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Sun-El Musician and Basketmouth feature on Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio With Cuppy This Sunday

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This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With Sun-El Musician, the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week and Basketmouth’s Favorite African Proverb!

Tune in to Africa Now Radio With Cuppy This Sunday, 14th June at 1pm Ghana/ 2pm Lagos or London / 3pm Johannesburg/Paris / 6am LA / 9am NYC Only on Apple Music

Cover Star Interview
South African producer Sun-El Musician joins Cuppy via FaceTime on Apple Music to talk about how he has been spending his lockdown, progress he is making with his label El World, and his plans for his forthcoming album titled ‘To The World and Beyond’!

The Big 5
Cuppy shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Mr Eazi feat. King Promise, Skiibii & Reekado Banks, Semi Tee, Reefer Tym and Mshayi.

Proverb of the Week
Nigerian comedian and actor Basketmouth joins Cuppy on the show to share a proverb in Pidgin, which translates as: “You can’t push someone and tell them where to fall to.” He explains the meaning behind it is about us having empathy.

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Sunday, 14th June at 2p Lagos/London / 3p Johannesburg/Paris / 6a LA / 9a NYC only on Apple Music at apple.co/_AfricaNow

Sun El Musician Tells Apple Music About His Lockdown, His Label El World, and Upcoming Album ‘To the World and Beyond’

 

Sun-El Musician Tells Apple Music About Lockdown

“I’m in Joburg. I’ve just been working on my album. I thought I wanted to be alone. At first, you don’t want anyone to come to the studio because you’re just busy. But now as I was working on the album, it was a really funny, interesting way of just working through emails and just sending each other files, which is just difficult for me because I prefer having people coming over to the studio and really bouncing ideas in person. The human touch. So yeah, it’s been just little tricky, so, but yeah.”

Sun-El Musician Tells Apple Music About His Favourite Part of Being an Artist

“Before this album, I would say being in the studio, but then just really being on this lockdown now, not going to gigs, I sort of took it for granted. Now it’s just like everything is just non-operational. So I kind of miss being out there. Yeah. I’m some sort of in between now. I still love being in the studio, but I just love seeing people’s faces when they listen to my music.”

Sun-El Musician Tells Apple Music About His Record Label El World

“I wish I could take all the credit, but I’ve got to give it to my team. My brothers and my sisters that work at El World Music. What we decided when we started the whole thing was either I become a solo act or we sign guys just under the label. Because of my history, because I was signed before and I felt it took me longer for me for people to just understand what I’m all about and the vision, I was like, ‘Okay, let’s just sign guys.’ And we try and just speed up the process for them to just not go through all the craziness that we went through. It’s not really just keeping them as artists forever. It’s just really just teaching them about the business and them owning their own masters in the future and all of that.”

Sun-El Musician Tells Apple Music About His New Album ‘To the World and Beyond’

“I have new voices and a new sound that I’m just bringing out. I’m also working on my album. It’s called ‘To the World and Beyond.’ It should be at a double disk. I’ve had all these other songs that I’ve just composed over the years and I feel I could give them a little bit of light. Probably 23 songs. And instrumental house as well. I can’t wait! Every time on all my feeds and my stories, people always just do covers, so hopefully with the instrumental on the album, people would just write… They’re free actually. That’s what I’m basically saying. You can write whatever, just tag me, send it to me, definitely check it out. I’m always about the music.”

Basketmouth Tells Apple Music About Lockdown and Shares His ‘Proverb of the Week’

Basketmouth’s Shares with Apple Music His Proverb of the Week

“The proverb of the week is simple. ‘Dey no dey push person, can’t tell am where he go fall.’ That means you can’t push someone and tell the person where to fall. It’s quite direct. It simply means that you can’t hurt someone and actually dictate how the person’s supposed to feel. Do you understand? I’ve offended people and they’ll be upset and I’ll be like, ‘Why are you upset?’ They’re like, ‘You offended me.’ You understand? So it’s just about us having empathy and all that stuff.”

Basketmouth Tells Apple Music About Lockdown

“I’ve been working, I’ve been writing and I’ve been creating content because, it’s not like I saw the pandemic coming, but I saw a little bit of shift going from TV to mobile. I kind of saw it coming, so I was like, you know what? Start creating more content. I’ve kept myself busy with content creation and all that stuff. So yeah, I’ve been busy.”

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RAYE Shares Long-Awaited Debut “My 21st Century Blues”

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scending straight to the top of numerous charts around the world with the bonafide smash hit single “Escapism.”, the trailblazing independent recording artist and revered songwriter, RAYE, today shares her long-awaited debut album, My 21st Century Blues, available to stream/purchase now via Human Re Sources/The Orchard – LISTEN AND PURCHASE HERE
Speaking on the release of her deeply personal first full-length album, the south London native emotionally shares, “My 21st Century Blues. My debut album. My ugly, complex, beautiful mosaic formed from broken pieces of glass from the last seven years of my life. This music is my medicine, my anxieties, traumas, and unfiltered thoughts. The music on this record empowered me to face my demons and has accompanied me through my bluest blues, crafted unapologetically and fearlessly with love and tears. Now I can only hope it might provide the same medicine it did for me for those who choose to listen. I can’t believe it is really happening – my first album.”
RAYE continues, “Some of these songs I’ve had for years that I’ve needed to express and share. Before, I was told it was too uncomfortable and that audiences don’t want to hear it. There’s no sonic through-line. It was just creating whatever felt right for the story I want to tell over it. It just feels free.”
Executive produced by frequent collaborator Mike Sabath (Selena Gomez, Lizzo, Camila Cabello), My 21st Century Blues showcases RAYE’s signature raw and honest songwriting on all 13 album tracks touching on her experiences as a young female woman of color coming up in the music industry to painful topics like sexual abuse, rape, body dysmorphia, addiction, misogyny, and even climate change. A dynamic body of work seven years in the making, MC21Bis a testament to her resilience that further highlights a versatile and multi-faceted artist who is in complete control of her creative output. RAYE co-produced nearly half of the LP that has additional songwriting from BloodPop (Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Madonna), Di Genius (Beyonce, Drake, Burna Boy), and Punctual (Years & Years, Rudimental, Jason Derulo).
My 21st Century Blues features the massive U.K. #1 hit “Escapism.” with 070 Shake, which has become a sensation around the globe where it’s currently charting Top 10 in 12 territories in addition to its rapid ascension on numerous Billboard U.S. charts including the Hot 100 (#22), Global 200 (#7), Rhythmic Airplay (#18), and Pop Airplay (#21). The tracklist also includes previously released singles “Black Mascara.”, “Hard Out Here.”, and “The Thrill Is Gone.” in addition to new standouts like the powerful feminist anthem “Ice Cream Man.” and sultry, confident Mahalia-assisted “Five Star Hotels.”
RAYE’s 2023 is already shaping up to be her biggest year of touring yet as she embarks on the first leg of her My 21st Century Blues headline world tour – performing 14 sold out shows in February and March across Europe and North America – before hitting the road this spring with Kali Uchis as the special guest on her Red Moon In Venus North American tour playing 19 shows in major markets including two dates in New York at Radio City Music Hall. RAYE also announced a second leg of 2023 headline shows covering the UK and Europe in November and December. See below for a list of RAYE’s upcoming live dates and for more details on ticketing, visit her official website HERE.
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Oxlade & Mayorkun Release Music Video For “Bad Boy”

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Oxlade & Mayorkun Release Music Video For “Bad Boy”

What a year it has been for Oxlade. The 2023 Vevo artist to watch owns one of 2022’s biggest hits with “Ku Lo Sa” and its remix featuring Camila Cabello, with more than 220M+ global streams and 1B+ TikTok views across the world.

Currently in Los Angeles for the Grammy Awards, as a surprise to their fans the two superstars made in Lagos decided to drop the video for “Bad Boy” today.

Read Also: Nigerian court fines singer Oxlade N5m over leaked sex tape

Directed by UAX, iconic director of the afrobeats scene (Tems, Rema, Adidas ZA, Chike, Lojay…) and shot in Lagos, the two Nigerian superstars take you on a night to remember in “Bad Boy”s video, so hop in the Cadillac and get ready for some heat!

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Selberk Keeps The Dream Alive On New Single, “Dreamer” With Kwesi Musiq

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Multi-talented artist, Selberk has officially released his latest single dubbed “Dreamer” with Kwesi Musiq. The trap song doubles as a motivational song with lyrics to embolden all and sundry push beyond life’s many boundaries.

Sandwiched by a pacy hook, the three and half minute song sees both Kwesi’s display their enviable rap dexterity in different verses. The “Sunday born” chemistry is evident despite this being the first ever collaboration between the two artists.

Speaking to this source Selberk said “Dreamer is a motivational tune that highlights man’s desire to keep going despite the many obstacles and hardship one encounters”.

“Dreamer is a heart touching piece when you pay attention to the lyrics,” he added.

This new song has the potential to fuel the revival of the dormant trap scene in Ghana to its glory days back in 2017-2018.

“DREAMER” is now available on all digital streaming platforms.

Stream Here: [ https://tiememusic.lnk.to/DREAMER ]

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Follow Selberk on Twitter : @k_selberk

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Yaw Darling drops first single under Sky Entertainment, “Pull Up” – LISTEN

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Yaw Darling drops first single under Sky Entertainment, “Pull Up” – LISTEN

Sky Entertainment, Ghana-based Music Record Label has just introduced another artiste from their stable called Yaw Darling.

Yaw Darling is next artiste introduced after Mishasha who was officially out-doored in the last quarter of 2023.

Along with the introduction of Yaw Darling, the label decides to introduce him unto the market with a new single and video titled “Pull Up”.

“Pull Up” released on Friday, February 3, 2023 would become the people’s anthem in a matter of days; the catchy hooks and sweet melodies Yaw Darling served on this record is an easy pass for the public to accept him with his ‘fine boy’ looks complementing it all.

Listen to “Pull Up” on Digital Stores: https://ditto.fm/pull-up-yaw-darling

Follow him on Social Media @YawDarlingMusic

About Yaw Darling:

Yaw Darling is a rising Afrobeats Singer with a unique blend of traditional African rhythm and contemporary sounds.

Born Samuel Yaw Antwi on the October 30, 2000, Yaw Darling draws and is inspired by the great of Ghanaian and African music legends such as Kojo Antwi, Daddy Lumba, Samini, Fela Kuti, Wizkid and Burna Boy just to name a few.

Yaw Darling has honed his skills to create a fresh take on the genre that speaks to both old and new fans alike. His energetic and charismatic stage presence combined with his smooth vocals and powerful lyrics is one to watch and sure to earn him a dedicated following.

Yaw Darling, signed to Ghana music imprint, Sky Entertainment makes his musical debut in February 2023 with the release of his first single “Pull Up”, which speaks for dedication and loyalty in love.

With his passion for Ghanaian and African music and cultural heritage, Yaw Darling is poised to become one of the leading voices in the Afrobeat community and a global ambassador for Ghanaian/African culture and music.

 

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Listen Up: Stonebwoy drops brand new single ‘More Of You’

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Kicking off the new year with a banger, Ghanaian Afropop, dancehall and beloved reggae artist Stonebwoy releases new single “More Of You.” (more…)

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Dreamville/Interscope Records Exec Produce “CREED III” Soundtrack — “Ma Boy” by J.I.D & Lute Out Now

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Dreamville will executive produce the official soundtrack to CREED III alongside Proximity Media (Ryan Coogler, Ludwig Göransson, Archie Davis), Outlier Society (Michael B. Jordan) and Executive Music Producer Frank Brim. The acclaimed franchise’s third installment was directed by Michael B. Jordan and will feature music from artists within the Dreamville roster and beyond. At store turn tonight, fans will receive a taste of what to expect from the sonic world of CREED III with the release of brand-new track “Ma Boy” featuring Dreamville’s J.I.D and Lute. To listen to the explosive new collaboration later tonight, pre-save the link here: https://dreamville.lnk.to/MaBoy
Dreamville/Interscope Records worked closely with the franchise’s producers MGM, Proximity and Outlier to create a musical experience that fit not just the film’s needs but one that will be celebrated as its own piece of art — inspired by both the film and the coming together of various artists on a soundtrack that matches the film’s acclaim and impact on community and culture. The soundtrack will be released on March 3rd on Dreamville/Interscope Records alongside the film’s theatrical release.
Founded by Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum hip-hop artist J. Cole in 2007, the organization is home to Dreamville Records, a critically acclaimed and commercially successful record label distributed in partnership with Interscope Records. Dreamville Records is currently home to a variety of both established and up-and-coming music artists, including J Cole, J.I.D, Ari Lennox, Bas, EarthGang, Cozz, Lute, and Omen. Dreamville has now evolved into the modern multidisciplinary entertainment and media company, Dreamville Ventures, which serves as the parent company to the aforementioned record label, as well as Studios, Apparel, Impact, and Festival divisions. As a diversified cultural hub, Dreamville continues to cultivate and create music, content, live events, and fashion as well as compelling ad campaigns with the industry’s biggest brands.
Combining the legacies of three of the most influential record labels in modern music history, Interscope Geffen A&M embarked on a new tradition of musical achievement with its unification on January 1, 1999.  Headed by Chairman and CEO John Janick, Interscope Geffen A&M is a major force in global music, developing chart-topping artists across a wide range of musical genres. Interscope Geffen A&M is part of Universal Music Group, the world’s largest music company. www.interscope.com
 
Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and global distribution of film and television content across all platforms. The company owns one of the world’s deepest libraries of premium film and television content as well as the premium pay television network MGM+, which is available throughout the U.S. via cable, satellite, telco and digital distributors.  In addition, MGM has investments in numerous other television channels, digital platforms and interactive ventures and is producing premium short-form content for distribution. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.
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