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Nigerian songstress and producer, Tems is Apple Music’s latest Africa Rising

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Apple Music today announces the latest featured artist in its new platform, Africa Rising as Nigerian songstress and producer, Tems (real name Temilade Openiyi).

“I’m blessed to be the next rising artist out of Africa, especially during times like these,” commented Tems.

Recently topping the Apple Music Nigeria charts with her debut EP For Broken Ears, this stunning seven-track collection was primarily written and produced by Tems herself, with additional production by Oddio, Spaxand Omeiza, and comes alongside a music video directed by Demola Falomo (Rema, Santi) for the EP’s lead single “Damages”.

A self-actualized body of work, For Broken Ears is a startling introduction to a fully formed creative force who refuses to play by anyone else’s rules. Tems has deep richness to her vocal that is reminiscent of Koffee or Tracy Chapman, and her undeniable hooks and additional blend of soul and language is exquisitely unique. From the carefree and vibey “Ice T” through to the introspective and vulnerable “Higher”, the EP runs through the full spectrum of human emotion yet always remaining both relatable, honest, and genuinely fun.

After earning two degrees, Tems felt compelled to shape her own future by quitting her digital marketing job in 2018 to release her debut single “Mr Rebel.” The risk paid off as the single and its follow-up, 2019’s “Try Me”, quickly took off across Nigeria, instantly cementing Tems as one of the countries’ most sought after voices.

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With millions of streams on the latter and applause from the likes of The FADER, Complex, OkayAfrica, The Face, and more, not to mention shooting the cover of Nigeria’s biggest cultural and tastemaker title, Native Magazine, earlier this year, Tems has gone on to collaborate with the likes of Khalid, Disclosure, Davido, Wizkid, DRB Lasgidi and Odunsi (The Engine).

Tems chatted to Nadeska on her Apple Music 1 show about how it feels to be the latest Africa Rising artist. Listen to the interview at apple.co/nadeska.

The latest music from Tems, along with that of Africa’s hottest new artists, is available now on the Apple Music Africa Rising Playlist .

Apple Music’s Africa Rising, is an exclusive artist development programme and companion playlist geared towards identifying, showcasing and elevating rising talent and introducing the next generation of African superstars. Africa Rising will see Apple Music select six artists every year who will each receive a minimum of two months of editorial support across the Apple Music platform including the new Apple Music 1 radio station. Previous Africa Rising Artists alumni include Omah Lay  and Manu WorldStar.

Africa Rising is the latest of many Apple Music initiatives aimed at taking African talent to the world. Now available in 33 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa, Apple Music 1 is home to Africa Now Radio with host Cuppy which has featured interviews with some of the continent’s hottest artists such as Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Cassper Nyovest, Mr Eazi, Patoranking, Rayvanny, Kiddominant, Mayorkun, Fireboy DML, Adekunle Gold and Master KG.

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Apple Music also selected Nigerian Afropop star Rema as its latest Up Next artist, following the addition of Burna Boy to the roster last year and Mr Eazi back in 2017. Up Next is Apple Music’s global emerging artist program.

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Kojo Manuel hosts musical game show Play by Ear on Akwaaba Magic

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The reigning Ghanaian hype man of the year and Radio personality Kojo Manuel (real name Kojo Kusi Nyantakyi) is the host of the new exciting musical television show ‘Play by Ear’.

Play by Ear is a new show premiering on Akwaaba Magic on 22nd February at 7pm. It is a musical game show like no other that tests the musical knowledge of contestants. The contestants are made up of a blend of celebrity guests and music lovers.

Known as one of the finest hosts and hype men in Ghana, Kojo Manuel has grown his brand in the media space and is one of the most sought after talents now. He is the host of the drYve of your lyfe on Yfm, and has his own podcast on Lynx TV named ‘The Mile 7’. He also his channel ‘A Mad Network’, that focuses on covering some of the major events he hosts.

However, hosting Play by Ear is another major milestone in his career.

“It’s a MAD feeling to host a music game show on akwaaba magic that focuses on Ghanaian music. the most fun i’ve had in a while,” Kojo Manuel shared.

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Kojo Manuel radio show the drYve of your lyfe recently won the Late Afternoon Radio show at the RTP Awards. He was also named the best hype man by the Ghana DJ Awards. He recently launched his Merch collection – ‘Mad Merch’ that can be seen on the main cover art for Play by Ear.

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Daniel Etim Effiong, M.I, Kaffy, Captain Toba tapped for brand new TV show: Cooking With Gamechangers

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Nollywood’s Daniel Etim-Effiong, leading rapper, MI Abaga, Dancer extraordinaire, Kaffy Shafau; and culinary expert/Helicopter pilot, Captain Toba Abifarin, are bringing something exciting to your screens in March 2024. These exciting four will be revealed on Cooking with GameChangers, a brand new TV show that is a spinoff of the popular TV show Binging with GameChangers hosted and created by Seyi Banigbe.

The show follows the day-to-day lives of successful entrepreneurs and corporate executives who have excelled in their respective fields. They end up in a cook-off for the

“Ultimate GameChanger” title as they make delicious meals to be judged by M.I., Dr. Kaffy, and Captain Toba.M.I CWG

Daniel, who has a phenomenal time playing host to the GameChangers, Judges and audience said “ I love the novelty of the show format and can’t wait for viewers at home to watch and enjoy the show”.Capt. Toba Abifarin CWG

The show creator, Seyi Banigbe, thought it would be great to showcase the softer side of the GameChangers alongside their successful professional lives and considered food to be the one thing that binds every kind of person together irrespective of their profession, gender or job. This inspired her to get all of the featured GameChangers into a cooking competition.Dr Kaffy CWG

Seyi Banigbe said “a part of me wanted to give people more. On Binging with GameChangers, I speak with GameChangers about their growth stories but I wanted to deliver success stories this time in a way that would excite both the eyes and taste buds of the viewers”. 

Cooking with GameChangers is scheduled to premiere on the 7th of March. It will air on YouTube and TV stations nationwide.

You can watch the show teaser here: https://youtu.be/R9MKc_Qd9eQ

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Facebook & Instagram: @cookingwithgamechangers Threads, Tiktok & LinkedIn: @CookingwithGameChangersX: @CookingwithGame

YouTube: @B2GNetwork

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Folake Olowofoyeku talks cultural impact of ‘Bob Hearts Abisola’ as final season of the sitcom kicks off

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Folake Olowofoyeku, the charismatic actress at the heart of the popular CBS sitcom, ”Bob Hearts Abishola,” has shed light on the cultural impacts of the show, emphasizing the significance of authentic representation of African culture.

The show, which premiered in September 2019, follows the unconventional love story between Bob, a middle-aged sock businessman, and Abishola, a Nigerian immigrant nurse. Olowofoyeku’s portrayal of Abishola, a Nigerian immigrant navigating life in the United States, has become a cultural touchstone, breaking stereotypes and providing a nuanced perspective on the African diaspora.

Through the lens of Abishola, Olowofoyeku highlighted the difficulties of bridging cultural gaps, showcasing the challenges and triumphs of immigrants in a foreign land. The character brings forth a strong sense of identity, proudly displaying her Nigerian heritage while adapting to the complexities of American life. The series explored their unique relationship, blending humor, romance, and cultural clashes.

Read Also: Creator of The Big Bang Theory introduces new TV show about a Nigerian immigrant

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Speaking in an exclusive interview with Ameyaw TV, the multi-talented Olowofoyeku shared some personal highlights of the journey on the series, which is now its fifth and final season.

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“The Devil’s Hot Tub” – Abishola and Kemi’s friendship is pushed to the edge when Kemi wants to disregard Nigerian tradition and have a Las Vegas wedding. Also, Bob and the Wheelers have to avert a strike at MaxDot before it sinks the family business, on BOB HEARTS ABISHOLA, Monday, Feb. 26 (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and streaming on Paramount+ (live and on demand for Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers, or on demand for Paramount+ Essential subscribers the day after the episode airs)*. Pictured: Folake Olowofoyeku as Abishola. Photo credit: Michael Yarish/2023 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

She said: ‘There’s been so much growth, this is the first time in my life I had a job longer than a month. Also, the impact that the show has had on the culture, I would say is one of the many highlights. It’s giving context to the Immigrant experience, not just in America but globally and not just for Nigerian immigrants, I think every kind of immigrant and it’s shown that regardless of what we look like and sound like, we all want love at the end of the day.

”And so this show was timely, considering the climate for the world globally I think it was something that uplifted folks and provided an escape. So I’m grateful for those being the highlights that this project is associated with and in terms of the impact culturally the awareness it created for African culture,” she added.

Olowofoyeku, who doubles as a musician averred that impact has been shocking as she never imagined that venturing into the series would make such an impeccable impact on the culture.

”The impact has been shocking because I didn’t realize venturing into this would mean so much to so many people. I was just the starving artist who had been in the game for a very long time, over 15 years before I got this job. One of the defense mechanisms was to just leave it on the table and forget about it. I did the same with this project and luckily it turned out to be the magnificent gift that has been so I’m filled with gratitude for it.”

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Oprah Winfrey and Folake Olowofoyeku behind the scenes at The 66th Annual Grammy Awards, airing live from Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, California, Sunday, Feb. 4 (8:00-11:30 PM, live ET/5:00-8:30 PM, live PT) on the CBS Television Network, and streaming live and on demand on Paramount+.* Photo: Francis Specker/CBS ©2024 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Olowofoyeku also opened up about her NAACP Image Awards nomination in the Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series category. The annual awards ceremony, which is presented by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, is held to honor outstanding performances in film, television, music, and literature.

”I felt like I was being recognized by my people and that meant a lot to me. The NAACP is responsible for the opportunity that I have in this country, and the work that they’ve done is the reason I can come to America and flourish the way I wasn’t able to do at home. I’m grateful for that acknowledgement it made me feel proud,’‘ she said.

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On how her achievements have translated back home in Nigeria in terms of work opportunities and acceptance, Olowofoyeku remarked: ”It’s bittersweet because the reason I left Nigeria was because I wasn’t able to do what I’m doing here. I had to leave the home that I love. I would happily have remained in Nigeria but fate would have it that, where opportunities lay for me would be in this country. It is also like a full circle moment because going back home the acceptance that I wanted now exists so many years later doing the exact same thing I was told not to do.

” I also feel slighted in a way. I feel slighted for having to leave my home but I think the bigger plan and the greater good and something cosmically was in play, because the fact that my mother on the show has my mother’s name in real life and all the characters of Yoruba descent on the show are from where my father is from, makes it feel like there was there was greater work outside of my comfort to be done and I’m grateful for that,’‘ she added.

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Africa Now Radio this Friday with YKB

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This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With YKB the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week, Africa Rising and Nandi Madida’s Favourite Track of the Week!

Tune in to Africa Now Radio with Nandi Madida this Friday, February 16th at 9a London / 10a Lagos/Paris / 11a Johannesburg / 1a LA / 4a NYC on Apple Music 1 and broadcast on YFM Accra every Sunday at 2pm, YFM Kumasi on Saturdays at 3pm and YFM Takoradi on Saturdays at 6pm.

Cover Star Interview
Nigerian Afro-fusion star YKB joins Nandi Madida via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about his latest track, ”high and sober.” He also discusses his new deluxe EP, ‘YUSFUL MUSIC (RELOADED),’ his creative process, and working with super producer and artist, Pheelz.

The Big 5
Nandi Madida shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Reekado Banks, Seyi Vibez, & Del B, Victony, Wizkid, Venom, Shishiliza & Yumbs feat. Ch’cco, Nomfundoh Moh & Baby S.O.N, and Ch’cco feat. ToooValid.

Africa Rising
Nigerian Afrobeats singer-songwriter and entertainer BhadBoi OML is the latest artist featured from Apple Music’s Africa Rising playlist, a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars, and this week’s show features his singles, “Shkran Lak” and “Owereke.” Listen HERE.

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Nandi’s Song of the Week
Each week, Nandi Madida chooses her favourite track from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. This week she spotlights Grammy-award winner and South African sensation Tyla, and her single “Truth or Dare,” from Apple Music’s Afrobeats Hits playlist. Listen HERE.

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Friday, February 16th at 9a London / 10a Lagos/Paris / 11a Johannesburg / 1a LA / 4a NYC on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_AfricaNow and broadcast on YFM Accra every Sunday at 2pm, YFM Kumasi on Saturdays at 3pm and YFM Takoradi on Saturdays at 6pm.

YKB tells Apple Music What Inspired a Deluxe Version of His EP, ‘YUSFUL MUSIC

With YUSFUL MUSIC, I feel like I was able to communicate a certain feeling of a young African creative in the times that we are, relating to how my parents treated my work… how I feel like I’m in a congested place where I feel like I need to make it out. Those are the things the EP communicated.

I personally feel like there’s more that I want people to feel from that, and also I just believe the EP didn’t reach as many people as I wanted because it was lacking some fun element.
What I’ve noticed with my people is that we gravitate towards fun records – records that say something about fun – or records that are deep and melancholy, so this is my attempt to add more fun to the project and have people pay attention like ‘ok you know what, let me listen to this whole thing this guy made’ and therefore get the feeling they’ve been missing out on.

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YKB tells Apple Music How Pheelz helped bring ‘YUSFUL MUSIC (RELOADED)’ to Life

We played Yusful Music for him when it was done, and he was like he likes the writing on the songs… [so] then when I wanted to make Reloaded as the deluxe version, I told him I wanted him to executive produce it – let’s rearrange the tracks, let’s add some production too, and direct me on like how you feel I should make these new songs. He was actually a huge part of the process. You know how you have your head and you want to add extensions? So he was very instrumental in helping me make the extensions, and how we can attach it

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Apple Music’s Love and Heartbreak Stations

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Love and Heartbreak spark passion and move people to create. It is the most universal and common subject in the history of recorded vocal music. This Valentine’s Day Apple Music is launching two brand new deeply personalized stations in the themes of Love and Heartbreak for its listeners.

The Love Station features songs about romantic love, falling in love, feeling amorous, and feelings that these experiences bring. Tailored to each listener’s taste, the Love Station will play songs and artists they know and love along with recommendations. Not exclusively ballads, these love songs are guaranteed to amplify the mood; whether they’ve got that rush of a new crush, or that fully grown long time love.

The Heartbreak Station features songs about heartbreak, unrequited love, breaking up, or sad love. Having your heart broken is awful. Sometimes during these moments, music is the only thing that can make sense of it all. The Heartbreak Station will play a blend of songs from artists listeners know and recommendations, to help them let it all out.

The Love and Heartbreak Stations follow the recent launch of the Discovery Station on Apple Music, and are deeply personalized stations that select the best music for each listener from Apple Music’s vast catalog of over 100 million songs. Love and Heartbreak Stations are always updating so listeners can enjoy an endless stream of music in the theme of love or heartbreak anytime they want.

Apple Music subscribers worldwide can begin enjoying their own personal Love Station and Heartbreak Station beginning today by going to the Stations for You section on their Listen Now page.

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Users can also celebrate Valentine’s Day with Apple Music Sing and serenade their loved ones by singing along to their favorite songs; and with Collaborative Playlists by creating playlists together, edit tracks, and add emoji reactions to specific songs.

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Incredible Zigi Joins TV3, Twellium’s ‘Bigoo Family Dance’ as a Judge

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Incredible Zigi Joins TV3, Twellium’s ‘Bigoo Family Dance’ as a Judge

Renowned dancer and choreographer, Incredible Zigi, has been announced as a judge for TV3 and Twellium’s ‘Bigoo Family Dance’ reality show.

The ‘Bigoo Family Dance’ is Ghana’s premier family-oriented dance competition, inviting groups of four family members to showcase their talent, creativity, and unity through dance. With an emphasis on entertainment and competition, the dance competition brings families closer together while entertaining audiences across the nation.

Incredible Zigi, known for his electrifying dance moves and choreographic prowess, brings a wealth of experience to the judging panel. As a multiple award-winning dancer, choreographer, and creator of global viral dance challenges such as ‘Kupe’ and ‘Pilolo,’ Zigi has solidified his reputation as one of Ghana’s most influential dance figures.

With over 100 music videos choreographed and performances on iconic stages, Zigi’s expertise will undoubtedly elevate the ‘Bigoo Family Dance’ competition to new heights. Moreover, his dedication to nurturing young dance talents in Ghana and using dance as a tool for positive change aligns perfectly with the show’s values.

Hosting this exciting venture is the charismatic Chrystal Kwame Aryee, who will guide audiences through each exhilarating episode, ensuring that every moment is filled with energy and excitement.

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Speaking about his involvement in the ‘Bigoo Family Dance,’ Incredible Zigi expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “I am thrilled to be a part of this groundbreaking initiative that celebrates the power of dance and family unity. I look forward to witnessing the incredible talent that Ghanaian families will showcase on the stage and being a part of their journey.”

This season’s ‘Bigoo Family Dance’ promises to be a captivating blend of talent, creativity, and family bonds. ‘Bigoo Family Dance’ Your Song, Your Dance.

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