We are proud to announce that Africori founder and CEO, Yoel Kenan has been elected to join the Merlin Board, as the only African representative. Elections were held on the 9th of October 2015, where 42% of the board members voted which is the highest voter turn out to date. The 15 member board act as supervisors to Merlin which is run by a non-profit foundation that has offices in London, New York and a head office in Amsterdam.
Merlin is the global digital rights agency for the world’s independent label sector, representing over 20 000 labels across 40 countries. Merlin aims to ensure that independents have a vehicle to protect and enhance their ability to compete in the ever changing world of digital music.
Commenting on his recent appointment, Yoel stated “I look forward to raising the concerns and opportunities of independent African artists and labels. Nowhere else in the world do independent local artists and labels have such a strong market share, we need to capitalise on it and help grow the business into a fair ecosystem where local artists can fully benefit from the new digital revenue systems”
To find out more about the Merlin Network, head over to their website.
The official AFRIMMA ceremony take place about two weeks ago and the winners still on a high following the festivities of that night, while some artists have already released new music in celebration of their victories. To keep the celebratory ambiance going, we have created a winner’s playlist, as a way of congratulating some of Africa’s biggest artists on their big wins.
Diamond Platnumz – Nana ft Mr Flavour
Diamond Platnumz was one of the big winners, scooping 3 awards for Best Male East Africa, Artist of the year and Video of the year for his collaboration with Mr Favour on the track ‘Nana’. The music video features cameo appearances by Vanessa Mdee, AKA, Donald and Don Jazzy
2. AKA – All eyes on me ft Da Les, JR & Burna Boy
AKA managed to create one of the hottest jams for 2014/2015, it’s no surprise that it scooped the Best collaboration award at this year’s AFRIMMA. The song features JR, Da Les and Nigerian hit-maker Burna Boy. AKA also won in the Best Male Southern Africa category.
3. Sarkodie – New Guy ft Ace Hood
Sarkodie won in the Best Rap Act category, after basically owning the rap game over the past year. In this track, he features American rapper, Ace Hood. The music video was directed by Justin Campos and features both Sarkodie and Ace Hood dropping some pretty impressive bars.
4. Vanessa Mdee – Never Ever
Fresh from her win in the Best Female East Africa category, Vanessa Mdee celebrated by releasing her latest sexy single ‘Never Ever’.
5. Youssou N’Dour – 7 seconds ft Neneh Cherry
Youssou N’Dour was presented with the Legendary award for the phenomenal music that he has produced throughout his careers spanning over 30 years.
The weekend is finally here and it brings with it, lots of good music and all round good vibes. To help you ease into what will hopefully be a pleasant weekend, we’ve rounded up some of the most sensational music videos from the past couple of weeks.
Nathi – Nomvula
Coming from humble beginnings, Nathi took the nation by storm with this his debut album Buyelekhaya and his first hit single, Nomvula. The music video was shot in picturesque Eastern Cape and features Nathi displaying his guitar skills.
2. Becca – Hw3
Becca recently released this soothing love song and the music video soon followed. The track was produced by Okyeame Kofi and the music video features Becca and her love interest showering each other with love. Her vocals are on point as usual as she croons over the lovely tunes.
3. Jumabee – Jekinje ft Jesse Jagz
Jumabee collaborated with fellow superstar Jesse Jagz to release the music video for his latest smash hit, Jekinje. The music video was shot by Cardoso Imagery at The Place, Ikeja GRA. It feature cameo appearances by Monica Ogah, Sleeq and Bangin
4. AKA – Composure
The Super Mega released the visuals for his highly controversial single, Composure. The rapper addresses various issues in the song, yet he decided to keep the music video quite clean.
5. Burna Boy – Follow Me
The ‘Original Nigerian Don Gordon’ releases the music video for his killer single ‘Follow Me’. The video was shot in his hometown of Port Harcourt in Nigeria and it features visuals from around the city as he drops his captivating lyrics.
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Durban-based award winning DJ and producer, DJ Roxxi has teamed up with some of the heavyweights of the Hip-hop scene to create the ultimate trap club banger. Like Whoo! was released earlier this month and features the first lady of South Africa hip-hop, Nadia Nakai, lyrical master, Reason and the incredibly talented Yung Swiss on the hook. Having worked with artists such as Vinny Da Vinci, Rodger Goode and Akon, DJ Roxxi has made quite a name for herself in the industry and she continues to rise to the top with her amazing production skills.
The track made it’s debut on DJ Fresh’s morning show on 5fm and was instantly trending due to it’s major bass, electrifying sound, catchy chorus and dope bars from Nadia Nakai and Reason. A killer combination giving birth to a killer track.
Having already been dubbed one of 2015’s hottest tracks, keep your eyes and ears peeled for a possible star-studded remix.
Friday is finally here and there is no better way to round off a full week of work than to kick back, relax and enjoy the delectable sounds that talented African artists have to offer. We’ve rounded up what we think are the hottest music videos from this past week, to help you get in the mood for what will hopefully be a splendid weekend.
1. Keni – Morayo
Keni presents the music video for his first single, Morayo. The visuals are quite simple, yet elegant, perfect for this crisp clean love song. He’s fast making a name for himself in the music scene and releasing this song as his debut single was a smart move.
2. Ronnie – Bounce
Nigerian superstar Ronnie, released the visuals for her colourful and highly entertaining single, Bounce. The music video has an electric vibe, with intense lighting that has been used to highlight the killer dance moves that are displayed throughout the song.
3. Feza – My Papa
Feza has come a long way since she was first introduced to Africa on Big Brother. Now a well-established singer, Feza presents the music video for her single My Papa. The music video was shot in various locations including a boxing ring and features Feza showcasing some pretty dope dance moves with the help of her talented choreographers.
4. Ronnie – My Body ft Oritse Femi
Ronnie presents the highly anticipated music video for her smash hit My Body and she features the talented Oritse Femi. The music video features a few sultry scenes where Ronnie flaunts her curvaceous body as well as dancers displaying their electrifying dance moves.
5. Vanessa Mdee – Never Ever
Tanzanian pop and Bongo Fleva princess, Vanessa Mdee recently released her single and music video following her major win at this year’s AFRIMMAs. Never Ever is a sensational song that has been accompanied by a stunning music video.
Fresh from her Best Female East Africa win at the AFRIMMA‘s this past weekend, Tanzania’s very own “prized gem”, Vanessa Mdee has released her latest smash hit. Never Ever was released this passed Monday and was almost immediately accompanied by the release of the amazing and wonderfully shot music video.
Produced by Nahreel of Navy Kenzo fame, the song is testament to the fact that whenever Nahreel and VeeMoney get together, they create pure magic. The song is an enchanting new age love song with sweet melodies and a light and playful feel to it. With a video directed by Justin Campos and shot at a beautiful mansion, Vanessa shows off some of her dance moves and even features a sexy dance scene with gorgeous male model, Daniel Joao.
The music video hit the 50 000 view mark within two days, proving thatMiss Mdee has made a big name for her self and has come along way since she first won the MTV VJ competition.
Dj Roxxi has teamed up with the first lady of South African hip-hop Nadia Nakai, lyrical master, Reason and the incredibly talented Yung Swiss to create Like Whoo! The track instantly trended on Twitter when it was initially released and is set to light up the club scene and we can’t complain, it is a banger!
Popular Hip Hop artist Sean Pages has teamed up with some of the biggest names in the game for the Remix of his popular hit Blind. The track features Kid X, L-Tido, DJ Dimplez, Kwesta & Towdeemac! The single has received a stunning reaction from many famous hip-hop producers and artists and the tracks soft melody and catchy lyrics have made it a big hit with the fans.
Reggae act Docta Bruce releases his latest single I Want! featuring Denzel Fante. The single leans more towards the commercial side and Docta Bruce delivers it particularly well. His voice and flow give the single a professional feel and Denzel Fante brings his own touch to expand the song further.
Award winning Nigerian vocalist Sean Tizzle presents his latest single Abiamo, a warm dedication to his mother and all the good mothers in the world. Produced by D’Tunes, Abiamo features his distinctive sound, a modern fusion of Afro-beats, Yoruba High-life and Afro-pop.
Vector and Sarkodie team up for a remix of one of the biggest hits from Nigeria so far, King Kong has created a massive buzz in the music scene. Vector is well known for creating artistic masterpieces and he has collaborated with some huge artists like 2 Face, Wizkid & Ice Prince. Sarkodie is another name he can add to his affiliations.
Pop queen Eazzy presents her latest single, Kpakposhito, a heavy tune with a raw beat and lyrics. The single is a complete switch of feel from her last release featuring 4X4 which was more soft. Kpakposhito holds the hard attitude Eazzy conveys and the single is set to be another one to watch out for in 2015.
Friday has finally arrived and the weekend is only but a little while away. As always, this past week has been amazing in the world of African music and to give you a good start to the weekend, we have rounded up some of the freshest music videos from the past week.
1. General- Like Dem Woman ft Ruffman
The highly anticipated music video for the song Like Dem Women was finally released and it was definitely worth the wait. General features the king of reggae dancehall, Ruffman. Together General and Ruffman created this masterpiece and it has received major airplay on most of Nigeria’s radio stations. Directed by O2 Media, the music video has General and Ruffman showing some love to woman as they dance to the rhythmic beats.
2. Vector – Popular
#A7 and Vector collaborated to create one of the best tracks and music videos that have come out of Africa. Popular is a testament of some of the awesome and challenging times that Vector has had while in the music and entertainment industry. Vector goes in heavy on these beats and he tells a story in the most amazing way. The music video showcases some of the people who have been influential in Vector’s rise to the top. It features stars such as Dbanj, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Phyno and Seyi Shay to name a few.
3. Linah – Hellow ft Christian Bella
Tanzanian Bongo Flava songstress Linah collaborated with Christian Bella on this stunning track. Directed by Khalfani, the music video was shot on a dreamy location.The song has island inspired rhythms and features shots of Linah singing the song and Christian joins her, while serenading her with sweet melodies.
4.Vector – Follow Me Dey Go
This song is a bit of an oldie but it’s definitely a goldie, taken from his second album titled The Second Coming, Vector flows over Caribbean style beats. The music video was shot and directed by Antwon Smith and was set on a beach in Miami, Florida.
5. Vector – King Kong Remix ft Phyno, Reminisce, Classiq & Uzi
Vector enlisted the help of some of Africa’s rap heavyweights to produce the banging King Kong Remix. This is one of the most highly anticipated music videos this year and it definitely delivered on every possible level. Directed by Mattmax, the music videos stars Vector, Phyno, Reminisce, Classiq and Uzi delivering some heavy flows and punchlines over some intense beats. The video also has to mystic, dark and impressive visuals. The track changed the game and is one for the books!
Kenyan Pop icon Amani releases her new single, Heartbreaker. Her second major single of 2015, since Kizungu Zungu, Amani brings another smash hit for her fans! The songstress has enjoyed a successful year so far and there are no signs of her slowing down.
Nigerian rap King Jahbless has a new album out. I Am Me is rated as one of the best albums to come out of Nigeria so far. This hip-hop masterpiece touches on various political and cultural topics and it features asrtists such as Ice Prince, Vector, Cee Boi and Olamide. The 22 track album features the hit single 69 missed calls.
Colourful comedian and original Hip-Hop Hype Man has finally released his very own hip-hop single. Tol A$$ Mo released the highly anticipated single, Volume. The track has already received some major airplay. Produced by Decetikonz, the track has an amazing beat and is sure to keep the club scene abuzz
African Cream presents The Great East African Trip, a compilation of some of the best music from Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda. The album features classic songs from artists such as SambaMapangala, Afrigo Band, Saida Karoli, Cool James and many more.
We’re extremely proud to announce the signing of Ugandan legend, Philly Lutaaya. Born in Uganda on the 19th October 1951, this highly respected musician was the first prominent Ugandan to open up about contracting HIV/AIDS. Philly became popular in Uganda in the 1960s and developed a strong loyal fanbase.
In the 1970s Philly expanded his following by touring Congo, Kenya and Japan amongst other countries. It was not until Philly relocated and settled down in Stockholm, Sweden, that he recorded his ground breaking hit album, Born in Africa. The album remains close to Ugandans’ hearts and the musicians involved were regarded as some of the finest musicians in the country.
Before passing from aids, Lutaaya was heavily involved with local schools, churches and communities, within Uganda where he performed his songs and shared stories of his battle with HIV, whilst enlightening the listeners with hope, faith and a message of prevention.
His Christmas themed album was produced in 1986 was his most successful album. Songs like “Tumusinze“, “Gloria“, “Merry Christmas, Oh Happy New Year”, “Azzaalidwa” and “Zukuka” remain popular choices around the festive period and the album remains part of the Christmas tradition in Uganda.
We are honoured to be able to bring the music of this legendary musician to the digital world, under his label Afripeans, and we hope to help his legacy and message live on.