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Singer Efya has revealed in an interview that she’s too powerful a woman for any man in the industry to ask her for sex to help her. Speaking in an interview with KMJ on Showbiz Now on Joy Prime, the “Little Things” singer, born Jane Awindor, noted that her womanhood cannot be disrespected by any […]

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Singer Efya has revealed in an interview that she’s too powerful a woman for any man in the industry to ask her for sex to help her.

Speaking in an interview with KMJ on Showbiz Now on Joy Prime, the “Little Things” singer, born Jane Awindor, noted that her womanhood cannot be disrespected by any man in exchange for favors in the industry as far as her career is concerned.

“They will never dare. I am not the one. I’m too powerful, the thing is you will disrespect me, I’m a woman and I have installed that power in myself,” she said.

“There have been a lot of artistes in Ghana who have also helped me to get to where I am. So when they call on me as a favour I will definitely do what I can for them depending on how it suits my brand and pricing,” she said.

The ‘Mamee’ singer also added that it’s strictly business for her when it comes to dealing with people and money.

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Apple Music 2021 Year-end Charts: s Gyakie & Omah Lay’s ‘Forever’  tops rest of Africa

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Apple Music today reveals the biggest songs of the year with its annual Top 100 charts. For the first time, Apple Music shares the Top 100 2021: Fitness chart—spotlighting the most-played workout music across Apple Music and Fitness+—besides its Top 100 Streamed Songs, Top 100 Shazamed Songs and Top 100 Most-Read Lyrics! These global charts highlight and celebrate another incredible year in music, and together they provide a truly unique and global perspective on the year’s biggest music.

 

Check out Apple Music’s 2021 top charts below, and listen to the full Top 100 charts-playlists on Apple Music at music.apple.com

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Chart Toppers

– Top Streamed Song of 2021:  Dynamite – BTS

– Top Read Lyrics: drivers license – Olivia Rodrigo

– Top Streamed Workout Song: Head & Heart (feat. MNEK) [Tiësto Remix] – Joel Corry

– Top Shazamed Song: Astronaut In The Ocean – Masked Wolf

 

The Top Songs of 2021

The year’s most-played songs around the world on Apple Music

After a year in which much of the world’s population was trapped in their homes, 2021 was all about having one foot out the door. This chart compiling the most-streamed songs across the globe on Apple Music between October 16, 2020, and October 15, 2021, is a mirror of that tentativeness and hopefulness—a mix of thrilling new hits that helped shake the world from its stasis alongside favorites we returned to when that jolt felt like too much. What they all have in common, from hip-hop upstarts to a wave of Japanese artists striving in streaming to a K-pop juggernaut primed for planetary domination, is that they brought comfort and catharsis at a time when we all needed them most.

 

Top 100 2021: Most-Read Lyrics

Mic check! These are the songs our users just had to sing along to this year.

Every year, Apple Music tallies which songs had the most popular lyrics, read—and, surely, sung—by fans around the world. The top 100 are compiled into a karaoke-ready playlist, which you can find below. The top of this year’s list is dominated by Olivia Rodrigo, the TikTok sensation turned bona fide pop star with three songs in the top 10. “drivers license,” her runaway breakthrough single that was released in January when she was just 17, is a masterfully vivid postcard of vulnerability and teen heartache—rich, brooding, and melodramatic. It’s the sort of big, catchy ballad that makes you want to hit the road and belt along: “And you’re probably with that blonde girl/Who always made me doubt/She’s so much older than me/She’s everything I’m insecure about.”

 

Top 100 2021: Fitness

The most-played workout music across Apple Music and Fitness+ this year

Whether it’s to keep the vibes positive and uplifting, to tap into a deeper sense of purpose, or just to remind us of a great night out, the music we choose to work out to is so personal. Apple Music’s Top 100 2021: Fitness is a comprehensive look at what tracks did the trick for sweating it out in 2021. Compiling data from all of our Apple Music Fitness playlists, as well as what the Fitness+ trainer team was programming through the Studio Series, Fitness+ Spotlight collection, and even the Fitness+ workouts themselves, this set represents the year’s most-played high-energy music.

 

Top 100 2021: Shazam

Find out which songs received the most Shazams, globally, in 2021

Think back throughout the year: How many times did you use Shazam to identify a song? Are you one of the 11.7 million fans who used the app to discover Masked Wolf’s “Astronaut in the Ocean”? The Australian hip-hop artist’s sleeper hit may have first been released in 2019, but after going viral on TikTok, it received more Shazams than any other song in the world during 2021—by quite a margin, in fact. The Weeknd came in second, with 8.5 million Shazams for “Save Your Tears,” while Ed Sheeran’s “Bad Habits” received 8.1 million.

 

South Africa

  • The Apple Music 2021 Year End Music Charts in South Africa sees Amapiano producer Busta 929 & the late Mpura top the Top Songs of 2021 charts with their #1 single ‘Umsebenzi Wethu’ which dominated the country’s airwaves and dance floors last summer.
  • It was another strong year for South African artists on the charts, with over 44% of the Top 100 songs of the year and 26% of the Top 100 albums of the year on Apple Music in South Africa.
  • Drake’s latest album ‘Certified Lover Boy’ shattered streaming records around the world and was the #1 album of 2021 on Apple Music in South Africa. The highest charting South African album of 2021 was Afrikaans artist Riaan Benade’s debut album ’Spontaan’ .
  • Drake was also the #1 artist of the year on Apple Music in South Africa and the highest charting local artist was Amapiano king Kabza de Small.
  • Kwiish SA Feat. Njelic, MalumNator & De Mthuda’s single ‘LiYoshona’ was the #1 most Shazamed song of the year and Kabza De Small was the most Shazamed artist of the year in South Africa.
Apple Music Top Songs of 2021 – South Africa

https://music.apple.com/za/playlist/top-songs-of-2021-south-africa/pl.74282e60780842148625504c638d862b

  1. Busta 929 & Mpura – Umsebenzi Wethu (feat. Zuma, Mr JazziQ, Lady Du & Reece Madlisa)
  2. De Mthuda – John Wick (feat. Sir Trill & Da Muziqal Chef)
  3. Kwiish SA – LiYoshona (feat. Njelic, MalumNator & De Mthuda)
  4. Blaq Diamond – SummerYoMuthi
  5. Tiësto – The Business
  6. DJ Maphorisa & Tyler ICU – Izolo (feat. Madumane, Mpura, Daliwonga & Visca)
  7. The Weeknd – Blinding Lights
  8. Musa Keys – Vula Mlomo (feat. Sir Trill & Nobantu Vilakazi)
  9. DJ Maphorisa & Tyler ICU – Banyana (feat. Sir Trill, Daliwonga & Kabza De Small)
  10. Mr JazziQ & 9umba – uLazi (feat. Zuma & Mpura)
  11. Olivia Rodrigo – drivers license
  12. Wizkid – Essence (feat. Tems)
  13. Soa mattrix & Soulful G – uThando (feat. Shaun 101)
  14. Cassper Nyovest – Siyathandana (feat. Abidoza & Boohle)
  15. Mr JazziQ & Busta 929 – VSOP (feat. Reece Madlisa, Zuma, Mpura, Riky Rick & 9umba)
  16. Azana – Your Love
  17. Big Zulu – Mali Eningi (feat. Riky Rick & Intaba Yase Dubai)
  18. DBN Gogo,Blaqnick & MasterBlaq – Khuza Gogo (feat. Mpura, AmaAvenger & M.J)
  19. DJ Stokie – Superman (feat. Kabza De Small, Masterpiece YVK & Madumane)
  20. Major League Djz & Abidoza – Dinaledi (feat. Mpho Sebina)

 

Apple Music Top Albums of 2021 – South Africa

  1. Drake – Certified Lover Boy
  2. Pop Smoke – Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon (Deluxe)
  3. Wizkid – Made In Lagos
  4. Kanye West – Donda
  5. Riaan Benade – Spontaan
  6. Ariana Grande – Position
  7. Olivia Rodrigo – SOUR
  8. Justin Bieber – Justice
  9. Makhadzi – Kokovha
  10. J. Cole – The Off-Season
  11. The Weeknd – After Hours
  12. Drake – Scorpion
  13. Drake – Views
  14. Kabza De Small – I Am the King of Amapiano: Sweet & Dust
  15. Drake – Take Care (Deluxe Version)
  16. Sun-El Musician – To the World & Beyond
  17. Summer Walker – Over It
  18. Drake – More Life
  19. Blxckie – B4now
  20. Mr JazziQ & Busta 929 – Maba Jabul’abantu

Apple Music Top Artists of 2021 – South Africa

  1. Drake
  2. Kanye West
  3. Justin Bieber
  4. Pop Smoke
  5. J. Cole
  6. The Weeknd
  7. Kabza De Small
  8. Beyonce
  9. Taylor Swift
  10. DJ Maphorisa

 

Top Shazamed Songs of 2021 – South Africa

  1. Kwiish SA Feat. Njelic, MalumNator & De Mthuda – LiYoshona
  2. Musa Keys Feat. Sir Trill & Nobantu Vilakazi – Vula Mlomo
  3. Busta 929 & Mpura Feat. Zuma, Mr JazziQ, Lady Du & Reece Madlisa – Umsebenzi Wethu
  4. Boohle Feat. Njelic, Ntokzin & De Mthuda – Wamuhle
  5. DJ Maphorisa & Tyler ICU Feat. Madumane, Mpura, Daliwonga & Visca – Izolo
  6. DJ Maphorisa & Tyler ICU Feat. Sir Trill, Daliwonga & Kabza De Small – Banyana
  7. De Mthuda Feat. Sir Trill & Da Muziqal Chef – John Wick
  8. Mthandazo Gatya Feat. DJ Manzo SA & Comado – Senzeni
  9. DJ Obza Feat. DJ Freetz & Nkosazana – Dlozi ‘lam
  10. Zandimaz Feat. Nokwazi – Emathandweni

Top Shazamed Artist of 2021 – South Africa

  1. Kabza De Small

 

Nigeria 

  • The Apple Music 2021 Year End Music Charts in Nigeria sees a clean sweep for the Starboy himself Wizkid.
  • Wizkid’s Feat.Tems tops the Apple Music Top Songs of 2021 charts with their #1 hit and Top 10 Billboard single ‘Essence’.
  • Wizkid also topped Apple Music’s Top Albums of 2021 chart with his #1 Grammy nominated album ‘Made in Lagos’.
  • Wizkid was also the #1 Artist of the Year on Apple Music in Nigeria.
  • It was a great year for local artists with over 96% of the Top 100 songs of the year and 48% of the Top 100 albums of the year on Apple Music.
  • Former Africa Now cover star, Ghanaian breaking artist, Gyakie’s single ‘Forever’ was the #1 most Shazamed song of the year & Davido was the most Shazamed artist of the year in Nigeria.
Apple Music Top Songs of 2021 – Nigeria 

https://music.apple.com/za/playlist/top-songs-of-2021-nigeria/pl.3771c53436734784955bb4e0ecd95b4f

  1. Wizkid – Essence (feat. Tems)
  2. Wizkid – Ginger (feat. Burna Boy)
  3. Ruger – Bounce
  4. Davido – The Best (feat. Mayorkun)
  5. LADIPOE & Buju- Feeling
  6. Olamide – Infinity (feat. Omah Lay)
  7. Omah Lay – Godly
  8. Bella Shmurda,Zlatan & Lincoln – Cash App
  9. Wizkid – Blessed (feat. Damian Jr. Gong Marley)
  10. Omah Lay – Understand
  11. Davido – Jowo
  12. Gyakie & Omah Lay – Forever (Remix)
  13. Zinoleesky – Kilofeshe
  14. Olamide – Rock
  15. Fireboy DML – Peru
  16. Davido – Holy Ground (feat. Nicki Minaj)
  17. CKay – Felony
  18. Buju – Outside
  19. Rexxie & MohBad – Kpk (Ko Por Ke)
  20. Lojay & Sarz – Monalisa

 

Apple Music Top Albums of 2021 – Nigeria 

  1. Wizkid – Made In Lagos
  2. Davido – A Better Time
  3. Burna Boy – Twice As Tall
  4. Olamide – Carpe Diem
  5. Pop Smoke – Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon
  6. Omah Lay – What Have We Done – EP
  7. Joeboy – Somewhere Between Beauty & Magic
  8. Olamide – UY Scuti
  9. Ruger – PANDEMIC – EP
  10. Justin Bieber – Justice
  11. Fireboy DML – APOLLO
  12. Ayra Starr – 19 & Dangerous
  13. Burna Boy – African Giant
  14. Drake – Certified Lover Boy
  15. Blaqbonez – Sex Over Love
  16. Teni – WONDALAND
  17. Lojay & Sarz – LV N ATTN – EP
  18. Chike – Boo of the Booless
  19. Lil Durk – The Voice (Deluxe)
  20. Roddy Ricch – Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial

 

Apple Music Top Artists of 2021 – Nigeria

  1. Wizkid
  2. Davido
  3. Burna Boy
  4. Olamide
  5. Omah Lay
  6. Pop Smoke
  7. Drake
  8. Fireboy DML
  9. Bella Shmurda
  10. Lil Durk

 

Top Shazamed Songs of 2021 – Nigeria

  1. Gyakie – Forever
  2. Ruger – Bounce
  3. AV – Big Thug Boys
  4. Bella Shmurda, Zlatan & Lincoln – Cash App
  5. Jaywillz – Medicine
  6. LADIPOE & Buju – Feeling
  7. Olamide Feat. Omah Lay – Infinity
  8. Rexxie & MohBad – KPK (Ko Por Ke)
  9. Focalistic Feat. Vigro Deep – Ke Star
  10. Lojay & Sarz – Monalisa

 

Top Shazamed Artist of 2021 – Nigeria

  1. Davido

 

Rest of Africa 

https://music.apple.com/za/playlist/top-100-ghana/pl.78f1974e882d4952b26ebfb8e017c933

https://music.apple.com/za/playlist/top-100-kenya/pl.0b36ea82865d4adeb9d1d62207aab172

https://music.apple.com/za/playlist/top-songs-of-2021-tanzania/pl.a244575a739e471aaf51d8f32cd5981b

  • Looking across the rest of Africa, the Apple Music 2021 Year End Music Charts sees Gyakie & Omah Lay’s ‘Forever’ as the Top Song of 2021 and Davido’s ‘A Better Time’ the Top Album of 2021 in Ghana.
  • In Kenya Olamide Feat. Omah Lay’s ‘Inifinity’ was the Top Song and Wizkid’s ‘Made in Lagos’ was the Top Album of 2021,  and in Tanzania  Olamide Feat. Omah Lay’s ‘Inifinity’ was the Top Song and Davido’s ‘A Better Time’ the Top Album of 2021.
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R2bees, Efya, Black Sherif, Camidoh, others thrill at BudxGhana

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Last Saturday, November 27th,  Budweiser, the king of beers thrilled patrons with BudxGhana held at Sandbox Beach Club in Accra. (more…)

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Court dismisses Akuapem Poloo’s appeal, orders her to continue jail term

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The High Court in Accra has dismissed an appeal filed by Rosemond Alade Brown a.k.a. Akuapem Poloo which sought to challenge the 90-day jail term handed to her by the Accra Circuit Court on April 16 this year. (more…)

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Kwabena Kwabena to perform at ‘Popular But Broke’

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After the surprise announcement of beloved comic actor Clemento Suarez as the toastmaster for the Popular but Broke comedy special, organizers have now announced that Contemporary Highlife ace Kwabena Kwabena will also be performing. (more…)

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Nardo Wick shares new track “Me or Sum” featuring Future & Lil Baby

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Nardo Wick has just released his newest single “Me or Sum” featuring 2 of Atlanta’s biggest icons: Future and Lil Baby. The track finds Nardo tapping into the raw talent his fans adore him for and his flair for high-end collaborations. The song shows Nardo, Future, & Baby sparring about their romantic partners thinking they are “Me or Sum” from just a taste of their luxurious lifestyles. Future flows fluidly over a warm melodic chords, bringing out the soulful sounds he can tap into at any moment.

Then, once you think you’ve figured out the vibe of the record, it flips in an instant. A dark bass-line and strong hi-hats come rushing in and then, Nardo has a stand-out moment. His verse exhibits the depths of his sheer rapping ability––with him constantly balancing between being clever and concise in his quick-witted bars. The whole verse is full of quotables, a speciality of Nardo’s, with the crown jewel being “I think I’m a lover boy/ sing to your b**** like El-vis”.

In a song with two of music’s biggest names featured, the spotlight shines on Nardo with this neck-snapping bars and intense delivery. Then, to top it all off, Lil Baby hops on the track, bringing with him his unceasing flow and fashionable raps about buying multiple Birkins. “Me or Sum”is a perfect follow-up to the smash hit “Who Want Smoke? and its subsequent updated version featuring verses from Lil Durk, 21 Savage and G Herbo which has garnered over 90 million streams across platforms and debuted at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. With “Me or Sum”, Nardo flexes his pure, unabridged artistry and only further solidified his place as hip-hop’s nexts superstar. Now, on the heels of his breakthrough year, Nardo is announcing the 12/3 release date of his highly-anticipated debut album Who is Nardo Wick?.

Nardo Wick bursted onto the scene in mid-2020 with a string of releases, including “Lolli”, “Slide”, and “Came Up.” Music gave the shy teen an outlet to channel his angst and was accompanied by a fast-following. Though he’s soft-spoken off the mic, when Nardo enters the booth, the raps he produces are dynamic and haunting––a reflection of Jacksonville’s turbulent hip-hop scene. Hit-producer Cardo Got Wings laced Nardo for a last-minute request to appear on February’s Judas And The Black Messiah: The Inspired Album.

That album topped the charts upon release, putting Nardo Wickalongside the biggest stars of Hip-Hop and R&B In 2021, Wick transitioned from making buzzing records to inescapable anthems. “Who Want Smoke?” became a widespread hit, achieving over 60 million streams as well as placements on Rap Caviar and Hip Hop Hits. The song reflected a menacing teen with a no-nonsense approach to life and music balancing between being captivating and fearsome. Wick followed this with the Nick Mira-produced “Pull Up” in July.

In August, Nardo released “I Be Chillin”, an exciting addition to his growing discography. Then in October, after “Who Want Smoke?” initial explosion, Nardo delivered a new rendition of “Who Want Smoke??” featuring hip-hop’s Avengers: Lil Durk, 21 Savage and G Herbo.

Not only did Nardo add that star-studded lineup to the hit, but the music video was handled by none other than Cole Bennett and Lyrical Lemonade. Between the remarkable features and cinematic visuals, Nardo set himself up for a certifiable hit––debuting at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Who Want Smoke??”has become frequent soundtrack to viral content on social media, with the most recent inclusion being Florida A&M’s marching band, the Marching 100, doing a live-rendition of the hit song during the halftime show for their game against Alabama State University.Throughout the run, the budding rapper has received praise from Passion of the Weiss, Lyrical Lemonade, and DJ Booth, who included him in a recent “10 Rappers You Should Know Right Now” list. Recently COMPLEX named Nardo among their list of “Best Jacksonville Rappers.”

Please find links to stream “Me or Sum” (feat. Future & Lil Baby) and pre-save Who is Nardo Wick? below and stay tuned for more announcements to come:
NARDO WICK SHARES “ME OR SUM”
WITH FUTURE & LIL BABY
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PHOTOS: Wines Of South Africa Wine & Food Pairing Extravaganza Night In Accra

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The United Colours of Wines of South Africa returned to Ghana to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Methodé Cap Classique production in South Africa.

The popular Wines of South Africa hosted an exclusive Wine & Food Pairing dinner at the Labadi Beach Hotel on Saturday 27 November 2021 with a dazzling collection of some of the Best Methodé Cap Classique Sparkling & Still Wines from South Africa.

The event was highly attended by guests from across the social, political & diplomatic circles with the Secretary General of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)  His Excellency Wamkele Mene  and his wife Mrs Malika Mene as the Guests of Honour  with Her Excellency  Grace Mason, the South African High Commissioner to Ghana as the Host.

The Secretary General  of AfCFTA Mr. Wamkele Mene  advocated for Ghanaian Chocolate to be the preferred Chocolate in Africa to dislodge the European chocolate brands currently dominating the African Market drawing a resounding applause from all the guests.

The South African High Commissioner H.E. Grace Mason also urged Ghanaian entrepreneurs in the hospitality industry to explore partnerships with South African businesses in Ghana and back in South Africa to foster the unique bond between both countries

Mr Matome Mbatha of WOSA announced the long-awaited return of the Grand Tasting Tour to Ghana in July 2022 after Two year hiatus due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The country Manager of Wines of South Africa Bill Bedzrah shared the next exciting project in seeking Ghanaian Chocolatiers for collaborations with South African Wine producers towards the CAPEWINE 2022 event in Cape Town South Africa.

Amongst the VIP guests included, Hon. Larry Adjetey & Mrs Cecilia Adjetey, Architect Kafui Baiden,  Bola Ray CEO of EIB Network, Mr. Jeff Sowa CEO of REISS & CO Ghana, Miss Universe Ghana, 2009 Jennifer Koranteng, Miss Universe Ghana 2002 Ms Stephanie Walkins- Fia, Fashion Designer Ben Nonterah , Mr. Kodjo Adovor (Sommerlier) and many other guests.

The Night ended with a toast celebrating 50 years of excellent production of Cap Classique sparkling wines  from South Africa.

 

Some of the featured Wines of South African Brands paired with Ghanaian cuisine included:

Knorhoek Brut MCC 2015, Villiera Tradition Brut, Bon Courage – Jacques Bruére Blanc de Blancs Perdeberg Cellar Pinot Noir Rosé MCC, Perdeberg Cellar Sparkling White MCC 2020, Domaine des Dieux Claudia Brut 2014, Domaine des Dieux Rose of Sharon MCC 2011, KRONE Night Nectar 2019 Demi-Sec  MCC, Krone Night Nectar Rosé MCC 2019, Quoin Rock Black series MCC 2014, Cape Atlantic Sauvignon Blanc  Indaba Chenin Blanc, Indaba Sauvignon Blanc, Five’s Reserve Rosé GECKO Chardonnay, Cape Dreams Pinotage, Klein Zalze Merlot, Luitzville Pinotage, GECKO Pinotage, Bosman Generation 8 Shiraz, Protea Cabernet Sauvignon, Fairview Cabernet Sauvignon, Perdeberg Cellar Soft Smooth Range (SSR RED 2020)

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