January's Best Songs: Ayra Starr, Sarkodie, Not3s, Bella Shmurda, Yung L
Here's a roundup of the best new afrobeats songs released in the Nigerian & Ghanaian scene in the month of January.
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Considering how packed the final few weeks of 2020 was, it came as little surprise that January started off slow. Many artists took the opportunity to roll out videos for singles released in November and December, and only started dropping fresh jams by mid-month. Regardless, the month ended strong with potential hits from some of our faves.
A signature hip-hop tune with a melodic hook from Sarkodie and Moelogo. The Ghanaian rapper has locked in this formula.
Looks like 2021 will be the year of the new ladies in the industry. Mavin Records threw their hats in the ring in terms of having 2021's breakthrough act by unveiling new, young signing, Ayra Starr. Her self-titled debut EP is a must-listen.
Watch "Away" video.
Another Mavin January reveal was in the form of Jonzing World signing, Ruger. Keep an eye on this kid.
As we await new projects from Mr Eazi in 2021, here's something to keep the fans glued in.
Bella Shmurda is a strong candidate for Next-Rated Artist of 2020. The hotshot act recently celebrated his birthday with a new song "Rush". Here it is.
This is a love-at-first-listen typa jam! Zoro & Oxlade deliver an anthem for all the ladies across Africa.
Fresh off signing with UK imprint, Black Butter, and Sony Music Africa, Dice Ailes dropped a fresh cut tagged "Money Dance."
What could be seen as the biggest collaboration of the month sees Kizz Daniel feature Olamide, Falz and LK Kuddy on a record title "Currently".
It's got that Amapiano vibe.
"Amanfuor Girls" hitmaker, Quamina MP, dropped a 3-track EP "Bongo" sometime last month. One of the early fan faves is the Twitch collabo, WHY.
Bump it below.
After surviving a car crash in 2020, E.L has a message in 2021...
Warner Music SA signing, Ckay drops his 2nd single under the label.
Ckay is doing this Afro pop/fusion thing really well.
A major behind-the-scenes proponent of the culture, Bankulli serves up a new single featuring British-Nigerian rapper "Not3s", who was in Lagos over the holidays.
J-Town's very own Yung L just released his latest album, Yaadman Kingsize. My personal early fave has to be "Womanizer".
Peep the whole album here.
And there you have it...
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