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WATCH: Amaarae explores heartbreak on seductive new single ‘Reckless & Sweet’



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The Ghanaian-American polymath Amaarae makes her highly anticipated return with “Reckless & Sweet” and teases fans with news of her next album, Fountain Baby – coming soon via Interscope.

Launching with a refreshingly new sonic perspective, on this first single Amaarae expertly infuses Arabic and Indian melodies with African drum beats on a captivating solo return that explores a toxic kind of love. A seductive piece of ear candy, she poetically expresses the heartbreak you feel knowing someone is taking advantage of you.

As visually compelling and intentional a storyteller as she is sonically, dropping alongside the single today is a video that takes the viewer through a journey of highly stylised vignettes.

A subtle story featuring Amaarae as the main protagonist with two lead love interests played by models Leomie Anderson and Monyjok Ngor Deng, the intoxicating video lush with lowlights, spotlights and blue lights against monochrome styling creates an undertone of mysterious sensuality. A post-millennium nod to the world of high fashion, the video is peppered with iconic moments.

A sonic and visual departure from TAYDK, this latest release signifies the start of the next chapter for Amaarae, with more music and details surrounding the album on its way soon.
Speaking on the single, Amaarae says:

Coming back after so long, I had a lot of time to think and reflect on what I wanted my message to be last time it was about confidence, this time it’s about love and faith. This is my sexiest video to date and what I love most about it is that young black women and men are about to see what our new energy is for 2023 and beyond. Moving forward we’re grown and sexy.  We’re going to make sure we always look our best, talk our best, walk our best, and most of all we’re bringing love and romance back! Reckless and Sweet is a sexy song. It’s about being intentional with the ways we make and give love. It’s about finding the inner sensuality and confidence without yourself and sharing that with the world. As an artist that is exactly where I’m at at the moment.

In the past couple years, Amaarae has been in all the right places. From recording studios in London, LA, Lagos and Accra working on her next project, she has also taken her live show to a sold-out KOKO, Pitchfork Festival Chicago, The Governors Ball NY, We Love Green Festival and The Roxy alongside Tems. She has graced front row seats the world over at London, Paris and Milan’s
Fashion Weeks for Coperni, Jacquemus, Diesel and Mowalola, alongside sharing pivotal releases – “A Body, A Coffin” from the ‘Wakanda Forever Prologue’ and her feature on Stormzy’s 2022 #1 album’s eponymous title track “THIS IS WHAT I MEAN” alongside Black Sherif, Jacob Collier, Ms Banks and Storry.

Released at the end of 2020, her critically acclaimed debut full length THE ANGEL YOU DON’T KNOW including singles ‘JUMPING SHIP’ ft. Kojey Radical and Cruel Santino, ‘FANCY’, ‘LEAVE ME ALONE’ and ‘SAD GIRLZ LUV MONEY (FEAT. MOLIY) catapulted Amaarae from a ‘one to watch’ to a global breakthrough artist. Streamed over 50M times, this genre blending project that saw her strive to colour outside of the afro-pop parameters and re-define for herself what it means to create African music has been recognised and praised across the board from The Guardian (Cover Star for 1st Jan 2021 G2 Film & Music issue), Pitchfork (Best New Music), The FACE, Highsnobiety, i-D, Elle, Dazed, The FADER, DJ Target, Sian Anderson and more. This project has led to numerous tips; Apple Music’s Africa Rising Artist 2021, BET Amplified International Artist of the Month for February 2021, Times Square Billboard Cover Star for her Spotify playlist takeover for Black History Month – ‘Black to the Future’ and Amazon Music as one of their Ones To Watch for 2022.

Her sizzling viral sensation ‘SAD GIRLZ LUV MONEY Remix’ featuring Colombian-American artist Kali Uchis and Ghanaian-American Moliy boasted over 360M+ global streams (charted on Billboad 100 at #80, Spotify Top 200 Chart in 60 countries – #18 in the Global Chart, #28 in the UK and Top 40 in the US), charting on main Apple Music All Genre Chart in 133 countries including #12 in UK and Top 50 in US, with 3.3m Shazams. It peaked at #1 on the Global Shazam Chart and #1 in the US, #29 in the UK TOP 40 Singles Chart, as well as peaking at #35 on US Rhythmic Radio Chart. Over 7M video creations on Tik Tok later, #22 on the Global Spotify Chart, playlisted across national radio (BBC Radio 1 B List, BBC 1Xtra, Kiss FM, Kiss Fresh, Capital Xtra, Apple Music 1). Kicked off by a Mugler soundtrack, this genuinely organic moment of viral global recognition cemented Amaarae’s place in the zeitgeist – influencing culture not following it.

Bronx-born and raised between Accra in Ghana, Atlanta, Georgia and Hackettstown, New Jersey, Amaarae’s cross-cultural experience is the driving force behind her deeply experimental ethos. Embraced and endorsed by the exciting melting pot of exuberant creativity that is Nigeria’s Alté scene, Amaarae is all about female empowerment and puts her West African heritage and influences at the core of everything she does – whilst challenging the views on gender norms, female sexuality, artistic self expression and more.One of the world’s most exciting artists with a cult following on the African continent and throughout the diaspora, Amaarae has collaborated with the likes of Cruel Santino on ‘Rapid Fire’, Stonebwoy on ‘Pepper Dem’ and Kojey Radical on his 2019 EP Cashmere Tears via the single ‘Sugar’. The release of her debut EP Passionfruit Summers in 2017 and following singles including the sexy alternative R&B jam ‘Like It’, the groovy Afro-disco inspired ‘Spend Some Time ft Wande Coal’ and a powerful feature on Odunsi’s album cut ‘body count’, began this journey of fearless self expression where TAYDK picked up and refined it.

A songwriter, singer, producer and engineer, Amaarae is DIY to the core. From selling mixtapes to her highschool classmates, to throwing herself into learning the ins and outs of the production and engineering process and founding her own independent record label – the Ghana based Golden Child Entertainment Ltd – Amaarae is a rare, authentic and inspiring talent.
Fast forward to 2023 as she steps into her second album, Amaarae has become a master architect of her own specific brand of cultural alchemy – with an elevated vision and flavour for what pop music really is, ready to take over the world.

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Rejoice! KobbySalm readies another Gospel Amapiano banger after conducting Twitter Poll



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Ghana’s Urban Gospel sachem, KobbySalm has announced the upcoming release of a new Amapiano banger following a Twitter poll.

The talented artist, who is known for his unique blend of gospel and Afrobeats music, has been teasing fans on social media with snippets of the track, which promises to be a dancefloor hit.

The announcement of the new song comes after KobbySalm conducted a Twitter poll asking his fans what genre of music they would like him to explore next after the successful release of his ‘’Rejoice’’ song which is making massive hit waves in Kenya.

The overwhelming response was for him to try his hand at another Amapiano song, a genre of South African house music that has been taking the world by storm.

True to his word, KobbySalm has been hard at work in the studio, putting together a track that he hopes will not only satisfy his fans’ desires but also showcase his versatility as an artist.

Watch ‘Rejoice’ by KobbySalm below:

The as-yet-untitled song features KobbySalm’s trademark smooth vocals over a pulsating Amapiano beat and is sure to get people on their feet.

KobbySalm has expressed his excitement for the new track, saying, “I love to explore different sounds and push myself creatively. Amapiano is such a fun and infectious genre of music, and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it and dance along with me.”

KobbySalm’s announcement of the new Amapiano banger has already generated a buzz on social media, with fans eagerly anticipating its release.

The artist has not yet revealed an official release date, but it is expected to drop in the coming weeks. This latest release from KobbySalm is yet another example of his willingness to experiment with different sounds and push the boundaries of Ghanaian Urban Gospel music.

With his unique blend of gospel, hip-hop, Afrobeats, and now Amapiano, KobbySalm is proving to be one of the most exciting and versatile artists on the scene.

Music lovers around the world should keep an eye out for this upcoming banger, as it is sure to be a hit.

Stream/Download KobbySalm’s earlier masterpieces here: In The Midst Of Comfort &, This Is Us EP


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Ghanaian-Brit Producer and DJ FlyDropThaBeat Releases New Music




Ghanaian-Brit producer and DJ FlyDropThaBeat have been making waves in the music industry with his unique blend of Afrobeats, Amapiano, RnB, Drill and Hiphop. Recently, he released a new video for his latest single “Way It Goes” featuring Tayah.

The video was shot in James Town, Accra, Ghana.

FlyDropThaBeat, whose real name is Marcus Armah, was born in the UK. He grew up surrounded by music and began producing his own beats at a young age. Over the years, he has honed his skills and developed a unique sound that blends traditional African rhythms with modern electronic beats.

FlyDropThaBeat’s Career
FlyDropThaBeat has been making music for over a decade and has released several successful projects. He has worked with many artists including BackRoad Gee, Dreya Mac and Tinny.

In addition to his work as a producer and DJ, FlyDropThaBeat is also a talented songwriter.

FlyDropThaBeat’s Latest Single “Way It Goes”
FlyDropThaBeat’s latest single, titled “Way It Goes” featuring Tayah is the right Amapiano chill song you need to set your mood right. The song features smooth rhythms, catchy melodies, and relaxing vocals, making it a perfect playlist choice.

Tayah is a UK RnB soulful singer.

The Making of FlyDropThaBeat’s New Video
To promote “Way It Goes,” FlyDropThaBeat decided to shoot a music video in his home country, Ghana. The video features stunning footage of the country’s culture, and people, as well as FlyDropThaBeat performing the song in various locations.

The video was directed by fast-rising and brilliant Ghanaian filmmaker Mitch, who worked closely with FlyDropThaBeat to create this stunning piece.

Stream “Way It Goes” by FlyDropThaBeat featuring Tayah


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Amapiano DJ Set By DJ Paak Takes Youtube By Storm



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Fans of Amapiano music can now enjoy a new DJ set by DJ Paak on YouTube. The set, which is now available on Yebo House, features the latest and greatest Amapiano and Afrobeat tracks that are sure to get you up and dancing.

Amapiano music, a genre that originated in South Africa, has been gaining popularity around the world for its unique blend of deep house, jazz, and kwaito beats. With its infectious rhythms and soulful melodies, Amapiano has become the soundtrack of the moment, and DJ Paak is here to keep the party going.

This new DJ set is an exciting addition to Yebo House’s growing collection of Amapiano content. With just a few subscribers and counting, Yebo House is quickly becoming a go-to source for Amapiano music.

Read Also: ‘Dj Paak & Friends’ Announces Highly Anticipated Return To Ghana

“I’m thrilled to share my latest DJ set with my fans,” said DJ Paak. “Amapiano music is all about good vibes and positive energy, and I wanted to create a set that would get people moving and feeling good.”

Listeners can expect to hear some of the hottest Amapiano tracks from top artists like Kabza De Small, Felo Tee, and Tyler ICU, among others.

So whether you’re a long-time fan of Amapiano music or just discovering it for the first time, DJ Paak’s new DJ set is sure to delight. Don’t miss out on this chance to experience the best of Amapiano music on YouTube.

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DaBaby & Anthony Hamilton out Cinematic Video For “BLANK”



DaBaby & Anthony Hamilton out Cinematic Video For “BLANK”

DaBaby looks to follow up a strong 2022 campaign with a more remarkable year in 2023. After slinging out a slew of blistering freestyles over tracks including Latto’s “Big Energy” and Burna Boy’s “Last Last,” DaBaby returns with new visuals for his standout track “BLANK’ featuring Anthony Hamilton.

Directed by The Reel Goats, “BLANK” finds the superstar rapper in a precarious situation after sleeping with Anthony Hamilton’s love interest. Hamilton stumbles on the two, making love before attempting to take Baby down.

When he finally gets a hold of Baby, he ties him up and looks to pull the trigger. Unfortunately, those plans go awry creating a jaw-dropping plot twist. “BLANK” resides on Baby’s 2022 project, Baby on Baby 2.

Earlier this month, Baby set foot at Rolling Loud California, and brought his performance prowess to the West Coast. In 2021, Baby maintained his dominance releasing his touted anthems “Red Light Green Light” and “Ball If I Want To,” which saw blistering results, earning over 324 million Global Spotify Streams.DaBaby most recently earned a BET Hip-Hop nomination for Best Group or Duo with Youngboy Never Broke Again.

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Petrah acts against Catholicism in new music video – Watch



Petrah acts against Catholicism in new music video – Watch

Ghanaian and Manner Record songstress and talented female musician, Petrah has released a new song titled “Run” under her record label Manners Records.

“Run” is a new single that comes along with a video talking about love. In the video, Petrah was seen running away from men dressed like priests.

Check out the new song by watching the video below;

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Ground Up Chale partners with global musical instrument company, Roland to profile Ghanaian producers in new documentary



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Ground Up Chale has partnered with Japanese electronic instrument maker, Roland to feature four legendary Ghanaian producers in their latest docuseries, ‘’Beats & Life’’. The four-part docuseries profiles hitmakers MOG Beatz, StreetBeatz, Mix Master Garzy and DJ Breezy as they provide exclusive behind-the-scenes access to their studios and tours around their respective hometowns.

These hitmakers’ production discography reads like a who’s who of the music industry, as they’ve worked with heavyweights such as Davido, Wizkid, Bob Marley, Teni, Shatta Wale, R2Bees, Kevin Gates and Sarkodie.

Founder of Ground Up Chale shared, ‘’This docuseries has been a long time in the making and I’m very happy that we can finally share it with the world. Afrobeat is taking over global airwaves right now and we wanted to celebrate the people who make and dictate the sound; the producers: MOG Beatz, StreetBeatz, Mix Master Garzy and DJ Breezy have been fundamental in laying the groundwork for this now-global sound’’.

‘’Beats & Life’’ is created by the creative agency FORM. Eph Yeboah, the founder of FORM and co-founder of GUTA, Ground Up Chale’s in-house creative agency added, ‘’We wanted to create a docuseries that deep-dived into the history of some of the architects of the Afrobeat sound. These are the people that make us dance, the energy givers. I believed that these people did not receive the recognition they deserved and I wanted to draw attention to them and highlight their contributions’’.

In the first episode of ‘’Beats & Life’, we join one of Ghana’s most celebrated music producers, MOG Beatz. In his episode, MOG takes us behind the scenes and shares insights into his journey as a music producer. From his early beginnings in the industry to his current success, MOG provides a candid and insightful perspective on what it takes to thrive as a music producer in Ghana and beyond.

The episodes will be released weekly on Ground Up Chale’s YouTube channel, with the first episode released on Monday, March 13, 2023.

Ground Up Chale is a creative hub and incubator for emerging music artists founded in Ghana, the driving force behind African youth culture, with offices in Ghana and London.

Roland Corporation is a Japanese manufacturer of electronic musical instruments, electronic equipment, and software. Roland has manufactured numerous instruments that have had lasting impacts on music, such as the Juno-106 synthesizer, TB-303 bass synthesizer and TR-808 and TR-909 drum machines.

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