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Apple Music celebrates Ghanaian Independence Day with month-long Trotro Vibes campaign



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Apple Music is honouring Ghana’s Independence Day, with Trotro Vibes, a month-long campaign to honour Ghana’s bustling new wave of artists and the impact they are having on a global scale.


Trotro Vibes is centred around the theme of the Trotro, which are Ghana’s public transport buses that can be seen and heard all around the country. In a Trotro you meet people from all walks of life, are privy to numerous conversations, and get to hear the music that fuels the country and its thriving scene.


The campaign will feature prominent Ghanaian artists like rapper Yaw Tog, who is spearheading the Asakaa Drill movement, singer-songwriter Gyakie who is fusing Afrobeats and Afropop to fashion a sound all of her own and Amaarae who is at the forefront of the Alte and Afro-fusion scene.


The Troto Vibes collection includes 14 exclusively curated playlists by Yaw Tog, Gyakie, Amaarae, King Promise, Black Sherif, Kiddblack, Kwesi Arthur, Jay Bahd, E.L, O’Kenneth, Darkovibes, Kwaku DMC, Cina Soul and Moliy.


It will also house Artist Essentials, Top Albums, Essential Albums, Ghana Video Hits, Naija Risers, and Africa Now Radio hosted by LootLove. There will also be a genre spotlight on Afrobeats and Afro-Pop, Hip Hop/Drill, Highlife and Hiplife, Afro-fusion and Gospel, as well as a focus on the campaign’s flagship playlist, Trotro Vibes, featuring only the best of Ghana’s exciting new school sound, and a takeover by superstar rapper Sarkodie of the Ghana Bounce playlist.


“Survival is the first freedom. We Africans are defiant of boundaries and so is our music. To celebrate this year’s Independence, here’s a playlist for Apple Music of my favourite tunes from Ghana.” – Yaw Tog


“My Apple Music playlist includes songs that took Ghana and the world by storm. A personal favourite and a blend of the Ghanaian sound.” – Gyakie


“From the roots of warm psychedelic highlife grooves to the new age of sexy synth-heavy rhythms, my playlist is celebrating today, championing the sounds that made us and the ones pushing the conversation forward.” – Amaarae


“These songs for my Apple Music playlist are a solid definition of authentic Ghanaian sound. From highlife, rap and Afrobeats, the Ghanaian influence transcends through these sounds gracefully. Happy Ghanaian Independence Day My People – 5 star.” – King Promise


“Africa is beautifully inspiring, dynamic, energetic and captivating. My Apple Music playlist includes some of the sounds I am currently vibing to, mixed with records that also inspire me.” – Black Sherif


“The songs on my Apple Music playlist are from talented artists whom I believe represent the new wave of Ghanaian music. It’s amazing.” – Kiddblack

“My Apple Music playlist tells the diversity and fluidity of Ghanaian music. Music is evolving and so is Ghanaian music.” – Kwesi Arthur


“We exist in exciting times now, as the world is now opening up its ear to the beauty that is African music. Glad to be a part of this new movement. Asakaa to the world and beyond! I made an Apple Music playlist of some of my favourite Ghanian songs at the moment and I’m really excited to share with you.” – Jay Bahd


“This Apple Music playlist is a collection of hip hop, Afrobeats and even R&B music from the award-winning Ghanaian artists that have influenced a generation of listeners and continues to shape the culture whilst encouraging artists to free themselves of the status quo.” – E.L


“I love the beauty of Africa and I love my country Ghana so much. Happy Independence Day to the country that has opened her arms to receive my art with all of her heart. I have created a playlist for Apple Music of some of the sounds from Ghana that clearly illustrates the beauty of our art as Africans. Hope you enjoy it!” – O’Kenneth


“My Apple Music playlist includes a few of the songs that I personally feel have changed the sound of Ghanaian music. There are so many talented acts in Ghana, and I believe these songs and artists have created more awareness of what we are doing here in Ghana as well as the potential that we have to offer the world. Much love to all of the artists that have come before and laid the foundation for Ghanaian music as we know it today. May we all continue to take our music and culture to higher levels.” – Darkovibes


“This playlist for Apple Music includes songs by me, my label mates, artists I like, and budding young Drill artists in Kumasi. These are songs that introduced the world to Asaaka. I start off the playlist with ‘Off-white Flow’ as a tribute to my mentor the late Virgil Abloh.” – Kwaku DMC

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Lifting off to another stratosphere yet again, multi-platinum and six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning, genre-bending pioneers Black Eyed Peas reveal their music video for “BAILAR CONTIGO” [ft. Daddy Yankee]. Watch HERE. The track remains a standout from the group’s acclaimed ninth full-length album, ELEVATION, out now. Listen to ELEVATION HERE.

As the vision of and director noMSG, the video for “BAILAR CONTIGO” co-mingles eye-popping next-generation animation with masterful choreography, breakdancing, and performance footage of Black Eyed Peas and Puerto Rican superstar Daddy Yankee. The music video brings viewers into a whole new dimension aesthetically and once again finds the group breaking boundaries sonically, visually, and creatively as only they can.

“BAILAR CONTIGO” remains a fan favorite from ELEVATION, posting up close to 20 million streams and counting thus far, with the album tallying over 313 million streams to date. Released in late 2022, the 15-track juggernaut album kaleidoscopically spins together hip-hop, Latin, R&B, electronic, trap, and more into a larger-than-life vision of what pop can be in the 21st century without borders. It finds Black Eyed Peas expanding the collective musical consciousness and pushing boundaries yet again. The band set the stage for the ELEVATION era with the international smash “DON’T YOU WORRY” [ft. Shakira David Guetta], which has already accumulated more than 196 million Spotify streams and 160 million YouTube views of the music video. They then followed up with “SIMPLY THE BEST” [ft. Anitta El Alfa], which has generated more than 26 million Spotify streams and 49 million YouTube views of the music video. Along the way, the album received acclaim and attention from the likes of Billboard, NME, Forbes, Uproxx, and more, and performed on ABC network’s Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series in Central Park, and The Late Late Show with James Corden.

It is ELEVATION season for Black Eyed Peas. Join them on the next level!

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DaMi and Thandi Marie Unveil New Collaboration ‘In The Night’




Nigerian musician DaMi has teamed up with Malawian songstress Thandi Marie on a new single titled “In The Night”. This latest track, which was produced by London-based Ian Holmes, was released on March 31, 2023, and promises to delight music lovers. (more…)

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‘Far Gone’ breaks through the Nigerian domination of Ghanaian music charts, thanks to Ground Up Chale’s innovative approach



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Ground Up Chale, the Ghanaian music incubator, has been making waves with their latest single, ‘Far Gone’, featuring Albabwoy and Kimati. The song’s success on the Ghana Apple Music charts, climbing to number 8, is a testament to the track’s quality and the artists’ dedication. Stream ‘Far Gone’ here:

Albabwoy, hailing from the streets of Chorkor in Accra, knows firsthand the challenges of pursuing a music career. In a place where getting your song played on the radio is daunting, Albabwoy’s rise to fame is a testament to his talent and determination. Kimati, from the Tema area, has also faced his share of challenges on the path to success, but his unique blend of Afrobeats and Hip-Hop has allowed him to carve out a space for himself in the crowded Ghanaian music scene.

Albabwoy and Kimati bring a powerful message of perseverance and determination to ‘Far Gone’. The song celebrates the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity and its success is a testament to the talent and hard work of the artists involved. One impressive factor contributing to the success of ‘Far Gone’ is the domination of Nigerian songs in the Ghanaian music charts. Despite this stiff competition, Ground Up Chale has managed to break through with its latest release, proving that Ghanaian music has plenty to offer the world.

Ground Up Chale’s commitment to promoting music, culture and streetwear has created a unique space that celebrates creativity and individuality. Their unorthodox approach to marketing emerging artists has allowed them to discover and promote exciting new talent across Africa. The success of ‘Far Gone’ on TikTok is a testament to the platform’s power in creating viral hits. However, it’s also a testament to the quality of the song itself. With its uplifting message and catchy beat, ‘Far Gone’ has captured the hearts and minds of fans across Ghana and beyond.

As the only Ghanaian sound in the top 10 of the Ghana Apple Music charts, ‘Far Gone’ is a true standout. It’s a testament to the talent and creativity of the team at Ground Up Chale and a sign of the exciting things to come from the company in the future. As they continue pushing boundaries and promoting emerging artists, we expect to see even more exciting releases from this dynamic and innovative company.


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Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio with Dadaboy Ehiz this Friday with with Lloyiso



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

Tune in to Africa Now Radio with Dadaboy Ehiz this Friday, March 31st at 9a Lagos/London / 10a Johannesburg/Paris / 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.

Cover Star Interview
South African soul singer-songwriter Lloyiso—Apple Music’s latest Africa Rising cover star—joins Dadaboy Ehiz via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about his latest track, “Give A Little Kindness.” He also discusses his debut EP, ‘Seasons,’ his gospel influences, and how he hopes to foster connections through music.

The Big 5
Dadaboy Ehiz shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Davido feat. Musa keys, Stonebwoy, Masauti, Mellow & Sleazy & feat. Leemckrazy, TyroneDee & TitoM, and Uncle Waffles, Tony Duardo & Justin99 feat. Pcee, Eeque & Chley.

Africa Rising 
Ugandan singer-songwriter and producer Joshua Baraka 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 his single, “NANA,” and  the Maya Amolo collab “Bend It (feat. La Soulchyld & TANGAZA).” Listen HERE.

Dadaboy’s Song of the Week
Each week, Dadaboy Ehiz chooses his favourite track from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. This week he spotlights Nigerian hip-hop star Odumodublvck and his single “Declan Rice,” from Apple Music’s Alté Cruise playlist. Listen HERE (and find a roundup of all Dadaboy’s selections on Apple Music’s Dadaboy’s Playlist, HERE).

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Friday, March 31st at 9a Lagos/London / 10a Johannesburg/Paris / 1a LA / 4a NYC on Apple Music 1 at and broadcast on and broadcast on YFM Accra every Sunday at 2pm, YFM Kumasi on Saturdays at 3pm and YFM Takoradi on Saturdays at 6pm.

Lloyiso Tells Apple Music About His EP, ‘Seasons’

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‘Seasons’ is about all the seasons of life, what we go through and what we feel whenever we go through something, and what we go through to get us to a place that is peaceful for us. ‘Seasons’ is all the way from winter to spring to autumn to summer, so it’s all the sadness and all the happiness.

Lloyiso Tells Apple Music About his Gospel Influences

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I feel like coming from a gospel background, and my family going to Church, and me singing in Church, really burned a fire inside of me to do music that is circular enough so the whole world can heal from it, or the whole world can hear it. To be honest, RnB and pop is the most circular music that will spread around all of the world, and I feel like with the voice I have, I would like everyone to hear me singing, I would like people to experience what others have experienced through my voice.

Lloyiso Tells Apple Music about the Energy of His Debut EP

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Big energy. There’s exciting songs, it’s songs that you can bump on your way out to the club – not inside, but maybe just 30 minutes before you go into the club. There’s songs that you listen to when you are alone in your bed, thinking about everything and you’re just trying to soak in everything and you want to cry to something. There’s music for when you’re with your person, you know? Spending that time, driving or down the beach, on a flight… It’s just a whole rollercoaster of feelings that people must be ready to feel, and just know that it’s all going to be intentional and genuine. It comes from a place that I felt and something that people feel all the time.

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Shexy Ayoz’s ‘Balance It’ is Afrobeats’ captivating new dance anthem



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The vibrant new song from Shexy Ayoz is one of the hot new songs to keep on rotation this month. Stream or download ‘Balance It’ across all major digital platforms here:

‘Balance It’ reveals its uniqueness in just thirty seconds. The opening rhythm that builds up to the sleek vocals of Shexy Ayoz is outright engrossing. It paints the image of a timeless Afobeats song whose effervescent melody will grab the attention of anyone almost immediately. This pull, coupled with the Nigerian singer-songwriter’s preferred language, lends some familiarity to ‘Balance It.’ So much so its enticingly delivered refrain: Balance it, balance it/I submit, I submit.. Balance it, balance it/Anoti for body yeh, will get listeners humming along nonstop.

In the words of Shexy Ayoz: “Balance It is an invitation to the dance floor. I want the ladies to rock to this banger all night every weekend because this is the next big jam out there”. There is a lot of sexual tension and energy locked in the singer’s vocals as they effortlessly work their way into ears to recount scenes from what comes off as an intimate encounter.

Since registering his arrival with 2020’s ‘Cinderella’, Shexy Ayoz has occasionally showcased his ability to create catchy songs. Shortly after doing wonders with his first song, the Afrobeats sensation rose to the occasion in 2021 and shared his first extended play, the 6-track “New Vibez” to establish his brand. The following year, the singer won over fans again with the sizzling ‘Jojo’ featuring fellow compatriot, Blaqbonez.




Instagram: shexyayoz
Twitter: @Iam_Shexy
Facebook: Shexy Ayoz

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Gibrilville, Is Set to Release a New Dancehall-Flavored Masterpiece Dubbed “Homicide.”



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A true son of Ghanaian soil who recently returned home after years living in the USA, Gibrilville is generating buzz with his eclectic music that has been influenced by a vast array of cultures and lifestyles from all the places he has visited and lived. Not one to forget his roots, you can always expect that delectable taste of the Ghanaian sound and a flourishing afrobeat vibe in his hip-hop, reggae, and dancehall sounds. On the vocal front, Gibrilville has that voice that holds so much effortless power; – so rich, just like his African heritage, and it is little surprise he has been coined as the King of Melodies!

The musical world witnessed what he is capable of delivering with his emotional and soul-stirring performance in “Long Way,” a reggae-inspired masterpiece that has been an ear candy to listeners from all over the world, and especially Africa, due to the powerful liberating message behind those lyrics.

Gibrilville is currently working on his new album, which he is set to release soon and that promises to echo the culture, spirit, lifestyle, and beauty of Africa. Before then, he has a new single dubbed “Homicide” that he is set to release.

A dancehall-inspired masterpiece with that afro-cuban percussion flanked by reggae sensibilities, “Homicide” is set to rock the dance floor in every way. He seriously went rogue on those beats, to the benefit of the listener.

The bouncing wave, backed by his equally floating lyricism like some incarnated Wyclef, over some catchy hooks about how living his life should not be any concern of yours, is seriously going to move any listener and make them want to dance with carefree abandon.

“Homicide” is another sensational addition to his repertoire as he seeks to build one of the most impressive discographies in his eclectic musical genre.

The pre-order link for “Homicide” is now out, and you can get it by following his social handles, particularly his Instagram and website.

This is just the beginning of what is expected to be a trailblazing career for Gibrilville, the new African King!



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