Featuring well-known acts like Victoria Kimani, Cynthia Morgan, Styl-Plus andBurna Boy while giving the spotlight to less-known acts like Hot Ice on Dirty, Odysseus is a project that not only gives the audience a taste of Jagz depth with lyrics but also an insight into his creative spirit and his love for featuring sounds that have stood the test of time in fusion with his.
For the first time since inception, the ‘One Africa Music Festival‘ will be hosted in London. This year; old and new lovers of Afrobeats, Afro Dance, High life, Bongo Flava and other genres of the African sound can look forward to performances from amazing acts across the continent including; one of Africa’s legendary Rappers; M.I Abaga, Ghana’s fiercest; Efya, Kenyan’s hottest talent; Victoria Kimani, and the man of the moment in Southern Africa;Cassper Nyovest. Other acts include Tiwa Savage, Awilo Logomba, Falz, Tekno, Alikiba, Olamide Phyno, Davido Eugy and the dymanic duo; PSquare.
Classic Man; Jidenna and Ghana’s hottest MC Sarkodie are to headline the concert.
Shot in Israel during the first leg of their #AIMWolrdTour, Tanzanian foremost duo and real life love birds; Navy Kenzo share the video for ‘Morning‘ a single off their debut album ‘AIM’ (Above Inna Minute). The Visuals are meant to give all single people out there relationship FOMO.
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Silvastone’s sound is one that mixes traditional African sounds with Uk street vibez and in anticipation to the release of his ‘Extended EP; LEVELS, we thought; no better time to get all up in his business than now. He has been steady releasing single tracks off the EP to get everyone nicely warmed up for the full work.
Radio producer and Journalist Titilope Adesanya had a brief back and forth with the incredible multi-skilled and talented artist.
T: Before we get all professional and talk about your upcoming projects , let’s get to know Silvastone and I would like to start with the significance of your name?
S: Well, my name is of Biblical background, you know, being a man from the church. The name Silvastone means the underdog. Basically the person, people never expect much from but who always surpasses existing standards and sets new bench marks. This does reflect my journey so far so I think it’s befitting.
T: Oh beautiful. Now for a little bit of a historical background, you are a mix of Ghanaian and Sierra Leonean but with an English upbringing. Would I be right?
Ss: Yes I am a mixed African. That is correct. I was born in South London where I grew up initially. Then my father and I moved to live in Freetown where I went to school from the age of 11 till 16 at which point I had to leave because of the civil war at that time. I was basically a refugee running from the violence back home.
T: That must have been an experience that stays with you. Which background would you say you are more of?
Ss: I am right bang in the middle. I am no more Sierra Leonean than I am Ghanaian. Only difference is that having living and schooling in Freetown in my teenage years solidified my Sierra Leonean side. However, my mother is a proud Ghanaian woman in every way and that culture is very strong in our household and upbringing even to this very day.
Yes, I often fly and represent the Sierra Leonean flag but that’s mostly because its under-represented in the music scene.
T: How much of an influence would you say your origins (Ghana and Sierra Leone) have on your style of music?
Ss: I would say Ghana is reflected more in my music. I grew up listening to a lot of high-life and still do. However, I also listened to quite a lot of local acts from Sierra Leone who had international acclaim; the likes of Bunny Mack, Dr Oloh and King Masco, so we can say a little bit of both.
T: Silvastone; amazing talented African based in the United Kingdom’, how was the hustle in the early days in comparison to today?
Ss: It’s a continuous uphill struggle. I try not to compare back in the day to what it is right now because no matter what you think you’ve achieved there is always something more to attain and we keep reaching for it.
T: Now let’s talk LEVELS, you are calling it an ‘Extended Ep’ even though it’s got just over 13 tracks. Why this choice?
Ss: Haha. Well, being an independent artist, you can make the rules so why not? My next body of work might be an album…I do have quite a bit of content enough to put one together and I am looking forward to working on new stuff and sharing it.
I’m happy to really keep music running, fresh music coming and it’s a blessing to be able to do that. Right now though its all about sharing ‘LEVELS’.
T: ahh I see, so just because you can?
Ss: Yes to put it simply.
T: Okay good point. Describe LEVELS in one word.
Ss: Diverse! Yeah, its a very diverse collection of music styles on this project.
T: How long did it take to get the entire project ready to share with the world?
Ss: About 18 months. However, there are a few songs I began working on for my debut; ‘Transitions’ EP but they never got drafted in and I revisited them for LEVELS. If you count that, it would probably be up to 2years and then some, but we aren’t counting, it’s not a race, there can be no hurry.
I recorded it in between all the activities I was doing to promote ‘Transitions’. So some of the songs were written and even recorded whilst on the road – or in the air, doing shows in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Nigeria, USA, etc.
T: This is arguably an unfair question to artists, but we want to know which is your favourite track from ‘LEVELS’
Ss: Hmm probably ‘Still’. with Vicky Sola It’s got this energy that is simply amazing; warm and fuzzy and so if I had to pick one, it would be ‘Still’.
T: Let’s talk specifically the video of ‘Incredible’ featuring Ike Chuks, we love the plus size models by the way, was this a conscious decision, are you trying to make a statement of sorts?
Ss: Yes. A very conscious decision at that. I am an African man and I don’t think we generally like ‘diet’ sized bodies but society has made the lot of us think differently, like we have to see things in one way. So yeah I thought it was about time we show some love to our women. We love big women and this was a definite conscious choice.
T: How much physical presence have you managed to retain with your home countries?
Ss: Decent I would say. I went to Ghana for the first time as an artist in 2016 and I mean an artist who now has his own repertoire and not songs I had produced for other acts and that was pretty amazing.
I was also back in Sierra Leone in 2015, shot some music videos there and it was crazy. I love Sierra Leone.
T: You’ve got big gigs coming up in the next few weeks, SXSW in March and O2 Academy Islington in April, which are you looking forward most?
Ss: Definitely O2 Academy Islington. My team and I have worked hard on this and it’s something that has my personal footprint on it. It’s mine. I mean I am looking forward to SXSW, it’s going to be amazing! but O2 Academy Islington is mine and as such there is an anticipation I feel which I don’t get when I think of SXSW.
T: Thank you for your time and the chat, looking forward to LEVELS going live!
Ss: The pleasure is all mine and I can’t wait to share it and see what the world thinks.
Silvastone has worked with a wide range of acts around the world including; Rita Ora, D’Banj, Damian Marley, Fuse ODG, Davido, Mark Morrison, Yemi Alade and Ace Hood among others.
Silvastone’s LEVELS is due for release world wide on the 10th of March. However he has made single tracks such as available with ‘Incredible‘ out on the 24th of Feb, ‘Do my Thing’ on the 3rd of March, ‘Still’ and ‘Kele Wele’ on the 6th and 8th of March respectively. And because he is super generous with his music, you can listen to a snippet of the entire album here.
And while we wait patiently for the 10th of March, you can go ahead and pre-order your copy of LEVELS here
Tickets to ‘O2 Academy Islington‘ are also available here
The first annual South Africa Meets Africa (SMA) concert will be taking place on Saturday 24th October 2015 at the Expo Centre, Nasrec in Johannesburg. The concert will be in honour of Nigeria’s independence day and will emphasis the importance of celebrating African unity. Proudly sponsored by South African-African promoters the VAS Company (TVC) South Africa and Mcomm Solutions and Services Limited Nigeria, the event promises to be a colossal continental turn up!
The jam-packed line-up will feature major stars such as Wizkid, AKA, Anatii, Davido, K.O, Flavour, Burna Boy, Dama Do Bling, Yemi Alade and Bucie, this is undoubtedly the biggest event of the year and it will be hosted by Metro FM’s Tbo Touch and Beat FM’s Olisa Odibua.
The CEO of the VAS Company, Chidi Okeke stated “the South Africa Meets Africa concert is all about unity and what better way to unite its people than through music”, this is very true and we hope to see you all there.
Tickets are still available on the Computicket website.
The 12th annual Afrovibes festival will be taking place from the 7-17th of October 2015 in Amsterdam. The festival showcases some of the greatest talents in the various arts forms from South Africa all the way to the Netherlands and everywhere in between. Every year, the festival highlights a selection of young, urban talented individual’s work in the fields of fashion, music, dance, theatre and design. This year’s theme is Moving in time, emphasising on connecting the past, presence and the future. Festival Artistic director, Sibongeleni James Ngcobo has stated that he “created a programme of works that reflect this contemporary urban Africa that is moving in time”.
Representing Africa, rapper Zuluboy will be collaborating with Black Moses Ngwenya and Joep Pelt, showcasing a preview of their collaborative album which is an interesting and unique fusion of traditional Mbaqanga music, Hip-hop, Kwaito and Afrosoul.
There will also be a showcase of the film, Finding Fela. Directed by Alex Gibney, the film takes an in depth look into the life of the Afrobeats inventor, Fela Kuti who died 17 years ago. The film travels through the journey of his life as one of Africa’s greatest musicians and political activists. After the viewing of this masterpiece, there will be an exclusive performance by Ongerept with Kern Kappen and Zuluboy.
Check out the trailer for Finding Fela below!
Another proudly African artist who will performing at the festival, is the talented Afrikaans rapper, Hemelbesen, who is known for merging Hip-hop, poetry and skillful rhyming.
To find out more about the Afrovibes Festival, head over to the website and check out the trailer below!
Today marks the beginning of the 13th annual London African Music Festival. The even that runs for ten days will be happening in various locations all over London which basically means that London will be abuzz with some of the best African sounds and sights. This will be a star studded event that will have people breaking it down to some Afrobeats and Jazz sounds.
To get you in the mood for this awesome event, we have compiled the Ultimate London African Music Festival playlist, featuring some of the big names that will be performing at the festival.
1. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 – Giant of Africa
Son of the legendary Fela Kuti, Seun Kuti has not only continued his father’s legacy but he has started building his own legacy. Seun will be performing with his usual band, the legendary Egypt 80 who have been in the industry for many years.
2. London Afrobeat Collective – Prime Minister
Dubbed the ‘politicised party machine’, the LAC is a band that channels the spirit of afrobeat into all their performances thus making it pretty impossible to not dance. The band recently released the album titled Food Chain earlier this year and they have continued to display the reason why they are known as the UK’s most exciting bands.
3. Aar Maanta – Go’doomey
Somali-British singer and songwriter Aar Maanta released this single in 2014, yet it still gets the crowds excited today. Aar is known for infusing various genres to create what has been labelled as Afro-hop, a musical pioneer in his own right, Aar continues to break barriers with his interesting fusion of sounds.
4. Suzanna Lubrano – Paixão
Multi-award winning, Cape Verdian born singer, Suzanna Lubrano released the single Paixao earlier this year from the album titled Vitoria. The single has a very sultry and easy going feel to it, a fusion of R&B and island influenced sounds.
5. Ebo Taylor – Heaven
Legendary Ghanian highlife musician, guitarist, composer and bandleader Ebo Taylor has been in the music industry for over 50 years, yet he is still able to conduct a killer performance that is guaranteed to drive the crowds crazy. Heaven which was originally released in 1977 remains a musical piece of heaven even in the 21st century, proving that good music never dies.
The festival promises to be an electrifying event, an experience that cannot be missed and we hope to see you there!
This year marks the 13th year of the annual London African Music Festival, it will run for ten days and will be happening at seven different locations all over London. The show which is produced by Joyful Noise founder, Biyi Adepegba, aims to showcase the awesome, electrifying and innovative sounds that originate from various countries all over Africa. Having been around for thirteen years, the festival is known for bringing together some of the world’s greatest fresh talents as well as some musical legends in a wondrous celebration of African music and tradition.
This year will be no different as there will multiple artists performing all over London throughout the ten days. Some of the incredible artists who will be performing at the festival include Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Nigeria), the legendary Ebo Taylor (Ghana), Aar Maanta (Somalia) and the London Afrobeat Collective (UK/Nigeria).
The festival promises to be a jam packed event, celebrating what has Joyful Noise refers to as “the essential music from a vibrant continent”.
To find out more about the festival, head over to the Joyful Noise website.
The organizers of the annual Blankets and Wine have announced the creation of a brand new festival that will celebrate all aspects of African music, food, art and fashion. The first Africa Nouveau Festival will be held in Nairobi from the 5th-6th of September and is an awesome way to bring in the new spring season. Showcasing some of the latest trends in fashion and what the organizers refer to as ‘culinary art’, an experimental combination of food and art, as well as performances by some of Africa’s hottest artists.
To get you into the spirit of spring festivals a la Africa Nouveau, we have complied a list of some of the amazing artists who will be preforming at what promises to be one of the biggest festivals in Africa.
Tickets are still available, get them here
A South African band led by the prince of township tech, Spoek Mathambo. The 5 man band transcends several genres, creating of fusion that includes dubstep, punk and electro music with traditional Maskandi and Shangaan music. Their debut album Free Love was released in March.
2. Just A Band
A Kenyan band that has been active on the music scene since 2003. Not only do they have a pretty quirky name but they also have a quirky sound. A delightful collaboration of various genres including jazz, house and funk, the band is not afraid to explore various musical journeys to establish a unique sound.
3. Red Acapella
Red Acapella is a Kenyan male trio that has been active since 201. The male trio specializes in acapella and afro-soul, they have a slightly mature sound that draws from various musical influences.
4. Yellow Light Machine
YLM is a band made up of 9 music loves who have come together with the aim of creating awesome music. The band pride themselves in creating music that is a combination of afro-soul, reggae, blues and funk. A unique combination that makes for amazing music.
5. Jojo Abot
Ghanaian singer and songwriter, Jojo Abot’s first EP Fyfya Woto has a mixture of jazz, afrobeat, house, reggae and neo-soul music. She draws inspiration from various influences such as ideas of freedom, slavery, family, love and tradition and has listed Thandiswa Mazwai, Lucky Dube and Seeed as her musical influences.
As of Saturday 29th August, the streets of West London will come alive with the sea of bright colors of the giant soca floats, the delicious smell of jerk chicken and fried plantain as well as the hypnotizing sounds of the steel bands and calypso music. This year is the second milestone of the tri-celebration build up to the 50th anniversary of the Carnival in 2016, which means that everything will be and bolder and should definitely not be missed! To find out everything that you need to know about this year’s programme, head over to the Carnival website.
To help you get into the carnival spirit, we have compiled what we think is the ultimate Afrobeats Carnival Playlist.
1. Patoranking ft Wande Coal – My Woman, My Everything
Patoranking does it again! An amazing song with that will have you dancing throughout the entire song. It’s a modern day love song with an added twist, not surprising that Patoranking managed to create such an amazing song and he hit the nail right on the head by featuring Wande Coal. The pair have created a masterpiece with this one!
2. Stonebwoy – Go Higher
Having just recently won a BET award, Stonebwoy has once again proved that he deserves all the accolades that he has received. In Ghana he isrecognized as one of the best reggae and dancehall artists. Go Higher is is an amazing track with an even better beat.
3. Khuli Chana ft Patoranking – No Lie
South African hip-hop heavyweight has joined forces with Nigerian singer Patoranking to create the ultimate collaborative track. This song is already making waves on the club scene and we see why that is the case. The song is a banger!
4. Kwamz & Flava ft Mista Silva – Go Mad
This song has a little bit of a laid back feel but it most certainly deserves to be on the list. It is an absolute banger!
5. Krept & Konan ft Jeremih, Wizkid, Davido, Fuse ODG & Ice Prince
Krept & Konan have brought out the musical heavyweights on this remix is probably the ultimate reggae- dancehall track for 2015. This is definitely one track that will have you dutty wine’ing all the way till the end of the carnival!
Check out the full playlist below!