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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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Showboy unveils new signee 2hype Kaytee with debut music video for “B3yiee” (WATCH)

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US-based Ghanaian hip-hop/hiplife artistes and music executive Showboy has unveiled his label’s newest signee, 2hype Kaytee, with a brand new single and music video for “B3yie.”

2hypegang Worldwide – the famous Ghanaian record label owned and managed by the embattled rapper – has introduced fast-rising rapper 2hype Kaytee into the market.

Announcing the new signee, Showboy said he is a music talent and would easily recognise talent and a potential hitmaker when he sees one.

According to Showboy, 2hype Kaytee’s is a rap virtuoso who has been working hard for years while underground and that he believes this is the right time for Ghanaians and music lovers across the globe to witness a unique talent and music.

Accompanying his announcement is the release of 2hype Kaytee’s debut single “B3yie” (to wit ‘witchcraft or sorcery in Twi dialect) with feature from Showboy. The title metaphorically explains 2hype Kaytee’s audacity on the mic and puts him across as a whiz-kid.

His execution on “B3yie” has been described as an ‘impeccable effort’ by the CEO of 2hypegang Worldwide.

“B3yie” – a mid-tempo hardcore trap jam produced by Sector Made It and mixed and mastered by Ivan Beatz – infers how deadly the young rapper is when it comes to delivery and matured lyricism.

The song is accompanied by a Maddox-directed visual music video featuring a cameo appearance from Bosom PYung.

Watch the full music video below and share your candid views with us. The song is available on all music streaming platforms.

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Larruso’s ‘’New Gen’’ EP arrives alongside all-new video for ‘Wolewa’ (Come Inside)’

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Afro-dancehall sensation, Larruso’s debut EP offers a feel-good experience that places him in the fore of Ghanaian dancehall music as he freewheels over a range of experimental melodies. Listen here: https://onerpm.lnk.to/NewGen-EP

 

Previewing with two singles prior to its official announcement ‘’New Gen’’ does not fall short of a smooth supply of tuneful beat selections and potential bangers. It is an aggregate of Larruso’s vision so far, meld together by familiar, yet refreshing concepts and a feature list accommodating of the young artist’s style.

 

 

The 8-track EP books features from the likes of the god MC, M.anifest, Suzzway, Nigeria’s very own, Bella Shmurda, Kelvyn Boy, Samini and J. Derobie, aside a compelling mix of producers which include The One, Beatz Dakay, Phantom, Jaemally, Gigz Beatz, Mix Master Garzy and Finchy.

 

For a project meant to inspire the prodigy’s avant-gardist role in his time, things are brought to a roaring start on the pre-released ‘New Gen’. Here, Larruso ushers in the age of this new generation he’s standing in for. ‘’We have a big dream and, how our family fit look past streets wey we dey pon?’’, he questions, backing up with chants and verses of empowerment. This invigorating theme persists into the EP’s first pre-released song ‘The Truth’ featuring the god MC, Manifest. On the soothing song, both artists free their energies into a pool of thoughts that are expressive of life in a country that grows increasingly hellish for the generation in question.

The tone of the EP hereafter shifts to a more ambient and easy-going sound ‘Body’ featuring Suzzway goes big on Larruso’s glossy vocals, while ‘Wolewa’ (Come Inside) featuring Nigeria’s very own, Bella Shmurda embraces a fun feel. The latter drops alongside a colorful video directed by Yaw Skyface and has lots of choreography to keep the song’s playfulness untouched. ‘Hit & Run’ isn’t far behind the explosive Afrobeat wave either, bearing the candid and fleeting emotions of the self-proclaimed nineties bad boy, before ushering in the project’s biggest in terms of collaborations ‘No Chance’.

Sweeping listeners back into his preferred domain ‘No Chance’ has Larruso tag Kelyvn Boy and Samini on the highly palatable Finchy production to make known their uncompromising nature to much finesse. ‘Addicted’ featuring J. Derobie slots in next to ferry listeners aboard the love express once more, yielding crooned verses of how special Larruso’s love interest is to him: ‘’Cause you know me and you have a different vibe/Make up your mind, come with me let’s ride’’. The finally EP comes to a soothing close thanks to Larruso’s resolute composure on solo effort ‘High Meditation’, in a bid to not to escape bad memories.

 

‘’New Gen’’ projects the Afro-dancehall star’s status as torchbearer in it’s entirety and is effortless in setting itself up as a benchmark for all dancehall EP’s to follow. Stream ‘’New Gen’’ by Larruso here:

 

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Boma reveals how his relationship with Tega was all part of his game plan

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On this week’s episode of #WithChude, BBNiaja star and actor Boma Martins Akpore, popularly known as Boma, opens up on his intimate relationship with fellow Big Brother housemate Tega Offiong Dominic-Ajeboh, popularly referred to as Tega.

Boma revealed that his relationship with Tega was all part of his game plan to make the best out of his time in the house. For him, he was just switching into character and there was nothing more to it. In his words, “The way I was looking at it was, I have been on set. I have done the same actions, maybe even worse on set. I have kissed. I have romanced people. I have been an actor. I have played romantic scenes with people’s wives or people’s girlfriends. As soon as they say cut, everybody goes home to wherever they came from. That’s how I was looking at it.”

“It was a show. That’s why when they asked when I left the show, without me even knowing what was happening outside, I said, ‘the Show is done. We are all going back to our families. I’m going back to my girl. She is going back to her own family”, he concluded.

Boma also revealed that once he sees cameras around him, he switches into character and that way, no one can get a glimpse into his life. He said that despite being in the entertainment industry- constantly in front of cameras- for about eighteen years no one knew he was married. In his words “If you think my reality is in front of the camera, you’ve missed the way fully and I’m happy that you have.”

When asked about his xxx, Boma said, “The results that we get in life are the prize that we get for our actions. Therefore before you take an action, be aware of the prize, good or bad, that will result from it and let that be the guide for whether or not you will take that action.”

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#WithChude is a special series of targeted multimedia conversations and investigations focused on narratives that enable and strengthen the mind, heart, and spirit.

All past and new episodes of #WithChude premiere on Saturdays at 7 am on watch.withchude.com. You can also watch the show every Saturday on Channels TV at 1 pm, with reruns every Sunday on Wazobia TV Channel 98 at 5 pm, every Tuesday on Rave Tv at 5 pm, every Wednesday on Pop Central Station DSTV Channel 189 at 8 pm, and every Thursday on EbonyLife TV StarTimes Channel 189/191 at 7:30 pm.

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Akwesi Orlando drops new afrobeat song, “ISSUE”

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Music newcomer, Akwesi Orlando finally dished out his classic afrobeat song titled “ISSUE,” lyrics of the song was delivered in both English and Twi to officially set the silky singer’s music career in motion.

ISSUE details emotional battles lovers faced during the different phases of their relationships, also capturing the underlying expression of true desire and willingness to maintain the relationship regardless of the constant problems. The song also paves the way for lovers to boldly bring to the table challenges and deal with them right away rather than remaining mute and being completely consumed by the pains.

Akwesi Orlando has continued to receive arguably loud applauds from music enthusiasts and key practitioners of music for his lyrical dexterity combined with daily relatable true-life events happening all around us. His name started being stack on the lips fans when he joined forces with Fameye to release his debut single “Ankonam” in 2020, and since then, the industry has been anxiously waiting for another single from him.

Lo and behold, he has shared ISSUE, which he has personally said is one of his favourite singles on his music rack. ISSUE was produced by Zongo Boii, and the extreme.

https://audiomack.com/hybrid-rekords/song/issue

 

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Berry Vodca Drops Visuals For New Song ‘Kyere’

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Expensive Music signed Artiste, Berry Vodca has dropped his first official single few months after introducing himself onto the music scene with his ‘VIBERATION’ Ep.

The Rapper who is obviously in the music game to make a statement after enjoying great feedback from his Ep has dropped another song titled ‘Kyere’ together with an official music video.

‘Kyere’ produced by Klasic Beatz is out now and available on all digital platforms for streaming and purchase.

Signed to Expensive Music Record Label, Berry Vodca promises to continue dropping entertaining songs periodically for his fans and music lovers to enjoy.

 

You can stream it here >>>>>> https://mipromo.ffm.to/berryvodca-kyere

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Mista Silva brings back the colourful vibes from the motherland with his new hit single ft E.L ‘Wavy Level’

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3 x MOBO nominee and 4 x award winning artist , high-energy vocals on the instrumental combined with E.L’ s low tone feel-good vibes pieces together the perfect collaboration, mixing and blending the streets of London and Accra to give a worldwide ‘Wavy Level.’ to add the icing on this freshly baked banger produced by E.L himself the visual brings the vibes to life, displaying quality pictures with style, attitude, energy, confidence and culture.

Mista Silva Ful Vilm 2. UK Afrobeats. Afrobeats F2D. Ghana Music, Afrobeats Pioneer. UK Afrobeats Pioneer,

Papa Kwame Amponsa, known by his stage name Mista Silva, is a British-Ghanaian musician from Brockley, London. Mista Silva released his debut EP, Full Vim, in 2012. Its success led to a record single deal with Polydor Universal in 2014.

He was the first unsigned UK Afrobeats artist to have his music playlisted by BBC 1Xtra with well received tracks “Now Wats Up” & “Boom Boom Tah” .

Mista Silva is highly regarded as one of the key foundation layers for the Afrobeats movement within the U.K. & Europe and if often giving the title “Pioneer” as many see his work as what knocked down the barriers & stereotypes associated with African cultures in the diaspora. His work has allowed many young musicians & music workers to flourish with the Afrobeats movement.

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