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Ivy Sole Releases Video for “Taken” feat. B4Bonah

Taken” is a rumination on love lost before it could get started. Meeting someone you’re interested in is hard enough, but giving up what could have been, when that someone is taken, is heartbreak all its own. Enter Philly’s own Ivy Sole, a 25-year old rapper-singer who joins forces with Ghanaian crooner B4Bonah for a jam, off her full-length […]

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Ivy Sole Releases Video for “Taken” feat. B4Bonah
Ivy Sole Releases Video for “Taken” feat. B4Bonah

Taken” is a rumination on love lost before it could get started. Meeting someone you’re interested in is hard enough, but giving up what could have been, when that someone is taken, is heartbreak all its own.

Enter Philly’s own Ivy Sole, a 25-year old rapper-singer who joins forces with Ghanaian crooner B4Bonah for a jam, off her full-length debut OVERGROWN  (Les Fleurs Records), that balances desire and distance with ease. With Accra, Tema & Cape Coast as the backdrop, the video shows Ivy contemplating a different love and loss, visiting the castle where her ancestors were likely held prior to their long journey to America.

The video then acts as twofold contemplation on being “Taken,” paying homage to the love that sustained enslaved Africans for an unwanted, torturous voyage across the Atlantic, and the love that sustains and eludes their descendants now.

The video was directed by Dave Duncan, one of OkayAfrica’s highlighted talents and produced by Ivy’s manager Ethan Boye-Doe, whose family has roots in Ghana. Ivy is wearing two cloaks courtesy of Threaded Tribes and jewelry & eyewear made possible by De Forty Five, both based in Ghana.

Ivy Sole states:

I wanted to visit West Africa as a pilgrimage of sorts. I think many Black Americans and Black Caribbean folks have a yearning to go to where our families started, but we don’t have a specific place to return to because that history was stolen.

I consider myself blessed to have loved ones who have ties and are willing to share their homes with me; my manager (who produced the beat and the video) made it a priority to help me get to Ghana, collaborate with Bonah and accomplish the goal of creating more music and this video while we were there.

B4Bonah is one of my favorite Afrobeat artists and being able to shoot this video in Tema and Cape Coast made the trip extra special. It was heavy to be standing in a place where such terror took place, but I think my ancestors would be proud of my path back and my path forward.

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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.

Tik Tok: nirvananokwewww.tiktok.com/@nirvananokwe )

Twitter: @nirvananokwe

Instagram: @nirvananokwe

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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