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Bella Shmurda Unveils Visual Masterpiece For Single “1999” Featuring Bloody Civilian

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Renowned Afrobeats artist Bella Shmurda shares the official music video for his single “1999,” featuring the talented Bloody Civilian. The visually captivating masterpiece is a testament to Bella Shmurda’s phenomenal rise from the gritty streets of Lagos to the pinnacle of the music industry. Directed by the visionary Big Josh Media, the “1999” music video transports viewers on a nostalgic journey, encapsulating the essence of raw talent, hard work, and unwavering determination. Shot in the vibrant and economically bustling city of Lagos, Nigeria, the video captures the spirit and energy of Bella Shmurda’s musical roots.

With production driven by producers BYLinx and Pbeat, “1999” serves as a standout track from Bella Shmurda’s critically acclaimed ‘R2 Sept 12’ EP. The song’s pulsating beats and infectious melodies set the stage for a visual spectacle that celebrates Bella Shmurda’s ascent to musical stardom. Drawing inspiration from Bella Shmurda’s personal narrative of triumph over adversity, the music video for “1999” is a testament to the power of perseverance and resilience. It weaves a compelling tale of overcoming obstacles, chasing dreams, and embracing success with unbridled passion.‘R2 SEPT 12′ serves as a sonic celebration, offering listeners an array of tracks that span a diverse spectrum. From party anthems to moments of introspection, there is something for everyone. At the heart of the EP is the focus track ‘Oghene,’ featuring Zlatan and Jeriq. The EP received praise from publications like Mixtape Madness, Bella Naija, Billboard, Stupid Dope, Chop Daily, The 49th Street, and Turntable Charts.

Join Bella Shmurda and Bloody Civilian on a mesmerising journey of self-discovery, ambition, and triumph in the music video for “1999.” Experience the magic of their collaboration as they redefine the boundaries of creativity and deliver a cinematic masterpiece that will leave a lasting impact on audiences worldwide.

About Bella Shmurda

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 Bella Shmurda is a conscious Afrobeats singer and songwriter hailing from Lagos, Nigeria. As the “New Voice of the Street”, this independent artist is the leader of Dangbana Republik: A collective of strong willed, straight forward creatives, Stubborn to the hustle. This multiple award winner is dedicated to speaking the truth against all odds. Born Ahmed Abiola Akinbiyi on 27 January 1996, Bella Shmurda comes from a polygamous family in Ikorodu, Lagos. As the last born of 10 children, his journey into the performing arts started in primary school. Whilst here, he participated in cultural dance and sang in the school band before being promoted to music prefect. His love for music continued to grow and in 2011, he penned his first track which was a Gospel song! Bella Shmurda attended school in Badagry, before moving to Okokomaiko. This transition exposed him to life on the street. Though he grew up on Fuji music, the struggle  inspired his early music. Whilst his mum worked 12-hour shifts, he would secretly attend studio sessions. As a university lecturer herself, she heavily encouraged Bella Shmurda to focus on his studies, but he had other plans. Bella Shmurda’s career took flight once he got to Lagos University; this year he graduated with a second degree in History and International Relations. The freedom of this new environment allowed him to fully explore his musical creativity. Leaning on his love for Philosophy and Religion, he formed his conscious and relatable sound. Inspired by his environment and lifestyle, Bella Shmurda prides himself on tapping into the pain of the street and educating the world on their hardships. Bella Shmurda shot to fame in 2018 with his breakout single, ‘Vision 2020’. This song went viral when his celebrity friend, Poco Lee, created a viral video for this track. It caught the attention of Afrobeats icon, Olamide, who invited him to the studio to create a remix. The support from the legend encouraged him to release his first EP ‘Hypertension’. This passion project established Bella Shmurda as a force to be reckoned with. Since kicking of his illustrious career in 2019, Bella Shmurda has accumulated a string of accolades. With over 1.5 billion lifetime streams and more than 13 million total followers, the Fuji-inspired singer is Audiomack’s highest streamed African artist (2020-2022), Boomplay’s Most Searched Artist of the Year (2021), Apple Music’s 10th Most Streamed Artist in Nigeria of all time (2021) and Shazam’s 10th Most Streamed Artist in Nigeria of all time (2021). In addition to smashing records, the multi-award winner validates his position in Afrobeats by having mega collaborations with the genre’s royalty such as Davido, Olamide and Tiwa Savage. After co-writing ‘Anoti’ with Wizkid, the icon tweeted “One day. I’m gon sit y’all down and explain how important Bella Shmurda’s voice is in African music”. This is evident as the superstar continues to dominate charts; most recently peaking at #1 on Apple Music’s Top 25: Lagos charts with his brand new single, ‘Loner’ (2024). Having just completed a 9-city UK tour and 6-stop European tour in Spring 2024, this year is already looking bright for Bella Shmurda.

About Bloody Civilian:

Bloody Civilian is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and a record producer signed to Def Jam, a UK arm of Def Jam Recordings. She is most noted for her single “How To Kill A Man” and “Wake Up” featuring Rema, which was soundtracked in the American 2022 superhero film Black Panther. She is also known for her feature on “Blood on the Dance Floor ” with ODUMODUBLVCK. Bloody Civilian is profiled by The Guardian Nigeria as among the most radical of emerging mavericks in the Nigerian music scene and by NME as an essential emerging artist for 2023.

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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 (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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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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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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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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