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Music uniting Africa’s young people

Music is like no other weapon for reaching out to the human mind. It crosses boundaries seamlessly. It breaks barriers set up by race, class, borders, education, etc. Never has the African youth been more involved in the music movement than at this point in history. There’s African hip hop everywhere one turns to these […]

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Music is like no other weapon for reaching out to the human mind. It crosses boundaries seamlessly. It breaks barriers set up by race, class, borders, education, etc.

Never has the African youth been more involved in the music movement than at this point in history. There’s African hip hop everywhere one turns to these days. The African hip hop revolution seems to be led by Nigerian MCs whose music has taken the continent by storm.

And while taking the continent hostage they’ve begun to create a synergy with other young Africans with collaborations that will surely break down the artificial barriers foisted on us by colonialism.

Just watching MTVBase on a late night will bring home this truth. Female MC Sasha dueting with Mozambique’s Dama do Bling, South Africa’s HHP featuring Naeto C, Wande Coal and Ghana’s R2Bees or J Martins dancing soukous in a collaboration with DR Congo’s Fally Ipupa. Never in the history of African music have musicians been able to collaborate across boundaries like they’re doing at the moment.

And before you’re quick to say it’s all because of MTVBase, Channel O, Sound City, etc, I would like to say that it is the strength and the hunger of the African young person that has ensured this. If the young people had not taken it upon themselves to create the music they are making now, the music channels would have no business being in business.

It is the African youth who through all the trouble of every day hustling and finding a meaning to existence who have carved an enviable niche for themselves. This in the face of government neglect.

The schools are hardly teaching knowledge that is necessary to exist in modern Africa. The politicians are busy running down the economies leaving nothing for the future. Yet the music industry has risen up out of nothing and keeps creating jobs for thousands of young Africans.

While the politicians talk at round tables about creating an African Union for their self importance, it’s today’s music stars who are actually creating a borderless continent.

While the politicians are stuck with their colonial mindset where they cannot create a visa-free continent, today’s young singers are showing that with their collaborations they can cross borders and speak to the minds of other young people on the streets of Mombasa, Bangui, Dakar, Kampala, Alexandria, Akure and Dansoman that they can be as great as their dreams.

And the message this should send to the politicians holding back the progress of Africa’s youth is that we do not need you to make a life for ourselves. In the ancient times, a people could kill an evil god by starving it of worship. We need to send the message to the politicians that we are capable of starving them of their authority if they insist on holding us back.

We have the power of music, the power of youth and we will not hesitate to starve you if you continue to stop us from traveling around our own continent with spurious visa controls. We will starve you of attention if you continue denying us of proper schools and a good education. We will no longer come to you if you keep pretending as if you don’t owe us anything.

We urge you to pull down the artificial borders that keep us from relating with other African youth. The internet has done so much for us. Now you have to remove the remaining barriers.

Written by Lolade Adewuyi, a Nigerian journalist who has worked around the African continent. He writes his thoughts on the site visionofthefuture.blogspot.com

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Sandra Ankobiah Fumigates Mallam Attah Market Ahead Of Christmas Sales

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Sandra Ankobiah and her Women’s Institute organised a fumigation exercise inside the Mallam Attah market on Sunday, December, 5 to make the market a safe zone for traders ahead of Christmas sales. (more…)

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D Jay shares remix of his addictive single ‘Yawa’ featuring KiDi and Playaz

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After releasing ‘Yawa’ about a year ago, the rising singer kicks back with a more elegant version of his original hit, courtesy of a feature list that doesn’t disappoint. Stream/download ‘Yawa’ remix on all major platforms here: https://djay.lnk.to/yawaremix

The new striking release has Ghana’s very own Golden Boy, KiDi and Nigerian Afro-Pop duo, Playaz in tow – all accentuating the already delectable song with a zest of Hiplife melodies and buoyant vocals that are absolutely fresh. Like mainstream Afrobeat songs of its time, ‘Yawa’ remix is big on sweet-talking and boasts clever interpolations from past Ghanaian and Nigerian classic songs like VVIP’s ‘Ahomka Womu’ and ‘Fefe Ne Efe’ by Tony Tetuila (feat. Tic Tac).

If you’re yet to be acquainted with the versatile singer, ‘Yawa’ remix is a perfect introduction to D Jay’s burgeoning catalog. One of Ghana’s new rising artists to watch, D Jay’s breakout EP, ‘’Mixed Feelings’’ (2020) was center to distinguishing him from his peers as a versatile and charismatic voice.

Under the management of Q17 Dynasty, D Jay is ready to inspire his generation with a sense of responsibility and focus.

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Stegue’s Ginger Features On Apple Music Playlists With Ed-Sheran,Elton John

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STEGUE just released his first hit Single “Ginger” and clearly the song is raising eyebrows among music playlist curators on Boomplay and Apple Music
“Ginger” has featured on Apple’s music New Music Daily,Future Hits which features American top musicians like Ed sheran,Elton John .Lil Baby .Lil wayne and others

Management team of Stegue{Xpensive Records Worldwide} confirmed that this single is off his sophomore project “Songs For The Deaf” which is scheduled to be released next year
‘Ginger’ is an Afro Fusion song with production that induces a head bop from its listener. STEGUE exalts his lover as he speaks on how proficient her bedroom escapades are. He confesses how hard he has fallen for her and how he would do anything for her and never stop loving her.Ginger is a timeless danceable masterpiece fit for all occasions.

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Audiomack Launches “Supporters” Feature, Enabling Artists to Generate New Revenue Stream & Connect with Fans

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Artist-first music streaming and discovery platform, Audiomack, has announced the launch of Supporters, a first-of-its-kind feature in music streaming, providing artists with access to a brand-new revenue stream and allows fans to directly support songs and albums from the artists they love.

 

Supporters enables artists and musicians to directly engage with their fans when they release new music, express their appreciation for direct support through a variety of messaging options, and share exclusive content and limited offerings.

 

“With Supporters, Audiomack is treating artists as they see themselves — as entrepreneurs building profitable careers,” said Dave Macli, Audiomack co-founder and CEO. “Supporters creates brand new monetization opportunities for our creator community while bringing dedicated fans closer to the music and artists they love.”

 

Fans participate in Supporters by purchasing support badges for individual song and album releases. Once a fan completes their badge purchase, their contribution is forever memorialized on their Audiomack profile and the artist’s individual song or album page. To help fans showcase their support, across social media, Audiomack provides custom shareable graphics.

 

Supporters are ranked on three levels:

 

First: The first supporters for a release

Top: Supporters who contributed the most

Latest: The most recent supporters

 

To participate in Supporters, artists must apply for and gain access to Audiomack Monetization Program (AMP), or distribute their music to Audiomack through participating partners, including but not limited to Warner Music Group, Amuse, AudioSalad Direct, DistroKid, EMPIRE, FUGA, Stem, and Vydia.

 

About Audiomack 

Audiomack, which launched in 2012, currently reaches more than 20 million monthly users globally. The streaming and discovery service has played an integral role in breaking new acts, such as Roddy Ricch and Kaash Paige; served as a trusted partner to Eminem and Nicki Minaj, among other notable artists, to debut exclusive releases; and helped rising African stars, such as Omah Lay, reach an international audience. As of December 2021, Audiomack is the top-ranked music streaming app on Apple’s iOS in Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Senegal, and Kenya.

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Shatta Wale, Medikal case adjourned to January 25, 2022

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Accra Circuit Court 4 has adjourned musicians Shatta Wale and Medikal’s case to January 25, 2022. (more…)

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Samini shows off “Queen Samini” mother to four of his kids for the first time

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Award-winning Reggae/Dancehall musician, Samini has shown off the woman in his life for the very first time.

Fremah, who is mother to four of Samini’s kids made her debut on Samini’s Instagram page as she celebrated her birthday two days ago.

Samini shared a throwback photo of them and a most current one to mark the occasion.

“It was her birthday two days ago but I didn’t post cus I didn’t have any current images of her or us so thot I’d just let it slide … not knowing she loves the posts 😂 but here’s the problem tho …. she no like pictures so she no get pics lol .. Our first daughter turns 18 in feb. and I can count the number of pics this lady has lol,” he wrote.

The “Linda” hitmaker also revealed he has known Fremah for 20 years and counting and they share four kids together.

“Known you for over 20 years and counting. We’ve had 4 adorable kids “tho I got more 😁” .. you’ve been a mom to all my kids and all we pray for is #morelife and #goodhealth and #wealth for you #queensamini. Chop life Wai,” he added.

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