Which International Act Should Sauti Sol Collab With?

Article by Anthony ‘Fuego’ Sserwada

The road to success for many African musicians is linear and quite predictable: garner a cult-level following in your home country by releasing a string of hit songs, reach out to other successful stars on the continent to stretch your fan base, get nominated for a MOBO/EMA and eventually put out a mediocre collab with Rick Ross (I’m looking at you Diamond and P-Square).

   

So as we watch Sauti Sol’s star rise ever higher by the day, we all know that their big Rick Ross collaboration is coming soon and it therefore begs the question: Which international artist should the group team up with?

There’s no easy answer to that question because Sauti Sol are musically hard to place; going through their discography you will hear elements of Zouk, Blues, Dancehall, and most recently Reggae (if you haven’t heard the incredible Girl Next Door yet, then you are not doing life right). Their versatility lends them the advantage of being able to accommodate the styles and talents of almost anybody in music right now.

But “accommodating” is not what Sauti Sol should aim for!

Time and again African artists seem to flinch under the limelight of American stars, adopting and taking on styles that don’t suit their sound and rarely complement their art. Take for example the aforementioned collaboration between Diamond Platinumz’ and Rick Ross. Essentially a Rap song, Waka works perfectly for Rick Ross who sounds at home on an instrumental that matches his swag and braggadocio, but one that makes Diamond sound like a fish out of water and forces him to take on a persona that sounds unnatural.

Conversely, consider Everytime by Wizkid featuring Future. Way before the ATL trapper even appears on the track, there is no doubt in your mind that you are listening to a Wizkid song. The beats, the tempo and the vibe are all Wizkid staple. He completely owns the track and simply invites Future to join in on the fun.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1LPdQxkwsw

And going into the new year, as Sauti Sol roll out their brand new album Afrikan Sauce and continue garnering global attention, it would be great to see them escape the trap of settling for a big name rapper and instead seek out artists who will match their own unique versatility.

Like Ty Dolla Sign!

Boasting collaborations with artists as diverse as Major Lazer, Lupe Fiasco and Africa’s own Mr Eazi, Ty Dolla is a master in musical camouflage; the kind of artist who has no interest in stealing your shine, but does a fantastic job of simply adding gloss to your music.

That is the kind of feature Sauti Sol should reach for because after all, as great as it is to have your name tagged alongside a big international act on a song, it should mean even more for that song to be yours.

Cassper Nyovest Opens 2018 As First ROTW Of The Year

There will be 51 more ROTWs (Records of the Week) to come during 2018 but they will all have been preceded by the Cassper Nyovest single ‘Baby Girl’.

Featuring as this year’s first big banger, Cassper Nyovest a.k.a Mr. Fill Up The Dome, reigned through the first week with his single ‘Baby Girl’, which is from his Thuto album.

The grape vines spun rumors that the uptempo Afro-beat single was meant to feature Wizkid and while there may still be plans to get this Naija music icon on a remix to the track later in the year, ‘Baby Girl’ is undoubtedly one of people’s most favorite singles from that album.

With a Ciroc deal under his belt, Cassper Nyovest is definitely one of Africa’s finest, and in case you hadn’t watched the Vanessa Mdee featured video to that song, here you go.

Wizkid Enters Guinness Book Of World Records

Wizkid has become the first Afro-Pop musician to appear in the Guinness Book of World Records.

This comes after his collaboration with American Hip Hop artist Drake on the song ‘One Dance’ broke the World record as the most played song on Spotify with over 1 billion streams.

The song was also named the best performing single worldwide of 2016 and the best-selling singles of all time.

Although the song is technically Drake‘s single, Wizkid has songwriting credits for ‘One Dance’.

Wizkid has collaborated with a  couple of American Hip Hop Artists including  Chris Brown, Ty Dolla $ign and the most recent one Future.

Way to go Wizkid. 

Wizkid Features Future In New Track “Everytime” – Listen

Wizkid has once again teamed up with an International act.

The Nigerian superstar has released a new jam dubbed “Everytime” featuring Hip-Hop star Future.

WizKid has been teasing new music with Future since back in June when he posted a picture with Future on his Instagram and has since given his fans little snippets of the upcoming collaboration. He again teased it in late August, posting the single’s artwork with the caption, “Plutooooo said drop dat shit tonight! @future !! FreebandzzZZ X Starboy forever!!! soon come!”

While the wait was longer than expected, the collaboration doesn’t disappoint. “Everytime” sees Wizkid and Future trade hooks and verses simultaneously on the Afrobeats instrumental.

This comes Just two months after the release of his major label debut Sounds from the Other Side, that featured several notable hip hop and R&B artists including Drake, Chris Brown and Ty Dolla $ign.

Have a listen below:

Davido’s Anticipated Rae Ssremurd & Young Thug Collabo #ROTW

It was once rumored to always be a race-to-the-top between Niaja emcees Davido and Wizkid.

Well, Wizkid’s got a number of chart topping international collabos and whether it’s in proof of their long lasting competition or not, Davido has only just also released another one of his international collabos and it’s already made it to be Record of the Week (ROTW).

Pere

Featuring Rae Ssremurd and Young Thug, this Sony signed star goes ham on the DJ Mustard produced beat worthy of the top position on any music chart, somegthing we already predict to happen.

Davido who has been in the country a number of times has had a few cross over hits before now, with artists from Africa like Mafikizolo and Diamond Platnumz as well American singer Tinashe.

The video to this brand new one, ‘Pere’ garnered over one million views in under 5 days and will now enjoy a week’s long airplay and bragging rights as HBR’s record of the week.

Check it out;

 

 

Wizkid Touring With Yet Another International Artist

We have followed Wizkid’s steady growth in music and while we await for his Nairobi staging set for the coming weeks (at Barberque Live), he is making more moves this time, getting added to the line up of stars who’ll be touring with Trap music star Future. 

Wizkid has been on Kenyan soil before and has since been featured and released a number of singles including one with Maybach music emcee Wale which features big wigs Major Lazer and singer Dua Lipa.

The Naija star has held his own since his massive breakthrough on Drake’s ‘One Dance’, continuing to create waves with his star studded collabos including the now Kenyan famous Chris Brown featured ‘African Bad Gal’.

 

 

(Exclusive) RajVille Reveales That A Victoria Kimani Collabo May Be On The Works

RajVille, one of Kenya’s finest rappers just dropped the video ‘Dancee’ out on Youtube. Accompanying the video was this message:

During RAJ’s trip to his hometown, KISII, after a long while, he was shocked to see the levels of poverty still, 2017, at the same place he grew up, a place he calls home. He decided to encode this situation into a stripped down video. We decided, with the team at NEZZO FILMS, that it will be RAW. No make up, no fancy clothes, no fancy cars, houses or fancy anything. Just a raw video to show the exact situation of the people he loves and the place he calls home. While there, he donated food and clothes worth close to ksh80,000 to schools & orphanages. Only you and I can make the change you expect. WE present to you DANCEE from his BAE EP.

During an exclusive interview with Homeboyz radio, the rapper revealed a few not so common facts about him. He revealed that he is indeed single and that he spent his Valentines day performing at a concert. Concerning the hit song ‘Obe Baba’ that featured STL (Stella Mwangi) he says that she is actually the one who sought him out and not the other way around. 

The young rapper, who studied Economics in UON, is the CEO of Musicbank and said that weather or not you are a know musician, if he likes what he hears he is open for collaborations. 

He is definitely one of +254’s most hardworking artists and was originally supposed to be on the track ‘Roll up’ that now features Wizkid, Emtee and A.K.A. However, complications to fly out to S.A. came about and he was replaced by A.K.A. The 23 year old revealed that he does not like to party and cleared up the fact that he has never tried to take his own life saying only God has the power to do that.

 On the works right now is a collaboration with Victoria Kimani and we can’t wait to hear it but for now, here is ‘Dancee’.  

Wizkid Teams Up With Drake For ‘Hush Up The Silence’

Wizkid has been on a roll releasing hit after hit and now, the Starboy has teamed up yet again with Drake to release ‘Hush up the silence’. Their ‘One dance’ collaboration scored Wiz a gammy nomination and topped music charts when it was released. 

Wizkid had teased earlier in October through twitter saying, “6god x Real Starboy about to school everybody.” Since then, Wiz has teased upcoming collaborations with Ty Dolla $ign and DJ Mustard. “Me and the brudda Ty made more bangers with DJ Mustard,” he wrote. “2017 will be a special one!!”

https://soundcloud.com/lytness/vague

New Music: Wizkid x Drake – ‘Hush Up the Silence’

After the mammoth success of “One Dance,” Wizkid and Drake team up once again on their collaboration “Hush Up the Silence.”

Much like “One Dance,” “Hush” begs for dutty-wining in the tropics. Meanwhile, Wiz makes his nickname known.

“Starboy, call me number one,” he sings. “When my tune drop, the girls, they bounce along / Me no like nothing come between me and me paper.”

Drake joins in on the third verse, singing about drama and jealousy. “Too mixed up in drama to go outside,” he sings. “Too mixed up in drama to free my mind / Jealous people around me, I need to change my life / I just turn colder every time I try.”

In October, Wiz warned fans about the collaboration. “6god x Real Starboy about to school everybody,” he tweeted.

Since then, Wiz has teased upcoming collaborations with Ty Dolla $ign and DJ Mustard. “Me and the brudda Ty made more bangers with DJ Mustard,” he wrote. “2017 will be a special one!!”

Listen to “Hush Up The Silence.”

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https://soundcloud.com/hiphopmonument/wizkid-drake-hush-up-the-silence