The 5 Afrobeat tracks that will change your life right now
And the videos that will make you wish you were in Lagos.
Adekunle Gold – Kelegbe Megbe (Know Your Level)
Kelegbe Megbe translates to Know Your Level in Yoruba and you can tell Adekunle is in a league of his own. Displaying bold afro-eccentricism in the video for the track directed by Clarence Abiodun Peters, this is a spiritual vibe – complete with the saxophone riffs that will send chills down your spine.
GoldLink – U Say ft. Tyler, The Creator, Jay Prince
Although Goldlink’s “Diaspora” album isn’t exactly an ‘Afrobeats’ projects, by calling in the help of Juls (the legendary producer who came to our attention by creating timeless bangers with Mr Eazi), Goldlink almost automatically slides tracks like “U Say” into the vibrant and beautiful genre category that is afrobeats. If you haven’t already listened to Goldink’s “Diaspora”, let this track be your gateway drug.
Burna Boy – Anybody
Produced by P2J, the executive producer on Goldlink’s exquisite “Diaspora” project, Burna Boy adds another banger to his string of hits solidifying his status as “African Giant”.
Moelogo – On Me
Having worked on some of our fave tracks such as “Pumpy”, Moelogo comes back into the fore with “On Me” from his latest EP.
“With this EP, I wanted to create something magical. It’s a body of work that is about soul searching. It’s a progression from ‘Ireti’ and also ‘Shine Your Light’, so it’s not just about my own stories but other people’s stories too. I wanted to say what other people might want to say, or hear, but don’t have the platform to do so.
Rema – Dumebi
Rema has been on our radar for a while since dropping his eponymous top tier project which includes tracks such as “Corny”, “Iron Man” and of course “Dumebi”.