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The Seven: New releases that you might have missed

February quickly went by with many artists releasing songs about love in honour of the month of love.

However, as we kick start the new month of , March, here are some new releases that you might have missed from the month of February.

1. The Money – Tõme

Fast-rising Montreal-based Nigerian Afro-fusion songstress Tõme released a new single titled ‘The Money’.

Tõme, who recently toured with Africa’s top artistes Burna Boy and Mr Eazi, has performed at Wembley SSE, Afrofest 2019, Uppsala Reggae Festival 2019 in Sweden and the SXSW in Texas. She is signed to Kiza Music, which has affiliates in Nigeria, Kenya, UAE and Canada.

Tõme who will soon do an East Africa tour is out to conquer the world music scene through her unique blend of French lyrics, sultry vocals and a mix of Afro, reggae, hip-hop and RnB. She has a number of singles to her name: ‘L’amour’, an EP titled ‘Tõmesroom’ that features tracks such as ‘Kickback’ and ‘1.45.’

2. Charlie Wilson – Forever Valentine

Legendary American R&B superstar Charlie Wilson has released a new single ‘Forever Valentine’ the long-awaited creative collaboration between Charlie Wilson and Bruno Mars.

‘Forever Valentine’ is written and produced by Bruno, The Stereotypes and Charlie Wilson. It’s not just a Valentine’s record but an upbeat love song destined to be a timeless classic. It’s masterfully tailored to suit Wilson’s amazing vocals, old-school-style and will have you dancing and singing along with you loved one for decades to come.

Charlie Wilson is well renowned for his timeless R&B classics ‘Charlie’, ‘You Are’, ‘There Goes My Baby’, ‘More Than You’ll Ever Know’ with Boys II Men and ‘I’m Blessed’ featuring T.I. As a solo artist, he is a 13-time Grammy nominee and is a BET honoree for the Lifetime Achievement Award (2013).

3. Wine – Otile Brown

One of Kenya’s top musicians Otile Brown has dropped a new song dubbed ‘Wine’.

Unlike his other songs which are always slow, and focus more on love, this is a dance tune and has danceable beats.

Justifying his decision to release ‘Wine’, Otile noted that he had decided to try new types of music, adding that a lot should be expected from him this year, urging his fans to enjoy the new release and dance to it in clubs.

4. Pinky Ring – Neyo

Ne-Yo is embarking on a new chapter. After announcing his separation from his wife Crystal Renay Smith, the newly-single singer pushes restart with his new single ‘Pinky Ring’ featuring O.T. Genasis.

The 40-year-old crooner gets in his zone, delivering some boastful bars with a confident swagger. “You better hope I don’t go savage mode,” he raps. “I feel like I’m back from retirement / I feel like I’m better than I ever been.”

He also addresses his split from his wife of four years, with whom he has two sons, “She gave back the wedding ring / I turned it to a pinky ring,” he proclaims. “I do not feel bad / I gave her everything / Now it’s on to better things.”

5. I Like It – Darassa ft Sho Madjozi

Award-winning South Africa singer Sho Madjozi has worked with Tanzanian rapper Darassa on a new hit labelled ‘I Like It’.

The song majorly done in Swahili is a definite hit beginning with an incredible beat fused with some Afro Beat. Sho Madjozi’s collaboration with TZ artiste Darasa has shown her diversity in creating music.

The lyrics are all about two lovers who are head over heels for each other and keep complementing one another and sharing how they would give everything in the world for each other.

The video quality is superb with Sho Madjozi bringing that colour variety and vibrancy to it.

6. Disco Matanga – Sauti Sol ft Sho Madjozi

‘Disco Matanga’ (Yambakhana) is the official Soundtrack to the first African Netflix original series, Queen Sono which premiered on the 28th of February 2020.

Disco Matanga is a Pan-African collaboration between Kenyan superstars Sauti Sol and South African superstars Sho Madjozi and Black Motion. Disco Matanga is sonically an up-tempo house song that is lyrically conscious, touching on the social issues associated with the Disco Matanga pandemic affecting Kenyan youths.

A Disco Matanga is a celebration of the life of the deceased, however they have become an issue in Kenya with many youths treating them as “parties” and resulting in a variety of social issues. In the same vein of Suzanna, the song tackles a very serious topic from a tongue in cheek perspective, thus making the message a little easier to digest but still delivering the message and entertaining audiences.

Sauti sol sings predominantly in their mother tongue Luhya while Sho Madjozi represents for East Africa with Swahili and South Africa with some zulu.

Read more about Queen Sono here.

7. Nichape – Z Anto

The video vixen in Z Anto’s hit from many years ago titled ‘Binti Kiziwi’ has been trending for a while after news came in about her spending some years in China locked up.

Z Anto, on the other hand, has been silent over the years in the music industry but has made a comeback with a new song dubbed ‘Nichape’.

In ‘Nichape’ Z Anto is surrendering his love to his lover. He has switched up to a trendier upbeat bongo beat and it sounds like a fusion of taarab and bongo.

The video simplistic and colourful with the video vixen lovingly dancing, smiling and listening to her lover Z Anto.

Which song are you adding onto your playlist?

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