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 finally receiving their flowers.
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.
We’ve had a good number of mellifluous Afrobeats records released this month and the just-concluded weekend is not an exception. Over the weekend, our playlists were blessed with a lot of new music. Consisting of new music from Nigeria, these are the best new Afrobeats songs you should listen to.
CKay – WATAWI feat. Davido, Focalistic, and Abidoza
With Love Nwantiti breaking several records, including being the most streamed African song globally on Spotify, and Emiliana once garnering over 700 thousand streams in a single day on Spotify, CKay has released a new single titled ‘WATAWI.’
On the new single, CKay teams up with Davido, Focalistic, and Abidoza. WATAWI is another opportunity for CKay to capture the ears and hearts of his fans around the world. It is CKay’s second offering for the year, a follow-up to his previous release ‘Maria‘ featuring Silly Walks Discotheque.
Asake – Peace Be Unto You (PBUY)
YBNL singer-songwriter Ahmed Ololade, popularly known as Asake has released a new single titled ‘Peace Be Unto You (PBUY).‘ Co-written by his label boss Olamide, PBUY serves as the singer’s third output for the year as a lead artist, following the release of Sungba Remix, and his debut extended play dubbed Ololade Asake which housed the likes of Omo Ope, Sungba, Baba God etc.
Although fans on social media have pointed out that Peace Be Unto You (PBUY) sounds strikingly similar to his previous release Palazzo, I honestly think it’s a beautiful tune.
Chris Brown – Call Me Everyday feat. Wizkid
Chris Brown’s love for Afrobeats has been evident over the last few years, we’ve perceived it in his collaboration with Lojay and Sarz on Monalisa Remix, with Rema on Time N Affection, with Ajo Jay on Number One Love Remix, with Davido on Blow My Mind, with Wizkid on African Bad Girl and now, Call Me Everday. The singer’s ability to switch between different genres is on another level, no wonder he’s been regarded as one of the most talented men on the planet.
In anticipation of the release of his eponymous and 10th studio album ‘Breezy,’ Chris Brown delivers one of the records on the album, an Afrobeats-inspired track dubbed Call Me Everyday featuring one of Nigeria’s biggest artists, Wizkid. Just like their previous collaboration on ‘African Bad Girl,’ the synergy between both singers on the new single can barely be justified with words.
Co-produced by DJ Tunez, Blaise Beatz, and Leon Youngblood, the Afrobeats-infused single is the third official offering from Chris Brown this year, a follow-up to his previous singles ‘WE (Warm Embrace),’ released back in April, and ‘Iffy,’ released back in January.
Mayorkun – Certified Loner (No Competition)
Returning with a vengeance to continue asserting his place of hit-making in the music industry, Mayorkun gets into character as one of the country’s finer creatives in music to deliver this amapiano-inspired track that’s already arrived in whirlwind fashion. The track launched on the creator’s platform, TikTok with a teaser sound that was quickly eaten up by users, later featuring on the app’s trending segment and now at almost 300k creations.
“Certified Loner (No Competition)” is yet another demonstration of Mayorkun’s speciality in making Afro-pop tunes and his knack for embellishing these sounds with playful twists from the Amapiano genre. The geng (Mayorkun’s following) can now put to rest their eager anticipation for new music as the track debuts just in time to set the groove right for the emergence of summer and all the vibes that the exciting season brings with it.
Ruger – Girlfriend
Ruger triggers nostalgia, taking us back to the 2000s, the early days of konto with the likes of Stereoman, African China and Timaya, with the beautiful tune titled ‘Girlfriend.’ Produced by his frequent collaborator Kukbeats, Girlfriend serves as one of the three new tracks enlisted on the deluxe edition of his critically acclaimed extended play, The Second Wave.