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Qing Madi, YKB, Guchi Among Spotify’s Artist To Watch Out For In 2024

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Africa is filled with creative talents, and following the tremendous success of African music in 2023, this year is expected to showcase exciting voices. From soulful singers to groundbreaking artists, these talents are set to capture audiences and redefine Africa’s music scene.

Spotify, the world’s leading streaming platform, has recognised this potential, revealing a list of rising stars from Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) poised to leave their mark on local and global music scenes in 2024.

These fresh artists incorporate familiar sounds with innovative twists, creating a mix of potential that could reshape the musical landscape. Hailing from Nigeria and Ghana, they bring forth a rich tapestry of styles, cultures, and perspectives.

1. Qing Madi

Meet Chimamanda Pearl Chukwuma, also known as Qing Madi, a 17-year-old Nigerian pop sensation.

At 16, she made a name for herself with the viral hit ‘See Finish‘, which highlighted her raw talent. The Nigerian Afropop singer, a Spotify EQUAL Africa artist, gained popularity with her hit track ‘Ole‘ and its remix starring BNXN.

Her self-titled EP, featuring popular pieces like ‘Vision‘ and ‘American Love,’ demonstrated her variety and depth as an artist. We anticipate that Qing Madi will bloom in 2024.

2. Guchi

Let’s have a look at Guchi, real name Ugochi Lydia Onuoha, a brilliant Nigerian Afropop singer who is creating waves in the music industry. Her music has made her extremely popular in Nigeria, and she is regarded as one of the country’s leading young female performers.

The Nigerian singer and composer gained popularity with hits like ‘All Over You‘ and ‘Feeling Good‘, which feature Bayanni. Her voice is simple yet resembles that of Afrobeats artists like Yemi Alade and Tiwa Savage. She is certainly an artist to watch.

3. SGaWD

SGaWD, also known as Seddy, is a Nigerian rapper who is making waves in the industry. The singer has played in Alte, R&B, and hip-hop the last few years, but her experimentation with Jersey Club, Mara/Street Music, and Rap last year with tracks like ‘Boytoy‘ and ‘Dump All Your Worries On The Dance Floor‘ puts SGawD on a pedestal this year as one to watch when it comes to fusion and cross-continent export.

4. YKB

YKB (Yusuf Oluwo Gbolaga) has become a chart-topping sensation in Nigerian music. His Afropop sound and rising talent are showcased in tracks such as ‘San Siro‘ and ‘This Must Be Love‘ with King Promise.

YKB has won over fans in the Nigerian music scene with his unique style, including cult followings and captivating covers. This is only the beginning for YKB, so expect more infectious energy and smash songs.

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1. O’Kenneth

O’Kenneth is a shining star in Ghana’s music industry. This hip-hop and drill singer, renowned for his deep tenor vocals and lyricism, is a key figure in the Asakaa Movement.

While his track ‘LONELY ROAD‘ with Xlimkid ripped over the last quarter of 2023, his various features throughout the year demonstrated his unquestionable potential. So get ready for 2024; O’Kenneth is on the verge of a meteoric ascension.

2. AratheJay

Ghanaian music is seeing a soulful boom with the entrance of Kelvin Black, alias AratheJay. This rising talent combines traditional African sounds with current beats, telling elaborate stories with his singing.

Tracks like ‘Sankofa‘ remix and ‘PRACTICE‘ display his introspective lyrics, which resonate emotionally with audiences.

AratheJay not only seamlessly transitions between rap and hip-hop, but he also injects exciting new energy into the Ghanaian music landscape.

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Kanye West Performs With North West During ‘Vultures’ Release Party In Paris

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At the recent launch party celebrating his new album “Vultures 1,” renowned musician Kanye West welcomed his eldest daughter, North West, to join him on stage.

The ten-year-old North showcased her talents alongside her father at the Accor Arena in Paris on Sunday. Together, they performed the song “Talking/Once Again,” much to the delight of the audience.

Videos shared online show North confidently sang along to the track as it played, while she and her father shared a fun and energetic dance routine onstage.

During the performance, North briefly folded her hands in a prayerful gesture, repeating the words “Bless me, bless me” with sincerity.

Meanwhile, Kanye, who shares four children with his former spouse, Kim Kardashian, remained silent while the song played. Instead, he danced and gestured towards the audience.

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Both North and the 46-year-old Grammy award winner wore entirely black attire for the event.

Kanye West chose an outfit he had worn previously, consisting of a jacket, pants, and shoes. He completed the look with a distinctive “Friday the 13th” face mask.

Upon removing the mask, one could see a white image of a crucified figure embroidered on the hood underneath. This specific design choice echoed the one he showcased at the Super Bowl earlier in the month.

North West, mirroring her father’s style, sported a pair of baggy pants, chunky shoes, a graphic T-shirt, and a puffer coat with a white stripe running down one sleeve. To top it all off, she wore a large, fluffy trapper hat.

The “Flashing Lights” rapper has been exploring various European cities with his wife, Bianca Censori. They are on a celebratory tour to mark the release of their new album, which they collaborated on with Ty Dolla $ign. Though the couple has been sharing pictures and videos of their travels on social media, it remains unclear when their eldest child joined them on their European adventure.

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Ruger & BNXN In New Single “Romeo Must Die”

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BNXN and Ruger have finally put their two-year-long feud behind them with their collaborative song release, “Romeo Must Die (RMD).” This single marks a new chapter for both artists and signifies a fresh start in their relationship.

The song, released on February 29th, 2024, comes with a music video filmed in Malibu, California. The video showcases the artists enjoying themselves amidst the scenic backdrop of the ocean, palm trees, and luxury cars.

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While fans were initially curious about the musical direction the song would take, given BNXN’s lean towards R&B and Ruger’s focus on dancehall, the artists have successfully blended their styles. Produced by Kukbeats, the song celebrates their success and throws subtle shade at their critics.

The song “Romeo Must Die” is a direct reference to the popular action movie released in the year 2000. The film starred martial arts star Jet Li and the late R&B singer Aaliyah.

This collaboration between BNXN and Ruger is a significant one, as it’s the first song they’ve released together in 2024, and it follows a successful year for both artists in 2023.

An important thing to note is that Ruger recently left his previous label, Jonzing World. Because of this, “Romeo Must Die” is his first song released under his own new label called Blown Boy.

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Skepta Features Portable In New Afrobeats Hit “Tony Montana”

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British-Nigerian rapper Skepta is teaming up with rising Nigerian star Portable for a new Afrobeats song titled “Tony Montana.” This collaboration marks Skepta’s exploration of the Afrobeats genre, potentially connecting with his Nigerian roots.

The song, produced by award-winning JAE5, follows Portable’s “Tony Montana of London” EP, released earlier in 2024. Notably, Portable’s visit to the UK in the same year led to this collaboration with Skepta.

Fans on social media are excited about the single, particularly impressed by Portable’s contribution. His melodic chorus is a departure from his usual “hoarse street music” style.

“Tony Montana” is not Skepta’s first foray into exploring collaborations with Nigerian artists. Earlier this year, he released “Jangrova,” featuring Nigerian rapper Odumodublvck and British-Ghanaian actor Idris Elba.

Interestingly, Skepta recently made his directorial debut with the movie “Tribal Mark,” focusing on a British-Nigerian hitman. He reportedly decided to create this film as a response to discussions about casting a black actor for the role of James Bond.

“Tony Montana” serves as one of the lead singles for Skepta’s upcoming sixth album, “Knife & Fork,” expected to be released later in 2024. This collaboration and album anticipation mark a promising year for the British-Nigerian artist.

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