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Trailer: PAUSE – A Jammal Ibrahim short film inspired coronavirus



The COVID19 pandemic has mandated a globally unprecedented PAUSE. With prevention being the best approach for nipping this deadly virus in the bud, terms such as ‘social distancing’, ‘self-isolation’, and ‘quarantine’ have left indelible mental marks. 

I arrived in Dakar, Senegal in March 2020, just before Nigeria closed her international borders. A trip which was meant to last only a few days but is still ongoing with no current foreseeable end date. Each passing day sees me hankering for feedback from the Nigerian Aviation sector.

In these 4 months, I have experienced a whirlwind of emotions. More often than not I have felt flustered, been jaded by the repetitive routines and these four walls that contain me. I was eager to do something different, yearning to create but I was lacking drive and enthusiasm. However, great minds have pointed out that sometimes conscientiousness and creativity requires prodding and this was what I was going to do.

I powered through and began writing the script for my first short film – PAUSE -, inspired greatly by the coronavirus that has brought the world to a halt. The story circumscribes man and his selfish ways in relation to nature and time. It was a process which culminated in mental liberation. I felt re-energized and embarked on the film production.

Whilst working with the Francophones, each day on set was a perpetual game of charades. The chaos of budgeting, auditioning and the whole selection criteria process reignited my passion. However, amidst all these familiar feelings was the key driving factor – the delivery of the message – my personal conviction of this pandemic abstractly delivered by reflecting man’s daily battle with nature.

As a people we are in a rat race, so frenetic, striving to attain a level of fruition. A multitude spinning on wheels like hamsters in a cage but never getting anywhere. At a time like this when there is a pause, what do you do with what you have left? What does it mean when the chase has to stop?

We have been forced to take a breather therefore I give you PAUSE. A gift from me to you.

PAUSE TRAILER from Jammal on Vimeo.


The prevalent selfish nature of man is showcased recurrently in many regards. However, time is that factor that constantly humbles man. Horology has proven the dominance of the concept of time over man. This pressure exerted by time forces man to expedite the self discovery process, thereby leading to a daily battle with nature. The foresight is lost in man’s selfish pursuit – losing the essence of the value and serenity of nature.






Returning with a bang, critically acclaimed Cleveland rapper Doe Boy unleashes his anxiously anticipated new album, OH REALLY, today. This marks his first full-length release since the collaborative Demons R Us with Southside in 2020.

Get it HERE via Freebandz/Epic Records.

To celebrate the project’s arrival, he just dropped the music video for the new single and opener “BIG OH REALLY.Watch it HERE. Over a skittering beat, he leans into a fiery flow punctuated by airtight rhymes.


Elsewhere, 808s grind against ominous piano on “3AM IN LA” between samples of a news report on the uptick of Ohio gang violence. On “OPP PARTY” [feat. Nardo Wick & G Herbo], he launches into a vicious cadence before Nardo Wick and G Herbo pull up with incendiary cameos of their own. Moneybagg Yo blesses “BOFFUM” with his presence, making for yet another anthem together. Then, there’s “REAL RECOGNIZE REAL” [feat. Roddy Ricch]. A soulful hook resounds as Roddy’s delivery proves both magnetic and melodic all at once. “CRY FOR ME”[feat. Ty Dolla $ign] represents an emotional apex. Doe Boy’s confessional bars give way to a smooth and emotionally charged refrain from Ty. Finally, heavenly guitar underscores “SNATCH YO SOUL,capturing raw longing in his woozy tone.

Check out the full tracklisting below.

Last year, he set the stage for the project with a string of bangers. “LOW KEY” [feat. Lil Uzi Vert] check out his acoustic Fine-Tuned performance on Audiomack. On its heels, “AIN’T MY FAULT” [feat. 42 Dugg] with Rowdy Rebel cracked 1.3 million YouTube views on the music video. It also boasts “ONNA HOOD” [feat. Babyface Ray], which attracted widespread critical acclaim.

OH REALLY ignites what promises to be a massive year for Doe Boy.

Stay tuned for more soon.


  2. 3AM IN LA
  4. AIN’T MY FAULT [feat. 42 Dugg] with Rowdy Rebel
  5. OPP PARTY [feat. Nardo Wick & G Herbo]
  6. I A DO IT
  7. BOFFUM [feat. Moneybagg Yo]
  9. REAL RECOGNIZE REAL [feat. Roddy Ricch]
  10. CRY FOR ME [feat. Ty Dolla $ign]
  12. NO BAP [feat. Lil Double O]
  13. ONNA HOOD [feat. Babyface Ray]
  14. PERFECT TIMING [feat. Vory]
  16. FEAR NOBODY [feat. Johnny Blaze]
  17. MYSELF
  19. LOW KEY [feat. Lil Uzi Vert]
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WATCH: Elevated shares official music video for ‘Feelz’



Musician Elevated has released the video for new song “Feelz,” his first new music of 2022. (more…)

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Emeli Sandé Unveils New Song and Music Video, ‘Brighter Days’



Internationally-renowned British singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé returns with a brand-new song, the uplifting “Brighter Days,” and its accompanying video, available to stream and download now via Chrysalis Records.

Speaking of the new single, Emeli reveals: “‘Brighter Days’ is inspired by the truth that even in the darkest moments, there is always hope. We might have to dig deeper to feel it, but hope is always there. Staying anchored in hope and faith is our victory and defeat only comes when we lose sight of this power. ‘Brighter Days’ is an affirmation – it’s a reminder of our collective power to make a choice and create our reality.”

“The power of the collective mind is remarkable, and I believe that no matter the external circumstances forced upon us, we have dominion over the mind and spirit. Brighter days are coming. Stepping out of the darkness is within our control. Fear is not ours; pessimism does not belong to us; defeat is not our choice. We choose brighter days, and this song is the voice of hope, faith and love.”

“Brighter Days” is out everywhere now

Brighter Days” follows the singles Look What You’ve Done” and Family” – Emeli’s triumphant first tastes of fresh music in two years, introducing a new era, which she describes as “an ode to resilience, rebirth, and renewal”, as well as recent collaborations with UK rap and grime giants including Bugzy Malone’s ‘Welcome to the Hood’ and Ghetts’ ‘Sonya’, featured on his Mercury Prize-nominated record Conflict of Interest. Other collaborations that span Emeli’s career include Kendrick Lamar, Giggs, Loski, Wretch 32, Wiley, Jools Holland, Nile Rodgers and many more.

Last month saw the release of ‘Acoustic,’ featuring two new, stripped-back versions of “Look What You’ve Done” and “Family,” beautifully showcasing the emotional and honest songwriting she has become known for. ‘Acoustic’ arrived alongside a video for “Look What You’ve Done (Acoustic Version)”, which finds Emeli performing the song solo at the piano, where the self-produced song began to take shape.

Listen to Emeli Sandé’s ‘Acoustic’ HERE. Watch the video for “Look What You’ve Done (Acoustic Version)” HERE.

Stay tuned for new music and announcements from Emeli Sandé coming soon.

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Perez Musik opens 2022 with new song, ‘Hewale Lala’



Perez Musik, the Blema Teasaa  hit maker is back with another beautiful song titled Hewale Lala.
‘Hewale lala’ which mean Song Of Strenght in English is the first Ga song off a 5 track gospel EP titled Delivered by Perez musik.

This single, just like the other songs off the EP is inspired by a series of life experiences and the ultimate realization that life is best lived when one totally submits to the Holy Spirit.

The beauty of the song is expressed in a creative use of the Ga language garnished with an english hook. The song is indeed soothing and inspiring. The sound is different and awakening. It is a “must have” on your gospel Playlist.

From the sound released on this single, worshipers and music listeners should prepare to be dragged into the presence of God because Perez Musik is surely carrying some fresh fire this year.

Perez Recounts in an Instagram post;
“One night, on my way to my studio after a very unexpected rough and tough morning. I started to wonder about the true purpose of life as I felt frustrated on every side. I wanted to give up but suddenly the Holy Spirit ministered this scripture in my heart- “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

Isaiah 41:10
I immediately felt this song drop in my spirit. I began to sing the lyrics and melody with so much ease, I felt a positive shift in my physical, emotional and mental state.
It is my heart desire that this song will affirm your faith in Yahweh and restore faith if you have lost it.”

The other titles on the EP are Ayeyi Ndwom, Made for you, Giver of My Life and Tse Ofe(Almighty Father) .

other songs from Perez Musik includes
1.Blema Tesaa
3.Goodness of God(Cover)
4.Kadosh and All that matter medley

5.Aseda ft @Efe Grace

6. Consuming fire ft Dave da Music Box

7. Deeper

8. Purge Me

9. Amen

10. I exalt You

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Those doing Asakaa music shouldn’t stop but right now Afrobeats is what has America paying attention



Michael ‘Emm’ Acheampong-Boateng, President of Highbridge the Label, has explained that it makes sense for African musicians do push the Afrobeats agenda into the US market, since that is what is hot at the moment.

Afrobeats is not new, but in the US, it is. For example, Pop Smoke made drill music with UK beats, that’s how he was introduced to the market. The plan before he died was to transition to more traditional music for people to enjoy. You saw that in his first album after he passed away. If you are a good businessman, the first thing to remember is that you are a business so you position yourself well in order to be successful. If there’s a market for Afrobeats in America and you’re looking into breaking into the market, then you need to come in with what they want and slowly transition to whatever you are looking to bring and see how the market reacts to that,” he said in an interview with Ameyaw TV.

Watch Full interview below:

Asked whether the Asaaka drill music from Ghana was making similar waves in the US, Emm said it wasn’t the case yet.

“I didn’t see it in the US. If I did, I saw it in the African community in the US. If there was an African party, then that’s where you would see it but if you move from the subset of that population, then it didn’t really travel. Afrobeats however, is traveling outside of the African community. So again, I don’t think rappers doing Asaaka should abandon it. But they should be aware that if they want to get a commercial appeal, they should lean towards Afrobeats. Because with rap, Americans speak English, so if they can’t understand what you’re saying, then it’s a little bit tricky.

Highbridge the Label is an American record label founded by A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Don Q, Quincy “QD” Acheampong and Sambou “Bubba” Camara in 2016, based in New York City.

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Vodafone Icons Star Derrick Music Kicks Off Maiden Edition Of Live Lounge



Former Vodafone Icons and MTN Hitmaker contestant Derrick Music has revealed he is a self-taught piano and acoustic guitar player.

The musician who has countless performances and a few singles to his credit made the shocking revelation when he made an appearance on the maiden edition of Live Lounge, a newly introduced segment on growing YouTube channel BTM Afrika.

“Generally I have a passion for music. Anything about music intrigues me. At first, I used to play the grand piano (that was also self-taught). I was playing at dinners, weddings etc but the problem I had was transporting a grand piano (it’s huge) so I contemplated on getting an instrument that is portable and that’s when I settled on the guitar. I took that bold decision and bought the first guitar and it’s been massive since then,” he said.

Derrick Music brought his A-Game to life as he made an appearance on the maiden edition of Live Lounge.

Starting off with an acoustic rendition of his newly released single Kpalanga, the former Vodafone Icons and MTN Hitmaker star quickly transitioned into performing Anadwo by King Promise and other subsequent songs.

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