After consistently releasing updates over the years since their inception, Ghana’s premier music streaming service, Aftown has yet again announced new features to its music services.
The latest version ‘aftown 3.0 will allow music lovers to experience an all new music streaming experience amongst other cool features.
This year’s new developments come with a new aftown app now available for both IOS & Android. (efie.co/aft). aftown 3.0 is set to launch on Friday, 27th November 2020 at Capital Cafe and Restaurant (Labone). The event would also serve as a music workshop for artists, music industry players, and bloggers.
You can register to attend by signing up via workshop.aftown.com
aftown.com, is a service provided by aftown company limited, a marketplace where music fans can buy songs directly from African artists.
CNN Celebrates Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Legend, Ebo Tayor; Features Him On Africa Avant-Garde Series
Cable News Network; an American news-based pay television channel has featured Ghanaian Highlife and Afrobeat Legend, Ebo Taylor on Africa Avant-Garde – a new series showcasing innovators and creators working across art, design, music, film and fashion, for playing a pivotal and practical role in elevating the West African sound and making his signature Ghanaian highlife that influenced the father of afrobeat, Fela Kuti.
According to CNN, as at when Highlife and Afrobeats grew to become a global household genre on the music market, the ‘Ayesama’ hitmaker’s outputs were inherited as a source of inspiration to many notable international creatives and has witnessed series of sampling by international R&B artiste Usher on his 2010 track “She Don’t Know,” featuring rapper Ludacris, and by Canadian hip-hop duo Ghetto Concept on their 1992 track “Certified.”
Speaking to CNN, “Uncle Ebo,” as he’s known by locals in Saltpond, the small Ghanaian fishing town he’s called home since birth, revealed how he cultivated a close and harmonious relationship with colleague Afrobeat legend Kuti.
“Fela used to come to my apartment in Willesden quite often and we’d spend hours playing records,” Taylor said. “When he came to Ghana in ’67, he drove to Cape Coast to see me and we spent the afternoon talking about African Unity.”
Taylor credits Kuti with pushing him, and others, to compose distinctly African music. “He (Fela) never understood why as Africans we like playing jazz; he wanted us to be ourselves, be original and tell our stories,” Taylor said.
His influence can also be seen in afrobeat’s clubbier offshoot, afrobeats (with an “s”), which has hit international charts through West African acts like Wizkid, who has collaborated with artists including Drake and Major Lazer. Taylor is quick to highlight the fact that the popularity of afrobeats has coincided with its embrace of authentically African arrangements and a departure from heavy hip-hop and R&B sounds which he believes could seem forced.
“The music we made was real music, it made you stop and think,” he said. “It’s not surprising that people are connecting with afrobeats more now that it is embracing elements from the music we made.”
And Taylor, however, is still recording new material at age 84. He has spent most of this year in his home studio observing Covid-19 protocols and recording new material for his third studio album in 10 years.
Since the release of his 2010 album “Love and Death,” as well as his collaboration with the Berlin-based Afrobeat Academy in 2011, Taylor’s international profile has been raised. In 2017, the release of Ghana funk anthem “Come Along,” made DJ playlists globally, according to Taylor. But Taylor’s newfound global fame is the culmination of his own influence on West African music since the early 1960s.
Photo Credit: CNN
Knii Lante Calls For Better Ghana/Naija Relations With New Single
On 1st of October 2020, Nigeria celebrated its diamond jubilee – 60 years of independence from colonial rule – a feet that Ghana achieved a few years back. Throughout the years we’ve shared a great bound of companionship wrapped in rivalry. In the wake of the recent misunderstandings amongst Ghanaian and Nigerian traders that escalated tensions, it’s become necessary that we remind ourselves of the great positive bounds we share, especially through music!
That’s what Ghana-Naija represents. Knii Lante’s 6th single this year is a celebration of both cultures through the eyes of a Ghanaian and Nigerian couple in love. Let’s celebrate the love we share for food, sports, women & of course music. Enjoy this beautiful afro-pop jam, laced with guitar strings reminiscent of highlife sounds shared by both cultures. Ghana-Naija was produced by Knii Lante & DatBeatGod, now available on audiomack.
Ishak Spark Spices Up The Game With ‘Tonight’ Jam
Sensational crooner Ishak Spark is out with another love song for all couples out there and he brands it as; ‘Tonight’. The smooth singing vocalist portrays the story of a young guy held spellbound by the love of a certain beauty.
It exudes soothing tones and mid tempo rhythmic vibes that sets the perfect atmosphere for a relaxing time with your beloved. ‘Tonight’ was produced by Deworm and mixed by Posigee with crisp visuals coming from the camp of Director Mickey Johnson.
Kwesi Arthur Inspired Me To Make Music- Yaw Tog
Most artists apart from getting inspiration from their immediate environment, their emotions, or whatsoever are inspired to venture into music-making by having a keen observation or listening to other artists’ music. Many artists then tend to make music either similar to that of their mentors or try to create their own type of music which suits their personality.
Emerging act from Kumasi and ‘sore’ hitmaker has disclosed that he admires Kwesi Arthur’s style of making music and that inspired him to also getting into music-making.
“I fell in love with his music, his personality, his attitude and everything,” Yaw Tog said.
Kwesi Arthur is one of the successful mainstream musicians we have in Ghana and he has made his mark locally and on the international front. He tweeted his reaction after viewing the video of Yaw Tog.
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