Mr music; SA Idols runner up

23rd March 2021 BY Ivis Ngwenya

We all know how much I love Afro soul, out of all genres it is my favourite. Everyday I fall in love with new songs and my wedding playlist literally grows by the hour! Mr music is SA idols runner up and his single ngikhethe kahle is surely one that will make you fall in love!  What made you apply…


STEP DADDY; An Underrated King

19th March 2021 BY Ivis Ngwenya

Hailing from Gugulethu, Cape Town and containing a hunger to conquer the world, Hip Hop/Afro Pop rapper and musician Stepdaddy has emerged as one of the most exciting Hip Hop talents over the turn of the new decade. His “IT” factor quickly caught the attention of one of Africa’s leading music marketing agencies and label, the Vth Season, who signed…


Urban Village; A legacy in the making

18th March 2021 BY Ivis Ngwenya

Soweto based 4-piece band, Urban Village, have released a new EP, UBABA, their debut for Parisian label Nø Førmat! (home to Oumou Sangaré, Blick Bassy & Mélissa Laveaux). Marrying the day-to-day experiences of black South Africans with ebullient elements from traditional Zulu music, Urban Village is the alias of four experimental musicians all born and raised in the township of Soweto…


Benny Afroe says Fxck genre

16th March 2021 BY Ivis Ngwenya

Benny Afroe – a young, fresh, musically trained, exceptional African talent on the cusp of taking on the global music scene. Creating waves on the street with his dress sense and music, this guy has it all! His sound is a blend of everything we love here at COA; Hip Hop, RnB, Pop, and Trap Soul with a hint of…


MANANA; Apple Music’s New Artist Spotlight

11th March 2021 BY Ivis Ngwenya

Hailing from Mbabane the Southern African mountains of Eswatini, Manana (Ndumiso Manana), the young and multi-talented singer, composer, producer emanates humility and kindness. His work suggests deep bravery, emotional maturity and honesty which makes him instantly relatable. Whether it’s behind a piano or microphone, he is able to express what the heart needs to hear; simply and honestly. Manana is not just a formidable singer and poignant lyricist. He has writing credentials on some beloved South African and African tracks. Having written for and worked with Ami Faku on eBhayi, Amanda Black on Africa and Sauti Sol on Feel My Love, as well as worked with Seba Kappastad, Rowlene, and the upcoming Mila Smith,  Manana oozes a gentle and wise musicality in every one of his offerings and is poised to be a household name for his ever-growing songbook.   Manana released his debut EP, In The Beginning, Was The End towards the back end of 2020. This EP reflects on the relationship with two emotive beings through sound. It captures the light and shade of growing and fading relationships, With his own marriage as his compass – it is a relatable love story narrated backwards.  Where do you draw inspiration from as a song writer? Uhmmmm I will say that the first point of entry of inspiration is probably my own relationship with my wife. The relationship and friendship that we have shared over the…


Valee Music Takes on Amapiano

10th March 2021 BY Zinitha

The Uk afro pop queen Valee Music is at it again this time with a surprise Amapiano single. Fused with elements of Afro soul and House music; Don’t want your love is the perfect after valentines jam a love song with a twist. In her words “DWYL” talks about not settling. Its about knowing your worth and not accepting every…


#UbuOnTour – African Music Documentary Series

21st December 2020 BY Abu B. Yillah

Landing on your screens from Monday 21st December, catch the stars of YouTube channel The Ubunifu Space in a documentary series capturing the synergy between UK and African music. The Ubunifu Space celebrates the sounds from African artists both in the continent and its diaspora. The concept is simple – a group of friends watch and react to videos by artists…


Adrian Dzvuke: The Zimbabwean Voice Rocking Australian Airwaves and Festivals

16th December 2020 BY Gerald Muchandiona

There is already quite a buzz around Zimbabwean born singer and songwriter, Adrian Dzvuke. He is an award winning RnB and afro-fusion artist killing it Australia. His start story is close to unbelievable of how him and his friends believed so much in their abilities that they saved up to start a band and the journey has been amazing ever…


South African artist, Shimza releases debut EP on his very own imprint, Kunye

17th November 2020 BY checkoutafrica

Shimza stands as one of South Africa’s most prolific contemporary stars. Following a historic livestream performance from Robben Island in July 2020 to celebrate Nelson Mandela Day, Shimza continues his crusade to promote South Africa’s rich musical heritage with the launch of his new Kunye label. Marking the imprint’s inaugural release, the Gauteng-born artist offers his own stunning three-track ‘Calling…