By Mazuba Kampambwe (@afrosocialite)
Name dropping and repping one’s city is nothing new for American artists. Frank Sinatra sang a tribute to ‘New York’ in the ’70s Jay-Z and Alicia keys continued with “Empire State of Mind.” African artists have also started to show their city pride in their music. Here are seven tributes to cities by African artists.
1. “Lagos Party” by Banky W
In 2009, Banky W released his sophomore album ‘The W experience’. Lagos party came out as a single in April and the catchy ode to Nigeria’s most popular city quickly became a hit. Laying out the Lagos lifestyle of “work hard, party harder,” Banky teamed up with a host of artists including Sasha, Naeto C, Muna, D banj and Eldee for a remix in December 2009.
2. “Kinsasha” by Alec Lomami
The Congolese Capetown based artist Alec lomami has spoken at length about his ‘homecoming to the Congolese capital’ in interviews with Afripop where he said “ I expected it to be the way it was when I left,” he says about his first trip back home in June 2012. “I passed by the house I grew up in and someone had to say, ‘This is your neighborhood’.”
3. “H-Town Boy” by Tehn Diamond
Harare based rapper Tehn Diamond constantly describes Harare as “the city that raised me”. Htown boy is off his Student Of The Game 3 mixtape which was released in 2011.
4.“African in New York” by Blitz the Ambassador
Granted New York is not an African city, but it is home to millions of Africans. In an interview with NPR, Ghanaian Blitz The Ambassador said he wanted to talk about their experiences “ selling bootlegs, or graduating from medical school, or driving cabs. It’s all these things that are part of our life and our culture as immigrants that need to be celebrated.”
5. “Nai Ni Ya Who” by Muthoni The Drummer Queen
This is the Kenyan boss lady’s first single off her new album ‘Gamechanger’. Watch her rep her hometown Nairobi.
6. “Via Orlando Remix” by DJ Vetkuk vs Mahoota feat. Dr. Malinga
This feel good house song that pays tribute to a South African town whose soccer team Orlando Pirates is equally popular.
7. “Lusaka By Night” by John Wizards
Zambia’s 100 year old capital city is feted by John Wizards, a band that doesn’t actually have a Zambian member. It’s composed of Cape Town producer John Withers and Rwandan vocalist Emmanual Nzaramba, ‘Lusaka By Night’ is an eclectic “ taste of minimalist endorphins” (says OkayAfrica) and a summer jam.