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Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio With Cuppy This Sunday With Focalistic

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This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With Focalistic, the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week, and Danielle Mbonu’s Favorite African Proverb!Tune in to Africa Now Radio With Cuppy This Sunday, December 20th at 2p Lagos/London / 3p Johannesburg/Paris / 6a LA / 9a NYC
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Cover Star Interview
South African artist Focalistic, who has gained huge popularity with his mix of Amapiano and Hip-Hop, is this week’s cover star and joins Cuppy via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about his latest album Sghubu Ses Excellent.  Focalistic tells Cuppy about his ambition of exploring African markets, and how the credits on his album confused fans as he listed producers and engineers as features to ensure they get their credit.

The Big 5
Cuppy shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Kabza De Small, DJ Maphorisa and TRESOR, Peruzzi & Fireboy, Ckay, Blaq Diamond and Joeboy.

Africa Rising 
Zimbabwean artist Gemma Griffiths is this week’s Africa Rising artist, a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars https://apple.co/32v7zX4

Proverb of the Week 
Nigerian-born multi-disciplinary artist photographer and creative director, Danielle Mbonu, who recently worked on Naira Marley’s video “Aye,” shares her favorite African proverb: “Ego na a pari mmadi” which translates as “money can insult somebody.”

Mini Mix
Cuppy finishes this week’s show with a special mini-mix of Apple Music’s Amapiano Lifestyle playlist featuring music from Soa Mattrix, Mr JazziQ, Kabza De Small, Sha Sha & Musa Keys https://apple.co/3aiEzGd

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Sunday, December 20th at 2p Lagos/London / 3p Johannesburg/Paris / 6a LA / 9a NYC only on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_AfricaNow

Focalistic on ‘Ke Star’ video and investing in the amapiano movement

Focalistic: With the music video, as directed by Steezus and myself, our whole thing was to kind of show people a different light of amapiano, the bangers, that it can still be high-end. We shot that video with a budget of 250,000, trying to show people that-

Cuppy: Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. Hold up. 250,000 what?

Focalistic: Rand.

Cuppy: I was like, “You’re just going to come Africa now and stunts on us? Okay, Charlie.”

Focalistic: No, it’s just about showing people that the music is high quality as well. I think because our genre is so new, we have to make those kinds of moves to show people that we’re respected ourselves, and it deserves the respect from the world and that’s what it’s about for me.

Focalistic on being an African superstar

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I’ve always said for me, it’s about being an African superstar because all this music that we making in the hood, if it can change lives in Nigeria, change lives in Kenya and Tanzania, then we’re halfway through the dream of every hood kid. And then we bring back the Grammy to the same hoods. For me, Africa now is such a great stepping stone.

Focalistic on the meaning behind his album title ‘Sghubu Ses Excellent’

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Cuppy: Tell us about the debut album. Now, I need you to teach me how to pronounce it. I can say Ses Excellent, but the first word, I need help.

Focalistic: The first one is “Sghubhu.” “Sghubhu” means the baseline. So if you listen to all the songs, the baselines are different. So it just means a different baseline, an excellent baseline, an excellent sound. And if you know me, you know I’ve always been about the sound. Even “sghubu” is a sound-based statement. Basically saying this is not trap, but it still sounds from the hood. Because trap in America, trap is from the hood. But for me, I think our trap is different. It’s based on the baseline. It’s based on the catchy and witty, smart lyrics and references to the hood. So that’s why it’s like that.

Danielle Mbonu’s Proverb of the Week

This my favorite proverb. My mom says it all the time. So, it’s “Ego na a pari mmadi” It’s like, evil. In English it means “money can insult somebody.”

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E.L’s ‘Superhero’ becomes most streamed Ghanaian Hip-Hop song on Spotify with over 20M plays

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V.O. Nation frontman, E.L breaks Spotify’s streaming record for Ghanaian musicians today, clocking over 20,000,000+ streams for a song from years back that bizarrely flew under the radar to now become by far the highest streamed Ghanaian Hip-Hop song to date. (more…)

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Somali-Canadian Singer Amaal, Releases New Single “Heaven”

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Amaal releases her long-awaited follow up single “Heaven” across all major tv and radio stations in South Africa and her newly established fans are beaming in excitement! Having debuted her very first single “Honey” in South Africa a few months ago, Amaal took some time to express her gratitude to SA media for the love and support that she receives all the way in Canada.

Amaal’s new single keeps viewers mesmerized as they dive into the free and luscious mind of the singer-songwriter. Amaal will reveal more on her acts of feminine liberation, detailing her unapologetic inner thoughts that embrace intimacy and female autonomy on her highly-anticipated forthcoming EP, Milly, releasing October 28th.

Amaal’s first studio EP Black Dove made quite an impact in the Canadian music scene as she showcased her powerful intuition both musically and emotionally. “Not What I Thought” boasts 1.8 million views as Amaal sang her heart out in a gorgeous Iceland set music video directed by Sean Brown. “Amaal has mastered the art of pairing airy but commanding vocals with pulsing production,” The Fader explains.

The fourth of ten children, Amaal began her remarkable journey in war-torn Mogadishu, where she and her family lived until they were forced to flee as refugees in the early 1990s. Starting over fresh in Toronto, she embraced the poetic nature of her cultural heritage but bristled at the conservative structures and customs that came with it, particularly the repressive expectations placed upon women.

By the time she hit 20, Amaal had grown bold enough to begin making her own music, but she still felt limited as to what she could sing about, so she focused her creative energy on politically and socially conscious material inspired by the civil unrest in Somalia and the struggles her people faced as a result. It was powerful stuff, to be sure, but there was more to Amaal than being a refugee, and she longed to express the fullness of herself and her story in her art. In 2019, Amaal finally worked up the courage to step outside of her comfort zone with the release of Black Dove, a daringly vulnerable collection that found her reckoning with love and heartbreak and desire in her music for the very first time.

Though it felt incredibly risky, the EP was a critical smash, garnering a Juno nomination for Soul/R&B Recording of the Year, racking up millions of streams online, and prompting rave reviews across the board. Complex hailed Amaal’s “airy and ethereal vocals,” while Vibe proclaimed her a singer “like no other,” and Exclaim! dubbed her “an artist that demands attention.” Amaal’s sophomore EP, entitled Milly, will be released October 28, 2021.

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Music producer Alpha Bz releases ‘Togging’ featuring Koo Ntakra: Now Available on all major streaming platforms.

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Alpha Bz looks set to storm the music industry, especially in the West African market, with the release of his new single titled Togging. The song features Koo Ntakra, one of the best rappers in Ghana.

The Tune Click signee appears ready to treat his fans and lovers of music around the world to impactful songs as ‘Togging’ becomes available on all major streaming platforms from October 15, 2021.

Africa has grown over the decades to become a major force in the global music environment, with the continent exporting several talented singers, songwriters, and music producers to the international scene. Ghana has played a significant part in the multi-billion-dollar market, with the likes of Sarkodie, M.anifest, Medikal, FlowKing Stone, Joey B, Kwesi Arthur, and R2Bees, literally championing the rap game in the country. However, it seems to be the dawn of a new beginning, with the huge talent of Alpha Bz, a gifted music producer and sound engineer, considering the feat achieved in recent times. The talented music producer has built a reputation in the industry, working with the likes of Safoa and Nayo on the hit single When Money Dey.

Togging brings in a new dimension, with the artist, Koo Ntakra, proving his class with an amazing mix of entertaining yet thought-provoking lyrics on banging beats. Alpha Bz has described Koo Ntakra as the best rapper and he has unarguably delivered.

The highly anticipated single, which is now available on all major streaming platforms, has been gaining traction, with support from the media and lovers of good music. For more information about Togging and other works from Alpha Bz under the Tune Click management as well as other projects from the art and entertainment company, visit – www.tuneclick.live. Tune Click can also be found across several social media platforms, including Instagram and YouTube.

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AmaPiano hitmaker DBN Gogo joins Spotify’s Global EQUAL Music Programme

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DBN Gogo is the latest artist to join the Spotify EQUAL Music Programme as the EQUAL Africa artist of the month.

 

The programme, aimed at providing a platform to highlight women in music, sees Spotify welcoming the popular AmaPiano DJ as the first South African artist to join its growing roster of influential female creators, which includes Nigeria’s Tiwa Savage and US rapper Saweetie.

 

This announcement comes off the back of DBN Gogo’s appearance at  AMA Fest 2021. The UK-based festival successfully showcased the ‘best of AmaPiano’ to  fans, with DBN Gogo bringing her energy and signature dance moves to the global stage. 

 

“DBN Gogo has managed to dominate two spheres within the music industry traditionally driven by the opposite sex: DJing and AmaPiano. For us, putting our support behind DBN Gogo not only speaks to what we do under the EQUAL umbrella, but further drives the support we have continued to show the AmaPiano genre since it came to the fore,” says Phiona Okumu, Spotify Head of Music, Sub Saharan Africa.

 

DBN Gogo, who recently claimed a spot on the top 10 list of the most streamed artists by South African youth on Spotify, only recently began her professional DJing career and was catapulted to superstardom when the hits ‘Dakiwe’, ‘French Kiss’ and ‘Khuza Gogo’ blew up the local music scene alongside her #dakiwechallenge video, which amassed over three million TikTok views alone.

 

“Being a part of Spotify’s EQUAL Music Programme is a reminder that I do not need to apologise for being a powerful woman. I had a dream and realised that old ways don’t open new doors. So, I decided to make every moment count to ensure that I become everything I wanted,” adds DBN Gogo.

 

As the latest artist to join the EQUAL Music Programme, DBN Gogo will also grace Spotify’s Time Square billboard in New York and her latest track ‘Possible’ featuring Musa Keys, Dinho, Optimist Music ZA, Makhanj, Lebza TheVillain, Koek Sista, will lead the EQUAL Africa playlist and feature on the EQUAL Global playlist.

 

DBN Gogo also features on Spotify’s flagship AmaPiano playlist AmaPiano Grooves.

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Tomi Thomas Pushes Artistry to the Forefront with “Hopeless Romantic Riddim”

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Singing and playing guitar, Tomi Thomas lays down the foundation of the Hopeless Romantic Riddim dropping October 14th, 2021. The Nigerian artist released an EP of the same name earlier this year, featuring tracks spanning Afrobeat, dancehall, and reggae genres. The highly anticipated drop lived up to the hype with industry support and extensive press coverage in Africa, Europe, the United States, and the Caribbean, along with other pockets of global reach.

Tomi Thomas’ music has a heartbeat, and the Hopeless Romantic Riddim showcases yet another aspect of his repertoire. The seven-track Riddim compilation is an explosive instrumentally driven accompaniment to the songs. “Super blessed and excited about all the riddims, big love to all the amazing creatives who etched themselves into my story and journey. I am forever grateful we go higher in these exciting times,” he said. Tomi is also a visual artist with many exceptional talents and abilities. He created the cover art, and it expresses the project’s true nature as poetry in motion. The special project also features dancehall recording artist Stylo G, along with experimental Afro-R&B artist boistory.

Tracklisting

1. Hopeless Romantic

2. Come My Way by boistory

3. three thirty by Aleicia

4. On My Own by Ria Sean

5. Foreign Car by Karmah Cruz

6. Hopeless Romantic ft. Stylo G

7. Hopeless Romantic (Instrumental)

 

After releasing the Hopeless Romantic EP in early June, Tomi Thomas debuted the music video for “Hurricane,” a song from the project featuring Buju Banton on the Fader. The young star leads the modern African music scene with a genuine passion and appreciation for the arts. He continues to evolve and grow with every move, and his fanbase shows their love and support. The solo artist has found success on his own after time with popular musical group Loud On Sound (LOS) early in his career. In releasing his debut album, the single “Ready Or Not” reached #1 on the Soundcity Nigeria’s Top 10 Chart.

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Nutty O from Zimbabwe features Stonebwoy on “Mustard Seed” Album with HOT NEW Dancehall jam

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Nutty O is on his way inking his name in the major league as one of Africa’s finest with this latest album project titled “Mustard Seed”.

The Zimbabwean Reggae/Dancehall & Afrobeats Singjay — Nutty O — flawlessly put his ends together for this creative collective.

His 14-tracked Album is not just gonna be recorded as one of Africa’s timeless collections but a solid and clean lyric album that cuts across all spheres.

Released in September 2021, Nutty O serves a fine blend on multi-lingual album on “Mustard Seed”. He features Ghana’s Heavyweight Reggae/Dancehall artiste Stonebwoy on Track 12 on the album titled “Success”, which has scored as the people’s top favourite on Apple Music. The song is a danceable upbeat crossover Dancehall, Afrobeats & Soca song — it has been the DJs’ top favourite since its release, no wonder it records as the top favourite on Apple Music.

He records the album in English, Shona and Patois (Jamaican lingo).

Listen to the Album here on All Digital Stores: https://linktr.ee/nuttyo

He moves away from Ghana and steps into Jamaica to feature popular Musician/Producer, Demarco on another single “Ndiwe”, which translates as “It Is You”. The word “Ndiwe” is from his local dialect Shona, widely spoken in Zimbabwe— a good way of selling his mother tongue to the Caribbean market and the world over — he infuses a good amount of Shona in this song to defend his originality as well as some Patois in there to prove his versatility and fluidity in multiple Languages. “Ndiwe” is a love song that swoons the ladies and it’s another lovely jam on the Album.

Nutty O now moves back home to feature his fellow country Singer, Kae Chaps, from Zimbabwe. The seamless synergy between both acts accentuates the swooning message conveyed in “Be My Girl”, Track 6 on the Album.

“Open Doors”, Track 1 on the Album is an unmistakable one that keeps you ‘stoned’ from start to finish to keep listening to the 14-tracked Album.

“Mustard Seed” is an album you’d play over and over again and never get bored because it makes a lot of sense and fits into current trend of sounds as well as reflips back into the 90s and early 2000s Dancehall style. The entire album is a fine toast of Afrobeats, Dancehall, Reggae and Soca.

Follow Nutty O on his social media connects here below:

Facebook — Nutty O Di Bwoy

Instagram — @ABX_NuttyO

Twitter — @ABXNuttyO

He entered the music space professionally in 2013 but shot up into the limelight in 2014 hitting BBC 1Xtra Charts “Destination Africa” with his jam “Kwandabva Kure” at No.3.

In 2015 Nutty O began sharing the platforms with the big stars – he shared stage with Platinum selling Jamaican Act, Charly Black and also won the “Most Promising ZimDancehall Act”.

2016 was another stupendously amazing year for Nutty O when he debuted a UK Tour, featured with Chilando from Jamaica on “Don’t Be Rude”. In that year he got radio plug on popular Jamaican Radio Station Suncity 104.9fm. Then run a South African Tour in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria.

He spread his tentacles wider in 2017 and 2018 with more tours in UK, South Africa, Botswana and Australia respectively while copping lots of awards.

He scored a feature on Etana’s GRAMMY nominated Album “Reggae Forever” in 2019. Nutty O can boast of features cum collaborations with Etana, Ammara Brown, Stonebwoy, Demarco, just to name a few. He is due to storm Ghana soon for a media engagement.

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