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Apple Music reveals Yung D3mz as the latest Up Next Artist in Ghana

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Apple Music today announced Afro-fusion rapper and songwriter Yung D3mz (real name Nicholas Edem Coffie) is the latest musician to be featured in its Up Next artist development program in Ghana.

 

“Look ma, I’m Up Next! It’s an honour to be considered amongst the new guard of Ghanaian music,” he tells Apple Music. “I’m super geeked for this major opportunity to share my story and my art. As an avid listener, it’s legit a full-circle moment to be discovered the same way I found some of my favs, a befitting milestone to my journey.”

 

Born and raised in Ghana’s Tema Metropolis, Yung D3mz began writing songs at the tender age of 11 as a way to focus his energy into a passion. It was only around 2017 that he threw himself into production, motivated by his intense love for music and curiosity for all things production-related.

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Influenced by the sounds of Travis Scott, Burna Boy, 6lack, Wizkid, The Weeknd and a whole host of other groundbreaking artists, Yung D3mz’ built a reputation for exuding versatility with a sound that’s smooth but comprises raw melodic elements.

 

With his debut EP Yung (2021) he fuses his African heritage with Western pop stylings, best exuded in uptempo single “Fever” and the ballad-esque “Carolina”. His new R&B-soul single “Do What You Want” (2023), available to stream on Apple Music, further cements his status as a musical chameleon as he flexes an ultra smooth vocal.

 

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As the latest Up Next act to be spotlighted in Ghana, Yung D3mz will be featured across Apple Music’s Up Next playlist. The curated Up Next playlist features a dynamic class of new and emerging artists, thoughtfully hand-picked by Apple Music editors from around the world. The playlist is genre agnostic and represents a line-up of artists our global editors are passionate about and eager to expose to a larger audience.

 

The vast global Up Next roster of past talent includes Grammy-nominated and critically lauded talent like 6lack, Daniel Caesar, H.E.R., Greta Van Fleet, Khalid, Amy Shark, Billie Eilish, Sabrina Claudio, Sigrid, Mr Eazi, Stefflon Don, Bad Bunny, Juice WLRD, Bazzi, Jax Jones, NCT 127, Summer Walker, Tierra Whack, Dean Lewis, Pink Sweat$, Koffee, Megan Thee Stallion, Burna Boy, Clairo, Lunay, Jessie Reyez, Orville Peck, Victoria Monét, Ingrid Andress, Conan Gray, Don Toliver, Rema, BENEE, Holly Humberstone, Natanael Cano, Givēon, beabadoobee, Arlo Parks, Tate McRae, Foushee and Tems

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Apple Music Launches Its Next Africa Now DJ Mix Featuring DJ Neptune

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Apple Music has expanded their flagship African Music playlist and radio brand, Africa Now, to include a new monthly DJ Mix created exclusively for the platform.

 

The next artist to create an Africa Now DJ Mix is versatile Nigerian DJ and producer DJ Neptune (real name Imohiosen Patrick) who has been at the forefront of numerous hip-hop, Afrobeats, R&B, house and dancehall hits for over a decade, from the melodic Afrobeats hit “Nobody” (2020) with Joe Boy and Mr Eazi, to the Afropop single “Ojoro” (2019) with D’Banj and Flash.

 

“This mix embodies the beautiful vibrant sound from my continent of Africa and I’m delighted to have curated and produced this for Apple Music,” DJ Neptune tells Apple Music. “Now hit the play button, fasten your belt, and enjoy the next 97 minutes of your life as I take you on a journey of greatness!”

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As the first Nigerian DJ to perform at the lauded SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, DJ Neptune has intensely spearheaded the export of Nigerian music and culture throughout his career, and with this exclusive Africa Now DJ Mix, he continues to highlight the best that the continent and his home has to offer.

 

Apple Music x DJ Neptune Africa Now Mix Tracklist: HERE.
Apple Music has expanded their flagship African Music playlist and radio brand, Africa Now, to include a new monthly DJ Mix created exclusively for the platform.

 

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The next artist to create an Africa Now DJ Mix is versatile Nigerian DJ and producer DJ Neptune (real name Imohiosen Patrick) who has been at the forefront of numerous hip-hop, Afrobeats, R&B, house and dancehall hits for over a decade, from the melodic Afrobeats hit “Nobody” (2020) with Joe Boy and Mr Eazi, to the Afropop single “Ojoro” (2019) with D’Banj and Flash.

 

“This mix embodies the beautiful vibrant sound from my continent of Africa and I’m delighted to have curated and produced this for Apple Music,” DJ Neptune tells Apple Music. “Now hit the play button, fasten your belt, and enjoy the next 97 minutes of your life as I take you on a journey of greatness!”

 

As the first Nigerian DJ to perform at the lauded SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, DJ Neptune has intensely spearheaded the export of Nigerian music and culture throughout his career, and with this exclusive Africa Now DJ Mix, he continues to highlight the best that the continent and his home has to offer.

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Apple Music x DJ Neptune Africa Now Mix Tracklist: HERE

  1. Lifestyle – Bien ft Scar Mkadinali                                                   
  2. Tested, Approved & Trusted – Burna Boy                                                         
  3. Jinga – Olamide                                                                           
  4. Trouble Maker – Rema                                                
  5. Celine Dion ft. Odumodublvck  – Ajebo Hustlers                                                    
  6. IDK – Wizkid ft. Zlatan                                                      
  7. Commas – Ayra Starr                                                       
  8. WOTOWOTO SEASONING – ODUMODUBLVCK FT. BLACK SHERIF                                                      
  9. Perfect Combi –  King Promise, Gabzy                                                       
  10. Happiness  – Sarz Ft Asake & Gunna                                                                                     
  11. DND – Rema                                                  
  12. Different Pattern – Seyi Vibez                                                       
  13. Kontrol – Ch’cco Ft. ToooValid                                                                                                               
  14. Bust Down  – Zlatan ft. Asake                                                       
  15. Ololufe – Wizkid ft. Wande Coal
  16. Feel (Neptune Live Refix)  – Davido                                                                                                                                                                                                  
  17. Buruda – Jaivah x Marioo                                                      
  18. Arizona – Lojay Ft. Olamide                                                     
  19. MuMu –  DJ Neptune & Joeboy                                                      
  20. Imnandi lento – Mellow & Sleazy Ft. Tman Xpress
  21. BLOOD ON THE DANCE FLOOR. – ODUMODUBLVCK, Bloody Civilian, Wale                          
  22. Me & U – Tems                                                    
  23. Jealousy – Ceeka RSA & Tyler ICU ft. Leemckrazy & Khalil Harrison                                                    
  24. Gwagwalada (Neptune Live Refix)  – Bnxn                                              
  25. OHEMA – Victony ft. Crayon & Bella Shmurda                                                                                                                 
  26. STINGRAY – DBN Gogo, PRVIS3, Triple X Da Ghost ft. Durban’s Finest, Effected
  27. Awukhuzeki –  DJ Stokie ft. Omit ST, Sobzeen, Zee nhle                                                                                      
  28. Masithokoze – DJ Stokie & Eemoh                                                       
  29. Amazwe – Kabza De Small & Mthunzi Ft. MaWhoo                                                                                    
  30. Imithandazo –  Kabza De Small & Mthunzi Ft. Young Stunna, DJ Maphorisa, Sizwe Alakine & UmthakathiKush                                              
  31. Amalobolo – Kelvin Momo and Babalwa M Ft. Stixx and Nia Pearl
  32. Deeper –  Lady Zamar Ft. Megadrumz                                                                                                               
  33. Do I (Remix) – Phyno ft. Burna Boy                                                                                       
  34. Dalie – Kamo Mphela, Khalil Harrison & Tyler ICU                           
  35. Holy Ghost   – Omah Lay                                                         
  36. Mnike –  Tyler ICU & Tumela_za feat. DJ Maphorisa,Nandipha808, Ceeka RSA & Tyron Dee
  37. Puff & Pass (Remix) – Zerrydl & Shallipopi                                                  
  38. IS IT YOU? – CKay                                                                               
  39. Keneilwe  – Wanitwa Mos x Nkosazana Daughter & Master KG                            
  40. Cast – Shallipopi, Odumodublvck                                                
  41. Only Me – Asake                                                  
  42. Big Baller –  Flavour                                           
  43. Water – Tyla                                                
  44. Umbrella –  Nasboi feat. Wande Coal                                                       
  45. iPlan ft Zaba & Sykes – Dlala Thukzin                                                     
  46. Egwu –  Chiké & Mohbad                                                      
  47. Gelato –  Greatness Republik Ft. Khaid & DJ Neptune                       
  48. Peace – Mohbad                                              
  49. (Twe Twe) audio – Kizz Daniel ft Davido                                                      

 

Apple Music is the ultimate hub to an eclectic array of independently curated DJ Mixes from Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda and Ghana. Apple Music’s African DJ Mix curator partners also include a wide variety of top-tier names like Balcony Mix Africa, iMullar Sound System, KUNYE, Life Of The Party,Obrigado, Pan African Music, Party In The Jungle, Soul Candi, Spin With Engage and Turntable Entertainment.

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Apple Music’s latest Africa Rising recipient is street-hop singer-songwriter, Candy Bleakz

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Apple Music today announced the latest featured artist in its Africa Rising artist development program is Nigerian street-hop singer-songwriter and rapper, Candy Bleakz(real name Akiode Blessing Mariam).

 

“I want to express my gratitude to the Apple Music family for choosing me as the African Rising Artist for the month of March. This recognition is a celebration of the hustle and work that has been put in for decades. It is a testament that, regardless of your background, that with God, diligence, hard work and the right team you can achieve anything. Coincidentally, 2024 is the year of the dragon according to the Chinese horoscope. This is just the beginning! Thank you for giving a street girl like me an opportunity to represent the streets from our perspective! Cheers to better days ahead! Maaaaafee!”

 

Candy’s love for music blossomed from the age of eight singing in the church choir, however it was not until she won a school competition, while filling in for an absent performer, that she began to write her own lyrics and pursue other talent show opportunities.

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But it was during her Medical studies at Onabisi Onabanjo University in Nigeria’s Ogun State that she took the leap of faith to pursue music full-time, winning the Lagos Got Talent show in 2016 and being introduced to Chocolate City’s then-CEO and super producer, Mi Abaga, shortly after.

 

After inevitably singing to Chocolate City under the Street Billionaires imprint, Candy went on to become a part of the Yoruba Hip Hop group of the same name. A merger with Warner Music however saw Chocolate City work alongside Candy to reinvent her as a solo artist releasing her first two singles “Kelegbe” and “Won La”, the latter of which earning her a nomination for Best Female rapper at the Africa Music Magazine Awards.

 

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But it was her versatile debut EP Fire (2022) and the project’s first single “Tikuku”, produced by two-time Grammy-winning producer, Rexxie, that announced her as a street hop force to be reckoned with on a global scale. Candy followed this with “Wale” (2023), an autobiographical release that details her hustle and grind, and became a huge hit for the rapper. In 2024 she released “Wale” (Remix) featuring Simi whose R&B timbre lends a totally different dynamic to the track, and has her poised for a huge year ahead.

 

The latest music from Candy Bleakz along with that of Africa’s hottest new artists, is available now on the Apple Music Africa Rising Playlist.

 

Discover Africa Rising here: applemusic.com/africarising

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Apple Music’s Africa Rising, is an exclusive artist development programme and companion playlist geared towards introducing the next generation of African superstars. Africa Rising alumni to date include: Omah Lay, Manu Worldstar, Tems, Amaarae, Ayra Starr, Yaw Tog, Blxckie and Nikita Kering. Africa Rising sees Apple Music select six artists every year and promote them across the Apple Music platform. This includes a launch interview on Apple Music 1 with Nadeska, who has also launched a new weekly Africa Rising feature on her show highlighting the hottest new artists on the continent.

 

Africa Rising is the latest of many Apple Music initiatives aimed at taking African talent to the world. Available in over 165 countries, Apple Music 1 is home to Africa Now Radio which has featured interviews with some of the continent’s hottest artists such as Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Cassper Nyovest, Mr Eazi, Patoranking, Rayvanny, Kiddominant, Mayorkun, Fireboy DML, Adekunle Gold, Master KG, Yaw Tog, Blxckie, Nikita Kering, Buju, FAVE, Nomfundo Moh and Moliy.

 

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Apple Music also selected Nigerian Afrobeats singer-songwriter Tems as its Up Next artist in 2021, Nigerian Afropop star Rema in 2020, Grammy Award-winning Afrofusion superstar Burna Boy in 2019, and Nigerian singer and entrepreneur Mr Eazi as the first recipient in 2017. Up Next is Apple Music’s global emerging artist program.

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Korede Bello and Don Jazzy Unite for Infectious Afrobeats Banger ‘Minding My Business’


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Korede Bello, the chart-topping sensation known for his infectious hits, is pulling out all the stops for his birthday celebration. Born on a leap year, Korede Bello is making this milestone count with a double musical treat: the release of captivating tune “Minding My Business ft. Don Jazzy”.

“Minding My Business” is a sonic expression of self-confidence, self-empowerment and joy. Korde Bello, speaking about the collaboration, exclaims “Working with Don Jazzy is always exciting. While making the album project, I knew I wanted to make a joyful song with Jazzy. So before we started making the song, I told him what type of song I’d like us to make, and he responded that joy was his favorite genre too. Naturally, we’re both joyful people, so making the song was just us being authentically ourselves. His creative energy can be felt on the beats of ‘Minding My Business’. Don J and I like to make music that connects with people and connects people with people.”

Don Jazzy, equally thrilled about the collaboration, shares, “Korede is a phenomenal artist, and it’s always a pleasure collaborating with him. ‘Minding My Business’ is our story, and we’re sure a lot of people can relate.”

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Kelvyn Boy Embodies the Hustler’s Spirit in New Single ‘On My Way’

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Ghanaian singer Kelvyn Boy had a phenomenal 2023, with the release of his EP ‘For Tha Kulture’ that contained hit songs “Vero” and “Roma”. Now he’s finally back to continue the fire with his first release of 2024, and it’s a vibrant afrobeats single dubbed “On My Way”!

Here, Kelvyn Boy sings about a tale of hustle, grit, and the singular motive that powers it all – the money. “On My Way” is Kelvyn’s declaration of his intentions to get straight to the moolah, and the fact that nothing he’s seen in life can or will stop him. Life is all about the money, and Kelvyn Boy tells it as it is!

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Produced by Ghettoboy, the afrobeats ensemble laced with amapiano influences offers Kelvyn Boy the perfect backdrop to spread his catchy lyrics and melodies on this tune that represents an ode to abundance.

“On My Way” will be available on all digital streaming platforms on March 1st, 2024.

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LALI onthisone Recruits Romeo Swag for New Inspirational Song ‘Prayer’

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Budding Ghanaian Artiste, LALI onthisone has finally announced the release of his highly anticipated single, “Prayer” featuring Romeo Swag. Predominantly delivered in Ga, the latest song from the camp of LALI onthisone is an inspirational tune that melds Twi, English and Pidgin into both a heart-changing and head-turning banger.

“Prayer” is a captivating ode to spirituality and resilience, delivered on the VernonDj produced instrumentals. LALI onthisone and Romeo Swag’s dynamic collaboration highlights the duo’s creativity and versatility as hard-core rappers that can easily switch from doing rappity-rap songs to more laid-back specific theme-focused songs.

With its uplifting message and infectious rhythm, “Prayer” transcends language barriers, appealing to audiences of diverse backgrounds. Whether listeners understand English, Pidgin, Twi or Ga, the universal themes of hope and faith shine through, creating a powerful and inclusive musical experience.

LALI onthisone straightaway effortlessly delivers a heavy 16 filled with motivating phrases that captures and extends the song’s introduction of a motivational prayer worded by a feminine voice in Ga.

The hook alters the song’s rhythm into a more boppy tone before Romeo Swag’s coarse vocals complement that of LALI onthisone as the duo perform a short duet.

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On this latest single, Romeo Swag known in the urban Ghanaian music circles as a hard-core rapper is challenged yet delivers one of the best short verses from any rapper playing on a new turf.

“Prayer” inspired by DJ Chartana with SosaWaveGod doing the mixing and mastering, is not just a song; it’s a testament to the power of music to unite and inspire.

“Prayer” is now available on all major streaming platforms.

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Prince Sax Releases 4-track “Bitter Vs Sweet” EP

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Singer and songwriter Prince Sax, also known as Prince Moyayah Sackor, has recently unveiled his new 4-track EP titled “Bitter Vs Sweet.” This release marks a significant milestone in Prince Sax’s music career, showcasing his artistic growth and versatility. Born and raised in Liberia, a country renowned for its rich cultural heritage and vibrant music scene, Prince Sax draws inspiration from musical legends like Fela Kuti, Michael Jackson, and Bob Marley, infusing his own distinct sound with African roots and contemporary influences.

Prince Sax’s musical journey began in 2021 with the release of “Welshh,” marking his entry into the music industry as a rapper. Over time, he expanded his skills and developed a more dynamic artistry, allowing him to explore different genres such as Afropop, Trap, and Afrohouse. His versatility in vocal delivery, rap, and performance has earned him the reputation of being an all-rounder in the music industry.

The “Bitter Vs Sweet” EP is a testament to Prince Sax’s evolution as an artist. With four tracks, he aims to captivate listeners with his heartfelt lyrics and infectious melodies, showcasing his unique style and musical prowess. This release serves as a reflection of Prince Sax’s dedication to his craft and his commitment to creating music that resonates with audiences.

As Prince Sax continues to make waves in the music industry, “Bitter Vs Sweet” stands as a testament to his artistic growth and his ability to craft compelling and diverse musical experiences for his listeners.

Preview “Bitter Vs Sweet” EP on Spotify below

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