Here are six new entries to the ever-growing Afropop "Top Videos Playlist." Enjoy!
First up, a sensational new video from Natu Camara, the New York-based, Guinean singer who has been on the rise in recent years. This video is her best work yet, and a preview of her coming second album.
New tango from Argentina from the band Contrabandeando. Their P.R. for the band’s third album talks about a new direction for the band. “Cumbia, a salsa, a landó and a boogaloo, with touches of huayno or reggae, show the variety in the repertoire.”
Here’s some trippy Afrofuturism from the Caribbean, by way of Brooklyn. “Nite Bjuti is Candice Hoyes, Val Jeanty and Mimi Jones, an evocative improvised trio of Afro-Caribbean artists using electronics, vocalism, bass, Haitian drum rhythms, sampling and spoken word to cultivate their narrative journey.”
Dutch guitarist Joep Pelt was a blues guitar phenomenon as a teenager. He went on to work with the late Malian maestro Lobi Traore and a number of other global projects. Here’s sampler of live shows with his new Ethiopian music project: the Entoto Band.
This is an audio-only post, but it’s special. “Mamba Sambou” by Sijam Bukan of Gambia comes from a superb release from Smithsonian Folkways, Ears of the People: Ekonting Songs from Senegal and the Gambia, available February 3, 2023.
The U.K.-based Congolese singer Juanita Euka has been featured on our show before. She’s a niece of Franco of TPOK Jazz fame, and a trailblazer in her own right. Here’s a live video from Gdansk in 2022.