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The story behind Justin Timberlake and Ant Clemons at Stax Museum in Memphis for “Celebrating America”

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Tonight, multi-platinum global superstar Justin Timberlake returned to his hometown of Memphis, TN, bringing along GRAMMY-nominated artist Ant Clemons for an inspiring and all-new rendition of their song “Better Days,” at the iconic Stax Museum of American Soul Music as part of the primetime broadcast special, “Celebrating America,” in honor of the inauguration of Joe Bidenand Kamala Harris. The pair also invited students and alumni of Stax Music Academy, music education and youth development program, toperform alongside them with a band led by Emmy nominated musical director Adam Blackstone who provided the live production and arrangement for the performance version of the song. As an added bonus for fans, music legend and 16-time GRAMMY winner Kirk Franklin offers an inspirational message to “Better Days ft Justin Timberlake (Inauguration version w/ Kirk Franklin)” (A. Blessing/ Human Re Sources),a special version of the song currently available on all streaming platforms now. Listen to the track [HERE] and watch the performance [HERE].

 

“The fact that the Stax Museum and Stax Music Academy were chosen by Justin Timberlake, Ant Clemons and the Presidential Inaugural Committee to represent Memphis, Tennessee in the 2021 presidential inauguration, speaks not only volumes about the power, magic, and timelessness of soul music, but also casts a bright light on the work we have been doing here at the Soulsville Foundation for more than 20 years now,” said Soulsville Foundation President and CEO Richard Greenwald. “We are grateful to our friend Justin Timberlake for embracing our mission and genuinely caring about the young people with whom we work every day.”

 

The Stax Museum of American Soul Music is the only museum in the world dedicated to preserving and promoting the legacy of Stax Records and the Memphis Sound, celebrating the music and accomplishments of artists such as Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, the Staple Singers, Sam & Dave, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, and hundreds of others. Timberlake has regularly noted how much the music of Memphis and Tennessee, including The Memphis Sound and the artists of the iconic Stax Records, heavily influenced him as a kid and as an artist.

 

Timberlake began his relationship with Stax Music Academy in 2019, when he partnered with Levi’s® for their Levi’s® Music Project where he surprised students with a two-day songwriting workshop with Timbaland, Danja and Rob Knox and Elliot Ives. Levi’s® and Timberlake also equipped the school with a new room called “The Song Lab” – a remodeled facility meant for songwriting workshops and he also surprised 30 of Stax Music Academy’s 9th-12th grade youth musicians who completed Stax’s advanced music theory course with an all-new songwriting class. Students met for two hours every Friday afternoon after school for ten months with instructors to hone their songwriting skills. Stage-ready instruments, as well as recording, audio, and production equipment, were also donated by Guitar Center, Gibson, Native Instruments, Shure, and Universal Audio. See a video of his visit HERE.

 

A few months later, Timberlake used his platform to bring attention to Stax Music Academy during a taping of Ellen’s “Greatest Night of Giveaways,” holiday special where he surprised one of the students with tickets to the GRAMMYs, a full scholarship to the GRAMMYs camp and $50,000 on behalf of Green Dot. In addition, Green Dot also gave Stax Music Academy $250,000. See clips from the show HERE and HERE.

 

 

Since its founding in 2000, Stax Music Academy has gone on to serve and foster the creative talents of over 4,000 children in the Memphis area.Both are located at the original site of the Stax Records studios in the Soulsville USA community of Memphis, Tennessee. The Stax Music Academy offers drastically discounted tuition and scholarships to middle and high school aged singers and musicians and provides a holistic music education that prepares them for music scholarships to college and careers in the music industry. To donate to Stax Music Academy click HERE.

 

Timberlake and Clemons first premiered “Better Days,” for “Rock the Runoff,” a virtual fundraiser for Stacy Abrams’ organization, Fair Fight” in December. Clemons first conceived the idea of the song months before the Presidential Election last year and brought it to Timberlake. They worked on writing the song together and coincidentally Justin laid down his vocals on Election night as he watched the returns. See the original performance HERE.

Multi-­talented actor and musician Justin Timberlake has sold more than 32 million albums worldwide, sold out arenas across the globe, received numerous awards and nominations and has become one of the most highly respected entertainers in the business. He released the four-­time platinum-­selling song “CAN’T STOP THE FEELING!” from the film Trolls, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was ultimately the best-­selling U.S. single in 2016. The single marked Timberlake’s 10th Grammy and garnered a nomination for an Academy Award and Golden Globe. This year he starred in and served as the Executive Music Producer for Trolls World Tour, the sequel to Trolls. Trolls World Tour was the biggest opening day and opening weekend ever for a digital title and was the No. 1 title across all major on-demand platforms. His new film “Palmer” will be released on Apple TV + on Jan. 29.

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Larruso’s ‘’New Gen’’ EP arrives alongside all-new video for ‘Wolewa’ (Come Inside)’

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Afro-dancehall sensation, Larruso’s debut EP offers a feel-good experience that places him in the fore of Ghanaian dancehall music as he freewheels over a range of experimental melodies. Listen here: https://onerpm.lnk.to/NewGen-EP

 

Previewing with two singles prior to its official announcement ‘’New Gen’’ does not fall short of a smooth supply of tuneful beat selections and potential bangers. It is an aggregate of Larruso’s vision so far, meld together by familiar, yet refreshing concepts and a feature list accommodating of the young artist’s style.

 

 

The 8-track EP books features from the likes of the god MC, M.anifest, Suzzway, Nigeria’s very own, Bella Shmurda, Kelvyn Boy, Samini and J. Derobie, aside a compelling mix of producers which include The One, Beatz Dakay, Phantom, Jaemally, Gigz Beatz, Mix Master Garzy and Finchy.

 

For a project meant to inspire the prodigy’s avant-gardist role in his time, things are brought to a roaring start on the pre-released ‘New Gen’. Here, Larruso ushers in the age of this new generation he’s standing in for. ‘’We have a big dream and, how our family fit look past streets wey we dey pon?’’, he questions, backing up with chants and verses of empowerment. This invigorating theme persists into the EP’s first pre-released song ‘The Truth’ featuring the god MC, Manifest. On the soothing song, both artists free their energies into a pool of thoughts that are expressive of life in a country that grows increasingly hellish for the generation in question.

The tone of the EP hereafter shifts to a more ambient and easy-going sound ‘Body’ featuring Suzzway goes big on Larruso’s glossy vocals, while ‘Wolewa’ (Come Inside) featuring Nigeria’s very own, Bella Shmurda embraces a fun feel. The latter drops alongside a colorful video directed by Yaw Skyface and has lots of choreography to keep the song’s playfulness untouched. ‘Hit & Run’ isn’t far behind the explosive Afrobeat wave either, bearing the candid and fleeting emotions of the self-proclaimed nineties bad boy, before ushering in the project’s biggest in terms of collaborations ‘No Chance’.

Sweeping listeners back into his preferred domain ‘No Chance’ has Larruso tag Kelyvn Boy and Samini on the highly palatable Finchy production to make known their uncompromising nature to much finesse. ‘Addicted’ featuring J. Derobie slots in next to ferry listeners aboard the love express once more, yielding crooned verses of how special Larruso’s love interest is to him: ‘’Cause you know me and you have a different vibe/Make up your mind, come with me let’s ride’’. The finally EP comes to a soothing close thanks to Larruso’s resolute composure on solo effort ‘High Meditation’, in a bid to not to escape bad memories.

 

‘’New Gen’’ projects the Afro-dancehall star’s status as torchbearer in it’s entirety and is effortless in setting itself up as a benchmark for all dancehall EP’s to follow. Stream ‘’New Gen’’ by Larruso here:

 

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Boma reveals how his relationship with Tega was all part of his game plan

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On this week’s episode of #WithChude, BBNiaja star and actor Boma Martins Akpore, popularly known as Boma, opens up on his intimate relationship with fellow Big Brother housemate Tega Offiong Dominic-Ajeboh, popularly referred to as Tega.

Boma revealed that his relationship with Tega was all part of his game plan to make the best out of his time in the house. For him, he was just switching into character and there was nothing more to it. In his words, “The way I was looking at it was, I have been on set. I have done the same actions, maybe even worse on set. I have kissed. I have romanced people. I have been an actor. I have played romantic scenes with people’s wives or people’s girlfriends. As soon as they say cut, everybody goes home to wherever they came from. That’s how I was looking at it.”

“It was a show. That’s why when they asked when I left the show, without me even knowing what was happening outside, I said, ‘the Show is done. We are all going back to our families. I’m going back to my girl. She is going back to her own family”, he concluded.

Boma also revealed that once he sees cameras around him, he switches into character and that way, no one can get a glimpse into his life. He said that despite being in the entertainment industry- constantly in front of cameras- for about eighteen years no one knew he was married. In his words “If you think my reality is in front of the camera, you’ve missed the way fully and I’m happy that you have.”

When asked about his xxx, Boma said, “The results that we get in life are the prize that we get for our actions. Therefore before you take an action, be aware of the prize, good or bad, that will result from it and let that be the guide for whether or not you will take that action.”

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All past and new episodes of #WithChude premiere on Saturdays at 7 am on watch.withchude.com. You can also watch the show every Saturday on Channels TV at 1 pm, with reruns every Sunday on Wazobia TV Channel 98 at 5 pm, every Tuesday on Rave Tv at 5 pm, every Wednesday on Pop Central Station DSTV Channel 189 at 8 pm, and every Thursday on EbonyLife TV StarTimes Channel 189/191 at 7:30 pm.

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Akwesi Orlando drops new afrobeat song, “ISSUE”

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Music newcomer, Akwesi Orlando finally dished out his classic afrobeat song titled “ISSUE,” lyrics of the song was delivered in both English and Twi to officially set the silky singer’s music career in motion.

ISSUE details emotional battles lovers faced during the different phases of their relationships, also capturing the underlying expression of true desire and willingness to maintain the relationship regardless of the constant problems. The song also paves the way for lovers to boldly bring to the table challenges and deal with them right away rather than remaining mute and being completely consumed by the pains.

Akwesi Orlando has continued to receive arguably loud applauds from music enthusiasts and key practitioners of music for his lyrical dexterity combined with daily relatable true-life events happening all around us. His name started being stack on the lips fans when he joined forces with Fameye to release his debut single “Ankonam” in 2020, and since then, the industry has been anxiously waiting for another single from him.

Lo and behold, he has shared ISSUE, which he has personally said is one of his favourite singles on his music rack. ISSUE was produced by Zongo Boii, and the extreme.

https://audiomack.com/hybrid-rekords/song/issue

 

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Berry Vodca Drops Visuals For New Song ‘Kyere’

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Expensive Music signed Artiste, Berry Vodca has dropped his first official single few months after introducing himself onto the music scene with his ‘VIBERATION’ Ep.

The Rapper who is obviously in the music game to make a statement after enjoying great feedback from his Ep has dropped another song titled ‘Kyere’ together with an official music video.

‘Kyere’ produced by Klasic Beatz is out now and available on all digital platforms for streaming and purchase.

Signed to Expensive Music Record Label, Berry Vodca promises to continue dropping entertaining songs periodically for his fans and music lovers to enjoy.

 

You can stream it here >>>>>> https://mipromo.ffm.to/berryvodca-kyere

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Mista Silva brings back the colourful vibes from the motherland with his new hit single ft E.L ‘Wavy Level’

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3 x MOBO nominee and 4 x award winning artist , high-energy vocals on the instrumental combined with E.L’ s low tone feel-good vibes pieces together the perfect collaboration, mixing and blending the streets of London and Accra to give a worldwide ‘Wavy Level.’ to add the icing on this freshly baked banger produced by E.L himself the visual brings the vibes to life, displaying quality pictures with style, attitude, energy, confidence and culture.

Mista Silva Ful Vilm 2. UK Afrobeats. Afrobeats F2D. Ghana Music, Afrobeats Pioneer. UK Afrobeats Pioneer,

Papa Kwame Amponsa, known by his stage name Mista Silva, is a British-Ghanaian musician from Brockley, London. Mista Silva released his debut EP, Full Vim, in 2012. Its success led to a record single deal with Polydor Universal in 2014.

He was the first unsigned UK Afrobeats artist to have his music playlisted by BBC 1Xtra with well received tracks “Now Wats Up” & “Boom Boom Tah” .

Mista Silva is highly regarded as one of the key foundation layers for the Afrobeats movement within the U.K. & Europe and if often giving the title “Pioneer” as many see his work as what knocked down the barriers & stereotypes associated with African cultures in the diaspora. His work has allowed many young musicians & music workers to flourish with the Afrobeats movement.

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Mona4reall releases 7-track visual EP, ‘Here To Stay’

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MONA FAIZ MONTRAGE, stage name Mona4reall is an award-winning Ghanaian artiste, trendset- ter, brand personality, and entrepreneur. She is also a Beauty/Style/brand Influencer with over 3.3 million followers and controls a huge segment of the youth in beauty and lifestyle trends. She is the CEO of Mona 4Reall Limited, 4Reall Entertainment, and the Founder of 4Reall Beauty Cosmetics.

Her celebrity lifestyle and her unique fashion sense have given her a brand name and a well-known one across the African continent.

Her influence and love for looking good has helped in her thriving cosmetics brand called 4Reall Beauty Cosmetics line.

Mona has leveraged on her massive social media following to become a successful and empow- ered entrepreneur.
Mona currently has significant business deals with some brands in Ghana, South Africa and Nigeria yet to be unveiled in November 2021.

Combining her passion for both music and fash- ion, Mona has built a strong following of engaged millennial women and a dynamic social media presence. She speaks to her audi- ence through daily posts on her Instagram and Snapchat where she shares anything from fash- ion, lifestyle, family life and travel, etc.
On music, she has always loved music and used to sing during her childhood church days and waited till she was convinced to come out.

She started her music career fully in the year 2020 and is the fast-rising female act currently. Her maiden song “Baddar than” which got 11k likes, 1.1million views on YouTube. 2months after, she released “Fine Girl” which also had over 800k views. Her 3rd single “God’s Child” also did great with over 700k views. And her “Baby” song which she released on the 29th of July 2021 which is the very first collaboration with Ghana’s industry giant Shatta Wale @Baby song is already over 2million views in less than 3 months.

All her songs stand out with a great and crisp message, a portray of an African, strong storylines, great video and photography, rhythms of the song on point and quality video production, and above all, it received massive airplay.
Undoubtedly, in less than a year, Consistency has played a key role in her musical career.

Ep has 7 songs, 7 videos and titled Here To Stay

In all Mona4reall has 10 songs to her credit since she started her music career in 2020 (EP and Singles)
Consistency, quality video, and location, message, a touch of professionalism, and direction are some key qualities you cannot leave out when you listen and watch her videos.

With a focus on becoming a global icon, a lot of effort and strategy plays a crucial role in her management, and feedback in less than 2years is obvious to say the least about her music journey.
Born in 1992, she was raised in Tamale, in the northern part of Ghana with her siblings. She is of mixed heritage. Her father is Lebanese and her mother is a Ghanaian.

She is currently signed on as an act under a joint partnership with Quick Angels limited. Mona4reall is the first artist to have a joint partnership from the music industry with Quick Angels limited, an angel investor.
She is the brand ambassador for Pink-berry Ghana and Richie Rich gummies. She is also the face of Coli, a Ghanaian own telecommunication network in Ghana.
She calls her fans ‘’4REALLERS’’

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