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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.

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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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Larruso’s ‘’New Gen’’ EP arrives alongside all-new video for ‘Wolewa’ (Come Inside)’

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Afro-dancehall sensation, Larruso’s debut EP offers a feel-good experience that places him in the fore of Ghanaian dancehall music as he freewheels over a range of experimental melodies. Listen here: https://onerpm.lnk.to/NewGen-EP

 

Previewing with two singles prior to its official announcement ‘’New Gen’’ does not fall short of a smooth supply of tuneful beat selections and potential bangers. It is an aggregate of Larruso’s vision so far, meld together by familiar, yet refreshing concepts and a feature list accommodating of the young artist’s style.

 

 

The 8-track EP books features from the likes of the god MC, M.anifest, Suzzway, Nigeria’s very own, Bella Shmurda, Kelvyn Boy, Samini and J. Derobie, aside a compelling mix of producers which include The One, Beatz Dakay, Phantom, Jaemally, Gigz Beatz, Mix Master Garzy and Finchy.

 

For a project meant to inspire the prodigy’s avant-gardist role in his time, things are brought to a roaring start on the pre-released ‘New Gen’. Here, Larruso ushers in the age of this new generation he’s standing in for. ‘’We have a big dream and, how our family fit look past streets wey we dey pon?’’, he questions, backing up with chants and verses of empowerment. This invigorating theme persists into the EP’s first pre-released song ‘The Truth’ featuring the god MC, Manifest. On the soothing song, both artists free their energies into a pool of thoughts that are expressive of life in a country that grows increasingly hellish for the generation in question.

The tone of the EP hereafter shifts to a more ambient and easy-going sound ‘Body’ featuring Suzzway goes big on Larruso’s glossy vocals, while ‘Wolewa’ (Come Inside) featuring Nigeria’s very own, Bella Shmurda embraces a fun feel. The latter drops alongside a colorful video directed by Yaw Skyface and has lots of choreography to keep the song’s playfulness untouched. ‘Hit & Run’ isn’t far behind the explosive Afrobeat wave either, bearing the candid and fleeting emotions of the self-proclaimed nineties bad boy, before ushering in the project’s biggest in terms of collaborations ‘No Chance’.

Sweeping listeners back into his preferred domain ‘No Chance’ has Larruso tag Kelyvn Boy and Samini on the highly palatable Finchy production to make known their uncompromising nature to much finesse. ‘Addicted’ featuring J. Derobie slots in next to ferry listeners aboard the love express once more, yielding crooned verses of how special Larruso’s love interest is to him: ‘’Cause you know me and you have a different vibe/Make up your mind, come with me let’s ride’’. The finally EP comes to a soothing close thanks to Larruso’s resolute composure on solo effort ‘High Meditation’, in a bid to not to escape bad memories.

 

‘’New Gen’’ projects the Afro-dancehall star’s status as torchbearer in it’s entirety and is effortless in setting itself up as a benchmark for all dancehall EP’s to follow. Stream ‘’New Gen’’ by Larruso here:

 

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Boma reveals how his relationship with Tega was all part of his game plan

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On this week’s episode of #WithChude, BBNiaja star and actor Boma Martins Akpore, popularly known as Boma, opens up on his intimate relationship with fellow Big Brother housemate Tega Offiong Dominic-Ajeboh, popularly referred to as Tega.

Boma revealed that his relationship with Tega was all part of his game plan to make the best out of his time in the house. For him, he was just switching into character and there was nothing more to it. In his words, “The way I was looking at it was, I have been on set. I have done the same actions, maybe even worse on set. I have kissed. I have romanced people. I have been an actor. I have played romantic scenes with people’s wives or people’s girlfriends. As soon as they say cut, everybody goes home to wherever they came from. That’s how I was looking at it.”

“It was a show. That’s why when they asked when I left the show, without me even knowing what was happening outside, I said, ‘the Show is done. We are all going back to our families. I’m going back to my girl. She is going back to her own family”, he concluded.

Boma also revealed that once he sees cameras around him, he switches into character and that way, no one can get a glimpse into his life. He said that despite being in the entertainment industry- constantly in front of cameras- for about eighteen years no one knew he was married. In his words “If you think my reality is in front of the camera, you’ve missed the way fully and I’m happy that you have.”

When asked about his xxx, Boma said, “The results that we get in life are the prize that we get for our actions. Therefore before you take an action, be aware of the prize, good or bad, that will result from it and let that be the guide for whether or not you will take that action.”

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#WithChude is a special series of targeted multimedia conversations and investigations focused on narratives that enable and strengthen the mind, heart, and spirit.

All past and new episodes of #WithChude premiere on Saturdays at 7 am on watch.withchude.com. You can also watch the show every Saturday on Channels TV at 1 pm, with reruns every Sunday on Wazobia TV Channel 98 at 5 pm, every Tuesday on Rave Tv at 5 pm, every Wednesday on Pop Central Station DSTV Channel 189 at 8 pm, and every Thursday on EbonyLife TV StarTimes Channel 189/191 at 7:30 pm.

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Akwesi Orlando drops new afrobeat song, “ISSUE”

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Music newcomer, Akwesi Orlando finally dished out his classic afrobeat song titled “ISSUE,” lyrics of the song was delivered in both English and Twi to officially set the silky singer’s music career in motion.

ISSUE details emotional battles lovers faced during the different phases of their relationships, also capturing the underlying expression of true desire and willingness to maintain the relationship regardless of the constant problems. The song also paves the way for lovers to boldly bring to the table challenges and deal with them right away rather than remaining mute and being completely consumed by the pains.

Akwesi Orlando has continued to receive arguably loud applauds from music enthusiasts and key practitioners of music for his lyrical dexterity combined with daily relatable true-life events happening all around us. His name started being stack on the lips fans when he joined forces with Fameye to release his debut single “Ankonam” in 2020, and since then, the industry has been anxiously waiting for another single from him.

Lo and behold, he has shared ISSUE, which he has personally said is one of his favourite singles on his music rack. ISSUE was produced by Zongo Boii, and the extreme.

https://audiomack.com/hybrid-rekords/song/issue

 

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Berry Vodca Drops Visuals For New Song ‘Kyere’

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Expensive Music signed Artiste, Berry Vodca has dropped his first official single few months after introducing himself onto the music scene with his ‘VIBERATION’ Ep.

The Rapper who is obviously in the music game to make a statement after enjoying great feedback from his Ep has dropped another song titled ‘Kyere’ together with an official music video.

‘Kyere’ produced by Klasic Beatz is out now and available on all digital platforms for streaming and purchase.

Signed to Expensive Music Record Label, Berry Vodca promises to continue dropping entertaining songs periodically for his fans and music lovers to enjoy.

 

You can stream it here >>>>>> https://mipromo.ffm.to/berryvodca-kyere

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Mista Silva brings back the colourful vibes from the motherland with his new hit single ft E.L ‘Wavy Level’

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3 x MOBO nominee and 4 x award winning artist , high-energy vocals on the instrumental combined with E.L’ s low tone feel-good vibes pieces together the perfect collaboration, mixing and blending the streets of London and Accra to give a worldwide ‘Wavy Level.’ to add the icing on this freshly baked banger produced by E.L himself the visual brings the vibes to life, displaying quality pictures with style, attitude, energy, confidence and culture.

Mista Silva Ful Vilm 2. UK Afrobeats. Afrobeats F2D. Ghana Music, Afrobeats Pioneer. UK Afrobeats Pioneer,

Papa Kwame Amponsa, known by his stage name Mista Silva, is a British-Ghanaian musician from Brockley, London. Mista Silva released his debut EP, Full Vim, in 2012. Its success led to a record single deal with Polydor Universal in 2014.

He was the first unsigned UK Afrobeats artist to have his music playlisted by BBC 1Xtra with well received tracks “Now Wats Up” & “Boom Boom Tah” .

Mista Silva is highly regarded as one of the key foundation layers for the Afrobeats movement within the U.K. & Europe and if often giving the title “Pioneer” as many see his work as what knocked down the barriers & stereotypes associated with African cultures in the diaspora. His work has allowed many young musicians & music workers to flourish with the Afrobeats movement.

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Mona4reall releases 7-track visual EP, ‘Here To Stay’

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MONA FAIZ MONTRAGE, stage name Mona4reall is an award-winning Ghanaian artiste, trendset- ter, brand personality, and entrepreneur. She is also a Beauty/Style/brand Influencer with over 3.3 million followers and controls a huge segment of the youth in beauty and lifestyle trends. She is the CEO of Mona 4Reall Limited, 4Reall Entertainment, and the Founder of 4Reall Beauty Cosmetics.

Her celebrity lifestyle and her unique fashion sense have given her a brand name and a well-known one across the African continent.

Her influence and love for looking good has helped in her thriving cosmetics brand called 4Reall Beauty Cosmetics line.

Mona has leveraged on her massive social media following to become a successful and empow- ered entrepreneur.
Mona currently has significant business deals with some brands in Ghana, South Africa and Nigeria yet to be unveiled in November 2021.

Combining her passion for both music and fash- ion, Mona has built a strong following of engaged millennial women and a dynamic social media presence. She speaks to her audi- ence through daily posts on her Instagram and Snapchat where she shares anything from fash- ion, lifestyle, family life and travel, etc.
On music, she has always loved music and used to sing during her childhood church days and waited till she was convinced to come out.

She started her music career fully in the year 2020 and is the fast-rising female act currently. Her maiden song “Baddar than” which got 11k likes, 1.1million views on YouTube. 2months after, she released “Fine Girl” which also had over 800k views. Her 3rd single “God’s Child” also did great with over 700k views. And her “Baby” song which she released on the 29th of July 2021 which is the very first collaboration with Ghana’s industry giant Shatta Wale @Baby song is already over 2million views in less than 3 months.

All her songs stand out with a great and crisp message, a portray of an African, strong storylines, great video and photography, rhythms of the song on point and quality video production, and above all, it received massive airplay.
Undoubtedly, in less than a year, Consistency has played a key role in her musical career.

Ep has 7 songs, 7 videos and titled Here To Stay

In all Mona4reall has 10 songs to her credit since she started her music career in 2020 (EP and Singles)
Consistency, quality video, and location, message, a touch of professionalism, and direction are some key qualities you cannot leave out when you listen and watch her videos.

With a focus on becoming a global icon, a lot of effort and strategy plays a crucial role in her management, and feedback in less than 2years is obvious to say the least about her music journey.
Born in 1992, she was raised in Tamale, in the northern part of Ghana with her siblings. She is of mixed heritage. Her father is Lebanese and her mother is a Ghanaian.

She is currently signed on as an act under a joint partnership with Quick Angels limited. Mona4reall is the first artist to have a joint partnership from the music industry with Quick Angels limited, an angel investor.
She is the brand ambassador for Pink-berry Ghana and Richie Rich gummies. She is also the face of Coli, a Ghanaian own telecommunication network in Ghana.
She calls her fans ‘’4REALLERS’’

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