhapsody,” especially, seems arbitrary on the surface, but it’s so much deeper. It’s about learning to face death, like Mercury had to about a decade after this song was released when he was diagnosed with HIV. It’s about not feeling sorry for yourself. It’s about helping your friends carry on and live in your image and follow your example as a good, caring, meaningful human being long after you’re gone, like Freddie has for many people for many different reasons.

You can discount the argument this person was trying to make, but don’t discount Queen and Freddie.

Thank you for clarifying Bohemian Rhapsody’s meaning for me, I really appreciate it!

Source: prettyectoplasm
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justflailing:

fandomsandfeminism:

prettyectoplasm:

You pick 1) a song by Beyoncé I don’t believe is even a good representation of her music.
2) the most popular song ever by Queen.
You are not making some super special point by comparing two COMPLETELY different songs (and artists!) from different times. This reeks of racism, and misogyny. Good job.
 (If I have errors I’m sorry, I posted from my phone)

Spot on. This reeks of racism and sexism, not to mention a heap of nostalgia blindness. 

I’ll be honest here, I’ve never really understood what the big deal is about Bohemian Rhapsody….
Not that I think it’s a bad song or whatever, but I don’t get excited when it comes on. Even though the lyrics are really good, I just don’t feel connected to the words and I’ve heard far better production done by one person so that doesn’t exactly impress me either…
Also, not taking into consideration that these 2 songs shouldn’t be compared, Run the World, while simple does serve to incite confidence to a group of people who are underrepresented and often oppressed. Bohemian Rhapsody is telling a neat, but arbitrary (correct me if I’m wrong, I’m not too well versed in Queen’s music) story.
So in terms of how each songs on a societal level, Run the World is actually spreading a message. Just as one might find at a protest, sometimes the only way to get one’s point across is to repeat it.
Yeah. Not to discredit Queen as artists, because they’re a staple in the greater narrative of musical history, but this image is bunk.

I know I don’t usually post opinion things, but I had a lot of feelings about this post

justflailing:

fandomsandfeminism:

prettyectoplasm:

You pick 1) a song by Beyoncé I don’t believe is even a good representation of her music.

2) the most popular song ever by Queen.

You are not making some super special point by comparing two COMPLETELY different songs (and artists!) from different times. This reeks of racism, and misogyny. Good job.


(If I have errors I’m sorry, I posted from my phone)

Spot on. This reeks of racism and sexism, not to mention a heap of nostalgia blindness. 

I’ll be honest here, I’ve never really understood what the big deal is about Bohemian Rhapsody….

Not that I think it’s a bad song or whatever, but I don’t get excited when it comes on. Even though the lyrics are really good, I just don’t feel connected to the words and I’ve heard far better production done by one person so that doesn’t exactly impress me either…

Also, not taking into consideration that these 2 songs shouldn’t be compared, Run the World, while simple does serve to incite confidence to a group of people who are underrepresented and often oppressed. Bohemian Rhapsody is telling a neat, but arbitrary (correct me if I’m wrong, I’m not too well versed in Queen’s music) story.

So in terms of how each songs on a societal level, Run the World is actually spreading a message. Just as one might find at a protest, sometimes the only way to get one’s point across is to repeat it.

Yeah. Not to discredit Queen as artists, because they’re a staple in the greater narrative of musical history, but this image is bunk.

I know I don’t usually post opinion things, but I had a lot of feelings about this post

(via thecreepyblipster)

Source: prettyectoplasm
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nwhiphop:

Song Of The Day: TGI Friday (3/1/13)

Song: A Milli Vanilli

Artist: Shad

Album: Melancholy & The Infinite Shadness

What a better way to start a Friday than with some Shad!? This song gets me hella pumped. Shad is a lyrical genius in my mind and I love this entire project. Get it here.

(via undergroundhiphop-eargasms)

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urbankoi:

Spirited Away’s Theme (Piano Version)

(via urbankoi)

Source: reflective-vibes / melodic-reflection
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Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience (Album Cover + Tracklist)

eatinghiphop:

JustinTimberlake-2020experience

Justin Timberlake has decided to unveil the official artwork and tracklist for his highly anticipated album “The 20/20 Experience”. The LP, which is executive produced by Timbaland, only contains 10 records and the features are not yet listed. The visual for the lead single ‘Suit & Tie’ has already been shot and should be dropping soon. We also heard ‘Pusher Love Girl’ and ‘That Girl’ at the DIRECTV Super Bowl XLVII party. The album will be hitting stores on March 19th.

JustinTimberlake-2020traklist

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Tonedeff released the cover and tracklist for his upcoming EP “Glutton” which is the first of four EPs that will ultimately make up his album “Polymer”

Tracklist:

1. Glutton [Produced By: NumberNin6]
2. Centerfold [Produced By: Chew Fu]
3. Filthy (XXX) [Produced By: Tonedeff]
4. Never [Produced By: Tonedeff]
5. Sunrise [Produced By: Tonedeff]

Each Polymer EP will be denoted by this logo

About Polymer

With the recent proliferation of the EP in the music world, Tonedeff set out to put a new thematic slant on the format by using each EP to showcase a different facet of his personality, which when collected, form a larger more cohesive unit.

Polymer will consist of 4 separate EPs. Each EP presents a different face or “molecule” of Tonedeff. (Think Voltron, but without the lions). Each EP will be denoted by the Polymer icon located on each cover, with a new molecule filled-in for each release. EP’s 1 through 3 will be released digitally, with the fourth exclusively available on the final assembled version of the physical collector’s edition of Polymer. All music on the project has been produced synthetically to follow along the idea of an actual Polymer’s synthetic structure.

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The Guardian: Worldly Women in Hip Hop

The Guardian features a mixtape that showcases some prominent female hip-hop artists from all over the world. It’s an interesting read and I can’t wait to give it a listen!

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Wale Speaks On Rick Ross Shooting, Says It’s Perpetuated By Media

eatinghiphop:

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Wale comes to his MMG boss’ defense when discussing the recent attempt on Rick Ross’ life.

Everyone has their own opinion on Rick Ross’ recent drive-by shooting, and although we’ve heard much from the media on the situation, we haven’t heard from Rick Ross’ closest friends, his MMG members. Wale recently spoke out on the situation, and how it’s being perceived by the media.

Rick Ross, while driving with a female passenger following a birthday dinner the other week, was shot at around 18 times, before crashing his car into a building. In the end, neither Rozay nor his female friend were harmed.

Commenting on his friend’s situation, the D.C. rapper says he thinks the media is perpetuating a lot of things, and he’s not a fan of the jokes.

“I think the whole thing been blown. I think the media is perpetuating a lot of things. God forbid something happen to anybody, that they gunna be playing people’s records all day and acting like they [care], and everybody who’s making jokes,” Wale continued, ”I had to unfollow a rack of people on Twitter when that was happening ’cause I’m like, it’s a joke to y’all ’cause y’all see somebody on T.V. everyday. But what if that’s your friend, ’cause that’s my friend. I was talking to him last night about the football game.So what y’all think is a joke, and that somebody’s health, I know his children. God forbid something happen. And I just lost one of my brothers, so I don’t even play around with that stuff.” He added, ”And there’s a lot of power in the tongue.”

Gives you something to think about

Source: eatinghiphop
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Cocaine 80′s – The Flower Of Life (Free EP)

eatinghiphop:

Cocaine80s-lucidWith not much hype Cocaine 80s dropped their awaited The Flower Of Life Free EP.

Tracklist:

01 kuro to shiro

02 the distant river

03 ground

04 the sun and the moon

05 fly ass pisces

06 higher self

07 lucid

Source: e