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Chike talks about being a shirtless artist and more on Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio

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Chike talks about being a shirtless artist and more on Apple Music's Africa Now Radio

This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With Chike, the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week, Africa Rising and Dadaboy Ehiz’s Favourite Track of the Week!

Tune in to Africa Now Radio with Dadaboy Ehiz this Friday, September 2nd at 9a Lagos/London / 10a Johannesburg/Paris / 1a LA / 4a NYC on Apple Music 1 

Cover Star Interview
Nigerian soul singer-songwriter Chike joins Dadaboy Ehiz via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about his latest track, “Pour Me a Drink.” He also discusses his new album, ‘The Brother’s Keeper,’ staying true to himself, and balancing creativity and business.

The Big 5
Dadaboy Ehiz shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from CKay, Zinoleesky, PHILA DLOZI, Venom & Shishiliza feat. Aubrey Qwana, Moajorsteez, Howard & Paula Sibiya, and DJ Tunez feat. Wizkid, Alpha P & Tay Iwar.

Read Also: Watch: Actor Lil Win surprises his mum with a new car

Africa Rising 
South African hip-hop star Maglera Doe Boy—Apple Music’s latest Up Next: South African Artist—is the latest artist featured from Apple Music’s Africa Rising playlist, a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars, and this week’s show features his singles, “Goni (feat. Miss Read & Halo Yagami),” and “God Is A Black Woman (feat. KayGizm),” from his latest album, Diaspora. Listen HERE.

Dadaboy’s Song of the Week
Each week, Dadaboy Ehiz chooses his favourite track from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. This week he spotlights from Ugandan Afro-pop star Azawi and her single, “My Year,” from Apple Music’s EA Wave playlist, which showcases the biggest tracks from East Africa. Listen HERE.

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Friday, September 2nd at 9a Lagos/London / 10a Johannesburg/Paris / 1a LA / 4a NYC on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_AfricaNow

Chike on ‘My Brother’s Keeper’

 

When I made the album, I’m saying that’s my state of mind. When I had my first album I didn’t know what to expect, there wasn’t so much expectation of me. I mean a lot of my family members didn’t know me – they knew me, but they did’t reach out – but now I’m in a different place, a place of expectation. There’s a way people expect you to behave, there are demands on you and everything. There’s also a way I want to keep my family and friends to the best of my ability, and I’m just saying while making this album I have now become this person: the brother’s keeper. A lot of people still say he hasn’t done anything for anyone but that’s alright, I’m doing my best.

Chike on Staying True to Himself

The best you can be is you. There’s gonna be a couple of tweaks here and there, and that happened with my new album because there were a few things I learned, and other parts of me and my experiences I felt more comfortable talking about. I can tell you yes, I can see what’s going on [in more popular Nigerian music scenes], but the truth is if something’s working, why change it? I know what I did the first time, and it worked for me so why not try for the second time?

When there’s an abrupt change, also, you lose your core base. Now you might not see our music on all the streets and all the corners, but I can decide in Lagos, Nigeria to do a show and pack it with 800-1000 people, depending on how hard I go. This is 800-1000 people that are willing to pay to come see me, and that means a lot.

Chike on not being a singles artist

 

I have toned down being an artist, and look at it from an executive perspective. The way music is here, it’s expensive – whether you’re pushing singles or projects, a lot of money is going to go down. Me I’ve been independent for the longest – you know I have my team, I have my people who handles management but I’m basically independent – and with singles it’s still going to be money spent and you just don’t know for sure what the market wants to listen to… so if I’m going to spend $50,000 in pushing an album, I’m better spending on doing that than $20,000 on trying out different singles that just might not work. I mean as an artist it works for me, don’t get me wrong, but then I’m not the one who’s going to consume the music. It’s more of an executive decision.

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SPINALL, Summer Walker, DJ Snake, and Äyanna Come Together For New Video “Power (Remember Who You Are)”

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Music and skate culture come together as SPINALL, Summer Walker, DJ Snake, and Äyannalink up for their impressive collaboration, “Power.” The global union of legendary musicians is a must-watch, as Walker and Äyanna’s sonorous vocals glide against the Afro-pop production.
Directed by Charlie Buhler of Doomsday, the video features fast-paced footage from the highly anticipated Flipper’s Skate Heist film: masked skaters swipe a pair of exclusive roller skates, while SPINALL, Summer, DJ Snake and Äyanna are stationed at the renowned Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace.
“Power (Remember Who You Are)” is the soundtrack of the forthcoming film, which will be released in the lead-up to the opening of Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace’s flagship roller skating rink in London. Watch “Power (Remember Who You Are)” HERE.
Says Äyanna: “Working with the skaters was deeply inspiring. It was an honour to share the space with them, and everyone on set was so passionate about the song and project as a whole. Being apart of the directors vision was humbling and a real honour. It felt amazing to be included in a culturally significant project.”
The stellar lineup includes an all-star cast of producers, including SPINALL, DJ Snake, Nicholas “Unknown Nick” Audino, and The Eggman. This superb cast enlisted legendary Dr. Dre, who mixed the starry track. The song is also executive produced by Jimmy Iovine, and LVRN’s Tunde Balogun and Justice Baiden. The newly formed alliance on “Power (Remember Who You Are)” teases what’s to come in the upcoming short film Flipper’s Skate Heist — a wild adventure mixing the blending roots of amapiano with skate culture.
SPINALL, Summer Walker & DJ Snake (ft. Äyanna) “Power (Remember Who You Are)” eSingle
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Episode 33 on StudentOfLife Podcast is all about ‘Manifestation’

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Understanding the true laws and principles of it, realising that it is not simply about visualising and saying affirmations, write stuff down and it simply appears with time! It’s deeper than that. Understand the law of energy(chakras), law of vibration and governing your surrounds is key. Akosua Peprah is not telling you what you want to hear, but what you NEED to hear and the hidden truths of manifestation. (more…)

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Nirvana Nokwe’s New EP Nirvous Love Is a Sensual Exploration of Self

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Multifaced musical force Nirvana Nokwe has released her much awaited EP Nirvous Love, a soulful 6-track project stamping the budding artist’s credentials as an auteur of immersive and affecting music.

Stream/Download Nirvous Love here: https://paradise.fanlink.to/NIRVOUSLOVE

Featured on the cover of Apple Music’s new releases Nirvous Love is an EP that brings one’s soul on a voyage of discovery: a story of love and awakening. Being self-aware due of the replicated dynamics of destruction, betrayal and hurt created in childhood, Nirvana explores the vindictive streak to attaining the love we all deserve.

 

With singles such as “2 Woke 4 Love” and “Waiting” laying the foundation, Nirvana delivers a cohesive and slyly eclectic body of work, rooted in retro, indie rock, Zulu drums, gqom and amapiano sounds, along with her ear-tingling vocal melodies and themes that dig into varying facets of the human condition.

“This project is a language in how we define and predict love. I hope everyone can find solace and healing and be relieved from the shackles of control and being controlling. This project is the blueprint of a genre I’m pioneering called Cosmic. Definitely something many may call sonic cinema, explains Nirvana.  

Nirvana’s storytelling is intimate, truthful and, quite literally, out of this world with her ethereal sounds and deep passions for astrology. Her personal brand encapsulates the modern-day intellectualised dreamer, reflecting on the complexities of life and her place in the world.

While she is Johannesburg born, she identifies more with her years in KwaMashu and Lamtonville, Durban. Her family is rooted in the arts, making it possible for Nirvana to have participated in the entertainment industry at 4-years-old as a professional. By the age of 10, Nirvana understood what she was doing in entertainment and concluded that she wanted to continue pursuing a career in the arts.

“Nirvana’s latest release shows the diversity, future thinking and artistic integrity she has developed over her career. With massive support from stores such as Apple Music, it’s clear that she has a lot to offer and we’re excited to hear what’s yet to come,” expresses Mike Kelly Label Manager at Paradise.

A creative, a performer, trained singer, actress, producer, fashion model and filmmaker. These are some of the titles that can be attributed to Nirvana Nokwe. The 26-year-old hailing from Jozi is one independent to watch for.  

For more updates follow Nirvana Nokwe on social media.

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Twitter: @nirvananokwe

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YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/NirvanaL0v3Nokwe

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Black Sherif drops new single, ‘Soja’

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Ghanaian singer Black Sherif  drops his second single of the year, ‘Soja’, which is produced by Joker Nharnah.

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Glorilla Teams Up With Cardi B For Explosive “Tomorrow 2” Single

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Memphis star GloRilla calls on the one and only Cardi B for “Tomorrow 2,” which you can listen to HERE via CMG Records/Interscope Records.

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Breaking the shackles! TRADITION MAN WOLO unravels black history in latest album REGGAE MAN

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US based Ghanaian reggae artiste, *Tradition Man Wolo * has in an interview reaffirmed his quest to liberate the black man from shackles of the westerners through his music. (more…)

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