There are a plethora of artists emerging from Lagos’ ever-growing music scene, but few are delivering music that sounds as refreshing as Nigerian artist Santi’s (also known as Ozzy B) latest song “Gangsta Fear.”
The track—which also features afro-fusion artist and producer Odunsi—blends dancehall, afrobeats, and mellow, ’90s-tinged hip-hop production to deliver a laid back tune that is sonically distinct.
The music video is just as unique. Ozzy B successfully avoids Nigerian music video cliches by offering a clip that’s thoughtfully crafted and reflective of a side of Lagos that is rarely shown. The fact that it’s shot in the actual city, is in itself a departure from the afrobeats norm of outsourcing video production to the UK.
Watch the music video for “Gangster Fear” below:
French rap superstar and veteran Booba pays homage to his Senegalese roots in this stunning music video for “DKR.”
The track blends a chopped-up kora melody with 808 bass and drums for a head-nodding dose of West Africa-meets-French hip-hop. The rapper travelled to Senegal to film this beautiful music video for the single, which follows him from neighborhood soccer games to the Senegal’s Pink Lake.
Brooklyn-based, Nigerian artist Eli Fola is a multi-instrumentalist in every sense of the word.
Earlier this year, the DJ, producer and saxophonist, explained that he developed his musical abilities after joining the children’s choir at his church in Nigeria when he was nine-years-old. The young artist picked up “local African drums, congas, and piano, before eventually settling on the saxophone.”
Fola’s latest clip for “Wonders”—the fourth video from his debut EP The Platform—is a vibrant showcase of the artist’s various musical skills:
For more music fixes, check out our previous playlist.