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Tems Tells Apple Music About New Single “ME & U,” Finding Balance, Wakanda Forever and Teases A New Album

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Nigerian singer-songwriter Tems joins Zane Lowe on on Apple Music 1 to discuss embracing a spiritual state while recording her new song “ME & U,” how she stays balanced in the face of her success, what it was like to work on the Wakanda Forever soundtrack, and tease new music.

Key quotes below, please feel free to use and credit Zane Lowe on Apple Music. Listen to the full episode anytime on demand at https://music.apple.com/us/curator/the-zane-lowe-show/990050553

Tems Tells Apple Music About Being In A Spiritual State While Creating New Single “ME & U”…

So funny thing is I actually created this in 2021. It was around the time I shot the video for Essence, and when I heard it, I just went into a trance and I was having a conversation with God about… I’m not sure what it was, I was just in a trance, and I didn’t remember what I had done until I recorded it, but it really was just about the conversation surrounding commitment and faith. I think when you create anything, period, you’re tapping into something spiritual because you’re creating something from nothing. I think music is very spiritual no matter what it sounds like, no matter where it’s from, no matter whether it’s acknowledged or not. I think music always has an energy and I just want to be as honest as I can in my music.

Tems Talks To Apple Music About How She Maintains Balance And Stays True To Herself In The Face Of Her Success…

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I think just this whole journey has taught me so much just about learning how to find balance in your life and not being afraid, having courage, being brave to be you. It does change your art because when you’re used to be alone before and now you’re not alone and used to have no one, now you have people. So people could influence you in so many ways. And I think it’s just finding the time to gather yourself as much as possible so you stay in tune with who you are to why you even want to be here in the first place. I think that’s important for sure. I feed myself with truth and I pray a lot, but I think just attaining knowledge and gaining understanding is how you stay grounded. Because when things are happening, if you allow yourself to get lost in the source, then… So I just feed myself on truth all the time.

Tems Talks To Apple Music About What It Was Like To Be A Part Of The Wakanda Forever Soundtrack And Her Song With Rihanna “Lift Me Up”…

It was a new experience for sure. I think the fact that just one song, we recorded that song in Lagos, can be so… I don’t know, just suddenly getting all these acknowledgements and it’s definitely a humbling experience as well because you have to then look at yourself, look around, be like, “What’s going on?” Find yourself, man. It was really great though. Everybody’s really great.

Tems Teases A New Album On Apple Music…

Well, I can’t give out too much. Sometimes you make plans and things don’t always go according to those plans and so you have to replan. So yeah, things like that have been happening, but very exciting.

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What I’m going to say is after this, after now, it’s coming. There’s no break anymore. I’m not on break, I’m not doing… I’ve taken the time I needed and yeah, this thing’s coming so don’t worry about that yet.

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Ess Thee Legend shows off her bold new style in Afro-soul stunner ‘Abyss’

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In a surprise ground-breaking move, Mad Woman, the avant-garde women-led agency nurturing creativity, proudly unveils its first female talent, Ess Thee Legend (formerly known as Essilfie). (more…)

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Kwabena Boateng’s ‘Baba’ is a powerful song overflowing with blessings

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Ghanaian gospel artist, Kwabena Boateng steps into 2024 full of praise and adoration for God in his first release of the year, ‘Baba.’ Join him and thousands more on this radiant track now. ‘Baba’ is available to stream in all music stores worldwide here: https://fanlink.to/KB-baba

‘Baba’ is an anthem guaranteed to lift your spirits in the mornings and get your day off to a thriving start. Its vocals and message are reinvigorating. They bounce atop its upbeat production with a grace that will whisk you into a mood of worship. And the experience is cathartic.

Kwabena Boateng employs simple yet powerful lyrics to sing of the Lord’s faithfulness. He rallies his audience to praise God with him, using Psalm 106:1 as his cornerstone: “Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for he is steadfast love endures forever!”

Last week (February 16), the singer got his fans buzzing after he announced ‘Baba’ on via his social media accounts. It marked the long-awaited comeback for the ‘Conquer’ star since his 2022 EP “Saved By Grace” with the powerful words: “I know this song is going to bless you.” Don’t miss it.

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CAPE TOWN’S SHAANCPT AND SHANEY JAY UNVEIL DEBUT AMAPIANO COLLABORATION WITH “CAN’T HELP IT”

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Excitement is building as Cape Town’s very own ShaanCPT and Shaney Jay join forces for the first time, presenting their debut amapiano collaboration, “Can’t Help It.” Set to drop on February 23rd, this track marks the beginning of a promising partnership between the two talents. While the music video is currently in the works, the anticipation is growing for a visual spectacle to accompany the infectious beats.

ShaanCPT’s chart-topping success on multiple radio stations across the country has laid a solid foundation for this collaboration. Teaming up with two-time SAMA nominated producer Shaney Jay adds a new dimension to ShaanCPT’s musical journey, promising a fresh sound that fans are eagerly awaiting.

The refrain of “I can’t help it” in the song adds a catchy and relatable element, showcasing the duo’s ability to create music that resonates with a broad audience. The synergy between ShaanCPT’s magnetic vocals and Shaney Jay’s production expertise is expected to set a new standard in the amapiano genre.

As fans await the release of “Can’t Help It,” they can look forward to witnessing the first musical chapter of this dynamic collaboration between ShaanCPT and Shaney Jay. For both artists, this marks a significant milestone in their musical careers, and the industry is buzzing with anticipation.

Pre-save and add “ Can’t Help it “ to your playlist.

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Wendy Shay Returns with a Bang in Emotional Afrobeats Single ‘Holy Father’

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Wendy Shay is set to drop her first single of the year! Wendy’s last single “Africa Money” was talk of the town in the last quarter of 2023, but now she’s returning with a bang with her latest single,  scheduled to drop on Friday, February 23rd 2024. 

The song is titled “Holy Father”, and it’s an inspirational afrobeats song crafted with the intention of touching lives and giving hope to the hopeless. On the song, Wendy declares that an Angel will definitely come for them in their hard times as they grind to make it in life.

Produced by Samsney, “Holy Father” features none other than poum president Ras Kuuku.

Listen here: https://onerpm.link/holy-father

The “Survivor” hitmaker has a lot in store this year, including a lot of collaborations from both local and international artistes. The Rufftown Records signee was Boomplay’s top streamed female artiste in 2023, and hopes to continue the same in 2024 with this freshly minted banger. 

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“Holy Father” is available on all digital streaming platforms.

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Apple Music reveals Lasmid as the latest Up Next Artist in Ghana

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Apple Music today announced the latest musician to be featured in its Up Next artist development program in Ghana, is Afrobeats singer-songwriter, Lasmid (real name Nathaniel Ladsmid Owusu).

 

“I’m super elated to be selected for Up Next in Ghana for February. Apple Music has also been like a family, supporting me since day one,” he tells Apple Music. “Get ready to experience the infectious rhythms, captivating vocals, and irresistible energy that define Lasmid’s signature sound. Lasmid is UP NEXT!”

 

After attracting the attention of the country by winning Ghana’s MTN Hitmaker reality show in 2019, Lasmid released a string of singles that laid the foundation for him to explore a fusion of Afrobeats and Highlife. The release of his single “Friday Night” (2022) gave him his first taste of viral and chart success, and also saw him venture into more pop-rooted territory, while maintaining an impossible groove.

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Nathaniel Ladsmid Owusu known professionally as Lasmid is a talented Ghanian Singer who is deemed to be one of the fastest rising voices in the new corp of west African talents breaking boundaries and setting global records via the Afrobeats and Highlife genre.

 

It was alongside JZyNO that he achieved massive viral success with “Butta My Bread”(2023) though, releasing a string of Afropop singles including “Bad Boy” (2023) and “Fiona”(2023) feat. Fazil. His latest single “PUUL” (2024) once again puts his smooth vocals on display, underpinned by a catchy chorus and melody.

 

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As the latest Up Next act to be spotlighted in Ghana, Lasmid will be featured across Apple Music’s Up Next playlist https://apple.co/3eITdJd. 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.

 

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.

 

About Apple Music’s Up Next Program

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Up Next is Apple Music’s monthly artist program geared towards identifying, showcasing and elevating rising star talent. Each month, Apple Music’s editorial team selects an artist to promote, utilizing the full force of the platform to raise awareness of the artist to its growing global audience of music fans. The vast 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, Zoe Wees, Morray, Fousheé, Amorphous, Tems, Parker McCollum, Jay Wheeler, Shenseea, Omar Apollo, Jvck James and aespa.

 

In 2022, Apple Music’s Up Next artist program expanded into its sixth year and includes a curated companion Up Next playlist featuring a dynamic class of new and emerging artists, thoughtfully hand-picked by Apple Music editors from around the world. The playlist is genre and country agnostic and represents a line-up of artists our global editors are passionate about and eager to expose to a larger audience. In March 2021, Apple Music expanded the Up Next program to feature localized campaigns that highlight artists across the U.S., U.K., Australia/New Zealand, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Greater China, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latin America, Netherlands, Nigeria, Nordics, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, and Turkey.

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Experience Love’s Many Facets with Black Majesty’s Soul-Stirring EP

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Ghanaian musician Black Majesty has graced the music scene with a soul-stirring EP titled ‘Songs of Majesty (I)’, a mesmerizing compilation of four tracks designed to serenade listeners with tales of love and devotion. (more…)

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