Dynamic Africa’s Favourite Music Videos: September 2014 Edition.
From Africa, to the diaspora, and back, here’s a round-up of our favourite music videos posted over the month of September.
Sauti Sol - “Sura Yako”
After beautifully seducing us with their video for Nishike, the boys started a Lipala dance hype that shows no signs of stopping thanks to their single Sura Yako, and the instructional dance video that came with it. Now, the official music video takes us in a different direction as we witness a traditional wedding ceremony that’ll make you want get hitched, with this song playing in the background, ASAP.
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 ft BLITZ the Ambassador - “African Smoke”
Lifted of Seun’s recent album A Long Way to the Beginning, the video features Seun and his band Egypt 80 welding together their instruments as if engineering the perfect Afrobeat sound.
Khuli Chana - “Never Grow Up”
If my kiddy parties were half as fun,I’d never want to grow up either.
Kwabs - “Walk”
Following the artist as he sings and dances his way through an empty city, “Walk” is Kwabs’ most exciting and colourful video to date.
Emma Nyra ft Davido - “Elele”
Summer may be coming to an end for those of you up north, but down in the southern hemisphere things are only just beginning to heat up for us. Cue the start of spring jams and summer anthems, and here is Nigerian singer Emma Nyra leading the pack with some help from Davido.
Junglepussy - “Nah”
With sun goddess looks and imagery that reminds me of Daughters of the Dust, to important black woman supremacy ideals and natural hair sisterhood sessions, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t itching to be a part of Junglepussy’s clique.
Kid Sister/Jane Jupiter - “Higher”
In her second official unveiling of Ms. Jupiter, Kid Sister is all 70s disco meets 80s electro meets 90s R&B meets 00s rap queen sensibilities. The things about it all is that works (thanks in part to production from Dam-Funk and Chad Hugo). She doesn’t look the least bit out of her element, despite looking a whole lot different to the Kid Sister that once had the most fabulous nails in town, and worked at a doughnut store.
Cassper Nyovest - “Phumakim”
Catch me any time, any place, and my answer will still remain the same: Cassper Nyovest is hands down the greatest rapper to ever come out of South Africa. MTV Base Africa recently went one step further and crowned him the greatest MC in Africa at the moment. He certainly has the most unique hairstyle and choreographer we’ve seen from any rapper on the continent.
Chronixx - “Capture Land”
Jamaican artist Chronixx leaves no stone on turned on this track as he details the ruthless and brutal consequences of the enslavement of Africans by Europeans and the subsequent systems of oppression that followed. The song comes off his 2014 EP Dread & Terrible.
Sipho the Gift - “Somewhere”
New school rapper with an old school flow, South African artist Sipho the Gift doesn’t sound like any other hip-hop artist that’s come out of the country’s local scene in a while. As this video demonstrates, his music making process is as organic as his sound, and it’s great to see a rapper stripped down and his element.
Stromae - “Ave Cesaria”
This may be a fabricated home video but it has all the intimacy, fun and vibrancy of what could be the most multi-racial family gathering ever recorded. Whether or not the diverse group of individuals shown is a take on the Cape Verdean racial landscape or Stromae's own mixed heritage, I don't know for sure, but they all pull it off so well you can't help but want to be a part of it .And of course, lyrically and musically it's an incredible celebration and dedication of the life and talents of the late Cape Verdean barefoot diva Cesaria Evora.
Jonny Joburg - “Mazishe”
Former SpazaShop Boyz member Jonny Joburg takes us on a seedy night time tour of his namesake city in a vintage car, accompanied by baseline that’s as dirty and as alluring as his flow.
AKA ft K.O. - “Run Jozi (Goldy)”
Filmed in Jozi, this black-and-white video sees two of Mzansi’s high-ranking rappers team up and spit bars over a Tweezy-produced beat. Run Jozi (Godly) may be taken off AKA’s number one iTunes ranked album Levels, but it’s Teargas’ K.O. that shines on the track.
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