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Apple Music’s Africa Rising introduces the Class of ‘24

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Since 2020, Apple Music’s artist development programme, Africa Rising, has showcased the best and brightest emerging artists from around the continent.  With the eyes and ears of the world firmly fixed on Africa and its vibrant music scene, Africa Rising has seen many of the continent’s biggest new stars get their first international look including Omah Lay, Rema, Tems, Ayra Starr & Amaarae to name a few.

 

Always ahead of the curve when it comes to trendspotting, Apple Music’s Africa Rising campaign is kicking off the new year by announcing the Class of ‘24, a list of the next generation of African superstars whose careers are poised to skyrocket.

This year’s Class of ’24 recipients include South African pop phenomenon Tyla, Nigerian teenage Afropop singer-songwriter QingMadi, Nigerian Afrobeats singer-songwriter and producer Bloody Civilian, Nigerian rapper and singer ODUMODUBLVCK, Ghanaian R&B songstress Mellissa, and South African street rapper Maglera Doe Boy.

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The Class of ’24 Africa Rising recipients will be featured in an upcoming episode of Africa Now Radio with Nandi Madida, airing on Friday the 12th of January,

Discover the Africa Rising playlist here.

“I’m just trying to live in the moment and thank God and everyone who supported me. I’m excited for my project to be released and for people to be exposed to more Tyla music, for people to come into my world and see a glimpse of South Africa because we’re dominating at the moment!” – Tyla

“I believe that this generation of African superstars are being heard to an extent that the past wasn’t. I feel excited to be a part of a new regime of African artists that are being accepted globally, that are being welcomed. And the fact that we are loved for who we are and we’re not trying to be someone that we are not. I’m also excited because my music will reach other parts of the world and I don’t have to water-down my music for the fear of who is accepting, I just have to sing and hope that my fans can relate to them.” – Qing Madi

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“I think Afrobeats and the sounds of Africa will continue to resonate around the world because it’s such a diverse genre. African music is the source of other genres, and if you listen to music from Africa you can hear how many ways it’s interpolated, how many ways its been created is very diverse, so that’s why it’s resonating around the world because there are so many parts of it that different people can connect with.” – Bloody Civilian

“Nigerian hip-hop will definitely keep on growing because we’ve found a way to involve men and women – girls are now rapping to the bars and it’s so cool! We keep things fresh, we keep things interesting.” – ODUMODUBLVCK

“There are so many elements of sounds from Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America that speak to my soul and inspire me. I’m a Ghanaian woman so I love guitars, and the overall feeling that I get when I take in the music as a consumer is phenomenal. But as a creator I’m really big on drums, and that’s one thing that all these sounds have in common is their percussions and their grooves, the drums have a life of their own and it’s a perfect tapestry for the music I like to make, the kind of music that makes you start swinging your hips before you even know it.” – Mellissa

“This is such a beautiful era for identification, people really sound like where they came from. There are even looks, depending on if they’re taking from South African culture and paying homage, but also taking what’s current in the culture and mixing it with South Africa flavours. So I’m very excited about the cultural aspect of it. I feel like it’s about to get bigger, which is great for getting the sound to the rest of the world.” – Maglera Doe Boy.

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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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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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