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New Nigerian Music: AFAY 'Lai Lai' + 'Hey Bobo'

New Nigerian music. AFAY makes her singles debut with "Lai Lai" and "Hey Bobo".


The first time many of us heard AFAY was on her soulful duet with Omawumi on Lasso of Truth. Now, the Nigerian singer/songwriter is coming into her own with the release of her first two singles.

On "Lai Lai" AFAY simply, yet mellowly professes an eternal love to "the flame that lights [her] fire".

AFAY speeds vibes up on "Hey Bobo" with a dancehall-like introduction reminiscent of Lumidee's "Never Leave You (Uh Oooh, Uh Oooh)".

We'll likely be hearing more from the Port Harcourt-based artist before the year runs out.

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>>>Download: Afay "Lai Lai"

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>>>Download: Afay "Hey Bobo"

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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Ethic's Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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