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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.”

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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-

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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.

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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.

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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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Black Sherif Drops Highly Anticipated Hip Hop Single “Kilos Milos”

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Today, Ghanaian genre-defying recording artist Black Sherif releases his much anticipated
single, ‘KILOS MILOS’ through his
record label, RBA/Empire. The track, which has been teased on his social media
platforms for weeks, is now available on all major streaming platforms.

With its catchy hooks
and thought-provoking lyrics, “Kilos
Milos” is already generating buzz within the music industry and
receiving praise from fans. The single promises to be another chart-topping hit
for Black Sherif, further solidifying his status as one of the most promising
talents in African music.

Known for his unique
blend of Afrobeat and Hip Hop, Black Sherif continues to captivate audiences
with his raw lyricism. “Kilos Milos” showcases his versatility as an
artist, delivering powerful verses layered over a mesmerizing production heralded
by Kwame Agger and Joker Nharnah. This follows the release of his widely
received street anthem, ‘ Shut Up’.

Black Sherif continuously
hints at the release of his sophomore album, which is due this year. He
recently won the award for Best Hip hop
and Hip life Artiste at the 25th Telecel Ghana Music awards and headlined one of the biggest festivals in
Africa, Afrofuture. Adjudged as the second most streamed artiste globally on
Audiomack in 2023.

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Black Sherif keeps
defying the odds and breaking new grounds for music emanating from Africa on
the global stage.

A native of Konongo, a
small mineral-rich town in the Ashanti Region of Ghana, Black Sherif, born
Mohammed Ismail Sharif Kwaku Frimpong, has risen against all odds to become the
country’s biggest star. Embracing a diverse musical palette, he bridges the gap
between Afrobeats, highlife, and Ghanian drill, showcasing his wordplay,
storytelling, and linguistic versatility.
The breakout success of “First Sermon” and “Second
Sermon” in 2021 propelled Black Sherif onto the international stage, with
“Kwaku The Traveller” earning him superstar status in 2022.

Since the release of his
debut album in 2022, The Villain I Never Was, Black

Sherif has solidified his
place as one of Africa’s most powerful creative voices.

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and amassed massive
global streaming numbers, which made him the most

streamed Ghanaian artist
of 2022 and 2023 on Spotify and the most streamed

Ghanaian artist of all
time on popular African streaming platform Boomplay.

Black Sherif has reached
these pinnacles in record time—being an integral part of the front runners
pushing the sounds coming from Africa globally.
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Nana and The Asafo Brigade (NATAB) announce new EP ‘They Hunted The Land’

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Nana and The Asafo Brigade

Nana and The Asafo Brigade (NATAB), the emerging Vancouver-based alternative band, is set to grace the world of revolutionary music with the release of its new EP, ‘They Hunted The Land.’ This 3-song project, slated for release on June 28, 2024, serves as a prequel to their forthcoming album, ‘There’s A Fire On The Mountain.’

Celebrated for their compelling sound and disruptive approach to music-making, the 8-person band promises to take listeners on a sonic journey that immerses them in a rich tapestry of revolutionary sounds and thought-provoking lyrics with this new project. NATAB’s music encourages listeners to be more socially conscious; this new EP is another monumental move in fulfilling its mission.

Following their debut project ‘Peace & Love,’ released in November last year, NATAB continues to push the boundaries of their art through their unique blend of alternative influences, creating a powerful and evocative medium that invites its audience to engage deeply with the themes of empathy, community and social change. Each track on ‘They Hunted The Land’ is crafted to deliver an incredible listening experience that opens the listeners’ eyes to the world around them, encouraging introspection and a heightened awareness of how they might contribute to some of the inequalities and unjust ways in their society.

The lead song of the EP, ‘Thief/Police,’ stands out as a poignant commentary on the dynamics of authority and corruption. At the same time, the other tracks, ‘Asaase Yaa’ and ‘Talking Drum’, further emphasize the band’s commitment to themes of revolution, empathy, and community building.

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‘They Hunted The Land’ sets the tone for ‘There’s A Fire On The Mountain,’ ensuring that every piece of work by NATAB is connected in its message of community building and awakening dormancy. This project underscores the band’s belief that music can be a powerful tool for social change, urging listeners to recognize themselves as stakeholders in their communities and the world at large.

NATAB’s music is more than just sound—it’s a call to action. The band aspires to inspire change wherever their music reaches, continuing the legacy of those that set out on similar journeys before them.

They Hunted The Land will be available on all audio streaming platforms on 28th June 2024.

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Kwesi Valley releases new song ‘Ogya de Beba’

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Rising Ghanaian act, Kwesi Valley has released his latest single, ‘Ogya de Beba.’ (more…)

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Inusa Dawuda captures the fire of ‘No Coke’ in crisp new remaster of his 2008 remake of the 90’s classic

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Inusa Dawuda reconnects us to the past with his brilliant remake of a Dr. Alban classic that both older and newer audiences will appreciate. (more…)

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Run Up and Larruso claim the Dancehall Scene with hot new jam “Wilding”

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Run Up has set the ball rolling with a major step with the release of his latest Dancehall Jam he titles “Wilding”.

 

Tapping into the Gen Z energies, he recruits Larruso for this new jam produced by CaskeysOnit. Song is out on all music platforms.

 

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“Wilding” is a motivational Dancehall Song by Run Up and is tipped to swiftly take over the streets among the ghetto youths to whom the song is directed. In the song, Run Up urges the youth not to give up and ‘keep striving’ till the bread fills the basket. Larruso also came on with his critically inclined lyrics along same storyline.

 

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The new generation of Dancehallers seem to have a different and a suave direction for the Culture with their choice of riddims and lyrics; award-winning Ghanaian Producer, CaskeysOnit connected well with both young chaps and delivered the appropriate beat composition to complement their melodies and thought-process.

 

 

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About Run Up:

Born Felix Odei Tinkorang, but known to the world as Run Up. This Reggae/Dancehall/Afro Dancehall artiste boasts of numerous talents with his versatility across various music disciplines. Raised in Zeetown (Sabon Zongo) and having lived most of his life in Kaneshie, it was in Kaneshie that he discovered his passion for music and began honing it.

 

As a child, Run Up was heavily influenced by his father, who played a variety of music genres including Reggae, Highlife, and Hiplife. This early exposure fostered his love for music. During his adolescence, Run Up became captivated by Stonebwoy’s music, idolizing him to the extent of sampling Stonebwoy’s beats for school performances. Around this time, he also met Wanga Lee, an artiste who taught him more about dancehall music. Their relationship between Run Up and Wanga Lee was akin to Vybz Kartel and Popcaan’s music relationship.

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Run Up’s latest track, “WILDING,” is an inspirational piece encouraging the youth to relentlessly strive for a better life, laying a strong foundation for themselves and their future generations.

 

Anticipate his upcoming EP with Million Stylez, set to be released soon. Run Up is here to achieve great things. Watch out!

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Follow him on his Social Media connects below:

 

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https://x.com/runupgh?s=21&t=VUANOn4pl-Yc-MFbX1wXbQ

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Singer Crispen celebrates life’s joyful moments with ‘Mafaro’

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Singer Crispen is out with a brand new afropop tune ‘Mafaro” which is a tale of struggles, pain, jubilation, and triumph. (more…)

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