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Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen’s final performance out now !

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World Circuit Records today present Tony Allen Live in London, a short film about Tony Allen’s recent Rejoice live shows. The piece was filmed at one of the two very special Rejoice shows Allen performed at London’s Church of Sound in mid-March, just a few weeks before his untimely passing at the end of April at the age of 79.

In addition to clips of live performances from the night, the piece features interviews with Allen himself and some of the prestigious musicians who joined him on stage including South African trumpet player Claude Deppa and double bass player Mutale Chashi.

Tony commented on the film back in April, “I played two shows in London in March, which were meant to be the first of many Rejoice shows this year. It was good to be playing these songs on stage so many years after the recording. My good friend Claude Deppa is a great South African trumpet player, we asked him to play Hugh’s parts on stage. Unfortunately, the lockdowns started shortly after.”

Allen will be posthumously awarded the Outstanding Contribution To Music at this year’s AIM Awards, taking place virtually on August 12, with recent single “We’ve Landed” receiving a nomination for Best Independent Track.

 

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Allen & Masekela’s second single from the album, “Never (Lagos Never Gonna Be The Same),” is a jazz-meets-Afrobeat-hued tribute to Fela Kuti, the towering pioneer of Afrobeat who collaborated closely with Allen for decades. The video for the track features footage of Allen & Masekela playing the song at the original 2010 recording sessions at Livingston Studios in London. Stream/share the video for “Never (Lagos Never Gonna Be The Same)” at https://worldcircuit.lnk.to/NeverWithoutFela.
Having first met in the ’70s thanks to their respective close associations with Fela Kuti, Allen, the Nigerian master drummer widely hailed as the co-founder of Afrobeat (and long-time member of alt-rock supergroup The Good The Bad & The Queen), and Masekela, South Africa’s legendary trumpet player, talked for decades about making an album together. When, in 2010, their touring schedules coincided in the U.K., the moment presented itself and producer Nick Gold took the opportunity to record their encounter.
The unfinished sessions, consisting of all original compositions by the pair, lay in archive until after Masekela passed away in 2018. With renewed resolution, Tony Allen and Nick Gold, with the blessing and participation of Hugh’s estate, unearthed the original tapes and finished recording the album in summer 2019 at the same London studio where the original sessions had taken place.
Allen and Masekela are accompanied on the record by a new generation of well-respected jazz musicians on the record including Tom Herbert (Acoustic Ladyland/The Invisible), Joe Armon-Jones (Ezra Collective), Mutale Chashi(Kokoroko) and Steve Williamson.

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SIISI BAIDOO UNVEILS POWERFUL NEW SINGLE “MEDE W’AYEYI”

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Ghanaian gospel artist and worship leader, Siisi Baidoo, proudly announces the release of his new single, “Mede W’ayeyi,” available from Monday, June 17th, 2024. This heartfelt track is part of his upcoming album, “Writings on the Wall,” a collection anticipated to feature over 10 deeply spiritual songs.

“Mede W’ayeyi,” which translates from Twi to *”I am Bringing Your Praise,”* is a powerful expression of gratitude to God for His constant provision and protection. The song’s heartfelt lyrics and Siisi Baidoo’s soulful delivery create a compelling message of thankfulness and worship.

Known for his soul-stirring tracks such as “Otim Ho Daa,” “Fire,” “The Promise,” and the hit “Onyame Tumfo,” Siisi Baidoo continues to move audiences with his deep worship and exceptional musical artistry.
This single is a product of collaboration with his talented Ministry Family, Crafted Nation. “Mede W’ayeyi” is an exemplary fusion of contemporary gospel and traditional Ghanaian melodies, designed to offer listeners a rich, immersive experience that speaks to the soul.

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In celebration of this new release, Siisi Baidoo and Crafted Nation extend their profound appreciation to their loyal supporters. They invite all music lovers to join them in this new chapter of worship and praise, and to experience the spiritual uplift that “Mede W’ayeyi” brings.
Join Siisi Baidoo in this heartfelt appreciation of God’s grace and faithfulness. “Mede W’ayeyi” is more than a song; it’s a journey of gratitude and praise.

*#Medewayeyi*
*#GratitudeInSong*
*#WritingsOntheWall*

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Stonebwoy drops visuals for summer jam ‘’Your Body”: A Vibrant Celebration of African Beauty, Self-love, and Body Positivity

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GRAMMY-nominated Afrodancehall artist Stonebwoy has released the highly anticipated music video for his summer hit ‘’Your Body,” a vibrant visual narrative celebrating African beauty, self-love, and body positivity. (more…)

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Okyeame Kwame honours Otumfuo Osei Tutu II with “No Competition” video

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Okyeame Kwame honours Otumfuo Osei Tutu II with “No Competition” video

Multiple award-winning Ghanaian musician, Okyeame Kwame has dedicated his new video “No Competition” to the 25th Anniversary of Otumfuo Osei Tutu.

According to him, Otumfuo’s relevance and contribution to national development and becoming an instrument for social cohesion over the period is worth commending.

The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei TuTu II on May 12, 2024 celebrated his 25th anniversary of ascending to the throne as Asantehene of Asanteman in grand style.

The ‘No Competition’ video highlights the rich Ghanaian culture, by displaying the chieftaincy institution.

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It further highlights the variety of traditional garments, kente cloth, intricate adinkra symbols, exquisitely designed African prints, beads and accessories among others.

There was a villain in the person of comedian OB Amponsah, who was a destruction to activities in the video, however, when he was draped in kente cloth, he stopped ‘misbehaving’.

According to Okyeame Kwame, it signifies how people misconduct themselves when they are not aware of their cultural identity. He noted that this tends to impact one’s beliefs, behaviour and lifestyle.

The man behind the smash hit, Okyeame Kwame further explained that as soon as people get to know their identity and what they stand for, they behave in line with their culture.
He added that being aware of the social norms, faux pas, religions, languages, and dress codes of a given culture, helps one to know what to do and what not to do at a particular time.

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He called on parents to instil in their children cultural identities to regulate their lifestyles. The video also portrays Okyeame Kwame’s knack for promoting Ghana’s rich cultural heritage. It featured one of Ghana’s finest, Kuami Eugene who doubled as the producer of the song.

Ghanaian actress, Lydia Forson, Entertainment journalist, Edem Mensah-Tsotorme, Nana Obokese Ampah I, Regent of Moree and Apagyahen of Asebu Traditional Area and many others also featured in the video.

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WATCH: K1ng Solo releases new single “Energy”

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Afrobeat/Afropop singer K1ng Solo has released a brand single. (more…)

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WATCH: Zulubwoy drops street-styled video for ‘Oh Yeah ‘

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Zulubwoy drops street-styled video for 'Oh Yeah '

Ghanaian trap dancehall musician Zulubwoy has recently released a much-anticipated music video for his latest single, “Oh Yeah.” Known for his innovative fusion of trap, dancehall, and Afrobeats, Zulubwoy is quickly becoming a prominent Dgure in the Ghanaian music scene. The release of “Oh Yeah” showcases his distinctive sound and artistic vision, drawing signiDcant attention from fans and critics alike.

The music video for “Oh Yeah” is a vibrant, high-energy visual journey that perfectly complements Zulubwoy’s dynamic musical style. The video features a blend of slum and rural settings, capturing the essence of contemporary Ghana. Bright colors, quick cuts, and Iuid camera movements enhance the energetic feel of the song. The visual style is a blend of gritty street scenes and shots, creating a compelling contrast that keeps viewers engaged.

The narrative of the video is centered around themes of celebration, love, and resilience. It begins with Zulubwoy in a bustling rural neighborhood, interacting with locals and setting the stage for a day of festivities. As the video progresses, it transitions to a street scene where Zulubwoy and his friends are seen dancing and enjoying the vibrant atmosphere. The storyline emphasizes the joy and communal spirit that are integral to Ghanaian culture.

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Read Also: Zulubwoy Drops A New Song ‘Oh Yeah’

The production quality of the “Oh Yeah” music video is top-notch. The video features crisp, high-deDnition visuals with excellent lighting and color grading that make each scene pop. The direction and editing are professional, with smooth transitions and well-timed cuts that match the beat of the song. The use of drone shots provides sweeping views of the locations, adding a cinematic feel to the video.

Oh Yeah” has been met with positive reviews from music critics, who have praised Zulubwoy for his unique sound and artistic vision. The video has been highlighted for its high production values, creative direction, and the effective way it captures the essence of Ghanaian culture.

Fans have responded enthusiastically to the release, with the music video quickly racking up views and likes on YouTube and other social media platforms. Comments and shares reIect widespread appreciation for Zulubwoy’s latest work, with many fans praising the video’s vibrant visuals and catchy tune.

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Zulubwoy’s release of the “Oh Yeah” music video is a significant milestone in his career, showcasing his ability to blend diverse musical inIuences into a cohesive and captivating package. The video, with its high production quality, engaging narrative, and vibrant visuals, is set to leave a lasting impression on both the Ghanaian music scene and international audiences. As Zulubwoy continues to innovate and push boundaries, fans and new listeners alike can look forward to more exciting releases from this talented musician.

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Gibrilville Releases New Single “Madina” Celebrating His Hometown

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Rising hip-hop artist Gibrilville has just dropped his latest single titled “Madina”, a heartfelt tribute to his beloved neighborhood in Ghana. He also shared his artwork for his latest studio album. The song showcases Gibrilville’s lyrical prowess and deep connection to the place he calls home.

Having moved back to Ghana after years of living abroad, Gibrilville found inspiration in the vibrant streets and bustling energy of Madina. The track captures the essence of the community, blending infectious beats with introspective lyrics that paint a vivid picture of his experiences and memories.

“Madina is more than just a place to me, it’s where I belong,” says Gibrilville. “I wanted to pay homage to the neighborhood that has shaped me and molded me into the artist and person I am today.” With its catchy hooks and infectious rhythm, “Madina” is sure to resonate with fans of Gibrilville’s unique sound and storytelling abilities.

The song is a testament to his roots and a celebration of the rich culture and heritage of Ghana. “Madina” is now available on all major streaming platforms. Along with the hot new track is the artwork for the upcoming album titled “African youth 1 & 2.

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I’m excited to share this cover with you guys. Look out for more news on this project. Gibrilville shares his album covers for his latest project “African youth 1 & 2” .The album is expected to arrive in stores this summer. The album cover is a picture of Gibril and his family in Lagos, Nigeria. The pictures were taken in 1988.

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