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T.I Blaze announced as Apple Music’s Up Next Artist for Nigeria

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Apple Music today announced the latest featured artist in its Up Next emerging artist program in Nigeria, as Afrobeats singer-songwriter, T.I Blaze (real name Abiodun Timilehin).

 

“It’s almost unbelievable that a kid from the streets can achieve such heights in such little time. Feels good to say the least that Apple Music is recognizing a boy from the trenches,” he tells Apple Music.

 

Having been born and raised in Agbado in Lagos, Blaze swiftly made a name for himself in his hometown, after deciding to pursue music professionally in 2020. It was the support of his “Corncity” regional fanbase that allowed his first few singles to rise sharply up the local charts.

 

His debut release The Fresh Prince Of Lagos, is a revealing 6-track EP that sees Blaze juggling the duality of his formative years spent grafting, with his sharp ascent into the limelight. The EP features fan favourite “Try” and the chart-topping single “Sometimes”, alongside the Amapiano-tinged “Gbedu”, “Oba” featuring Barry Jhay, “Basic” featuring Blxckie and Rasaqi NFG and the street pop-esque “Sometimes (Remix)” with Olamide.

 

As the newest Up Next act to be spotlighted in Nigeria, T.I Blaze will be featured on Apple Music’s Up Next playlist. The curated Up Next playlist features a dynamic class of new and emerging artists, thoughtfully hand-picked by Apple Music editors from around the world. The playlist is genre agnostic and represents a line-up of artists our global editors are passionate about and eager to expose to a larger audience.

 

T.I Blaze joins Browny Pondis, Ajebo Hustlers, Jaido P, Wavy The Creator and SGaWD as Apple Music’s growing stable of Up Next Artists from Nigeria.

 

The vast global Up Next roster of past talent includes Grammy-nominated and critically lauded talent like 6lack, Daniel Caesar, H.E.R., Greta Van Fleet, Khalid, Amy Shark, Billie Eilish, Sabrina Claudio, Sigrid, Mr Eazi, Stefflon Don, Bad Bunny, Juice WLRD, Bazzi, Jax Jones, NCT 127, Summer Walker, Tierra Whack, Dean Lewis, Pink Sweat$, Koffee, Megan Thee Stallion, Burna Boy, Clairo, Lunay, Jessie Reyez, Orville Peck, Victoria Monét, Ingrid Andress, Conan Gray, Don Toliver, Rema, BENEE, Holly Humberstone, Natanael Cano, Givēon, beabadoobee, Arlo Parks, Tate McRae, Foushee and Tems.

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Young ladies are demanding, I prefer older ones – Lasmid

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MTN hitmaker winner and “Sika” Singer Lasmid had revealed that he is more interested in dating older women than young ladies.

In an interview with Multicdb, he revealed his preference for the former since their experience and maturity can help mold one’s life.
He claimed that young ladies are demanding which put extra pressure on their partners.

Lasmid entreated women, especially older ones to have no issues approaching him and he will welcome them with open arms.

Source – Multicdb

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Africa Rising Music Conference Announces International Artist Showcase Line-up

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Anticipation for the Africa Rising Music Conference (ARMC) is at an all-time high as the countdown to the conference and its unprecedented artist showcase. ARMC attendees are primed to enjoy world-class performances from the exceptional line-up that boasts artists from various countries, including focus territory, The Netherlands.

The pivotal talents of Eritrea-born vocalist Rimon, Ghanaian artist based in the South East of Amsterdam, BnnyHunna and South African-Dutch singer-songwriter Joya Mooi are set to ignite the stage, highlighting their musical style, genre and impeccable skillset.

This cohort of Global musical aptitude will also feature Producers Spanker (one of the biggest Dutch Hip-Hop producers), Yung Dada (a multi-instrumentalist and producer who has worked with prominent artists and is now working on a solo project), and esteemed artist Frenna (a vocalist and one of the most renowned artists in the Netherlands).

ARMC 2022 themes: Women’s Voices: Amplifying them in the music business
Building Bridges: Exchange between Africa and the world
Independent Africa: Developing, understanding and creating new opportunities

Heavily music-focused, ARMC sets itself apart by bringing a cocktail of international artists to merge with the South African market, focusing on ambassadors, panels, and podcasts.

The showcase format will see local acts and acts perform over two nights across the electronic & urban genres from The Netherlands, Germany, and Austria perform.

Says DME: “We as the Dutch Music Export are truly proud to create such a versatile space for connecting, learning and building within the music industry.”

Buy your ticket now online via Howler.
Tickets are limited.

ARMC By Night – 24th May 2022

-Bnnyhunna
-Joya Mooi
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A reminder of the unique, all-female ambassador lineup:

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JAMIIE (Germany) Artist, Producer, Afrohouse Beatport Curator
Dieuwertje Heuvelings (Netherlands) – Dutch Music Export

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