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‘Alewa’ By Santrofi Named Amongst The Biggest Albums Of 2020

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Highly reputable music critics have already declared Santrofi’s ‘Alewa’ to be one of the best albums of 2020. Now, the numbers have spoken, the data has assembled into integers and decimal points in Pan African Music’s (PAM) end-of-year music review. PAM is a France-based major music digital distributor for independent music dedicated to promoting music from the African continent and diaspora.

“Alewa” was named among other albums from gigantic artistes on the continent encompassing Stonebwoy (Ghana), Hailu Mergia (Ethiopia), L’esprit de Nyege (Uganda) and Burnaboy from Nigeria.

Santrofi, devised from the mythological precious bird from the Akan language — is a collective of spirited and celebrated young musicians assembled around bass player Emmanuel Ofori whose credentials include playing with highlife heavyweights Ebo Taylor, Pat Thomas and Kwashibu Area Band.

The album, “Alewa” is an organic and well-crafted experiment, in an era where many African musicians attempt to seduce a Western audience by making their music pop.

While Ghana still predictably serve as home to flourishing highlife music, the genre’s worth saving still need practitioners and advocates who are willing to propel it forward. Highlife music boasts a long, rich history — about 100 years — of transformation, adaptation, tumult and triumph. From radical-bashing pundits to brave and bold composers, highlife music has remained alive even as prognosticators routinely predict its demise.

Santrofi, the vintage-inspired Ghanaian highlife band, gives us a glimpse into a serene world, a real breath of fresh air that reminds us to uphold Ghanaian highlife.

The debut album is a mixture of culturally rich and authentic Ghanaian highlife music brewed with melodic beats, blues, jazz, funk, groovy percussion and silky vocals served in a Ghanaian pot.

Alewa is an album of love songs—the oldest subject in the book—but it’s filled with other significant themes – racial segregation and discrimination, unity in diversity, jealousy, economics and other cultural happenings in society. In it, ‘Alewa’ builds a self-contained world that luxuriates love—both sonically and lyrically—while still hinting at some of our age’s deep-seated flaws.

Last year was without question one of the most challenging years for the music industry. Santrofi had its share as the band’s booked concerts in over 20 European countries were cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic; this was after a successful tour in 2019.

Source: Emmanuel Jewel Peprah Mensah

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‘The HIGHEST’ Sarkodie Becomes The First Ghanaian Musician To Score Over 700K Subscribers YouTube

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Two time BET Award-winning Rap icon, Sarkodie, has become the first Ghanaian recording and performing talent to amass over 700, 000 subscribers on YouTube. Michael Owusu Addo is one of the big artistes in Africa who is known for his outstanding and exceptional work that has gained recognition internationally. This has made his work garner a lot of views ion YouTube with most of them hitting over 10 Million views, with “Adonai” amassing over 70million views.

With a career spanning 10 years at the top of his game and a decade since his landmark debut album, 2009’s joyous Makye – one of African music’s biggest and best-loved hip- hop albums; Sarkodie has embarked on his exciting new chapter in his career with latest project ‘Black Love’. Sarkodie was influenced by the American rappers such as Ja Rule, Tupac, Biggie, 50 Cent, Nelly and more that filled the airwaves in his hometown of Tema, Ghana.

As well as having tens of millions of album sales and over 80 awards to his name in his native Ghana, Sarkodie’s sound – a fizzing blend of hiplife, hip-hop and Afrobeats – has led to sold-out shows at London’s O2 Kentish Town Forum & performances with an impressive array of international names.

His contributions to the Ghanaian music industry have earned him numerous accolades, including the Vodafone Ghana Music Award for “Artiste of the Decade”. He was announced the first winner of BET’s Best International Flow artist at the 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards. He is also considered one of the major proponents of the Azonto genre and dance and one the most successful African rappers of all time.

Sarkodie often raps in his native language Twi, a Ghanaian Language and is considered a “multifaceted rapper” due to the various musical styles he possesses.

Sarkodie is often named as one of Africa’s greatest hip hop artists. MTV Base ranked him sixth on its list of the Hottest African MCs in 2014. In 2013, Lynx TV ranked him first on its list of the “Top 10 Ghanaian Rappers of All Time”. In 2015, AfricaRanking.com ranked him third on its list of the “Top 10 African Rappers of 2015”. In 2015, The Guardian listed him as one of its top five hip hop acts on the African continent. He was ranked 8th on Forbes and Channel O’s 2013 and 2015 list of the Top 10 Richest/Bankable African Artistes.

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Bunny Wailer Dies At 73

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Reggae legend Bunny Wailer has died, The Associated Press reports. Wailer was the last surviving member of the iconic reggae band the Wailers, which he co-founded with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh in 1963. Jamaica Observer reported that the reggae luminary suffered a stroke in 2020 and had been in and out of the hospital since then. Bunny Wailer was 73 years old.

Bunny Wailer was born Neville O’Riley Livingston in Kingston, Jamaica. He met Marley when they were children in the Nile Mile village of St. Ann Parrish. Later, while being mentored by Joe Higgs in Trench Town, the two met Tosh for the first time. The trio started the Wailers and enlisted vocalists Junior Braithwaite and Beverley Kelso to join the band.

Wailer was one of the constant Wailers members amid a rotating cast through the ’60s and early ’70s. He played drums and sang on classic Wailers records like Catch a Fire and Burnin’, which were both released in 1973. Shortly after, he left the band to pursue a solo career; Wailer issued his debut solo album Blackheart Man in 1976.

In the ’90s, Wailer won three reggae Grammys: Best Reggae Recording in 1991 (Time Will Tell: A Tribute to Bob Marley), Best Reggae Album in 1995 (Crucial! Roots Classics), and Best Reggae Album again in 1997 (Hall of Fame: A Tribute to Bob Marley’s 50th Anniversary). In 2012, he was awarded the Order of Jamaica honor, bestowed upon “any Jamaican citizen of outstanding distinction.”

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UK Afrobeats Artiste, SILVASTONE, Serves Up New Tune “Feeling”

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Afrobeats artist/producer SILVASTONE brings to your priority attention his current focus track, “FEELING”. A seductively sweet Afropop banger taken from his upcoming fourth project, “EVOLUTION”.

“Feeling” is another hybrid audio creation that further exhibits SILVASTONE’s signature production style: AFRICAN BEATS x UK SOUNDS x GLOBAL MELODIES. This time he serves up an exquisite palate of Afro vibes expertly blended with soulful R&B tones underlined with syncopated dancehall drum programming that are generously sprinkled with influences reminiscent of late 70’s/early 80’s Motown sauce.

Initially released mid-December as a bonus alternative to his previous release “Feeling” is already enjoying support from DJ Edu at BBC Radio 1Xtra, Ras Kwame at CapitalXtra, Shortee Blitz at Kiss FM, Shopsydoo x Moses Bagz at The Beat London, Linda-E at TribeUrban, Steve Street at LegacyFM, Rod Rantz x Gracey Mae at Westside Radio, and many others around the UK and worldwide. In addition it presently features on several curated streaming playlists and has already been trending on AudioMack, etc.

The official music video was filmed in Sierra Leone last month and you can expect the picturesque postcard-inspired visual in your inbox this Monday 8th March.

SILVASTONE has been making headways over the last few years and is one of the pioneering prominent fixtures of the ever-evolving dynamic UK Afro scene. The multi-talented former MOBO Awards “Best African Act’ nominee has enjoyed year by year support across UK airwaves and streaming platforms plus has performed at festivals and events all around the world repeatedly.

In addition to self-releasing under his own imprint the Croydon born-and-raised creative also writes his own lyrics, produces all his own music and plays multiple instruments plus records, mixes and masters his compositions. Collaborators with the multi-talented Ghanaian/Sierra-Leonean include Damian Marley, Davido, Yemi Alade, Sarkodie, Bugzy Malone, French Montana, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Popcaan, Sneakbo, Fuse ODG, Ayo Beatz, Moelogo, DJ Sticky, etc.

He’s also produced music for a host major international brands including Nike, Emirates, Coca Cola, Netflix, etc., plus had his compositions featured in several major box-office films and popular television shows around the world.

“FEELING” follows hot on the heels of the success of his Afrobeats x UKG banger “FEELING YOUR MELODY” and the hugely popular “FALLING FOR YOU”.

The artist/producer will release his fourth extended project, EVOLUTION, in June prior to announcing his much-anticipated debut album.

STREAM SILVASTONE “FEELING” ON YOUR FAVOURITE PLATFORMS VIA HERE

For full information on SILVASTONE check out his website below and connect with him

[Instagram] @silvastone
[Twitter] @silvastonebeats
[YouTube] [Soundcloud] [Audiomack] [Facebook]

FOR MORE INFO & FURTHER ENQUIRIES
www.silvastonemusic.com II info@silvastonemusic.com

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COVID-19 Vaccine Side-Effects Are As Normal As World Approved Vaccines – FDA Boss, Mimi Darko

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Food and Drugs Authority(FDA) Boss, Mimi Darko has revealed the side-effects of the COVID-19 vaccine are as normal as any other world approved vaccines.

She revealed during an which was monitored by GBAfrica.net on Joy Midday news,Tue.(March 2).

She maintained that people should not be scared since the only symptoms the vaccine poses to the vaccinators are “chills” and “headaches”, all of which after two days of receiving the jab, will disappear.

 “The normal side-effects that you will face is that a bit of chills, a bit of headache but between one to two days it is gone. We have evaluated the vaccine which is the COVID-19 vaccine we have looked at the efficacy, we have looked at the quality and there is no way we will allow something that is not quality to be used on Ghanaians. Since it has been approved in other countries, in over 30million people probably even more than that, we as the Foods and Drugs Authority (FDA) are at what we call maturity level -3 agency [approved] by the WHO, and we are also a regional centre of excellence so there is no way we will allow vaccines that is not safe that is not of the right quality to be used on Ghanaians the vaccine is safe, it is our right that we should to obtain what we call immunity to bring the corona virus down,”, she explained.

She furthered that her outfit’s goal aligns with the Ghana Health Service (GHS) to ensure that all who still undergoes the process and still feel the side-effects after the jab, will be taken care-of, since they collect database of all the vaccinated.

“Even after you use the vaccine, we are still monitoring. we a good team that will ensure that if there are still any side-effects it will be reported to us. It will be managed by the Ghana Health Service Scheme and it will be put in our data base just so we have a data base for Ghanaians”, she informed.

The ongoing vaccination which begun on Tuesday (March 2) is expected to end on March 15 of this year with about 20million people expected to be vaccinated after the period.

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