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The “Shatta City” hit maker came on stage on a giant cross and turned the Stadium upside down. He paused in the middle of his performance and had a heart to heart talk with his fans and the world.  “Big up to all the artistes on this show, big up to the artistes for passing through and big ups to the organizers. Big ups to my dance hall sister Kaakie who I insulted and I’m very sorry for everything I said. Big ups to my brother Samini who was supposed to perform tonight but I understand he is out of the country”. His remorseful statement was hailed with laud cheer from the charged crowd who kept chanting his name “Wale Wale” continuously. The self proclaimed ‘Dancehall King’ was overwhelmed and broke down in tears when the entire crowd at the stadium kept chanting his name “Wale Wale” as though he was a god. “Ooh! you people are making me cry. I have been crying all this while but nobody saw it because am wearing shades. Thank all of you so much and big up for supporting the Shatta movement”, he said as he took off his shades to show his tears. Bandana repeated the apology on Peace FM’s “Entertainment Review” last Saturday “Ghana is for all of us but some people are bringing confusion among us. If we look at the Politicians and how they handle their affairs they are one people but when it comes to issues they deal with it in their own respective way and I believe that as musicians we should come together like that and solve it because we are not doing it for ourselves but for the people of Ghana”. He even went ahead to plead with Samini to collaborate with him on a song and a big concert just for the two of them to perform together on one stage. “That is why am pleading with everybody through the media that I have never done any song with Samini before and I will wish that this year that thing will happen for Ghanaians to feel really happy because I know a whole lot of our fans are really looking out for that. I have spoken to a number of people to make sure this happens with me and Samini in a unity concert for Ghanaians to feel proud that they have great artistes like me and Samini”. It will be recalled that Bandana insulted dancehall queen Kaakie and Samini and their respective managements on several occasions after he lost the “Reggae/Dancehall artiste of the year” award to Kaakie at the 2013 Ghana Music Awards. However Samini and Kaakie’s management are yet to react to Shatta Wale’s apology and sudden U-turn.]]>

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Tems talks about collaborating with Drake and more on Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio

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This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With New Apple Music Up Next Artist Tems, the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week, Africa Rising and LootLove’s Favourite Track of the Week!

Tune in to Africa Now Radio With LootLove This Sunday, September 19th at 2p Lagos/London / 3p Johannesburg/Paris / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1 and broadcast on Cool FM in Nigeria every Sunday at 6pm.

Cover Star Interview
Apple Music’s latest global Up Next artist, Nigerian R&B singer-songwriter Tems, joins LootLove via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about her latest track, “Crazy Tings.” She also discusses her new EP, If Orange Was A Place (Apple Music Up Next Film Edition), staying humble despite her numerous career highlights, her most surprising new fan, and working with artists like Brent Faiyaz and Drake.

The Big 5
LootLove shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Wavy the Creator feat. CKay and Efya; Rayvanny; Kofi Jamar feat. Teni; DJ Lag & Lady Du; and a previously unreleased, posthumous track from South African hip-hop legend, HHP feat. Focalistic.

Africa Rising 
Nigerian Afrobeats singer-songwriter Oladapo is the latest artist featured from the Africa Rising playlist, a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars, and this week’s show features his two singles “Alone,” and “Priceless,” from his new EP, BLIND. Listen HERE.

Loot Loves
Each week, LootLove chooses her favourite track, taken from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. This week she features South African DJ and producer Black Coffee & Angelos, and their single, “Lost (feat. Jinadu),” from Apple Music’s Black Coffee Essentials playlist. Listen HERE, and find a roundup of all LootLove’s selections on Apple Music’s LootLoves playlist, HERE.

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Sunday, September 19th at 2p Lagos/London / 3p Johannesburg/Paris / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_AfricaNow or on Cool FM in Nigeria every Sunday at 6pm.
Tems on staying humble despite her success

I don’t really think everything is because of me. I know that I’m talented and I have a great music sound and I know that I do what I do. But honestly, it’s more than that, it’s more than just the music and there’s so many people involved and honestly God has been in control of everything and I just like to live my life. So I don’t even think of it, I just see it as such an exciting life that I’m just enjoying, rather than like trying to control it or take all the credit.

Tems on collaborating with Drake

Honestly, it’s unbelievable, literally. When I said I wanted to work with Drake, I just said it. I wasn’t thinking about it. I used to listen to Drake all the time when I was in high school and growing up and it was just the first thing that came to my mind. And for me to actually meet him, work with him, it’s just crazy. It’s crazy and that’s a full testament to God’s blessings, honestly. I can’t quantify how grateful I am, because it’s not anything I did, I’m just making music. And it just seems like I’m attracting all these people and I’m just so grateful honestly.

Tems on why she named her new project ‘If Orange Was A Place’

First of all, orange is my favourite fruit. And if you find a very sweet orange and you really dig into it, it’s just busting with brightness and like colours and this warmth and it’s just a blast of excitement and the word “orange” reminds me of sunset and sunrise, sunset to sunrise, dusk to dawn. And the EP is really the different shades of orange. And it’s really the different shades of me.

Tems on her favourite track on the new EP

I think my favourite might be “Vibe Out.” Because when I listened to it, I’m singing it in such a way that I never have before. And it’s like a ginger. It just makes you want to get up and go. It’s like a get ready song. Yeah. I love it. It takes you into another place. It’s like how sunset feels. It’s like the perfect song when the sun is setting and yeah, it’s vibes.

Tems on R&B legend Maxwell being her most surprising new fan

Recently? I did have Maxwell comment on one of my videos and also he put me on his story at some point. That was very surprising to me, for him to message me. That was crazy.

Tems on how she is feeling right now after the successes of the past year
I feel awesome, it’s been incredible. It’s been such an amazing year. It’s been such an amazing time and honestly, I’m so grateful. I am so excited most importantly, for everything that’s coming. Sometimes I can’t believe it, but I’m so grateful and I’m just taking everything in. I’m blessed, and we thank God. I’m just so excited.

Tems on working with Brent Faiyaz on the song “Found” from her new EP
Brent is such an amazing artist. “Found” is what’s going through my mind in the midst of opinions and in the midst of people trying to reflect their own insecurities on me and get into my business. It’s me just talking about that and how I found myself. So I don’t need to be confused by anything that anybody says and I’m ready for whatever. And Brent is really just saying, “Let’s take it slow and let’s not even think about them, let’s just be us. Just be me and you.”

Tems on where she hopes to be this time next year
Somewhere across the world, performing, recording, vibing, doing what I do best and even better.

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KobbySalm Releases “YOUR PRESENCE IS HEAVEN” Video Featuring Edem Evangelist

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Fast Rising Gospel Artiste KobbySalm has dropped the official video to “YOUR PRESENCE IS HEAVEN” a single off his debut album “IN THE MIDST OF COMFORT” featuring Edem Evangelist. (more…)

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Rich Boogie appreciates Samini, Shatta Wale, and Stonebwoy in latest single ‘Made in Ghana’

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Let us be grateful to people who make us happy for they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom”, this adage explains and summarizes Rich Boogie’s*motivation to skewer together a beautiful record to appreciate successful, hardworking Ghanaian dancehall acts, whose consistency has placed Ghana on a deserved pedestal, musically.

Born Richard Yeboah, Rich Boogie is a German-based Ghanaian garnished dancehall act with unmatched experience within the Ghanaian music circles. He comes across as one of the very few refined musicians with accentuating records like y3 b3 Gro, Makoma Mu hemaa, Dance, Take a look amongst others.

His latest record, MADE IN GHANA will seemingly penetrate many hearts and camps as he appreciates the efforts of Samini, Shatta Wale, and Stonebwoy, The three frontline dancehall pioneers in Ghana.

Without a mince of a word, the singer, Rich Boogie gave an end-to-end recognition of the struggles these artists had to endure to draw world attention to the Ghanaian dancehall culture.

“I’m really into Dancehall music. I came across it when I was seven (7) years old. All my Dancehall heroes back then were Jamaicans. I could see how Jamaicans cherish their own. I did this song for Samini, Shatta Wale, and Stonebwoy because I want to make them know I appreciate them for their good music and for putting GH on the map. Surely I’m not alone”, Rich Boogie explained in an interview with the press.

The artiste has already won the hearts of the majority of fans from these musicians. To them, the song does not only unifies these three music icons but tells a unique story of their journey to stardom.

Made in Ghana was produced by APYA and is currently available on all digital stores. Have a listen!

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Nautyca partners Michy on an Amapiano inspired joint

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Sensational rapper, Nautyca has served fans with some hot steaming raw sauce in his latest collaboration with none other than the queen herself, Michy and it’s simply titled; OK.

I guess it is truly ‘Ok’ to have two buzzing acts converge on one dope soundtrack to produce some musical magic in the fast-spreading genre of Amapiano.

Produced by Sky Beatz, the South African-inspired Amapiano sound that is the current vibe in town finds exclusive expression and customization to the Ghanaian ear via the creative lyrics of Nautyca and Michy.

Whether it’s that intensive gym workout or a night out with the guys, this certified banger will set the tone for an upbeat atmosphere.

Don’t delay the jam, get moving to the tune right away! OK is available on all streaming platforms worldwide here – https://fanlink.to/NautycaOK

 

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Where was Black Sheriff and his Sermons when my ancestors started this whole legacy in the 1600’s? – Nana Amankwah Tiah

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UK-Based and an award winning gospel artiste, songwriter, and CEO of OTERANS Music, Nana Amankwah Tiah   shares a true story about the great people of Sekyere Kwamang.

The video for his  new controversial, and classic piece of all time, *’Yepe’ ( which means Only us) featuring Kwamang Got Talent *[K.G.T], has drawn comparisons to that of Black Sheriff’s trending series of ‘sermons’. But according to Nana Amankwah Tiah, it is only a portraying of the legacy of of his ancestors.

This great civilisation, Sekyere Kwamang [the Kingdom of the Forest] came into being in the early days of the year 1600! And according to history, these true and great warriors of this great Kingdom ONLY has their Paramount Chiefs Wielding/holding two guns at the same time in the whole of the Ashanti Kingdom.

Nana Amankwah Tiah of ‘Ekaade’ fame further explains: ”I am not copying anybody! Where was Black Sheriff and his Sermons when my ancestors and forefathers started this whole legacy in the *1600’s?”

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Life at 50°C: New study from BBC reveals that extremely hot days have doubled in past 40 years

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Days where the temperature exceeds 50C degrees have doubled since the 1980s, and now occur in more parts of the world, according to new analysis from the BBC.

 

The analysis was commissioned by the BBC World Service for their new series, Life at 50°C and carried out by BBC News’ data journalism unit. It reveals that temperatures reached 50C or more on 14 days per year on average between 1980 and 2009, but since 2010 the number of days that has surpassed the extraordinary temperature is now 26.

 

BBC News examined data across a forty-year period and found that the total number of days above 50C increased in each decade since 1980. The BBC’s research also found significant increases in maximum temperatures around the world.

 

Days above 50C mostly occurred in places in the Middle East and the Gulf. Scientists expect even more areas to break the 50C mark in future.

 

The BBC’s Life at 50°C analysis also revealed that the number of days over 45C has increased by around two weeks per year on average when comparing the same forty-year period.

 

Dr Friederike Otto, a leading climate scientist from the University of Oxford, told the BBC that she believes the increase in the days and places above 50C “can be 100% attributed to the burning of fossil fuels.”

 

Extreme heat can make disasters, such as wildfires and droughts more likely, and can have devastating consequences for human health. It can also parch the land as higher temperatures boost evaporation from the soil. Increasing temperatures could even lead to many parts of the planet becoming too hot for people to live in.

 

Heat stress conditions could affect as many as 1.2 billion people around the world by 2100 if current levels of global warming continue, according to a Rutgers University study published last year. This figure is at least four times more than those affected today.

 

The research was carried out to launch the BBC’s Life at 50°C. The series, which will run across BBC outlets and digital platforms, presents the reality of climate change through stories of people around the world and explores how communities living in cities and rural areas have had to adapt their lives to cope with extreme heat. It has been produced by BBC News Arabic, in collaboration with BBC News Mundo, BBC News Urdu, and BBC News Hindi as well as the BBC’s other Indian language services.

 

Highlights include four-half hour programmes on BBC World News TV channel and a collection of ambitious digital films on the BBC News YouTube channel, with stories filmed in Nigeria, Pakistan, Australia, Mexico, India, Mauritania, Iraq, and Gulf states.

 

Life at 50°C launches with Nigeria Burning. In the film, Farouk digs wells by hand in Kilankwa, central Nigeria. Joy cooks tapioca in the extreme heat of illegal gas flares in the Niger Delta. Now climate change is making their lives even harder; this year Farouk and his team have to dig down to an unprecedented 27 feet before they find water. Their stories show how ordinary Nigerians are exposed to the hardship of extreme heat. Haruna, who works with Farouk says: “When I was a boy the weather was not this harsh.” Digging the well exposes Farouk and his team to temperatures too hot for their instruments to measure, and while she knows it’s ‘bad’ for her health, Joy braves heats of 90C to cook by the flares to make income to help to support her family.

 

Watch Nigeria Burning here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-africa-58549010  (3 mins)

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