Wah gwan, <<First Name>>!

Welcome to NEXXTING, a monthly round-up of new releases from around the globe, centering African and Diasporan music to help you diversify your listening. Curated by Jamila Isoke

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I got a proper cussing for having "only" 19 tracks on the last playlist. 😂 Listen, I was trying a 'less is more' ting, and I'm proud of myself for getting a 60-track shortlist down to 19, buuut I hear y'all—more is more. (Sorry, Matt.)

NEXXTING 05 (the best of September 2020) features 30 tracks! Spotify, Apple, and Youtube links below. Bonus: all previous playlists are now available on all 3 streaming platforms.

And if that's not enough, I've launched a Spotify playlist of the great tracks that don't make the final cut for main playlists. Meet NEXXTING (Extended Play) - 49 tracks and counting.



1  🇧🇯 🇿🇦 Shirazee and Busiswa's "RIGHT THANG" (MV) . Love this split-screen solution to having to shoot in the US and South Africa!

 🇳🇬 Darey and Patoranking's "Jojo" (MV). And the MV is as 🔥 as you'd imagine. I miss parties. 😢

 🇮🇳 🇬🇧 —  Jay Sean and Rishi Rich's "Nakhre" (MV) is legit stuck in my head.

 🇳🇬 🇹🇹 🇯🇲 — The motherland and Caribbean join forces for Del B, Wizkid, Flavour, Kes and Walshy Fire's bop "Consider II". 🙌🏾

 🇹🇹 — 2020 has put quite a damper on the creativity of the musicians typically known for carnival anthems, so Voice's "Dancing Away" (MV) is a pleasant surprise—so good.

"Cya wait fi morning come
Oh gosh, the night too long
Oh gosh, the fight too long
I cya wait fi see the sun"

- Koffee

 🇯🇲 — Living legends Buju Banton and Koffee come thru with timely messages in the remix of Reggae hit "Pressure" (MV).

 🇬🇧 🇯🇲 —  Chase & Status samples a Shabba Ranks classic for Drum & Bass banger "Engage" (MV).

  🇬🇧 🇺🇸  Mick Jenkins's vocals grace Disclosure's House track "Who Knew?" (MV). The MV features a dope dance performance by dancer and actress Mette Towley.

  🇿🇦 — Loxion Deep enlists vocalist Boohle for AmaPiano chune "iJezi'elisha".

10  🇿🇦 — More Boohle! This time snatching my soul on "Mama"Josiah De Disciple (of Amapiano duo JazziDisciples) production.

11  🇨🇩 🇧🇪 — Rising star Lous and The Yakuza's "Amigo" (MV).

12  🇨🇴 🇺🇸 ¿Téo?'s "Suplicar".

13  🇩🇴 🇮🇹 — Another fave newcomer, YEИDRY's COLORS performance of "Nena".

14  🇬🇧 🇺🇸 — Black Thought hops on Liam Bailey's old-school-Reggae-reminiscent "Champion".

15  🇳🇬 — I didn't think I could love TOBi's "Made Me Everything" (MV) any more, then I saw the MV. It's the Black joy for me. 😍

16  🇬🇧 🇺🇸 Paul Epworth, ISHMAEL, Vince Staples, and Elle Yaya's "Mars & Venus" (MV). An Electro + Rap masterpiece I appreciate for putting ISHMAEL and Elle Yaya on my radar.

17  🇺🇸 — EARTHGANG's remix of Brittany Howard's 2019 "Goat Head".


"Last year, it was Margiela. Baby, this year, it's therapy—couple new priorities..."

- Kojey Radical

18  🇬🇧 🇯🇲 🇬🇭 — Che Lingo and Kojey Radical's killed this UK Rap collaboration "Dark Days" (MV). Track and MV are pure art.

 🇬🇧 🇯🇲 🇳🇬 —It's Grime time! Veteran collective Boy Better Know (Frisco, Skepta, Jammer, JME, and Shorty) are back with "Red Card" (MV). SN: Watching this MV reminded me why JME is my fave. Why is he like this? 😂

20  🇬🇧 🇯🇲 🇬🇭 — More roadman and Grime legend tings with D Double E and Kano's "Tell Me A Ting" (MV). Kano NEVER disappoints. Oh, my word. 👑

21 — 🇬🇧 FLOHIO's dark head-banger "Unveiled" (MV).
22  🇩🇿 🇫🇷 — Soolking and Fianso's "Tichy" (MV). Love how raw and real the visuals are in portraying one of France's Manouche communities. 

23  🇫🇷 🇨🇩 Dadju's "Amour toxic".

24  🇬🇭 🇺🇸 Amaarae's "FANCY" (MV). The visuals were so not what I was expecting, but I'm. Here. For. It. 😈

25  🇺🇸 — Maeta and Buddy's "Teen Scene" (MV). KAYTRANADA productions remain undefeated.

26  🇳🇬 🇬🇧 Jacob Banks's vulnerable "Stranger" (MV).

27 — 🇧🇷 — I love how perfectly Luedji Luna's "Bom Mesmo É Estar Debaixo D'Água" (MV) follows the previous track visually. There's a think piece in here somewhere...

28  🇿🇦 — Another soul-stirring, genius composition: Muzi's "The Calling". Every listen, I go into something of a trance around 2:15.

29  🇺🇸 Sángo's Baile Funk-influenced "Kalimba Funk".

30  🇳🇬 — Rennaissance Man / my Nigerian breddah Ike Slimster's "Lost Again".

If you've made it this far, I want to hear from you! Hit reply and let me know what your favorite track/music video of this issue is. Also, never hesitate to recommend a song/album/artist — I love being put on! Lastly, if you like what you hear, share.

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