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Shirazee’s “African In New York” video, co-signed by Sting

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Music has become more inclusive than ever thanks to the rise of international artists, and singer/songwriter Shirazee is ready to give Afropop music an even brighter spotlight. He was born in Cotonou, Benin, but his life has transported him to places like Ghana, Paris, South Africa, Atlanta, and New York City. Shirazee’s unique nomadic lifestyle (where he learned six languages along the way) is captured in Lost — his debut EP that channels an explorer’s curious spirit. Stream Lost EP HERE 

Lost gives the listener a sonic world tour, with its six tracks embracing Shirazee’s passion for fusing unexpected beats from various genres, while also telling a personal story through artful lyricism. Growing up in Benin, the artist first discovered his love for music through his mother. She played a colorful mix that ranged from the country’s local artists to Motown-era stars like Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, James Brown, and European artists that she picked up while studying hairdressing in Belgium. Like many kids, Shirazeewas a major fan of Michael Jackson. But he also admired Benin-born artists who skewed more traditional: Sagbohan Danialou, Gnonnas Pedro from the group Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou, and Angélique Kidjo.


“The influence that Angélique Kidjo had was letting me know it was possible to crossover overseas,” Shirazee explains. “She was the voice of hope that we had at the time when it came to world and traditional music. I want to be that for the kids coming up now.”

Shirazee was mainly exposed to American artists’ most popular songs as a kid, as many countries in Africa were only provided with singles CDs and music videos rather than a complete album. Seeing the same videos from rappers like Busta Rhymes, Outkast and 50 Cent were quickly drilled into his head, which ultimately played a role in Shirazee’s songwriting ability. He has written for the likes of StingTy Dolla $ign, K-pop group Girls’ GenerationKiezaTwista, and more before fully committing to solo stardom.

“My strongest suit is my melody,” he says. “I just go into different spaces in my brain since I’ve worked with and listened to so many genres for so long. That’s what happens when you grow up overseas.”

Shirazee’s worldly skills are unmistakable throughout Lost, which can be heard in earworm hooks like EP opener “Zaddy.” The seductive track fuses throwback Eurodance melodies with modern Afrobeats-inspired drums, which is wrapped around a sample of Dutch singer Amber’s 1999 single “Sexual (Li Da Li)” that Shirazee recalled from hearing it in a London supermarket.

The EP is brimming with feel-good tunes, including the party-ready “Baka Breaker” that finds Shirazee showing off his flirtatious side. Calling it “one of my best works to date melodically,” the track draws from the catchy sounds from South Africa’s Kwaito genre. The country is also highlighted in “Right Thang,” which features Busiswa. The South African singer-songwriter and poet (who was previously on Beyoncé’s The Lion King: The Gift album) reached out to Shirazee through Instagram, which led to the collaboration that blends West African and South African melodies. “We kept it authentic,” Shirazee says. “We wanted to bridge both worlds without it sounding too contrived.”

But the song that best encapsulates Shirazee’s story is “African In New York.” He worked with Nigerian producer Sarz for the track, which is inspired by his mother’s love for Sting and his journey living in various countries. Shirazee got Sting’s blessing to sample his classic 1987 single “Englishman in New York.” The song holds sentimental value, as Shirazee sheds light on chasing a dream in the city’s streets while homeless. “I was living with the people that liked my music and who discovered me online,” he recalls. “I’d live in their basement and on couches for a while. It got tiring and I was about to quit until I met a lady named Samira who literally saw her son in my eyes and took me in. Bottom line: the struggle was not sexy, but we made it.”

Shirazee hopes his Lost EP will not only unlock the door for the world to fully engage with Afropop, but to also make sure that the roots of his home country aren’t forgotten. “I want Benin to be heard all through my music, where you feel like you’re hearing the voice of my ancestors,” he explains. 

“Benin is the main source of a lot of things that it doesn’t get credit for, which even goes back to the slavery days. You can hear a lot of Benin’s influence on Haitian and Brazilian culture because of the enslaved people who went there. It’s all tied to my country. I don’t think people understand that, so I want to make sure that I reconnect those dots.”

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Future Releases Music Video For “712pm” Directed By Travis Scott

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– Ready to blow up the internet yet again, Future presents the blockbuster music video for “712PM” directed by none other than fellow game-changer Travis Scott. Watch “712PM”

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Kwaw Kese delivers electrifying performance at Suhum Odwira Festival 2022

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The Mad-Time Entertainment frontman sent the crowd at the Suhum Odwira Festival 2022 into a frenzy last Saturday with electrifying performances that saw him deliver back-to-back hits of his masterfully. (more…)

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E Boafo inserts song for Ghana Black Stars

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Burgeoning crooner, Emmanuel Boafo widely known in showbiz as E Boafo has inserted a thumping new tune dubbed, We Are Great Ghana Black Stars in a bid to cheer on the National team at the ongoing Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The passion of the nation, Ghana Black Stars has so far proven their patriotism and focus to either win or leave an indelible mark at the ongoing world cup as witnessed in their match with Portugal.

Hence, E Boafo has put together this high morale tune to stir up hearts and rally support for the team. In his own words, he states, “Prior to the world cup, I had this nudge that we’ll do really well and it pushed me to enter the studio and cook up something to aid our victory”.

We Are Great Ghana Black Stars has since its release gained massive airplay and rotation in the media space and also amongst football fanatics and on the streets especially on days the Black Stars are on show.

Stream the banging new single on Audiomack and get interactive with E Boafo across his socials here:

Facebook: E Boafo
Instagram: @E_Boafo_Music
YouTube: E Boafo

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New amapiano jam “Fire” served HOT to Ghanaians by Ijekimora and Busiswa – LISTEN

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Nigerian Afrobeats Artiste, Ijekimora, shares her latest single “Fire” with her Ghana fanbase. She featured South African Music Icon, Busiswa, on it. An official video was shot for it too along with the official release of the song.

 

Stream “Fire” featuring Busiswa here on Digital Stores: Azuri.lnk.to/Fire

 

About Creating The Song “Fire”

“We came up with the title ‘Fire’ because of the way Busiswa came wild and unapologetic on the beat and it was so steamy we had to name it ‘Fire’, and the chorus had that melody in it too; the song already defined itself and you get to feel the energy and power behind it when you’re listening to it.” – Ijekimora

 

“The concept of the song is just 2 girls taking over, literally, empowering ourselves as 2 fierce women in the music industry living the best of our lives and making money as well,” Ijekimora added. The song is Amapiano inspired.

 

Why Busiswa for a feature?

Ijekimora was looking forward to breaking into the South African market, thus, needed an artiste she could work with; coincidentally Busiswa came through as the one. Busiswa had a show in Lagos and Ijekimora’s Team connected with her; and everything took off from there. “It wasn’t stressful at all getting her to jump on my song”, she says.

 

Ijekimora is still experimenting sounds to put together her debut EP she announced as “Kimorality”. She promises her fans to expect the EP to be out some time in 2023 though there were delays. She is a perfectionist and makes sure she gets her things right hence the little delay but off the cuff she has alreay released fire singles “Sexy Papa”, “Temptation” and a previous sensation “Stand By Me” featuring Seyi Vibez.

 

Ijekimora, grew up in Dallas but hails from Nigeria. She often shuffles between Nigeria and Ghana; she says Ghana is like a second home to her so she frequents Ghana grounds to do her promotions each time she drops a new song.

 

Busiswa Gqulu, known mononymously as Busiswa or Busi, is a South African singer-songwriter and poet. Born in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, South Africa, she gained public recognition for her feature on DJ Zinhle’s song, “My Name Is”, after being discovered by Kalawa Jazmee’s CEO Oskido. She is a vibrant artiste known across Africa and beyond and has rocked many stages locally and internationally.

 

Watch “Fire” Video on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdIKUm9dlks

 

 

Follow them on Instagram & Twitter: @Ijekimora and @Busiswaah

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Akwaboah Collaborates With Medikal On New Single, ‘Picture’

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Highlife and Afro fusion sensation Akwaboah in keeping with his promise to release one banger after another from now till ending of 2023 has outdoored a new Single titled ‘Picture’.

The new song features a first time collaboration with the award winning rapper Medikal.

Akwaboah is currently enjoying enormous success as his Black Stars anthem titled ‘Bring back the Love’ continues to be a fan favourite among football and music lovers during this World Cup season.

Picture is a blend of Highlife and Afrobeat notes and Medikal definitely does justice with his catchy punchlines. Fans are already calling Medikal’s performance his best rap feature on a song.

The song alludes to the penchant for pictorially capturing the significant or joyous moments of one’s life and sharing with friends and family mostly via social media. Its catchy tune is certain to make it a viral hit this Christmas and beyond.

Akwaboah has been tight-lipped on an exact date for the release of the Lighthouse Album, choosing simply to say it will definitely be released early next year.

It will be recalled that Akwaboah surprised his fans last year by releasing the Lighthouse EP instead of the Album. According to him, this was because he had a solid 15 tracks which was ready to go but needed to break it into two for his fans and music lovers to properly appreciate every track on both the EP and subsequent album.

If his collaboration with Medikal on Picture is anything to go by, then fans can truly anticipate a great Lighthouse Album ahead.

 

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VM Records USA signee MUFTY BOMPA releases multiple singles: TELGAD & AKWAADU.

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In TELGAD, Mufty Bompa encourages us all to call on the almighty especially when the times are rough and tough. Mufty also had a message for young men and women. The lyrics are beautifully crafted and the verses defy conventional song arrangements. The tempo is absolutely perfect for your dancing feet. The song can be played in any setting, nightclub, or church and the rhythm and energy exuded in the music will push you to get on the dance floor, not to mention the vibe and excitement created by the carefully laid out instrumentation. The bass in the song booms with a punch yet is soothing to the listening ear.

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In AKWAADU(banana) Mufty Bompa expresses his admiration and love for a fictitious lady who likes AKWAADU. Showcasing his multilingual prowess the song AKWAADU incorporates both English language as well as Ga, Twi and Yoruba.

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Mufty Bompa is a local artist based in the United States. He has West African (Ghanaian, Nigerian) heritage. Mufty was raised by his late grandmother, Veronica Afiadefa Missodey. A gifted musician with no formal music education, he enjoys composing and writing songs.

In 2004, Mufty Bompa, then a member of the Duo group (Zongo Lane) received a Minnesota State Arts Board grant and collaborated on a rap music performance inspired by Ghanaian lyrics, subjects, and local languages. He has performed at numerous local and international events including; the September 2004 Taste of Ghana in Plymouth, Minnesota and March 2005 Ghana Independence Day celebrations in Shoreview, Minnesota.

Mufty enjoys composing and writing music. With over 70 original songs in his music repository, Mufty Bompa is ready to take the world by storm. His songs have been featured on numerous radio stations in the West African nation of Ghana and other African countries. Mufty Bompa’s songs are regularly featured by Dr. Strangedub, host of Echo Chamber show on KFAI 90.3 FM in the Twin Cities USA. Mufty Bompa is fluent in English, Twi, Ewe, Yoruba, Ga, and Fante. Mufty’s rich multinational educational background in Ghana, Nigeria, and The United States, coupled with his multi-lingual skills contributes immensely to his unique music style. He draws the attention of a diverse group of audience by incorporating a wide range of languages in his music.

Mufty is an accountant by profession. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management from Hamline University and a Master’s degree in Accounting from Minnesota States University. He holds the Certified Public Account (CPA) designation and is licensed to practice Accounting in the State of Minnesota. He is married and has three lovely boys.

In his spare time when not doing music, he spends time with his family, plays American Football with his boys and runs around the backyard with his boys.

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