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New album ‘New Africa Nation’ released March 8th 2019

Fuse ODGreleases his new album‘New Africa Nation’onMarch 8thto coincide with Ghana Independence Day.Released onOff Da Ground Records(distributed by ADA). Over the last half decade, Nana Richard Abiona – aka Fuse ODG – has shifted the direction of British pop music. When he first burst onto the scene in 2013 he was a trailblazer working in a genre that […]

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Fuse ODGreleases his new album‘New Africa Nation’onMarch 8thto coincide with Ghana Independence Day.Released onOff Da Ground Records(distributed by ADA).

NEW AFRICA NATION 1

Over the last half decade, Nana Richard Abiona – aka Fuse ODG – has shifted the direction of British pop music. When he first burst onto the scene in 2013 he was a trailblazer working in a genre that didn’t have a title.

As his own name suggested, his music was a fusion, drawing on the sounds of rap, grime, bashment and house that he’d grown up on in Mitcham, South London, and the Afrobeat and Hi-life he would hear when his parents took him back to their Ghanaian homeland.  In Ghana, Fuse linked up with production mastermind Killbeatz, and together the duo found a way to join the dots between Fuse’s influences.

With the song ‘Azonto, they broke into the mainstream. Through 2013 and 2014, Azonto was followed by a run of back to back top 10 singles; ‘Antenna’, ‘Dangerous Love’, ‘T.I.N.A’. and‘Million Pound Girl’. This chart success was unprecedented for a modern African artist. It laid down the foundations for the rise of the Afrobeatssoundworldwide, a style that has dominated popular culture since and inspired everyone from Beyonce to Kanye West. 

This hard won success was consolidated with the release of Fuse’s debut album, ‘T.I.N.A.’ An acronym for This is New Africa, T.I.N.A. was as much of a mission statement as it was a pop record. The record saw Fuse start on a conscious awakening that would see him splice his addictive dance tunes with social activism.  

This new found awareness drove Fuse onward, inspiring him to speak out for a re-evaluation of Africa in popular culture. Famously this led to his turning down an appearance at Band Aid 30, despite repeated requests from Bob Geldof.  Whilst many acts would be sunk by this refusal to play the industry game, Fuse’s stance saw him command respect for maintaining his integrity, and if anything this lead to higher profile collaborations.

In 2015 international hit-maker Diploasked Fuse to vocal the global smash‘Light It Up’ cementing Fuse’s reputation as one of the new wave of Afrobeats artists able to command worldwide acclaim. Collaborations came thick and fast. Of particular note was his connection with Ed Sheeran, the multiple-platinum selling songwriter flying out to Ghana to work on a number of tracks in Fuse’s home studio in 2016.

The time was spent fruitfully, with Fuse co-writing the track‘Bibia Be Ye Ye’ for Sheeran’s Grammy winning, record breaking album ÷, and Sheeran repaying the favour by working on the Fuse track ‘Boa Me’. By the time these dropped in late 2017, Afrobeats was a recognised international phenomenon – the seeds Fuse had sown in 2013 had flourished. 

Whilst his first album had predicted the afro-dance trends that would dominate global culture for the next 5 years, he felt like a new era demanded a more explicit message. Titling the new project ‘New African Nation’,Fuse determined to make something that could draw together the infectious groove of his previous work with the conscious messages of previous black leaders.   

This urge to transmit a message kicks in from the first track, ‘Bra Fie’, Fuse’s collaboration with Damien Marley “ I was out in Jamaica – Damian and I want people from Jamaica to be able to freely travel to Ghana or Nigeria, but they can’t. They have to get visas from the UK or USA….As well as a spiritual barrier to reconnecting as people, we have actual physical barriers. And this opening song is a message to African’s around the world that it’s time to come home, mentally, spiritually, physically.” 

Elsewhere Fuse deals in self-empowerment, using the song ‘Quality’to elevate his listeners “It talks about our history and how powerful we are… I talk about the legacy of Kwame Nkrumah, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, there’s a shout to Fela Kuti as well.” 

He also proves that the dancefloor and the mind can meet on jams such as ‘Attention’, where a shuffling, futuristic Afrobeats rhythm made from cascading drums carries lyrics that exhort suffering black American’s to come back to Africa. Sounding quite unlike anything else out there, it satisfies both his reputation as an artist who creates innovative party jams, and his new found commitment to conscious messages. “Musically we’re doing things that are very alien,” he agrees “– but they’re not gonna be alien in a few years from now. This time the message is working hand in hand with music that makes you dance…every song we made on this album, it was magic. I know it’s going to be appreciated, for the music and the message, and that we’re thinking ahead sonically, and with the content.” 

And, if anything, it turns out that New Africa Nation’has already got one fan – even if he also contributed to the record… “I played all the new stuff to Ed and he said ‘wow, this is the best I’ve heard you. I feel it!’” It would seem that as he releases New Africa Nation’Fuse is set to shift the sonic paradigm once again…

New Africa Nation: Tracklisting…

1. Bra Fie (Come Home) [feat. Damian JR GONG Marley]

2. Thinking About It

3. Boa Me Ft. Ed Sheeran, Mugeez

4. Quality

5. Interlude Ft. Suli Breaks

6. Attention

7. Outside Of The Ropes (CLEAN)

8. Red Rose

9. All Night Long (feat. SteffLon Don)

10. So Many Ways

11. Asem Aba (Issues)

12. One Day (Bonus Track)

13. Sweetie Adjoa (Bonus Track) [feat. Sarkodie & OTWoode]

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Apple Music launches new Replay experience; reveals 2022’s most streamed songs and albums in Ghana

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Beginning today, Apple Music subscribers can learn their top songs, artists, albums, genres, and more in a redesigned Replay experience. 2022 was a thrilling year in music, with listeners delving into new sounds, new languages, and new genres more than ever before. Additionally, the 2022 year-end charts show just how influential Apple Music listeners were in making 2022 a year to remember, both individually and as a community.

“When we first launched Replay, the feature became an instant fan favorite on Apple Music, and we really wanted to develop the experience further and make it even more special, personal, and unique for subscribers,” said Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of Apple Music and Beats. “The music we enjoy throughout the year becomes like a soundtrack, and it’s really fun to be able to go back and relive those meaningful and memorable moments over again.”

The Redesigned Apple Music Replay
New in 2022 is a year-end experience complete with expanded listening insights and new functionality, including a completely personalized highlight reel. Users can discover their top songs, top albums, top artists, top genres, and more. Superfans can even discover whether they are in the top 100 listeners of their favorite artist or genre.

Apple Music listeners can continue checking Replay until December 31 to see if their listening patterns evolve before the start of 2023, and once the new year begins, keep listening on Apple Music to explore and share new 2023 insights each week.

All insights on Replay are optimized for sharing with family and friends, on their social channels, or on any messaging platform.

How Apple Music Replay Works
Visit replay.music.apple.com and log in with the same Apple ID used for Apple Music. Play highlights or scroll through the page for more detailed insights. A truncated version of the site is available all year or as soon as a user is eligible.1

How to See Listening Stats

  1. Listen to enough music to qualify. Gauge qualification with a personalized progress bar on the Replay website. Both playlist and insights eligibility happens with the same listening threshold.
  2. Once a user is eligible for Replay, they can visit replay.music.apple.com.
  3. Explore listening stats, listen on the site, and share.

Replay is localized in 39 languages for all 169 countries and regions where Apple Music is available.

Apple Music Replay and Privacy
Despite the emphasis on data, Replay maintains Apple’s standard privacy throughout the experience. An individual user’s insights are never shared, sold, or used in any marketing materials. The user can share their insights at their own discretion if they choose. No other Apple Music subscribers or employees can access their insights outside of their chosen snapshots at any time.

Top Charts Insights
Apple Music also revealed its year-end charts, spotlighting 2022’s top songs, top Shazams, top fitness songs, and most-read lyrics. Diving into the rankings, music aficionados will notice the growing presence of non-English-language songs, the rise of once-niche genres, and a number of exciting breakthrough artists stepping into the spotlight for the first time.

The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber finished the year at No. 1 on the Top Songs of 2022 with their collaboration “STAY.” Released in the summer of 2021, “STAY” spent a staggering 51 days atop the Daily Top 100: Global and remained sticky well through 2022. “STAY” has not dropped out of the Daily Top 100: Global since its release, and has reached No. 1 on the Daily Top 100 in 69 countries and regions worldwide.

Hip-Hop continued to lead the Top Songs chart, accounting for 32 of the top 100 songs of the year. Pop followed, with 23 songs on the chart, followed by R&B/Soul, with 11 songs. Latin came in fourth, with eight songs, followed by J-Pop, with six.

Things looked notably different on the Most Read Lyrics chart, led by “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” the standout on the soundtrack to Disney’s Encanto. The lyrics chart is among the most global charts, with 29 of the 100 songs being in a language other than English.

Meanwhile, British DJ Joel Corry’s “Head & Heart (feat. MNEK)” leads the Fitness Songs chart, which ranks the top songs on Apple Fitness+ and Apple Music’s fitness playlists. “Head & Heart” reached the Daily Top 100 in 53 countries and regions worldwide, including 12 where it reached the top 20.

Leading the Shazam chart was “Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)” by Elton John and Dua Lipa, which marked Elton John’s first time topping the Shazam global chart. The track was No. 1 on 17 national charts — a record for both singers — and both hit the top spot in the UK for the first time. Rounding out the top five were Glass Animals’ “Heat Waves,” Harry Styles’ “As It Was,” Farruko’s “Pepas,” and Acraze’s “Do It To It (feat. Cherish).”

Elsewhere, Bad Bunny — Apple Music’s 2022 Artist of the Year — became the first Latin artist to have the biggest album of the year with Un Verano Sin Ti. A mere four months after its record-breaking release, Un Verano Sin Ti had already become the biggest Latin album of all time by lifetime streams.

Check out Apple Music’s complete list of Year-End Charts. (Eligibility is based on a threshold of plays and time spent listening)

Top Songs of 2022: South Africa
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1 Busta 929 feat. Boohle – Ngixolele
2 Kabza De Small, Ami Faku, DJ Maphorisa – Asibe Happy
3 Burna Boy – Last Last
4 Young Stunna feat. Kabza De Small & DJ Maphorisa – Adiwele
5 Kabza De Small, Ami Faku, DJ Maphorisa – Abalele
6 Q-Mark, TpZee feat. Afriikan Papi – Paris
7 K.O. feat. Young Stunna & Blxckie – SETE
8 Nomfundo Moh feat. Sha Sha & Ami Faku – Phakade Lami
9 Master KG, Wanitwa Mos feat. Nkosazana Daughter, Basetsana & Obeey Amor – Dali Nguwe
10 Adele – Easy On Me

Top Albums of 2022: South Africa

1 Drake – Certified Lover Boy
2 Kabza De Small – KOA II Part 1
3 Burna Boy – Love, Damini
4 Adele – 30
5 Kelvin Momo – Ivy League
6 Young Stunna – Notumato
7 Kendrick Lamar – Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers
8 Nomfundo Moh – Amagama
9 Mas Musiq – Auti ‘eSharp
10 Kanye West – Donda

Top Songs of 2022: Nigeria
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1 Asake – Sungba
2 Burna Boy – Last Last
3 Asake – Peace Be Unto You (PBUY)
4 Asake feat. Olamide – Omo Ope
5 Fireboy DML, Asake – Bandana
6 Mayorkun, Victony – Holy Father
7 Asake – Terminator
8 Pheelz, BNXN fka Buju – Finesse
9 Skiibii – Baddest Boy
10 SPINALL, Asake – PALAZZO

Top Albums of 2022: Nigeria

1 Burna Boy – Love, Damini
2 Asake – Mr. Money With The Vibe
3 Wizkid – Made In Lagos (Deluxe Edition)
4 Rema – Rave & Roses
5 Kizz Daniel – Barnabas
6 Omah Lay – Boy Alone
7 Fireboy DML – Playboy
8 Burna Boy – Twice As Tall
9 Ayra Starr – 19 & Dangerous
10 BNXN fka Buju – Sorry I’m Late

Top Songs of 2022: Ghana
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1 Camidoh, Mayorkun, DARKOO feat. King Promise – Sugarcane (Remix)
2 Wendy Shay – Survivor
3 Burna Boy – Last Last
4 Kelvyn Boy – Down Flat
5 Black Sherif – Kwaku the Traveller
6 Mavins, Ayra Starr, Crayon feat. LADIPOE, Magixx & Boy Spyce – Overloading (OVERDOSE)
7 Pheelz, BNXN fka Buju – Finesse
8 Kizz Daniel, Tekno – Buga (Lo Lo Lo)
9 Sarz, Lojay – Monalisa
10 Davido, Adekunle Gold – High

Top Albums of 2022: Ghana

1 Burna Boy – Love, Damini
2 Asake – Mr. Money With The Vibe
3 Kwesi Arthur – Son Of Jacob
4 Black Sherif – The Villain I Never Was
5 Wizkid – Made In Lagos (Deluxe Edition)
6 Sarkodie – No Pressure
7 Ayra Starr – 19 & Dangerous
8 Omah Lay – Boy Alone
9 Fireboy DML – Playboy
10 Rema – Rave & Roses

Top Songs of 2022: Kenya
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1 Sarz, Lojay – Monalisa
2 Burna Boy – Last Last
3 Fireboy DML – Peru
4 Rema – Calm Down
5 Ruger – Dior
6 Oxlade – KU LO SA – A COLORS SHOW
7 Timaya feat. Buju – Cold Outside
8 Omah Lay – Understand
9 Fave – Baby Riddim
10 Pheelz, BNXN fka Buju – Finesse

Top Albums of 2022: Kenya

1 Burna Boy – Love, Damini
2 Ayra Starr – 19 & Dangerous
3 Drake – Certified Lover Boy
4 Wizkid – Made In Lagos (Deluxe Edition)
5 Rema – Rave & Roses
6 Sauti Sol – Midnight Train
7 Gunna – DRIP SEASON 4EVER
8 Kendrick Lamar – Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers
9 Beyonce – RENAISSANCE
10 Burna Boy – African Giant

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Afropolitan, the first-ever digital nation empowering Africans to build abundant lives, has partnered with the NEAR Foundation , the non-profit that oversees the development of the ecosystem built around NEAR Protocol, to enable citizens to control their assets, data, and the power of governance. Through this partnership, the NEAR community and Afropolitans will collaborate on several fronts.

Afropolitan Founders will have access to: 

  • educational information to make good decisions about hiring, incorporation, compensation and technical development in web3, along with an informed and highly engaged pool of talent in the form of the NEAR community, for all the roles they need to hire.
  • NEAR ecosystem contributors and investor introductions to help take their products to market as they build on NEAR.
    Afropolitan Creatives will enjoy the support and network of thousands of creators from around the world.
    Afropolitan Developers will have access to 
  • basic explanations, working examples, and documentation required to build on NEAR.
  • an array of technological primitives and projects to ensure that their journey from an idea to launch is rapid, iterative, painless, and supported by an active and inclusive community.

    Commenting on the partnership, Eche Emole, co-founder of Afropolitan, said: “Afropolitan’s partnership with NEAR will allow us to have the best network level clarity and accelerate the decentralized network state vision. This partnership will help us build the infrastructure to enable community participation in large-scale decisions that affect the community, for example, resource allocations or technical governance, in an inclusive and completely decentralized way.” 

    Marieke Flament, CEO of the NEAR Foundation, said: “This is a significant partnership for NEAR as it aligns with our key mission to empower local communities around the world to build their digital economies and shape their own future with the power of Web3. We are impressed by what Afropolitan stands for and believe that NEAR can help it reach its objectives to build a far-reaching business network that is both inclusive, sustainable and transparent.”  

    About the NEAR Foundation 

    NEAR Foundation is a non-profit organization that oversees the development of the NEAR ecosystem built around NEAR Protocol, a high-performance, certified climate-neutral layer-1 blockchain designed to be super-fast, incredibly secure, infinitely scalable and very easy to use. Through its simple, secure, and scalable technology, NEAR empowers people to invent and explore new experiences. Business, creativity, community and technology are being reimagined for a more sustainable and inclusive future on the NEAR blockchain.

    About Afropolitan 

    Afropolitan is creating a Digital Nation to enable all Africans to build abundant lives. Inspired by the writings of tech entrepreneur and crypto philosopher Balaji Srinivasan, Afropolitan aspires to build a global network of Africans online before forming connected communities in the real world. A concept known as the network state. At its core, Afropolitan curates Black and African talent, culture, capital, information, and experiences for a globally distributed membership. In its early stages, Afropoliton empowers its 220,000-strong network to connect, share and grow as a community. Spanning more than 33 countries across the globe, Afropolitans have access to podcasts, seminars, and other ways to network and connect. Afropolitan’s social layer will enable members to invite new members and share resources, economic opportunity, culture, and media, creating an exponential network effect as more members join the network due to its growing value.

    NEAR and Afropolitan will work together to deploy the decentralized governance infrastructure for Afropolitan’s digital nation, enabling the network to grow through rapid onboarding of users and developers, service design, and service delivery.

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