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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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

News: Efya drops highly anticipated debut album ‘Janesis’

We are extremely excited to present the debut album from Ghana’s leading songstress, Efya.  Introducing “Janesis” the debut album from the Doyenne of Ghanaian music.

Its been 5 years since T.I.N.T  (This Is Not an Album) mixtape, but now the five time Ghana Music Award winner’s debut album is finally here.

 

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This beautifully crafted album consists of twenty one tracks which take you on a musical escapade like no other, with a stunning range in styles, instrumentation and moods.Efya 4

There are some enormous collaborations on Janesis, featuring Sarkodie, Bisa Kdei, EL, Shaydee, Ice Prince, Mugeez and Stonebwoy who all feature on this exceptional album.

The smooth sultry sounds of “I Try” are layered with luxurious harmonies and emotive backing vocals, accompanied by a smooth bass line and tight percussion.

Sarkodie jumps on “Jorley”, produced by KillBeats, in this powerful love song originally released on 4th of August last year to critical acclaim. This is Ghana’s top two powerhouses at their best.

The wavy sounds of “Life”, an uplifting anthem which features Efya’s characteristic voice at its absolute best, shines brightest through its unique blend of Soul and Pop which is ever present through Janesis.

 

“Hele Mi” features the Afrobeats Hip life all star Stonebwoy, this bouncy beat is another highlight from the album due to the chemistry, soul and passion between two contrasting Ghanaian artists.

Janesis displays Efya’s diverse styles and influences and her fascinating ability to perform across multiple genres at a virtuoso level. Shout outs to Killbeats, Robocop, Ikon and Legendury Beats and the rest of the producers involved in the album.

 

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News: Making the case for growing Nigeria’s Music Industry

Austin, Texas – SXSW is massive! Annually in March, the 29-year-strong festival, divided into three legs – film, music and tech – crams upwards of 72000 attendees from around the world into downtown Austin, Texas for a heaving ten days of festivities. Only over the last five years has mainstream Africa-based talent begun to showcase officially amongst the thousands of billed artists.

Music Moves Africa was the sole stage dedicated to just African music this year. Here, on the final Saturday night of the music festival, hundreds of mostly African revelers packed out the Palm Door on Austin’s infamous 6th street, dancing and shouting along euphorically to the evening’s selection of leading DJs and performing artists from the UK, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa.

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As of June 2015, Texas was home to an estimated 376000 first and second generation Nigerians, who make up the largest African community in America.

Among them was Ademola Ogundele, Atlanta-based CEO of Nigeria’s leading influential music site Not Just OK which he says, speaking to CNN, started as a modest blog born from a personal longing to share the Nigerian music and lifestyle he had left behind when he came to settle in the US in 1999. “I noticed that the songs from Nigeria were starting to sound better than I remembered,” he recalls. “It became a full-blown site in 2007 after I noticed a traffic spike from a video I uploaded of (Nigerian artist) 9ice’s live performance at Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday.” Today, Not Just OK, which doubles as a music distributor, registers a staggering 6 million monthly users, on trend with the expanding digital class of young Nigerians.

Before songs break on radio and television in Nigeria, they build buzz via tastemaker sites like this, thanks to an active and growing Internet user population. (Internet penetration in Nigeria is said to be at 46.1 % of the total population 186,987,563)

“The idea was to make Nigerian music popular and accessible online,” Ogundele says. “Today, that has been accomplished and the next task is to figure out how to help artists monetize their content online.”

welcome-sxswTwo days before, NotJustOK chaired a panel at the SXSW conference overviewing Nigeria’s music business. Sony Music Entertainment, newly re-opening up shop in Nigeria to serve the West African region after a 14-year hiatus, was represented in the discussion by its Lagos-based General Manager Michael Ugwu. South Africa, the only country in Africa where most of the world’s major labels are based was where the affairs of Nigerian musicians such as D’Banj were handled remotely. “The previous arrangement of doing business from afar was not yielding the positive growth we believe the market has to offer,” Ugwu explained to CNN. “This is part of a long-term strategy to establish a physical presence in Nigeria, based on the convergence of a number of positive indicators in Nigeria’s economy and positive signs in the music industry.” Kenya is next in line to acquire its own bricks and mortar headquarters for East Africa once the process of registering to do business in Nairobi is complete.

Back at home though, sobering economic conditions prevail with the continent’s leading economies in apparent freefall. On a micro level the decline of music sales across formats is not just a challenge in the West. Internet costs, while slowly reducing as more capacity-building fibre optic cables are installed, are still nowhere near competitive. For most users, connectivity is still spotty. The scourge of piracy which crippled Sony’s physical CD sales and eventually sent the label packing in the 80s still needs to be addressed.

NOTJUSTOKJust like Not Just OK, Sony’s immediate challenge is monetizing recorded music content belonging to artists, for whom it is now an accepted industry norm to record songs that are purely incidental to their main source of income – live performance and brand endorsements. It was the multimillion dollar success story of Caller Ringback Tones – a phenomenon which never really took off in the West but has been wildly popular in several African countries, that lured Sony Music West Africa into re-entering the region and informs their mobile-first approach. Leading Nigerian telco’s have cited up to one billion Naira per annum in CRBT revenue with a view to doubling this in 2015/16 in partnership with major labels such as Sony. The demand for these non-traditional music products are starting to plateau in Africa as more services like Deezer, Apple Music and local players Simfy and Spinlet offer actual songs for download. In 2013, over 10 million smart devices worth 197 Billion Naira were sold in Nigeria. Mobile Internet subscribers are expected to balloon from 7.7 million then to 50.4 million in 2018. MTN Music Plus, the Nigerian music content service belonging to the largest telecom company in Africa is performing particularly well with a subscriber base of 2.5 million paying users through whom artist and label revenue is generated.

Nigerian chart-topping Afro-pop star Davido, delivered two highly anticipated energetic sets, fresh off a media blitz just weeks prior in which it was announced that he had just inked a million-dollar deal with Sony Music International. It’s a landmark move demonstrating Sony’s commitment to making a global star of the 23-year-old whose consistent hit rate has made him one of the most sought after acts on the continent, but whose profile is yet to make a dent in the mainstream west they clearly have designs on. And to pull it off they need all hands on deck, starting with the emerging movement of Afrobeats fans whose trajectory has for the most part been funnelled between Nigeria, Ghana and the UK over the last 8 years, and is increasingly drawing US- and Caribbean-based Diasporans to the fold.

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Ironically, the absence of international major labels in Nigeria is what fostered the demand for localized music. Without enforceable copyright infrastructure they stayed away, forcing the market to look inward and nurture its own stars. Over a decade, the dominant popular music is Nigerian not only in Nigeria but increasingly so in other parts of the continent for better and for worse. Today, the local to international quota for music on radio is 80 to 20. While a previously dictated quota system might have to do with this, it is clear that a new generation of music fans want music made by artists who they feel connected to. Artists like Davido, known to command show fees to the tune of 70000 dollars, and sell out stadiums from Abidjan to Kinshasa.

For Ugwu, it’s an investment which will yield returns slowly but surely. “Africa as a whole hasn’t been tapped for its creativity. We have seen global stars from the Caribbean like Pit Bull and Sean Paul. We don’t have an equivalent for Africa. We won’t necessarily profit straight away. Its about investing in culture. It’s about riding what could be a wave that leads to other things.”

Check out some of the Nigerians making global waves in our ‘Kings Of Africa’ Playlist below.

News: The Best Of MODENINE

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Modenine also known as Nigel Benn, Samurai IX, Polimaf and is regarded a veteran and connoisseur when it comes to Nigerian hip hop. Many believe he is one of the key figures who helped shaped the hip hop movement across Africa. Babatunde Olusegun Adewale was born during the punk rock era of the 70’s in the big smoke (London) on June 14th. 1975 to be precise. Modenine may not of realised at the present time, but living in the capital of the UK gave him access to a wide range of cultures, diversity and the option to surround himself with like minded people. Being based in the creative hub of England and brushing shoulders with the right people enabled Modenine to collaborate and excel in his passion for music.

In 2004 his debut album Malcolm IX was released which landed his name bang in the middle of the Hip Hop scene. 2006 saw Modenine’s most successful year with ‘Pentium IX’ dropping into hands of the right people which followed on to ‘the smash and grab’ of three (Headies) world hip hop awards as well as three Channel O Music Awards. With that being said and the trophy cabinet full to the brim, it wasn’t until later that year that saw the release of killer album “E’ Pluribus Unum”  meaning ‘One Amongst Many’ which exploded across the pond and saw airplay in New York from Hot 97 and was heavily bigged up from a range of DJ’s, Radio hosts and in particular DJ Cocoa Channel. By reading this it may seem like Modenine carved his path to fame and fortune with out any hiccups along the way, but its not the case in this situation. Modenine regularly refers to his struggles with Labels, Management and the music industry on a whole, just listen to ‘I Was There’ to get an insight into his history. 

To celebrate Modenine’s prestigious catalog of music we’ve banged together a ‘Best Of’ playlist that you can stream on Deezer and Spotify amongst other stores. Check the links below.

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Best Of Playlist: Spotify / Deezer

To this day he runs his own independent label, Redeye Muzik that sees the releases of all of his albums, mix tapes and singles. Modenine is familiar name for all hip hop lovers across the globe, it may not be solely down to his numerous awards but the size and calibre of the artists he has collaborated and shared stages with. For instance Wyclef Jean, Akon, Kanye West, LL Cool J, T-Pain, Junior Reid, Talib Kweli and Nas add credit to his name.

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Sean Tizzle – Jalolo (Official Music Video)

Nigerian singer and songwriter ‘Sean Tizzle’ links up with producer ‘Blaq Jerzee’. Its not the first time they’ve crossed paths and most likely not the last. Sean’s latest piece of work contains a mellow wandering melody over an infectious beat, ‘Jalalo’ and was released last December through Difference Entertainment.

Listen: iTunes // Amazon // Spotify // Apple Music // Google Music

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Wizkid talks music, fashion and Africa with Vogue

Star-boy’s Wizkid recently had an online sit-down with Vogue.com contributer Alex Frank to talk about how his hometown Lagos has inspired his style, his passion for fashion and the inspiration behind his 2015 hit “Ojuelegba” which later featured Drake and Skepta on the remix.

Wiz also revealed that he’s due to drop his highly anticipated EP in April and he will also be releasing a clothing line later in 2016. Read more on Vogue.com

In the meantime, you can check out the video for Wiz’s latest single “Final (Baba Nla)” below!

South by South West Interactive Conference 2016

The 30th annual South by Southwest (SXSW) interactive Music and Media conference will be taking place from March 11th till March 20th. The ten day event will be held in Austin, Texas and will be focusing on celebrating, educating and inspiring musicians, film makers and professionals alike.

The music conference will be taking place between March 15th and March 20th. There will be a Music Gear Expo and daytime performances by artists from all over the world, including five African artists; K.O (South Africa), Davido (Nigeria), Iyanya (Nigeria), Stonebwoy (Ghana) and Tekno (Nigeria).

To find out more about the conference and to register, head over to the SXSW website.

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