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Runtown reveals why “Mad Over You” was a gift and a curse on Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio

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This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With Runtown, the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week, and Ama Qamata’s Favorite African Proverb!

Tune in to Africa Now Radio With Cuppy This Sunday, January 10th at 2p Lagos/London / 3p Johannesburg/Paris / 6a LA / 9a NYC Only on Apple Music 1

Cover Star Interview
Nigerian singer, songwriter and producer Runtown is this week’s cover star and joins Cuppy via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about his latest single “If E Happen for Lagos” which is according to Runtown is “a Nigerian story, with emphasis on the ills of the society, politics and a way of life that is not suitable for the common man.” Runtown tells Cuppy about why “Mad Over You” was a gift and a curse, potentially launching a new fashion line this year, why he wants to make timeless music and his new album coming in February.

The Big 5
Cuppy shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Darkovibes, Masterkraft, Fally Ipupa, Black Coffee and DJ Kaywise.

Africa Rising
Ghanaian singer, songwriter and producer Amaarae is the latest Africa Rising cover star, a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars. https://apple.co/32v7zX4

Proverb of the Week
South African actress and star of the series Blood & Water, Ama Qamata, shares her favorite African proverb with Cuppy, which translates as “Closed mouths don’t get fed, if anything is bothering you, speak up.”

Mini Mix
Cuppy finishes this week’s show with a special mini-mix of Apple Music’s African Hip-Hop playlist featuring music from Cheque, Yanga Chief, Flvme, Reminisce and Naiboi. https://apple.co/3nqi2uc

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Sunday, January 10th at 2p Lagos/London / 3p Johannesburg/Paris / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_AfricaNow

Runtown on why his music is becoming more conscious

“If you notice for my newer releases, if you really pay attention to this, I had to go deeper in the message. I had to be more conscious in the music. Not just conscious in a borrowing way, conscious in a way you’re turning up the act, you’re remembering, all right, you got signed.”

Runtown on why “Mad Over You” was a gift and a curse

“ ‘Mad Over You,’ it’s really that song as a gift and a curse at the same time. It’s that song that just changed everything, not just for me, but for the whole industry. So you now have to not necessarily live up to that, but a lot of people expect you to have another ‘Mad Over You.’ You know me very well. I love being diverse with the sound, but ‘Mad Over You’ taught me a lesson.”

“Most of the songs I dropped then didn’t make it to any album. So it taught me that I needed to focus on a body of work. So that’s why I kind of paused then I dropped ‘Tradition,’ the body of work. So this body of works that are very, very, very key in your career is a story.”

Ama Qamata’s proverb

“Well, a proverb that I know that I grew up with, my mom always used to say is, [Proverb in Xhosa], which basically means like… Well, that’s in Xhosa. I’m not saying it properly. Mom says it better. But in translation it’s, ‘A child that does not cry, dies in the womb.’ And in English, what it means is, ‘Closed mouths don’t get fed.’ ”

“So if you’re not speaking out, if you’re not saying what you want, no one’s really going to know that you have a problem. And I think it’s so important with these tough times that we’re around, if you need help, if there’s anything that is bothering you, we should speak out about it.”

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L.A.’s next great storyteller, Nana releases new track “GOTW”

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Crenshaw-bred rapper Nana has just shared his new single “GOTW”. The track is a blend of classic West Coast production and the cut-throat lyricism Nana consistently delivers. The song details the come-up from Nana, from his humble beginnings in Crenshaw and how that experience shaped him into the artist he is today. Lyrics like “Man I been broke my whole life, I’m breaking the curse” show the hustle that Nana had to exude to reach the level of success he’s attained. “GOTW” is a warning shot to all his detractors, either support his blossoming career or simply put, get out of the way.

Nana’s had an impressive 2020 with the release of his project Save Yourself. The album weaves vivid stories of survival and redemption during these unprecedented times with guest features by REASON and Blakk Soul. A preacher’s kid growing up in the Crenshaw District of LA, Nana is determined to empower himself and inspire others to grow beyond the circumstances and environment from which they come from via thought-provoking lyrics and visuals wrapped up in quick-flows and impressive wordplay. Nana went on in 2021 to release the Save Yourself Session, a series of full-band, live performance of select tracks from Save Yourself coupled with interviews between Nana and other creatives. NANA SHARES NEW SINGLE “GOTW” 
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Morgan Starck features Shatta Wale on a new single, ‘Alone’

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Morgan Starck who released “No Man’s Perfect” in 2020 and “Phantasy” earlier this year, is out with another hit banger “ALONE” featuring Shatta Wale.

The single was released on Friday, 22nd October. In an interview with the “Phantasy” hit maker, he expressed his profound gratitude to The African Dancehall King, Shatta Wale for blessing him with  awesome lyrics on ‘Alone’.

Shatta Wale,  who has been trending recently on social media, after he turned himself over to the Ghana Police Service for his safety, says it clearly in ‘Alone’  that people should leave him alone to live his life.

According to Morgan Starck, he  can’t wait for his fans to enjoy this beautiful piece he collaborated with the 1 Don,  Shatta Wale.

Alone was produced by BEATZ VAMPIRE and mixed by GIGZMIX

Listen on Audiomack https://audiomack.com/morgan-starck/song/alone

Apple Music https://music.apple.com/gh/album/alone-feat-shatta-wale-single/1591637224
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Larruso’s ‘’New Gen’’ EP arrives alongside all-new video for ‘Wolewa’ (Come Inside)’

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Afro-dancehall sensation, Larruso’s debut EP offers a feel-good experience that places him in the fore of Ghanaian dancehall music as he freewheels over a range of experimental melodies. Listen here: https://onerpm.lnk.to/NewGen-EP

 

Previewing with two singles prior to its official announcement ‘’New Gen’’ does not fall short of a smooth supply of tuneful beat selections and potential bangers. It is an aggregate of Larruso’s vision so far, meld together by familiar, yet refreshing concepts and a feature list accommodating of the young artist’s style.

 

 

The 8-track EP books features from the likes of the god MC, M.anifest, Suzzway, Nigeria’s very own, Bella Shmurda, Kelvyn Boy, Samini and J. Derobie, aside a compelling mix of producers which include The One, Beatz Dakay, Phantom, Jaemally, Gigz Beatz, Mix Master Garzy and Finchy.

 

For a project meant to inspire the prodigy’s avant-gardist role in his time, things are brought to a roaring start on the pre-released ‘New Gen’. Here, Larruso ushers in the age of this new generation he’s standing in for. ‘’We have a big dream and, how our family fit look past streets wey we dey pon?’’, he questions, backing up with chants and verses of empowerment. This invigorating theme persists into the EP’s first pre-released song ‘The Truth’ featuring the god MC, Manifest. On the soothing song, both artists free their energies into a pool of thoughts that are expressive of life in a country that grows increasingly hellish for the generation in question.

The tone of the EP hereafter shifts to a more ambient and easy-going sound ‘Body’ featuring Suzzway goes big on Larruso’s glossy vocals, while ‘Wolewa’ (Come Inside) featuring Nigeria’s very own, Bella Shmurda embraces a fun feel. The latter drops alongside a colorful video directed by Yaw Skyface and has lots of choreography to keep the song’s playfulness untouched. ‘Hit & Run’ isn’t far behind the explosive Afrobeat wave either, bearing the candid and fleeting emotions of the self-proclaimed nineties bad boy, before ushering in the project’s biggest in terms of collaborations ‘No Chance’.

Sweeping listeners back into his preferred domain ‘No Chance’ has Larruso tag Kelyvn Boy and Samini on the highly palatable Finchy production to make known their uncompromising nature to much finesse. ‘Addicted’ featuring J. Derobie slots in next to ferry listeners aboard the love express once more, yielding crooned verses of how special Larruso’s love interest is to him: ‘’Cause you know me and you have a different vibe/Make up your mind, come with me let’s ride’’. The finally EP comes to a soothing close thanks to Larruso’s resolute composure on solo effort ‘High Meditation’, in a bid to not to escape bad memories.

 

‘’New Gen’’ projects the Afro-dancehall star’s status as torchbearer in it’s entirety and is effortless in setting itself up as a benchmark for all dancehall EP’s to follow. Stream ‘’New Gen’’ by Larruso here:

 

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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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