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Maths, Beats & Flow; Technology & Music – Paul Azunre is the other side of Dr. Pushkin

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Technology is defining the new frontiers for development; the innovations abound, and on a daily basis tech-oriented individuals continue to make strides at improving Humanity. MIT certified Dr. Paul Azunre is one such individual. From using AI to formulate videos for his music, he’s continued to work around music, its socio-economic effect, and now a direct impact on what can best be described as a state-of-mind sound. 

Maths, Beats & Flow is pure genius in music: other than the Musical set theory which goes beyond transposition & inversion, many would wonder how Maths can have a link with Music. However, the ever-evolving nature of today’s world juxtaposed with so much knowledge, and the ability to use this knowledge makes a title such as the “Maths, Beats & Flow” something everyone would want more insight on.

Veering off his last set of released songs, the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) certified Machine Learning Engineer, Paul Azunre, who recently engaged fans of the National Science & Maths Quiz in Ghana, has created something for nerds with a knack for Hip Hop. It is not just something for one class of people, but an eccentric set of instrumentals that will thrill people who truly love music, hip-hop and the fusion of genres. In his session with fans of the quiz, many of the young students whose affinity to Maths & Science appeared similar to a young Paul Azunre. Having represented and emerged winner of the 2002 National Science and Maths Quiz with Opoku Ware School in Kumasi; he could see himself in them. Beyond the books, most of these young ones have a love for Hip-Hop, however the public’s perception on what constitutes Hip-Hop often creates a disinterest. With the Album “Maths, Beats & Flow”, Paul Azunre has offered insights into the beauty of the art beyond booty and gangs.

The songs on the album draw influences from several genres and subgenres to further soothe the listening pleasure of music lovers. Combining Hip Hop, Chill Hop, Trap, Trap (EDM), Russian Folk Music, Lo-Fi and Rock, Paul Azure creates a whole atmosphere that enhances concentration simply by pressing play.

In a conversation with Paul Azunre he said;

‘ “Math, Beats & Flow” is a collection of Chill Hop beats I composed to help the mind achieve the ultimate state of focus – Flow. It evolved and was refined experimentally when I had the opportunity to dedicate myself to proving some mathematical theorems. It is designed to be listened to during mentally engaging tasks, such as reading, coding, doing homework, or just chilling. Just a little something to help you take a pause, a deep breath and calmly look inward during this turbulent time we are going through right now.” ‘ …Paul Azunre said.

To fully appreciate the effect of this magical sound, listeners are advised to play the songs in the specified order of the tracks, as numbered on the album. A good pair of headphones would not hurt either.  The musical piece reflects both the young Paul Azunre & the Dr. Paul Azunre – him now, and him from then –  to achieve something that transcends every day music.

Paul Azunre has in recent years continued to pursue his childhood obsession; one that seeks to bring together his forte of science and his passion, music. While people generally hold the view that music is purely entertainment, activism has brought to bear music as a communication tool; capable of influencing society on all fronts. Often presented in the form of lyrics on a beat, many seek to effect change in society. Even so, for the scientist and creative, he can employ two personalities to offer music in two forms; hence, Paul Azunre and Dr. Pushkin. While the latter – Dr. Pushkin – has chosen to travel the path of vocally fused music with impact-filled messages, Paul Azunre would stimulate minds to achieve greatness by offering serenity and peace of mind; for enhanced focus in tackling mentally engaging tasks such as studying. In this new persona lies the use of sounds from multiple genres based on how the mind works to facilitate learning or performing of tasks.

 

Two singles off the album are already available via the official label website isolirium.com and also via the Airbitplatform. The first single release – titled “Little Bit”, is a perfect introduction to what awaits music lovers, nerds, and the entire world when “Maths, Beats & Flow” is fully unleashed. The second single “Dive” is also available. Paul Azunre has scheduled each song for release every other Thursday, with the third track “Fix This!” scheduled for August 20th 2020. Every track has been made downloadable for free from isolirium.com and Airbit by fans and music lovers. Tracks will also be dropping biweekly on all other streaming services starting August 20th.

 

Dr. Pushkin is an intriguing Ghanaian Artiste of Gurune extraction currently based in the United States of America. He holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  Sometime in 2019, Dr. Azunre made international headlines for his contributions to advancing the state of Optical System Design optimization algorithms. Many least expected the nerdy scientist to have a major interest in music. However, developing an algorithm that can guarantee to find the “best possible design” to an optical design problem was just the start of his quest to change society.  Today, he’s giving fans and music lovers something musically thrilling and mind-stimulating.

 

One thing is certain, hip-hop aficionados would always seek to advance the genre in ways unparalleled. “Maths, Beats & Flow” is the album for everyone seeking a peace of mind in their work-space. Paul Azunre is definitely a musical gem leading innovations on multiple-fronts, with music as one major focus.

 

Check out “Little Bit” and “Dive” by Paul Azunre via the links below.

 

www.isolirium.com or http://air.bi/b8LGk

 

 

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E.L’s ‘Superhero’ becomes most streamed Ghanaian Hip-Hop song on Spotify with over 20M plays

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V.O. Nation frontman, E.L breaks Spotify’s streaming record for Ghanaian musicians today, clocking over 20,000,000+ streams for a song from years back that bizarrely flew under the radar to now become by far the highest streamed Ghanaian Hip-Hop song to date. (more…)

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Somali-Canadian Singer Amaal, Releases New Single “Heaven”

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Amaal releases her long-awaited follow up single “Heaven” across all major tv and radio stations in South Africa and her newly established fans are beaming in excitement! Having debuted her very first single “Honey” in South Africa a few months ago, Amaal took some time to express her gratitude to SA media for the love and support that she receives all the way in Canada.

Amaal’s new single keeps viewers mesmerized as they dive into the free and luscious mind of the singer-songwriter. Amaal will reveal more on her acts of feminine liberation, detailing her unapologetic inner thoughts that embrace intimacy and female autonomy on her highly-anticipated forthcoming EP, Milly, releasing October 28th.

Amaal’s first studio EP Black Dove made quite an impact in the Canadian music scene as she showcased her powerful intuition both musically and emotionally. “Not What I Thought” boasts 1.8 million views as Amaal sang her heart out in a gorgeous Iceland set music video directed by Sean Brown. “Amaal has mastered the art of pairing airy but commanding vocals with pulsing production,” The Fader explains.

The fourth of ten children, Amaal began her remarkable journey in war-torn Mogadishu, where she and her family lived until they were forced to flee as refugees in the early 1990s. Starting over fresh in Toronto, she embraced the poetic nature of her cultural heritage but bristled at the conservative structures and customs that came with it, particularly the repressive expectations placed upon women.

By the time she hit 20, Amaal had grown bold enough to begin making her own music, but she still felt limited as to what she could sing about, so she focused her creative energy on politically and socially conscious material inspired by the civil unrest in Somalia and the struggles her people faced as a result. It was powerful stuff, to be sure, but there was more to Amaal than being a refugee, and she longed to express the fullness of herself and her story in her art. In 2019, Amaal finally worked up the courage to step outside of her comfort zone with the release of Black Dove, a daringly vulnerable collection that found her reckoning with love and heartbreak and desire in her music for the very first time.

Though it felt incredibly risky, the EP was a critical smash, garnering a Juno nomination for Soul/R&B Recording of the Year, racking up millions of streams online, and prompting rave reviews across the board. Complex hailed Amaal’s “airy and ethereal vocals,” while Vibe proclaimed her a singer “like no other,” and Exclaim! dubbed her “an artist that demands attention.” Amaal’s sophomore EP, entitled Milly, will be released October 28, 2021.

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Music producer Alpha Bz releases ‘Togging’ featuring Koo Ntakra: Now Available on all major streaming platforms.

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Alpha Bz looks set to storm the music industry, especially in the West African market, with the release of his new single titled Togging. The song features Koo Ntakra, one of the best rappers in Ghana.

The Tune Click signee appears ready to treat his fans and lovers of music around the world to impactful songs as ‘Togging’ becomes available on all major streaming platforms from October 15, 2021.

Africa has grown over the decades to become a major force in the global music environment, with the continent exporting several talented singers, songwriters, and music producers to the international scene. Ghana has played a significant part in the multi-billion-dollar market, with the likes of Sarkodie, M.anifest, Medikal, FlowKing Stone, Joey B, Kwesi Arthur, and R2Bees, literally championing the rap game in the country. However, it seems to be the dawn of a new beginning, with the huge talent of Alpha Bz, a gifted music producer and sound engineer, considering the feat achieved in recent times. The talented music producer has built a reputation in the industry, working with the likes of Safoa and Nayo on the hit single When Money Dey.

Togging brings in a new dimension, with the artist, Koo Ntakra, proving his class with an amazing mix of entertaining yet thought-provoking lyrics on banging beats. Alpha Bz has described Koo Ntakra as the best rapper and he has unarguably delivered.

The highly anticipated single, which is now available on all major streaming platforms, has been gaining traction, with support from the media and lovers of good music. For more information about Togging and other works from Alpha Bz under the Tune Click management as well as other projects from the art and entertainment company, visit – www.tuneclick.live. Tune Click can also be found across several social media platforms, including Instagram and YouTube.

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AmaPiano hitmaker DBN Gogo joins Spotify’s Global EQUAL Music Programme

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DBN Gogo is the latest artist to join the Spotify EQUAL Music Programme as the EQUAL Africa artist of the month.

 

The programme, aimed at providing a platform to highlight women in music, sees Spotify welcoming the popular AmaPiano DJ as the first South African artist to join its growing roster of influential female creators, which includes Nigeria’s Tiwa Savage and US rapper Saweetie.

 

This announcement comes off the back of DBN Gogo’s appearance at  AMA Fest 2021. The UK-based festival successfully showcased the ‘best of AmaPiano’ to  fans, with DBN Gogo bringing her energy and signature dance moves to the global stage. 

 

“DBN Gogo has managed to dominate two spheres within the music industry traditionally driven by the opposite sex: DJing and AmaPiano. For us, putting our support behind DBN Gogo not only speaks to what we do under the EQUAL umbrella, but further drives the support we have continued to show the AmaPiano genre since it came to the fore,” says Phiona Okumu, Spotify Head of Music, Sub Saharan Africa.

 

DBN Gogo, who recently claimed a spot on the top 10 list of the most streamed artists by South African youth on Spotify, only recently began her professional DJing career and was catapulted to superstardom when the hits ‘Dakiwe’, ‘French Kiss’ and ‘Khuza Gogo’ blew up the local music scene alongside her #dakiwechallenge video, which amassed over three million TikTok views alone.

 

“Being a part of Spotify’s EQUAL Music Programme is a reminder that I do not need to apologise for being a powerful woman. I had a dream and realised that old ways don’t open new doors. So, I decided to make every moment count to ensure that I become everything I wanted,” adds DBN Gogo.

 

As the latest artist to join the EQUAL Music Programme, DBN Gogo will also grace Spotify’s Time Square billboard in New York and her latest track ‘Possible’ featuring Musa Keys, Dinho, Optimist Music ZA, Makhanj, Lebza TheVillain, Koek Sista, will lead the EQUAL Africa playlist and feature on the EQUAL Global playlist.

 

DBN Gogo also features on Spotify’s flagship AmaPiano playlist AmaPiano Grooves.

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Tomi Thomas Pushes Artistry to the Forefront with “Hopeless Romantic Riddim”

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Singing and playing guitar, Tomi Thomas lays down the foundation of the Hopeless Romantic Riddim dropping October 14th, 2021. The Nigerian artist released an EP of the same name earlier this year, featuring tracks spanning Afrobeat, dancehall, and reggae genres. The highly anticipated drop lived up to the hype with industry support and extensive press coverage in Africa, Europe, the United States, and the Caribbean, along with other pockets of global reach.

Tomi Thomas’ music has a heartbeat, and the Hopeless Romantic Riddim showcases yet another aspect of his repertoire. The seven-track Riddim compilation is an explosive instrumentally driven accompaniment to the songs. “Super blessed and excited about all the riddims, big love to all the amazing creatives who etched themselves into my story and journey. I am forever grateful we go higher in these exciting times,” he said. Tomi is also a visual artist with many exceptional talents and abilities. He created the cover art, and it expresses the project’s true nature as poetry in motion. The special project also features dancehall recording artist Stylo G, along with experimental Afro-R&B artist boistory.

Tracklisting

1. Hopeless Romantic

2. Come My Way by boistory

3. three thirty by Aleicia

4. On My Own by Ria Sean

5. Foreign Car by Karmah Cruz

6. Hopeless Romantic ft. Stylo G

7. Hopeless Romantic (Instrumental)

 

After releasing the Hopeless Romantic EP in early June, Tomi Thomas debuted the music video for “Hurricane,” a song from the project featuring Buju Banton on the Fader. The young star leads the modern African music scene with a genuine passion and appreciation for the arts. He continues to evolve and grow with every move, and his fanbase shows their love and support. The solo artist has found success on his own after time with popular musical group Loud On Sound (LOS) early in his career. In releasing his debut album, the single “Ready Or Not” reached #1 on the Soundcity Nigeria’s Top 10 Chart.

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Nutty O from Zimbabwe features Stonebwoy on “Mustard Seed” Album with HOT NEW Dancehall jam

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Nutty O is on his way inking his name in the major league as one of Africa’s finest with this latest album project titled “Mustard Seed”.

The Zimbabwean Reggae/Dancehall & Afrobeats Singjay — Nutty O — flawlessly put his ends together for this creative collective.

His 14-tracked Album is not just gonna be recorded as one of Africa’s timeless collections but a solid and clean lyric album that cuts across all spheres.

Released in September 2021, Nutty O serves a fine blend on multi-lingual album on “Mustard Seed”. He features Ghana’s Heavyweight Reggae/Dancehall artiste Stonebwoy on Track 12 on the album titled “Success”, which has scored as the people’s top favourite on Apple Music. The song is a danceable upbeat crossover Dancehall, Afrobeats & Soca song — it has been the DJs’ top favourite since its release, no wonder it records as the top favourite on Apple Music.

He records the album in English, Shona and Patois (Jamaican lingo).

Listen to the Album here on All Digital Stores: https://linktr.ee/nuttyo

He moves away from Ghana and steps into Jamaica to feature popular Musician/Producer, Demarco on another single “Ndiwe”, which translates as “It Is You”. The word “Ndiwe” is from his local dialect Shona, widely spoken in Zimbabwe— a good way of selling his mother tongue to the Caribbean market and the world over — he infuses a good amount of Shona in this song to defend his originality as well as some Patois in there to prove his versatility and fluidity in multiple Languages. “Ndiwe” is a love song that swoons the ladies and it’s another lovely jam on the Album.

Nutty O now moves back home to feature his fellow country Singer, Kae Chaps, from Zimbabwe. The seamless synergy between both acts accentuates the swooning message conveyed in “Be My Girl”, Track 6 on the Album.

“Open Doors”, Track 1 on the Album is an unmistakable one that keeps you ‘stoned’ from start to finish to keep listening to the 14-tracked Album.

“Mustard Seed” is an album you’d play over and over again and never get bored because it makes a lot of sense and fits into current trend of sounds as well as reflips back into the 90s and early 2000s Dancehall style. The entire album is a fine toast of Afrobeats, Dancehall, Reggae and Soca.

Follow Nutty O on his social media connects here below:

Facebook — Nutty O Di Bwoy

Instagram — @ABX_NuttyO

Twitter — @ABXNuttyO

He entered the music space professionally in 2013 but shot up into the limelight in 2014 hitting BBC 1Xtra Charts “Destination Africa” with his jam “Kwandabva Kure” at No.3.

In 2015 Nutty O began sharing the platforms with the big stars – he shared stage with Platinum selling Jamaican Act, Charly Black and also won the “Most Promising ZimDancehall Act”.

2016 was another stupendously amazing year for Nutty O when he debuted a UK Tour, featured with Chilando from Jamaica on “Don’t Be Rude”. In that year he got radio plug on popular Jamaican Radio Station Suncity 104.9fm. Then run a South African Tour in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria.

He spread his tentacles wider in 2017 and 2018 with more tours in UK, South Africa, Botswana and Australia respectively while copping lots of awards.

He scored a feature on Etana’s GRAMMY nominated Album “Reggae Forever” in 2019. Nutty O can boast of features cum collaborations with Etana, Ammara Brown, Stonebwoy, Demarco, just to name a few. He is due to storm Ghana soon for a media engagement.

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