‘Summertime and the livin’ is easy…’
Today is a perfect UK summer’s day: the maximum temperature is a cinderella-optimum, entirely agreeable 15 degrees: not too hot and not too cold.
So here are a few AfroPop tunes to turn up the heat just a little more and soundtrack a hopefully already perfect day.
Sarah Teibo – Blessed
- This G Kid-produced track almost certainly needs no introduction
- Ever since it came out in 2018 it’s been a radio, playlist and video staple everywhere
- A true international hit for Sarah Teibo, one of the UK’s favorite female artists
- Follow Sarah Teibo on Spotify
Andrew Bello Ft Victizzle – Never Be The Same
- It’s always going to be difficult to pick an Andrew Bello song – his catalogue is extensive and his release cycle is impressively frequent
- I’ve gone with this because it’s his biggest Spotify hit with just under 200,000 streams (as at the time of writing of this)
- Follow Andrew Bello on Spotify
CalledOut Music – I Am Free
- Another artist with a breathtaking selection of songs that so many people around the world have taken to heart
- ‘I Am Free’ has now had just under 2 million YouTube streams
- Not much more to be said apart from: enjoy
- Follow CalledOut Music on Spotify
Qyubi – Odo
- I only discovered Qyubi about a month (or maybe 6 weeks) ago
- Since then I’ve been listening to as much of his back catalogue as possible
- He’s got some GREAT songs, and if this is your first time hearing about him (and you like this kind of vibe), go check out the rest – you’re in for a treat!
- Follow Qyubi on Spotify
24Eldaz – OMI ft Henrisoul
- 24 Eldaz is one of those artists that makes me both happy and sad for the current season in the UK Gospel scene
- Sad because there’s so much coming out these days that it’s becoming difficult to find and – more importantly – support brilliant artists
- On the flip side I’m also happy that digital technology has made recording so cheap, meaning more artists are entering the scene
- Plus: social media has (kind of) made discovery easy(ier)
- If you like this one (made in collaboration with Nigeria’s Henrisoul), you know what to do:
- Follow 24Eldaz on Spotify
BONUS 1: Stevie Valentine – Fall On Me
- What can I say about Stevie Valentine?
- If you know about him then you know he gets 40 thousand-plus listens on Spotify every month, and many of his songs on the platform have between 200,000 and 400,000 streams
- ‘Fall On Me’ is one of his biggest AfroPop songs with over 400,000 streams (his biggest is the Neyo-sampled ‘Stay Strong’ with over 600,000 as at the time of writing)
- Follow Stevie Valentine on Spotify
BONUS 2: Becca Folkes – Control ft CalledOut Music
- I was on Real Gospel’s Instragram live the other day when Becca Folkes let slip that she was hoping ‘Control’ will get to 1 million streams very soon.
- It’s now at 927,000 streams, so not long to go…
- (And yes, this is my contribution to boosting that number…) 🙂
- Follow Becca Folkes on Spotify