Afrobeats is one of the world’s fastest-growing genres of music. After over two decades since its formulation, the champions of the genre are consistently serving it to the world.
The past few years have been phenomenal for Afrobeats, marking an important crossover moment in the history of the genre. We’ve been blessed enough to witness its frontline artists get Grammy wins and nominations, platinum and gold certifications in the United States, Canada and Europe, and concerts held in major cities of the world. Afrobeats artists like Burna Boy, Wizkid and Davido have sold-out arenas in major cities like New York, London, Paris, Dublin, Amsterdam, Geneva etc.
The just concluded week had a lot of decent Afrobeats offerings like Pheelz and Davido coming together to serve the infectious tune ‘Electricity,’ Asake extending his winning streak with a potential smash ‘Terminator,’ and the likes of Joeboy, Idahams and 9ice also had something to offer. Without further ado, check out some of the best new Afrobeats records released over the weekend.
Asake – Terminator
The Nigerian music industry has witnessed some amazing campaigns in recent times, like Mr Eazi’s breathtaking run in 2022, Naira Marley in 2019 and Omah Lay in 2022. Even as we thought we’ve seen it all, Asake activated another extraordinary campaign this year.
Thanks to YBNL and EMPIRE, Asake has been regarded by many as the artist of the year already, even with 4 months to go. Since the beginning of the year, everything he has placed his hand on has turned to gold. He’s been involved in multiple hit records, as a featured and lead artist.
Some of the hit records Asake has been involved in this year include, Omo Ope featuring Olamide, Sungba and its remix featuring Burna Boy, DJ Spinall’s Palazzo, Peace Be Unto You (PBUY), and Fireboy DML’s collaborative joint, Bandana. With all these hits in his bag, it doesn’t seem he is stopping anytime soon, he is out for all he can get. In fact, this is just the beginning and he has backed it up with a new single and the announcement of his forthcoming debut album.
Asake delivered the new single titled ‘Terminator‘ via YBNL Entertainment and EMPIRE. Produced by his frequent collaborator, Magicsticks, ‘Terminator‘ serves as the singer’s 4th offering for the year, following the release of his previous records, Peace Be Unto You (PBUY), the Burna Boy-assisted Sungba remix, and the Ololade Asake EP which consists of tracks like Sungba, Trabaye, Baba God, and Omo Ope featuring Olamide.
The record is befittingly complemented by a TG Omori-directed music video, starring renowned American model, Bria Myles.
Pheelz – Electricity feat. Davido
We’re currently witnessing the most successful year in Pheelz’s career so far. Even though he has one of the biggest Nigerian songs of 2022 (Finesse feat. BNXN fka Buju) in his bag already, he’s out for even more.
Pheelz finally unveils his collaboration ‘Electricity‘ with Davido after several teasers and snippets on social media. The song sees Pheelz harness his singing abilities matching and complementing Davido’s humid vocals over the mellifluous instrumentation of the track.
Co-produced by Pheelz, P. Prime and TMXO, ‘Electricity‘ serves as Pheelz’s second offering for the year, a follow-up to the BNXN-assisted record ‘Finesse.’
Joeboy – Contour
Joeboy one of the good-music-only artists in the Nigerian music scene. With just a few years in the music business, he has managed to score multiple hit records, the likes of My Baby, Don’t Call Me Back, Sip (Alcohol) and more.
Joeboy’s latest single, Contour reunites him with his long-time collaborator, Tempoe, the producer of his runaway hit ‘Sip (Alcohol).‘ A bluesy guitar melody drives the meditative track, building tension for what Joeboy, paradoxically, calls a “feel good heartbreak song.” Just like the heart-wrenching ending to a complicated relationship, listeners will have a tough time getting ‘Contour‘ out of their heads.
Idahams – Bad Girl feat. Ajebo Hustlers
With over 40 million plays online, three top 10 singles on Music Week’s UK Black Music Chart, and strong support from the likes of BBC 1Xtra and Spotify, fast-rising Nigerian afro-pop singer, songwriter and producer Idahams have been on a decent streak ever since the release of his 2020 EP, Man On Fire.
Fast-forward to the summer of 2022, and the Bonny Island native is back with an impressive new single titled ‘Bad Girl’ featuring Ajebo Hustlers, and has also announced his debut album titled Truth, Love & Confessions, set for release on September 16.
‘Bad Girl’ serves as the lead single off Idaham’s Truth, Love & Confessions album. Produced by Yussy Beats and mastered by Vtek, ‘Bad Girl’ is a feel-good afro-pop tune with lush R&B and hip-hop sensibilities, which sees Idahams and Ajebo Hustlers wax lyrical about their escapades with the beautiful women in their lives.