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Blitz the Ambassador’s ‘Native Sun’ out now!

The ever-impressive US-based Ghanaian rapper, Blitz the Ambassador has released his much-anticipated follow-up to his critically-acclaimed debut album, ‘Stereotype’ and follow-up live album ‘Stereolive’, on iTunes. The 12-song ‘Native Sun’ was released on iTunes worldwide on May 3 worldwide and would be followed up with Album Release shows in New York and Washington, DC this […]

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native sunThe ever-impressive US-based Ghanaian rapper, Blitz the Ambassador has released his much-anticipated follow-up to his critically-acclaimed debut album, ‘Stereotype’ and follow-up live album ‘Stereolive’, on iTunes. The 12-song ‘Native Sun’ was released on iTunes worldwide on May 3 worldwide and would be followed up with Album Release shows in New York and Washington, DC this week.

‘Native Sun’ has been described as the most ambitious release from Ghanaian-born, Brooklyn-based emcee, bandleader and composer, Blitz the Ambassador.  Native Sun unfolds from a kaleidoscope of perspectives, with help from a Rwandan sweet soul singer (Corneille on the track “Best I Can”), from sleek Francophone sirens (Les Nubians on “Dear Africa”), from buzzworthy Canadian-based/Rwandan-born rapper (Shad on “Native Sun”) and from bold Congolese and Brazilian samba-loving MCs (Baloji and BNegão on “Wahala”). Blitz even got a boost—including an invite to play at a packed Central Park SummerStage show—from Public Enemy’s Afrocentric thinker and rapper Chuck D himself (whose shout outs grace “Oracle”).

“Native Sun the album is a journey backwards, back through hip hop, the Caribbean soundsystem culture that preceded it, back to its African roots, with the final kora,” notes Blitz. “The film looks forward, to what could be. Both are about the longing for home we feel in the diaspora, and about letting go of old notions and embracing new ideas. The sound in itself speaks to that.”

The brand new video for the single ‘Best I Can’ ft Corneille, and directed by Terence Nance is already enjoying a lot of hits on the internet. “Native Sun” is one of the most organic marriages of African music and hip-hop we’ve heard — an effortless release that incorporates Afrobeat, highlife and kora music into old-school hip-hop. It’s a warm and danceable record with a social conscience, and it speaks to anybody who’s lived between two cultures — as more and more of us do.” – Youtube

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Off the heels of a successful month-long tour of Europe, Blitz the Ambassador and The Embassy Ensemble take Native Sun to New York City and Washington, DC this week.  Blitz returns to Europe this summer and then back to the USA for a late summer, nation-wide tour.

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Kuami Eugene, Sarkodie, Blacko, Amaarae, and others make it to Kamala Harris’ Spotify Playlist to soundtrack trip to Africa

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The Vice President of the United States of America (USA), Kamala Harris, has curated a Spotify playlist amplifying the works of African and African-American artistes. (more…)

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Spotify announces multi-year investment for Ghana’s emerging artists through its Creator Equity Fund

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Global streaming platform Spotify today announced a donation to Vibrate Space, a non-profit organization helping young Ghanaian music entrepreneurs with the tools and skills they need to thrive in the industry, from its Creator Equity Fund to support emerging artists in Ghana.

Vibrate Space, which is operated by Surf Ghana in Accra, is a community recording studio and music business programme, offering education, mentorship and space to young Ghanaian artists, so that they can create, connect and collaborate.

Spotify first partnered with Vibrate in September 2022 with a donation that facilitated the launch of the studio. Over the past six months, Vibrate has registered over 200 studio bookings, and hosted many more creators for events and classes.

To help Vibrate achieve its robust plans to grow and support the creative economy in Ghana, Spotify is making a sizeable donation from its Creator Equity Fund which will be administered over multiple years.

Speaking about the partnership, Phiona Okumu, Head of Music for Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) said, “Since Spotify’s arrival in Africa five years ago, we have worked to identify opportunities to support artists in ways that speak directly to each of our markets. The partnership with Vibrate allows us to continue supporting emerging artists and cultural entrepreneurs in Ghana in addition to the on-platform work we are doing in the country.”

The most recent donation was announced today at an event at Surf Ghana by Spotify’s Global Head of Artist and Audience partnerships Joe Hadley. “Spotify is proud to continue our efforts to support and uplift creatives with our Creator Equity Fund. I’m excited to share that from that fund we’re announcing a donation to the Vibrate Space in Accra, Ghana. They have been incredible partners to us; continually pouring into the local community and creating a space where artists can come together to grow creatively. We’re looking forward to hearing the music, stories, and success that will come out of Vibrate.”

The donation will be administered over multiple years, enabling the organisation to collaborate with and support even more aspiring young artists who seek to kick-start their careers.

Vibrate’s plans to use the additional funding for artist support include a festival at the space, to be held at the end of the year, supporting artists to put on their own events and establishing a youth hostel, where young people can find affordable, short term accommodation while also experiencing the collaborative and community aspects of Vibrate. The organisation is also looking to establish an artist in residency and exchange programme to fuel creativity, collaboration and cultural exchange, as well as a women’s programme aimed at supporting women’s growth in the industry. They also intend to expand their educational offerings, by extending their highly successful monthly masterclasses for another two years and introducing a three month instrument learning programme, starting with piano lessons and expanding into other instruments.

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Founder and director of Surf Ghana, Sandy Alibo said: “ We are happy to be partnered with Spotify. They’re really supportive of the alternative scene and not every brand understands that. We work with young, and emerging artists and creators who are looking to make a mark in the music industry and Spotify is a brand that speaks to young people, and has played a significant role in taking African and Ghanaian music to the world.”

Spotify data shows that fans on Spotify are finding and listening to Ghanaian artists all around the world. For every stream in Ghana of a Ghanaian artist, there are 6 streams all around the world, with top international markets for Ghanaian artists including the USA, UK, Nigeria, Germany, the Netherlands, Canada and France.

A number of Ghanaian artists have been beneficiaries of Spotify programmes aimed at showcasing local artists on a global stage and increasing discoverability. These include Black Sherif, who is a Spotify RADAR artist, Amaarae,  Moliy and Gyakie, have both been EQUAL Ambassadors and Kofee Bean is a Fresh Finds artist. Sincerely Accra, a Ghanaian podcast, was also named as one of 13 African podcasts to receive a share of Spotify’s 100,000 USD last year.

Managing Director for Spotify SSA Jocelyne Muhutu-Remy said, “Spotify is constantly seeking new and innovative ways to promote African music, and celebrate and support its creators. We see ourselves as a global platform with a local focus and we really drill down to understand what is happening across the continent, and how we can support both artists and users in those markets. Our partnership with Vibrate is one way that we are doing this in Ghana, but we have plans and projects in place to support artists both on and off platform across the region.”

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Kamala Harris in Ghana: What Akufo-Addo said when asked about LGBTQIA+ legislation in the country

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President Akufo-Addo has stated that for now, he is leaving the proposed bill against LGBTQIA+ persons in Ghana in the hands of parliament, and will only step in once the process is done.   (more…)

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Delete videos defaming my wife or face the law- Mercy Aseidu’s Husband to Kwame Borga

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Nana Badu Agyemang Duah I, Chief of Kunsu in the Ashanti Region and the husband of popular Kumawood actress,  Oheneyere Mercy Aseidu has asked actor Kwame Borga, to immediately delete videos he posted about his wife in response to the allegations he made about Kumawood actresses. (more…)

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Restore Deleted Political Posts on IG– Yul Edochie Urges Funke Akindele 

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Famed Nigerian actor Yul Edochie has advised colleague, Funke Akindele, to restore all the deleted politics-related content on her Instagram account. (more…)

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Mr Logic Blasts Edem Over Political Flyers; Says There Is No Time For Jokes

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Radio personality cum artist manager, Emmanuel Barnes, popularly known as Mr logic in the entertainment industry has express worry and anger following Edem’s parliamentary bid disappointment. (more…)

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