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M.I Abaga talks about ‘God Energy’ album, inspirations and more on Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio

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M.I Abaga talks about 'God Energy' album, inspirations and more on Apple Music's Africa Now Radio

This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With M.I Abaga, the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week, Africa Rising and Dadaboy Ehiz’s Favourite Track of the Week!

Tune in to Africa Now Radio with Dadaboy Ehiz this Friday, August 19th at 9a Lagos/London / 10a Johannesburg/Paris / 1a LA / 4a NYC on Apple Music 1 and broadcast on Cool FM in Nigeria every Sunday at 6pm

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Nigerian rapper and producer M.I Abaga joins Dadaboy Ehiz via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about his latest track, “Bigger (feat. Olamide & Nas).” He also discusses his new album, ‘The Guy,’ his desire to share more of his  journey with the world, and what inspires him to keep going—the driving force he calls “God energy.”

Read Also: M.I Abaga Heralds Forthcoming Album With New Single “Daddy”

The Big 5
Dadaboy Ehiz shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Zinoleesky & Tiwa Savage, Idahams & Ajebo Hustlers, Joeboy, Sam Deep feat. MaWhoo, and Cassper Nyovest & Mousse T.

Africa Rising
Botswana-born rapper WNDRSZN is the latest artist featured from Apple Music’s Africa Rising playlist, a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars, and this week’s show features his singles, “Malibu” and “Promised Land”. Listen HERE.

Dadaboy’s Song of the Week
Each week, Dadaboy Ehiz chooses his favourite track from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. This week he spotlights Nigerian stars Larry Gaaga, Jesse Jagz and Tega Starr and their single “Blessings,” from Apple Music’s Naija Hits playlist. Listen HERE.

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Friday August 19th at 9a Lagos/London / 10a Johannesburg/Paris / 1a LA / 4a NYC on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_AfricaNow or on Cool FM in Nigeria every Sunday at 6pm.

M.I Abaga on ‘The Guy’

There was a reflection about how far I’ve come, and how much as you go along, you learn to be yourself. Everyone knows M.I but there’s the guy behind M.I, and I think at this stage in my life I’m ready to show more of that, talk more about love and talking more about whatever challenges I face or whatever I’m going through because I feel like in the world right now people are just going through it.

It’s a hip-hop album, at times it feels like an Afrobeat album – that beautiful Afrobeat music that the world is getting used to – it has great features and I think I want people to feel good about themselves and remember who they are – the lion, the king, the god, that energy you had – we all have it inside us, and this album is a return to that.

M.I Abaga on his album’s God Energy

 

It’s everything – it’s that God energy, it’s love. When I talk about god energy, it’s strength, it’s power, it’s humility, it’s love, it’s self-care, it’s happiness, it’s joy, it’s freedom. It’s all of that. That’s what ‘The Guy’ is.

M.I Abaga on Staying Inspired

I’ll be honest, before this project I asked myself ‘is there anything more that I can give? Why am I doing this, is it ego?’, and the answer I came up with is that it would be great that if the whole world knew that in Africa there was legendary rapper that existed, someone who put the whole continent on his back, someone who’s been doing it. I think that’s the rest of the journey for me, letting everybody know.

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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.  

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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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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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Kimilist swoops in with some nifty bars on new banger ‘Step In’

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Mimlife Records rapper, Kimilist returns with ‘Step In’ – his third drop of the year and one of this week’s hottest songs, thanks to some nifty wordplay. ‘Step In’ is available across all major digital streaming platforms here: https://ffm.to/9dvb51e

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Lil Baby Drops New Single, “The World Is Yours to Take,” To Be Featured on Official FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Soundtrack

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Today, Grammy-nominated rapper, mogul, and philanthropist Lil Baby is partnering with Budweiser to release “The World Is Yours To Take,” a new single that will be featured on the first-ever Official FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Soundtrack and in campaign content from Budweiser, The Official Beer of the FIFA World Cup™. The high-energy anthem samples the iconic chorus from the hit song “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears For Fears, inspiring fans to begin their journey towards greatness. The pop song transcends generations and geography, punctuating the go-getter energy Budweiser and Lil Baby were after for the collaborative track.

 

Listen to ‘The World Is Yours To Take’ HERE and watch the lyric music video HERE.

Read Also: Lil Baby Returns With New Single, “Detox”

Four years ago, sports fans around the world were gathering for the 2018 FIFA World Cup just as Lil Baby began on his path to superstardom with the release of his first album. Now, the Atlanta native and globally recognized rap phenomenon is using the global stage of the FIFA World Cup and partnership with Budweiser to reflect on his journey and inspire fans to go for it.

 

“My new track with Budweiser for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Soundtrack is a special one for me. It’s about the journey we’ve all been on over the last few years and celebrating what’s next. When I started in music in 2017, I went all in on a dream that brought me to where I am now, and that’s what I want fans to feel when they hear the song. I hope it makes you feel like you’re walking out onto the pitch at the World Cup making moves toward your own dreams, whatever that means to you,” said Lil Baby.

 

One of only eight singles featured on the Official FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Soundtrack, ‘The World Is Yours To Take’ will be celebrated on Lil Baby’s 28 birthday with a live performance at the Budweiser Hotel at the tournament. Budweiser and Lil Baby aren’t stopping at a global hit single; the pair will team up with amazing artists around the world to release new versions of the song and shoot the music video at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar that will take place from November 20 until December 18, 2022.

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