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Teaser: ‘Akilla’s Escape’ starring Saul Williams, Thamela Mpumlwana, Vic Mensa

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Akilla’s Escape weaves the present and past in a crime-noir about the urban child-soldier. Set in Toronto and New York where over 450,00 Jamaicans reside, the story speaks to the historical criminalization of black boys that modern society overlooks.

Akilla Brown is forty-years-old and for the first time in his life, the clandestine cannabis grow operation he runs is legit. Only one year into government approval legalization, the pendulum of hypocrisy takes a toll and Akilla decides to cash out. While making a routine delivery on a cool, summer night, destiny takes an unexpected turn when Akilla confronts a firestorm of masked youths in an armed robbery.

In the aftermath of the heist, Akilla captures one of the thieves, a mute fifteen-year-old boy named Sheppard. Upon leaning the bandits are affiliated with the Garrison Army, a Jamaican crime syndicate his grandfather founded. Akilla is forced to reckon with a cycle of violence he thought he escaped.

Soundtrack by Saul Williams and Robert Del Naja (from Massive Attack)

Akilla’s Escape Teaser from Loïc Magneron on Vimeo.

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Lojay and Sarz Recruit Chris Brown for “Monalisa” Remix

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Lagos-based Afro-fusion artist Lojay and internationally renowned super-producer Sarz (Beyoncé, Drake, Wizkid, Burna Boy) have released a brand new remix of their recent smash single “Monalisa” featuring multi-platinum certified, GRAMMY Award-winning R&B superstar Chris Brown. STREAM HERE // LYRIC VIDEO HERE

Taken from Lojay & Sarz’s collaborative LV N ATTN EP last year, the original “Monalisa”became an early standout due to its hypnotic beat and infectious hooks, becoming not just one of the biggest releases in Nigeria, but a global hit that put Lojay on the map as one of Nigeria’s fastest-rising cultural exports and cemented Sarz’s reputation as the most significant name in Afrobeats. Check out the duo’s LV N ATTN EP HERE.

With over 100 million streams to date, it’s safe to say that “Monalisa” became something of a cultural phenomenon last year. The track not only won applause from the likes of The Face, HYPEBEAST, and The FADER — where it ranked No. 30 on their 100 Best Songs of 2021 list— but it also became the 5th most streamed song across Nigeria last year. Meanwhile, the track demonstrated its massive transatlantic reach by peaking at No. 1 on Shazam’s Global Afrobeats chart and within the top 10 on both the US and UK Official Afrobeats charts.

Sharing his excitement about the new remix, Lojay says, “at the time I was creating this song I would have never imagined hearing a Chris Brown verse on it but the best part is he actually took his time and killed it and gave the song a different feel. He’s someone I’ve always wanted to work with so this is a really good feeling.”
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Listen UP: Gracious K returns with ‘This Side’

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British born Ghanaian rapper Gracious K, returns with his brand new single ‘This Side’

The song borrows from the current hot sound of Amapiano as he uses his Ghanaian influence’s to create something totally unique.

With catch Ga melodies ‘This Side’ is tipped to be one of the dance floor anthems. Produced by Growzie Presents.

Spotify: https://ditto.fm/this-side-gracious-k

 

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WATCH: Moonchild Sanelly and Trillary Banks Share Empowerment Anthem ‘Cute’

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Moonchild Sanelly – real name Sanelisiwe Twisha – is gearing up to release her long-awaited second album next month. Phases will be released via Transgressive Records on June 10. Today, she shares the new single “Cute” featuring Trillary Banks.

A straight-up empowerment anthem, Moonchild explains, “The song is about bad boss bitches with big dick energy who look fly while they’re running their shit. We can be cute, so our power might look unthreatening, but don’t be fooled, we’re powerful and we’re here to fuck shit up!”

Trillary adds, “Recording the track was a cool, fun experience. I love the Two Inch Punch production. Meeting Moon in person was also great, we were able to go to a gig, vibe at the studio, do some shopping and discuss visual ideas. What a crazy but cute 24 hours.”

Forming a sonic foundation that veers between Amapiano, Gqom, grime, pop, house and R&B while showcasing her vocal talents on more downtempo songs, Phases’ 19 tracks document the varying chapters of a toxic relationship and subsequent freedom. A double album, the first side is a journey through the relationship with production reflecting those different moods and aspects of her personality; the second side, meanwhile, leads into a clubbier amapiano space.

The tracks on it, she says, are a way of empowering all different types of girls and promoting respect for women: “Over You” finds strength and power in breaking-up with a cheating ex; “Strip Club”, featuring Ghetts, flips the male-led narrative, instead putting the woman in charge. “I want people to relate to the stories I’m telling,” she says. Moonchild Sanelly has become well known for unapologetically spreading her message of female empowerment: “liberation for women, in the bedroom, in the boardroom, knowing your power… I need to be heard by a lot of people”. 

Carrying South Africa along with her has long been important for her, too, and it’s something that’s reflected on Phases, as she is joined by two of the country’s most exciting rappers: Blxckie on “ULi” and Sir Trill on “Soyenza”.

Collaboration has been core to Moonchild Sanelly since her award-winning debut album Rabulapha!, having not only dominated the gqom and amapiano scenes in SA but with her international hits and collaborations with Wizkid,Beyonce (featuring on “MY POWER”), Gorillaz (“With Love To An Ex”) and Ghetts (“Mozambique”).

Phases is a highly collaborative record, too, with production and guest features from Sad Night Dynamite, Wesley Joseph, Xavier Thomas (Débruit), TOKiMONSTA, HOLLY and Aramboa.

The album’s title takes on a multitude of meanings: via the range of genres covered across its runtime, the different sounds and styles that it encompasses and the personal journey that Sanelisiwe Twisha has taken to get to this point. But, for Moonchild Sanelly, it’s more literal than that: “I think that, with this album, I’ve managed to piece all the different parts of me together, because I’m known for different things in different parts of the world. I think you get to know me better with Phases – all the different sides of me.”

Pre-order Phases HERE

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Amerado finally releases Obiaa Boa

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5 times VGMA nominee and Ghana’s best rapper Amerado is once again exhibiting his lyrical prowess in his new rap song titled ‘Obiaa Boa”.

Obiaa Boa, a Twi phrase directly translated as “Everyone is lying” is a full rap song in which the artiste sends information to every other rapper who claims he Amerado does not deserve the title.

Amerado is also known to be one of the few rappers in Ghana who blends the indigenous culture in this rap and the Bra Shizzle-directed video was not an exception.

We credit Izjoe Beatz and Apya GH for the audio production.

AUDIO: https://yve.fanlink.to/ObiaaBoa

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Spinabenz drops “No More Parties on Sundays” video

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With an intoxicating flow that will send heads into a spiral, Spinabenz has emerged from the Jacksonville, Florida rap scene poised for stardom with millions of streams and his city on his back. “People might retire in Florida, but nobody wants to retire in Jacksonville,” Spina reflects matter-of-factly on his home city. Growing up the neighborhoods were siloed, and since Jacksonville isn’t much of a gangland territory, most people just kept to their respective corners.

“We were in our own little world & I made music my focus,” Spina says, even working side hustles to pay for his studio time. 2021 was a landmark year, as he dropped his “BeatBox” track, which changed it all. “I got my first million with that one!” he remarks on the streaming success. By the time “Who I Smoke” dropped, it was clear that Spinabenz was playing the long game with his music, as the track and video cracked the 37.5 million mark on YouTube alone. To date, Spinabenz has over 40M streams on Apple Music, 47M on Spotify, and 102M on YouTube.

His dedicated fan base (called Tornados) stays at the ready for what Spina has coming, and he’s just getting warmed up. His two focus tracks dropping in tandem on The Tornado Kidd — “No More Parties On Sundays” and “Country Rap Drill Song” show different dimensions to Spinabenz and his knack for storytelling. “Country Rap Drill Song,” aims to reinvent the wheel, melding genres. “People keep saying I should do Drill, so if I’ma do Drill, I’m going to do it how I want to,” he continues. “And nobody has heard Drill like this.”

His hard work and dedication have culminated in the release of his 20-track album, The Tornado Kidd. “I never dropped a whole album before,” he admits, “so this is gonna be crazy!” The project boasts the consistency that Spina has set forth for nearly a decade, dialing back to when he was a kid stepping into the studio for the very first time. From slick, crooning tracks, to exhilarating Jacksonville-style cuts, and introspective & melody-driven offerings, Spinabenz displays he can truly do it all.

The project also includes this year’s previously released singles, “Murder Talk, Pt. 3” and “Big A$$ Choppa” as well as features from Greenlight, Yungeen Ace, and Woppa wit da Choppa. As Spinabenz ushers in a new era in his career, but also for rap in general, he continues with the same motivation to keep growing and keep evolving with his fans riding beside him. “I’ve been rapping for a long time and I’m here to stay,” he explains. “The Tornado never stops spinning.”

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Mimsrozay’s ‘Go Away’ track takes off smoothly in Africa

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Mimsrozay has recently released his masterpiece body of work, ‘New Variant’ Extended Play (E.P).

As of April 29th, 2022, the album became available on all digital platforms worldwide and fans all over the continent are talking about it.

The EP houses four incredible songs including ‘Go Away’, ‘Jankuluba’, ‘Tsunami’, and ‘Cool Down’. Since it’s release last month, ‘Go Away’ has started to gain ground in Ghana with massive radio airplay and discovery on the Tik Tok platform.

Mimsrozay’s ‘Go Away’ single is a great piece of music you will want to add to your playlist and play endlessly.

This EP since it’s release is not only fire but will also be a game-changer with all the four tracks.

Mimsrozay music is inspired from real-life experiences with a fusion of creative prowess together with fresh afrobeats sound and relatable lyrical content signifying his readiness to stay in the game.

 

Olu ”Mimsrozay” Akinsika is a popular Nigerian German Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Executive Producer, and Tech Entrepreneur. 

 

Mimsrozay started off as a Promoter and Music Business Marketing Manager for one of the Biggest Entertainment outfits in Cyprus after which he founded his own Company Mims Rosé Entertainment.

 

Mimsrozay is often referred to as the pioneer of modern Afrobeats music in Europe as he has been linked to getting Wizkid, Davido, Tekno, Timaya, KCEE, and more on shows that had international acts such as Mario Winans, Tinie Tempah, Skepta, French Montana, Tyga in Europe.

Highlighted as an exciting afrobeats prospect, Mimsrozay new EP is sure to set him apart as one to watch this year.

 

Stream New Variant on the preferred music store here – https://ffm.to/pvvvxdn.OPR

 

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