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Behind the lyrics: Breaking down ‘Better Life’ by Kwamz and superstar ensemble

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There is no limit to the power of art in telling and documenting the story of the world. Throughout history renaissance artists painted and sculpted important moments in time through their works so posterity remembers. In the music sphere, bards sung the tales of war heroes and great legends; songs that became canons documenting specific events of the past.

Thousands of years down the line and art continues to make the impact. We still have powerful music doubling as a beacon of hope, entertainment and more for people whilst concurrently eulogizing the times for generations to come. In Kwamz’s new song ‘Better Life’ the ace artist and his ensemble of superstars held nothing back as they shared their ‘conscious’ record that highlights some social injustices facing young people in the modern day – whether it is the fight against police brutality in Nigeria dubbed ‘’End SARS’’ or supporting the worldwide struggle for Black Lives Matter.

The Afrobeat masterpiece ‘Better Life’ starts off with real soundbites from the ‘’End SARS’’ protest – nostalgically re-evoking the provocation most of us felt amid the tragic sequence of events escalating from what was a very peaceful protest by Nigerian youth rightfully demanding for better security from their government but instead were met with anarchy and brutality.

The artists wasted no time in lunging in straight away to the theme of the song. Kwamz starts off by singing out a prayer ‘’I’m on my knees cause all I want/All we want is a better life/Better better better ayyyyy/All we want is a better life’’.

Throughout the melodic sing along the talented superstars re-echo Kwamz’s prayer for a better life in their verses. They tell the story through the lenses of their own lives, their struggles, their triumphs living in a world riddled with injustice and their hopes for a better life. There are so many powerful quotes that could be sourced from the lyrics of the song as the artistes laid their emotions bare on the beat ‘’We don’t care about the money, we wanna be free’’, Moelogo chanted in his verse highlighting the importance of freedom to young people in the modern day even over money. In a perfect world, we should not be begging for freedom but here we are having to plead for a basic human right due to all the happenings around us.

Moelogo, SK and Sona take turns singing out the prayer for a ‘Better Life’ – their delivery is perfection as they deftly craft a sing along that gets listeners bumping heads while simultaneously leaving the powerful message in their minds.

‘Better Life’ is a sculpted work of art. One that will be etched in the minds of listeners for a while. One that will serve as a bold reminder of the times young people in these times have had to endure. Check out the song ‘Better Life’ here:

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Meet Herty Vybz

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Influenced by the dancehall culture Herty vybz is here to change the narrative in a male dominated industry. Check out her debut song REBEL, recorded under HIT MIXER RECORDS, a record label based in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.

STREAM HER SONGS NOW!!!

https://songwhip.com/hertyvybz/reble

 

 

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Chief One drops new jam “Turn By Turn”

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Chief One – Winner of “Next Rated Act” for 3 Music Awards 2022 and #VGMA23Unsung Nominee – has dropped a new joint to bubble the waters again!

Titled “Turn By Turn”, Chief One recruits his resident Music Producer, Hairlergbe for the beat production. With heavy African drum ensembles from Southern Volta (Ghana), the fast rising artiste spills nuggets of wisdom on the beat to advise the youths again, like he has been doing in recent times.

The song “Turn By Turn” is coded in his home language Ewe and English. After dropping his debut EP “Here I Come” on February 21, 2022, Chief One feels his fanbase needs something new again so he drops this one to revive his fanbase.

The song is out on major streaming platforms. Listen via the links below:

Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/gh/album/turn-by-turn/1624950887?i=1624951366

Boomplay: https://www.boomplay.com/share/album/46891039?srModel=COPYLINK&srList=IOS

Audiomack: https://audiomack.com/chief__one/song/turn-by-turn

 

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Adomaa Makes Return To Music; Announces ‘The Becoming Adomaa Experience’

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After a successful foray into the world of acting, alternative artist and singer Adomaa is back on the music scene, with a haunting but heartfelt music video announcing her new EP: ‘Becoming Adomaa.’

The video, which is for the song titled ‘You Used To Love Me,’ sees Adomaa reminisce on her entry into the music scene – when she had the most public attention – and how she wishes she had gone about navigating that period for herself. It is a brief but poignant reflection, and gives a sneak peak into the mindset of the singer at one of the lowest points in her career.

 

The video ends with the revelation of the cover art for her upcoming EP, titled ‘Becoming Adomaa’ – Adomaa seen in contemplative stance in an obviously neglected room overgrown with plants, and filled with objects of significance to her music career.

 

Before the release of the EP later this year, Adomaa is curating a one-of-a-kind experience for audiences to mark her musical comeback. Starting in July and running till September, she will be hosting on multiple nights, screenings of a short film featuring music from the EP, as well as a documentary that takes a deep dive into events from her start in music, through her disappearance and now to her return.

In addition to these, she will be providing intimate performances of songs from the EP live each night, after which there will be interactive sessions with audiences. This series of events has been tagged ‘Becoming Adomaa: The Experience,’ and the nights promise to be incredibly special, enthralling and deeply engaging.

 

To get tickets for any of these nights, visit the following link to book yourself a date: https://efie.co/adomaa

 

Don’t miss out on what is going to be a truly magical experience with the talented artist that is Adomaa – you will not regret it!

 

For further updates and information kindly visit the social media pages of Adomaa (Facebook – Adomaa, Twitter & Instagram – @adomaa_music).

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CALYPSO ROSE Shares Carlos Santana-featured Track “Watina”

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Calypso Rose’s zest for life is as infectious as ever, and 2022 will mark the return of the icon to center stage. Today, the 82-year old Trinidad and Tobago-raised musician has announced her latest album, FOREVER, due August 26, 2022 via Because Music. Throughout the new album, Rose presents original material with a distinctly modern approach, and revisits some of her greatest classics, giving us an album that speaks to everyone and transcends all ages. On FOREVER, the Queen of Calypso is joined by old friends and new artists throughout the fourteen tracks including: world music legend Manu Chao, soca king Machel Montano, Jamaican dancehall icon Mr. Vegas, Toulouse-based rapper Oli, and electro duo Synapson.The album’s first single, “Watina” is out now and features Belize’s The Garifuna Collective along with stellar riffs from none other than guitar legend Carlos Santanawho has previously noted, “Calypso Rose is a goddess of música del Caribe: a person who offers her heart & changes people’s lives & destiny.”

Listen to “Watina” here: https://calypso.lnk.to/watina

While the name Calypso Rose will be forever associated with her country Trinidad and Tobago, the love story that has bound her to Belize for almost forty years is part of her music, her career and her life. With “Watina,” she pays homage to the Garifuna, a Caribbean people scarred by slavery, excluded from memory, and part of whose population now lives not only in the United States, but also on the coasts of four Central American countries: Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and thus Belize. “Watina”  is a song full of devastating history, and contrasted by cheerfulness and celebration. Ivan Duran, Rose’s Belize-born longtime producer was also the “sound architect” for the late Andy Palacio, who co-founded and led the Belize-based band The Garifuna Collective until his untimely death in 2008. “Watina” was originally a local hit for The Garifuna Collective and, according to Duran, Calypso Rose was the only person who could recapture the frenzy and the impact of this song while respecting Palacio’s legacy. By recording and reimagining the song with the same musicians, she reaffirms her Belizean ties and once again exploits the contrast between the festive spirit and the social dimension of the music.

Watch the gorgeous Belize-filmed video for “Watina” here: https://youtu.be/CCZI9Ai4vcE.

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HEADIE ONE Drops New Single “22 Carats” Ft. French Rapper Gazo

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Today, Headie One releases a brand new track, “22 Carats,” available now across all DSPs. Get it HERE!

Featuring the French rapper Gazo, “22 Carats” is a collaboration years in the making, as Headie’s status as the UK break-out drill rapper reached France, Gazo was just starting out. Citing him as a huge influence on his rapping style, he reached out to Headie during the pandemic, with the pair finally getting together in a studio in Paris this year, resulting in the stone-cold drill track.

Gazo released his debut mixtape Drill FR in February 2021, topping the French album charts, giving him the much-deserved title The Prince Of French Drill.

“22 Carats” is produced by French producer Leo Eynard, with the video directed by Screetch.

Watch the video for “22 Carats” here

This latest track follows the recent release of Headie’s single Came In The Scene,” his first new music since Too Loyal For My Own Good in late 2021, marking a new chapter for The King Of Drill with more tracks to come from his recent travels in Europe very soon.

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Lojay and Sarz Recruit Chris Brown for “Monalisa” Remix

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Lagos-based Afro-fusion artist Lojay and internationally renowned super-producer Sarz (Beyoncé, Drake, Wizkid, Burna Boy) have released a brand new remix of their recent smash single “Monalisa” featuring multi-platinum certified, GRAMMY Award-winning R&B superstar Chris Brown. STREAM HERE // LYRIC VIDEO HERE

Taken from Lojay & Sarz’s collaborative LV N ATTN EP last year, the original “Monalisa”became an early standout due to its hypnotic beat and infectious hooks, becoming not just one of the biggest releases in Nigeria, but a global hit that put Lojay on the map as one of Nigeria’s fastest-rising cultural exports and cemented Sarz’s reputation as the most significant name in Afrobeats. Check out the duo’s LV N ATTN EP HERE.

With over 100 million streams to date, it’s safe to say that “Monalisa” became something of a cultural phenomenon last year. The track not only won applause from the likes of The Face, HYPEBEAST, and The FADER — where it ranked No. 30 on their 100 Best Songs of 2021 list— but it also became the 5th most streamed song across Nigeria last year. Meanwhile, the track demonstrated its massive transatlantic reach by peaking at No. 1 on Shazam’s Global Afrobeats chart and within the top 10 on both the US and UK Official Afrobeats charts.

Sharing his excitement about the new remix, Lojay says, “at the time I was creating this song I would have never imagined hearing a Chris Brown verse on it but the best part is he actually took his time and killed it and gave the song a different feel. He’s someone I’ve always wanted to work with so this is a really good feeling.”
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