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Sho Madjozi Releases Cinematic Director’s Cut Of “Toro” Music Video

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Delivering an impressive cinematic statement, award-winning South African rap disruptor Sho Madjozi just shared the special Director’s Cut of the music video for her latest single “Toro” [feat. DDG]. Watch “Toro (Director’s Cut)” HERE exclusively via Clash Magazine. Listen to “Toro” [feat. DDG] HERE via Epic Records.

The extended version of “Toro” now includes over two minutes of prologue, setting the stage for the action to follow and contextualizing her journey. In the new footage, she and a friend stroll through their neighborhood at night until Sho notices a glowing pendant. In her head, a voice declares, “This is your gift. Look after it. Her companion notes the power of this artifact as the girls return to Peshy with newfound confidence and charisma to slay in ultimate underground dance-off.

The Director’s Cut adds even more weight and heft to the already knockout visual. Clash praised, “Sho is a true force of nature, someone who has taken the organic street sounds of South Africa to a global audience. A true multi-hyphenate, she crosses over into visual arts and fashion, all while retaining her unique flavour”.

Last month, Sho dropped “Toro” to critical applause. OKAYAFRICA. proclaimed, “Over the years, the rapper has continued to push the envelope and sonically break barriers by experimenting with her flow, cadence, and structure.” Meanwhile, GRUNGECAKE applauded, “Meld the dramatic visuals with a raving Amapiano groove and Sho Madjozi’s half-polished care-free delivery, and you get a perfect jam to start the day. One for the haters.Not to mention, it has already tallied north of half-a-million cumulative streams and counting.

The track formally introduces the United States to this international force of nature.

About the song, she commented, “‘Toro’ is short for ‘Mtoroki’ meaning an ‘escaper’. I’ve escaped bad managers, bad lovers, and sill come out as me. I even defy convention because I say and do what I like. However, this music video is part 1 of this story. The thing around my neck stands for my gift—the thing that has given me my success. The video makes a statement about how isolating fame can be: how friends, manager, etc., have back-stabbed me. By the end of this video, I’m disillusioned with fame and wishing I didn’t have this gift at all because it’s made me lose touch with closest to me and probably even myself.

Right now, she’s supporting Stromae on tour across North America. This massive arena run kicked off with a two-night stand at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY November 21-22 before three shows at Bell Centre in Montreal Canada November 25-29, stops in major markets, and its conclusion back at Bell Centre on December 14. Check out the full confirmed itinerary below.

Get ready for more from Sho Madjozi in 2023, including her full-length debut for Epic Records!

Sho Madjozi has come a long way from the two-room rondavel she called home as a child in South Africa. Since making her debut in 2017, she quietly emerged as a global force renowned for head-spinning wordplay, ear-perking Xitsonga lyrics, and eye-popping colorful fashion. Powered by bangers like “John Cena” [1.8 million Spotify streams] and “Huku” [1.2 million Spotify streams], she took home “Favorite African Star” at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, “Best New International Artist” at the BET Awards, “Entertainer of the Year” from Forbes, and more. This year, she’s been nominated once again for a BET Award in the category of “Best International Artist.”

She graced the global covers of magazines such as ElleCosmopolitan, and Bona. Not to mention, she shared the stage with Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran at the 2019 Global Citizen Festivaland joined forces with Diplo for a much talked-about Super Bowl party performance in the same year. Plus, she met actor and WWE legend John Cena during a viral moment on The Kelly Clarkson Show. In addition to widespread acclaim from Vogue, BBCOkayAfrica, and more, The New York Times praised how “She pays homage to her heritage while updating it for the moment, cutting across continents and genres.” 

Now, she’s on her way to the forefront of popular culture worldwide on her own terms.

 

TOUR DATES

SAT 12.3: Stromae Tour @ The Anthem | Washington DC (SOLD OUT)

TUE 12.6: Stromae Tour @ Agganis Arena at Boston University | Boston, MA

SUN 12.11: Stromae Tour @ Videotron Centre | Quebec, Canada

WED 12.14: Stromae Tour @ Bell Centre | Montreal, Canada

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Ari Lennox Releases Video For Waste My Time

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Ari Lennox turns to therapy to solve her relationship questions in the new music video for her single “Waste My Time,” out today via Dreamville/Interscope Records. In the video, directed by Val Vega, the soul and R&B superstar ponders why she keeps falling for the same guys before the scene transforms to a steamy series of sets – Ari glistening in a pool, seducing in a gold and pink cloud, and embraced in a steamy romance. Does she get the answers she needs? Join Ari’s therapy journey and watch the full “Waste My Time” video HERE.
The “Waste My Time” video arrives on a big day for Ari Lennox’s career, as her age/sex/locationtour kicks off tonight at the famed House of Blues in Las Vegas. The 34-date trek runs through March 29 and hits several major markets – including concerts in New York City, Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles and more –before it concludes with two shows in her hometown of Washington, D.C. Purchase your tickets for the age/sex/location Tour at www.arilennox.com
 
age/sex/location is Ari Lennox’s second studio album and was released in September to spectacular reviews. Pitchfork praised the album as “a bountiful exploration of what it truly means to be grown and sexy,” while Rolling Stone confirmed that the star “has delivered her best work to date” and VIBE featured the album on its list of the 25 Best R&B Albums of 2022. Standout tracks include “Queen Space,” with Summer Walker and “POF,” which President Obama placed at No. 3 on his annual favorite music series for 2022, and of course, the Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox-produced hit “Pressure.” The RIAA gold-certified hit has soared to over 640 million streams, hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Adult R&B Airplay and became her first solo Hot 100 single. “Waste My Time” extends Ari’s hitmaking streak at radio, with its No. 10 spot on Adult R&B Airplay. Thanks to those hits and more fan favorites, age/sex/location has already raced past 200 million streams in the U.S..
If that weren’t enough, Ari has continued to reap massive wins in recent months. In November, Ari delivered electric performances at both the American Music Awards and the Soul Train Awards, where she was nominated for six trophies, including Album of the Year and Song of the Year. In December, she became the first-ever digital cover for HuffPost, with the publication proudly declaring the First Lady of Dreamville “a student of her craft and proof that R&B ain’t dead.”
age/sex/location is another win in Ari Lennox’s book, following her acclaimed 2019 debut, Shea Butter Baby, now officially certified gold by the RIAA. The project, now with over 1.5 billion global streams, spawned the RIAA platinum-certified title track, featuring Dreamville label head and marquee artist J. Cole, gold-certified singles “BMO” and “Whipped Cream,” and “Up Late.” Critical recognition capped off the debut era with nominations for a Grammy Award (for her contribution to Dreamville’s album, Revenge of the Dreamers III), three 2019 Soul Train Awards, and two 2020 NAACP Awards.
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Chike Shares Evocative Visuals For “On The Moon”

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Over the years Chike has embodied a pure definition of sound. His songs have taken R&B to dizzying heights within Afropop, earning the man a number of hits that reflects his colorful tones. Last year, saw the singer release his anticipated sophomore, ‘The Brother’s Keeper,’ a stirring collection of songs that opened with the ecclesiastical “On the Moon”.

Tapping the vivid percussions of amapiano, Chike tells the glorious tale of his wins as a musician. Swirling notes in the background establish a mood of victory and Chike’s crooning vocals take on the responsibility of their own, making the listener bounce and bop to his heart’s rhythm. The album was a masterful demonstration of Chike’s unmatched ability to imprint his unique storytelling style on just about any sound possible.

Starting off the New Year, Chike shares the visuals for “On the Moon”. It is directed by the talented UAX and features the musician in evocative scenes. Following the dreamy ethos of the record, a young boy alternates positions on a bed with Chike, light pouring around the set-up. As the video progresses, the sweet essences of star life come into focus, the girls and glitz, a followership all taking center stage alongside Chike. The dreamy cinematic experience is a perfect blend of minimalism and color, the video strikes a strong portrait of Chike’s growth from a music fan to a global superstar.

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Bisa Kdei addresses VGMA loss and other misfortunes in new track ‘‘Next Chapter’’

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Ghanaian highlife musician, Bisa Kdei has revealed some unfortunate twirls that has happened in his music career in the recently released “Next Chapter” video. (more…)

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Nii Menz describes how he received ‘Nea Ote Me Mu’ through a dream

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Music comes to musicians and songwriters through different means, as some get their lyrics while in the bath house, period of fasting, driving or at prayer meetings, others get theirs through dreams.

Over the years, artistes have shared their intriguing stories of how they got inspiration to write their songs.

Interestingly, fast-rising gospel musician, Nii Menz, known in private life as Anderson Nii Kwei Mensah has revealed that his new song dubbed “Nea Ote Me Mu” is a dream come true, a song he received in a dream.

According to him, the song was revealed to him in a dream,” it was around 2am one dawn, I was deep asleep, but found myself singing in a dream, I immediately woke up, I liked the melody and began to write verses for the song in accordance with the title revealed to him.”

Nii Menz added that he was very happy after writing the two verses for the song and proceeded to the studio to record the song to fulfil God’s revelation to him.

Touching on the message, he said “the song simply means ‘He that is in me’, the bible makes one understands that He that lives in us is greater than what we see outside.”

“If you have God living in you there is nothing one cannot do, and going by the direction and guidance of God, one can reach higher heights,” he said.

The gospel musician charged christians not to underestimate the power they carry because God created man in His own image.

Nii Menz said, even though it was not easy to mobilise resources, he decided not to give up, but to ensure the gift from God did not go to waste.

He promised of good songs and hard work in the years ahead, adding that gospel music has what it takes to lift Ghana music.

The song which was produced by Zapp Mallet is available on all digital platforms and comes with a video that was directed and shot by Good Luck pictures.

 

 

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THE TRUTH! Deportee enlists Renner, Rashid Metal, Abban & Ervidense on debut single

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Popular Ghanaian A&R, Deportee has released his debut single. (more…)

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Lynx Entertainment drops ‘‘Forever’’ off ‘Coming soon’ EP featuring new signees

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Reputable record company Lynx Entertainment has unveiled the first track from the upcoming Extended Play (EP), titled “Coming Soon.” (more…)

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