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The 10 Best Songs From The Latest Wave Of Coupé Décalé

We round up the best songs and videos from a new crop of Coupe Decale artists.


Coupé Décalé is riding out another wave of popularity. Originating from the Parisian-Ivorian diaspora and of course Côte d'Ivoire, the heavily-percussive and melodic dance music will push you to the dancefloor without you even noticing. The minimalist arrangements combined with deep bass and zouk/zouglou influences usually become a sweet addiction.

2013 was a great year for coupé décalé as the infectious music videos coming from the genre kept one-upping each other. New styles, new steps, flowing rhythms, and gyrating hips all kept our bodies moving forward last year. We talked with some coupé décalé lovers in our sphere and, after a long debate, we came out with a fierce top 10 for your eyes and ears. We'd like to give a special mention to young rising star Chocoto de Babi, who we're sure will be part of the next crop of coupé décalé highlights. In the meantime, enjoy and dance as you remember how coupé décalé rocked last year.  Feel free to let us know  your favorite tune by tweeting @Okayafrica with #coupedecale.

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Interview: Bizzle Osikoya Is the A&R Shaping the Voice of a New Generation

We caught up with the A&R expert and co-founder of The Plug Management to talk about the fast-rising demand for Nigerian music and what it takes to break out as an artist.

The meteoric rise of Nigeria's burgeoning music industry over the last few years is definitely one for the books. From high profile collaborations that have graced international charts to appearances on American late night TV and a Grammy nomination, the Nigerian sound is sitting at the epicenter of a global conversation that the world—including Queen Bey herself —seem to scrabbling to get a piece of the action.

However, way before this global infiltration and westernized conflation of Africa's assortment of genres into one Afrobeats, Bizzle Osikoya was studying Music Business in England and plotting for a way to be a part of what he knew was inevitable. "I remember going to clubs in school and they would always play Jamaican music but rarely Nigerian songs. I knew we made good music here but I knew I couldn't sing. So I was motivated to come back, go behind the scenes, and see how we can make that crossover possible," he tells OkayAfrica.

More than a decade after making the intrepid decision to venture into A&R, helping artists find and develop their sound, Bizzle's creative genius has cascaded across different musical generations, from the piracy rife CD mix era with artists like Naeto C, Wande Coal and Dr. Sid to a streaming era populated with hits from Reekado Banks, Tiwa Savage and Davido.

Following the success of his latest project, Oxlade's Oxygene, we caught up with the A&R expert and co-founder of the Plug Management—a talent management company that has managed Davido, Peruzzi and DJ Obi—to talk about what it takes to break out as an artist, the fast-rising demand for Nigerian music, and how "alté" is not the same thing as alternative music.

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