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Tomi Thomas teams up with Rapper Wale for the “Hopeless Romantic” Remix

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The multi-talented Tomi Thomas is a perpetual dreamer and creator. The Nigerian performer and visual artist continues to astound and amaze with the extended rollout of his latest project. Several genres are represented in his musical expressionism, and his mastery of combining them is beyond artful. Tomi tapped into hip hop for a floss remix of the hit tune “Hopeless Romantic” and is joined by American rapper Wale for an incredible transformation of the track releasing October 28, 2021.   LISTEN HERE

The remix captures their chemistry sublimely. Tomi’s body of work is a testament to his delivery of low-key nuances mixed with higher vibrations. In the remix, their vocals echo the familiar “Hopeless Romantic” tune. Wale recently stepped back into the spotlight with Folarin II, the sequel to his popular 2012 mixtape. In what marks his seventh studio album, the rapper highlights a number of collaborations. Tomi Thomas welcomes synergistic efforts and is experiencing buzz from associating with and working with talent from all around the globe.

“This remix is fire. Afrobeat and world subgenres have revolutionised mainstream music.” – Wale

Tomi Thomas is wildly popular among the “it” crowd in Ghana and his native Nigeria. Ameyaw Debrah, the renowned Ghanaian entertainment and lifestyle blogger, continues to show his support of Tomi’s work and ongoing projects. Fellow singer Falana was quoted in entertainment authority Complex regarding rubbing shoulders with Tomi on the local scene, saying, “We’re all just building, and we all have unique sounds, but we all support each other.” Earlier this month, he dropped the Hopeless Romantic Riddim featuring several talented acts, including dancehall recording artist Stylo G based in the UK. Over the summer, he also experienced a spike of popularity in the Caribbean after debuting the music video featuring Buju Banton for “Hurricane” from the Hopeless Romantic EP.

Tomi is on the scene, and his star power leads the way to the world stage alongside fellow Nigerian artists Wizkid, Burna Boy, Davido, Prettyboy D-O, Patoranking, and Fireboy DML on the world stage. The success story is embedded with pure passion. Tomi has become comfortable in the limelight as a solo artist while keeping fond memories of his time with popular musical group Loud On Sound (LOS) early in his career. On releasing his debut album, the single “Ready Or Not” reached #1 on the Soundcity Nigeria’s Top 10 Chart. African music is everywhere, and the movers and shakers of the world are making it so.

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Samini features Medikal, Kofi Kinaata, Efya on “Burning” EP

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Samini serves a fine collection of his first ever EP titled “Burning”, a 6-track catalogue.

 

Ahead of his “Samini Xperience Concert” slated for December 24th, this EP is timely and perfectly fits his 40th birthday celebration later this month, on December 22nd.

 

With over 2 decades of consistency, giving Ghanaians great music from Reggae to Dancehall to Hiplife and more, Samini is one of the few music icons in Ghana, who has earned some envious but legendary feats.

 

Showing no signs of stopping any time soon, the musician has released another project to add to his wide-ranged discography. The EP, ‘Burning’ is a 6 track body of sheer goodness. Samini’s hold over melody is evident through the songs, giving nostalgic feelings on the Highlife inclusive project.

 

Unlike ‘Untamed’, his last major project that demonstrated his depth in the Reggae genre, the ‘Burning EP’ maintains his usual feel-good vibe but this time, he plays around with different genre fusions.

 

Listen to “Burning” EP Here: https://smarturl.it/samini-burningEP

 

Preceding the release of this full body of work was a first single release off the EP featuring Efya titled “Picture”, you might want to check out the official video for that single (below) on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYRRPN3C9ag

 

 

On the first song, Samini reminds you of what we know him for. It’s almost like a statement of what he represents right before he delivers different fusions and genres on subsequent songs. The song, ‘Paper’ is a riddim for any hustler trying to survive. Samini acknowledges “Inna dis life man is all about the paper” on the hook and goes on to dedicate the song to everyone working hard. It’s a motivational push to keep going.

 

In a poetic delivery, the next song, right after hustling, is a song about wanting someone… satisfying an attraction to a potential lover. The song, ‘Picture’ features Efya and was released as a single, months before. With an already released video to complement the song, Samini and Efya display their versatility and skill as long term gems in the music industry and perform a melodious representation of the start of modern-day relationships: from social media.

 

‘Ware Me’ featuring Medikal is a pleasant dip from the Reggae/Dancehall fusions. It is a Highlife song bound to get anyone dancing. The detailed production by Moniebeatz is a beautiful medley of the keyboard, drums and trumpets… giving off a live band feel to the song. On ‘Ware Me’, which means “marry me”, Samini sings throughout, warming you up for Medikal’s verse which he delivers effortlessly over the switched up production.

 

On the next song, ‘Quansemah’, Samini continues to maintain the authenticity in his Highlife fusions, this time, with production from Finchy. ‘Quansemah’ is an upbeat danceable tune featuring Kofi Kinaata who complements the song with his equally authentic style. The two obviously have fun with the song while asking their lover to forgive them for something they did.

 

Right before the project ends, Samini draws you back, to his original style and delivers lines about how blessed and thankful he is in patois, instantly giving you that feel of Reggae fusion not just for his delivery but the production as well.

 

Just like the embers left off a flame on an aptly titled EP, ‘Burning,’ Samini ends the project on a mellow note. The song, titled ‘Gone’ is a feel-good one about letting go and having fun. It’s an excellent song to wind down the project but still keep you feeling good.

 

The Burning EP is an impressive body of work that proves Samini’s versatility. It is a reaffirmation of his immense talent at making good music with the right melodies and is right on time, weeks before his Samini Xperienceconcert on 24th December at the Grand Arena.

 

Music really is spiritual and with ‘Burning’, you’re bound to have a fun and enjoyable experience. The songs have productions from Loud City Music, Moniebeatz and Finchy.

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Guilty Beatz presents ‘Shots’ feat. Quamina MP

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It’s another Guilty beat! The Grammy-nominated Ghanaian producer and DJ is back with a solo effort, ending a year of hitmaking for music’s biggest stars with a bang: “SHOTS” featuring Ghanaian rapper Quamina MP. The catchy upbeat song pairs GuiltyBeatz’s signature intricate drum patterns with anthemic synths and catchy adlibs in the Ghanaian dialect Twi; crafting the perfect dance-ready banger with matching visuals featuring Ghana’s world-class dancers Dancegod Lloyd and Afrobeast.

GuiltyBeatz has been soundtracking           Afropops global ascension with world-conquering hits for the likes of Mr Eazi, Wizkid, Sarkodie, andKing Promise. In 2019 he was an instrumental architect of Beyoncé’s Afrobeats-inspired album The Gift, which received Grammy nominations. This year he was behind culture-defining releases like Jorja Smith’s Amapiano offering “All of This,” the NBA 2K22 soundtrack “Bradley Beal,” and had overwhelming production credits on TemsIf Orange Was A Place EP and Shaybo’s Queen of the South.

With “SHOTS,” GuiltyBeatz signals a solo project coming in 2022.

 

“SHOTS” will be available on all major streaming platforms on December 2nd.
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Apple Music’s The Dotty Show Amapiano Lifestyle take over

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Apple Music 1’s The Dotty Show presents a two hour Amapiano Lifestyle radio special on Wednesday 1st December at 3pm UK (5pm South Africa time), in celebration of Africa’s hottest genre. The Amapiano Lifestyle special on The Dotty Show cover stars include: Scorpion Kings – DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small, as well as Lady Du and DBN Gogo.

 

The special episode will feature an exclusive DJ mix from Amapiano producer, songwriter, DJ and vocalist, Musa Keys, spotlighting some of his favourite tracks of the year from the genre and showcasing hits from his new album, TAYO. Musa Key’s Amapiano Lifestyle DJ Mix will be available to stream exclusively on Apple Music after the show along with DJ Mixes from South Africa and the continent’s hottest DJs.

 

Dotty will be premiering a new track by De Mthuda feat. Kabza Da Small, MalumNator and Da Muziqal Chef called “Khethile Khethile”, taken from his upcoming album, The Landlord 2.0.

 

Amapiano stars including DJ Maphorisa, Lady Du, Ch’cco, Aymos, Pabi Cooper, Slade and Felo Le Tee will also check in with Dotty to talk about the scene and play their latest singles, while Dotty will also feature new music from the likes of Mellow & Sleazy, MalumNator, MFR Souls, Major League DJz, Khanyisa and more!

 

“Irrespective of how crazy things have been over the past few months adapting to this new Covid lifestyle, Amapiano still managed to not only dominate the African sound, but also be in constant change, change which is very hard to keep up with.” – Ch’cco

 

“Amapiano is a fast-growing genre right now and not just in South Africa, but just globally.  Just to reflect from years back we were very much sceptical if it should even be called a genre, or if it’s still going to be relevant today because it felt like a wave just passing with a trend. I’m happy how we’ve managed to solidify the sound and how we’ve managed to create more creativity in the sound and the uniqueness. The sound is solid now and the future of Amapiano is very bright, especially with the collaborations which are happening right now across the country and the recognition we are getting as Amapiano artists is so amazing.” – Aymos

 

“Amapiano has been growing for the past years, and this year alone the culture has expanded even bigger, younger guys are coming in like myself and trying to feed the culture with something new so we can open doors for other young talent that’s going to come in which is an amazing and beautiful thing to witness. We’re thankful to DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small and DBN Gogo as they are opening up the culture. I’m just happy and grateful that the world is embracing Amapiano.” – Felo Łe Tee:

 

“Amapiano is a genre which has taken huge growth in South Africa and I can now say the world. It’s growing, it grows every day and to think about where it actually started it’s actually crazy seeing as where Amapiano is taking artists now and feeding a lot of families. Every six months the genre is in a different space, the artists are entering different spaces and making crazy moves. I’m really keen on seeing where ‘Piano will be over the next 12 months… just grow us as a nation & recognition for South Africa in the music space globally. I’m really keen on seeing where it takes us as a nation.” – Slade

 

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MOSAIC: The Gold Coast Report’s New Live Podcast Show

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In seeking to grow the podcast community in Ghana and beyond, Africa’s leading podcast network – The Gold Coast Report (GCR) – launched its latest live podcast show dubbed MOSAIC, at the Nubuke Foundation on November 27, 2021.

The event brought together lovers of podcasts, including the over 14 podcast shows created by Gold Coast Report.

MOSAIC provided a conducive environment for people, both young and old, to connect, network, interact with brands and engage in impactful conversations while having fun at the same time.

Hosted by Helen Appiah-Ampofo, the event had guest speakers and various GCR show hosts who engaged in fun and exciting conversations intermeshed with entertaining audience participation.

The event had three sessions that were hosted by Abby and Leonie; Yaw Ofosu Larbi and Smyly; Melika Boateng and Gerald Quaynor; with Ms Adjei (Director of Afternoon Jump), Ko-Jo Cue (musician) and Obed (a member of the SuperJazzClub) as guests respectively.

The audience were treated to good music in between the sessions by Eff The DJ, MC Nel, and DJ KO; as well as drinks from sponsors: Fika Teahouse, Jameson, and Django. Other sponsors of the event include Aftown, Bolt, YAKA, FanMilk, Respect and JamJar.

As a quarterly event, MOSAIC, promises to be even more exciting, as GCR aims grow the platform to provide opportunities for interested partners to engage with a vibrant and exciting community.

To be a part of upcoming MOSAIC events, reach out to GCR at social@thegoldcoastreport.com.

And if you haven’t listened to any of the podcasts created by GCR, you can access them via listentogcr.com, and follow them on social media for updates on the various shows.

Video recap to embed: https://twitter.com/GoldCoastReport/status/1465408796939989004?s=20

 

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Mark Asari is under God’s ‘Wings’ on new Amapiano-infused Gospel tune

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Having enjoyed good success earlier this year off his debut extended play ‘By His Grace’, British-Ghanaian Gospel singer-songwriter and producer, Mark Asari puts forth his next vocal foot. ‘Wings’ is available on all digital streaming platforms globally here: https://li.sten.to/MarkAsariWings

If you’ve ever wondered what the message of divine salvation would sound on Africa’s thumping new sound, Mark Asari’s ‘Wings’ has that feeling you so badly crave. Produced by his seemingly trusty producer, Ace Valentino, the song’s soulful air is inspired by the unmatched protection earned under God’s ubiquitous grace. Mark’s very rich vocals don’t fail in rendering this wonderful image either.

‘’The inspiration for ‘Wings’ came from Psalm 91: 1-4; ‘Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge’’, shared Mark. ‘’Ace already had the perfect base for me and I fell in love with it upon my first play. Amapiano was at the time a sound I had never experimented with, but I wasn’t about to let such a good production go to waste and jumped on the dance banger. I feel this would easily fit in a club setting, but with the gospel of God so I’m pleased to share’’.

‘Wings’ marks the singer’s debut release in the now buzzing world of the Southern African house music sound and is an exciting new song filled with God’s promise to protect his own. Enjoy!

 

 

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From Apple Music With Love: Elton John Debuts Exclusive ‘Inside The Lockdown Sessions’ Short Film

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Apple Music is getting into the giving spirit this holiday season with the launch of From Apple Music With Love, a special countdown to the holidays. Each day at 8:00a PST from November 26 – December 3, Apple Music subscribers will receive exclusive gifts from some of the biggest and brightest names in music, stamped with love and ready for unwrapping. Gifts range from exclusive EPs in Spatial Audio, to a behind-the scenes documentary films, to special holiday playlists, radio episodes, DJ mixes, and beyond.

Today’s exclusive gift comes from Elton John: an exclusive look inside his recent collaborations album, The Lockdown Sessions. In this exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, Elton and some of the musical partners from The Lockdown Sessions discuss via FaceTime the stories and process of creating this most unique of albums during lockdown. Learn more about the making of the album through his chats with Stevie Nicks, Eddie Vedder, Miley Cyrus, Charlie Puth, Brandi Carlile, Damon Albarn, Olly Alexander, and many more.

A critical and commercial success which reached #1 in the UK album charts and spawned the global smash hit single Cold Heart (PNAU Remix) with Dua Lipa, The Lockdown Sessions is Elton’s love letter to music of all forms. It is a dazzlingly diverse collection of 16 tracks that celebrates togetherness and sees Elton collaborating with an unparalleled range of friends and artists only he could draw together. It is also representative of the broad list of talent who have guested and built long standing friendships from their appearances on Elton’s Apple Music Rocket Hour radio show during its 300 + episode run.

Tune in every day at 8am PST to keep counting down the holidays with an exclusive gift every day on Apple Music HERE.

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