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African rooted artist Zayzayy releases “A Start Of Forever” FT Shy Glizzy

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Rising star Zayzayy unveils a new five-track EP titled A Start Of Forever, which is a diverse take on a black man’s pain, prominence, and perseverance to succeed. From the streets to rising riches, Zayzayy has a story to tell listeners throughout his latest release, which reflects the growth he has experienced over his life.

 

A notable feature on the EP is Washington D.C. star Shy Glizzy on the track “Demons,” which solidifies Zayzayy’s rising stardom. From Detroit to the DMV currently, A Start Of Forever is a mass appeal of musical bliss covering multiple cultures and stories all people can enjoy.

 

The themes on the project include mental health, trauma, pain, black wealth, and glory. They show the different sides of Zayzayy, an artist who people need to keep their eyes on all 2021.

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He had a couple of words to share with his fans and new fans about the EP.

 

“I hope to use this to showcase my star appeal and break into the mainstream of music because I put my heart & soul in A Star Of Forever. Every track is a reflection of the old and new me. I’m excited to see the reception people have to my overall growth.”

 

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The project is available to stream on all platforms and is a new start in Zayzayy’s career.

 

Link to all platforms: https://cmg.ffm.to/startofforever

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zayzayy_1/

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Kweku Flick teams up with Rocky Dawuni for ‘Praise’

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After a successful year, Kweku Flick, best known for his “Money” making songs with his hit breaking song “Money” decides to drop a thankful song on which he displayed his vocal priors on a jam rock rhythm.

Kweku Flick, Ghana’s King of Melodies, sets the web ablaze as he decides to praise the Most High for all His guidance as he took to the career of being an artiste.

Praise, is an afro reggae music that is set to put its listeners in a conscious mood and at the same time, send a message of vocal dexterity that makes him live up to the fact that his fans call him the KIng of Melodies.

On this single is a Grammy Award nominee, one of the biggest musical exports from Ghana, Rocky Dawuni, who laid a very powerful verse on this song.

Rocky Dawuni, whose reputation as a reggae artiste exceeds him, has been Kweku Flick’s topmost artist that he had always wanted to work with, just to wake up one day to a story where Rocky Dawuni was praising his talent.

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The chemistry between these two acts is amazing when you listen to this single.

This song was produced by Ghanaian Stallion and was mixed and mastered by Apya.

Link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1-AvM1XA1j8AyZSZ_Qsw1gmkDKKImT2Wm

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Listen UP: DopeNation – Tupac

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The exceptionally talented Ghanaian twin duo, DopeNation, skillfully combines elements of Amapiano and hip-hop in their latest creation, “Tupac”. This innovative fusion results in a captivating and harmonious groove that sets a fresh tone in the music scene.

In crafting this track, we were inspired by the profound influence of one of hip-hop’s legendary figures, Tupac Amaru Shakur, whose contributions to global music remain immeasurable. It only felt right to pay homage to him by creating a dance track that exudes the spirit and energy synonymous with the legend, Tupac.

With “Tupac”, we aim to not only honor an icon but also infuse the essence of his legacy into a vibrant musical experience that resonates with audiences worldwide. This track stands as a testament to the enduring impact Tupac has had on the music industry and serves as a fitting tribute to his enduring influence.

Stream Tupac here – https://dpn.fanlink.to/tupac

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Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio with Nandi Madida This Friday with Grammy Award Nominee Musa Keys

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This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With Musa Keys, 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, December 1st 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.

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South African amapiano star and Grammy award nominee Musa Keys joins Nandi Madida via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about his latest track, “Izinyembezi (feat. Chley & Cheez Beezy)”. He also discusses his new EP, ‘Becoming Him’, the evolution of his sound, inhabiting dual roles as a producer and a vocalist, and his global aspirations.

 

The Big 5
Nandi Madida shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Jeriq, Smallgod, Kweku Flick & Young Lunya, Rayvanny, Reekado Banks & Lexsil, Blxckie, and Tyla.

 

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Africa Rising
Kenyan soul singer Maya Amolo—Apple Music’s latest Up Next: East Afrcia featured artist—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 her singles, “Wildin’,” and the Xenia Manasseh collab, “Love Letters.” Listen HERE.

 

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 South African amapiano DJ Kabza De Small and soul vocalist Mthunzi and their collab, “Imithandazo (feat. Young Stunna, DJ Maphorisa, Sizwe Alakine & Umthakathi Kush),” from Apple Music’s Ke Dezemba, playlist, showcasing South Africa’s most infectious summer hits. Listen HERE.

 

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Friday, December 1st 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.

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Musa Keys tells Apple Music about his ‘Becoming Him’ EP

My ‘Becoming Him’ EP is a prompt to my album. I’m just saying goodbye to who I was, and welcoming my new self. I believe my music is different now, I’ve grown so much and now fully have an understanding of what works for me and what sound is best for me, what best translates what I feel to the rest of the people.

Musa Keys tells Apple Music about his Dual Roles as Producer and Vocalist

Somebody actually asked me what would I do if I had to choose between producing music and actually becoming more of a vocal artist. What would I choose? It was a very difficult choice for me, mainly because I think I’m pretty dominant in both, and the way I have so much intent I know what I want in the sense of what I want it to sound like, and that’s one thing I always say working with other artists – maybe I find I’ve produced the song, but I just feel like they’re not connecting with the song the way I’m imagining it in my vocal mind – so I believe I’m everything. Don’t classify me!

Musa Keys tells Apple Music about Taking his Music International

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I should even change my Instagram bio to ‘Young Global Superstar’! I believe that I’ve reached quite a beautiful point in my life in South Africa where I’ve built my brand, and now it’s time to take it to the rest of the world.

Not only South Africa, Africa as a whole you know. I’ve done a couple of shows around Africa, which is where I’m going next now for my own shows. I want to have my own one-man shows outside of South Africa just to actually put a stamp that yo, I’m actually him.

Despite that I just believe that my music is in a different place now, I feel like I am where I should be. I feel like the music is really about who I’ve grown to become.

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Kimilist Addresses The All-Consuming Nature of New Love On “Confession”

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Talented singer/rapper under MimLife Records, Kimilist, has returned with his newest single, “Confession”: a smooth danceable fusion that captures the overpowering nature of newfound love interests. (more…)

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Apple Music’s ‘The Dotty Show’ to feature Chop Life Special

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Apple Music 1’s The Dotty Show’ features Dotty interviewing the artists lighting up Apple Music with the biggest tracks across hip-hop, pop, Amapiano and everything in between, from across the globe.

On the last Wednesday of each month she hosts a special feature on her Worldwide Wednesdays show dedicated to the hottest sounds from around Africa.

“It’s impossible to celebrate the global impact of Black music without spotlighting the abundant sounds coming out of the African continent,” said Dotty, Apple Music 1 host and Lead Cultural Curator, Black Music, UK. “Our monthly playlist specials allow us to dedicate time to what is, to me, the most exciting and innovative music market in the world right now.”

 

The last Dotty Show Special of the year is dedicated to Apple Music’s Chop Life campaign and features Mellissa, Nissi, Seyi Vibez and Olive The Boy, as well as an exclusive Africa Now DJ mix from Spaceship Billy, alongside the hottest new tracks from the hottest rising stars on the continent.

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For Apple Music’s Chop Life campaign, Afro R&B-soul songstress Mellissa, Afrobeats singer-songwriter Olivetheboy, Ikorodu-bred star Seyi Vibez, and Afropop singer Nissihand picked a selection of their favourite songs that will ultimately soundtrack their festive season, and their latest releases are spotlighted by on this special episode.

 

Africa Now Meets Chop Life
British-Nigerian DJ Spaceship Billy, blends Afrobeats, Amapiano, and Afrofusion, and effortlessly combines rich African rhythms and melodies to create a highly textured sonic journey. This exclusive mix that he has created for Apple Music is a genre-defying treat that also features British-Nigerian gospel and smooth jazz saxophonist, BishopSaxz.

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Spotify Wrapped: The Music Moving Ghanaians in 2023

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Ghanaians are well-known for their generosity and hospitality not just to family and friends but also strangers. This year’s Spotify Wrapped data shows the extension of this spirit of openness to  their musical preferences too.

 

Over the years, Ghanaians have cultivated a distinct musical identity by not only championing local talents but also embracing a diverse range of global sounds, transcending genre boundaries and national distinctions.

 

“Spotify Wrapped 2023 unveils a nation that doesn’t just consume music but actively participate in a worldwide celebration of creativity, proving that with music, Ghana’s arms are wide open, welcoming the world to join in its musical diversity,” says Spotify’s head of music for Sub-Saharan Africa, Phiona Okumu.

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Spotify Wrapped is a richly data-sourced annual round up of streaming habits of Ghanaians, showing evidence of the top artists and musical tastes for the year.

 

As the nation continues to honour its local talent, the music taste of the citizens has transformed into a lively, diverse, and thriving hub of creativity. Ghanaians support their musicians not in isolation but as part of a global conversation, where borders blur, and cultural exchange thrives.

 

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Ghana’s reigning Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Artist of the Year, Black Sherif takes the crown as the most streamed Ghanaian artist in Ghana, leading a cohort of celebrated talents like Sarkodie and Stonebwoy who took the second and third place respectively.

 

Black Sherif’s Album The Villain I Never Was  also led the chart on the top streamed album. In crafting this masterpiece of 14 tracks, Black Sherif poured his heart and soul into every note, embodying virtues of originality, honesty, hope, and pain with so much dedication.

 

Claiming the coveted title of the most streamed Ghanaian song, King Promise’s Terminator secured the top spot. Following closely were Black Sherif’s Konongo Zongo and Oil in my Head, echoing the sentiment of pride and affection for locally cultivated sounds.

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Topping the list of most streamed artists in Ghana is Asake, followed by the African giant Burna Boy. Black Sherif, the breakout sensation who keeps making a mark also secured a solid third spot, while familiar names like Davido, Drake and Omah Lay were all in the top 10 list capturing the spirit of the Ghanaian hospitality experience.

 

Ayra Starr leads the pack as the most streamed female artist in Ghana and the only female artist in the top 10 most streamed artists. International icons like Rihanna and SZA also found a place in the hearts of Ghanaian listeners as they placed second and third place with the Grammy-nominated Tems making her mark in the rankings.

 

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At the forefront of this year’s Spotify Wrapped are Ghanaian artists who have emerged as true ambassadors of Ghana’s musical brilliance. Amaarae, Black Sherif, and KiDi lead the roster as the most exported artists captivating audiences worldwide with their unique styles and transforming their music into a cultural bridge that unites listeners across continents.

 

The most streamed songs in Ghana tell a story of joy, reflection, and celebration. Leading the charge was Ruger with his hit Asiwaju. Followed by Asake’sLonely At The Top’ which proved that even at the pinnacle of success, it’s the power of great music that truly connects and comforts.

 

At the forefront of Ghana’s most streamed throwback songs is the legendary Daddy Lumba, whose timeless hit Aben Wo Aha continues to echo through the streets and homes in the country. His other songs, Akoma Da Akoma So, Menya Mpo, and Theresa all featured proudly in the top throwback list transcending generations, illustrating his enduring influence on the Ghanaian musical landscape.

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Here’s what the Spotify Wrapped data says about Ghana’s listening habits in 2023:

  • Embracing the joyous spirit of celebration, Ghanaians kick off their festivities from 3:00 pm, coinciding with the onset of the evening, as indicated by the latest Spotify Wrapped data.

  • Unsurprisingly, the peak of music streaming activity aligns with their love for gatherings, with Saturday claiming the top spot as the day when Ghanaians stream the most music.

  • Black Sherif also topped the list of most searched artists, while Rema topped the list of most searched queries in Ghana.

  • Ghanaians evidently refused to be ‘lonely’, choosing instead to embrace Asake’s Lonely At The Top, which proudly claimed its position as the viral song of the year. Nacee’s Aseda –  a celebration of gratitude also found itself in the list of top 10 viral songs in the country.

 

This year’s Spotify’s Wrapped for Ghana captures more than a list of songs and artists, it captures a celebration of the dynamic and ever evolving spirit of Ghana’s music culture.

 

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Eligible users can access their personalized 2023 Wrapped experience exclusively in the Spotify mobile app (iOS and Android) and also this year, via web view on mobile or Desktop by heading to Spotify.com/Wrapped.

 

Additionally, Spotify has also launched its Wrapped creator experience for podcasters and artists.  With access to their own individualized Wrapped microsite experience, creators can dive into all the ways in which their fans listened this year. Check out Spotify for Artists and Spotify for Podcasters to learn more.

The full breakdown of the top lists is below.

 

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MOST STREAMED ARTISTS IN GHANA

MOST STREAMED ALBUMS IN GHANA

MOST STREAMED FEMALE ARTISTS IN GHANA

  1. Asake

  2. Burna Boy

  3. Black Sherif

  4. Davido

  5. Drake

  6. Omah Lay

  7. Ayra Starr

  8. Rema

  9. Sarkodie

  10. Stonebwoy

  1. The Villain I Never Was – Black Sherif

  2. Timeless – Davido

  3. Work Of Art – Asake

  4. Mr. Money With The Vibe – Asake

  5. Boy Alone – Omah Lay

  6. Love, Damini – Burna Boy

  7. 5th Dimension – Stonebwoy

  8. Rave & Roses Ultra – Rema

  9. I  Told Them… – Burna Boy

  10. Playboy – Fireboy DML

  1. Ayra Starr

  2. Rihanna

  3. SZA

  4. Tems

  5. Tiwa Savage

  6. Gyakie

  7. Adele

  8. Billie Eilish

  9. Nicki Minaj

  10. Beyoncé

 

MOST STREAMED SONGS IN GHANA

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MOST STREAMED GHANAIAN ARTISTS IN GHANA

MOST STREAMED SPOTIFY PLAYLISTS

  1. Asiwaju -Ruger

  2. Lonely At The Top – Asake

  3. Xtra Cool – Young Jonn

  4. Soso – Omah Lay

  5. Bandana – Fireboy DML

  6. Rush – Ayra Starr

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