It is a new era. This week saw the launch of the first official of the UK Afrobeats charts – a new top 20 weekly rundown spotlighting the fast rising afrobeats scene in the UK initiated by celebrated festival, Afronation, and compiled by the Official Charts Company. Understood to be one of the first official chart for the genre, the chart will be compiled using UK sales and streaming data from over 9,000 outlets, collating numbers from physical sales, downloads, audio streams and video streams.
The first ever Official Afrobeats Chart was unveiled with a special show on BBC Radio 1xtra hosted by Eddie Kadi, Shopsy Doo, Danai Mavunga and P Montana. The chart is described as a landmark moment for a genre whose impact on porpular music culture is exploding right across the globe driven by growing community of independent and major label artistes with huge influence from London.
But how important is this chart to the talent themselves. the Official Charts Company spoke to two of Ghana’s biggest Afrobeats artistes, Camidoh and KiDi to ask what this initiative means to them.
According to Camidoh, this chart is not only important for the creatives in the UK but rather important for the Afrobeats talents and African continent at large. He explained that, since Afrobeats is now accepted as an African Genre, it would serves as a point to take African music to the world and also the chart being initiated is going to expand the room for genre crooners to showcase their talents to music populace.
NSG claimed the first Number 1 on the first ever Official Afrobeats Chart with Grandad. The summer jam, which features on the East London group’s debut mixtape Roots (released in June), is officially the UK’s biggest Afrobeats track this week. Celebrating the landmark Number 1, NSG told OffcialCharts.com: “Thank you for the recognition of our impact on the scene. We appreciate it and all fans of NSG, more hits to come.”
NSG score a second entry on the new Top 20 with Lupita at Number 5. The six-piece group unveiled new visuals for the track earlier this week. Rising star Darkoo opens at Number 2 with her latest track, the uplifting, feel-good Kryptonite – the follow-up to her massive breakout hit Gangsta with One Acen. Read our new interview with the South London star here. WizKid’s brand-new song Smile ft. H.E.R opens at Number 3, and Burna Boy’s celebratory Wonderful is at Number 4.
Elsewhere in the first-ever Top 20, Nigerian singer and rapper Rema boasts two entries with Woman (6) and Ginger Me (10), Tiwa Savage opens at 11 with Dangerous Love, and Naira Marley’s As E Dey Go is at 16.
KAHPUN: “Jupitar And Epixode Are “Outmoded”
In a recent interview with JoyNews’ Doreen Avio, Ghanaian Reggae & Dance-hall artiste Kahpun says his fellow musicians, Jupiter and Epixode are “sleeping dogs” in the industry. According to him, Jupiter and Epixode have enjoyed their time in the spotlight and are not in the game anymore.
“He is a sleeping dog. Jupiter is gone. His time is past and gone. If he is trying to do something, then it will be for attention. There is a new energy. We have times and seasons and this is the time for Kahpun,” he said.
Touching on Epixode, Kahpun maintained his stance. “Epixode is just like Jupiter. We have times and seasons. They had their time and now it is my time.” He was however optimistic his assertion will not result in a beef. “Jupiter will understand and he knows I am saying the truth,” he said jokingly.
Kahpun has released a couple of controversial hot singles like ‘Money Maker’ featuring Black Prophet, ‘Basara’, ‘Excuse Me Miss’, and ‘Teacher’ which also featured Rudebwoy Ranking.
Guilty Beatz Lands A New International Collaboration [SEE DETAILS]
After working on Beyoncé’s ‘The Lion King: The Gift’ album, Ghanaian sound producer and Guilty Beatz says he will be dropping an Afro-House and Dancehall tunes this week. The new song dubbed ‘Up Inna’ according to Guilty features M.I.A., by name Maya Arulpragasam, British-born Sri Lankan rapper who achieved global fame with politically charged dance music and also features Cadenza.
Guilty Beatz says the song was inspired when he met with Cadenza, “Cadenza and I have been working for a while but this time we were looking to do more energetic sounds, we drew inspiration from South African music and Jamaican Sounds with a Touch of Ghana Jamma elements. This genre of music is a weird combo, Afro-House, and dancehall”
Guilty Beatz who has production credits for three songs off the ‘The Lion King: The Gift’ album in 2019 namely, “Already”, “Keys to The Kingdom” and “Find Your Way Back”, revealed that, ‘Up Inna’ will be out later this week on all digital music streaming platforms. He recently released a six-track EP ‘ Different’ which features top African artists like; Mr. Eazi, Falz, Joey B, JDerobie, Cina Soul, Nonso Amadi, Poizon Ivy, and Moonchild. He has hit songs like, ‘Akwaaba’, ‘Genging’ ‘Pilolo’, and other songs. Stream here: https://music.apple.com/us/album/different-ep/1497583191
Kuami Eugene Announces Single Advancing ‘Son Of Africa’ Album
Multiple-award winning Ghanaian singer Kuami Eugene is set to release a single off his highl anticipated sophomore album ‘Son of Africa’ titled ‘Open Gate’. The tune is the first officially single release announcement made, after Son of Africa was scheduled for release on 9th October 2020.
The upcoming video for Open Gate was directed by Rex and has a star studded cast including Nana Aba Anamoah, Clemento Suarez and skit-comic MadeinGhana. From indication ‘Open Gate’ is likely to be an afro-beats jam and its announcement has excited fans whom have been asking Kuami for new music theses past months.
Artists such as Adina Thembi and Liberia’s CIC have all shown excitement on social media, with regards to Kuami Eugene’s next single.
The Lynx Entertainment signee released his debut ‘Rockstar’ album in 2018 with songs like ‘Angela’, ‘Wish me well’, ‘Confusion’, ‘Walaahi’ and ‘No More’ featuring Sarkodie together with their videos. Kuami Eugene is touted as one of the most-promising talents in Ghana’s entertainment industry.
Asaase Sound Clash Launched; Shatta Wale Calls Out Fans To Come Clean
Shatta Wale has called out both his fans (Shatta Movement) and Stonebwoy’s fans (Bhim Nation) to come together and support “Asaase Sound Clash” positively so it can accrue Music Tourism, especially to benefit the Ghanaian Dancehall and Reggae Community.
Shatta Wale, a day after the official launch of the highly anticipated SoundClash by Asaase Radio 99.5fm took to twitter on the morning of Wednesday, august 5, 2020 and tweeted this;
Both Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy, for the first time after news broke out about “Asaase Sound Clash” sat close with a ‘Face Off’ to officially agree before the media at a press soiree to push for the Dancehall Confrontation which is meant to champion the fight against COVID-19, the global pandemic. The underlying theme “#Clash2CrushCOVID” was powered by the Radio Station with support from the Health Ministry, Ghana Tourist Authority and other affiliates.
Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale hold a crazy cult following from Ghana and beyond, thus, they were chosen as frontliners for the project. Watch the full version of the press encounter and ‘Face Off’ here.
(Story: Elorm Beenie)
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