On his 2015 debut EP, Fortune Shumba was dark and moody. His latest offering is a burst of light that continues to showcase his haunting vocals and unique approach to songwriting.
Recorded in a friend’s bedroom in Mpumalanga, Daylight captures a recent journey of introspection for the South African singer, who recently made the move from the small town of Nelspruit to Johannesburg.
Most of the songs on the six-track EP came to him in dreams. That’s how the first song came to fruition. “I dreamt of a melody—most times I dream of melodies or words and turn them to songs—someone was continuously singing the word Umlilo over this pulsating loud drum. I woke up at midnight and recorded what I had heard in the dream on my phone and continued sleeping,” he says. This was the first melody of what was to become Daylight.
On the title track, he speaks of his newfound freedom and spiritual rebirth. In the song’s minimalist video, a gold-painted Shumba is portrayed as the sun while moving about against a white backdrop.
Watch “Daylight” below:
The Burkinabé rapper Joey Le Soldat released one of our favorite music videos of 2014.
The MC comes back strong with “Travell,” a dizzying and head-nod-inducing new single produced by Redrum. Its accompanying music video, which we’re premiering here today, takes things to Uganda and features some beautiful aerial shots of the sprawling city of Kampala.
“It’s true that for so many years we have been deported from our land to be sold as sheep, to be sold as chickens, so they fought big cities, big economies to our detriment. Yes, our past will not be changed, but we can change our future. Change our tomorrows. Africa Wake Up!,” Joey Le Soldat raps in his new single.
Check out the video for “Travell,” directed by Moja Reeves below:
Wizkid linked up with South Africa’s DJ Maphorisa for “Good Love,” a catchy new collaboration about a special lover built on booming bass hits and piano loops. The two stars had previously gotten together for “Soweto Baby.”
Secondly, Wizkid connects with Ghana’s R2bees for the Legendury Beatz-produced “Tonight.” The stronger of the two new tracks, this one sees the Ghanaian duo and Starboy delivering another potential hit and—definitely—one for the weekend’s dance floors.
Check them out below:
For more music check out our previous playlist.