One of the newest artists emerging in this space is Nigerian born artist Omah Lay. Breaking through with this 2019 EP Get Layed and following it up with 2020’s What Have We Done EP. Omah is among the latest crop of talent giving a different take on the genre and doing things differently. The release of his latest single Understand marks his first 2021 release following the success of his 2020 EP. Speaking to us about the single and giving us what he can about his upcoming album we spoke to Omah to find out about his musical beginnings, why Afrobeats is having such a moment right now
There is no greater example of this then when one hears the words Juls Baby whatever and whenever you hear those words what is to follow is something that moves you in a way that is followed by good vibes and a good time wherever you are. The British-Ghanian producer is one whose has been a staple for creating music that suits any type of enjoyments. Ever since coming onto the music scene in 2016, he has grown to be one of the hottest producers that has not only pushed Afrobeats music across the African continent to International spheres, but also worked with some of the finest talent Africa
And one thing about me is that I’m always going to champion any music that comes from the African continent, so it was no surprise that when I came across 19-year-old Tyla Seethal a young musician hailing from South Africa in the form of a very bright and colourful music video for her debut single Getting Late I wanted to know more.
Releasing her debut single at the end of 2019 with fellow up and coming producer Kooldrink, it wasn’t until the release of the video at the top of this year that the track really took off. Blowing up on Tik Tok and creating the phenomenon that is the Getting Late
Joining the ranks of these is Ayra Starr another new songstress who is also making her way. Born in Benin Republic and growing up in Nigeria. It wasn’t until the age of 17 when Ayra started uploading covers to her Instagram page of which caught the attention of Don Jazzy head of Nigerian label Maverick Label that has helped nurture the careers of artists such as Tiwa Savage and Rema.
For R&B singer Kara Marni it has been a year of realisation that whatever life throws at her she can take it, adapt and push through it. For someone who has been building her career over the last few years with the release of two EPs under her belt. There seemed to be quite the expectation of what 2020 would be. However, with the rest of the world that was thrown into a spin such was the case with Kara, who rather than allowing these times to drag her down, decided to channel it into being more free and open with her music which led to her learning how to produce, record, and create music
one of the many artists who has been thriving within the hip-hop since the age of 19 is Durban-born rapper Nasty C. As a young rapper Nasty C broke on the rap scene of South Africa and since then has been unstoppable. 2020 alone has seen Nasty C sign a record deal with the newly formed Def Jam Africa that is taking him to the international landscape. Along with his third studio album Zulu Man With Some Power which was released last summer, a Netflix documentary Zulu Man in Japan followed his journey exploring the cultural landscape that is Japan discovering new sights and
Stephan Moccio who is a composer, producer, songwriter and is also a master pianist who has been playing since the tender age of 3. Throughout his 40-year career in music, he has worked with some of the finest in music including the likes of Céline Dion, The Weeknd, Avril Lavigne, Miley Cyrus to name a few. Not to mention, composing the theme song for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Now after spending his time as somebody known predominately behind the scenes, Stephan is stepping out into the next chapter of his career which includes the release of his debut piano album Tales of Solace.
UMI’s music is a relaxed, laid-back R&B sound that is perfect for moments where you want to just be carefree and not think about anything which, given the current social and political climate, is needed sometimes. Her musical journey began at a young age and was formed through growing up with a blend of both Japanese and African–American heritage. Influenced by a range of different musical genres like R&B, Gospel, Soul as well as a lot of different Japanese music from her mum,
The artists creating are having to adapt, re-adjust to creating and making do with the releases that we have gotten pre-quarantine, so we have more time to take in the music and enjoy the offerings. One of the artists that I have stumbled across, thanks to Spotify Discover, is rising Nigerian artist Oxlade. Describing his music as a fusion, as opposed to straight Afrobeats, his is a sound that isn’t one I have necessarily heard before.
Having already graced stages in the UK such as the O2 Academy Islington and London’s O2 Arena as part of Wizkid’s Starboy Fest last year, Oxlade has slowly been
The journey one takes to becoming a successful artist is anything but easy. Before you get to selling out stadiums and arenas and having successful chart-topping singles and albums, there is a lot of work that goes into it. Performing to empty parts, busking on the streets, handing out CDs on the streets doing what you must do, JP Cooper is no stranger to the realities of what it takes to be a successful musician. While he is very much still on his musical journey having only just released hi...
Holly Quin Ankrah who is better known as RAHH is one of the artists making her way on the music scene. Having been in music all her life coming from a musical family the singer- songwriter who hails from Warrington is going about things in her own way. Her sound is hard to attach to a particular genre as it contains multiple elements of Pop, R&B, Soul all of which mix and come across on a deeper level when you listen to her lyrics and everything that she puts into her music.
You may not yet be aware of who she is, but Indian-Swiss singer Ta’Shan is definitely a name to be on the lookout for. The emerging female artist who hails from Switzerland is full of flavor, charisma and a whole lot of talent. Her musical style is a combination of a variety of sounds and flavours from around the world which serve her well as a multicultural artist that comes across in everything she does, from her style and music, to everything else.
Liverpool native Tayá is delivering her “old school R&B with a modern electronic twist”. Having already featured alongside artists such as Yxng Bane and Lotto Boyz, she’s certainly one to keep our eye on.
Following in the steps of her long-time musical influences consisting of the early 2000’s R&B songstresses, Taya, is popping up all over London’s music scene. At only nineteen, she’s already been named one to watch.
With Afrobeat’s becoming highly infectious within the UK’s music scene, Kida Kudz is here to make Afro-swank known. After the past couple of years of tremendous growth, Afrobeat’s - originating out of West Africa, from the regions of Nigeria and Ghana, is continuing to push the UK’s eclectic talent to the surface. In only a short period of time, this type of music has produced some of the most well-known artists in the UK including Yung Bxne, J Hus, Fuse ODG and Wizkid.