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Africa Rising artist Nikita Kering joins Nadeska on Apple Music 1 to discuss her new EP, “A Side Of Me.”

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Africa Rising artist Nikita Kering joins Nadeska on Apple Music 1 to discuss her new EP, “A Side Of Me.”

Key quotes below. Feel free to use with credit to Nadeska on Apple Music 1: apple.co/_NadeskaAlexis

Nikita Kering Tells Apple Music about performing at such a young age:
“It’s been cool. It’s definitely been a lot of fun and I’ve been geeking all of it. I think all I’m doing is just trying to learn as much as possible from the experiences that I have and to just try as much as possible to keep growing as an artist through those experiences..”

Nikita Kering Tells Apple Music about what encouraged her to start singing:
“My folks did. My mom was a big part of that as I was growing up. My mom didn’t get to do what she wanted to do when she was younger. And so I guess when she got a child who could sing, she was like, “Do it.” And yeah, they ended up supporting me through it. There’s no one else who’s musical in the house, maybe my brother a bit, but no one else sings. So I think this was also a new thing for them. We were all guessing through it. And we are still guessing through it. And I guess it’s working out. So I just keep praying. That’s the way it’s working out.”

Nikita Kering Tells Apple Music about the transition into traveling the world and touring:
“It was gradual. It wasn’t sudden. It wasn’t one day I woke up, and I was touring the world and stuff. It started very slowly where I did this one interview when I was nine, and it blew up. It went viral. And from then on, I guess I’ve slowly gathered an audience and gotten a lot of people that support me. And yeah, that’s what it’s been all about. I wouldn’t say there was anything drastic that happened. I think people from different countries just started noticing. And then that’s how then I started performing in different places.”

Nikita Kering Tells Apple Music about her early experiences writing:
“Well, I didn’t start writing when I was that young. I think when I was much younger, I was just learning how to sing. And I took as much time as possible to educate myself in music and music business, and law, stuff like that. I was nerding all of it. So, how I ended up songwriting was, I was 16 and I used to tell my mom, “I can’t song write. I don’t know how to write music.” And she was like, “You just never given it a try.” And she’s like, “Just do it.” And finally, I decided one day to write my first song, which also did extremely well. And it was a simple love song, but I don’t even understand how it became a hit, but I think I was honest with myself at that time. I was 16 and I just did what I did. And I think people saw that and they like that. And they liked authenticity and realness, and emotion through music and they recognized and related to that.”

Nikita Kering Tells Apple Music about her mother’s role in her career journey: 
“I feel like there was two sides to it. My father was more of the technical side and nerding over the very intricate stuff, the very important stuff, like the contract, and the deals and stuff. But she was more of like the soccer mom who would show up to my shows and was always there until I used to be like, “Please, you don’t have to always come.” Everyone identified me with my mom. And I was like, “Hugh.” But right now it’s crazy because I look at it and I’m like, “What would I have done without her?” So she was yeah, very, very pivotal in my career.”

Nikita Kering Tells Apple Music about juggling going to school and making music: 
“I think that was one of the toughest things that I had to do. And it was never really tough on my music side. It was always tough on the school side. I wanted to do the course, but this other whole thing was fun, going out for concerts. And I was young, but I would still be able to go out for concerts because I had to perform. So it was so much fun. But then I think after the course, and after everything went so beautifully well and I got to learn so much, I just realized how much ahead I am as compared to perhaps other people in the music industry. Because now I have a much better understanding of the business and production aspect within music.”

Nikita Kering Tells Apple Music about managing her peers expectations of her: 
“Absolutely. And I think it just took a lot of maturity and mental growth for me to finally come to that point. But I think it was not just that it was a combination of people around me finally realizing that I’m now an adult and I am well-educated in a couple of stuff. And it’s finally time to just let go of the chains and allow me to make my own decisions. And them throwing me into the deep end, for instance, my dad would tell you, “Just do it.” And I’m like, “You haven’t even listened to the idea. You have no idea what I want to do.” He’s like, “Just do it, make your mistakes and go ahead.” And I’m like… It was those moments that I think made me courageous enough to finally ignore the pressures that come from other parties.”

Nikita Kering Tells Apple Music about her comfortability being public facing: 
“I think I’m confident in my communication skills and I’m able to communicate eloquently. Do I like it though? That’s the question. I’m very reserved individual socially. I don’t go out as much. I don’t meet new people as much as I probably should. So I would say it’s something that I need time with. I will do what I need to do. I’ll do the interviews. I’ll do the press and talk about what I need to talk about. But I definitely think socially, I have a lot of work to do.”

Nikita Kering Tells Apple Music about the process of putting together the EP: 
“This was purely a selfish project. The reason it was a selfish project is because it was an experiment. I didn’t even know what the hell my sound was. And that’s why the EP just sounds like Alicia keys, then we have Tiwa Savage, and then we have everything. It was a mixture of all of my dreams and people that I look up to. So it really was an experiment. And the reason it’s called A Side Of Me is because it’s just one part of me that needs to be seen. But then there’s soon to be a lot of other stuff that people are yet to see. So it’s just a portion of what I have. And it was a time for me to figure out who I am and I’m still trying to understand myself.”

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Influenced by the dancehall culture Herty vybz is here to change the narrative in a male dominated industry. Check out her debut song REBEL, recorded under HIT MIXER RECORDS, a record label based in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.

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Chief One drops new jam “Turn By Turn”

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Chief One – Winner of “Next Rated Act” for 3 Music Awards 2022 and #VGMA23Unsung Nominee – has dropped a new joint to bubble the waters again!

Titled “Turn By Turn”, Chief One recruits his resident Music Producer, Hairlergbe for the beat production. With heavy African drum ensembles from Southern Volta (Ghana), the fast rising artiste spills nuggets of wisdom on the beat to advise the youths again, like he has been doing in recent times.

The song “Turn By Turn” is coded in his home language Ewe and English. After dropping his debut EP “Here I Come” on February 21, 2022, Chief One feels his fanbase needs something new again so he drops this one to revive his fanbase.

The song is out on major streaming platforms. Listen via the links below:

Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/gh/album/turn-by-turn/1624950887?i=1624951366

Boomplay: https://www.boomplay.com/share/album/46891039?srModel=COPYLINK&srList=IOS

Audiomack: https://audiomack.com/chief__one/song/turn-by-turn

 

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Adomaa Makes Return To Music; Announces ‘The Becoming Adomaa Experience’

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After a successful foray into the world of acting, alternative artist and singer Adomaa is back on the music scene, with a haunting but heartfelt music video announcing her new EP: ‘Becoming Adomaa.’

The video, which is for the song titled ‘You Used To Love Me,’ sees Adomaa reminisce on her entry into the music scene – when she had the most public attention – and how she wishes she had gone about navigating that period for herself. It is a brief but poignant reflection, and gives a sneak peak into the mindset of the singer at one of the lowest points in her career.

 

The video ends with the revelation of the cover art for her upcoming EP, titled ‘Becoming Adomaa’ – Adomaa seen in contemplative stance in an obviously neglected room overgrown with plants, and filled with objects of significance to her music career.

 

Before the release of the EP later this year, Adomaa is curating a one-of-a-kind experience for audiences to mark her musical comeback. Starting in July and running till September, she will be hosting on multiple nights, screenings of a short film featuring music from the EP, as well as a documentary that takes a deep dive into events from her start in music, through her disappearance and now to her return.

In addition to these, she will be providing intimate performances of songs from the EP live each night, after which there will be interactive sessions with audiences. This series of events has been tagged ‘Becoming Adomaa: The Experience,’ and the nights promise to be incredibly special, enthralling and deeply engaging.

 

To get tickets for any of these nights, visit the following link to book yourself a date: https://efie.co/adomaa

 

Don’t miss out on what is going to be a truly magical experience with the talented artist that is Adomaa – you will not regret it!

 

For further updates and information kindly visit the social media pages of Adomaa (Facebook – Adomaa, Twitter & Instagram – @adomaa_music).

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CALYPSO ROSE Shares Carlos Santana-featured Track “Watina”

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Calypso Rose’s zest for life is as infectious as ever, and 2022 will mark the return of the icon to center stage. Today, the 82-year old Trinidad and Tobago-raised musician has announced her latest album, FOREVER, due August 26, 2022 via Because Music. Throughout the new album, Rose presents original material with a distinctly modern approach, and revisits some of her greatest classics, giving us an album that speaks to everyone and transcends all ages. On FOREVER, the Queen of Calypso is joined by old friends and new artists throughout the fourteen tracks including: world music legend Manu Chao, soca king Machel Montano, Jamaican dancehall icon Mr. Vegas, Toulouse-based rapper Oli, and electro duo Synapson.The album’s first single, “Watina” is out now and features Belize’s The Garifuna Collective along with stellar riffs from none other than guitar legend Carlos Santanawho has previously noted, “Calypso Rose is a goddess of música del Caribe: a person who offers her heart & changes people’s lives & destiny.”

Listen to “Watina” here: https://calypso.lnk.to/watina

While the name Calypso Rose will be forever associated with her country Trinidad and Tobago, the love story that has bound her to Belize for almost forty years is part of her music, her career and her life. With “Watina,” she pays homage to the Garifuna, a Caribbean people scarred by slavery, excluded from memory, and part of whose population now lives not only in the United States, but also on the coasts of four Central American countries: Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and thus Belize. “Watina”  is a song full of devastating history, and contrasted by cheerfulness and celebration. Ivan Duran, Rose’s Belize-born longtime producer was also the “sound architect” for the late Andy Palacio, who co-founded and led the Belize-based band The Garifuna Collective until his untimely death in 2008. “Watina” was originally a local hit for The Garifuna Collective and, according to Duran, Calypso Rose was the only person who could recapture the frenzy and the impact of this song while respecting Palacio’s legacy. By recording and reimagining the song with the same musicians, she reaffirms her Belizean ties and once again exploits the contrast between the festive spirit and the social dimension of the music.

Watch the gorgeous Belize-filmed video for “Watina” here: https://youtu.be/CCZI9Ai4vcE.

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HEADIE ONE Drops New Single “22 Carats” Ft. French Rapper Gazo

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Today, Headie One releases a brand new track, “22 Carats,” available now across all DSPs. Get it HERE!

Featuring the French rapper Gazo, “22 Carats” is a collaboration years in the making, as Headie’s status as the UK break-out drill rapper reached France, Gazo was just starting out. Citing him as a huge influence on his rapping style, he reached out to Headie during the pandemic, with the pair finally getting together in a studio in Paris this year, resulting in the stone-cold drill track.

Gazo released his debut mixtape Drill FR in February 2021, topping the French album charts, giving him the much-deserved title The Prince Of French Drill.

“22 Carats” is produced by French producer Leo Eynard, with the video directed by Screetch.

Watch the video for “22 Carats” here

This latest track follows the recent release of Headie’s single Came In The Scene,” his first new music since Too Loyal For My Own Good in late 2021, marking a new chapter for The King Of Drill with more tracks to come from his recent travels in Europe very soon.

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Lojay and Sarz Recruit Chris Brown for “Monalisa” Remix

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Lagos-based Afro-fusion artist Lojay and internationally renowned super-producer Sarz (Beyoncé, Drake, Wizkid, Burna Boy) have released a brand new remix of their recent smash single “Monalisa” featuring multi-platinum certified, GRAMMY Award-winning R&B superstar Chris Brown. STREAM HERE // LYRIC VIDEO HERE

Taken from Lojay & Sarz’s collaborative LV N ATTN EP last year, the original “Monalisa”became an early standout due to its hypnotic beat and infectious hooks, becoming not just one of the biggest releases in Nigeria, but a global hit that put Lojay on the map as one of Nigeria’s fastest-rising cultural exports and cemented Sarz’s reputation as the most significant name in Afrobeats. Check out the duo’s LV N ATTN EP HERE.

With over 100 million streams to date, it’s safe to say that “Monalisa” became something of a cultural phenomenon last year. The track not only won applause from the likes of The Face, HYPEBEAST, and The FADER — where it ranked No. 30 on their 100 Best Songs of 2021 list— but it also became the 5th most streamed song across Nigeria last year. Meanwhile, the track demonstrated its massive transatlantic reach by peaking at No. 1 on Shazam’s Global Afrobeats chart and within the top 10 on both the US and UK Official Afrobeats charts.

Sharing his excitement about the new remix, Lojay says, “at the time I was creating this song I would have never imagined hearing a Chris Brown verse on it but the best part is he actually took his time and killed it and gave the song a different feel. He’s someone I’ve always wanted to work with so this is a really good feeling.”
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