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Kold AF is Spotify EQUAL Africa’s Artist Highlight, Rising Artist takes on the spotlight for the month of April

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Spotify’s EQUAL program supports female artists in music, giving them a global platform through playlists, content hubs, and partnerships. Rising Nigerian artist Kold AF, known for exploring diverse sounds, takes the spotlight for Spotify’s EQUAL Africa program this April, following her selection as Spotify’s Fresh Finds artists in 2023.

 

Spotify’s year-round EQUAL program empowers female creators with a global platform for growth. The dedicated EQUAL hub connects listeners in over 180 markets with this pool of talented artists.

 

Monica Kemoli-Savanne, Spotify’s Senior Artist & Label Partnerships Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa says, “At Spotify, empowering women and creating opportunities for them is a true passion. We’re committed to continuing these efforts and showcasing rising artists like Kold AF, who serve as a reminder that dreams are valid. EQUAL Africa is honoured to be a part of sharing these stories.”

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In 2023 alone, Spotify hosted 15 EQUAL activations and over 14.8 million artist discoveries stemmed from EQUAL playlists, and EQUAL artists received 11,800 editorial playlist adds. This demonstrates the program’s impact and reach.

 

Kold AF, who recently released a 2-pack EP called “no PITY” alongside alternative soul artist Aema, emphasises the importance of staying true to her artistic vision; “People often try to fit me into their preconceived moulds, guided by their prejudices. Yet, as a young woman navigating the labyrinth of the music industry, I refuse to be confined by such limitations. My focus remains unwaveringly fixed on staying true to my artistic vision.”

“Participating in the EQUAL program is a genuine honour, a testament to Spotify’s commitment to supporting female artists. It also serves as a gentle reminder to me to extend a helping hand to the aspiring women who will follow in my footsteps,“ Kold AF added.

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We had a sit down with Kold AF to delve deeper into her music and creative journey.

 

What is that one surprising thing your fans might not know about you?

That I like video games. I had a Nintendo DS at some point in my childhood and I was STUCK ON IT. I played a couple of games on my friend’s XBoxes and playstations but I never had a console of my own.

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Now I’m getting back into the groove of it and I’m loving every second of this reunion of sorts.

 

When did you realise that making music was in your destiny and what is your WHY for pursuing this craft?

I only fully came to the realisation that it was what I was made for in 2019. As a child, I dreamed of being a star, performing in front of millions of people but I was riddled with fear for many years before 2019.

I decided that year that regardless of the intense fear, I would take the first step and keep moving till I see myself on the stages my younger self had been daydreaming about all day with no regrets.

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Which African songs or artists did you grow up listening to?

I listened to whatever my parents were a fan of at the time. That included icons like Fela Kuti, Lagbaja, Plantashun Boiz, Psquare, Angelique Kidjo, Fally Ipupa, Awilo Longomba, and the stars that came after them like Asa, Wizkid, Burna Boy, Davido, Cynthia Morgan and so on.

 

To someone who has never heard your music, how would you describe the sound, tone, and style?

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I would describe my sound as a Fusion. It’s electric and full of emotion. A fluid sound that will always infuse beautiful genres. My foundational genres are Dancehall, R&B and and Afropop but I’m as versatile as it gets and I’ll never be afraid to show it any chance I get.  I speak on real and relatable topics and I’m probably the biggest fan of my own music. When you press play on anything I’m on, you can be sure one thing is constant; QUALITY.

 

Any advice for someone dreading following their dreams?

I was literally in their position before 2019 so I can categorically say this; Take the first step. It’s the scariest decision and action but it is the most important one. The ‘what ifs’ and ‘maybes/maybe nots’ don’t matter in the grand scheme of things if you play it safe and never know. Things will come together with time, effort, showing up and consistency.

 

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Check out Kold AF’s recently released single “Everyday (I Day Pray)” on the EQUAL Africa playlist.

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Benjies charts his course to stardom with introspective debut EP “TRI”

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With the finesse of a poet, Benjies explores the multifaceted nature of identity in 10 minutes of pure lyrical bliss on his debut EP, “TRI.” His 3-track spectacle is available to stream in music stores worldwide. Listen to it here: https://bfan.link/tri-2

Money, love and mental health are some of the relevant issues of our day and to Benjies, these are cardinal to his self-expression, hence “TRI.” This thematic representation of himself (as reflected on the EP’s cover) sees the rapper break into the Ghanaian Hip-Hop scene at lightspeed with silky flows and a melodic rap style that renders a catchy narrative. Bundle this talent with the groovy touches of PsykoWorldWide, Elormbeatz, Swit and Benjies is invincible on his first EP.


“TRI” opens up with the hard-hitting ‘Scheming.’ Benjies acknowledges the power of money and rhymes about his determination to secure the bag by any means necessary. He uses the Akan proverb “sika yɛ mogya” as a substrate for his intriguing rhymes to atomize, dropping nuggets of wisdom along the way.

Benjes shifts the scope to mental health in the second track, ‘Pain Killer’ featuring Nemisis Loso. Here, the rapper artistically contemplates turning to alcohol and other vices as a quick fix to his problems. He is, however, quick to highlight the negative impact of such choices on his psyche, relying on a clever Fante flow to keep his call for staying sober fresh and exciting.


Things slow down for the EP’s closer, ‘Ride or Die.’ Benjies takes his time on this one, putting his better half on a pedestal over a soothing Hiplife production that feels classic. In an intimate show of affection, the rapper appreciates this significant figure for sticking it out with him through thick and thin. The rapper’s lyrics echo a sense of gratitude, steadily manifesting his final identity: love.

After drawing inspiration from his extensive time studying in China, Benjies is ready to disrupt the Ghanaian Hip-Hop scene through his tasteful blend of Hip-Hop, Hiplife, Afrobeats and Jazz with the funky rhythms of Alternative music. Last year, the burgeoning Fante rapper, who is equally fluent in Cantonese, dropped two tracks (’On the Go’ and ‘Third Person’) to test the waters and showcase his talent. Since then, he has been eager to establish himself as a prominent player in the industry, making his latest EP a must-listen.

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Gibrilville and Kwaw Kese Join Forces for Exciting Remix of “Gorilla”

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Dynamic duo Gibrilville and Kwaw Kese have teamed up for an electrifying remix of their hit single “Gorilla.” The collaboration brings together two powerhouse artists in the Ghana music industry to create a fresh and innovative sound that is sure to captivate listeners around the world.

Originally released as a standalone track, “Gorilla” quickly gained momentum and garnered widespread acclaim for its infectious beat and catchy lyrics. Now, with the addition of Kwaw Kese’s unique style and flair, the remix takes the song to new heights, offering fans a fresh take on an already beloved track produced by klenam Lednum “Klxnam” from the Uk.

Gibrilville and Kwaw Kese are no strangers to success in the music industry, with both artists boasting an impressive catalogue of hits and a dedicated fan base. By joining forces on the remix of “Gorilla,” they have created a collaboration that is sure to resonate with fans of both artists and introduce their music to new audiences.

The remix of “Gorilla” is now available on all major streaming platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube. Fans can expect an exciting blend of Gibrilville and Kwaw Kese’s signature sounds, as well as a few surprises along the way.

Don’t miss out on this exciting collaboration between two of the most talented artists in the industry. Stream the remix of “Gorilla” today and experience the magic for yourself.

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For more information, please visit Gibrilville and Kwaw Kese’s official websites and social media pages.

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Zyon Ovkin drops hot new single, ‘Vibrate’

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Frank Kweku Cole a.k.a “Manzo” but mostly known as Zyon Ovkin has dropped his latest single, ‘Vibrate’. Listen here

Born and raisd in the Eastern Region of Ghana, Zyon Ovkin completed Good News Baptize JHS in Sunyani and later move to Accra to continue his education at College High Senior High School.  He calls himself ” The Composer” due to his versatility and ability to quickly blend and adapt with any kind of music style. “I have experiment with different sounds and genres including Afropop,Rap,Highlife, Afrobeats Contemporary and conscious music. My immediate surrounding and upbringing has a major influence on my composition and thought process,” he comments.

Zyon Ovkin is spiritually conscious. He  taps a lot of energy from Daddy Lumba, Kwadwo Antwi and Amakye Dede as their messages resonate well with him. “I’m also influenced by the late Fela Kuti and Bob Marley. As a tenager, the loss of my Dad and my brother left me with a huge gap and trauma and the only way escaping the pain is through Music,” he adds.

He is currently signed to Solid Brand Management.

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LEONARDODDJ X IYKE PARKER CALLS ON 99PHACES FOR SUMMER ANTHEM “PAIN AND PLEASURE”

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“Life of the party and I give it my all” is one of the lines that is bound to catch your attention as you listen to Iyke Parker and Leonardoddj’s latest single.

Audio: https://easternchild.fanlink.tv/PainNPleasure

Teaming up with Ghanaian collective 99phaces, the duo releases their second single as they build up the release of their joint project later this year. 

With verses from Anabel Rose and Freddie Gambini, the house themed song is laced with an infectious chorus and catchy bridge which embodies the groovy feel that comes with the summer. The song encourages listeners to let loose and destress after experiencing the gruesome and tiresome couple of months. 

Produced by Iyke Parker, Pain and Pleasure has been dubbed a summer anthem. You can stream the single on all DSPs. 

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‘Borkor Borkor’: new single from rising rapper, Crytical emphasizes on success through perseverance

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Crytical, the talented artist from Tema, Ghana, is set to captivate audiences once again with the release of his latest track, ‘Bokor Bokor,’ produced by the esteemed SwatyBeats. Listen to ‘Borkor Borkor’ here: https://onerpm.link/bokorbokor

‘Bokor Bokor’ epitomizes a fusion of contemporary Hip-Hop and Rap with intricate guitar riffs and licks interwoven throughout, providing a melodic backdrop. The rhythmic drum patterns and instrumentation draw inspiration from cultural dance folk tunes, lending the composition a rich tapestry of sound. These elements converge to deliver a fresh perspective on rap music, filtered through the lens of a Gen-Z artist.

At the heart of the track lies a dynamic interplay between the buoyant beats and Crytical’s evocative lyrics, which explore the existential struggles faced by individuals navigating the complexities of life. Amidst the vibrant rhythms, Crytical adeptly articulates the internal turmoil experienced by “hustlers,” deftly weaving themes of perseverance and resilience.

A noteworthy aspect of ‘Bokor Bokor’ is Crytical’s incorporation of the popular Asante Twi phrase, further enriching the cultural tapestry of the composition. This inclusion, particularly evident in the chorus, reflects Crytical’s personal journey and underscores an enduring theme of patience amidst adversity.

With ‘Bokor Bokor,’ Crytical invites listeners on a sonic journey that transcends conventional boundaries, offering a poignant commentary on the human experience. As the track reverberates with infectious energy and introspective lyricism, it serves as a testament to Crytical’s artistry and unwavering commitment to pushing artistic boundaries.

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Kakra Jay is lovestruck in amusing visuals for new song ‘Crush on You’

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Kakra Jay makes a catchy entrance into the year with the inviting visuals of his latest love song, ‘Crush on You.’ Directed by DushieFrames, this exciting release stars Asantewaa and Cassious in an amusing narrative that will keep viewers glued to their screens.

The experience of having a crush is universal, and if you have ever bumped into yours, Kakra Jay’s new video is for you. Its engaging premise offers a wishful insight into the singer’s admiration for his social media crush (played by Asantewaa) on the job as a receptionist with his colleague (played by Sani Enchill) at the Rose Tree International Hotel. 

Through the ensuing vibrant scenes, Kakra Jay daydreams about being noticed by his crush despite the rude presence of her boyfriend (played by Cassious). He sings about his feelings throughout the song, seemingly connecting with her in his dream world. Despite a few awkward moments—which are whimsical, he perseveres before ultimately catching up to the reality of the situation. 

Aside from the entertainment on-screen, ‘Crush on You’ is your typical Kakra Jay tune. It is lively and has a mesmerizing quality to it. The Drumsticks-produced song reminds us that, despite his prolonged absence from music, the ‘Sexual Healing’ star is still with us. Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/track/1vfyj3NV146GAmACyx5H44

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INSTAGRAM: kakra_jay
TWITTER: @kakrajaysongs
FACEBOOK: Kakra Jaysongs

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