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Diamond Platnumz talks about the different sounds on new EP and more on Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio

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This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With Diamond Platnumz, the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week, Africa Rising and LootLove’s Favourite Track of the Week!

Tune in to Africa Now Radio With LootLove This Sunday, March 20th at 1p London / 2p Lagos/Paris / 3p Johannesburg / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1 and broadcast on Cool FM in Nigeria every Sunday at 6pm

Cover Star Interview
Tanzanian superstar Diamond Platnumz joins LootLove via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about his latest track, “Melody (feat. Jaywillz).” He also discusses his latest EP, First Of All; working with talent from across the continent; learning to produce during lockdown; and trying his hand at amapiano.

The Big 5
LootLove shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Oxlade; Smallgod, DARKOO & KiDI; Rich Mavoko feat. Nviiri The Storyteller; Uncle Waffles & Tony Duardo feat. Sino Msolo & Boibizza; and Elaine.

Africa Rising 
Apple Music’s latest Up Next: South Africa artist, hip-hop star ByLwantsa, is the latest artist featured from the Africa Rising playlist, a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars, and this week’s show features his two singles, “WHITEBOARDS (feat. ThatoFeels),” and “Pretty Stars,” from his EP, SPIJØNGET (Chapter Three). Listen HERE.

Loot Loves
Each week, LootLove chooses her favourite track, taken from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. This week she shines a light on Nigerian singer-songwriter Skiibii and his single, “Baddest Boy (Remix)[feat. Davido]”, from Apple Music’s Naija Hits playlist. Listen HERE, and find a roundup of all LootLove’s selections on Apple Music’s LootLoves playlist, HERE.

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Sunday, March 20th at 1p London / 2p Lagos/Paris / 3p Johannesburg / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_AfricaNow or on Cool FM in Nigeria every Sunday at 6pm.

Diamond Platnumz on his thirst for new music

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To me the first duty I have is to know all the new songs that come. It’s like when people go to school or whatever, I must know all the new songs that come out. When the new song or new artist comes out, I have to embrace it. When you hear someone, you’ll never know how big the song can be, how big the artist can be, so when the new artists come I embrace everything.

If there’s this new type of sound, [I need to know] if I’m going to have to do it or however I’m gonna do it. Ok, there’s a new type of artist, and I want to do a song with them, how am I gonna do it? I don’t stop learning.

Diamond Platnumz on showcasing African music

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As an African I think I have a duty to promote and to embrace the culture where I came from, through my music so I can tell a story about not only where I came from, but the whole continent of Africa, telling the world how beautiful it is, telling the world stories that maybe sometimes aren’t ever heard, and as an East African as well I’ve got a duty as well to show the world that there’s the greatest musicians from here, to represent the continent from the East side of Africa.

Diamond Platnumz on the different sounds of ‘First of All’

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There’s different types of sounds of the EP, and the main point is I’m African, and all the sounds you hear on there are African sounds, from different zones – there’s piano, there’s afrobeat, there’s bongo flava. I just wanted to mix so that I can give the world the collection of our sound.

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“Boborebobo” hitmaker Minister Isaac Sie back with “Kamale Mulele”

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Renowned Ghanaian gospel musician Minister Isaac Sie returns with a brand new single titled “Kamale Mulele”.

The “Boborebobo” originator and hitmaker, who has been on a long hiatus, has made an unpredictable comeback with a new single that is set to become the new catchphrase on the internet as well as the airwaves.

“Kamale Mulele,” according to Isaac Sie, means ‘God is king,’ and it is inspired by the wonderful works of the creator and his kingdom that is about to come.

For Isaac Sei, God has unlimited attributes, and the title of his latest banger is just one of them.

Although the gospel star has been painfully sidelined by prestigious awards schemes in Ghana despite creating hit songs like “Boborebobo,” his latest song isn’t targeted at any award scheme. However, if it grabs the attention of awards schemes, he won’t deny them the honour.

“Award is not the main objective for my latest single, but welcomed if it comes,” Isaac Sie disclosed in an interview.

The DHE GILLY RECORDS label frontman advised his loyal fans who have been supporting his career and been through the thick and thin with him that they “should look up to God.  He is KING!”

The song is available on all digital stores across the globe.

Stream the full song below, and don’t forget to share your candid views.

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/dhe-gillyrecords/kamale

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Quad’s Debut Song, Southside, Is Set To Bring Down The House

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While many do not begin at all, the beginning of others is nothing to write home about. It is therefore, amazing how a musical career that saw its potential at an age as early as fourteen has grown through thick and thin without an iota of a thought of giving up. Professionally known as QuaD, Selassi Addaison realized his passion for music when he was only fourteen years of age. While in Junior High School, he tried his hands, or better still his voice, on a cover of a then very popular song, Illuminati, by Sarkodie. Amazed at how good it was, he knew music was going to be a major part of his life. Even though aware of his undying connection with music and his quest to pursue it, he had to put it on hold for a period, while he prepared to sit for his final basic education examination.

              He officially started his music career while in Senior High School, and his has been a display of pure talent and brilliance since. This does not however, seek to connote a notion that he has encountered no setbacks over the period. Considering how long it had been since he put music on hold, he had some challenges trying to rebirth his lyrical dexterity. Fortunately, he got necessary help from a fellow up-and-coming artist, Nathaniel, to whom he looked up. It was through Nathaniel that QuaD made his debut performance in University of Ghana, Legon. Motivated, inspired and supported by his mum, uncles, Nathaniel, Big Dee, Big.K Dj and a few colleagues in school, he was and still is determined to leave no stone unturned in his quest to chalk several successes in his musical journey.

             Drawing inspiration from amazing people like Sarkodie, Kwesi Arthur, Burna Boy, Rema, Dababy, Roddy Ricch, Kendrick Lamar, among others, QuaD envisions a music career that brings smiles and hopes to many, while serving as a means of entertainment. He is hence, so glad about the maturity and evolvement of his music life at the tertiary level, and seeks to, in that vein, express his utmost gratitude to Faygo, Bxndit, and all Clan members, without whose support he wouldn’t have reached his present peak. It is noteworthy that in 2020, QuaD released a freestyle titled Veli flow.

               To make a formal and gilt-edged entry into the world of music, QuaD releases his debut song, Southside, mixed and mastered by Bxndit, and produced by Faygo. Born and bred in the southside of Ghana, he realized how harsh and difficult life there is, so much that giving up has almost become an immediate resort whenever hit with the intensity of the reality and severity of life at the south. The song therefore, seeks to give hope to anyone whose dream may be on the verge of being awakened from, and to remind them not to lose sight of their goals, but believe in themselves and work at materializing them. It  goes on to encourage everyone to support the dreams of the up-and-coming ones, and urge them to reach for higher heights.

It promises to satiate his fans with a new hope to do, and he definitely cannot wait for it to be heard.

You can stream Southside on any digital platform here;

https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/quad10/southsid

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Quavo x Takeoff Present New Single & Music Video “Hotel Lobby”

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Over the years, Quavo and Takeoff have gone wild once or twice. However, they go wilder than ever on their new single and music video “Hotel Lobby”—available today via Quality Control Music Group/Motown Records.  Quavo and Takeoff reveal a woozy and wobbly banger on a whole different level..

 

Listen to “Hotel Lobby” HERE and watch the music video for “Hotel Lobby” HERE.

 

The airy cinematic production and ominous beat set the tone as Quavo and Takeoff trade one intoxicating bar after another. Co-directed by Keemotion and Quavo, the music video serves as an insane homage to the cult classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas directed by Terry Gilliam and co-starring Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro. In the clip, Quavo and Takeoff assume the roles of Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo cruising through the desert with a “mobile pharmacy” before pulling up to a Las Vegas hotel and barely passing the doors to check in. All kinds of psychedelic, tripped-out trap madness follows as they deliver the South’s first proper hip-hop homage to the late Hunter S. Thompson. It’s unlike anything either of these two multiplatinum GRAMMY® Award-nominated superstars have done either solo or as part of Migos!

 

It also paves the way for more music to come.

 

Takeoff recently dropped off “Crypto” with Rich The Kid. It has already amassed over 6.5 million Spotify streams and 4.7 million YouTube views on the music video. Receiving critical acclaim, HYPEBEAST proclaimed, “the new single sees the Migos rapper embrace his love for cryptocurrency and the fortune that it has brought him.”

 

Meanwhile, Quavo served up the intense “Shooters Inside My Crib.” It posted up 6 million Spotify streams and 6.6 million YouTube views on the music video. Touted among the “Soundsystem 50,” High Snobiety observed, “Quavo skates over the Ayo-B-produced beat effortlessly teasing us about an upcoming project.” REVOLT added, “‘Shooters Inside My Crib’ sees the North Atlanta star harmonizing about past struggles and current successes.” Sports Illustrated summed it up best as “an absolute banger.” Not to mention, he joined NBA2K22 as a playable character and will star in a new action thriller Takeover.

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Rising Singer-Songwriter Malachiii Unveils Debut EP ‘The Ascension’

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Elevating music to another stratosphere altogether, rising singer, songwriter, producer, and artist-to-watch Malachiii presents his debut EP, The Ascension, today via Motown Records. Listen to it HERE.

 

The Ascension highlights Malachiii’s artful approach as a future-facing curator, alchemizing vibes and styles into a multi-dimensional pop, hip-hop and R&B sound of his own design. Anchored by his production skills, the project boasts fan favorites including the vibey track “I’m Back,” the powerful anthem “Hold Me,” as well as the melodic “Free My Soul,” which Euphoria raved as “an upbeat listen with a mellow undertone, morphing multiple genres into one sound.” The EP fittingly closes with “Back When We Were Kids,” a nostalgic track featuring guitar riffs that seesaw back and forth between emotionally charged verses.

 

Speaking on his debut EP, Malachiii shares, “The Ascension is my true introduction to the world. This project is so important to me because it’s just the tip of the iceberg. The listener will get a chance to see different sides of me musically, while reflecting on my journey with “ascension” in all things in my life.”

 

Check out the tracklist for The Ascension below, and watch Malachiii pull back the curtain on his production process in his ‘Behind The Beat’ video series HERE and HERE. It’s Malachiii’s year, so hold on tight!

THE ASCENSION EP TRACKLIST:

1.    Elevate

2.    Hold Me

3.    What’s In Store

4.    I’m Back

5.    Free My Soul

6.    Next To Me

7.    Back When We Were Kids

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Stunna 4 Vegas Drops New Album “Rae Rae’s Son”

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After releasing a barrage of fiery singles, burgeoning star Stunna 4 Vegas’ (Billion Dollar Baby Entertainment / Interscope Records) unveils his blistering new album Rae Rae’s Son. The 12-track effort is a slam-dunk for Stunna enthusiasts who crave his high-octane energy and robust swagger. Fans who reveled at Stunna’s previous records “BMF,” Ice Wear Vezzo, and “Pay Me To Speak” will love the album’s latest record, “Sad Song,” featuring Spinnabenz. Listen HERE.
To celebrate the release of his new album, Stunna will perform three concerts including performances in Charlotte (May 21), Dallas (May 29) and Billings (June 9). YRB Teez and SSG Splurge will accompany the Billion Dollar Baby star on his trek. Fans can purchase tickets HERE.
Since he joined Billion Dollar Baby and Interscope in 2019, Stunna 4 Vegas has emerged into one of the roster’s most promising talents, with over 816 million streams in the U.S. alone. His frenetic energy and ear for top-tier street anthems launched the run of success that began with his Big 4X mixtape release that cracked the top 50 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Results only improved with the January 2020 release of his debut album, Rich Youngin, which shot into the top 30 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and the top 20 of the Rap Albums list on the heels of hits such as “DO DAT,” featuring DaBaby and Lil Baby and “Up the Smoke” with Offset. His credentials only grew with a heavy touring lineup in 2021, including featured performer slots at Rolling Loud, Made in America, and OVO Fest and headlining his national tour.
 
Rae Rae’s Son Track List
  1. Rae Rae’s Intro
  2. The One
  3. Pay Me To Speak
  4. BMF ft. Ice Wear Vezzo
  5. Going For Nun
  6. Suspect
  7. Activated
  8. Sticks
  9. Fye ft. YRB Tezz
  10. Skurrt
  11. Sad Song ft. Spinnabenz
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paris jackson out with new single, “lighthouse”

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Today, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actress, and activist paris jackson unveils her brand new single entitled “lighthouse” out now via Republic Records—listen to “lighthouse”HERE. “lighthouse” was produced by singer, songwriter, musician, and producer Butch Walker.

The single is released alongside the official music video, which was inspired by the iconic video for Nirvana’s “Sliver.” In the video, paris pays homage with a photo of Kurt Cobain—a full circle moment to the original video. Watch the “lighthouse” video HERE.

The song channels unbridled nineties rock energy as it harnesses the power of a classic alternative dynamic with a twist of its own. paris’ hypnotic verses give way to a chantable chorus, “I can feel the lights go low, but I don’t wanna let go now, maybe if I turn around you’ll see me, and what you used to be,” before a hummable guitar solo.

On the song, paris says, “I continued to write about this same old heartbreak that ‘wilted’ is about. A lot of the new songs coming out are similar stories about the same person and heartbreak. I guess I’m just exploring different feelings. ‘wilted’ was a more melancholy record, and now I’m exploring more of the anger…”

paris recently lit up SXSW with her debut performance at the festival, landing looks from BillboardThe Recording Academy’s Grammy U, and more. Back in 2020, she delivered her debut album, wilted, joined by collaborators Andy Hull and Robert McDowell of Manchester Orchestra. Upon arrival, it captured #1 on the iTunes US Alternative Albums Chart and incited the applause of NPRRolling StoneAssociated PressEntertainment WeeklyE! NewsPeopleNMENYLONRefinery29WWD, and more. Additionally, she ignited late-night television with an emotionally charged rendition of “let down” on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!paris remained prolific in 2021 with The Struts’ collaboration “Low Key In Love,” before sharing the lost EP as a surprise gift for her fans in early 2022. Now, paris jackson re-introduces herself with an honest and raw signature sound.

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