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Aṣa tells Apple Music about working with Amaarae and Wizkid on new album and more

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

Tune in to Africa Now Radio With LootLove This Sunday, February 27th at 2p London / 3p Lagos/Paris / 4p Johannesburg / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1 and broadcast on Cool FM in Nigeria every Sunday at 6pm.

Cover Star Interview
Nigerian-French singer-songwriter Aṣa joins LootLove via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about her latest track, “IDG (feat. Wizkid).” She also discusses her new album, ‘V,’ getting out of her comfort zone, moving to Lagos in 2020, and gaining fresh experience as a producer.

The Big 5
LootLove shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Olamide and Wande Coal; DBN Gogo, Pabi Cooper & Young Stunna feat. Felo Le Tee; Dice Ailes feat. Tiwa Savage; T.I BLAZE, Blxckie & Rasaqi NFG; and DARKOO feat. Black Sherif.

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Africa Rising 
British-Nigerian producer, songwriter and engineer Jaylon is the latest artist featured from the Africa Rising playlist, a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars, and this week’s show features his two singles, the Minz collab “Naya’s Riddim,” and “Firedncr. (feat. Azanti).” Listen HERE.

Loot Loves
Each week, LootLove chooses her favourite track, taken from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. This week she features South African singer-songwriter Nomfundo Moh and her single, “Phakade Lami (feat. Sha Sha & Ami Faku),” from Apple Music’s Mzansi Soul playlist. Listen HERE, and find a roundup of all LootLove’s selections on Apple Music’s LootLoves playlist, HERE.

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Sunday, February 27th at 2p London / 3p Lagos/Paris / 4p Johannesburg / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_AfricaNow or on Cool FM in Nigeria every Sunday at 6pm

Aṣa on moving back to Lagos for her new album ‘V’

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When Covid struck, we had to cancel the tour and so I took one of the last planes—at that time—back to Lagos, and that was when I was kind of connecting, re-connecting with people in Lagos, creatives. Since ‘Aṣa,’ the first album, I didn’t have enough time to stay long enough at home – I was always traveling, always living outside the country and then come back home, stay for a year or three months – but this time it just allowed me to connect, and that was when the album was being made. I didn’t think it was going to be an album, I was just vibing and making friends, and along the way we were making songs.

Aṣa on getting out of her comfort zone

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Everything changed. The world stopped for a bit and everyone had to look inward, and be more creative. You had to think smart, you had to think out of the box… You know, not do what you have been doing, change gear. For me that was a time for getting out of my comfort zone, getting out of what Aṣa can do in her sleep and just do something else, and when I say “something else”… This album at the time was produced by an 18-year-old, and I was asking myself “Oh my god, what do I do? What’s gonna happen?” So it was a time to stop, change, look inward and arrange house.

Aṣa on the shorter wait for her new album ‘V’

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I didn’t want to do another ‘Jailer,’ I didn’t want to do another ‘Bibanke.’ I wanted to be inspired, and I wanted it to be real. I’ve lived that [already], and I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow, I’m just going where life takes me.

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I probably will never wait that long [between albums] any more, I don’t want to wait that long any more because also I wanted to live normally, I wanted to live like everybody else. My life is on the road, on the stage, and then when you stop, bam! The tour is over, then you start to act like a zombie, you don’t know where your passport is, because on the tour there’s a timing, a schedule, and then there’s need for time to recover. But this time it’s different.

Aṣa on working with Amaarae, Wizkid and The Cavemen

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Before we do a song, I want it to be honest. Let’s have a connection. With all these collaborators, that was what we did, there was friendship. I haven’t met Amaarae in person – we only spoke over the phone – but the music was done out of friendship, from a good place. We both love our works, I admire what she does, she told me she loves my song.

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With Wizkid, there’s a friendship. Before the music, we sit down, we have a drink and just talk about all kinds of things – animals, just normal things about his life. And The Cavemen! Oh my god, they’re full of energy, they’re amazing people, so the collaboration came from a natural place.

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Marco Lowrey Releases New Afrobeat Single “Ohemaa”

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Marco Lowrey Releases New Afrobeat Single "Ohemaa"
British-Ghanaian artist Marco Lowrey is back with a brand new Afrobeat jam titled “Ohemaa”, following the success of his previous hit song “Twe Da” featuring Medikal and Kurl Songx. In this latest release, Marco Lowrey showcases his signature fusion of genres, blending Afrobeats, R&B, Highlife, and hip-hop to create an infectious and upbeat track.
In “Ohemaa”, Marco Lowrey serenades his love interest, promising to take her on a dream holiday trip to anywhere she desires. With his smooth vocals and catchy melodies, he assures her that money is no object, and he’s ready to splurge on their getaway.
Marco Lowrey’s music is characterized by his unique blend of genres, drawing inspiration from legendary artists like Michael Jackson, Daddy Lumba, and Sarkodie. His previous releases, including his EP “Against All Odds”, have showcased his talent and versatility as a musician.
With “Ohemaa”, Marco Lowrey is set to continue making waves in the music industry, and fans are eagerly anticipating what’s next from this talented artist. “Ohemaa” is now available on all major music streaming platforms, so be sure to give it a listen and get ready to groove to the beat!
Overall, Marco Lowrey’s “Ohemaa” is a must-listen for fans of Afrobeat and R&B music. With its catchy hooks, smooth vocals, and infectious beat, this song is sure to get stuck in your head and leave you wanting more from this talented artist.
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U.S.-Based Ghanaian Artist Qwamenewking Releases New Single “Adwoa Serwaa”

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U.S.-based Ghanaian artist Eric Frimpong, better known as Qwamenewking, has just released his much-anticipated single titled “Adwoa Serwaa.” The song is now available on all major streaming platforms, capturing the hearts of fans with its vibrant rhythm and soulful lyrics.

“Adwoa Serwaa” is an excellent blend of Afrobeat and highlife, infused with Qwamenewking’s unique style that has consistently charmed Music lovers both in Ghana and abroad. This single tune shows how much he pays homage to his root ,beauty and grace of a Pure Ghanaian woman named Adwoa Serwaa.

In the track, Qwamenewking employs a rich fusion of traditional Ghanaian musical elements and modern production techniques, creating a sound that is both nostalgic and contemporary. The song’s instrumentation features vibrant percussion, melodic guitar riffs, and smooth vocal harmonies, showcasing Qwamenewking’s ability to blend the old with the new seamlessly.

Eric Frimpong, well known as Qwamenewking, has been a prominent buddy in the Afrobeat and highlife music scenes, particularly among the Ghanaian diaspora in the United States. His music is known for its Amazing storytelling and cultural resonance in his songs. With each release.

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Stream “Adwoa Serwaa” Now via the links below ⬇️

https://audiomack.com/qwamenewking-/song/qwamenewking-adwoa-serwaa?key=qwamenewkingadwoaserwaa

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Music lovers  can also stream “Adwoa Serwaa” on all major platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube And Don’t Forget to follow him on all Social Media platforms.

Facebook- @Qwamenewking / @ Kingsmusic

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6LACK Returns With New Song “Fuck The Rap Game

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6LACK Returns With New Song "Fuck The Rap Game

Today, the multi-platinum, four-time GRAMMY-nominated artist 6LACK returns with the release of his stirring new song “FTRG” (“Fuck The Rap Game”) via LVRN/Interscope Records. The track sees 6LACK in deep reflection as he honors his rap roots, revealing much about his own staggering personal and professional journey. A journey lined with the tumultuous ups and downs of the music industry that goes hand-in-hand with  his own journey as a man in today’s world. It’s the result of a man vehemently working to be his best for his family, his friends, his peers, his community and himself, choosing to stay focused on his higher purpose that led him to find music. Directed by AboveGround, the video brings to life the many sentiments at play in this song: The flashiness and allure of the industry while 6LACK bares himself and remains authentically him.

 

“FTRG” follows the release of his beloved More Lonely Nights acoustic project that celebrated the one year anniversary of his Grammy-nominated album, Since I Have A Lover. It also arrives as 6LACK is in the middle of his striking No More Lonely Nights Tour that has introduced a series of intimate performances that capture the raw emotion that lines the collection of songs on Since I Have A Lover, delving into 6LACK’s personal journey with mental health, healing, personal growth, love and finding his way through it all — the good and the bad.

 

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Since I Have A Lover has received large critical acclaim from the likes of NPR, Zane Lowe, Rolling Stone, Forbes, Business Insider, Complex, Fader and Pitchfork to name a few. It introduced a collection of profound songs speaking on mental health, recovery, self-improvement, love and revealed much about 6LACK’s personal journey navigating life’s highs and lows. It’s 6LACK like we’ve never seen or heard him before. The album features stunning collaborations with Don Toliver, Wale, India Shawn, Ty Dolla $ign, QUIN, and production by Leon Thomas, OZ, Fwdslxsh, Scribz Riley, EarthGang’s Olu, Teddy Walton and others.

 

ABOUT 6LACK:

Pronounced “Black”, the four-time GRAMMY-nominated and multi-platinum selling artist has brilliantly captured a voice of a generation through his dynamic art for years now. Born and raised in Zone 6 of Atlanta, 6LACK exploded onto the scene with his breakout debut FREE 6LACK album in 2016, cementing his insatiable, singular sound. He was later catapulted into stardom in 2018 with the arrival of his critically acclaimed album, East Atlanta Love Letter, which hit No. 1 on the Top R&B Albums and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.

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The revered artist has amassed over 9.2 billion global streams across platforms while also giving the world some of the biggest hits from the past decade through explosive collaborations with some of today’s most beloved artists including J. Cole, Future, Selena Gomez, Young Thug, Timbaland, Normani, Isaiah Rashad, Rita Ora, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Baby, Khalid, Jessie Reyez, Nao and many more. Most recently, his colossal collaboration with Lil Tjay on the song “Calling My Phone” earned him a No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, No. 1 on the Hot Rap Songs chart and hit No. 3 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart. The track has since reached platinum status and was brought to life through a moving performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

 

6LACK: NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS TOUR DATES:

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Sat Jun 22 | Waukee, IA | Vibrant Music Hall

Thu Jun 27 | McKees Rocks, PA | Roxian Theatre

LISTEN TO THE SINCE I HAVE A LOVER LP HERE

LISTEN TO THE NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS EP HERE

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6LACK Press Photos: https://umusic.box.com/s/aul0i6w5w7x1c3kos9jtihrnwsxo5y86

Follow 6LACK: INSTAGRAM I TWITTER I YOUTUBE I SOUNDCLOUD | FACEBOOK I WEBSITE

 

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For more information visit www.6LACK.com

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Listen Up: Maiikii drops ‘Wanna Own’ featuring Bamfo

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Rising Dutch Afrobeats sensation, Maiikii with real name Michael Kwame Okyere Akowuah has collaborated with Ghanaian music maestro, Bamfo, on a beautiful Afrobeats piece ‘Wanna Own’. (more…)

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Zie’s latest EP “Kwesi” arrives with seven distinctly African flavors

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The latest EP from Ghanaian-American artist, Zie is ordained as something special and is his most accomplished work yet. (more…)

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KIKI CELINE LEARNS FROM OLD LOVE ON NEW SONG

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KIKI CELINE LEARNS FROM OLD LOVE ON NEW SONG

Love being the greatest emotion has never been an overstatement. However, when talking about what it means to love and be loved, we often forget that sometimes the way someone loves us can change. When that happens, we are left with nothing but the memories of how we were loved by that person.

Audio link: https://tiememusicdistro.lnk.to/OldLove 

On her first single of the year 2024, Ghanaian singer KiKi Celine continues her beautiful run from 2023 as she pours out her heart and emotions on her new song titled “Old Love.”

The song cements Celine’s position as one of the best vocalists around and puts her songwriting abilities on full display. The song is reminiscent of early 2000s R&B classics we grew up on, with KiKi Celine’s bounce. Produced by Insvne Auggie, the song takes listeners on a journey of love gone wrong, pain, and reliving the few good times spent with a significant other.

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If Celine’s writing or vocals were ever in doubt, “Old Love” will clear any doubts there are about the singer’s artistry. With a burgeoning R&B scene in Ghana and West and East Africa, Celine enters the conversation with this record. The melodies, delivery, and overall storytelling are remarkable and are sure to leave listeners in their “feels.”

Love teaches us a lot about others and ourselves that we do not know until we experience being loved by them. The song is an appreciation of how it feels to be loved while calling out people who introduce you to an experience they can never keep up with. When all is said and done, we will need more than just flowers and a touch of old love.

 

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R&B music is alive, and KiKi Celine is determined to be one of the names synonymous with the genre whenever conversations about the genre come up.

Stream “Old Love” now on all platforms.

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