NewMusicAfrica – Kahn, Jux, Eegun, Sdudla Noma100 & Chocolate City’s Yung L

Yung L – “Cheers”
Chocolate City’s is home to some of Africa’s best including Mi Abaga, Victoria Kimani, Koker and now new to big time Nigerian Music Label is ‘Yung L’.
Yung L is all set to share his debut single called ‘Cheers’ world wide on Friday the 5th of May but in the meantime, he is asking everyone to cheers to his bright musical ride with the Choc Boys by making the single available on Pre-Order.

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NewMusicAfrica – Dice Ailes, Apple Gule, Big Star and Chess Nthusi

Dice Ailes – “Ella”
Chocolate City’s Dice Ailes releases his latest single; ‘Ella’. After the success of ‘Miracle‘, hot shot and super skilled producer; CKay worked with Dice to create what has very quickly become a new fan favorite.  Sitting at over 600k views on YouTube since it’s release last week, the visuals to Ella is testament to the creativity of the entire team behind this cross border hit! Featured on iTunes’ African Hot Tracks playlist, Ella is a must listen!

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NewMusicAfrica – Cassper Nyovest, House Afrika, Chess Nthusi and OBT

Cassper Nyovest – “Thuto”
Since the release of Tito Mboweni in March, South African Hip Hop act-Cassper Nyovest has built up anticipation for his new body of work ‘Thuto’. Today he releases the 16 tracked album on Pre-Order.
Thuto is due for release world wide in May. But in the meantime?

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NewMusicFriYAY! – L-Tido ft. AKA & Yanga, Tay Grin ft. Vanessa Mdee, Anto Neosoul and Abaki Simba


L-Tido ft. AKA & Yanga – “Thixo”
Produced by Gemini Major, Thixo by SA hip hop stars; L-Tido fearturing AKA and Yanga since it’s release at the beginning of the week shot up to no 1 on iTunes within a few hours of release and currently sits at no4 on the Mzansi Hits playlist on Apple Music.

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Cassper Nyovest breaking records with Tito Mboweni – the video

CEO of Family Tree Records, Hip Hop artist and all round dapper dude; Cassper Nyovest released the oohh so sleek visuals to his hit single ‘Tito Mboweni’. In less than 18 hours of release on Thursday 30th March , Tito Mboweni hit over 100 thousand views, trending on twitter with #TitoMboweniVideo and #TitoMboweni the entire day. The video already gained 230k views by 11 am the next morning, becoming the first SA video to hit 200k mark in just about 24hours.

And now? Tito Mboweni sits at just over half a million views within days of release.

Like Ifani, regardless of what you thought you knew earlier, this video is sure to ‘show the light’ (as in the money).

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NewMusicAfrica – Lloyd Cele, House Afrika, Tweezy, Lance Theron and Tshego

Tweezy – “Ambitions” ft Victoria Kimani, Ice Prince and Khuli Chana

South African producer and rapper; Tweezy, infamously known for his work on AKA’s hit singles; Run Jozi and All Eyes on Me has teamed up with Africa’s finest in Khuli Chana, Victoria Kimani (NG / KE) and Ice Prince (NG) to release the remix to ‘Ambitions’ following the release of the crisp visuals (watch here)
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Tshego – “Garden”

Family Tree record’s cool kid ; Tshego releases his first single in 2017 and he calls this; Garden.
‘Garden’ is loaded with ‘metaphors’; the lyrics of the track leaving to the listener to figure out what Tshego is doing or perhaps growing in his ‘beautiful’ garden.

Fans of SA Hip -Hop / Trap prepare to have this on repeat.

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Lloyd Cele – “Umgowani” ft Beyond Vocals

It’s been upwards and on-wards for runner up of the SAIdols season 6; Lloyd Cele, and he is beginning his musical 2017 by creating beautiful harmony with the dapper looking dudes from ‘Beyond Vocals‘ in his new single called ‘Ungowami’ meaning ‘You are mine’.
Delivering the feel good vocals we have come to expect from Lloyd with amazing back up and harmony from ‘Beyond Vocals’.

Available here

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House Afrika – “Mzansi House Vol. 5”

House Afrika has made a name for it’s self with the series of killer mixes and compilations released over the years. Mzansi House Vol.5 features 41 tracks from Dj Sonic, Stagz Jazz, Gaba Cannal and Beebar.

So to all the house music lovers, we invite you to enjoy the end of the month in style.

Available here

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Lance Theron- “Let’s Talk” ft G and T

The words ‘Let’s Talk’ could run chills down your spine depending on the circumstance.
Cape Town based Lance Theron under Stereotype records releases his first single of the year titled; ‘Let’s Talk’ featuring G and T.

The electronic dance track is a perfect pick for a feel good moment just before you go have ‘the talk’

Available here

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FriYay new tunes! 🔥 Trigmatic, Chad Saaiman & Apple Gule

Trigmatic – “Sane”

 

Sanity is overrated some might say. Ghana’s Afro-rap artist, Trigmatic famous for his fusion of traditional and urban sounds, releases ‘SANE’ the first single off his album ‘M.A.T.I.C’ and he features KrissyO on what fans have described as a well-rounded masterpiece.
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Chad Saaiman- “Belief”

Cape Town based singer/songwriter ‘Chad Saaiman’ shares his first single of 2017 ‘Belief’ and he’s asking everyone who pushes the play button to ‘believe’. Under Stereotype records, Chad has shared his talent with the world including London and Spain.

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Apple Gule – “Swazikid”

Swaziland born and Johannesburg based act, Apple Gule is getting ready to officially release his new album ‘Swazikid’. Apple’s sound is described as a fusion of R&B and Soulful Pop.

Available here

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David Omodunmiju- “One Man Journey”

Nigerian RnB artist; David Omodunmiju releases his debut album ‘ One Man Journey’ on Saturday the 18th of March. This is his first body work under ‘Honesty Music Entertainment’ after signing to the label straight off MTN Project Fame. The 10 tracked album carries what can be described as a fusion of soul and gospel to produce a ‘world music’ vibez.

Available here

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Cassper Nyovest, Silvastone, Kahn & Karen Zoid and Mz Yankey go LIVE

Mz Yankey – “Mz Yankey EP”

The self titled EP by Ghana’s fresh female act Mz Yankey, features  a few of Ghana’s finest acts in the form of Castro, Oborfor and Shattawale. The release of this 6 tracked EP is the official cross over act of Mz Yankey the dancer of 14 years to Mz Yankey the recording and performing artist.

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SILVASTONE – “LEVELS”

With anticipation built up over the past few weeks towards the second project of UK based African act; SILVASTONE, fans are thrilled that the full project will now be available on all digital platforms.

LEVELS has been on pre-order for two weeks with exclusive airplay of a few singles off the EP on The Beat103.6FM London, Capital Xtra (UK) and BBC 1Xtra.

Widely seen as an elite pioneer in the spread of Afrobeats and the mix of rich African vibes with UK street sounds and global tunes, SILVASTONE’s works are associated with DBanj, Yemi Alade, Fuse ODG, Davido, Rita Ora and quite a few more.

LEVELS, produced by SILVASTONE, is a 15 track ‘long-form’ project featuring Moelogo,Vicky Sola, Rory Sky, Frank T Blucas and Ike Chuks.

Available here

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Cassper Nyovest – “Tito Mboweni”

Finally! The hip-pop scene in S.A and across the rest of Africa can get their hands on the freshest joint from the no longer ‘chubby cheeked’ Mafikeng Star but now the filler of stadiums and concert venues; Cassper Nyovest.
The C.E.O of Family Tree Records, fans and the media alike have been building up to his first single of the year ‘Tito Mboweni’ off his up coming album ‘Thuto’.
Tito Mboweni, named after the 8th Governor of the South African Reserve bank and the first ever black man to hold that office – is now live and already has a dance for it.

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Tito Da.Fire- “Beauty From Africa”

 

Beauty for Africa, a moving dance song laced with catchy and endearing poetry is a new single from Nigerian Pop Act Tito Da Fire produced by AizBag.

It personifies major beauty landmarks across Africa to a lover’s delight. This is the continent’s Beauty theme song.

Available here

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Kahn & Karen Zoid – “We Could Be Divine”

This is a collaboration for the money! Kahn from South African rock bank ; The Parlotones teams up with Karen Zoid the chart topper.

Together they have created what will become in no time, a radio anthem for all of us who looove to sing along.

Available Here

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SILVASTONE TALKS HIS UPCOMING NEW EP ‘LEVELS’, HEADLINE CONCERT AND HIS MIXED AFRICAN UPBRINGING.

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.

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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 beStill’.

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.

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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

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