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Apple Music’s Soul September highlights new school African R&B artists



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Apple Music’s Soul September is back for the second year running. With various iterations of R&B and Soul being reinterpreted by African artists through Alté, Neo-Soul, Afrobeats and Alternative R&B, the campaign spotlights the leading talent in Africa’s New School R&B and Soul.


The Soul September campaign will include exclusive playlists from SAMA-nominated singers Langa Mavuso and Moonga K, Hunter Rose, Joda Kgosi, Nalu, Nigeria’s Fireboy DML, Tems, Buju, Oxlade and Kenya’s Nikita Kering.


Each carefully curated guest playlist features the artists’ favourite R&B songs of all time, alongside songs that have been vital in helping them craft their own distinct sound. The collection will also include the best new African and international R&B and Soul releases as well as all the hottest breaking tracks, music videos and Artist Essentials playlists.


“This playlist for Apple Music is a compilation of soulful sounds that have shaped and inspired my love for soul and R&B over the last 27 years. We explore this sound through music of the past and close it off with the artists who continue to pioneer this sound presently.” – Langa Mavuso


“This Apple Music playlist includes songs from my family, Mwanjé & Titose, to R&B legends such as Prince, Laura Mvula and Jazmine Sullivan, who have inspired me to be the artist I am today. Soul music is a part of my DNA and a world where vocal acrobatics, heart-wrenching lyrics and grit and sass live, and I am all for it. These songs make me happy, sad, emotional, in love — they make me feel human, and I am forever indebted to these artists for making me feel.” – Moonga K.


“These songs for my Apple Music playlist are a constant source of inspiration, reflection, release and joy. They’ve inspired me to be true to my essence as an artist but most importantly as a human being and a woman. These are some of the songs I grew up listening to as well as some of the best records and artists SA has to offer. These artists have shown me how multi-dimensional the genre is and can be. I’m no longer afraid to experiment with sounds, tempos and influences. These songs have inspired me to push the boundaries every time I step into the booth.” – Hunter Rose


“I chose these songs for my Apple Music playlist because R&B is all about making people feel. All these songs are so beautiful and make me feel, with every listen. Some have made me cry and some have made me smile. But they all made me feel something. That’s why I love them.” – Joda Kgosi


“For my Apple Music playlist, I put together a collection of songs to fall in love to, dance to, sing along to and listen to whilst driving along the coast or through the city. This music tells the artists’ stories so beautifully, creating a listening experience of healing, comfort and freedom. I feel inspired when I listen to these artists, moved by the sounds of Rhythm and Blues, from old school classics to new school bangers – these songs make me feel alive.” – Nalu


“This Apple Music playlist is a compilation of soulful songs that represent different facets of my life as a human and artist – songs from artists that have inspired my sound and writing style over the years, songs by myself that I consider true reflections of the soulful side to my artistry, and songs that get me through the necessary solitude I need for my creativity to bloom. I hope my fans and other listeners enjoy this Apple Music playlist. This is a little peek into my personality.” – Fireboy DML


“This Apple Music playlist is for pure vibes, surrounded by my kind.” – Tems


“My Apple Music playlist is a collection of R&B, alternative and Afro-pop songs that my girlfriend and I enjoy. I hope you like it too.” – Buju


“The Apple Music playlist was chosen from a place of love and they are songs I vibe with because they put me in zones I want to be in.” – Oxlade


“I chose these songs for my Apple Music playlist because they all ooze confidence in their own way, which is a big part of who I am. They are also a healthy balance between the elements of throwback R&B and modern trap vibes. I know anyone who listens to R&B has at least half of these songs on their playlists. They rock!” – Nikita Kering


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Mista Myles unleashes soul-stirring new single ‘Sober’



Mista Myles unleashes soul-stirring new single ‘Sober’

Mimlife Records proudly presents the latest masterpiece from the talented singer-songwriter, Mista Myles. With ‘Sober’, Myles takes the listener on an emotional journey, exploring the themes of pain and the search for happiness. This hypnotic ballad is a true testament to Mista Myles’ artistry, showcasing his signature sound and lyrical prowess. ‘Sober’ is available on all digital streaming platforms globally here:

The song starts with an enchanting guitar melody that sets the tone for the rest of the track. As the bass and drums kick in, the infectious rhythm takes over, creating a tranquil and melancholic atmosphere. The catchy chorus ‘’Sober, man is never sober, I don’t need no answer. I just need somebody on my body till it’s over’’ – a call to arms for anyone who has ever felt pain and the struggle to overcome it. This chorus will stay with you long after the song has ended. Myles’ soulful and heart-felt vocals drive the song, delivering each word with raw emotion and vulnerability, creating a rich and vibrant soundscape that is both timeless and contemporary.

Lyrically, ‘Sober’ is a work of art. The song speaks to the universal experience of pain, reminding listeners that everyone goes through difficult times. Mista Myles says, ‘’Even with all the money and glamor, there’s always moments where the pain still hurts and we turn to something else to help with the pain. ‘Sober’ is for the days where the pain kicks in and you just don’t know what to do’’. He offers a message of hope, declaring that ‘’it’s just a phase and happiness will find us again’’.

The production of ‘Sober’ by NixieOfficivl is nothing short of brilliant. The interplay between the instruments creates a rich, full sound that perfectly complements Mista Myles’ voice. The strings and bass form a cohesive unit, providing the perfect foundation for Myles’ storytelling. The pounding kicks add a touch of energy, making the song even more irresistible.

Since starting his musical journey in 2014, Mista Myles has made tremendous strides and ‘Sober’ is a testament to his growth as an artist. Myles writes about his personal experiences and those of the people around him, crafting a powerful narrative that speaks to the soul.  With his Afrobeat-inspired sound and relatable lyrics, he is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. Collaborating with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Kelvyn Boy and producers, NixieOfficivl and WebieJustDidIt, speaks to his versatility and ability to work with some of the best in the business.

Get ready to be moved by Mista Myles’ soul-stirring new single, a poignant and powerful exploration of pain that is destined to be a classic.


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Ghanaian Reggae artist Roo Dube takes on corrupt African politicians in new single ‘Only In Africa’



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Only In Africa is about the actions of corrupt government officials of African countries that have denied many of their citizens the much-needed development.

In his latest critique of politicians in his song, the Ghanaian musician and producer lambasts government officials for always looting the public purse at the expense of the poor taxpayers.

Roo Dube in the song uses lyrics such as “Only in Africa, all they know is money. Only in Africa they loot and run. Some politicians are lying, stealing, and looting. All they know is money, nothing good comes out to the paint the picture of the massive loot and share of the monies and resources of African governments.

Roo Dube released a song in 2021 which caught the attention of many worldwide.

The song titled “Lockdown’ was inspired by the Coronavirus pandemic and how it is essential for Ghana, and the African nations to hold each other against western influences and bullies.

“Only in Africa’ is produced by Oshogbo and available on all music platforms.

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RAYE Shares Long-Awaited Debut “My 21st Century Blues”



RAYE Shares Long-Awaited Debut "My 21st Century Blues"
scending straight to the top of numerous charts around the world with the bonafide smash hit single “Escapism.”, the trailblazing independent recording artist and revered songwriter, RAYE, today shares her long-awaited debut album, My 21st Century Blues, available to stream/purchase now via Human Re Sources/The Orchard – LISTEN AND PURCHASE HERE
Speaking on the release of her deeply personal first full-length album, the south London native emotionally shares, “My 21st Century Blues. My debut album. My ugly, complex, beautiful mosaic formed from broken pieces of glass from the last seven years of my life. This music is my medicine, my anxieties, traumas, and unfiltered thoughts. The music on this record empowered me to face my demons and has accompanied me through my bluest blues, crafted unapologetically and fearlessly with love and tears. Now I can only hope it might provide the same medicine it did for me for those who choose to listen. I can’t believe it is really happening – my first album.”
RAYE continues, “Some of these songs I’ve had for years that I’ve needed to express and share. Before, I was told it was too uncomfortable and that audiences don’t want to hear it. There’s no sonic through-line. It was just creating whatever felt right for the story I want to tell over it. It just feels free.”
Executive produced by frequent collaborator Mike Sabath (Selena Gomez, Lizzo, Camila Cabello), My 21st Century Blues showcases RAYE’s signature raw and honest songwriting on all 13 album tracks touching on her experiences as a young female woman of color coming up in the music industry to painful topics like sexual abuse, rape, body dysmorphia, addiction, misogyny, and even climate change. A dynamic body of work seven years in the making, MC21Bis a testament to her resilience that further highlights a versatile and multi-faceted artist who is in complete control of her creative output. RAYE co-produced nearly half of the LP that has additional songwriting from BloodPop (Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Madonna), Di Genius (Beyonce, Drake, Burna Boy), and Punctual (Years & Years, Rudimental, Jason Derulo).
My 21st Century Blues features the massive U.K. #1 hit “Escapism.” with 070 Shake, which has become a sensation around the globe where it’s currently charting Top 10 in 12 territories in addition to its rapid ascension on numerous Billboard U.S. charts including the Hot 100 (#22), Global 200 (#7), Rhythmic Airplay (#18), and Pop Airplay (#21). The tracklist also includes previously released singles “Black Mascara.”, “Hard Out Here.”, and “The Thrill Is Gone.” in addition to new standouts like the powerful feminist anthem “Ice Cream Man.” and sultry, confident Mahalia-assisted “Five Star Hotels.”
RAYE’s 2023 is already shaping up to be her biggest year of touring yet as she embarks on the first leg of her My 21st Century Blues headline world tour – performing 14 sold out shows in February and March across Europe and North America – before hitting the road this spring with Kali Uchis as the special guest on her Red Moon In Venus North American tour playing 19 shows in major markets including two dates in New York at Radio City Music Hall. RAYE also announced a second leg of 2023 headline shows covering the UK and Europe in November and December. See below for a list of RAYE’s upcoming live dates and for more details on ticketing, visit her official website HERE.
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Oxlade & Mayorkun Release Music Video For “Bad Boy”



Oxlade & Mayorkun Release Music Video For “Bad Boy”

What a year it has been for Oxlade. The 2023 Vevo artist to watch owns one of 2022’s biggest hits with “Ku Lo Sa” and its remix featuring Camila Cabello, with more than 220M+ global streams and 1B+ TikTok views across the world.

Currently in Los Angeles for the Grammy Awards, as a surprise to their fans the two superstars made in Lagos decided to drop the video for “Bad Boy” today.

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Directed by UAX, iconic director of the afrobeats scene (Tems, Rema, Adidas ZA, Chike, Lojay…) and shot in Lagos, the two Nigerian superstars take you on a night to remember in “Bad Boy”s video, so hop in the Cadillac and get ready for some heat!

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Selberk Keeps The Dream Alive On New Single, “Dreamer” With Kwesi Musiq



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Multi-talented artist, Selberk has officially released his latest single dubbed “Dreamer” with Kwesi Musiq. The trap song doubles as a motivational song with lyrics to embolden all and sundry push beyond life’s many boundaries.

Sandwiched by a pacy hook, the three and half minute song sees both Kwesi’s display their enviable rap dexterity in different verses. The “Sunday born” chemistry is evident despite this being the first ever collaboration between the two artists.

Speaking to this source Selberk said “Dreamer is a motivational tune that highlights man’s desire to keep going despite the many obstacles and hardship one encounters”.

“Dreamer is a heart touching piece when you pay attention to the lyrics,” he added.

This new song has the potential to fuel the revival of the dormant trap scene in Ghana to its glory days back in 2017-2018.

“DREAMER” is now available on all digital streaming platforms.

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Yaw Darling drops first single under Sky Entertainment, “Pull Up” – LISTEN



Yaw Darling drops first single under Sky Entertainment, “Pull Up” – LISTEN

Sky Entertainment, Ghana-based Music Record Label has just introduced another artiste from their stable called Yaw Darling.

Yaw Darling is next artiste introduced after Mishasha who was officially out-doored in the last quarter of 2023.

Along with the introduction of Yaw Darling, the label decides to introduce him unto the market with a new single and video titled “Pull Up”.

“Pull Up” released on Friday, February 3, 2023 would become the people’s anthem in a matter of days; the catchy hooks and sweet melodies Yaw Darling served on this record is an easy pass for the public to accept him with his ‘fine boy’ looks complementing it all.

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Follow him on Social Media @YawDarlingMusic

About Yaw Darling:

Yaw Darling is a rising Afrobeats Singer with a unique blend of traditional African rhythm and contemporary sounds.

Born Samuel Yaw Antwi on the October 30, 2000, Yaw Darling draws and is inspired by the great of Ghanaian and African music legends such as Kojo Antwi, Daddy Lumba, Samini, Fela Kuti, Wizkid and Burna Boy just to name a few.

Yaw Darling has honed his skills to create a fresh take on the genre that speaks to both old and new fans alike. His energetic and charismatic stage presence combined with his smooth vocals and powerful lyrics is one to watch and sure to earn him a dedicated following.

Yaw Darling, signed to Ghana music imprint, Sky Entertainment makes his musical debut in February 2023 with the release of his first single “Pull Up”, which speaks for dedication and loyalty in love.

With his passion for Ghanaian and African music and cultural heritage, Yaw Darling is poised to become one of the leading voices in the Afrobeat community and a global ambassador for Ghanaian/African culture and music.


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