The singer has already released at least 3 other projects, yet this one feels like a debut. Under the banner of afro-dancehall, Yung L sends newly mastered vibrations, from Lagos to Kingston to London.
“A yaadman is a confident man. A man that knows himself, a man that has no limit, no fears in his mind. Ready to embrace his true nature”. And the nature has indeed been embraced on Yung L’s new project. On tracks like “Yaadman”, “Operator”, “Womanizer”, “Rasta” you can feel the swagger and the confidence of an accomplished man, who has finally found himself. In 2017, Yung L had released “Better Late Than Never” (BLTN), a debut album in which the Nigerian singer switched from afropop to dancehall to azonto between every track. Three years later, the energy has changed: this time, the project is compact and unapologetic. Rather than exploiting a large range of genres, Yung L has successfully blended his different influences on every track, and has succeeded in finding an identifiable sonic signature. “BLTN was my first album so I was very much excited to just put out the first body of work,” he tells PAM over the phone. “But now that I have grown and had true experiences, listening to more precise and intentional music. I have nothing to prove, really. I’m having the best time of my life making music. I finally just found myself 100%, I make one with the music. This is why I always say “Yaadman is half man”: half man half spirit”.
The President of Sierra Leone, Dr. Julius Maada Bio has appointed Amara Dennis Turay Jalloh aka Kao Denero as the new Special Envoy for Entertainment and Investment. His new appointment will require him to promote Sierra Leone’s business, products, and entertainment interests. He will also be responsible for identifying entertainment and investment opportunities.
Other duties will be presented to him by the President in due time. Few minutes after the release of his appointment, Kao reacts on social media with the following word. “More grease to the elbow. Mr. Entertainment Ambassador. I always knew rapping was not the be it all for me. Say hi to the new diplomat,” said Kao. He further thanked the president for believing in him and he looks forward to rejuvenating the entertainment industry. Kao Denero is the CEO of Black Leo Entertainment and one of the oldest rappers in Sierra Leone.
The song has been trending for a month, but the studio version is now finally available.
When Googling “Gupta” a few months ago, the first results would be about a deep corruption scandal between former South African president Jacob Zuma and the Gupta brothers, two businessmen with dark links with the state’s highest officials. But this changed when Focalistic recorded his track and changed the narrative around the case. Just like the Gupta brothers, “we all want to live the highest level of life, we want to leave the country anytime that we want, we want money and that’s where the inspiration comes from”, he tells us about his song. “Gupta is about inspiring kids to work harder. It’s also a juxtaposition, a nice play on the good and the bad. As much as we can read articles and see the bad in it, the Gupta state capture, we also look at it thinking I wish I could live like this, even if I’m going to do it the right way, I want to live this lifestyle, I want to be able to land at an airport in a private jet”.
The first extracts of the track, that Focalistic started diffusing on social media and during shows, immediately captured his public’s ear. “People went crazy”, the rapper laughs. “It’s been a month and a half people have been asking me for the song. But I like it when people choose songs. We’re always making music, we’re working hard, we’re always in the studio, but in the end the people are the one choosing. And they definitely chose this one”.
The song features Amapiano heavy weight Mr JazziQ, singer Lady Du and producers Mellow & Sleazy, riding high on South Africa’s currently most popular genre. But Focalistic wants to make sure that his music is not just about trends and going viral. “It’s never about making hits, it’s about connecting with the people, telling genuine story. We do it for the hood, we’ll always do it for our people. I’m just proud and excited that we have another song that relates to the people. They will now be inspired to be a little bit more like Gupta!”
The young Dian delivers another bewitching single, “Bailerina,” assuming more and more of her soul side.
Dian is only twenty years old. She lives between Paris and Dakar. Her mother was a backing singer for the Cameroonian singer and saxophonist Manu Dibango, and also for the Ivorian reggae artist Alpha Blondy. As for her father, he was a percussionist with the Mexican singer and guitarist Carlos Santana. Raised and nourished by music from a young age, Dian ended up singing “Good Girl Gone Bad” in 2020 alongside Crystal Murray, the founder of the Spin Desire label. Following this electro-tinged track, Dian launched her first single “Insanity” back in December, reminding us of the golden age of hip hop. Having been heavily engaged in the fight against stereotypes, this transgender artist has a defined purpose for her energy and is happy to move between musical styles to deliver her message. She is hypnotic on her single “Bailerina”, a soulful tribute to a lost friend. Her minimalist music video allows us to admire Dian’s raw beauty and sensuality in all its wonderful simplicity.