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Stonebwoy, Burna Boy, Wizkid and others nominated for 2020 MOBO Awards, full list of nominees

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The Nominees for the 2020 MOBO Awards have officially been announced.

Ghanaian Dancehall artistes, Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale both received nominations in the Best African Act category. they come against stiff competition from 9 other African artists including Tiwa Savage, Master KG (South Africa), Wizkid, Davido, and UK-based Ivorian artiste Afro B.

 

Nigeria’s Burna Boy and Rema also got nominated in the Best International Act category alongside Stormzy, Drake, Pop Smoke, Lil Baby, Roddy Ricch, and others.

See full list of nominees.

BEST MALE ACT

HEADIE ONE

J HUS

STORMZY

NINES

AJ TRACEY

YOUNG T & BUGSEY

BEST FEMALE ACT (IN ASSOCIATION WITH ISAWITFIRST)

LIANNE LA HAVAS

MS BANKS

TIANA MAJOR9

MAHALIA

DARKOO

FKA TWIGS

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

J HUS – ‘BIG CONSPIRACY’

STORMZY – ‘HEAVY IS THE HEAD’

MAHALIA – ‘LOVE AND COMPROMISE’

NINES – ‘CRABS IN A BUCKET’

LIANNE LA HAVAS – ‘LIANNE LA HAVAS’

SONG OF THE YEAR [PUBLIC VOTED]

YOUNG T & BUGSEY FEAT. HEADIE ONE – ‘DON’T RUSH’

DIGGA D – ‘WOI’

DARKOO FEAT. ONE ACEN – ‘GANGSTA’

TION WAYNE FEAT. STORMZY & DUTCHAVELLI – ‘I DUNNO’

ABRA CADABRA – ‘ON DECK’

BEST NEWCOMER (IN ASSOCIATION WITH ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND)
[PUBLIC VOTED]

AITCH

ALICAÌ HARLEY

DARKOO

DUTCHAVELLI

IVORIAN DOLL

M1LLIONZ

MIRAA MAY

PA SALIEU

SHAYBO

TIANA MAJOR9

M HUNCHO

LOSKI

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

BREE RUNWAY – ‘APESHIT’ (DIRECTED BY WILL HOOPER)

NINES – ‘CLOUT’ (DIRECTED BY CHARLIE DI PLACIDO)

NSG – ‘LUPITA’ (DIRECTED BY KEVIN HUDSON)

JORJA SMITH – ‘BY ANY MEANS’ (DIRECTED BY OTIS DOMINIQUE)

KNUCKS – ‘HOME’ (DIRECTED BY RAY FIASCO)

KOJEY RADICAL – ‘20/20’ (DIRECTED BY CHARLIE DI PLACIDO)

BEST R&B/SOUL ACT

WSTRN

TIANA MAJOR9

MICHAEL KIWANUKA

MAHALIA

LIANNE LA HAVAS

BEST HIP HOP ACT

J HUS

NINES

MS BANKS

D-BLOCK EUROPE

KREPT & KONAN

POTTER PAYPER

BEST GRIME ACT [PUBLIC VOTED]

GHETTS

P MONEY

MANGA SAINT HILARE

CAPO LEE

JME

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT [PUBLIC VOTED]

BURNA BOY

DRAKE

KOFFEE

MEGAN THEE STALLION

POP SMOKE

POPCAAN

RODDY RICCH

REMA

SHENSEEA

SUMMER WALKER

H.E.R

LIL BABY

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A TV SHOW/FILM [PUBLIC VOTED]

KANE ROBINSON AS SULLY – ‘TOP BOY’

MICHAELA COEL AS ARABELLA – ‘I MAY DESTROY YOU’

NCUTI GATWA AS ERIC EFFIONG – ‘SEX EDUCATION’

JESSICA PLUMMER AS CHANTELLE – ‘EASTENDERS’

MICHEAL WARD AS MARCO – ‘BLUE STORY’

DAMSON IDRIS AS FRANKLIN SAINT – ‘SNOWFALL’

BEST MEDIA PERSONALITY [PUBLIC VOTED]

MUNYA CHAWAWA

CHUNKZ

YUNG FILLY

MO GILLIGAN

CLARA AMFO

MAYA JAMA

HENRIE KWUSHUE

KSI

HARRY PINERO

ZEZE MILLZ

BEST ALBUM (2017 – 2019)
This is a one-off additional category just for this year’s MOBO Awards to highlight the best albums released from 1st September 2017 – 31st August 2019.

DAVE – ‘PSYCHODRAMA’

KANO – ‘HOODIES ALL SUMMER’

ELLA MAI – ‘ELLA MAI’

SKEPTA – ‘IGNORANCE IS BLISS’

NINES – ‘CROP CIRCLE’

LITTLE SIMZ – ‘GREY AREA’

BEST AFRICAN ACT (IN ASSOCIATION WITH AFROZONS)
[PUBLIC VOTED]

BURNA BOY

TIWA SAVAGE

DAVIDO

FIREBOY DML

REMA

MASTER KG

ADEKUNLE GOLD

NSG

AFRO B

WIZKID

STONEBWOY

SHATTA WALE

BEST REGGAE ACT

POPCAAN

KOFFEE

LILA IKÉ

BUJU BANTON

PROTOJE

BEST GOSPEL ACT (IN ASSOCIATION WITH PREMIER GOSPEL)

CALLEDOUT MUSIC

NOEL ROBINSON

GUVNA B

THE KINGDOM CHOIR

SHEKINAH

BEST JAZZ ACT

MOSES BOYD

JOE ARMON-JONES

TOM MISCH & YUSSEF DAYES

YAZMIN LACEY

EGO ELLA MAY

BEST PRODUCER

JAE 5

808 MELO

SIR SPYRO

TSB

STEEL BANGLEZ

M1ONTHEBEAT

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Snoop Dogg and Steve Aoki Present New Group Alpha Doggz, Debut Collab EP ‘Da Da’

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West Coast rap legend Snoop Dogg and EDM pioneer Steve Aoki have teamed up to create a new duo Alpha Doggz and are announcing their debut EP titled ‘Da Da.’ The project is slated for release on May 23 exclusively on blockchain-based Gala Music and in partnership with seminal hip hop label Death Row Records.

 

Available today, Gala Music x Snoop Stash Box holders and the A0K1VERSE will each receive their own exclusive free song from the heavyweight duo–“Super Freak” ft. October London and “Holy Grail,” respectively. This coming Monday, May 23, the final three tracks from the EP will be available to the public: “Da Da,” “Girls” and “How I Do It.”

 

Each track off the new EP features the rap and EDM luminaries at their creative best; “Da Da” and “Holy Grail” are classic Steve Aoki club bangers, while “Girls” and “How I Do It” evoke Snoop’s unmistakable laid back groove. On “Super Freak,” old-soul singer/songwriter October London adds an intriguing jazzy layer to Alpha Doggz’ electric sound. Overall, Alpha Doggz represents the perfect marriage between Snoop Dogg and Aoki’s distinctive and addictive MOs.

 

This genre-spanning project is the first of many for Gala Music, which officially launched in February 2022. Gala has already partnered with internationally recognized artists across genres, including Snoop Dogg, Steve Aoki and Kings of Leon, to bolster new music releases and decentralize the world of music streaming.

 

In February, Snoop Dogg made headlines after acquiring Death Row Records and its catalog. During a Gala Music-hosted AMA with Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg remarked that Gala Music will be the exclusive place that Death Row lives in the Metaverse.

 

We plan on giving people access to buying and trading some of these classic songs, classic records that were the foundation of Death Row,” Snoop Dogg said during the AMA. “We [also] plan on bringing great music and great artists [to the label]. This is what Death Row is all about, trying to expand and take it to new regions.”

 

This upcoming NFT EP drop furthers both Aoki and Snoop Dogg’s ambition to leverage the Metaverse and spark a revolution in the music business by transferring power back to artists and away from traditional labels. For Gala Music, this release is an exciting step towards bringing decentralized music to the masses, providing the opportunity to expand the company’s reach across different genres by bringing these two major artists and Web3 pioneers together.

 

Full ‘Alpha Doggz’ track list:

  1. Holy Grail
  2. Da Da
  3. Girls
  4. How I Do This
  5. Super Freak ft. October London

 

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Coded blames 4×4 breakup on pressure from Shatta Wale to release hit songs

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Member of defunct 4×4 music group, Coded has finally revealed the reason why they decided to go their separate ways.

According to Coded, the group decided to go solo at the time where Shatta Wale was putting every artiste in the country on their toes.

Coded states that the pressure from Shatta Wale to release hit song after hit song prompted the group to go solo so they can match up to the “Dancehall King.”

“I think it would basically be the fact that was the era where a lot of singles were coming from Shatta Wale…that was the era where he was releasing countless hit records, like he would release a song today, give it max two weeks, he would release another song. So, that was putting a lot of musicians on their toes. You’re working but you are not working enough. You need to work harder, meet up to that level. And its good when it’s healthy competition so we decided that we need to do our solo projects so when we add it to the group projects,” he revealed in a recent interview.

4×4, the three man group — made up of Captain Planet, Fresh Prince and Coded — have been releasing only solo projects the past couple years.

Coded had stated in previous interviews that the decision to go solo was done collectively by the group after Fresh Prince brought the idea but at the time he wasn’t on board with it.

Although the group has not released any projects together and have fueled break up rumors, the leader of the group, Captain Planet insists they have not broken up.

“I am not happy myself hearing and reading comments from social media that we have broken up. I know that our fans expect us to be everywhere like we used to be but in life when you keep doing the same things over and over again, people become fed-up with you,” he told Graphic Showbiz in 2017.

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Captain Planet rubbishes Coded’s claims over why 4×4 went solo

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Member of defunct 4×4 music group, Captain Planet has rubbished claims by former group member, Coded that the reason they went solo was because of Shatta Wale.

Earlier today, Coded had revealed in an interview that the reason the group decided to go solo was because of pressure from Shatta Wale to release hit songs.

“I think it would basically be the fact that was the era where a lot of singles were coming from Shatta Wale…that was the era where he was releasing countless hit records, like he would release a song today, give it max two weeks, he would release another song. So, that was putting a lot of musicians on their toes. You’re working but you are not working enough. You need to work harder, meet up to that level. And its good when it’s healthy competition so we decided that we need to do our solo projects so when we add it to the group projects,”Coded revealed in the interview.

The interview has since gone viral and captured a lot of reactions. However, Captain Planet has shut down Coded’s claims stating that he does not know where they are coming from.

“Stop that rubbish it’s never true. I dnt know exactly what coded was trying to explain. May be he was talking for himself the reason he started doing his solo project . I showed the video to fresh prince this morning he was even laughing his lungs out,” Captain Planet reacted on Twitter.

See screenshot of his tweet below;

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“Pepper Dem Ministries” welcomes Nana Aba Anamoah to the “bitter side” over recent comments

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Some members of popular feminist group in Ghana, “Pepper Dem Ministries”, have called out ace-broadcaster Nana Aba Anamoah over recent comments she made about taking up traditional roles at home. (more…)

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Watch: Aisha Modi show of her post-surgery banging body on social media

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Aisha Modi has returned to social media by showing off her newly acquired body. (more…)

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KOD returns to Radio Gold after 7 years with ‘Feel Good Friday’

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Ghanaian broadcaster, Kofi Okyere Darko popularly known as KOD is set to return to Radio Gold. (more…)

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