On our 33rd Volume of Dix is Hot, we highlight 10 artists and songs that have got our editors melting.
Here are our favourite artists to watch this season.
SNOR – DE9A DE9A
The Moroccan rapper Snor not only captivates us with his impressive flow, but his stunning visuals. Spiting in Arabic and French in the trappy De9a De9a, Snor is definitely one to add to your list of artists to watch.
MELVITTO & GABZY – 4 NOTHIN’
When UK based Nigerian producer Melvitto connected with singer Gabzy, it was a match made in sonic heaven. 4 Nothin’ is the honest heartbreak song from their EP Summers, released late 2019.
The producer has since racked another hit with Wande Coal, “Again”.
Keep Melvitto on your radar.
TØny Bryte – SUPPOSED 2
Ghanaian singer Tøny Bryte‘s heartfelt Supposed 2 caught our editors ears (and heart). The confusion and uncertainty of a just ended relationship makes for a beautiful song.
Tøny Bryte has been bubbling under the scene for awhile and 2019 may just be his year.
IDRISSI FT CNEBCE – WEEKEND
Moroccan producer Idrissi and singer Cnebce link up on this soothing selection, Weekend.
As Cnebce sings of prioritizing her bag over her man, over Idrissi’s mellow R&B bounce production, we are reminded of why great production and singer relationships are so important.
Although this song is over a year old, it’s a great introduction to the amazing talent coming out of Morocco.
MAFENI – FRIENDS
Nigerian rapper Mafeni rolled out of isolation with a 3-track EP which included this gem produced by Le Mav.
‘Friends’is a groovy tune which expanses the topic of fake friends, infatuations and making the best of situations.
Lasting only a minute and thirty eight seconds, Mafeni will have you begging for more.
OXLADE – AWAY
Oxlade caught our radar when he showed up and showed out on UK based Ghanaian DJ, Juls’ ‘Angelina‘ and on the Afronation tape single ‘Craze‘ featuring Reekado Banks.
On his debut, Oygene, the prince of melodies is proving that 2020 is his and we have no choice but to stan.
skillz 8figure ft twitch – yawa
Ghanaian based Sierra Leonean musician Skillz 8Figure stood out on the Ground Up compilation tape, We Outside Vol 1. It’s no surprise his debut project, is filled with banger after banger.
Our editors’ favourite is ‘Yawa’ featuring another emerging talent from Ground Up, Twitch.
Keep an eye out for these two. They might just be the magic Ghanaian music is missing.
OMAH LAY – BAD INFLUENCE
Nigerian Afrobeats musician Omah Lay came into 2020 swinging. His first two singles this year, You and Bad Influence are ear worms perfect for any playlist and occasion.
BLAQAD – ALRIGHT
For Ghanaian rapper BlaQad, switching between English, Pidgen and Ewe is as easy as breathing. He breathes inspiration on the sax laced production on ‘Alright’ making it an instant favourite.
BlaQad makes an astounding impression on this song making him one of artists for watch.