Africa In Your Earbuds

Sufyvn's Mixtape Takes You Through Different Eras Of Sudanese Music

A couple of months ago we introduced you to Sufyvn, the Khartoum-based producer transforming vintage Sudanese cassettes into some of the best beats we’ve heard this year.

Since we were so enthralled by his productions, we asked Sufyvn to take the helm on a new installment of our Africa In Your Earbuds series.

For his mix, the skillful beat maker takes listeners through a 40-minute lesson on Sudan’s musical history, ranging from vintage sounds to present popular songs.

"Sudanese music has always been very diverse throughout the years,” Sufyvn tells Okayafrica, “which is a direct reflection of the country's accumulating heritage, and Khartoum being [a] melting pot, as well as the presence of external influences. It’s natural for artists to present a colorful mix of different styles in their work.”

“In this mix, I tried my best to include a wide range of some of my favorite tones from different parts of the country. It starts with older songs, and gradually moves to newer ones as the mix goes, and ends with one of my own beats."

Hear Sufyvn’s all-Sudanese Africa In Your Earbuds mixtape and see the full track list below.

Track List

Hamad Al Rayah - Shahr, Shahrein

Mohamad Merghany - Geib Alai

Abu Obaida Hassan - Sayed Albalad

Salah Ibn Albadya - Washwashni Al Abeer

Sharhabeel Ahmad - Lessa Ma Arfeen

Abd El Azim Harakah - Ana A'ayyan

Abdel Gadir Salim - Quidrechinna

Hamad Al Rayah - Shalo Alkalam

Sinkane - Warm Spell

Alsarah & The Nubatones - Nuba Noutu

Sufyvn - Careless

Cover artwork by Underdog.

Photo credits: Deeds Art

Tems Is Just Doing Her Thang In New Music Video 'Crazy Tings'

The Nigerian songstress is hell bent on taking over your summer playlist and it's getting harder to resist.

It has been a fantastic year for Tems. The Nigerian singer, producer, and songwriter achieved a platinum record for eternal banger Essence, her collaboration with fellow Nigerian superstar Wizkid, an MTV EMA nomination for Best African Artist, a billion worldwide video views, and over 350 million audio streams. Not to mention featuring on Canadian rapper Drake's blowout album Certified Lover Boy, the singer has also sold out every show she's booked.

The release of Tems's sophomore EP If Orange Was a Place solidified her place amongst the greats and it was received with gusto by fans and international audiences. A month after the release the Afrobeats singer has graced fans with a sultry music video to go along with equally as tantalizing lead single Crazy Tings. Conceptualized by the multitalented Tems, and directed by UAX, the music video follows a sensual Tems as she sings about needing space from a lying partner.

International audiences continue to rave over the songstress, with Tems delivering an impressive US TV debut on late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! this month. Essence continues to top international charts. While becoming the official song of the summer, the track peaked on the Billboard 100 Top 10, becoming the most Shazamed song in the United States and was remixed by Canadian musical heavyweight Justin Bieber, becoming the first song written by Nigerian artists to hit No.1 on Urban Radio.

Tems has been producing consistent hits since her debut in September 2020, and a year later, the singer's immense talent is securing her reputation as a world-class superstar.

Check out Tem's music video for single 'Crazy Tings' below

Tems - Crazy Tings (Official Video)

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