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Afro Star Yemi Alade Kicks Off North American Tour In DC On August 4th (@yemialadee)

YEMI-ALADE-2-1Coming off the release of her album, with multiple mega hits, and the heels of an European and African Tour; Yemi Alade makes her grand entrance into North America for her very first concert. It kicks off in DC where she will be live with her full Ovasabi Band backing her up.

Event Info
Date: Friday Aug 4th 2017
Venue: Historic Howard Theater
Address: 620 T St. NW Washington D.C
Show time: 10:00PM – 3:00AM
Support Acts & DJs: DJ Claude | DJ Terry the Hippie | Local Acts

About the Artist
Yemi Eberechi Alade, simply known as Yemi Alade is one of Nigeria/Africa’s top Pop/R&B artistes. Popularly referred to as “Yoruba-Igbo girl” due to her dual origin, Yemi Alade is a multi-talented and multi-lingual artiste who made a huge impact with the release of her mega hit song “Johnny.”

The song became an international smash hit as it dominated music charts in Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, Liberia, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Paris and the United Kingdom, among others, becoming one of the most played songs and watched YouTube videos in African music history. She has cemented herself as the most versatile songstress out of Africa currently.

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Nigerian Artist Bigstreet Releases New Single “Oyege” (@Realbigstreet @bethebestmusic)

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Righteous Nwabueze Odili AKA Bigstreet finally releases his debut single under BTB records.With the flow of 2Baba, the vocal range of Banky W and the tone of Flavour n’abania, Bigstreet entertains with the body swaying mellow “Oyege” meaning “Beautiful Woman”. A love song about a captivating and charismatic beauty the singer is infatuated with.

The single starts off as RnB, slowly progressing into a medium tempo but mainstream pop sound before seamlessly flowing into a distinct highlife sound before ending in a crescendo signed by the eponymous producer. The song climaxes as it breaks down into the bridge where the singer displays his eastern Nigerian roots and professes his love in Igbo. His voice though sweet and airy, possesses a slight husk; a tell-tale sign of the street hustle he endured for many years in order to debut his music to the world. The intermittent chiming bells and light horns towards the end of the track, paint a picture of anticipated victory and celebration with loved ones; a wedding song for the club perhaps?

Whichever way you choose to swing it, “Oyege,” is a feel good music at its best. The radio friendly, repetitive chorus and groovy beat engraves the song in the minds of listeners. “Oyege” was produced by hit maker Don L37 and released under BTB Records. Click here to listen & download.

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Ghana’s Music Legend Bob Pinodo Announces New Band – “Gold Crest Band” (@BPinodoOfficial)

Story by: Adokwei Addo

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His Excellency the president of the republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his inaugural address said, “We must create wealth and restore happiness to our nation. We can only do this when we have an educated and skilled population that is capable of competing in the global economy”. Bob Pinodo a music stalwart and educationist has held fast to this view and the fact that music once done professionally, will not only bring jobs but also serve as a catalyst to transform Ghana’s economy.

Having taught music at the University of Education (U.E.W), for ten (10) years the once senior research tutor at the university has brought together some of his students, all alumina of  the university to form a band  called “Gold Crest”. The aim of the band is to serve as an Ambassador of Ghanaian music, representing and presenting the rich variety of African Rhythms to the world. In his own words “this is a band we have put together to demonstrate what i taught at the University, in last ten (10) years. All members of the band are professionals, some into education and others in the security service. An assembly of masters, each is gainfully employed playing a leading role in his or her organization, be it band, church or school. What i revere most about members of “the Gold Crest band” is our high sense of discipline and respect” Bob said.

“I have identified the seizures in live band music production and performances across the country, as the main reason Ghanaian music no longer sells internationally, like it did in my days and those of ET Mensah and OSIBISA. By this development i am challenging all musicians especially the youthful ones and venue owners to help revive and relive the live band culture that once made our industry vibrant and profitable”.

On Friday, March 24, 2017, “Gold Crest” will be “outdoored” at the newly refurbished Golden Key Club, near the Ghana Telecom University in Abeka; where the band rehearses, and which proprietor also doubles as a band patron. The band promises to entreat its maiden audience to some francophone music, highlife and a repetoire of the show master of Africa, Bob Pinodo.

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Etuk Ubong Releases New Album “Tales Of Life” (@EtukUbong)

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Nigerian born, South African based and World Acclaimed Trumpeter ETUK UBONG is a maverick on the Horn, bringing to Life an almost magical semblance with every tune.

Among the Wynton Marsalis, Louis Armstrong and so on; Etuk Ubong has not only grown to the level of these great talents, but has astonishingly raised the bar displaying passion in every sound. It wont be long before he joins the hall of fame for great trumpeters from Africa.

This amazing instrumentalist was featured on the Gabon school of music project which was hosted at the world’s famous Berklee School of Music (USA) in 2016 with the likes of Akon, Davido and more.

He has just released a new album titled “TALES OF LIFE.” Composed and arranged by Etuk Ubong, it was recorded at Vita Studio in Lagos Nigeria and Mixed and Mastered by Oluwadamilare Akinyede at the Alpha June Studio, Nigeria.

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BUY ALBUM ON ITUNES: https://itun.es/ng/x7Q0hb
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YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/6Heox5VbBeY

ALBUM CREDITS
BhekiYende – Album Cover
Etuk Ubong: Trumpet Voice Flugel horn
Taiwo Ibidun: Trumpet
Raphael Lasisi: Tenor Saxophone
Timothy Ogunbiyi: Keyboard
Emmanuel Akinloye: Bass
Benjamin James: Drums

“TALES OF LIFE” TRACK LISTING
1. Battle for peace
2. Drawing Room
3. Genesis
4. Story
5. Suddenly
6. Tales Of Life
7. The Earth Meditation
8. Uyai Mi Margaret

 

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New AfroBeat Release: Young Kells ft.MDBbeatz – Twalimo (@Young Kells @MDBbeatz)

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Fast rising artist, Young Kells, who is currently getting alot of attention in his country, Nigeria, releases a brand new single entiled “Twalimo.” It features MDBbeatz and on this record Young Kells proves that he is indeed talented as he displays his versatility. “Twalimo” is an amazing Afrobeat song, mixed and mastered by MDBbeatz and produced by Hypertorch.

DOWNLOAD LINK: https://my.notjustok.com/track/download/id/187350

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Voicemail Releases New Soca/AfroBeat Track (@voicemailmusic @DancehallRulerz)

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While Voicemail and DancehallRulerz were touring in Germany and Europe to promote their #GAMECHANGER EP, they listened a lot to the “Palmen aus Plastik” hit album by German hip-hop stars Raf Camora and Bonez MC. As a reaction, they recorded their Jamaican version of the song “Ohne mein Team” and released it as a free download with permission of the original rights owners.

Click here to download the track.

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Afrobeat Star, Olamide Makes Major Comeback With New Album “The Glory” (@olamide_YBNL)

olamide-1-600x593African Rap Act, Olamide Adedeji a.k.a Baddo’s new album, The Glory, is topping charts. Pepper Dem the current single is leading in both streams & download numbers on the album’s website: http://www.thegloryalbum.com. It is also getting airplay on New York’s number one radio station, Power 105.1 by top American Disc Jockey DJ Norie. Olamide‘s album is destined to break records for an Afrobeat artist. The 6th studio album released less than a month ago has risen to the top of all music charts globally with no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Olamide who is known for his artistic deliverance of lyrics to consulate the melody his fans gravitate to, made it clear that this project titled The Glory is simply to take it back to the streets.

When it’s all said and done, it takes one track perhaps the leading track of an album to indicate the direction or how successful an album will be. In less than a month since the super star dropped his latest project, the numbers are titling toward Pepper Dem as the fan favorite.

The album which is available on www.thegloryalbum.com is a 16 track compilation of hits back to back like the rapper would say. These tracks featured one of the rappers very good friend, Phyno, industry juggernaut Burnaboy , sensational Davolee & a few others. With other certified hits such as ‘Who You Epp’ and ‘Omo Wobe Anthem’ on this tracklist, Olamide fans have decided ‘Pepper Dem’ is how they want to rock their 2017. Still topping charts on major streaming platforms worldwide including MTN Music+, Spotify & iTunes. Olamide with “The Glory” album remains the only Nigerian artist spotted on iTunes top 10 list world genre category.

Many have called this masterpiece the best work to date from the superstar rapper who once again shut down the city of Lagos at his annual concert – OLIC3, bringing the city to a standstill!

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DJ Nicholas, Deitrick Haddon & Others Deliver at AIM First Fest in Jamaica

Story by: Don McDowell

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Deitrick Haddon live at AIM First Fest 

The AIM Financial Corporation sponsored AIM First Fest held at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on January 2, 2017 is being hailed as a resounding success for its
organization, presentation, and coordination, with many feeling it was worth it.

AIM First Fest showcased a star segment of tier one Jamaican gospel artistes Prodigal Son,
Rondell Positive, DJ Nicholas, and Kevin Downswell alongside Preachers of LA’s Deitrick Haddon, pastor, lyricist, and singer.

Patrons experienced the effulgent Rondell Positive in full flight in tandem with the ever effervescent iWorshipp doing background vocals as he delivered More Than A Conqueror, Stick Nor Stones, Fire Medley, and closing with the high energy Keeping Me Alive.

The welcoming applause to Prodigal Son’s return to the local stage after a dearth was phenomenal. Prodigal’s entre Blessings a Run Mi Down set the crowd on fire as they sang and danced.

Prodigal Son blessed the AIM First Fest crowd with Bongo Town, Head Cyaa Hot Suh, I Wish, and God Again. In closing his set, in true prodigal fashion, Prodigal Son asked forgiveness for any hurt or pain caused previously to his fans, arising from previous controversies.

The Mr. “Turn up the Volume” DJ Nicholas musically taught his audience on Divine Mathematics, exercises at the Holy Ghost Gym, biology class on blood constituents, and also on exorcism to Move That Squatter (Satan).

After a seemingly disconnected start singing on tracks, Grammy nominee Dietrick Haddon ‘upped his game’ by calling on his Jamaican audience for 60 seconds of praise, as he moved to his 2008 hit He’s Able“. Yes “him tun up d place” creating an atmosphere of worship as the crowd sang and praised the Most High God Yahweh.

Pastor Haddon after sharing a short testimony of backsliding some time ago moved the people to repentance and rejoicing, as he, with the help of Downswell’s band segued into Well Done, Its On The Way featuring DJ Nicholas, and Love Him Like I Do. Some patrons generally felt Haddon redeemed himself and represented well eventually.

Closing the curtain, Kevin Downswell’s, brilliant performance in praise and worship stimulated fans to another level of praise as he belted out You Make Me Stronger, Goodbye World, Already Done, and was accompanied by Prodigal Son in a high energy rendering of That’s Enough and Cyaa Cold with each ministering to different sides of the audience.

The Aim First Fest package also featured Party King rides, games, giveaways, food, and a shopping village, plus professional security and police patrols.

Other artistes performing included George Nooks, Perpetual Sounds of Praise, Rev. Glen Graham among others. Mc’s were Nadine Blair, Basillia Barnaby-Cuffe, and the show’s
promoter Markland Edwards.

With its veritable list of corporate supporters including title sponsors AIM Financial Corporation, the RJR Communications Group, Grace Kennedy Money Services, and others, it may be that Action Entertainment – promoters of the event has broken through to significant corporate sponsorship of gospel events.

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Tropicalfete Announces Community Cultural Experience for Dec.18 in Brooklyn NY (@tropicalfete)

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Tropicalfete is excited to present a community cultural event they’re calling, “A Free Musical Gift To The Community.” There will be performances by Steel Pan Ensemble, Klick Band with a brass section to give you that big band musical feeling. Mesha Steele, Sassy Ramoutar and Daria M will be blessing the audience with a few songs from their catalog. Veteran Calypsoian Dr. Witty will also be taking to the stage – he’s back again by popular demand. The live music will cover everything from pop, soul, classical, zouk, Chutney, reggae, calypso, and Steel Pan, all with a Caribbean flavor. We will also be honoring music producer, Roger Meltzer, with the Tropicalfete Award of Excellence.

The Tropicalfete team would like to thank city council member, Darlene Mealy, Citizens Committee for New York City, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the Mayor’s office, for the role they played in making this event possible.

December 18th 4pm Sharp Show Time 4:30pm
Brooklyn Music School Playhouse
126 St Felix St, Brooklyn, New York 11217
(Between Lafayette Ave and Hanson Pl)
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GH Artist OBIBINI Releases Unity Song Ahead Of Wednesday’s Election – Song Produced By Jamaica’s DJ Rhome (@Obibiniboafo @Dj_Rhome)

15259703_10208838346928978_1548603979804471778_oLife and peace are two of the most important things we often take for granted. Only a few people know what life is worth and even fewer people know peace is not free but priceless. Before Ghana goes to the polls again on Wednesday, December 7th, Obibini has released yet another well knitted piece of advice to Ghanaians in a song he titles, “oneness.”

Produced by DJ Rhome of Rhome records in Kingston Jamaica, “oneness” was recorded and mixed by Skinny Willis in his Amazing Studio in Accra Ghana.

Easily yet very vividly expressed, Obibini calls for oneness drawing the nation’s attention to its culture; what we eat, drink, festivals we celebrate that unite more than divide us. The song also makes a case for national unity amidst our tribal and political diversity. Deeply thoughtful, the rapper suggests the need for one to exercise his or her franchise, ensure a free and fair election, tolerate and accept the outcome of elections; and to desist from taking contracts to cause mayhem; as a means to support the electoral process and sustain peace in Ghana.

LISTEN & DOWNLOAD SONG HERE

Story by: Adokwei Addo

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Jam Link Intl. Announces Date, Location & Lineup For The 2016 Xmas Reggae Splash (@jamlinkintl)

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Head of the Jam Link International Association, Henzel Clarke, has announced the new date and location for this years’ Xmas Reggae Splash. The event will be held in the heart of Aarhus at Rodizio Lounge & Restaurant – located at Skt. Clemens Torv 15, 8000 Aarhus, Denmark – on Saturday, December 17th, 2016.

In keeping with past events, this year will also have live entertainment supported by some of the best DJs in and around Denmark. There will be an array of Reggae, Dancehall and Afro-Beat selectors, namely: DJ Black Sheep, Riddim Fex, Tiger Moth and Ruby Sound. Performing live will be versatile Nigerian artist, Kingseyes who is expected to deliver everything from roots Reggae to Soca tracks.

Entrance for this year’s staging is only 50Kr and the doors will open at 22:00. For more information persons are encouraged to join the event on facebook by clicking here.

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Bisa Kdei & Afro-Dancehall Act Patoranking Release New Song “Life”(@bisa_kdei @patorankingfire @GarzyMix)

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Prolific highlife artiste Bisa Kdei and Afro-Dancehall act Patoranking have collaborated on a new song titled Life along with very colourful visuals that will certainly appeal to fans.

The two artistes – both reigning kings of their respective genres, have surprised their fans with this unusual collab – a fusion between highlife (authentic afrobeat rhythms emanating from Ghana) and afro-dancehall which is the most popular emerging genre on the African continent and the diaspora at the moment.

The song which was produced by renowned Ghanaian producer, Mix Masta Garzy is very upbeat and is already making waves.

Life is available to buy, stream or download on all popular music channels.