Batuk—the trio of South African producers Spoek Mathambo and Aero Manyelo alongside artist and vocalist Manteiga—are using house music as a means of connecting the diaspora.
The album opens on an explosive note with “Força Força” (a Portuguese word meaning “power”). One such form of power the lyrics speak to is that of a woman and her sexuality.
“We are not fragile little porcelain dolls, we are strong sexual women who are not afraid of expressing [our] sexuality and desire,” Manteiga writes in an email.
“I find it so strange how men can buy condoms so easily at gas stations, but the minute a woman asks for some durex it creates a chill in the air and it whispers ‘whore,’” the singer shares. “It’s a new time—we are pushing for equality. And that means on all fronts. This song is raunchy and demands attention, as does the video.”
Brother Portrait is a Sierra Leonean Black British artist releasing music that blends spoken word poetry and hip-hop under his solo moniker and with his Black/Other group.
His latest music video, which features two of his songs “Seeview” and “Rearview,” explores the duality of migrant identity through two narratives: dream and nightmare.
You can go to any place in the world and nine times out of ten, you’ll find a Nigerian there. This includes Tokyo, where Nigerian dancehall artist Dobolo resides. He’s not the only one either, according to the Edo-State native, though the contemporary African music scene isn’t exactly huge in Tokyo, there are a number of African artists living there who are working to popularize the movement in their city.
Dobolo claims that he’s “About to Blow” on his latest single, and for the culture’s sake, we hope he does. It’s delighting to know that there are artists out there spreading afrobeats vibes in places we’d least expect. It’s further proof that the Naija sound is world-wide.
Watch his music video for “About to Blow” below:
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