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Joeboy talks about becoming the African Pop Star on Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio

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This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With Joeboy, the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week, and Fisayo Longe’s Favorite African Proverb!

Tune in to Africa Now Radio With Cuppy This Sunday, February 14th at 2p Lagos/London / 3p Johannesburg/Paris / 6a LA / 9a NYC
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Cover Star Interview
Nigerian singer-songwriter Joeboy is this week’s cover star, and joins Cuppy via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about his latest track, “Focus.” He also discusses his debut album, Somewhere Between Beauty & Magic, his biggest inspirations and what he learned about himself during the COVID-19 lockdown.

The Big 5
Cuppy shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Jux; Ajebo Hustlers and Omah Lay; Singuila; Teni and Davido; and Prince Kaybee and Nokwazi.

Africa Rising
A protégé of WizKid, Nigerian singer Terri is the latest Africa Rising cover star—a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars. https://apple.co/372Wgr0

Proverb of the Week
Nigerian fashion designer Fisayo Longe shares her favourite Egyptian proverb: “Do a good deed, and throw it into the sea”—a reminder that generosity should never have strings attached.

Mini Mix
Cuppy finishes this week’s show with a special mini-mix of Apple Music’s Isgubhu playlist, curated by Black Coffee, and featuring music from Sun-El Musician, Black Motion and Miss P; Black Motion and Tabia; Tekniq; Da Capo; and Kususa and Argento Dust. https://apple.co/2Z6hXSk

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Sunday, February 14th at 2p Lagos/London / 3p Johannesburg/Paris / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_AfricaNow.

Joeboy on the concept behind his debut album title

I remember the whole idea behind the album is love, love is beautiful and magical. So, we’re speaking, and I’m like, “Yo. I think we should name it ‘Beauty and magic.’ ” We’re like, “No, that’s just straightforward. Maybe ‘Somewhere between beauty and magic.’ ” And it kind of stuck. I think the album title is really, really catchy. Once you get that title, it just was like, “Yo, let me check this out. What this album was about?”

Joeboy on ‘Becoming The African Pop Star’ documentary

Cuppy: A lot of my time last night at about 2:00 AM was spent watching Joeboy’s documentary on Apple Music, ‘Becoming the African Pop Star.’ I’m seeing people faint across the continent. Your fans are in love with you. Let me just tell you, Joeboy, don’t lie or feel yourself small. I see you getting all swagged up, getting fresh.
Joeboy: Yes, definitely. I think it comes with the, I’d say, the role I’m playing. I still make sure I treat everyone with respect. The fact that you are proud of yourself doesn’t mean that… I wouldn’t say proud in a negative way. I’m just proud of myself and the things that I’ve achieved.

Joeboy reveals which features will be on the deluxe version of his debut album

Cuppy: How come you have no credited features on the album?
Joeboy: I really, really wanted two of my favorite artists on the album, but I couldn’t get their verses on time. So by the time they submitted their verses, it was too late to actually add it to the album.
Cuppy: But you have to tell me, who are your two favorite artists?
Joeboy: Oh, okay. Part of my favorite artists are definitely Simi and WurlD.
Cuppy: Simi and WurlD, HABA! Listen, you know, it’s crazy, because Simi, WurlD and I were all on the same label, Platoon. Listen, Joeboy, you could have made something happen.
Joeboy: Yeah, but I made something happen. So the deluxe version is coming out in a couple of months, the deluxe version of the album. So those features are definitely going to be on it.
Cuppy: Perfect. Well, we’ll be here to receive it.

Fisayo Longe’s proverb of the week

“Do a good deed and throw it into the sea.” It’s an Egyptian proverb, and I like it because I think after doing good things for people, people are different from you. People are going through their own things. A lot of people move mad and you begin to think, “Why did I even help this person?” And that sort of thing. So I’ve just really learned between the end of last year and now, if you want to do anything good, just do it and forget about it. Don’t do it for any gratification or anything. That’s why I choose that one.

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Ground Up Chale Breaks Rising Ghanaian Talents Out Of The Gutters With Its Grimey New mixtape, ‘Trenches Babies;Lalid – The Big Fish’

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As part of Ground Up Chale’s projects, Trenches Babies was birthed to introduce diverse new musical talents to the ever-changing and dynamic music scene. The aim was to merge our newly discovered acts with  raw street talent to produce an eclectic project of musical mastery in the ever-growing

Drill scene in Ghana. This has paved the way for the groundbreaking solo mixtape of one of our featured acts, LALID. 

 

After the release of Trenches Babies, LALID caught the attention of fans who immediately fell in love with his unique sound that stood out in “Skin Bebe”.  

 

His first solo project, titled “Big Fish”, is an autobiography of his life which captures his struggles, aspirations and goals as he navigates his way through life and climbs the ladder of music supremacy. He opens up about his vulnerabilities and the dynamics of being a newly discovered artist in the limelight. It embodies a carefully curated track list showing this musical prodigy’s musical dexterity. 

This project puts his musical talent at the core of it and gives room for his creative freedom and expression. It allows the fans and music community to connect with him and will enable him to send a message to them.

We are proud to have such fantastic talent permeate the Ghanaian musical scene.

 

Be part of the revolution and connect with Ground Up Chale for more music news.

 

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Twitter: @GroundUpChale

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Kaama featuring Kwami Yogot – ‘Yaye Koom’

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The Christmas season is almost here once more.
Ahead of the festivities, a lot of Ghanaian musicians who cooked what they believed to be Christmas bangers have been drilling their songs for the enjoyment and listening pleasure of their fans.
Talented young musician, Kaama has finally dropped his latest single which appears to be the real deal ahead of the yuletide, especially, for people who love rap music.
The new song of Kaame is titled ‘Yaye Koom’ and it features none other than the witty rapper cum songwriter, Kwame Yogot, who is also affectionately called the rap comedian by many people.
The well-composed song highlights the fact that people should not be judgmental of people simply because they do not like the manner they dress or appear physically because appearance can be very deceptive.
‘Yaye Koom’ was produced by one of the finest producers in the music industry now called Chilling.
Stream and enjoy the song below…
KAAMA Ft KWAME YOGOT- YAYE KOOM.
Out now…
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STORMZY Releases ‘This is What I Mean’ Album

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STORMZY Releases 'This is What I Mean' Album

British musician Stormzy has released his highly anticipated third album, ‘This Is What I Mean’.

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Over the course of his expansive, heartfelt and defiantly sprawling new album, the BRIT and Ivor Novello award-winning Stormzy has delivered an undeniable classic; effortlessly condensing any number of disparate styles and genres into music which bravely broaches any gap between modern Black British music, soul and hip-hop.
Executively Produced by British producer PRGRSHN, the album includes the top 10 single Hide & Seek; an emotive, soulful and ethereal offering and his latest release Firebabe; a beautifully delicate and deeply touching sound. An array of incredible musicians are also scattered throughout the record including vocal appearances from the likes of Sampha, Jacob Collier, Debbie and more, all of which are listed here.
A bold and courageous leap forward from his critically acclaimed previous two #1 records, ‘Gang Signs & Prayer and ‘Heavy Is The Head, this isn’t music simply for the pop charts but rather, an intimate and sincere love letter to music. He speaks on forgiving his absent father on the mellifluous ‘Please’ and refers to his challenges with paranoia, depression and self-doubt on penultimate track, ‘I Got My Smile Back’ – which also features a guest vocal from the incomparable India.Arie. It’s a record which showcases intensely personal and lyrical themes which in turn lay bare the vulnerabilities, regret, frailties, healing, joy and triumph in a manner and to an extent that reframes the notion of what rap artists traditionally might do and be.
In a letter posted to his social media pages last night, Stormzy wrote:
When Tyler, The Creator released the masterpiece that is ‘IGOR’ he shared a message with it and I wanted to do the same but I was hesitant. Mainly because I would love for my music to do all the talking but I thought I’d share this message anyway.
 
I do a lot of interviews and I forget that everything I say will be shared far and wide, which is probably naive of me. Things that I say in real life don’t feel the same when I see it in text. I feel like I overshare, which makes me feel naked at times. But I do it so that you guys can understand me a bit better and to give the art that I make some context. I’m never ever purposely trying to defy genres or go against the grain. I’m never tryna do what is unexpected of me or what is expected of me. If I rap for 7 minutes it’s because in my spirit, in that moment, I just really wanted to fucking rap. If I sing my heart out then it’s because my soul just absolutely had to. I love music. I love, love loveeeee music. I will rap for the rest of my life, I will sing for the rest of my life, I will make art for the rest of my life. And at no point will I ever do any of those things for any other reason than I JUST WANTED TO AND IT JUST FELT GOOD. I am not a calculated mastermind with the ability to gauge what kind of music to make and when I’ll make it, I literally just feel and then let it out. People been tryna box me in for years but I hope this chapter at least makes my biggest critic say “hey, he’s shit but he loves music and I guess he’s gonna do whatever he likes” lol
 
I pray you listen to this album in your own time, whenever you can. Listen to it properly with no distractions. I pray you listen to this album with an open heart and if you hate it after I promise to God I’m perfectly fine with that, I’m just grateful that you listened with openness. I pray that it moves you and captures your imagination. And I pray that someone, somewhere, feels it. 
 
This Is What I Mean.
And it’s what I’ve always meant. 
 
God bless. Stormz x”
 
The confidence which drove the album stemmed from a deeper and far more spiritual place than we have seen from Stormzy previously. For all the success and awards that he has accrued during his brief, meteoric career, the lockdown that ensued from the coronavirus pandemic gave him one commodity he’d long lacked: time. And thanks to his sense of accomplishment following Glastonbury he was, for the first time, in a position to make the most of it.
Much of the creative energy that shaped the album emerged from a Stormzy music camp in Osea Island – a remote island in the Essex estuary that’s only accessible via a Roman Causeway for four hours a day at low tide. Surrounded by leading-edge producers and musicians each and every morning they would eat and pray together and then spend the rest of the time driven to creative heights by each other’s talents.
When you hear about music camps they always sound intense and sombre,” says Stormzy. ““People saying: “We need to make an album.” “We need to make some hit records.” But this felt beautifully free. We’re all musicians but we weren’t always doing music. Some days we played football or walked around taking pictures. And the bi-product to that was very beautiful music. Because when you marry that ethos with world class musicians and the best producers, writers and artists in the world, and we’re in one space, that’s a recipe for something that no one can really imagine. You can’t even calculate what that’s going to come up with. And it came up with a big chunk of this album.
The net result is that while ‘This Is What I Mean sounds very much like Stormzy, it sounds like no Stormzy album you have ever heard before.
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Tony Amani’s new single ‘Melody’ with Sarah Tobi is a beauty to behold

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Tony Amani’s new single ‘Melody’ with Sarah Tobi is a beauty to behold

Tony Amani‘s new single with Sarah Tobi is right on schedule, as promised, yielding a five-star performance that will steal your heart in an instant. Stream or download ‘Melody’ across all major digital platforms here: https://bfan.link/tonyamanimelody

As with previous releases, the polish in Tony Amani‘s vocals remains impeccable, especially for his latest: ‘Melody’. Recorded with fellow US-based artist – Nigerian singer, Sarah Tobi – the two make a pitch-perfect pair. They effortlessly triumph, fueled by an infatuation that runs a few seconds short of four minutes.

Putting ‘Melody’ into perspective for us, the reigning “US Based Male Vocalist of the Year” courtesy of the 2022 Ghana Music Awards USA explained: “Normally, in music, the melody is a part of a song that everyone remembers and rarely forgets and I realized this idea could be applied to love and relationships. So, while writing the song, I wanted to emphasize this… and the takeaway is for listeners to at least remember Sarah’s opener for the hook: You’re my melody/Baby you’re the one for me”.

The good news is ‘Melody’ lives up to the hype that followed its announcement a few days ago, arriving as a memorable, five-star performance that will steal the hearts of listeners in an instant, thanks to the vocal quality of the artists involved.

‘Melody’ is also one of the last songs to have been blessed by the magic keys of late Nigerian producer, Dokta Frabz.

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JZyNo is love-struck on new single ‘Onana’

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JZyNo is love-struck on new single ‘Onana’

JzyNo is left feeling weak in the knees in his cute, infectious new cut ‘Onana’ and he can’t help but sing it out loud.

‘Onana’ is the type of song to get you singing along in a matter of seconds; yup, its infectious vocals sink right into your subconscious to revive cute encounters of you with your crush and the feeling is, of course, dizzying. Like most prisoners of love, JZyNo is left feeling weak in the knees by the attractiveness of one mystery babe and he can’t help but sing out loud: “onananana”.

He’s completely love-struck and can’t get enough of his new boo thang: “Anytime when I see your face/Baby girl you make me smile all day”. Mastered by one of California’s hottest: Grammy-nominated, Mike Tucci and produced by Gigz Beatz (Ghana), ‘Onana’ boasts of not just JzyNo’s light, exquisite vocals but also the finest of words and praises fit for a queen.

Officially starting his music career in 2019, JZyNo is already a fan favorite; he won two of his four award nominations – “Afro-pop Song of the Year”, “Afro-pop Artist of the Year” – at the 2022 Emerging Music Awards in October. But before this recent success, the young Liberian star caught our attention last year with his debut EP “Brown Sugar” and months prior with his bright party tune, ‘Fall Down Inside,’ featuring Ghanaian rapper, Medikal.

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Pastor Blessed-Ennin praises God with a new single ‘Nsenku’

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Ghanaian Musician Pastor Blessed-Ennin has released a new praise song titled Nsenku. (more…)

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