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Who made the cut? MTN Hitmakers unveils top 12 finalists

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m2m2 ABIGAIL ANTWI Abigail hails from Adumasa in the Eastern Region and lives in Tabora, Accra with her parents Janet and Alexander Owusu. She is a studio backing vocalist at PL Productions, Madina. She hopes to bring something new to cut across the world. Ohemaa Mercy inspires her a lot. She believes she will be in the final 4. She loves MTN Hit Maker because it’s original and mature, a show that celebrates people. ALBERT BUABENG Albert is married to Millicent Buabeng and they have two kids (last born is 7 months old). He worships at Believers House of Praise and was the praise and worship leader. He was paid in the church as a singer and later managed to buy his own taxi. He does not have a regular station. MTN Hit-Maker is the biggest opportunity in his life. His wife, Millicent is happy about his participation. Meanwhile, Albert believes, God is using this opportunity to repay him for all the pains he has gone through. He is bringing African rhythm to gospel music. STEPHEN KIM (KOFI KOREA) Stephen lives in Tema, Community 2. He does music 24/7. He recorded  12 songs and is bringing them to the show. He has been living with his auntie Yaa Serwaa who is his mum’s sister since he was 7 years old because both his parents are dead. His auntie, Yaa Serwaa is unemployed and hustled to take care of him. Stephen says he is going to blow people’s mind with his music. He has a fan base in Tema. He has been recording with dons’ entertainment owned by Mr Bright who encouraged him to pursue music as a career. Stephen has performed on Adom FM’s Temafest. When asked whether he will win the show he said he leaves everything to God. He will do his best. He is very excited and can’t wait to be on stage. OLEVYA ABA She lives in Nungua with her parents and is a student at the Regent University studying Human Resource and IT. She has her own style called new pop or new soul. She writes well and will put Ghana on the international music market. FIIFI SEY ARMAH Fiifi lives at Sowutuom with his parents, Mr Sey Armah and Elizabeth Quayson. He is the second born of 3 children. He is a final year student of Takoradi Polytechnic reading Tourism. Fiifi is a Hip life artist who is bringing a lot of excitement into the game. It all started in the Junior High and the Senior High at Mfantsipim, a Sabah Picot from the A-KATA family. He has gone for shows like the shoe carnival in Tarkwa, Rasta Farian show at the Busia Beach and the Hall Week in UCC. He has also attended a street battle at Quarshieman, opposite the Jah Love Pub. PRIZINERS (ABRAHAM) Prizners is made up of George Kwasi Sarpong aka Abraham and Christopher Boakye Yiadom aka Kojo Boakye. They live in Cape Coast, Amamoma and are graduates of the University of Cape Coast. Abraham read Mathematics because he is just passionate about it while Kojo Boakye also read Mathematics but added Chemistry. Their love for music started in Senior High where they met and called themselves Prizners. They create music on stage and are bringing the theatre or Art of Music to the show. Why Prizners? Because the philosophy is that everybody is a prisoner to something. No man has experienced total liberation. JAMILATU MOHAMMED Jamilatu lives at Zongo Junction, on Sukura/Mamprobi road. She lives with her mom, Joyce Sawyer and he has a stepbrother. She does not like to talk about her daddy. She attended Meridian Pre-University where she studies DBS Marketing and completed in 2013. She has been on Kasahari for almost two years. She became known as ‘seely girl mily’ as a result of her musical prowess in Junior High and Senior High. She is a cool girl and will entertain everybody. MIGUEL ODURO DANIELS Miguel lives on his own at Kattah in Lapaz, and has been living on his own for 19 years. He does music professionally and owns a studio, Krucyfyx, with his cousin. They have been running the studio for about 10-12 years. He believes he has got it all. He believes he is coming out as a winner, all things being fair. He is a Senior High graduate and comes from Mpraeso in the Eastern region. He is the last born of four. He was mostly inspired by his elder brother, Stone (David Agyapong) but now is more inspired by Damien Marley, Lil Wayne and Nas. His stage name is Qwabyna. NANA ADOBEA Nana Adobea lives at Odorkor and is married to Eric Tetteh who is a pastor at Hallel Missions in Darkoman. She has a baby girl of 4 years. She sells earrings at Odorkor and has been in music for 20 years. She is 27 years old. She goes to church at Glorious World Chapel and is the main singer at the church. She is a member of the No Tribe Crew and is also a backup singer for Nacy Studios (Accra), K.B Studios (Kumasi) and Okyeame Kofi’s Studio (Accra). HUSSEIN MUSAH Hussein lives in Efiekuma No 9, Takoradi. He is a graduate of NAFTI where he studied Film Directing. He is the 4th born of 9 children. He is a twin of a girl Hassana Musah.   Way back in Senior High he was 2nd runner up in a street battle in Togo and another street battle in Kano, Nigeria where he was 1st runner up. He also was 1st runner up in a radio competition at Great FM in Accra. He believes MTN Hitmaker is giving all underground musicians the opportunity to let the world hear and see what they are made of. With a strong backing from the Skyy FM and his fans in the Western Region, he will not disappoint. KOO NTAKARA He lives in Jumapo in Koforidua with his mum and three (3) brothers. He is the last born. He completed the Kwabeng Anglican Senior High School two (2) years ago. He started music during street battles until Mr Wings discovered him and recorded his first demo. Mr Wings is his underground engineer. His mother sells Banku, Akple and Kokonte in a Chop bar she owns at Jumapo. It was mummy’s work that took him to school. He wants to become a super star and he is bringing pure Akwapim style to GH Rap music. GILBERT BOSSU Gilbert lives with his parents, Mr Hope Aforve, a fisherman and Mrs Divine Kuffor, a fishmonger at Adina in the Ketu South District of the Volta Region. Since graduating from Bishop Herman College at Kpando in the Volta Region, Gilbert has been managing his own barbering shop – Cano-Z. He also enrolled part-time at Ghallywood and studied acting and introduction to modelling. Gilbert started his music career from the Pentecost church and after listening to loads of copyright music, he decided to try his own music. He promises to give all his best on the Hit Maker Show and to return home with the crown.]]>

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Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio this Friday with Ruger

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This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With Ruger, the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week, Africa Rising and Dadaboy Ehiz’s Favourite Track of the Week!

Tune in to Africa Now Radio with Dadaboy Ehiz this Friday, July 1st at 9a Lagos/London / 10a Johannesburg/Paris / 1a LA / 4a NYC on Apple Music 1 and broadcast on Cool FM in Nigeria every Sunday at 6pm.

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Nigerian Afropop star Ruger joins Dadaboy Ehiz via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about his latest track, “Girlfriend.” He also discusses his new album, ‘The Second Wave (Deluxe),’ recording music in unusual places, and reaffirming his talent.

The Big 5
Dadaboy Ehiz shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Ibraah feat. Maud Elka, Timaya, Mlindo The Vocalist feat. Madumane, Yemi Alade, and Sampa the Great feat. Chef 187, Tio Nason and Mwanje.

Africa Rising 
Ghanaian Afro-fusion singer-songwriter Gyakie is the latest Africa Rising cover star, a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars, and this week’s show features her singles, “FOR MY BABY,” and “SOMETHING.” Listen HERE.

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Dadaboy’s Song of the Week
Each week, Dadaboy Ehiz chooses his favourite track from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. This week he spotlights South African singer-songwriter Samthing Soweto and his single, “Amagents,” from Apple Music’s Mzansi Hits playlist, showcasing South Africa’s biggest hits. Listen HERE.

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Friday July 1st at 9a Lagos/London / 10a Johannesburg/Paris / 1a LA / 4a NYC on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_AfricaNow or on Cool FM in Nigeria every Sunday at 6pm.

RUGER ON RELEASING A DELUXE EDITION OF ‘THE SECOND WAVE’

 

It was only right for us to do that, because these songs were supposed to be on that from the beginning. We were supposed to release like 7 songs, but we cut it down to 4. Then, the idea came from releasing ‘The Second Wave’ EP. We said that we’d release 4 songs, then release 3 additional songs as a deluxe. Then, as life goes on new vibes came from the studio, so we said we’re not even putting those additional 3 songs, we’re going to put new additional 3 songs. That’s how it happened, and I’m happy with how it’s going. Thank God for everything.

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RUGER ON HIS GRATITUDE AND DETERMINATION

 

I feel good, I feel blessed going to every country that I go to. Netherlands, Australia… People singing my songs word for word. It’s an amazing feeling because not every artist comes out within a year and that song travels that far, but I am a testimony. I thank God and I thank everyone that enjoys my music as it comes out every time. It’s just encouragement for me to work harder and keep doing my best. Never going to the studio to do any mediocre sounds, never going to the studio to say “Whatever I drop they’re going to listen,” I go into the studio giving my 100% best and God will do the rest for me.

RUGER ON FAST-CONSUMING FANS

 

People tend to forget how good Ruger is. People are fast consumers so they consume what they have now and then… Do they forget about you? I don’t know but I feel like if they don’t hear anything from you in a while they feel like “Where’s Ruger?” They should always know that whenever Ruger comes through, it’s always a 100% vibe so these songs are very personal songs to me – “Girlfriend” is a personal song, “WeWe” is a personal song, “Warning” is a personal song – it’s just me stating about my personal experiences, and people who can relate to what I’m talking about, can relate. I feel like these songs are going to go very far, I’m proud of what I’ve done in the studio and I’m thankful to everyone supporting me in every little way they can. I’ll keep giving my best.

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Efia Odo, Sista Afia and more open up their lives in GH Queens, now streaming on Showmax

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Binge-watch all 10 episodes of the reality series, plus an explosive 3-part reunion. Reality fans buckle up: the Ghanaian queens have arrived in full swing on Showmax. Expect drama and chaos in the first reality show of its kind in Ghana.

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2022 Tour de France to take Showmax Pro subscribers on 109th edition journey

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The 2022 Tour de France is on track for its 109th edition. It will kick off on 1 July in Copenhagen (starting abroad for the 24th time) with the final stage finishing at the Champs Élysées in Paris on 24 July. Riders will cover a total of 3 328 km across flat, hilly and mountain stages.

Showmax Pro subscribers across the African continent (excluding those in South Africa, Mauritius and Lesotho) will be able to join the ride live to see who will finish the race in the coveted yellow jersey.

Slovenian cyclist Tadej Pogačar, winner of both the 2020 and 2021 editions, is the clear favourite to bring home his third title in a row. The 23-year-old is riding for UAE Team Emirates. His compatriot Primož Roglič of Team Jumbo Visma has three Tour de France stages to his name and is also among the contenders. Others include Welshman Geraint Thomas, riding for Ineos Grenadiers, and last year’s runner-up, Jonas Vingegaard.

Two South African riders, Lotto-Soudal’s Reinardt Janse van Rensburg and Intermarché–Wanty–Gobert Matériaux’s Louis Mentjies, will be looking to make their country proud in the French tour.

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Other riders to keep an eye out for include Kenyan-born and four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome, who will want to pick up a recent win with his last victory coming in 2017. He will be racing for Isreal-Premier Tech.

The 109th men’s edition of the Tour de France will be followed by the first ever edition of the Tour de France Femmes, one of women’s cycling’s two grand tours. This comes after years of campaigning to get an equivalent to the men’s tour, with the action getting underway from the 24 to 31 July. What many are calling a race for the history books will begin on the Champs-Élysées in Paris and finish at La Super Planche des Belles-Filles. The historic race will see riders compete in eight stages and cover 1 029km.

It has been announced that 24 teams are set to go head to head in the eight-day race. Frenchwoman Aude Biannic is looking to impress at her debut Tour Femmes in her home country with home support. Boasting Annemiek van Vleuten on their roster, Movistar are setting out to achieve overall victory at the Tour de France Femmes – a race that holds extra significance for teammate Breton Biannic, who will be challenging at home.

Elisa Longo Borghini is fresh off a 34-kilometre win at Paris-Roubaix and the Italian will now be 100% focused on paddling to victory at Tour Femmes.

Showmax Pro subscribers across Africa excluding South Africa, Mauritius and Lesotho can follow all the racing action at this year’s Tour de France and Tour de France Femmes.

Why Showmax Pro?

Showmax Pro is a streaming service available for Showmax subscribers in Africa that bundles the existing Showmax entertainment offering with music channels, news and live sports streaming from SuperSport. You can tune in from any of your favourite gadgets, anywhere you are in the globe.

Subscribers can live stream the latest seasons of the English Premier League, LaLiga, Serie A, UEFA Europa and UEFA Conference leagues, the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and more.

The platform also offers a wide range of other live sports events including athletics, professional boxing, and the world’s biggest marathons.

Stream on two devices at the same time when you subscribe to Showmax Pro.
To learn more and join the Pros, visit showmax.com to subscribe to Showmax Pro.

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Falz talks about ‘BAHD’ collaborators and more on Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio

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This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With Falz, the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week, Africa Rising and Dadaboy Ehiz’s Favourite Track of the Week!

Tune in to Africa Now Radio with Dadaboy Ehiz this Friday, June 24th at 9a Lagos/London / 10a Johannesburg/Paris / 1a LA / 4a NYC on Apple Music 1 and broadcast on Cool FM in Nigeria every Sunday at 6pm.

Cover Star Interview
Nigerian singer, rapper and actor Falz joins Dadaboy Ehiz via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about his latest track, “Knee Down (feat. Chike).” He also discusses his new album, ‘B A H D,’ what keeps him inspired, and how he spends his time in between projects.

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The Big 5
Dadaboy Ehiz shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Samthing Soweto, Ruger, Krizbeatz, Bella Shmurda & Ravyanny, Scorpion Kings, and KO-C feat. Innoss’B.

Africa Rising 
South African amapiano DJ-producer duo TxC is the latest artist featured from Apple Music’s Africa Rising playlist, a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars, and this week’s show features their single, “Too Deep (feat. Dinky Kunene & TNK MusiQ).” Listen HERE.

Dadaboy’s Song of the Week
Each week, Dadaboy Ehiz chooses his favourite track from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. This week he spotlights Tanzanian Afrobeats singer-songwriter Mimi Mars and her single, “La La (feat. Marioo),” from Apple Music’s EA Wave playlist, showcasing East Africa’s biggest hits. Listen HERE.

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Friday June 24th at 9a Lagos/London / 10a Johannesburg/Paris / 1a LA / 4a NYC on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_AfricaNow or on Cool FM in Nigeria every Sunday at 6pm.

Falz on what to expect from ‘B A H D’

Expect something sexy, expect naughty Falz, expect emotional Falz, vulnerable Falz… it’s like a blend of all these different emotions.

A lot of people look at me like “Ok this guy is a responsible soul, he’s always fighting for our lives but he’s now coming on a sexy thing.” There are so many different sides to me already so I feel like people are already used to me being this guy with such multiplicity in his person.

Falz on staying inspired

I just consume other forms of art, I listen to other artists, try to pay attention to stuff I’m generally into, stuff that I like, trying to draw inspiration from that. If I listen to a completely different genre, I’m like “I need to challenge myself. I can do this. Why can’t I do this?” That’s how I stay inspired.

Falz on BAHD collaborators

I always wanted to work with all these guys that I have on the project, so this project just presented the perfect opportunity to make that happen. It was pretty simple thankfully and shout out to them, it was seamless. It was just like “Yo, I’m working on this project, let’s make one happen” and everyone came through. Every single collaboration has its own story but everything was pretty straight forward and beautiful to create.

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Journey of The Beats, Showmax Original music docu-series premieres, includes companion Spotify playlist with each episode

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“Music is the fuel that fires up our souls. It’s the oldest form of communication, predating language itself. African music is synonymous with the word Afrobeats.” So begins the first episode of Journey of the Beats, a new docu-series that follows the journey of Nigerian and black music through the years, and is now streaming exclusively on Showmax.

Told through the lens of music historians and some of Nigeria’s biggest artists, like 2Baba, P-Square, Onyeka Onwenu, Daddy Showkey, Flavour, and D’Banj, the 10-part documentary series traces the origins of Afrobeats that has taken the world by storm.

Journey of the Beats is produced by creative entrepreneur and the creator of Storm Records, Obi Asika.

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Each episode of the series is complemented by a Spotify playlist. Episode One: Origins and the Switch Up is curated by Ed Keazor, co-director and producer on Journey of the Beats and a historian, lawyer and musician.

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This Spotify playlist of 103 songs straddles the grooves that made Nigeria dance from the dawn of time, with traditional drum and melodic tunes, through to the birth of modern popular music in the 1920s.

Find the Spotify playlist here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6zYlHpavDbsI8RpQJ5zbyC

The playlist covers the birth of highlife music, through to the influence of Latin and Caribbean genres like rhumba and calypso, US jazz, soul, RnB and funk, as well as the birth of a uniquely Nigerian sound, with juju, highlife, Fuji, and Afrobeat.

New episodes of the music documentary drop every Friday exclusively on Showmax. Afrobeats fans, documentary lovers and anyone who appreciates music can subscribe to watch the docuseries on www.showmax.com.

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African spectators to witness Wimbledon on Showmax Pro, courtesy of SuperSport

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It is a momentous occasion for tennis as the world’s oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament, the Wimbledon Champions, returns for its 135th edition from 27 June to 10 July 2022. Showmax Pro subscribers across Africa, excluding those in South Africa, Mauritius and Lesotho, will be able to live stream all the action from the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, courtesy of SuperSport.
Six-time champion Novak Djokovic looks to defend his title following his return to competitive tennis at Roland Garros in May, where he was knocked out of the tournament by a defeat against Rafael Nadal, who won the men’s singles title for a record 14th time and secured his second Grand Slam of the calendar year, having also won the Australian Open at the start of 2022.
These wins put Nadal at 22 Grand Slam titles in total – two ahead of both of his long-standing rivals, Djokovic and Roger Federer, who is currently injured. Djokovic leads their head-to-head by 30 wins to Nadal’s 28 – the Serbian has won the most finals, with 15 to Nadal’s 13, but Nadal will be boosted going into this year’s Wimbledon with the most Grand Slam wins in history.
This year is set to wow spectators as the 19-year-old newcomer Carlos Alcaraz, who is also the youngest player to defeat both Nadal and Djokovic, is one of the top contenders alongside 2021 Wimbledon runner-up, Matteo Berrettini, and Roland Garros runner-up, Casper Ruud. Stan Wawrinka returns following a 2021 surgery and will compete at Wimbledon for the first time since 2019 after receiving a wildcard.
In the women’s field, reigning champion Ashleigh Barty announced her retirement from professional tennis in March 2022. The ladies’ field is currently led by world number one, Iga Swiatek, who looks to extend her record-equalling 35-match winning run and secure a third Grand Slam title following her recent win and second French Open title at Roland Garros against Coco Gauff.
Top female contenders include four-time Grand Slam winner and local favourite, Emma Raducanu. This year will also see Serena Williams returning to Grand Slam tennis after being granted a main draw wild-card slot in this year’s field. Williams has won the most Grand Slam titles, including Wimbledon seven times, most recently winning on back-to-back occasions in 2015 and 2016. Naomi Osaka will miss out on this year’s action due to a last-minute injury.
Showmax Pro subscribers across Africa, excluding South Africa, Mauritius and Lesotho, have a front-row seat to catch all the action from one of the four Grand Slams at Wimbledon 2022, streaming live courtesy of SuperSport.
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