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DJ Sliqe named Head of Hip Hop/R&B at Sony Music Entertainment South Africa

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Sony Music Entertainment Africa announces the key appointment of Lutendo Kungoane, famously known as DJ Sliqe, as the Head of Hip Hop/R&B at Sony Music Entertainment South Africa.

About the appointment, Managing Director of Sony Music Entertainment Africa, Sean Watson, commented: “There’s an amazing quality about a creative like Sliqe’s choice to join us. It’s about his vision for the music he loves and where he can make the most difference from for his fellow artists. It’s apparent he wants to invest his time and energy in making a difference for his music community out of a role in A&R. It’s a sign of his selfless commitment to his peers and something we’re very excited about supporting!” When asked how he feels about this new venture, the award winning producer said: “I thank God for the opportunity. I give my sincere appreciation to Sean Watson for entrusting me with this new responsibility. I’m excited to work with the Sony Music family and create magic for South African Hip Hop and R&B.” 

 

Born and raised in Gauteng, Lutendo Kungoane, also known as DJ Sliqe, began his music journey in Grade 10 as the school DJ for socials and events. His first breakthrough came from being a resident DJ at the hottest clubs on 7th Avenue in Melville, which opened the door to bigger platforms and he soon started playing at events all over South Africa.

 

DJ Sliqe made history on the 4th of June 2016 by becoming the first local hip-hop DJ to win a South African Music Award (SAMA) for the ‘Best Remix Category’ with his hit single “Do Like I Do” (Remix) featuring L-Tido, Riky Rick, Kwesta, Nadia Nakai, Reason and the late -hip hop heavyweight, Flabba. He continued his winning trajectory at the S.A. Hip Hop Awards and took home the Best Mixtape Award for Inja Yam (Vol. 1).  A&R Director, Spiro Damaskinos commented “Having signed & worked with DJ Sliqe for many years now, we’ve seen first-hand what a great producer he is, and also what an important role he plays in the local scene. We are excited to welcome DJ Sliqe into the A&R team and look forward to working with him to take the local Hip Hop scene to the next level.”

 

The award winning DJ’s experience in the music industry has been invaluable and the work he has done with various artists on his albums has resulted in a seamless rapport with him and some of the biggest names in South Africa including Kwesta, Riky Rick, Shekhinah, A-Reece, Yanga Chief, AKA and many more. Sliqe’s ability to recognize, curate and produce successful repertoire in some of the most important genres in the business is a unique skill that distinguishes him from his peers. In his new role Lutendo will head up Sony Music’s investment in Hip Hop and RnB in South Africa. He will be responsible for leading our strategic approach to those sectors of the market through the discovery, acquisition and development of new talent as well as steering the careers of those already signed to Sony Music.

 

 

MUSIC HISTORY  

Singles: 

Do Like I Do” ft. Kwesta

Do Like I Do” Remix ft. L-Tido, Riky Rick, Kwesta, Nadia Nakai, Reason and Flabba

iLife” ft. Witness The Funk (WTF), OkMalumKoolKat and JR.

Mercy” ft. Riky Rick, Reason, Kwesta and Thaiwanda

Bay 2” featuring AKA, Yanga Chief & JR

On It” ft. Shekhinah (Certified Gold)

Flexin’” featuring Zingah and Stilo Magolide

Oceans” featuring Da Les and Shane Eagle

Do It For Me” featuring A-Reece and Bhlaklyt

Biskop” featuring Kwesta

Dream Girl” featuring L-Tech

Navy” featuring Gobi

Kasi Anthem” featuring Emtee & Maraza

Oh Well” featuring Sy Ari Da Kid and Makwa

Standat” featuring Darkie Fiction

Injayam” featuring Emtee and K.O

Spaan Saam” featuring Kwesta

Ezay’zolo” featuring Thabsie and Zingah

Sanana” featuring Cassper Nyovest and KiD X

 

First Album:

Inja Yam, Vol.1 (Released 14 October 2016)

 

Second Album:

Navy Black(Released July 13 2018) features Sy Ari Da Kid, AKA, Kwesta, Emtee, Chiano Sky, Maraza and Tshego

 

Third Album

Inja Yam Vol 2 (Released 18 October 2019)

 

DJ Sliqe joins the latest member of the A&R Team which includes long time Sony employee, Spiro Damaskinos and Clement Phaswane, famously known as Trancemicsoul. Trancemicsoul’s meteoric musical journey is as inspiring as it is deserving. From humble beginnings in his bedroom in the late 90’s he has since graced club rooms and stages from Pretoria to Barcelona. Trance discovered vinyl at the tender age of 17 when he saw DJ’s spinning wax at a school social and soon after began collecting and spinning records at home. After school he studied video post-production and then moved over to music production itself where he has carved out a niche with releases on prolific labels such as Seasons Limited, GOGO Music, Adaptation Music, Peppermint Jam and Peng, to name but a few. Taking cues from House, Jazz, Down-tempo, Hip-hop, Kwaito, Broken Beats, Lounge and Electronic sounds Trance describes his sound as melancholic and deep and soulful and the world has taken notice. In 2013 he was chosen by the Red Bull Music Academy to journey to New York where he spent two weeks attending lectures, studio sessions and events as part of the Academy schedule. Since his return to South Africa he has played some of the country’s premier festivals including Rocking The Daisies, Oppikoppi and his unforgettable European debut at Sonar in Barcelona.

 

When asked how he felt about DJ Sliqe joining the A&R Team he said: “I believe Sliqe has proven himself and his addition to our team is going to unlock a lot of opportunities for a lot of artists in the hip hop and R&B culture.” 

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Gambo’s ‘Boys Aye Wild’ tops Apple Music’s City Chart for Accra & iTunes

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The Blackmob rapper currently boasts of the hottest song in Accra, Ghana and that’s a fact – according to Apple Music’s City Chart for Accra at least. Listen/stream ‘Boys Aye Wild’ here: https://gambomusic.ffm.to/gambo-boys-aye-wild

 

It turns out the denizens of Accra could simply not get enough of Gambo’s ‘Boys Aye Wild’ today and rightfully so. The fun song beat the odds and for the first time since its release ranked at #1 on the city’s Top 25 chart list for the day and iTunes. Also earning a spot on one of the streaming platform’s big listings for the region, Top Albums, was the artist’s “New Era” EP which stood at #8 to score Gambo yet another exciting feat.

Gambo outdid the competition and had listeners converging on his song by the bucketload. In regards to his big win today, the ‘Boys Aye Wild’ hitmaker shared: ‘’It was a great feeling to see my song sitting at #1. Seriously. Big ups to Accra for making my day and showing my song that much love. I’m at peace now knowing my brothers are taking the right steps to treat their women right. Ha-ha. Keep the plays coming though and don’t stop’’.

 

Introduced in early 2021 by the Cupertino-based tech giant, City Charts is an updated playlist meant to bring local artists to the forefront of the conversation around music discovery, one it achieves by reflecting the musical tastes of listeners in over 100 cities from around the world on a daily basis.

 

You can check Gambo’s amusing video for ‘Boys Aye Wild’ here:

 

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Calling out to all artistes, artiste managements, record labels, producers, instrumentalists, music composers, music industry stakeholders and the public, that nominations for participation in the 23rd Annual Vodafone Ghana Music Awards are officially open.

Kindly note that only published works in the year 2021 will be accepted. Thus, all works from January 1st to December 31st, 2021 should be submitted via our online portal at www.entry.ghanamusicawards.com

There shall be no manual submissions. Deadline for submissions is Friday, February 18th 2022.

For assistance, kindly call 050 139 5176, or send a mail to info@ghanamusicawards.com On-the-go-updates are available on social media at Ghana Music Awards on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and online at www.GhanaMusicAwards.com

The 23rd Annual Vodafone Ghana Music Awards is proudly brought to you by Vodafone, and powered by Charterhouse.

 

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