Here we were thinking that Burna Boy was going to let us enjoy ‘Deja Vu’ for a few months but no on the 19th of Jan he dropped the visuals for his single ‘Heaven’s Gate ft Lily Allen.
Burna collectively snatched the little life left, this all efforts for a mixtape, let’s go over that again…A MIXTAPE! that will be released on 26/01, we cannot add much more.
The visuals of the video see Burna rapping in a kitchen while a woman vibes out cooking a meal in other scenes his in a barbershop, chilling on a couch while others play video games and with Lily Allen offering her oh so unique vocals somewhat reminiscent of her collaboration with Common.
You can watch the video for ‘Heaven’s Gate’ below and it also features a Jea5 produced track ‘Sekkle Down’ ft J Hus.
LET IT OFF
“There is a very strong Ghanaian,or I should say West African community in London.. a good mixture of British born West Africans that feel strongly connected with their roots, and equally proud to be British. I guess this maybe one of the reasons the Afrobeats sound is so loud in the UK.” Told to OkayAfrica
On my two hour bus journey from work I listen, music keeps me company away from watching video memes that would otherwise have me laughing out loud and I refuse to look crazy on my commute, although it might help brighten dull dragging mornings of zombie faces on their way to and fro work.
Today I choose differently I opt for Represent Radio DJ Neptizzle Ultimate Afro Beat Show that has been staring at me for the past week, Mr Silva makes a guest appears talks through his career and his EP set for release. Self-assured and ready to take on all opportunities he has been working hard on a number of EPs fixed for release throughout the year, this first quarter we are presented with ‘Let It Off’ six tracks, clean production with a strong nod to highlife, you can hear the vast influences that Silva blends into his own style, his lyrics are positive and project a spiritual elevation that is rare to find in music. Silva has also captured a simple formula people are not always interested in LPs but are over single releases that linger along and have no home; this EP offers a great foundation.
‘Let it Off ‘offers some fantastic stand out tracks for example the second single B.A.D(Baddest, Achieving Don) with visuals from Kojey Radical a follow up of Like It ft A.I.M of which was accompanied with some super dope visuals another track is a collaboration with Castro Go Gaga, you will have to move when you hear it.
“West African influences on “B.A.D” come within the verses taking inspiration from the language of Ghanaian and West African youth, broken English. By now you should know I really just enjoy blending cultures together in an African way.”
All in all Mista Silva is a breath of fresh air and anyone who can inject a unique sense of style and positive energy has to be celebrated and share with the rest of the world. His latest single ‘Goes Down’ really goes down too (all the puns in the world intended)
Let It Off is available for purchase in all major music outlets.
KOKO Camden, London
Warning: This review is super bias because am a STAN.
Now that I have established that Alloysious is still FIiiiNEeeee in real life we can get to the review of Young Fathers gig at KOKO in Camden.
The opening act Kojey Radical was simply amazing he engage with the audience seamlessly comfortable on stage with his red cup … initial assumtion of a RED CUP is a little something something but life has taught me not to assume it might have been cold tea heck maybe Ribena but least we get distracted. Happy to be back on home turf Kojey was all the more excited that his mum was there to witness him performance for the first time and I can only guess how much pride she must have been filled with, he sampled a few new songs, Hamlet
“…Because Shakespeare is a badman!!
Delivered a number of songs of his EP the track Preacher, Preacher, was heartfelt and the current single Bambu, more respect and power to this gentleman from fashion to music and visual artistry am looking forward to seeing how his career continues to shape up fyi are Ghanaians drinking some special water CHALE! all these Artist/ Visual Artist mmhhhh? see Kojey own videos, Blitz The Ambassador and Wanlov.
After Kojey light up the stage signing off with Bambu I got caught up in a conversation on why Idris Elba did not need to play Nelson Mandela considering the wealth of actors in SA and at this point some serious drumming started rising up lights flashing and there they were YF on stage from this point it was a full hour of song after song after song none stop no pause aside from the ocassional one for Kayus to remove his jacket, unbutton his top and finally just remove it, chei Kayus twisted his hips quite a lot thru the set skills that we cannot just look over. The group as always have come across as carrying about performance as much as content and a message in the material they present.
The set was a heavy mixture from both TAPES and Albums; Rumbling was in the mix that’s all I cared for….Massaquoi wined a fair bit while singing (of which has to be recognised as a talent in itself). None spoke throughout the set expect a shoutout to Nestle “for killing the fucking babies” before Nest taken from their current album White Men Are Black Men Too….. and G introducing the final song asking if we wanted to “fucking dance” the answer was AYE and we did and that was the end. The crowd’s reaction was amazing throughout the show any artist would long to get people ‘TURNT’ on such a level what can I say? I was on the right side of the world considering some reviews of Yasin Bey performance in Nairobi.
YF are still on tour with Kojey Radical make sure you check them out if you can they are also playing a number of festivals this summer.
#MCM No.3 Young Fathers (Vijana Baba)
Considering how much I have been obsessed with this band I have been stuck on how to write about them. So simple they are ‘AMAZING!!’ but for real tho (Wanda’s Voice). Young Fathers have been a blessed addition to my music collection, they throw a lot out to discuss in interviews and music a needed mix from race, identity, sexuality, TRIDENT, culture for once I can say that I found a group of musicians who represented my duality hence the STAN love.
Young Fathers is a POP group from Edinburgh members include Graham Hastings, Kayus Balonke and Alloysious Massaquoi last year they won Album of the Year at the Mercury Prize Awards then set off to finish their second LP White Men Are Black Men Too, and tour. Their previous releases are two EPs Tape 1 and Tape 2 (Of which won SAY AWARD) that was followed with an LP Dead (currently nominated for a SAY AWARD), stand out tracks from Dead include ‘War’ No Way Kayus opening bars Chale, Dip well just about the whole album.
I could go on and on and on but simply check out the music catch them on tour aside from that this week I get to see them alongside another fantastic talent artist Kojey Radical, with my music loving bud Ms Monica this has been in my diary for a sizzling minute, the video below was a the solid decider on wanting to see them live energy is on fleek.
Azekel – New Romance
Azekel is part of a unique group in the music industry the soulful male artist sits side to side with the likes of Kwabs, Angel and a recent addition, Raheem singer/songwriters who offer depth and pure artistry, his first video till today tops my favourite visual film and this is his latest release.
Sarkodie ft Castro – Adonai
Anyone who knows me has had to endure constant replays of this song, aside from Sarkodie being the only African rapper who delivers unique songs and has curved out a niche that leaves others eating dust, Catro’s feature adds volumes and depth to the deliverance and overall message of the song. The video does lack great direction although working to tell of the tries and tribulations faced it mimic Kendricks Lamar “Bitch Don’t Kill My Video” within wardrobe choices.
FKA Twigs -Two Weeks
Directed by Nabil Elderkin the super photographer and music video director that has for many years created the videos that match some of our favourite artists song, last year after reading and interesting interview I was opened up to his cleaver and slick tactics that introduced the world to both his talents and also Kanye West, having heard of the buzz of a raising star in both his and Kanye’s hometown Chicago Nabil purcharced Kanye’s domain name of which his management reached out to purchase from him, long story short this lead to him taking West’s most recognised images with LV bags and directing a number of his videos. This is his latest masterpiece and it speaks for itself drawing most notably from ‘Queen of the Dame’ staring Aaliyah and West’s ‘Power’ Nabil presents visuals that stick true to FKA Twings strong and sensual style.