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BOB MARLEY/ Legacy Documentary Series Continues: Episode Two – Women Rising

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In honor of Women’s History Month, the Bob Marley: Legacy mini-documentary series continues with episode two: ‘Women Rising’ The moving and empowering short premiered today on Bob Marley’s official YouTube channel and features interviews with Rita Marley, also known as Bob Marley’s wife and the matriarch of the Marley Family, whose strength and character is an inspiration for people around the world. Rita was an integral part of the Wailers musical development, as well as a constant presence and influence in Bob Marley’s life, guardian of his legacy, and a member of the Iconic Reggae Group I-Threes. Mrs. Marley is also the founder of the Rita Marley Foundation, which works to eradicate poverty and hunger while empowering communities in Ghana and Jamaica. Her life’s work epitomizes integrity and grace.

Bob Marley: Legacy Episode 2 – ‘Women Rising’ also features Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt of the I-Threes, Mystic Marley, Donisha Prendergast, academic and writer Isis Semaj-Hall, former activist, campaigner and former councilor Seyi Akiwowo and Stella Dadzie writer & historian, Kim Walker, photographer, and more championing women and the messages in Bob Marley’s music. Watch ‘Women Rising’ HERE.

Last month’s episode, Bob Marley: Legacy Episode 1 ‘75 Years A Legend,’ a refreshing and cinematic journey through the life, legacy and relevance that Bob Marley still holds in this present day is also available now on Bob Marley’s official YouTube channel.

The documentary follows the EP release of Keep On Moving, which features an extended and radio mix and an exclusive mix from Sly & Robbie. Listen to Keep On Moving EP HERE.

In other news, due to recent CDC restrictions and guidelines The BeachLife Festival has been postponed until further notice. Ziggy Marley & Stephen Marley will be performing together at Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA on August 19 (Tickets here) and Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY on August 20 (Tickets here).

In this digital era, Bob Marley remains one of the most followed posthumous artists on social media, and MARLEY75 will serve to bring his music and message to the digital foreground, reaching new audiences and perspectives with innovative content and groundbreaking technology. Special live events, exclusive digital content, recordings, exhibitions, plus rare and unearthed treasures will also be revealed throughout the year. Bob Marley’s music continues to inspire generation upon generation, as his legacy lives on through his message of love, justice and unity, a sentiment needed more than ever in 2020. In conjunction with Tuff Gong and UMe, a division of the Universal Music Group, the Marley family will continue to ensure the highest quality, integrity and care is taken to honor Bob’s legacy and to celebrate one of the 20th century’s most important and influential figures.

Tune in and subscribe to the Official Bob Marley YouTube channel here for more upcoming content celebrating Bob’s legacy and contribution to the world.

Additional information on MARLEY75 events will be revealed soon.

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Audiomack And Daily Paper To Restore The Football Pitch At Accra Girls High School

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As part of Audiomack’s committing to Ghana outside of just music and focused on giving back to the community and culture, the music streaming and discovery platform, in collaboration with Amsterdam-based fashion label Daily Paper, is funding the restoration of the football pitch at Accra Girls Senior High School after it sponsored this year’s annual football tournament.

This annual tourney by Daily Paper is a celebration of the ongoing initiative to empower the youth and give back to the Ghanaian community by reinforcing commitment through sports. Since 2017, Daily Paper, founded by three close friends, Hussein Suleiman, Abderrahmane Trabsini, and Jefferson Osei, has been consistent in showcasing and supporting Ghanaian youths. Audiomack is no different.

This year’s tournament took place inside the Accra Girls Senior High School and saw a great line-up of the best African creatives and athletes. Alongside Daily Paper and Audiomack, the teams included SmallGod, Eunice Beckham, La Même Gang, and members from Daily Paper, Free the Youth, Young, Melanin Unscripted, and Native Mag. The kits were designed by Daily Paper in collaboration with Puma.

Drawing attention to the creative arts in Ghana, outside of just music, Audiomack has also made it a point to help the community which has blessed the world with its music and culture.

David Ponte, Audiomack Co-Founder & CMO says, “We are thrilled to partner up with Daily Paper, Puma, and the Accra Girls Senior High School for this amazing event! Our mission at Audiomack is not only to move music forward but to also empower the youth so that they can continue to innovate and express their creativity on and off the pitch!”

Jefferson Osei, Co-Founder of Daily Paper, explains, “We are glad to collaborate with Audiomack, who shares in our vision to accelerate growth in the African creative industry. Giving back to the continent that inspired us to create our label has always been a dream for us, and we will continue to intensify efforts towards achieving that vision.”

“All [of] our collaborations are purposeful collaborations for community growth and youth development, so it is exciting to see Audiomack coming on board for this year’s tournament,” Osei continues. “Youth culture is part of Daily Paper’s DNA. We started the brand as a lifestyle brand and invested in empowering youth culture. Within Daily Paper’s global community the brand has always organically built authentic relationships with the youth.”

Daily Paper partnered up with Audiomack based on the organic connection made for the love of West and South African music: Afro Alté, Afrobeats, African hip-hop, African-American Drill, and Amapiano. “This was the base of the relationship. From here on, both entities explored possibilities to invest in the Motherland,” Osei adds.

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Live Nation Buys Stake In Live-Streaming Concerts Platform Veeps

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According to reports by the Variety, Live Nation; the world’s largest live-entertainment company, has acquired a majority stake in Veeps, the ticketed livestream platform launched by Joel and Benji Madden of the band Good Charlotte. The Madden brothers, along with cofounders Sherry Saeedi and Kyle Heller, will remain at the helm of Veeps, with their full team staying on to continue with all operations of the business, according to the announcement.

Established in 2017, Veeps is designed for ticketed livestreams, and facilitates engagement between artists and fans with features like chat and exclusive merch purchases, while also supporting broad social marketing and VIP offerings. Unlike many livestream platforms, Veeps is also commission-free.

The platform, which hosted approximately 1,000 ticketed livestreams in 2020, has presented concerts by artists including Brandi Carlile, Liam Payne, Pete Yorn, Louis Tomlinson, Architects, Rufus Wainwright and many others. While the company declined to share audience numbers, Live Nation noted that Payne’s concert (pictured) in October “was primarily responsible for a record number of over 3.7 billion chat messages on Veeps across all livestream shows that month.” Wainwright held more shows on the platform in 2020 than any other artists with 33.

The move is a logical one for Live Nation: While infectious-disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci has said that mass gatherings like concerts may return by the autumn “if everything goes right” — a big if, considering the United States government’s weak response to the pandemic — the process will inevitably be gradual, and it may be some time before people feel comfortable gathering in enclosed spaces with fellow humans. A future scenario where most major concerts offer both live and livestreamed options seems likely.

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Premiere: Reekado Banks’ “Speak To Me” Visuals Destined To Creep Its Way Up The Charts [WATCH HERE]

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Nigerian star Reekado Banks has teamed up with fellow Nigerian afrobeats superstar Tiwa Savage for an exciting start to 2021. The two acts release “Speak To Me” today, which comes from Banks’ latest project release Off The Record. The upbeat, colorful track is likely destined to creep its way up the charts, and the familiar faces present throughout the newly released music video, directed by Adasa Cookey, will definitely help.

Big Brother Nigeria reality personalities Brighto Osemudiame and Wathoni Anyansi lend their beauty and energy to the fun, light hearted visuals for “Speatk to Me.”

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Eugy Official Drops Banger ‘Plenty Pepper’

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In the follow up to the viral hit My Touch Eugy joins forces once again with Chop Daily this time celebrating his Ghanian roots with Plenty Pepper. Produced by Team Salut & Manny it is released via Chop Daily records and Future State Inc. Having spent Christmas 2020 in Ghana, Eugy is in his element on this record as he explicitly lets the world know he is here to stay. After his huge success with Mr. Eazi and Dance With Me, Eugy clearly let’s music world know he is back with more hits and is more hungry than ever. 

An upbeat, club vibe, with a nod to street culture the track is sure to get your waist moving whilst serenading the souls of your feet. With the launch of the Plenty Pepper challenge the dance is only starting and even though the clubs are closed Eugy is helping turn living rooms, bedrooms and the outdoors into the new club, with dancers all around the world ready to take on the challenge. 

Mixing Twi, Fante and English this track celebrates all that Eugy represents as he champions the power and beauty of the West African woman with a nod to RiRi’s Fenty line the ladies are in for a treat. Eugy’s smooth vocal accompanied by Team Saluts infectious production guarantees that you’ll have this on repeat.

“I wrote Plenty Pepper after realising that we need to keep the dance going. 2020 was a tough year for everyone and with England being in lockdown early 2021 I wanted to ensure my fans stay smiling and dancing.” 

Plenty Pepper speaks to the fact that Eugy has a pocket full of tricks and he is only getting started whilst celebrating all the island women out there. 

Ushering in an era of new west African music, Eugy is back with vengeance and he’s not slowing up anytime soon. 

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