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Amaarae, Tems, Ayra Starr included in Billboard’s 15 Hip-Hop & R&B Artists to Watch in 2022

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According to Billboard Hip-Hop Editor, Carl Lamarre, there’s a new stable of young rookies ready to apply pressure in the hip-hop and R&B music scene— especially in the land of Afrobeats, amid its explosion last year.

In his list of Billboard’s Artists to Watch Class of 2022 he includes Ghanaian alternative music sensation, Amaarae and a host of her colleagues from the Nigerian ‘alte’ scene.  Lamarre wrote:

Ghanaian singer Amaarae’s voice is unmistakable. The Interscope signee’s baby-soft whisper and genre-bending rhythms are in a lane completely of their own, and thanks to TikTok, millions were introduced to her flourishing catalog of music. In 2021, “Sad Girlz Luv Money (Remix)” featuring Kali Uchis and Moliy, went viral on the video creation app, leading to hundreds of millions of listens across platforms. Her 2020 album The Angel You Don’t Know perfectly captures the burgeoning singer’s carefree, confident demeanor, and sets the stage for a fruitful 2022.

Nigerian-Beninese singer-songwriter, Ayra Starr has captivated the likes of Kelly Rowland, Rema and more with her swoon-worthy blend of Afropop percussion and R&B melodies underlining her stunning, raspy vocals. Alongside Tems, the 19 & Dangerous artist (born Oyinkansola Aderibigbe) is leading a new class of Nigerian women singing about preserving their power, persevering through heartbreak and protecting their peace, like on her Top Triller Global-charting single “Bloody Samaritan.” Starr, who is signed to Nigeria’s leading label Mavin Records, is destined for the stardom spelled out in her stage name.

After defining summer 2021 through her insanely infectious feature on Wizkid’s “Essence,” Temilade Openiyi (better known as Tems) established herself as a force in afro-fusion and beyond. Fans were left craving more — many going back in time to her 2020 album, For Broken Ears, while others tapped in last fall, when the Nigerian singer-songwriter released a five-track EP, If Orange Was A Place.

The last year was nothing short of explosive for Tems, who signed to Since ‘93/RCA Records, landed a feature on Drake’s Certified Lover Boy, was named Billboard’s October Rookie of the Month, and topped Billboard‘s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart following Justin Bieber’s feature on “Essence.” While the accolades represent how far the singer has come, Tems’s songwriting skills, vocal prowess and personable attitude prove her undeniable staying power

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Mimi Divalish welcomes her first child after years of fertility issues

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One time Big Brother Africa (B.B.A) Ghanaian representative and singer Mimi Andani has welcomed her first child and shared the news on social media. (more…)

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African musicians share what Africa Day means to them

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Each year on 25 May Africans around the globe celebrate Africa Day. The day commemorates the founding of the first union of African countries in 1963.

 

As we commemorate this momentous day in African history, some of Triple Double Media clients from across Africa share their messages of hope for the citizens of the continent.

 

 

Natasha Chansa (Zambia)

Africa Day to me is so special because it’s the one day when the world celebrates us and sees us. As Africans most times, we fight to be seen and treated as equals in many aspects of our lives and careers.

 

Africa day to me is the day we get to be seen and we celebrate ourselves in our differences and what stand outs about us that allows for us to all be the same in the end. It makes us one, the music, the culture, the art, the food, the tradition.

I come from Zambia, a country in the southern Region of the continent. I am a singer/songwriter, rapper and producer. The Zambian music industry isn’t quite popular on the global market. We have so much talent and potential and I can’t wait for the rest of the world to see us!

 

 

Connect with Natasha:

Facebook:  Princess Natasha Chansa – PNC

Twitter:  @TashaChansa

Instagram: @princess_natasha_chansa

YouTube: https://youtu.be/Wfcp9GQFDE0

 

 

Zuliyano Boys

 

There has never been a better time for us as Africans to celebrate our culture with the rest of the world. In this day and age, new forms of media have allowed us to share information in the fastest and broadest way possible.

It is crucial for us as Africans to use that privilege to our advantage. Africans must learn and engage more about where we come from.

Seeing other Africans commemorate their culture every day is exciting to see. We are also very excited to share our musical EP called Zuliyano, which will be released on the 10th of June. This project consists of the new African sound called Amapiano.

 

 

Connect with Zuliyano Boys: 

Instagram: @Zuliyanoboys

 

 

 

NATE (South Africa)

 

Africa Day is very special day, a day where we all get to embrace our different cultures and ethnicities in Africa. It is a day where we get to express our true Africanism and just share love and appreciation for each other.

 

 

Connect with Nate:

Facebook: Nate SA (https://web.facebook.com/natersa)

Twitter: @nate_rsa

Instagram: @nate_rsa

YouTube:  https://youtu.be/vMGsYaEu84c

 

 

Belle 9ice (Burundi)

Africa day for me is a special day that reminds me who i am and let me celebrate my culture and identity although this should be celebrated every day for Africans. We are beautiful in our million traditions and we should be proud of who we are and support each other.

 

 

 

 

Connect with Belle 9ice:

Facebook:  Belle 9ice

Twitter: @belle9ice

Instagram: @belle9ice

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/Belle9ice

 

 

Don Kamati (Namibia)

When we celebrate African Day we celebrate our native background as Africans this day is dedicated to African heritage our different cultures. Africa hasn’t always been celebrated that is why we take this day off to remember how far we have come as a continent.

As an artist I feel every proud to have come from such a rooted continent music started in Africa that is why you see most of the African artist being more celebrated on most streaming platforms such as iTunes, and Amazon.

I would like to wish every African a happy African Day let’s stay rooted and let’s continue working together in making African great again.

 

 

Connect with Don Kamati:

Facebook: Don Kamati Namibia

Instagram: @donkamati

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KK Fosu finally admits to being in the same age bracket as Akumaa Mama Zimbi

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Ghanaian Highlife musician, Kaakyire Kwame Fosu, popularly known as KK Fosu,’ has finally owned up to his real age. (more…)

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Yaa Pono announce release date for “Fa Adwen” off his Mawusi EP

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Uptown Energy Records is pleased to announce the first single dubbed, “Fa Adwen”, off Yaa Pono’s yet to be released 6 tracks EP “Mawusi”.

The song will be available across all digital streaming platforms on the sixth day of the sixth month, thus; Monday 6/6/2022.

“Fa Adwen” is a composition of HipHop and HipLife and features rapper Flowking Stone, the song was produced by Gbevu Music Group.

From the newly formed group under Uptown Energy Records called 66 Squad.

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Gyakie , Kidi, Amaarae nomination for 2022 Headies Awards

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Gyakie has earned a nomination in Nigeria’s major music awards show of the year, the Headies Awards.

The nominations, announced a few hours ago, mention Gyakie in the Best West African Artiste of the Year Award category.

The Academy states the category is for artists of West African descent with the most outstanding achievements and impact across Africa in the year under review and anyone can tell Gyakie’s success from 2020, consistently through 2021 and into 2022 is nothing short of incredible.

The massive success of her viral hit song, “Forever”. off her debut project, the Seed EP became one of the first Ghanaian songs in awhile to break into Nigerian music charts without a Naija feature. The smart move by her team, Flip The Music to feature Omah Lay did nothing but become an even higher step up the ladder. “Need Me” and her steady run of features with big name acts like Blaqjerzee, Tanzanian artist Jux, South Africa’s Major League DJz and more have seen Gyakie’s songs seeping into charts all over West Africa, making debuts in all parts of Africal. Botswana, South Africa, Kenya, Mauritius, Grenada, Tanzania are just a few African countries that’s seen the songbird’s music charting, months after their release.

 

It’s obvious how easily the Ghanaian singer can hold her own in any African wide Awards Nomination category and with equally deserving acts nominated alongside her (Kidi, Amaarae, Angelique Kidjo, Nelson Freitas and Aya Nakamura), the Best West African Act category is definitely a major win for the young artist.

 

The Headies Awards is Nigeria’s biggest most anticipated music awards show. The awards show is scheduled to be held on Sunday 4th September, 2022 at the COBB Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, USA.

 

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Brenya to represent Ghana at ‘Iconik By One Viktory’ show in France

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Award-winning Ghanaian highlife musician Brenya will, on June 18, 2022, represent Ghana at the coveted Iconik show organised by One Viktory in Paris, France.

In an interview with the event organizers, they said: “The event is a fashion show, conference, and a musical concert, and we are excited to have Brenya perform for our audience.”

Speaking on his scheduled debut performance in France, Brenya said the Paris show comes as a great opportunity for him to showcase to the world what he is capable of as a musician.

“Iconik by One Viktory is an event that will showcase everything I stand for as an artist. The music, the promotion of positivity, and the culture of being fashionable and mingling with like-minded folks.

“This isn’t my first time working with One Viktory, and as it was the last time, I’m confident Iconik will be a memorable event. I can’t wait to go out there and spread the message of positivity, self-confidence, and love,” he said.

One Viktory is a media, event, culture, and fashion company located in New York (USA), Brazzaville, and Pointe Noire (Congo). The company has a long-standing relationship with Brenya. In 2019, they commissioned him to compose the theme song for the company titled ‘Be The One’.

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