The 2012-2013 musical season has seen the largest influx of new and young female talent, a welcome change from the usual faces that have graced our TV screens or concert stages. It is no surprise therefore that some most anticipated albums this year come from female artistes or female-dominated bands. More fresh faces are beginning to assert themselves this late in the year.
Let’s start of with Neemoh Mugane, a fresh signing under Wawesh Mjanja’s label. She brings with her the rarely used style of Swahili R&B in a project that will culminate in her debut album called Mahaba – A Swahili Love Story. She’s teamed up with TaaMic for her first single called Mpenzi Mpya which is soaked in that 90s R&B feel. Check it out below and pick it up as a free download as well:
Remember Mumbi, the lass who gave us this lovely cover of Just A Band’s Probably For Lovers? Well, she’s back with a spanking new original single of her own after signing up with the Provoke Music label. She is set to release an EP soon and the video to her first release even sooner. Its called The End and features Fadhilee Itulya.
A more unexpected release comes from Owour Arunga, chief trumpeter of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and our musical version of Obama in many ways. He joins forces with his rapper sister Geneiva Arunga aka Dadabass and Felicia Loud on the track Black As They Come, available for download on iTunes. The SoundCloud stream is below for your listening pleasure:
Finally, Inami, who’s collaboration with Bonless for the very successful house track Supasta, has been pretty busy of late. The Kenyatta University music student is the latest signing of Celsius Degrees Entertainment, an up-coming production house that’s specialized in eclectic house tracks and that sort of music. In fact, they are the good folks behind Supasta. Inami has a new four-track EP out entitled Little Lost. Watch out for our review very soon. In the meantime, stream/download the entire EP below: