Audio

Stream Sinkane's 'New Name,' The Third Single Off His Forthcoming 'Mean Love' LP

Stream 'New Name', the third single from Sudanese-born multi-instrumentalist Sinkane aka Ahmed Gallab off his forthcoming album, 'Mean Love'


Keeping with his current M.O. of dropping monthly sonic gems, it seems as though Sinkane aka Ahmed Gallab has no plans of dishing out the tough love alluded to in the title of his forthcoming Mean Love LP. "New Name," the latest from the Sudanese-born, Brooklyn-based artist steps up the pace from the soulful, aural molasses of his last two offerings "How We Be" and "Hold Tight." The track, which premiered today via The New York Times's T Magazine, opens with a guttural cry before grooving along on a distinctly Sudanese bass line, punctuated by electrifying horns that carry the track to new heights over Sinkane's trademark ethereal synthwork.

Speaking on the evolution of his artistry Sinkane explains, “Mars was an apt metaphor: I was a foreigner, an alien, in whatever environment I found myself in. It was time for me to look deeper into myself and make a more personal record. Mars expressed a lot of my African side, but for my new record, Mean Love, I wanted to get into my American influences.” Thankfully, as this latest offering shows, he is still holding onto the distinct polyrhythmic afrobeat grooves that first grabbed our attention on his 2012 debut Mars. Stream "New Name" below. Mean Love arrives September 2nd via DFA Records (US) and City Slang (ROW).

News

My African Mother Is...

Angélique Kidjo, Mapei, Sinkane, Toya Delazy and more honor their African moms for Mother's Day 2015.

For Mother's Day this year we asked some of our favorite artists for their help honoring all the moms out there.

Keep reading...
News Brief

Watch Sinkane's Feel-Good 'Tiny Desk Concert' Performance

Sinkane performs songs from his latest album "Life & Livin' It" during a 'Tiny Desk' Set with NPR.

Sinkaneone of our favorite artists from the new school of Sudanese musicians—delivers a lively performance in the latest installment of NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts.

Keep reading...
Audio
Kizz Daniel in "Eko" (Youtube)

The 9 Best Afropop Songs About Lagos

Featuring city odes from Kizz Daniel, Wizkid, Teni, Maleek Berry, M.I Abaga, Brymo and more.

The best afropop songs about Lagos, Nigeria's most populous city, are as much about the city as a whole as they are about select areas of special importance to individual artists.

Read on for our selection of The 9 Best Afropop Songs About Lagos. Listed in no particular order.

Keep reading...
popular
Still from YouTube

Watch Joeboy's New Music Video 'All For You'

The buzzing Nigerian artist shares his latest single from his debut EP 'Love & Light.'

Rising artist Joeboy shares his new song and video "All For You," one of the standout tracks from his debut EP Love & Light.

The track follows the release of the artist's breakout singles "Baby" and "Beginning," and sees the artist dealing with a love interest who's facing an abusive partner.

"The song is basically about a girl in a relationship plagued by domestic violence," says Joeboy of the song and video. "The girl ends up falling in love with someone else who actually treats her right and therefore she ends up breaking up with her boyfriend because of him. It's a twisted love story between a girl and two guys."

Keep reading...

get okayafrica in your inbox

news.

popular.