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Sarkodie talks on Asakaa Drill and more on Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio

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This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With Sarkodie, the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week, Africa Rising and LootLove’s Favourite Track of the Week!

Tune in to Africa Now Radio With LootLove This Sunday, August 1st at 2p Lagos/London / 3p Johannesburg/Paris / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1 and broadcast on Cool FM in Nigeria every Sunday at 6pm.

Cover Star Interview
Prolific Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie joins LootLove via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about his latest track, “Non Living Thing (feat. Oxlade).”  He also discusses his new album, No Pressure, working with artists like Cassper Nyovest and US rapper Vic Mensa, how he promotes Ghanaian artists in London and abroad, and what excites him about the next generation of African talent.

The Big 5
LootLove shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Fireboy DML, Ayra Starr, Djodje, Deejay Telio & Julinho Ksd, Dlala Thukzin feat. Zaba, and Victor AD feat. Mr Eazi.

Africa Rising 
South African R&B singer-songwriter NVMI is the latest artist featured from the Africa Rising playlist, a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars, and this week’s show features his singles “summer days” and “what u need (feat. The Woodź),” from his EP, Let Me In. Listen HERE.

Loot Loves
Each week, LootLove chooses her favourite track, taken from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. This week she shines a spotlight on South African R&B singers Adrienne Foo & Phiwo and their single “777,” from Apple Music’s Mood playlist. Listen HERE (and find a roundup of all LootLove’s selections on Apple Music’s new LootLoves playlist, HERE).

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Sunday, August 1st 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.

Sarkodie on why the album title is ‘No Pressure’

Yes, exactly what the title says, ‘No Pressure.’ Literally, no pressure. I’ve been doing this, as you said over 10 years. And it’s very difficult, especially for a rapper in Africa, to be able to keep it for that long. So I think I’ve gained a right to be able to believe and trust myself and trust the process and the pace that I go, because I feel like a lot of people rush to impress so quick that you put out everything that you got and now you have nothing left to show the people.

Sarkodie on emerging sounds in Ghana like Asakaa Drill

Ghana is in a right space now. Every generation takes it to the next level. So these new guys are going to do way bigger than what everybody has done, and that’s what’s going to happen generation after generation because they’re looking at what we did and looking at the flaws and they’re going to better it, especially for the Kumerica movement. That’s a representation of Ghanaian hip hop at this point and people love it. People in the UK vibe to it. I’ve been here a few occasions and when they played the Kumerica sound, you can see how people really love it.

Sarkodie on how Oxlade manifested collaborating with him on “Non Living Thing”

The spiritual thing about the song is Oxlade apparently had recorded a song for me even before meeting me as Sarkodie. So him as a young artist wrote the song, thinking this song is for Sarkodie. Yeah. So long ago, apparently he was like in a DM trying to hit me up about, “Bro, I have a song. I have a song.” So now, when we met it’s like, this is a song that I wrote for you. So it was very, very… It’s a moment for me, very spiritual.

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Listen UP: Sadiq Technic feat. Mega Mix – Ogadima

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Abubakar Sadiq Popularly known as Technic ,Your favorite afro pop-music star finally set to release first official single from his long-awaited EP Album ? That’s a big question for fans of everyone from Ghana to Nigeria and across Africa.
The pined-for album—a perennial problem for music listeners—is evolving in the era of streaming. Today, most artists pump out music frequently to stay in the public consciousness, industry analysts say, yet music’s biggest stars have been stingier about major releases in recent years.
Here are seven tracks EP  that would blow your mind away with new vibes  in 2022—
The waiting longer jam titles OGADIMA  is set to be release on 5th January on all music streaming platforms and also it video will be premiere on same day on major entertainment channels across Africa and beyond
Technic promises his fans and music lovers nothing but the best in 2022
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MrrrDaisy Announces New Single “Hunny” Featuring Kudjoe Daze

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In the wake of a fantastic start to the year, which included a new single featuring one of Ghana’s most talented male singers Kudjoe Daze. MrrrDaisy is back with a brand new track to kick off the New Year with. Aiming to promote undiscovered talents, the renowned award-winning blogger and publicist began working with a select group of musicians in 2021, during which time he produced his debut song, “The One,” which featured Jessy Gh, perhaps Ghana’s greatest rapper from the Volta Region, and was certified platinum as a result of the endeavour. This worldwide approval has resulted in the song’s airing on BBC Radio Nottingham, Amazing Radio UK and the United States, as well as on Wigwam radio in the United Kingdom. To cap it all, the song has garnered over 200,000 streams across a variety of different digital platforms.

This feature also provided him and his business with an endless number of possibilities as a result of it. The list of noteworthy clientele included Newton Faulkner, British pair Ferris & Sylvester, North London artist Biyi, who is also a rugby union player, Indonesian yoga queen Wai Lana, Aliana Lohan, Miraa May, Jessica Braithwaite, Sam Tompkins, Da Beatfreakz, Bomberjak, Demarco, and many more.

Hunny is an afro-fusion song that narrates the narrative of a young guy who falls in love with a girl who is out of his grasp since she is from another country. The artist seeks to regain the adoration and affection he has lost from his ex-girlfriend by his actions and words, while also revealing his underlying desire for her through his work. Three different dialects of English, Pidgin English, and Ewe are all spoken and written in the course of three minutes and eleven seconds (a local Ghanaian language).

 

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/586xxYL5TJGp5e42ksf0bA?si=c028b0b718bb4db8

Apple Music: https://geo.music.apple.com/gb/album/_/1599958881?i=1599958882&mt=1&app=music&ls=1

Audiomack: https://audiomack.com/mrrrdaisy/song/hunny-feat-kudjoe-daze

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Listen UP: Mayuni releases “Baawu” Single

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Mayuni is a young Ghanaian musician who’s musical prowess has embedded his name in the hearts of Ghanaians. Mayuni after startling music lovers with Shika featuring Tashie Boy is out with a brand new one, “ Baawo” . (more…)

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Black Sherif featured on Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio – The Ones To Watch 2022 Special

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This Week’s Episode Features a Special Showcase of Africa’s Most Exciting Rising Stars of 2022

Tune in to Africa Now Radio With LootLove This Sunday, January 9th at 2p London / 3p Lagos/Paris / 4p Johannesburg / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1

Ones To Watch 2022 Special
To kick off the year, LootLove hosts the Africa Now Radio: Ones To Watch 2022special, showcasing Africa’s most exciting rising stars. This week’s cover features South African Afropop singer-songwriter Nomfundo Moh; Kenyan Afropop singer-songwriter Chris Kaiga; Ghanaian rapper Black Sherif; and Nigerian singer-songwriter Fave.

Best New Artists
LootLove continues her cross-continental tour of artists to watch in 2022, featuring music from Victony; Dai Verse; and AV (West Africa); Maandy (East Africa); Money Badoo & Ricky Tyler; and Lloyiso (South Africa); and Ivorian-American singer, Chrystel (Francophone Africa).

Up and Up!
LootLove previews some fresh new album and EP releases to look out for in 2022 from CKay, Omah Lay, Basketmouth, Rema, and Kudz.

LootLoves

Each week, LootLove chooses her favourite track from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. For 2022, LootLove’s artist to watch is South African amapiano star Young Stunna, and this week’s show features his single, “Adiwele (feat. Kabza De Small & DJ Maphorisa),” from Apple Music’s Amapiano Lifestyle playlist. Listen HERE—and find a roundup of all LootLove’s selections on Apple Music’s LootLoves playlist,HERE.

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Sunday, January 9th at 2p London / 3p Lagos/Paris / 4p Johannesburg / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1 atapple.co/_AfricaNow.

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Yayo Star Unveils Smash New Hit Single “Mulla”

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Yayo Star the reborn Togolese star is off to a flying start in 2022 with this smashing new single titled ‘Mulla”. This Amanpiano tune is a guaranteed party rocker, and the fans would love this one. Listen here

 

There’s a twinkle in his eyes when he talks about his music conveying a passion undescribed. Step into the world of Yawo Amouzouvi , a young Togolese talent with bristling potentials and a talent uniquely different. Born on September 21, the artist popularly called Yayo Star grew up in Texas where he began his musical career from a young age by miming songs of international stars in honing his talents. In 2018, he synced up with a like mind, another Togolese talent Momo Izi with whom he formed a tag team IZI gang hence his nickname Yayo Izi.

 

The duo launched their first project together in 2018 and that marked the beginning of a professional music career. They released two projects ‘Mbappe’ and ‘Area Mbappe” in September 2018.  The advent of the Covid 19 pandemic slowed down the group and although they were working on new music, most of it was not released due to the landscape not being good then. The duo came back in full forced after with the project ‘Astalavia’ and followed it up with the smash hit ‘Ma Belle Vie’.

 

2021 marked the start of a solo career for Yayo Izi now rebranded as Yayo Star, he dropped his first solo project titled ‘Avoude’, which has become a national anthem in his home country of Togo. The bars and clubs in Lomé, the Capital stay jamming the track and a large audience demanded his presence. He eventually went home to Togo to honor their call and he performed at shows and bars to the delight of his new fans. Yayo Izi is set to blow up the music landscape with some hit new releases that he has been working on. This young and ambitious artist is gradually evolving to the forefront and his talents cannot be questioned. He launched his ‘Essougbo” project on August 28ththis year and the visuals are set follow soon.
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Qwesi Ishe features Alibaba on a new banger Parté

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After gracing the airwaves with his much-anticipated debut single Awoara and Tight and Close, Ghanaian versatile singer Qwesi Ishe has launched himself with his latest jam, Parté.

The highly afro-pop song ”Parté” which features prolific rapper Alibaba of MTN Hitmaker season 8 fame was written and produced by AcousticMuzik and Qwesi Ishe.

Listen on https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/qwesiishe/part-feat-alibaba-3

Parté aims to urge people to love and live their lives to the fullest potential and not to bother about what people will say.

“People have a lot to think and say about us and even wish for our downfall, but this one is to tell us to forget about all that, make money and live life to the fullest,” he said.

His comforting vocals coupled with his great lyrical mastery and Alibaba’s prolific rap lines spiced with some great live guitars from BSkute makes this a perfect song to jam to this Christmas.

As well, he looks forward to all dancers in and outside Ghana jumping on the song. Parté is available on all digital stores.

Qwesi Ishe on MTN Hitmaker won the heart of most Ghanaian artists including Akwaboah and Prince Bright of Buk Bak fame with his exhilarating performance which got the crowd buzzing and reminiscing about the descant performance by the young man.

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