Pet Door Show’s Independent & Underplayed Black Artists to Watch in 2024

Hannah Werdmuller
20 min readMar 5, 2024

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February, as we all know, is the month of lurve. No, I’m not talking about Valentine’s Day (plech), I’m talking about Black History Month! Every February is dedicated to “honoring the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history” (in the words of Gerald Ford), which also presents the opportunity to especially honor the accomplishments of Black Americans in every endeavor right now, today.

As you may know, my radio show the Pet Door Show (Thursdays, 2–4pm PST / 5–7pm EST / 10pm-12am GMT on Shady Pines Radio) is the place to hear amazing bands and artists of all genres before their big break. I exclusively play tracks released in the past year by artists with under 5,000 instagram followers, from all over the world, so there’s a really good chance you’ll hear a lot of new music that you’ve never heard before every single week. Every February, I seize the opportunity to especially highlight amazing independent and underplayed Black artists and their bands, but it’s not enough! Throughout the year I have the joy of sharing music by SO many brilliant up-and-coming Black artists, and I want to share them all with you.

So without further ado, here is the Pet Door Show’s independent and underplayed Black artists you should know in 2024 (of all genres and geographies, arranged alphabetically by full artist name, with social and purchase links). For your perusing pleasure, I am also including a an absolutely bonkers good Spotify playlist (open in the app to play all 222 tracks, arranged in the order below), but I encourage you to buy music on Bandcamp etc. using the links provided below to better support the artists. Also note that one track, Faso Bara by Yacouba Sissoko, is not available on Spotify, so check it out on Bandcamp.

Enjoy! Let me know your favorites!

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99 PHACES
Accra, Ghana. Hip hop.
Favorite track: BAABA’S SONG (ft. Baaba J), from the album So We Made a Tape, released March 17, 2023.

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A Day Without Love*
Quincy, MA. Indie rock.
Favorite track: Good Friends Are Hard to Find, from the album A Stranger That You Met Before, released October 13, 2023.
* The Pet Door Show’s highlighted artist November 16, 2023!

AAUDREY
Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa. Indie folk.
Favorite track: strangers., single released November 30, 2023.

Abre Caminho
Recife, Brazil. Folk coco.
Favorite track: Limoeiro, from the album Padê, released March 25, 2023.

ABULIDU
Recife/Olinda, Brazil. Psych dub.
Favorite track: Celebrai, from the Códigos Periféricos, released May 29, 2023.

The Adoni
New Orleans, LA. Hip hop pop.
Favorite track: Sofia Richie (ft. Spilly Cave, Pro-Lific), from the album Too Many Vices, released April 6, 2023.

African Head Charge
Bolgatanga, Ghana. Experimental dub.
Favorite track: Microdosing, from the album A Trip to Bolgatanga, released July 7, 2023.

Agbeko
Manchester, England. Afrobeat.
Favorite track: Oscar’s Tune, from the EP There Must Be Another Way, released November 3, 2023.

Ajaya Jones
Oakland, CA. Hip hop.
Favorite track: Anime Bih, from the EP Ajaya Junction*, released June 30, 2023.
* One of the Pet Door Show’s Top 2023 Releases by Independent & Underplayed Latinx Artists!

Las Alegres Ambulancias
San Basilio de Palenque, Colombia. Afrocolombian folk.
Favorite track: Dulce Que Esta la Piña, from the EP Las Alegres Ambulancias Con Graciela Salgado y Dolores Salinas*, released April 28, 2023, on Palenque Records.
* One of the Pet Door Show’s Top 2023 Releases by Independent & Underplayed Latinx Artists!

Alien Chicks
Brixton, England. Post punk noise.
Favorite track: Candlestick Maker, single released April 13, 2023.

Allen Vice
Louisville, KY. Hip hop.
Favorite track: 2 LETTERS (ft. Roundtree), from the album [allen abbot]: WORLD INVASION, released October 13, 2023.

Alogte Oho & His Sounds of Joy
Bolgatanga, Ghana. Folk.
Favorite track: Te Bola Be?, from the album O Yinne!, released June 2, 2023.

Alunawachuma & Madosini
Alto Paraiso, Brazil. Folktronica.
Favorite track: Sangoma, single released February 9, 2024, on Agami Records.

Anset
United Kingdom. Hip hop.
Favorite track: 5 Star Chef, single released April 1, 2023.

ash tuesday
Atlanta, GA. Indie.
Favorite track: Little Mermaid, from the EP Big Sky, released August 3, 2023.

Ausecuma Beats
Naarm, Australia. African folk.
Favorite track: Jeunesse Africaine, from the upcoming album Dakar Bamako, due to be released March 8, 2024.

Las Avispas Africanas
Bucaramanga, Colombia. Folk samba.
Favorite track: Todo lo que tengo, from the album Fuerza y Temple, released March 31, 2023.

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Bad Vacation
New York City, NY. Punk.
Favorite track: About That Life, from the album Bad Vacation, released June 25, 2023.

Bai Kamara Jr & The Voodoo Sniffers
Brussels, Belgium. Folk blues.
Favorite track: Good, Good Man, from the album Traveling Medicine Man, released March 3, 2023.

Becky Sikasa
Glasgow, Scotland. Neosoul.
Favorite track: Rhine Valley, from the EP Gala Glasshouse Sessions, released March 24, 2023.

Black Market Brass
Minneapolis, MN. Afrobeat jazz.
Favorite track: The Pit, from the album Hox, released September 8, 2023, on Colemine Records.

Bluphoria
Nashvile, TN. Psych rock.
Favorite track: Show It To Me, from the album Bluphoria, released May 5, 2023.

Bobby Harden & The Soulful Saints
Brooklyn, NY. Soul.
Favorite track: One Tribe, from the album Bridge of Love, released May 12, 2023.

Bomba Pa’l Pueblo
Puerto Rico. Folk bomba.
Favorite track: El Mapa, from the album Cuentos y Memorias, released August 28, 2023.

Breez Evahflowin
New York City, NY. Hip hop.
Favorite track: Perfect 10 (ft. D-One), single released September 8, 2023.
* One of the Pet Door Show’s Top 2023 Releases by Independent & Underplayed Latinx Artists!

Buds.
Hampshire, England. Alternative rock.
Favorite track: Medicinal Cathedral, from the EP Stop., released September 8, 2023.

Bumpy
Noongar/Naarm, Australia. Indie soul.
Favorite track: Overdrawn, single released December 4, 2023.

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Cantares del Pacifico
Buenaventura, Colombia. Marimba folk.
Favorite track: Chigualo (ft. Eryen Korath), from the album Aguajes de Mar y Manglar, released May 31, 2023.
* One of the Pet Door Show’s Top 2023 Releases by Independent & Underplayed Latinx Artists!

Carolina Sarta
Cali, Colombia. Folk neosoul.
Favorite track: La montaña y vos*, from the album Des(a)nudar, released September 22, 2023.
* One of the Pet Door Show’s Top 2023 Releases by Independent & Underplayed Latinx Artists!

The Cash Box Kings
Chicago, IL. Blues.
Favorite track: Down On The South Side, from the album Oscar’s Motel, released March 17, 2023.

Charlie Smarts
Brooklyn, NY. Hip hop.
Favorite track: Haters Anonymous (ft. DJ Ill Digitz, KLIM), from the album Charlietape, released April 28, 2023.

Checkmate Mido
Nairobi, Kenya. Hip hop.
Favorite track: Pete, single released August 2, 2023.

Chrisdem (Phantom GH)
Accra, Ghana. Hip hop.
Favorite track: Off Sabbatical, single released March 3, 2023.

Christine Melody
Chicago, IL. Folk singer-songwriter.
Favorite track: Honest, single released June 23, 2023.

Cleveland Avenue
Chicago, IL. Emo rock.
Favorite track: TELL ME, single released December 29, 2023.

Coco do Amaro Branco
Olinda, Brazil. Afrobrazilian folk.
Favorite track: Todo Mundo Tem um Amor, from the album Coco do Amaro Branco*, released April 14, 2023.
* One of the Pet Door Show’s Top 2023 Releases by Independent & Underplayed Latinx Artists!

Colin Cutler
Greensboro, NC. Folk americana.
Favorite track: The Cold That’s Forever, from the album Tarwater, released November 3, 2023.

Corey Ledet Zydeco
Parks, LA. Zydeco blues.
Favorite track: Médikamen (ft. Kermit Ruffins), from the album Médikamen, released August 25, 2023.

Cosmic Sans
Missoula, MT. Western indie.
Favorite track: Hello!, from the album Psychedelicatessen, released May 19, 2023.

Crizin da Z.O.
São Paulo, Brazil. Industrial hip hop.
Favorite track: Festa da Carne, from the album Acelero, released January 18, 2024, on QTV Selo.

Crunchy Sweater
Johannesburg, South Africa. Hip hop.
Favorite track: Feel Low, from the EP SEEPING, released August 18, 2023.

Currls
Brighton, England. Rock.
Favorite track: April Fool, from the compilation album Small Pond Emerging — Volume III, released November 24, 2023 by Small Pond.

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Dakka Dembélé
Montréal, Canada. Indie roots.
Favorite track: Diaraby, single released July 14, 2023.

Dakota Jones
New York City, NY. Indie soul.
Favorite track: Moon Song, from the album Heartbreakers Space Club, released June 2, 2023.

Dana Masters
Belfast, Northern Ireland. Soul.
Favorite track: Rising, single released January 12, 2024.

Daudi Matsiko
Nottingham, England. Folk.
Favorite track: Fool Me As Many Times As You Like*, from the album The King of Misery, released January 19, 2024.
* One of the Pet Door Show Best of 2023!

Dave Guy
Brooklyn, NY. Jazz.
Favorite track: Footwork, from the upcoming 2-track Footwork, due to be released March 20, 2024, on Big Crown.

Dee TDL
London, England. Hip hop.
Favorite track: heads up!, single released April 3, 2023.

Demeanor
Greensboro, NC. Alternative hip hop.
Favorite track: Hello, single released October 18, 2023.

Deodato Siquir
Stockholm, Sweden. Afrojazz.
Favorite track: Together, single released April 20, 2023.

Devin Hames
Neosho, MO. Folk americana.
Favorite track: Show Me, single released March 24, 2023.

DIPS
London, England. Hip hop.
Favorite track: Favour Drip, single released November 4, 2023.

Doghouse Orchestra
Toronto, Canada. Blues funk.
Favorite track: Always Late (With Your Kisses) (Lefty Frizzell), from the 2-track Always Late / Tennessee Waltz, released July 23, 2023.

Drae Slapz & MacMFBillz
Portland, OR. Hip hop.
Favorite track: Love, from the album Slapz & B, released May 3, 2023.

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Earlwin
Nairobi, Kenya. Indie pop.
Favorite track: african boy, from the album a bunch of love songs, released February 14, 2024.

Edún Àrá Sangô
Pernambuco, Brazil. Afrobrazilian folk.
Favorite track: Yaô*, single released September 26, 2023.
* One of the Pet Door Show’s Top 2023 Releases by Independent & Underplayed Latinx Artists!

Ekknowledge
Louisville, KY. Hip hop.
Favorite track: E3, from the EP Mind of E3, released March 21, 2023.

Eliasse
Bordeaux, France. Afrojazz funk.
Favorite track: Salama !, from the 2-track Salama !, released June 23, 2023.

Ella More
Birmingham, England. Neosoul.
Favorite track: You Know, single released March 30, 2023.

Emanuel Brown
Seattle, WA. Hip hop.
Favorite track: For The Soul, from the album Bad News, released January 15, 2024.

Enon
Oakland, CA. Indie pop hip hop.
Favorite track: SupaCool, single released July 14, 2023.

Essence Martins
London, England. Folk pop.
Favorite track: Brussel Sprouts, from the EP Deer in the Headlights, released February 23, 2024.

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Family Junket
Chicago, IL. Indie jazz soul.
Favorite track: Waiting for the Moon, single released May 8, 2023.

Feeo
London, England. Indietronica.
Favorite track: Red Meat, from the EP Ah, hunger!, released June 1, 2023.

Fold Paper
Winnipeg, Canada. Post punk.
Favorite track: Medical Jargon, single released March 22, 2023.

Fitzroy Holt
Wolverhampton, England. Psych rock.
Favorite track: TRYNA FIND HIM, single released September 6, 2023.

Food Fight
NJ. Alternative rock.
Favorite track: Watch Without a Wish, single released May 26, 2023.

FRIDAY*
Cadi, Australia. Indietronica pop.
Favorite track: Radiohead, from the EP Darling, released November 2, 2023.

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Gabriel Jacoby
Tampa, FL. Indie pop americana.
Favorite track: make it sweet, single released July 20, 2023.

Gazahoti & Gaccu
Nairobi, Kenya. Hip hop funk.
Favorite track: Naifunk, single released October 8, 2023.

Gipson
Vallejo, CA. Hip hop.
Favorite track: Crimson Star (ft. Roman Norfleet*), from the album Rivers of Babylon, released November 11, 2023.
* Also on this list!

Grande Mahogany
Manchester, England. Psych rock.
Favorite track: Thundercurls, from the album As Grande As, released February 9, 2024, on Laundry Music Company.

The Guilty Parties
Riverside, CA. Ska punk.
Favorite track: December 24, 1993 (Riverside), holiday single released December 1, 2023.

Gulfer
Montréal, Canada. Indie.
Favorite track: Clean, from the album Third Wind, released February 28, 2024.

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Hanna Mars
Toronto, Canada. Alt folk.
Favorite track: bbb 001, single released June 30, 2023.

Hard Car Kids
Detroit, MI. Pop hip hop.
Favorite track: Whatever U Want, from the EP Night Ride, released January 12, 2024.

Hendo Houdini
Louisville, KY. Hip hop.
Favorite track: SOUTHSIDE TANGO. (ft. Rosario), from the album In Da Site, Sive., released Aug 11 2023.

Human Interest
London, England. Indie rock.
Favorite track: Step On, from the EP Empathy Lives In Outer Space, released January 25, 2024.

HUNLO
Athens, GA. Indie soul.
Favorite track: Can’t Judge Me (Try It), single released August 18, 2023.

Hxndrx
New Orleans, LA. Hip hop.
Favorite track: Conquer*, from the album 2nd Kings, released March 2, 2023.
* One of the Pet Door Show Best of 2023!

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i47*
Atlanta, GA. Hip hop.
Favorite track: Preseason, from the EP 140 Peachtree St Sw (with Some Guy Named Lee), released September 21, 2023.
* Pet Door Show’s highlighted artist August 24, 2023!

Idrissa Soumaoro
Bamako, Mali. African folk.
Favorite track: I djidja, from the album Diré, released September 22, 2023.

Imani Graham
NJ. Indie pop.
Favorite track: Just Stay For Once, single released July 26, 2023.

Immy Owusu
Wadawurrung, Australia. Hi-life neosoul.
Favorite track: Nyame Kasa, from the album LO-LIFE, released July 14, 2023.

Inna Baba Coulibaly
Dilli, Mali. African folk.
Favorite track: Yewtanakam, from the album Djilly Kawral, released May 5, 2023.

Izy
Naarm, Australia. Neosoul.
Favorite track: Close the Door, single released July 28, 2023.

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Jahmal Padmore
Toronto, Canada. Indie pop soul.
Favorite track: Still Got Room To Grow, from the EP One, released June 23 2023 on Telephone Explosion Records.

Jakhari Smith
Sacramento, CA. Hip hop.
Favorite track: Another Level, from the album Reflections:, Vol. 2, released May 23, 2023.

Jameel Na’im X & Kingikeem
New Orleans, LA. Hip hop.
Favorite track: TRAPPIN’AGAIN, from the album Kartel 2, released May 29, 2023.

Jamil Honesty
Baltimore, MD. Hip hop.
Favorite track: Pastries, from the album Give Us Our Daily Bread (with Machacha), released December 4, 2023.

Jayla Greenbean
Oakland, CA. Hip hop.
Favorite track: Speak!, from the EP Changez, released January 5, 2024.

JayWood
Winnipeg, Canada. R&B electronica.
Favorite track: Heavy Eyes, from the EP Grow On, released August 11, 2023.

JERMAINE
Portland, OR. Indie soul.
Favorite track: Devils Roulette, from the EP ANIMAL, released July 19, 2023.

JEY MC
Guayaquil, Ecuador. Hip hop.
Favorite track: 11:11* (ft. Ama$onica, CQBeats), from the album Caleta Bochinchera, released December 20, 2023.
* One of the Pet Door Show’s Top 2023 Releases by Independent & Underplayed Latinx Artists

JIREH*
Baton Rouge, LA. Hip hop.
Favorite track: SPINNING (ft. Quadry), from the album A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints**, released March 22, 2023.
* One of the Pet Door Show’s up-and-coming artists you should know in 2024!
** One of the
Pet Door Show’s Top 2023 Releases by Independent & Underplayed Latinx Artists

Joey Aich
Columbus, OH. Hip hop.
Favorite track: Back Nine (ft. Billie Mitchell), from the album Open Treehouse (Deluxe), released March 1, 2023.

Johnny Rawls
Purvis, MS. Soul.
Favorite track: Trying to Live My Life Without You (Eugene Frank Williams), from the album Walking Heart Attack, released August 25, 2023.

José Ocampo
Bucaramanga, Colombia. Latin jazz.
Favorite track: Caminando — Live Session, from the live album La Ruta De La Chonta, released August 11, 2023.

Joy Bogat
Hannover, Germany. Indie neosoul.
Favorite track: Dreaming, from the upcoming album Fabric of Dreams, due to be released March 8, 2024.

Juke the Tiger
Sioux Falls, SD. Indie neosoul.
Favorite track: What’s the Word, Early Bird?, single released March 3, 2023.

JuneThaKid
Minneapolis, MN. Hip hop.
Favorite track: BLACK SHEEP and I AIN’T LYING, from the album JUST GET HOME SAFE: A Mixtape by JuneThaKid, released May 19, 2023.

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Kai Warrior
Albuquerque, NM. Folk americana.
Favorite track: I Don’t Know, from the album Everything I Know, released February 3, 2024.

Kankou Kouyaté, Yuliesky Gonzalez, & Bassekou Kouyate
Bamako, Mali / Cuba. Afrobeat.
Favorite track: Maria Lulu Rishi, single released February 3, 2024.

Karma Rivera*
Portland, OR. Hip hop.
Favorite track: Miss Pressure**, single released June 14, 2023.
* One of the Pet Door Show’s up-and-coming artists you should know in 2024!
** One of the
Pet Door Show’s Top 2023 Releases by Independent & Underplayed Latinx Artists!

Kátia Semedo
Praia, Cape Verde. Folk.
Favorite track: Forti kusa, from the album Caminho de São Tomé, released June 23, 2023.

Kennedy Mann
Philadelphia, PA. Indie folk.
Favorite track: Crooked, single released July 26, 2023.

Kilamanzego
Philadelphia, PA. Electronica.
Favorite track: Irregular, from the Black Weirdo EP, released July 28, 2023.

Kimaya Diggs
Northampton, MA. Indie folk jazz.
Favorite track: Alone at Christmas, holiday single released December 3, 2023.

Kinfu
Minneapolis, MN. Indie pop.
Favorite track: DAISIES, single released May 12, 2023.

King Hendrick$*
Houston, TX. Hip hop.
Favorite track: Kick the Cup, from the album The Tale of King Hendrix, released July 20, 2023.
* One of the Pet Door Show’s up-and-coming artists you should know in 2024!

Kipp Stone
Cleveland, OH. Hip hop.
Favorite track: Vanderhall Venice, from the album 66689 BLVD Prequel, released September 15, 2023.

Knives
Bristol, England. Post punk noise.
Favorite track: Ninety-Eight, from the EP Newshounds, released April 14, 2023.

Konyikeh
London, England. Indie soul.
Favorite track: Sorrow, from the EP Litany, released July 26, 2023.

Kookusi
Forth Worth, TX. Hip hop.
Favorite track: …From Abroad, from the album Greetings From Abroad, released March 10, 2023.

KVKA
Naarm, Australia. Hip hop.
Favorite track: Buck Wild (ft. Rhys Rich), single released May 12, 2023.

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Large Brush Collection
Austin, TX. Indie folk.
Favorite track: Arm’s Length, from the album Off Center, released January 16, 2024.

LAYNA
Nashville, TN. Indie folk.
Favorite track: WITCH HUNT (The Wicked), single released May 19, 2023.

Leonie Biney
Unknown location. Folk.
Favorite track: Beach Song — Demo, from the 2-track I’m Making You Coffee, released February 7, 2024.

Liboi
Nairobi, Kenya. African folk.
Favorite track: Uhuru Duniani, from the album Safari, released November 10, 2023.

Lilli Lewis
New Orleans, LA. Indie americana.
Favorite track: Happy Enough, from the album All is Forgiven, released December 1, 2023.

Líricas del Caos
Bogotá, Colombia. Latin hip hop.
Favorite track: Aborto Libre* (ft. Las Parceras, La Zea, Queen Ashanti, Tina, Yela Quim, Maquifera, Agatha, Tiaret Natural), from the album Aborteras, released September 28, 2023.
* One of the Pet Door Show Best of 2023!

London Afrobeat Collective
London, England. Afrobeat.
Favorite track: De Kinshasa à Sona Bata, from the EP Esengo, released February 14, 2024.

Lonely Horse
San Antonio, TX. Psych blues.
Favorite track: Break Me, from the EP Lonely Horse, released July 1, 2023.

Loupe
Amsterdam, Netherlands. Indie.
Favorite track: Lonely Dance, from the album Do You Ever Wonder What Comes Next?, released June 16, 2023.

Lukah
Memphis, TN. Hip hop.
Favorite track: Melanin Child (ft. Lotta Lox), from the album Permanently Blackface (the 1st Expression), released September 1, 2023.

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MaceyOMaze
Boston, MA. Hip hop.
Favorite track: Eye B Illin, from the album Wreckin’ Shop!, released August 16, 2023.

Mahina
Brussels, Belgium. Indie pop.
Favorite track: Think I Like You, single released April 27, 2023.

Malu Guedelha
Belem, Brazil. Folk neosoul.
Favorite track: Fora do Eixo, from the album Fagulha, released June 29, 2023.

Malummí
Basel, Switzerland. Indie.
Favorite track: Bones, from the album The Universe is Black, released November 17, 2023.

Marcelo Amaro
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Folk samba.
Favorite track: Diáspora, from the album Sambáfrica*, released September 29, 2023.
* One of the Pet Door Show’s Top 2023 Releases by Independent & Underplayed Latinx Artists!

Mare
San Francisco, CA. Indie pop.
Favorite track: Don’t Wanna Be Talking About Him, from the EP Inside Voice, released December 16, 2023.

Matí
Minneapolis, MN. Hip hop.
Favorite track: Life Notes, from the album Thoughts in Cursive, released July 30, 2023.

Mermaid
Los Angeles, CA. Neosoul / rock.
Favorite track: Disassociate, from the album Iridescence, released November 17, 2023.

MEULE
Tours, France. Electronica.
Favorite track: No Couchette Part 2, from the EP BEAU RED, released April 21, 2023.

MIDPACK
Little Rock, AR. Hip hop.
Favorite track: Caroline, from the EP The Inhabitant of a Cry, released September 1, 2023.

Misael González*
San Juan, Puerto Rico. Folk bomba.
Favorite track: Las Playas Son del Pueblo** (ft. Rashelle Amanda), single released March 9, 2023.
* One of the Pet Door Show’s up-and-coming artists you should know in 2024!
** One of the
Pet Door Show’s Top 2023 Releases by Independent & Underplayed Latinx Artists!

Miss Kaninna*
Lutruwita, Pawa land. Hip hop pop.
Favorite track: Blak Britney, single released May 4, 2023.
* One of the Pet Door Show’s up-and-coming artists you should know in 2024!

Moise
Minneapolis, MN. Indie.
Favorite track: METRO, from the album We Survived the Storm, Vol. 2, released May 26, 2023.

Mojarra Eléctrica
Bogotá, Colombia. Afrocolombian funk
Favorite track: Sigue Igual, from the album El Sonido del Tambor, released May 12, 2023.

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NANí
Brooklyn, NY. Folk.
Favorite track: Bitter, from the EP NANí (with Wild Hunt Sessions), released October 6, 2023.

Nathalie
Umeå, Sweden. Folk.
Favorite track: Svallvågor, single released November 11, 2023.

Nauti
Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa. Hip hop.
Favorite track: The world is Omni, from the album Voodoo Child, released May 10, 2023.

Negarit Band
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Jazz.
Favorite track: Yewelalia — Gurage, from the album Origins (Ethiosonic), released November 24, 2023.

Nelda Piña y sus Tambores
Ocala, FL. Bullerengue.
Favorite track: Palenquero (ft. La BOA), from the compilation album Mangle Rojo Vol 2*, released August 26, 2023, by Mangle Rojo.
* One of the Pet Door Show’s Top 2023 Releases by Independent & Underplayed Latinx Artists!

Nemegata
Austin, TX. Indie psicodélica.
Favorite track: El Brinco, from the album Voces, released September 15, 2023.

Nicole Chambers
Brampton, Canada. R&B soul.
Favorite track: Steady, from the EP Love Had Other Plans, released September 20, 2023.

Nii
Leeds, England. Indie folk pop.
Favorite track: Accident Prone, single released June 9, 2023.

Nikki Morgan
Chicago, IL. Country.
Favorite track: Comeback Queen, single released September 15, 2023.

Nobuhle Ashanti
Cape Town, South Africa. Jazz.
Favorite track: Prayer for the Innocent (ft. Shaw Komori), from the album Bait for Steps Forward, released March 24, 2023.

NORE*
Tilburg, Netherlands. Indie.
Favorite track: Alive and Well, single released February 23, 2024, on AudioSport Records.
* Pet Door Show highlighted artists February 29, 2024!

Noumoucounda
Montréal, Canada. African folktronica.
Favorite track: Niansing ladoula, from the EP Griots, released June 30, 2023.

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O.E.
Houston, TX. Hip hop.
Favorite track: Walk (Freestyle), single released July 18, 2023.

OLE MAN STOGIE (previously Uhuru Noir)
Baton Rouge, LA. Hip hop.
Favorite track: IF FOREST GUMP WAS PRO BLACK, from the album No More Locked Doors (God Gave Me The Keys), released October 18, 2023.

Olympia Vitalis
London, England. Neosoul jazz.
Favorite track: Mardy, single released February 2, 2024.

Os Fugitivos
Maceió, Brazil. Folk jazz.
Favorite track: Absurdo*, from the album Samburá, released October 30, 2023.
* One of the Pet Door Show Best of 2023 AND one of the Pet Door Show’s Top 2023 Releases by Independent & Underplayed Latinx Artists!

otez
Louisville, KY. Hip hop.
Favorite track: EDGE (ft. Hendo Houdini*), from the EP The Rhinestone, released October 6, 2023.
* Also on this list!

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Paint On It
Richmond, VA. Indie.
Favorite track: Perfect Bottles, from the album Tales From Another Star, released February 24, 2024.

Parranda la Cruz
Lyon, France. Afrovenezuelan folk.
Favorite track: Fuego Candela, from the album Parranda la Cruz*, released April 21, 2023.
* One of Pet Door Show’s Top 2023 Releases by Independent & Underplayed Latinx Artists!

Peter Somuah
Rotterdam, Netherlands. Jazz.
Favorite track: Reincarnation, from the album Letter to the Universe, released April 28, 2023, on ACT Records.

Pixvae
Lyon, France. Afrocolombian rock.
Favorite track: Las Pesadilas, from the album OI VE, released March 17, 2023.

Ploegendienst*
Amsterdam, Netherlands. Punk.
Favorite track: Rattekop, from the album IK, released April 28, 2023.
* One of the Pet Door Show’s up-and-coming artists you should know in 2024!

The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra
Naarm, Australia. Afrojazz rap.
Favorite track: Nunc Est Bibendum, from the 2-track Nunc Est Bibendum/Shake That Off, released April 13, 2023.

Les Pythons de la Fournaise
French alps. Psych maloya.
Favorite track: Mo chérie l’amour, from the album Tout Z’​É​toil, released April 28, 2023, on Catapulte Records.

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Qontinue
Toronto, Canada. Hip hop.
Favorite track: Mood Lifter, from the album Babatunde, released March 9, 2023.

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R. L. Boyce
Como, MS. Blues.
Favorite track: Coal Black Mattie (Ranie Burnette), from the EP Coal Black Mattie, released May 18, 2023.

Rachel Maxann
Memphis, TN. Soul.
Favorite track: Time Flies With You, from the 2-track Time Flies With You, released September 11, 2023, on Original Gravity Records.

Renee Stormz
Manchester, England. Hip hop.
Favorite track: Walk. Run. Fly., single released July 7, 2023.

Riestra y los Bohiques
Ponce, Puerto Rico. Latin folk.
Favorite track: La Plena del Huracán y el Presidente*, single released September 12, 2023.
* One of the Pet Door Show’s Top 2023 Releases by Independent & Underplayed Latinx Artists!

Roach
Toronto, Canada. Alternative rock.
Favorite track: Beer Belly, from the album No One to Lose, released August 15, 2023.

Rob Cave
Brooklyn, NY. Hip hop.
Favorite track: Inner G Energy (with Thxk-u), from the album Knowledge of the Sun, released September 1, 2023.

Roho
Pretoria, South Africa. Hip hop.
Favorite track: LIGHTS OUT, from the album Vesper, released July 31, 2023.

Roman Norfleet & Be Present Art Group
Portland, OR. Experimental soul.
Favorite track: Joy Song, from the EP Roman Norfleet and Be Present Art Group, released May 25, 2023, on Mississippi Records.

ROME IX
Calgary, Canada. Soul.
Favorite track: Best of Me, from the album Losing in Vain, released September 22, 2023.

Rushbonds
Leeds, England. Indie.
Favorite track: Football, single released November 24, 2023.

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S.P.G. Da General
Bismarck, ND. Hip hop.
Favorite track: Collateral Damage (ft. Origami Beats), from the album Universal Revleations, released March 18, 2023.

Sally Nyolo
Paris, France. Folk spoken word.
Favorite track: Le doudou volé, from the album Naniyé, released June 20, 2023.

SecondLady
Osaka, Japan. Punk rock.
Favorite track: Cost of living, single released October 9, 2023.

SHA
Brockton, MA. Hip hop.
Favorite track: Behead The King, single released June 29, 2023.

Shantelle King
Bradford, England. R&B.
Favorite track: Blossoms, from the compilation album Side By Side, Vol. 3, released January 19, 2024, by Come Play With Me.

$hrames
Nashville, TN. Hip hop.
Favorite track: Athlete, single released May 19, 2023.

Silky Southern
Atlanta, GA(?). Hip hop.
Favorite track: Godbody Negro, from the album The Son’s Shine, released January 9, 2024.

Smith Taylor
Cleveland, OH / New York City, NY. Indie soul.
Favorite track: Down Bad Bad, single released January 19, 2024.

Soweto Tshepiso
Johannesburg, South Africa. R&B hip hop.
Favorite track: Tsa Maloba, from the album Bad Deeds, Good Intentions, released March 13, 2023.

Speaker Bullies
Atlanta, GA. Hip hop.
Favorite track: Nobody Better Than (ft. DJ Jon Doe)*, from the album Art of Disrespect, released July 7 2023 on Soulspazm Records.
* One of the Pet Door Show Best of 2023!

Speakerbox (Mardy Says, Slim S.O.U.L.)
Charleston, SC. Hip hop.
Favorite track: Groovin, single released October 26, 2023.

Spit/Kiss
Brooklyn, NY. Indietronica.
Favorite track: BROKEBACK, single released December 1, 2023.

.SSJ (Stephen Oduro & Samuel Uribe Botero)
Ann Arbor, MI. Indie jazz soul.
Favorite track: Untitled (She Said), from the album Sanctified, released October 26, 2023.

SSJ Daki
Sacramento, CA. Hip hop.
Favorite track: bite (ft. awa), from the album DOG DAYS, released July 14, 2023.

Stephanie Anne Johnson
Tacoma, WA. Folk americana.
Favorite track: The Day That You Begin, from the album Jewels, released April 7, 2023.

Stik Figa & The Expert
Topeka, KS. Hip hop.
Favorite track: BlacAmerica and The Green Monster (ft. Solemn Brigham), from the album Ritual, released June 16, 2023.

Summerbruise
Indianapolis, IN. Indie.
Favorite track: (I Always End Up) Fighting With the Pencil, from the split album That’s What Friends Are For, released November 17, 2023.

Sunny Kahleel
Daytona Beach, FL. Hip hop pop.
Favorite track: Insomniac, single released May 24, 2023.

SUDS
Norwich, England. Indie rock.
Favorite track: Notice Me, from the EP In the Undergrowth, released April 14, 2023, on Big Scary Monsters.

Super Duty Tough Work
Winnipeg, Canada. Hip hop.
Favorite track: First Strike and Guillotine Dreams, from the album Paradigm Shift, released September 8, 2023.

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T!MBO
Cape Town, South Africa. Hip hop.
Favorite track: THE ONE!, from the album LOST FILES., released March 5, 2023.

Tafa
Zele, Belgium. Indie soul.
Favorite track: Woeman, from the album Jah Rahma, released November 24, 2023.

Talicia
Johannesburg, South Africa. Indie neosoul.
Favorite track: Crescent, single released September 15, 2023.

TamaRadah
Tel Aviv, Israel. Ethiojazz.
Favorite track: A’nd Ethiopia, from the album ERTEVÉ, released May 12, 2023.

TAPE TOY
Amsterdam, Netherlands. Rock.
Favorite track: Birthday, from the EP Ttys, released April 14, 2023.

Tazzy
London, England. Hip hop.
Favorite track: To the Moon (ft. The Dream), single released June 30, 2023.

Tekeo
Battle Creek, MI. Hip hop.
Favorite track: Let Me Cook (Stuck in Ya Gaze), single released February 21, 2024.

Teamonade
Bowling Green, OH. Indie folk.
Favorite track: Relief, single released January 30, 2024.

tofusmell
Orlando, FL. Folk.
Favorite track: Basil Noodles, from the EP Humor, released June 30, 2023.

Tommy WÁ
Accra, Ghana. Indie folk.
Favorite track: Dumb Luck, from the album Roadman and Folks, released November 30, 2023.

Tulengua
Tijuana, Mexico / San Diego, CA. Hip hop.
Favorite track: GET UP // SAN ONOFRE, single released August 8, 2023.

Tulliz
Greensboro, NC. Indie pop hip hop.
Favorite track: I’m So Fly, from the EP It’s Gonna Be Lonely, released December 22, 2023.

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Valmy
St. John’s, Canada. Folk.
Favorite track: Wednesday, from the album The In Between, released September 15, 2023.

Vincent Ahehehinnou
Cotonou, Benin. Afrofunk.
Favorite track: Bozan*, from the album LA VIE EST BELLE, released March 10, 2023.
* One of the Pet Door Show Best of 2023.

Voidness
Brooklyn, NY. Hip hop.
Favorite track: Flame (ft. HLP, Diffusive), from the digital album It’s Windy Again This Morning/The Short End, released September 1, 2023.

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Whitelands
London, England. Indie shoegaze.
Favorite track: Born in Understanding, from the album Night-bound Eyes Are Blind To The Day, released February 23, 2024.

Wilmette
Sleepy Hollow, IL. Alternative rock.
Favorite track: Circa ’99, from the album Hyperfocused, released August 4, 2023.

WIL$ON
Los Angeles, CA. Hip hop.
Favorite track: 222 Freestyle, from the album Method Acting Act 1, released September 28, 2023.

Wishy
Indianapolis, IN. Indie.
Favorite track: Paradise, from the EP Paradise, released December 15, 2023.

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Yacouba Sissoko
New York City, NY. African folk.
Favorite track: Faso Bara, from the album Duwa Wu, Blessing, released May 19, 2023.

Yalla Miku
Geneva, Switzerland. Gnawa rock.
Favorite track: Tortije, from the album Yalla Miku, released March 31, 2023.

Yash Flee
Chicago, IL. Hip hop.
Favorite track: Monopoly Man (ft. JIREH), from the album Interstate 90, released July 21, 2023.

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Zal Sissokho
Montréal, Canada. African folk.
Favorite track: Labannya, from the album La Source, released September 8, 2023.

Zero McKenzi
Brooklyn, NY. Hip hop.
Favorite track: Do You Know? (ft. Meech), from the EP To Feel Normal: Demo, released December 13, 2023.

Zinnia’s Garden
Pittsburgh, PA. Indie.
Favorite track: Purple Portal Dream, single released December 31, 2023.

Zowie Kengocha
Carteret, NJ. R&B pop.
Favorite track: Fragile, from the EP You Never Learn, released April 15, 2023.

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