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Joey Papking talks new ‘’East Side’’ EP, tribute to late parents, personal stuff and more

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With the release of his six-track ‘’East Side’’ EP, Jas Muzik artist, Joey Papking takes us through it, odes to family, personal stories and more.
From songs paying tribute to his late parents to hard-hitting Hip-Hop bangers that allude to the greats before us, Joey has managed to create a masterpiece that transcends genres and permeates the very core of human emotion.
Frimpong Ofori Precious well known as Joey Papking is a rapper-songwriter who hails from the Eastern part of Ghana, Akim Oda to be precise. Joey seeks to be remembered by many through his remarkable storytelling and impressive sonically delivery for centuries to come.
Dive into the interview below.

1. Who is Joey Papking? Tell us more about yourself?

Joey Papking is a young and rising artist who has a lot of passion for music. He hails from Akim Oda in the Eastern region and all he loves to do is entertain music lovers with his tunes.

2. So, your new ‘’East Side’’ EP is out. How did you come up with the title and how would you describe the EP to fans?

The ‘’East Side’’ EP is a power packed six track EP which is also my first set of project. The title says it all, it is a message to Ghana and the world at large that the Eastside has a lot of talents and its high time we’re taken seriously.

3. Share your music journey with us?

My music journey has been a hard and smooth one at the same time, because from the start it wasn’t easy but right after school, I got a label – Jas Muzik and here we are.

4. The productions on your EP are really a top-notch, let us into it?

So, all six songs are carefully selected. These are songs that I have high hopes in so, I selected them purposely for this EP. Major production credits by Fimfim with only track 3 – ‘Town’ done by Apya.

5. What should your fans be most excited for in the coming year?

They are going to see more of me, more fireworks.

Stream or download Joey Papking’s ‘’East Side’’ EP across all major digital platforms here: https://fanlink.to/eastside-ep


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Apple Music’s The Dotty Show Amapiano Lifestyle take over

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Apple Music 1’s The Dotty Show presents a two hour Amapiano Lifestyle radio special on Wednesday 1st December at 3pm UK (5pm South Africa time), in celebration of Africa’s hottest genre. The Amapiano Lifestyle special on The Dotty Show cover stars include: Scorpion Kings – DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small, as well as Lady Du and DBN Gogo.

 

The special episode will feature an exclusive DJ mix from Amapiano producer, songwriter, DJ and vocalist, Musa Keys, spotlighting some of his favourite tracks of the year from the genre and showcasing hits from his new album, TAYO. Musa Key’s Amapiano Lifestyle DJ Mix will be available to stream exclusively on Apple Music after the show along with DJ Mixes from South Africa and the continent’s hottest DJs.

 

Dotty will be premiering a new track by De Mthuda feat. Kabza Da Small, MalumNator and Da Muziqal Chef called “Khethile Khethile”, taken from his upcoming album, The Landlord 2.0.

 

Amapiano stars including DJ Maphorisa, Lady Du, Ch’cco, Aymos, Pabi Cooper, Slade and Felo Le Tee will also check in with Dotty to talk about the scene and play their latest singles, while Dotty will also feature new music from the likes of Mellow & Sleazy, MalumNator, MFR Souls, Major League DJz, Khanyisa and more!

 

“Irrespective of how crazy things have been over the past few months adapting to this new Covid lifestyle, Amapiano still managed to not only dominate the African sound, but also be in constant change, change which is very hard to keep up with.” – Ch’cco

 

“Amapiano is a fast-growing genre right now and not just in South Africa, but just globally.  Just to reflect from years back we were very much sceptical if it should even be called a genre, or if it’s still going to be relevant today because it felt like a wave just passing with a trend. I’m happy how we’ve managed to solidify the sound and how we’ve managed to create more creativity in the sound and the uniqueness. The sound is solid now and the future of Amapiano is very bright, especially with the collaborations which are happening right now across the country and the recognition we are getting as Amapiano artists is so amazing.” – Aymos

 

“Amapiano has been growing for the past years, and this year alone the culture has expanded even bigger, younger guys are coming in like myself and trying to feed the culture with something new so we can open doors for other young talent that’s going to come in which is an amazing and beautiful thing to witness. We’re thankful to DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small and DBN Gogo as they are opening up the culture. I’m just happy and grateful that the world is embracing Amapiano.” – Felo Łe Tee:

 

“Amapiano is a genre which has taken huge growth in South Africa and I can now say the world. It’s growing, it grows every day and to think about where it actually started it’s actually crazy seeing as where Amapiano is taking artists now and feeding a lot of families. Every six months the genre is in a different space, the artists are entering different spaces and making crazy moves. I’m really keen on seeing where ‘Piano will be over the next 12 months… just grow us as a nation & recognition for South Africa in the music space globally. I’m really keen on seeing where it takes us as a nation.” – Slade

 

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MOSAIC: The Gold Coast Report’s New Live Podcast Show

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In seeking to grow the podcast community in Ghana and beyond, Africa’s leading podcast network – The Gold Coast Report (GCR) – launched its latest live podcast show dubbed MOSAIC, at the Nubuke Foundation on November 27, 2021.

The event brought together lovers of podcasts, including the over 14 podcast shows created by Gold Coast Report.

MOSAIC provided a conducive environment for people, both young and old, to connect, network, interact with brands and engage in impactful conversations while having fun at the same time.

Hosted by Helen Appiah-Ampofo, the event had guest speakers and various GCR show hosts who engaged in fun and exciting conversations intermeshed with entertaining audience participation.

The event had three sessions that were hosted by Abby and Leonie; Yaw Ofosu Larbi and Smyly; Melika Boateng and Gerald Quaynor; with Ms Adjei (Director of Afternoon Jump), Ko-Jo Cue (musician) and Obed (a member of the SuperJazzClub) as guests respectively.

The audience were treated to good music in between the sessions by Eff The DJ, MC Nel, and DJ KO; as well as drinks from sponsors: Fika Teahouse, Jameson, and Django. Other sponsors of the event include Aftown, Bolt, YAKA, FanMilk, Respect and JamJar.

As a quarterly event, MOSAIC, promises to be even more exciting, as GCR aims grow the platform to provide opportunities for interested partners to engage with a vibrant and exciting community.

To be a part of upcoming MOSAIC events, reach out to GCR at social@thegoldcoastreport.com.

And if you haven’t listened to any of the podcasts created by GCR, you can access them via listentogcr.com, and follow them on social media for updates on the various shows.

Video recap to embed: https://twitter.com/GoldCoastReport/status/1465408796939989004?s=20

 

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Mark Asari is under God’s ‘Wings’ on new Amapiano-infused Gospel tune

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Having enjoyed good success earlier this year off his debut extended play ‘By His Grace’, British-Ghanaian Gospel singer-songwriter and producer, Mark Asari puts forth his next vocal foot. ‘Wings’ is available on all digital streaming platforms globally here: https://li.sten.to/MarkAsariWings

If you’ve ever wondered what the message of divine salvation would sound on Africa’s thumping new sound, Mark Asari’s ‘Wings’ has that feeling you so badly crave. Produced by his seemingly trusty producer, Ace Valentino, the song’s soulful air is inspired by the unmatched protection earned under God’s ubiquitous grace. Mark’s very rich vocals don’t fail in rendering this wonderful image either.

‘’The inspiration for ‘Wings’ came from Psalm 91: 1-4; ‘Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge’’, shared Mark. ‘’Ace already had the perfect base for me and I fell in love with it upon my first play. Amapiano was at the time a sound I had never experimented with, but I wasn’t about to let such a good production go to waste and jumped on the dance banger. I feel this would easily fit in a club setting, but with the gospel of God so I’m pleased to share’’.

‘Wings’ marks the singer’s debut release in the now buzzing world of the Southern African house music sound and is an exciting new song filled with God’s promise to protect his own. Enjoy!

 

 

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Twitter: @MarkAsari
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From Apple Music With Love: Elton John Debuts Exclusive ‘Inside The Lockdown Sessions’ Short Film

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Apple Music is getting into the giving spirit this holiday season with the launch of From Apple Music With Love, a special countdown to the holidays. Each day at 8:00a PST from November 26 – December 3, Apple Music subscribers will receive exclusive gifts from some of the biggest and brightest names in music, stamped with love and ready for unwrapping. Gifts range from exclusive EPs in Spatial Audio, to a behind-the scenes documentary films, to special holiday playlists, radio episodes, DJ mixes, and beyond.

Today’s exclusive gift comes from Elton John: an exclusive look inside his recent collaborations album, The Lockdown Sessions. In this exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, Elton and some of the musical partners from The Lockdown Sessions discuss via FaceTime the stories and process of creating this most unique of albums during lockdown. Learn more about the making of the album through his chats with Stevie Nicks, Eddie Vedder, Miley Cyrus, Charlie Puth, Brandi Carlile, Damon Albarn, Olly Alexander, and many more.

A critical and commercial success which reached #1 in the UK album charts and spawned the global smash hit single Cold Heart (PNAU Remix) with Dua Lipa, The Lockdown Sessions is Elton’s love letter to music of all forms. It is a dazzlingly diverse collection of 16 tracks that celebrates togetherness and sees Elton collaborating with an unparalleled range of friends and artists only he could draw together. It is also representative of the broad list of talent who have guested and built long standing friendships from their appearances on Elton’s Apple Music Rocket Hour radio show during its 300 + episode run.

Tune in every day at 8am PST to keep counting down the holidays with an exclusive gift every day on Apple Music HERE.

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From Apple Music With Love: Hit-Boy Exclusive Mix Hosted by FERG

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Apple Music is getting into the giving spirit this holiday season with the launch of From Apple Music With Love, a special countdown to the holidays. Each day at 8:00a PST from November 26 – December 3, Apple Music subscribers will receive exclusive gifts from some of the biggest and brightest names in music, stamped with love and ready for unwrapping. Gifts range from exclusive EPs in Spatial Audio, to a behind-the scenes documentary films, to special holiday playlists, radio episodes, DJ mixes, and beyond.

Today’s exclusive gift is an exclusive mix by Hit-Boy hosted by FERG: a collection of songs that made Hit-Boy & FERG who they are today. If FERG, the Harlem-bred superstar MC who made his name as part of A$AP Mob, wants us to know anything about the Apple-exclusive mix he curated with Hit-Boy, it’s that this is truly the music that moves him. “This is the music that I listen to all the time,” he says. “Whether I’m working out, or whether I’m just in the car, or before my shows—I guess they oldies now, but I like to call them classics.” With selections from New York all-time greats like DMX, JAY-Z, and Mary J. Blige, it’s not hard to understand how FERG was struck by these songs. As a kid, the MC was a sponge to what was popular on his block, and the playlist is a reflection of how it informs what he does today. “A lot of these songs, I was raised and I grew up on,” FERG says. “You got hip-hop and R&B in there, you got a mixture of some hardcore rap, all of these vibes—you get to see my eclectic sounds, that inspire my music.”

Tune in every day at 8am PST to keep counting down the holidays with an exclusive gift every day on Apple Music HERE.

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Listen Up: OG Munufie drops new single ‘Kaneshie’

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Fast-rising Ghanaian musician OG Munufie is out with a new song dubbed ‘Kaneshie’ (more…)

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