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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.

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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

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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.”

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“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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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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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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Hommie Blaze shares immersive new EP “Lost & Found”

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Ghana’s music scene welcomes a vibrant newcomer, Hommie Blaze.

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Moneybagg Yo Releases Highly Anticipated New Album “Speak Now”

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Today, multi-platinum artist / rapper Moneybagg Yo releases his highly anticipated new album SPEAK NOW. Coming in at 17 tracks, the sprawling project delivers bone-rattling beats and rapid-fire bars as well as a number of superstar collaborations including country icon Morgan Wallen, R&B great Chris Brown, and many more. Listen HERE via CMG/N-Less/Interscope Records.

Today’s record arrives alongside official music video for standout track “TABOO MIAMI”. The Frankie-directed visual matches the energy of the club-ready anthem perfectly, featuring vibrant visual effects and fast cuts of Bagg in various clubs around Miami. Watch HERE.

SPEAK NOW kicks off with “ALL YEAR,” which sets the stage with kinetic beats and white-hot bars. Other standouts include “GANGSTA RELATE” featuring Lil Durk, a somber track exploring the hard knocks that helped shape the hitmaker, and “WHISKEY WHISKEY” featuring Morgan Wallen — a southern hip-hop/country hybrid about drowning sorrows. Recent single “TRYNA MAKE SURE” also stands tall as does just-released “PLAY DA FOOL.” See SPEAK NOW’s full tracklist below.

With the release of SPEAK NOW, Moneybagg Yo re-introduces himself to fans with a diverse, genre-hopping collection of undeniable anthems.

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SPEAK NOW Track-list:

  1. “ALL YEAR”
  2. “SPEAK”
  3. “P RUN”
  4. “TRYNA MAKE SURE”
  5. “TABOO MIAMI”
  6. “FIREPLACE”
  7. “I FEEL IT”
  8. “DRUNK OFF U” feat. Chris Brown
  9. “BUSSIN” feat. Rob49
  10. “TIC TAC TOE”
  11. “GANGSTA RELATE” feat. Lil Durk
  12. “PLAY DA FOOL”
  13. “RICH VIKING”
  14. “ON DET” feat. YTB Fatt
  15. “WHISKEY WHISKEY” feat. Morgan Wallen
  16. “AW SH_T”
  17. “GO GHO$T” feat. Kevo Muney
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Apple Music Announces Usimamane as June’s Featured Artist for Rap Life Africa

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Apple Music’s Rap Life Radio, presented by Global Editorial Head of Hip-Hop and R&B, Ebro Darden will feature Usimamane on this week’s episode. Ebro and Africa Now Radio host, Nandi Madida, chat about their latest single “Cheque” available to stream on Apple Music.

Alongside Usimamane, Rap Life Radio will feature Bella Shmurda, Zlatan and Jeriq’s new single “Oghene”, as well as Jay Jody and A-Reece’s new single “Vamonos”.

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From a young age Usimamane (real name Omuhle Simamane) was immersed in a musical and creative environment, influenced by a family with deep musical roots. Influenced by a wide range of artists from Drake, 50 Cent and The Game, to Brenda Fassie, and Boom Shaka, Usimamane developed an innate passion for music and eventually, his own style, blending rap and trap underpinned by rich R&B melodies.

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With a style that he describes as “fate” music, which embodies hope, joy, and inspiration, and aims to uplift and motivate people from all walks of life, Usimamane brings a unique perspective to the music scene.

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“Being chosen to grace the cover of ‘Rap Life’ is an honour that underscores the global impact of our music and culture,” he tells Apple Music. “This recognition is a testament to our journey and the power of Hip-Hop to unite different cultures around the world.”

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Rap Life Africa serves as a companion to Apple Music’s flagship Hip-Hop playlist, Rap Life.

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