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Prince Kaybee tells is all on Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio

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This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With Prince Kaybee, the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week, and Tumi Morake’s Favourite African Proverb!

Tune in to Africa Now Radio With Cuppy This Sunday, March 7th at 2p Lagos/London / 3p Johannesburg/Paris / 6a LA / 9a NYC Only on Apple Music 1 and broadcast on Cool FM in Nigeria every Sunday at 6pm

Cover Star Interview
South African DJ and producer Prince Kaybee is this week’s cover star, and joins Cuppy via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about his latest track, “Ebabayo (feat. Nokwazi).” He also discusses his latest album, The 4th Republic, how he selects collaborators, and Project Hope, an artist incubation programme he founded for women in the music industry.

The Big 5
Cuppy shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Busta 929 feat. Miano & 20ty Soundz; Salatiel feat. Sauti Sol & Locko; Killertunes, Sha Sha, Like Mike & Walshy Fire; Spice Diana feat. Fik Fameica; and Ric Hassani feat. Nicky Jam.

Africa Rising
Benin-born, Lagos-based singer-songwriter and Don Jazzy protégé Ayra Starr is the latest Africa Rising cover star, a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars. Africa Now Radio features an excerpt from her interview with Nadeska. https://apple.co/3051xdI

Proverb of the Week
South African comedian and actress Tumi Morake shares her favourite African proverb: “Children in a household will share the head of a locust”—reminding us to be generous with whatever we have.

Mini Mix
Cuppy finishes this week’s show with a special mini-mix of Apple Music’s new Africa to the World playlist, which celebrates the hottest artists from across the continent including mega pairings with the world’s biggest stars. This week’s mix features music from Burna Boy feat. Stormzy; Nao feat. Adekunle Gold; Tiwa Savage & Sam Smith; Aya Nakamura feat. Maluma; and Beyoncé, Shatta Wale & Major Lazer. https://apple.co/3sM1H64

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Sunday, March 7th at 2p Lagos/London / 3p Johannesburg/Paris / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_AfricaNow or on Cool FM in Nigeria every Sunday at 6pm.

For a limited time, new customers to Apple Music on iOS and Android in Nigeria and South Africa can enjoy all of this great content with 6 months of free Apple Music through the Shazam app. Returning customers get 3 months of free Apple Music.

Prince Kaybee on being a producer and DJ

“Balancing between being a producer and a DJ, I think you do need other people’s music. For me, it goes way deeper than just playing my own music. Like I said, it inspires me a lot for me to hear things I don’t know in other people’s songs, critically. So, I literally go back to my template and try and see where I can improve myself.”

Prince Kaybee on working with Nokwazi on “Ebabayo”

“One of the things that I really do and give people, especially someone I’m going to collaborate with, is a lot of room to express themselves, as much room as possible. Because I think on the song, if you listen to the instrumental, it doesn’t really give you a happy party mood. It’s a very sad song, sad strings, very emotional song. And I think Nokwazi with the gimmicks and the hook, she came up to try and live up the song, give it some life.”

Prince Kaybee on his reasons for setting up ‘Project Hope’

Prince Kaybee: “ ‘Project Hope’ is solely attracting women. And I feel like from the top of my head, especially in South Africa, if someone asked me who is the top female artist, I literally have to think about it, which is a problem, you know?”

Cuppy: “100%.”

Prince Kaybee: “Yeah. I must just be able to call it out. Yeah.”

Cuppy: “You’re right.”

Prince Kaybee: “If I have to think about it, simply means we have a problem. So we’re trying to change that narrative and give people more female art. And I feel like women are more… Well, according to me, in my experience, I feel like women are more committed than men in anything. It’s just that they need more-“

Cuppy: “Yes, Prince. Tell them.”

Prince Kaybee: “…more exposure. Yeah.”

Prince Kaybee on why ‘The 4th Republic’ is dedicated to his fans

“I dedicated this whole album to my fans because it’s my fourth and they have been very engaging as to what kind of sound they think would suit me better and all those things. I know you kind of listen to everyone, but the hints were there and I took some ideas and got inspired by my fans. So I decided to dedicate this whole album to them so that we can have a conversation with the music.”

Tumi Morake’s proverb

“There’s a Setswana proverb that says [foreign language]. And what it means is that children in a household will even share the head of a locust. But it basically says ‘whatever little you have, you will share with those around you. You will share with your family.’ ”

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Bino Rideaux Coalesces With Coyote on “Street Lights”

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Los Angeles rap duo Coyote is kicking off the new year by displaying their versatility on their new single “Street Lights”. The new single features fellow budding LA rap star Bino Rideaux who coalesces with their somber melodic street vibe on this record with lyrics like “dead homies in my photos, I love the streets, but the streets took bro though”. As opposed to their usual ferociously lyrical uptempo crowd rocking ready joints, the duo affectionately known as the ‘yotes took a much different approach, harmonizing about the streets as they croon “the homies that be trapping be trapped ’cause there’s no escape”.

Having already set the groundwork by touring the world with West Coast legend The Game over the past 3 years, as well as performing at major festival Once Upon a Time In LA, while releasing videos such as “Hoodrat”, “Yea Yea” featuring Blueface, the deuces are truly wild as the two are set to have a huge 2022.

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“I Invented Detty December” – Mr Eazi and Temi Otedola return with season 2 of their podcast

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Superstar Mr Eazi and actress/social media personality Temi Otedola are one of Africa’s most unproblematic couples as it’s very rare to hear about any controversy surrounding their relationship. Although the two live very public lives within the spotlight their relationship is one that is quite under wraps until in 2020 the two decided to create a podcast together entitled “How Far? with Mr Eazi and Temi Otedola”.

A safe place for the two to discuss their own personal relationship as well as other hot topics such as finances, friendships, pop culture and whatever comes to mind!. With the release of Season 2, Episode 1 today (Friday 17th January) the two reflect on their Christmas celebrations and Detty December. They get honest about spending, first jobs, and their first-ever paychecks, and define what success means to them. They round off the episode by discussing their hopes for the coming year and how they would like to improve in 2022.

“Like so many podcasts How Far was born out of boredom during the first Covid lockdown but it’s become a true passion project since then. It’s the first time I and Eazi have ever created something together and I love having this space to discuss anything and everything, including relationships, friendship, work and money. It’s scary but so liberating to speak my mind on such various topics and create important conversations with our audience” – Temi Otedola

Season 2: “How Far?” with Mr Eazi and Temi Otedola is out today Friday 17th January 2022. New episodes are out every Friday.

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Rapper Pope Nst Releases Debut Album “C.I.T.I.Z.E.N.”

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Bishop Benedict Marfo, better known by his stage name Pope Nst, is a Ghanaian hip-hop singer and composer who hails from Nsuta, a tiny town in the Ashanti region of the country. Because Benedict is a Pope, and Nst is an acronym for Nsuta, his stage name arouses interest. He attended St Peter’s Junior Secondary School for his primary education and Kumasi Academy for his secondary education, both of which were located in the Ashanti area of Ghana. The University of Ghana Medical School, Korle-Bu campus, is where he is now studying for his medical degree.

He found his musical ability when still in junior high school, according to Pope Nst. He does a performance of his own songs in front of his peers. He was also well-known for rapping over the likes of Reggie Rockstone and Okyeame Kwame, among others. Sarkodie and Stonebowy served as inspiration for him to pursue a career in music. It should also be noted that he stutters, however, this is not noticeable while listening to his “flow.” In 2013, he was the winner of the Solid FM and subsequently K FM freestyle Saturday competitions. In addition, he writes songs in both English and Twi, the indigenous language of Ghana. He has one studio album, two EPs, about five singles, and more than seventy freestyle songs to his credit. Ghanaians adore him for the messages he conveys via his songs.

“I decided to pursue medicine at the University so that in the future I can help people, especially children with such a speech disorder. Medical school admission is very competitive, but after three years of intensive studies, written exams, and interviews, I was admitted into the first medical school in Ghana and one of the best in Africa, the University of Ghana Medical School. All along I was still recording mixtapes and releasing singles. I am currently in my fifth year of the six-year medical school training” – Pope Nst

He is a fictitious rapper who raps about the realities of life in order to enlighten his audience. He has two studio albums and eleven singles to his credit. When he joined high school in 2010, he grew fascinated with hip-hop/rap music and culture. Pope Nst has previously released one Mixtape Album and two Extended Plays, which are also available on iTunes (EPs). He collaborates with Ipappi, who is widely regarded as one of Ghana’s top music producers. In the opinion of Pope Nst, the Ghanaian hip-hop/rap scene is the most developed on the African continent.

“I get inspiration from almost everything around me. I have decided to write at least a verse every week, so anything I see in my environment is a rap to me. It takes me at least a day to write a 16- bar verse, but it can take me at least a month to write a full song.” – He added

The album title of his most recent release, “C.I.T.I.Z.E.N.,” relates to his great devotion to Ghana’s history and culture, which is reflected in the album’s title. According to the 26-year-old “The album cover includes a picture of my elementary school class teacher and his students. He is the second from the teacher’s left. The record has a special meaning for him. During the recording of the album “CITIZEN,” Pope Nst made no mention of medical school. A new album chronicling his six-year experience through medical school, which began in 2017, is now being written by him.

“Music has been a part of me long before I even decided to study medicine. I study every day, and I write lyrics every day too. I am going to be a neurosurgeon. I believe music is my primary purpose on earth, so I will never quit rapping.” – Pope Nst

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/2GB6RHhT9EKxkks5PYYyxO

Audiomack: https://audiomack.com/pope-nst/album/citizen

Apple Music: https://geo.music.apple.com/album/citizen-ep/1604236297?app=music

Boomplay: https://www.boomplay.com/share/album/38521478?

Youtube: https://youtu.be/Os6ZAn7Mh18

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GH Drill offers inspiration on new single ‘De3 Obr3 na 3di3’

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GH Drills’s music was never going to be one of simplicity, that was defined by rigid genre boundaries. Hailing from Ghana, GH Drill has quickly established himself as the face of Ghanaian Drill in an international market. Starting out in church choir to national radio success, GH Drill understands the hard work and perseverance it takes to be an artist who is going to make it.

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GH Drill believes that you can always find light in the dark. ‘’Although the inspiration for ‘De3 Obr3 na 3di3′ was picked up from other people’s struggles and stories, I am an artist full of vibes and positive energy’’. The dance/drill track is enough to get anyone on the dance floor. It was a long writing process, working to perfect the track and to detail GH Drill’s raw emotion and depth of feelings.

‘De3 Obr3 na 3di3’ demonstrates an artist with a real voice, putting their heart on the line and finding good in the bad. We have no doubt that GH Drill is crafting out his own lane in a competitive scene.

‘De3 Obr3 na 3di3’ is available on all digital streaming platforms globally here: https://ditto.fm/de3-obr3-na-3di3

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Sad Girlz Luv Money hitmaker Amaarae joins Spotify EQUAL Music Programme

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Spotify today announced that Ghanaian breakout star, Amaarae, has joined its EQUAL Music Programme as January’s Artist of the Month. The red-gold-green nation’s global sensation is the cover of Spotify’s EQUAL Africa playlist, which compiles music from “the fiercest African women making waves”.

 

Spotify EQUAL is a pledge to amplify the voices of women in the music industry, as only 25% of artistes on the charts are female, according to a study by Spotify-funded USC Annenberg.

 

The EQUAL programme spans seven categories, which include the EQUAL Artists of the Month and the EQUAL local playlists, where Amaarae represents the January 2022 selection.

 

“I’m incredibly proud to be EQUAL’s Artist of the Month in recognition of all the barriers my creative work looks to break. It’s a win for Ghanaian and African female creators,” says Amaarae.

 

New York-born Ama Serwah Genfi is creating R&B, Soul, and Afropop fusions that have global appeal. Amaarae, who is a strong advocate of gender equality, is fast achieving fame. The rise of “The Angel You Don’t Know” album maker on Spotify is phenomenal, with more than 10 million monthly listeners, and over 116 million streams for her “Sad Girlz Luv Money” remix alone.

 

With this viral hit, which features Kali Uchis and Moliy and which debuted at #80 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in November 2021, Amaarae became the second Ghanaian to break into the Billboard charts – 50 years after Ghanaian-English Afro rock band Osibisa first paved the way.

 

Today, the entertainer known to her social media fans as “Fountain Baby” follows in the footsteps of fellow Ghanaian female star Gyakie who, with her selection in April last year, became the first African woman to partner with Spotify for EQUAL.

 

Other African artistes to have been featured on EQUAL include Kenya’s SSARU and Muthoni Drummer Queen, Nigeria’s Ayra Starr, and South Africa’s DBN Gogo.

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Emeli Sandé Unveils New Song and Music Video, ‘Brighter Days’

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Internationally-renowned British singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé returns with a brand-new song, the uplifting “Brighter Days,” and its accompanying video, available to stream and download now via Chrysalis Records.

Speaking of the new single, Emeli reveals: “‘Brighter Days’ is inspired by the truth that even in the darkest moments, there is always hope. We might have to dig deeper to feel it, but hope is always there. Staying anchored in hope and faith is our victory and defeat only comes when we lose sight of this power. ‘Brighter Days’ is an affirmation – it’s a reminder of our collective power to make a choice and create our reality.”

“The power of the collective mind is remarkable, and I believe that no matter the external circumstances forced upon us, we have dominion over the mind and spirit. Brighter days are coming. Stepping out of the darkness is within our control. Fear is not ours; pessimism does not belong to us; defeat is not our choice. We choose brighter days, and this song is the voice of hope, faith and love.”

“Brighter Days” is out everywhere now

Brighter Days” follows the singles Look What You’ve Done” and Family” – Emeli’s triumphant first tastes of fresh music in two years, introducing a new era, which she describes as “an ode to resilience, rebirth, and renewal”, as well as recent collaborations with UK rap and grime giants including Bugzy Malone’s ‘Welcome to the Hood’ and Ghetts’ ‘Sonya’, featured on his Mercury Prize-nominated record Conflict of Interest. Other collaborations that span Emeli’s career include Kendrick Lamar, Giggs, Loski, Wretch 32, Wiley, Jools Holland, Nile Rodgers and many more.

Last month saw the release of ‘Acoustic,’ featuring two new, stripped-back versions of “Look What You’ve Done” and “Family,” beautifully showcasing the emotional and honest songwriting she has become known for. ‘Acoustic’ arrived alongside a video for “Look What You’ve Done (Acoustic Version)”, which finds Emeli performing the song solo at the piano, where the self-produced song began to take shape.

Listen to Emeli Sandé’s ‘Acoustic’ HERE. Watch the video for “Look What You’ve Done (Acoustic Version)” HERE.

Stay tuned for new music and announcements from Emeli Sandé coming soon.

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