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

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.

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!

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.

Karamanti’s Freestyle #WhaGwan Now Trending

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A couple weeks ago Karamanti shared a freestyle she did on an Afro-beat riddim produced by one of Ghana’s top beat makers, Riddim Boss. The song has since caught on and is now trending in several African countries.

Though she is known more for the substantive messages in her music, every now and again, Karamanti releases a song that shows that she can just as easily create the hype content that many crave. This is what she has done on the freestyle entitled, wah gwan. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN AND DOWNLOAD

Shoggy Tosh, Fiona Yorke, GuvnaB, Faith Child, Annastasia Baker and others receive nominations at the 2016 JUMP MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS, UK.

jump-youtube-bannerThe JUMP Music Video Awards is back with a splash onto the music industry calendar for Saturday 1st October at the luxury Hilton Tower Bridge, London, United Kingdom with nominations for Rapper – Shoggy Tosh, Singer – Fiona Yorke, Rapper – GuvnaB, Faith Child, Annastasia Baker amongest many others. Shoggy Tosh gets his first ever JUMP music video nomination for his blockbuster music video – Pamoto (featuring Henrisoul) and directed by Femi Best Touch in the BEST UK AFRO BEAT MUSIC VIDEO category alongside Phemmoh’s Are You Ready, Derrick Maphosa’s Sovereign God, Sam Adebanjo’s I’m Available and Andrew Bello’s #SayYes.

The inaugural event, staged in 2014, was the first time that the collaborative efforts of artists and music video makers operating in the Christian and Gospel scene was recognised and rewarded. Since then the 16 winning videos have notched up 30 million viewing figures between them on YouTube alone.

Director Juliet Fletcher explains, “When we staged the first event we only had an idea that indicated a trend. Many of the artists were unknown – even to Gospel-loving audiences. The feedback we received from both the judges responsible for selecting finalists and the audience who attended the evening can be suitably described as a ‘pleasant shock and surprise’. We’ve got every good reason to support the continual growth of this segment of the independent music sector. We believe there are more good shocks and surprises to come.”

Full list of nominations (with exception of the International categories to be released between 12 – 18 September, 2016. The winners of each category will be decided by the JUMP judges and announced on the awards night ).

BEST UK SOLO FEMALE MUSIC VIDEO NOMINATIONS:
Sarah Teibo – Steal My Joy
Ni-Cola Witter – Breakthrough
Lurine Cato – Power
Fiona Yorke – Glory Cloud
Annastasia Baker – Fly Again

BEST UK AFRO BEAT MUSIC VIDEO NOMINATIONS:
Shoggy Tosh – Pamoto
Phemmoh – Are You Ready
Derick – Sovereign God
Sam Adebanjo – I’m Available
Andrew Bello – #SayYes

BEST UK PRAISE & WORSHIP MUSIC VIDEO NOMINATIONS:
Hannah – Overwhelming Praise
Purist – None Like You
Evans Ogobi – Shout Hallelujah
Margaret Nana Tandoh – I Turn To You
Aaron T Aaron ft Mike Abdul – I Will Sing Of Your Praise

BEST UK REGGAE/CARIBBEAN SOUND MUSIC VIDEO NOMINATIONS
Philip Noel – Walking In My Blessing
Bobby Bovell featuring Dennis Bovell – Love Love (Kriswontwo Remix)
Minister Taf ft Chris Da Ambassada – Bunn Badmind
Lytie – Better
Dan – Testify

BEST UK GROUP OR CHOIR MUSIC VIDEO NOMINATIONS:
The Cokers – I Am Persuaded
Ekklesia – Where you Are
Muyiwa & Riversongz – Eko iLe
ZAA – Saved By Grace
Twelve24 – #Vivalawldkdz

BEST UK HIP-HOP/RAP MUSIC VIDEO NOMINATIONS:
Cerose – Millennium Reign
ICIE – The Becoming
S.O. – So It Ends
Faith Child ft. Da’T.R.U.T.H. – Tunnel Vision
Guvna B ft. Deitrick Haddon – Nothing But The Blood

BEST UK R’N’B/SOUL MUSIC VIDEO NOMINATIONS:
Sarah Téibo – Steal My Joy
T Briggs – My Identity
Olaedo Ibe – Dust With Life (Foolish)
Fiona Yorke – Glory Cloud
Theon – Your Love Reigns Perfect

BEST SOLO MALE MUSIC VIDEO NOMINATIONS:
Bobby Bovell featuring Dennis Bovell – Love Love (Kriswontwo Remix)
Cerose (Rob Fills Network) – Tribulation – In The Name of Jesus
Theon – I Am
Evans Ogboi – Shout Hallelujah
Aaron T Aaron ft. Mike Abdul – I Will Sing Your Praise

BEST INSPIRATIONAL MUSIC VIDEO NOMINATIONS:
Bobby Bovell featuring Dennis Bovell – Love Love (Kriswontwo Remix)
Lecrae – All I Need Is You
GuvnaB ft Beleaf – Buss It
Wildwood Kin – Warrior Daughter
Annastasia Baker – Fly Again

UK SINGER RASHELLE BLUE EMPOWERS WOMEN WITH HER NEW SONG, “KWEEN” (@rashelleblue)

RASHELLE BLUE.jpgUK singer Rashelle Blue is all about women standing up for themselves, what they believe in, and in being able to achieve their goals no matter what.
Evidently, she reps it for ‘African Queens’ all around the world in her new single titled KWEENS. According to the London based singer, women are not celebrated enough especially in the Afrobeats Movement.

In a recent interview with Ludwig Junior on Ahomka Radio in London, she reiterated, “There aren’t a lot of females repping it for the girls in the afrobeats scene- especially in the diaspora. Often, we’re not given the platform to bring our contribution to the African Music Market but I believe that many of us have a lot to offer.”

This exciting new afro-pop song produced by renowned UK producer/songwriter Eaaron Quacoe, seeks to celebrate women in general, but specifically African women all around the world. It follows her single AMPA produced by West African highlife maestro Bisa Kdei. In the song she has some very uplifting words of advice for women.

KWEENS is free to listen, download and share at the link below:

President John Dramani Mahama joins the Musicians Union of Ghana to promote the 2016 Ghana Music Week festival (@JDMahama)

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The creative industry is one of the most rapidly growing sectors of the world economy. A highly trans formative economic instrument in terms of job creation, income generation and export earnings, the creative commerce is responsible for unlocking the potential of the creative economy; promoting the overall creativity of society, affirming the distinctive identity of people and places where it flourishes, improving the quality of life, enhancing local image, prestige and ultimately strengthening resources for diverse economic futures.

In Ghana, the government, under the leadership of his Excellency President John Dramani Mahama, realizing the enormous potential of tourism in improving economies, creating jobs, and alleviating poverty, is personally spearheading the development and promotion of Ghanaian tourism through music.To this effect, the president has added his voice to that of the Musicians Union of Ghana, in calling all Ghanaians, Africans and all people of the Diaspora, to participate in the 2016 edition of the Ghana Music Week (GMW) festival.

The event which enters its fourth year is organized by the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), Showbiz Africa and Fantasy Entertainment in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Creative Arts (MoTCCA). The festival will be held in Ghana from March 1-7, 2016, coinciding with Ghana’s 59th Independence celebration. According to Verus Nartey, GMW Executive Coordinator, the main goal of the international launch is “to roll out an innovative package to attract a targeted 2,000 visitors/tourists to the GMW Festival in March 2016, and in the process, market Ghanaian music & tourism to the world.”

Story by: Adokwei Addo

The show master of Africa, Bob Pinodo, makes his return at the 2015 MUSIGA GRAND BALL (@BPinodoOfficial)

2015 Grand BallSlated for Friday September 4, all is set for the 2015 edition of the Musician’s Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) Grand Ball. The event will be held as usual at the Banquet Hall, State House, in Accra Ghana. The MUSIGA Grand Ball is an annual fund raiser event which started in 2011 to support the development of the music industry in the county. From the maiden edition which targeted to help set up a MUSIGA Music Development Fund (MIDF), the event has been held annually and attended by music industry moguls and state officials. Each year, funds are
raised and committed to a specific project of the Musician’s Union of Ghana. Last year, the MUSIGA GRAND BALL raised an amount of GH ¢100,000.00 for MUSIGA’s Aging Musicians Welfare Fund (AMWeF) and the MUSIGA Academy.

This year’s Grand ball promises to be exceptional as it brings back on stage one of Ghana’s greatest musicians, Bob Pinodo. Known in his days as the ‘Show master of Africa’, Bob Pinodo rose to the pinnacle of his career with the ‘Show master of Africa’ album released by Essiebons in 1978. Bob is expected to bring back the memories of Disco Dance as he makes a come back to stage performance. In the last ten years, the Disco Dance hit maker has been a research tutor, directing the dance band department of Music Education at the University of Education in
Winneba. Asked the purpose of his come back to recording and stage performance, the show master of Africa said having taught music in the university for a decade he was back to demonstrate how Ghana could transform its economy with music.

Under the auspices of his excellency John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana and his excellency former President John Agyekum Kuffour, the 2015 MUSIGA Grand Ball has the past and future of Ghana’s music industry at heart. Forty (40) companies and organizations have already reserved tables and seats for the event. Call 0272180835 or
0206436798 to book VVIP Presidential seats or tables.

Article By Adokwei Addo

Classic Afro highlife tune Nnasonka by Rashelle Blue is out (@rashelleblue @Ephraimmusiq)

Nnasonka CoverNnasonka is the female version of ‘I love you’ in Hausa.

Rashelle Blue who was born to Ghanaian parents in Hamburg, Germany and later moved to London and then the United States hardly speaks any Ghanaian languages. She has however set out to explore her roots and discover her culture through music – hence her branching out into Afro Pop after doing R’n’B and Pop for a very long time.

She sang in 4 Ghanaian dialects – Twi, Ga, Ewe and Hausa in this beautiful song – Nnasonka which was produced by Ephraim.

Rashelle looks to fuse Ghanaian and African rhythms with her R’n’B/Pop influences to create wonderful tunes that will put African music on the map internationally and that is just what she is doing.

The London-based singer/songwriter has really challenged herself with this classic afro highlife piece which is definitely set to get people dancing and talking.

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