The 5 Best Afrobeat/Afropop Albums Of May 2024

May brought forth a cascade of musical treasures, with several African artists delivering exceptional Afropop and Afrobeat albums. Here are the top 5 albums that graced our ears and playlists last month:

J.Derobie – Firm After All

Ghanaian dancehall sensation J.Derobie returns with a bang, releasing his latest EP, “Firm After All.” This 5-track project marks a new phase in his musical career, following his departure from emPawa Music. J.Derobie showcases his ability by smoothly blending afrobeats and dancehall influences throughout the EP.

The project’s themes revolve around tenacity and loyalty, which represent J.Derobie’s own experiences. J.Derobie discussed the challenges he experienced and expressed optimism for the future in a promotional video that preceded the EP’s release.

With “Firm After All,” J.Derobie encourages listeners to accompany him on his journey of resilience and progress.

Kofi Kinaata – Kofi oo Kofi

Ghanaian music sensation Kofi Kinaata has made history with the release of his highly anticipated debut studio album titled “Kofi OO Kofi.” After dominating the music industry for over a decade with song after hit, Kinaata now gives fans a seven-track masterpiece highlighting his storytelling prowess and poetic creativity.

The album features Kinaata going solo on a long-length project for the first time in his career, marking a significant milestone in his journey as an artist. Each track on “Kofi OO Kofi” expertly carves out captivating stories, demonstrating Kinaata’s ability to weave compelling narratives through his music.

The wait is absolutely worthwhile. Each song on the extended play has a lot of replay potential and will undoubtedly top the charts.

Sarkodie – The Championship Mixtape

Following the lyrical JAMZ of 2022, award-winning Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie returns to The Championship with confronting bars. Presented as a soundtrack to his ascent to the ranks of the heavyweights, the Ghanaian rapper’s mixtape oscillates between the reflective, grateful and boastful via Twi-infused lyricism.

Ducking and weaving between cinematic production laid by Fortune Dane, M.O.G Beatz and Altra Nova, Sarkodie recruits Joey B, Beeztrap Kotm and Xlimkid to help relay his thoughts.

Triumphant opener “CONFETTI” houses the excerpts of a victory speech (“Always been a heavyweight/Me I never go lose”), while “BRAG” crystallises Sarkodie’s competitive spirit through weighty name-drops.

With its subdued acoustics, “TRAUMA” provides comfort after detailing the trials of manhood. “LOYALTY” shifts to an extrinsic focus by sharing lessons on insincere allegiances, and the soulful closer, “AMEN”, offers refuge in faith.

The interplay between strife and glory thematically underpins The Championship and, although self-eulogising, this is a seasoned fighter reckoning with all the cuts and bruises.

Quamina Mp & Kofi Mole – Too Peezy

Ghanaian musicians Quamina Mp and Kofi Mole have shown time and time again how close they are to one another, both on and off screen. This apparent bond is evident in their latest collaboration, ‘Too Peezy.’ The extended play (EP) includes six tracks that highlight their multifaceted artistry and flawless partnership.

‘Too Peezy’ is a mix of Afrobeats, Afropop, and Hip-hop genres, culminating in a varied and dynamic soundscape. The EP has a remarkable collaboration with Kweku Smoke, which adds another layer of excitement and variety to the production.

Quamina Mp and Kofi Mole each bring their own style and energy to the table, producing ‘Too Peezy’ an outstanding album that reflects their collaboration and inventiveness.

Tiwa Savage – Water And Garri (The Soundtrack)

Afrobeats sensation Tiwa Savage has made a groundbreaking move in her career with the release of the soundtrack album for her debut feature film, ‘Water & Garri.’ The highly-anticipated album features a star-studded lineup of artists, including Ayra Starr, Olamide, Asa, The Cavemen, Black Sherif, and many more. Coinciding with the film’s debut on Amazon Prime Video, the soundtrack album is now available for fans to enjoy.

Curated by Tiwa Savage herself, the album comprises ten original tracks that span across various genres, from Afropop and R&B to gospel and mainstream trap. With contributions from Grammy-nominated stars and emerging talent alike, the album promises a diverse and immersive listening experience.

In a statement to Variety magazine, Tiwa Savage expressed her excitement about experimenting with different sounds for the soundtrack album. She emphasized the beauty of African culture and her commitment to incorporating it into her music and fashion.

‘Water & Garri’ marks a significant milestone in Tiwa Savage’s artistic journey as she takes on her first lead role in a feature film and serves as its Executive Producer. Set against the backdrop of Cape Coast, Ghana, the film follows the story of Aisha, played by Tiwa Savage, as she navigates the complexities of her native home after years abroad.

Directed by Meji Alabi, the film boasts gripping cinematography and storytelling, complemented by Tiwa Savage’s stellar performance and the contributions of the talented cast. Alongside Mike Afolarin, Andrew Bunting, and Jemima Osunde, Tiwa Savage delivers a compelling portrayal of a woman confronting her past and forging a new path forward.

The release of the ‘Water & Garri’ soundtrack album adds another chapter to Tiwa Savage’s illustrious career, which includes multiple hit albums, billion-stream milestones, and groundbreaking collaborations with global superstars. As she continues to break barriers and inspire audiences worldwide, Tiwa Savage solidifies her status as one of Africa’s most influential music artists.

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