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Wizkid joins Zane Lowe on Apple Music to chat about the success of his latest album Made in Lagos, parenting and more

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Wizkid joins Zane Lowe on Apple Music to chat about the success of his latest album Made in Lagos, the resilience of music and growing as an artist, collaboration, parenting, lessons learned during quarantine, making music moving forward, and more.

 

Wizkid Tells Apple Music About The Resilience of Music…

…like you said, music is life, basically. We’re just going to keep creating music and showing our important… even just pull in as Africans, we’re just going to keep doing that every time. Regardless of the environment we’re in. Regardless of the madness around us. We’re always going to keep showing the excellence in the art.

Wizkid Tells Apple Music About The Success of ‘Made in Lagos’…

It feels so great, man. Especially when you spend time making the music and spend a lot of time on the art. It’s just amazing to see that people appreciate the music around the world. Not just Africans because that’s why I make music. I’m just trying to connect to the world and just spread good vibes to the world. So yeah. It’s just very, very… It’s a blessing to me to be here, play my own role and do my own thing. But I’m very thankful. I’m very thankful that people love the album. Every day I wake up it’s like… I see something nice that makes me go, “Oh yeah, we did it. We did a great job, man.”

Wizkid Tells Apple Music About The Importance of Growing as an Artist…

It was very, very important for me to pass my message without losing my name or myself, like as artists, I believe we all want to grow. So we all want to grow. So whenever I make an album or I make a project, I just try to make sure that the growth way very evident. Not just in the music and the art and everything and like the artwork, the videos, the rollout. It was very, very important for me to like… We had to sit and structure all of that. Like I had to make sure that the music was very, very, very, very, very solid. So I definitely, definitely… It was very intentional. I would say it was a very intentional record.

Wizkid Tells Apple Music About Collaborating With Projexx, Damian Marley, and Ella Mai…

You know, first of all, like when two artists go in the room to make music, especially two great artists, you definitely going to create magic. But when you have like two real people or like three real people in the room that you’re bound to make, even like exceptional music. So me getting in the room with Projexx, Damian [Marley], Ella Mai, everyone that I made music with, it was very, very important for me to like, just making music regardless of where the sound was coming from or whatever anyone was bringing to the table. I just wanted to make sure I’m making music. I’m not making music for the name or just cause the name looks nice together or.

Wizkid Tells Apple Music What He Listens To…

I listen to everything, man. You’d be shocked. I listen to everything, everything that comes out I’ll listen. I listen, man, everything, everything I listen to because… Like I said, music is life and I stay, sleep, eat music, that’s in anything I do. So. Yeah. I listen to everything, man. I will get down so like… You think about it, anything you can imagine I listen to. And I listen to a lot of old music too, cause I’m old. So like I love, I love, I love all records.

Wizkid Tells Apple Music About Being an Old Soul…

Like you said, like when I was young I used to hear that word being thrown around. First of all, I thought it was cause I was always cool with the older people. Cause I had like all older friends, I was always hanging out with people a lot older than I was. So I thought, “Oh, maybe that was the reason why,” but as you tend to grow older and you get to know yourself better as a human being and you grow spiritually as well, you tend to understand that term that is deeper than that. Like you’re here for a purpose. You’re here for a reason. I’m here for to cater for family, in case for anyone that crosses their path around me, she’d be good. And it also is deeper. Like when you know the essence of why you care, can you understand it beyond any human understanding? Like trust me, I think that’s what that is. You know? And you just know yourself.

Wizkid Tells Apple Music His Goal As a Parent…

First of all, it’s a crazy generation we’re living in and as time goes by, like they exposed to everything. So it is very, very important to let my kids understand life and understand themselves. I wouldn’t want them to emulate me, be even better human beings. That is my own important role to be able to raise great, amazing human beings, man. But I mean from the soul, cause whenever I meet a great person, I’m happy. Like I feel I go out and like there’s a whole lot of us around. You feel me? So I would just want to always in the midst of everything, in midst of the madness, in midst of how fast the world is growing, like I would just always want my kids to stay true to that. Just by me just staying true to who I am, so yeah.

Wizkid Tells Apple Music About Lessons Learned During Quarantine…

… As human beings, I feel like we have our survival instincts, right. So when everything happens we all just automatically… You just switch into survival mode, like, “Okay, yeah, this is what we’re doing. This is what the world has come to. So we need to keep moving forwards.” That I put that in mind. And secondly, it’s like I love performing, I love the energy from people. So where you don’t get that, I feel like the crazy times were hard but as I see it made everyone understand what is important in life. And us artists you… This is the first time where everyone’s kind of slowed down and paused in like a minute. Like, “Oh no one is really touring and jumping around.” So everyone’s home. Like there’s a more human, like you’re a little bit more human. I feel like that reflects in the music. And so now it’s like, “Oh whoa, you see things a little bit clearer.” Because sometimes you make music, you get in the club, you’re touring, but that’s like… You can be stuck in a place that is not real when you’re on the road, and you’re making music like that. But when you’re home and you’re really going through everything like a normal human being it’s like… You just realize music comes from a real place. Especially when the music comes from a real place for you as an artist and for me it does. So right now it’s like, I’m making some of the most purest, realist music I’ve ever made in life.

Wizkid joins Zane Lowe on Apple Music to chat about the success of his latest album Made in Lagos from TheGabi on Vimeo.

Wizkid Tells Apple Music About Finding Peace…

Man, I just found myself. I found my peace, man. I found myself. I found my peace in ways I can’t even put words to explain. I can’t explain it. As we are growing as older people… So when you’re young, it’s like you’re searching like, “Okay, who am I? What?” You’re inspired by a lot of people. So it’s like you’re trying to find yourself. But right now I feel like I’m in the best, I’m in my zone. I know exactly why I’m here. I just found my peace, man. I found my peace in ways I can’t explain.

Wizkid Tells Apple Music About Music Moving Forward…

Yeah, I don’t even, right now I don’t even have to think too deep. Cause the music comes from here. So it’s how I feel. So it just comes easy for me. I’m making some amazing music, man.

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British born Ghanaian rapper Gracious K, returns with his brand new single ‘This Side’

The song borrows from the current hot sound of Amapiano as he uses his Ghanaian influence’s to create something totally unique.

With catch Ga melodies ‘This Side’ is tipped to be one of the dance floor anthems. Produced by Growzie Presents.

Spotify: https://ditto.fm/this-side-gracious-k

 

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WATCH: Moonchild Sanelly and Trillary Banks Share Empowerment Anthem ‘Cute’

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Moonchild Sanelly – real name Sanelisiwe Twisha – is gearing up to release her long-awaited second album next month. Phases will be released via Transgressive Records on June 10. Today, she shares the new single “Cute” featuring Trillary Banks.

A straight-up empowerment anthem, Moonchild explains, “The song is about bad boss bitches with big dick energy who look fly while they’re running their shit. We can be cute, so our power might look unthreatening, but don’t be fooled, we’re powerful and we’re here to fuck shit up!”

Trillary adds, “Recording the track was a cool, fun experience. I love the Two Inch Punch production. Meeting Moon in person was also great, we were able to go to a gig, vibe at the studio, do some shopping and discuss visual ideas. What a crazy but cute 24 hours.”

Forming a sonic foundation that veers between Amapiano, Gqom, grime, pop, house and R&B while showcasing her vocal talents on more downtempo songs, Phases’ 19 tracks document the varying chapters of a toxic relationship and subsequent freedom. A double album, the first side is a journey through the relationship with production reflecting those different moods and aspects of her personality; the second side, meanwhile, leads into a clubbier amapiano space.

The tracks on it, she says, are a way of empowering all different types of girls and promoting respect for women: “Over You” finds strength and power in breaking-up with a cheating ex; “Strip Club”, featuring Ghetts, flips the male-led narrative, instead putting the woman in charge. “I want people to relate to the stories I’m telling,” she says. Moonchild Sanelly has become well known for unapologetically spreading her message of female empowerment: “liberation for women, in the bedroom, in the boardroom, knowing your power… I need to be heard by a lot of people”. 

Carrying South Africa along with her has long been important for her, too, and it’s something that’s reflected on Phases, as she is joined by two of the country’s most exciting rappers: Blxckie on “ULi” and Sir Trill on “Soyenza”.

Collaboration has been core to Moonchild Sanelly since her award-winning debut album Rabulapha!, having not only dominated the gqom and amapiano scenes in SA but with her international hits and collaborations with Wizkid,Beyonce (featuring on “MY POWER”), Gorillaz (“With Love To An Ex”) and Ghetts (“Mozambique”).

Phases is a highly collaborative record, too, with production and guest features from Sad Night Dynamite, Wesley Joseph, Xavier Thomas (Débruit), TOKiMONSTA, HOLLY and Aramboa.

The album’s title takes on a multitude of meanings: via the range of genres covered across its runtime, the different sounds and styles that it encompasses and the personal journey that Sanelisiwe Twisha has taken to get to this point. But, for Moonchild Sanelly, it’s more literal than that: “I think that, with this album, I’ve managed to piece all the different parts of me together, because I’m known for different things in different parts of the world. I think you get to know me better with Phases – all the different sides of me.”

Pre-order Phases HERE

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Amerado finally releases Obiaa Boa

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5 times VGMA nominee and Ghana’s best rapper Amerado is once again exhibiting his lyrical prowess in his new rap song titled ‘Obiaa Boa”.

Obiaa Boa, a Twi phrase directly translated as “Everyone is lying” is a full rap song in which the artiste sends information to every other rapper who claims he Amerado does not deserve the title.

Amerado is also known to be one of the few rappers in Ghana who blends the indigenous culture in this rap and the Bra Shizzle-directed video was not an exception.

We credit Izjoe Beatz and Apya GH for the audio production.

AUDIO: https://yve.fanlink.to/ObiaaBoa

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Spinabenz drops “No More Parties on Sundays” video

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With an intoxicating flow that will send heads into a spiral, Spinabenz has emerged from the Jacksonville, Florida rap scene poised for stardom with millions of streams and his city on his back. “People might retire in Florida, but nobody wants to retire in Jacksonville,” Spina reflects matter-of-factly on his home city. Growing up the neighborhoods were siloed, and since Jacksonville isn’t much of a gangland territory, most people just kept to their respective corners.

“We were in our own little world & I made music my focus,” Spina says, even working side hustles to pay for his studio time. 2021 was a landmark year, as he dropped his “BeatBox” track, which changed it all. “I got my first million with that one!” he remarks on the streaming success. By the time “Who I Smoke” dropped, it was clear that Spinabenz was playing the long game with his music, as the track and video cracked the 37.5 million mark on YouTube alone. To date, Spinabenz has over 40M streams on Apple Music, 47M on Spotify, and 102M on YouTube.

His dedicated fan base (called Tornados) stays at the ready for what Spina has coming, and he’s just getting warmed up. His two focus tracks dropping in tandem on The Tornado Kidd — “No More Parties On Sundays” and “Country Rap Drill Song” show different dimensions to Spinabenz and his knack for storytelling. “Country Rap Drill Song,” aims to reinvent the wheel, melding genres. “People keep saying I should do Drill, so if I’ma do Drill, I’m going to do it how I want to,” he continues. “And nobody has heard Drill like this.”

His hard work and dedication have culminated in the release of his 20-track album, The Tornado Kidd. “I never dropped a whole album before,” he admits, “so this is gonna be crazy!” The project boasts the consistency that Spina has set forth for nearly a decade, dialing back to when he was a kid stepping into the studio for the very first time. From slick, crooning tracks, to exhilarating Jacksonville-style cuts, and introspective & melody-driven offerings, Spinabenz displays he can truly do it all.

The project also includes this year’s previously released singles, “Murder Talk, Pt. 3” and “Big A$$ Choppa” as well as features from Greenlight, Yungeen Ace, and Woppa wit da Choppa. As Spinabenz ushers in a new era in his career, but also for rap in general, he continues with the same motivation to keep growing and keep evolving with his fans riding beside him. “I’ve been rapping for a long time and I’m here to stay,” he explains. “The Tornado never stops spinning.”

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Mimsrozay’s ‘Go Away’ track takes off smoothly in Africa

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Mimsrozay has recently released his masterpiece body of work, ‘New Variant’ Extended Play (E.P).

As of April 29th, 2022, the album became available on all digital platforms worldwide and fans all over the continent are talking about it.

The EP houses four incredible songs including ‘Go Away’, ‘Jankuluba’, ‘Tsunami’, and ‘Cool Down’. Since it’s release last month, ‘Go Away’ has started to gain ground in Ghana with massive radio airplay and discovery on the Tik Tok platform.

Mimsrozay’s ‘Go Away’ single is a great piece of music you will want to add to your playlist and play endlessly.

This EP since it’s release is not only fire but will also be a game-changer with all the four tracks.

Mimsrozay music is inspired from real-life experiences with a fusion of creative prowess together with fresh afrobeats sound and relatable lyrical content signifying his readiness to stay in the game.

 

Olu ”Mimsrozay” Akinsika is a popular Nigerian German Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Executive Producer, and Tech Entrepreneur. 

 

Mimsrozay started off as a Promoter and Music Business Marketing Manager for one of the Biggest Entertainment outfits in Cyprus after which he founded his own Company Mims Rosé Entertainment.

 

Mimsrozay is often referred to as the pioneer of modern Afrobeats music in Europe as he has been linked to getting Wizkid, Davido, Tekno, Timaya, KCEE, and more on shows that had international acts such as Mario Winans, Tinie Tempah, Skepta, French Montana, Tyga in Europe.

Highlighted as an exciting afrobeats prospect, Mimsrozay new EP is sure to set him apart as one to watch this year.

 

Stream New Variant on the preferred music store here – https://ffm.to/pvvvxdn.OPR

 

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Twitter: @mimsrozay
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Phyno interviews with GRAMMY.com’s new series: Herbal Tea and White Sofas

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Today, GRAMMY.com shared its interview with Nigerian superstar Phyno. (more…)

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