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Diamond Platnumz Featured On The Seventh Studio Album By American R&B Singer, Alicia Keys

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Nasibu Abdul Juma Issack – a Tanzanian bongo flava recording artist, actor, popularly known by his stage name Diamond Platnumz, has been featured on “Wasted Energy”, track 4 off the seventh studio album by American R&B singer and songwriter Alicia Keys dubbed Alicia (stylized in all caps).

The album was released by RCA Records on September 18, 2020. Written and produced largely by Keys, the album also features songwriting and production contributions from Swizz Beatz, Ludwig Göransson, Rob Knox, Johnny McDaid, and The-Dream, among others.

It was originally scheduled to be released on March 20, 2020, then May 15, before being delayed further due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Seven singles were released from Alicia, including the Miguel duet “Show Me Love”, “Time Machine”, “Underdog”, and “So Done”, featuring Khalid. Keys is scheduled to embark on Alicia – The World Tour in 2021 after the 2020 dates of the tour were postponed due to the pandemic.

Musically, Alicia departs from the loose experimentation of Keys’ previous album, Here (2016). Instead, the music revisits the styles of her earlier work, including piano-based ballads and bass drum-driven R&B songs, albeit with less emphatic hooks.

Stream here album here: https://smarturl.it/xALICIAx

The album’s direction, which Keys describes as “genreless”, is oriented toward evoking a particular mood rather than conforming to a singular sound. According to The New York Times chief pop critic Jon Pareles, the music “often hollows itself out around her, opening deep bass chasms or surrounding sparse instrumentation with echoey voids”.

Alicia the album continues in the socially-conscious thematic vein of Here, featuring personal narratives that make socio-political connections between the narrator’s view of herself and the world around her. According to Keys, the album reflects different dimensions of her relationship to people as a whole and that writing it encouraged greater introspection.

“I never realized how much I relied on only one side”, she explains. “How much I had hidden away the parts that expressed anger, rage, sensuality, or vulnerability.”

In Pareles’ observations, the singer advocates equanimity “but it’s often tinged with ambivalence”, reflecting “misgivings, recriminations and regrets” shared in her contemporaneous memoir More Myself (2020).”

The album opens with “Truth Without Love”, which puts forth the idea that truth in society has become “elusive”. The next song, “Time Machine”, addresses fears of introspection and advocates the pursuit of free thought, rather than longing for the past, as a means to achieve peace of mind. “Underdog” is an ode to “young teachers, “student doctors”, and “single mothers waiting on a check to come”.

Songs such as “Authors of Forever” convey more positive pleas for “hope and change”. A more desperate sense of hope features in the album’s closing series of unadorned piano-and-vocal performances, “Perfect Way to Die” and “Good Job”, which thematize police brutality and essential work, respectively. The former is written from the perspective of a mother in grief over her son, who was shot to death by the police, while the latter is written in tribute to “the mothers, the fathers, the teachers that reach us”, and the like working an ordinary day.

Among the album’s love songs, “3 Hour Drive” is a duet between Keys and Sampha, who both lament a lover’s separation over a descending chord progression, while “Show Me Love” and “Love Looks Better” express more confident relations between lovers. Both the waltz-like “Gramercy Park” and the Khalid duet “So Done” have the narrator trying to make peace with having struggled to appease the expectations of other people, with the latter expressing a departure from “fighting myself, going to hell” in favor of “living the way that I want”.

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Apple Music’s Oldman Ebro co-signs Ghanaian Artiste, Mike Akox

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Kojo Ebro ‘aka’ Oldman Ebro is not a cheap name when it comes to the music streaming market in recent times. For him to endorse Mike Akox on his show is a very BIG Spotlight!

Mike Akox, Australia based Ghanaian Afrobeats Singer who dropped a latest single “Florence” got featured on Dj Ebro’s playlist on Thursday, October 22nd. Not only did he feature the song but also tweeted this (below) about the new record.

With 15 years plus in Australia, Mike Akox isn’t just a lover of music but born into a family of music aficionados. He has been on the music journey consistently (from abroad) since 2010.

Mike Akox was officially introduced to the Ghanaian & West-African music market with the now world-renowned “Spectacular” which was released earlier this year.

“Florence” is the follow up single from his debut EP titled “Patience” which is starting to generate quite a buzz. Patience EP is set to be released in November 2020 to high anticipation.

Stream Here: http://platoon.lnk.to/florence

Listen on Boomplay Music: https://www.boomplaymusic.com/share/music/44683143?srModel=COPYLINK&srList=IOS

Kindly follow him on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter @MikeAkox.

(Source: Elorm Beenie)

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GHANA/ Pzeefire Joins #EndSarsProtest, Dedicates “Suffer Suffer” To Nigerians

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Afro Fusion artist David Ayuba a Nigerian musician based in Ghana known in showbiz as Pzeefire has added his voice to the #EndSARS #EndSWAT protest going on in Nigeria by dedicating his song “Suffer Suffer” to affected victims and all departed souls who lost their lives prior to brutalities.

As a musician I believe music can be a useful tool in resolving conflicts and misunderstandings and artists like Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Lucky Dube, Femi Kuti and other great musicians have used it in the past and I believe “Suffer Suffer” will be a great tool today as well. Nigeria and Africa have come a long way to be resolving issues through violence and I believe round table discussions by leadership should be the option at all times.

The #FIRE hit maker believes Nigeria has what it takes to resolve its problems and therefore quick measures should be put in place to curb any form of violence that will lead to the loss of lives. The voice of the people is the voice of God so if the people say #EndSARS, #EndSWAT then it means #EndSARS & EndSWAT.

Nigeria is a democratic country and not a Police State therefore any form of Police Brutality should NOT be entertained. Tell me, how do you form a security group that is unconstitutional and use it to brutalize innocent citizens just because of their looks? That’s primitive and undemocratic and shouldn’t be encouraged.

“I’ll also like to call on ECOWAS and the AU to quickly step into this issue before what is currently happening in Lekki spreads into other parts of Nigeria. If there is chaos in Nigeria, one of the countries that will directly be affected negatively will be Ghana because of our close relationship and therefore with Ghana as the ECOWAS Chair I believe President Nana Akufo Addo will quickly call on his counterparts to find a quick solution to it just like they recently did with the Mali Crisis.”

“I strongly believe Africa needs each other in times like this and it’s my dream to see Africa as One with Possibly One President in the Near future. Nothing is Impossible and we know that Together As One we can Achieve Greatness, Pzeefire told BeenieWords in an exclusive interview.”

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“My EP Is To Present A Globalized Version Of African Culture” – Rocky Dawuni Reveals As He Shares Album Cover

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GRAMMY nominated Afro Roots Songwriter/Singer, Producer and activist, Rocky Dawuni, is releasing a brand-new EP on October 30, 2020 entitled “Voice of Bunbon Vol. 1” The EP is available TODAY for Pre-Save & Pre-Order at: https://tinyurl.com/yy7xo2nf

The new EP comes on the heels of his most recent full-length album “Beats of Zion” (2019) which received tremendous acclaim around the globe and featured five incredible music videos filmed in Ghana, India, the US and beyond.  Rocky’s move back to his home country of Ghana is evident in this latest offering which explores contemporary aspects of local music in a creative quest to extend its global appeal.

According to Rocky, “these new songs were born out of my desire to present and project music that is rooted in the deep cultural traditions of Ghana yet presented in way that it can relate to the modern world. Bunbon is my home town in Northern Ghana. My musical career has always been firmly inspired by my upbringing in the royal family of Bunbon and being educated in the indigenous ways. This exposure to cultural appreciation has served as an important part of my world view and musicMy vision for this EP is to present a globalized version of African culture. It also represents my maturity over the years as a voice for social consciousness. In a time of uncertainty, we need songs and hymns that can touch our emotional nerve and remind us that love and hope are an indestructible aspect of the human experience that no amount of fear can take away.” 

Rocky’s latest offering explores the diversity of his “Afro Roots” sound fusing modern and traditional musical trends in Ghana and across the continent. “Voice of Bunbon” is a diverse sonic experience with songs ranging from acoustic to beat driven anthems to cultural explorations utilizing aspects of Afrobeats, Highlife, Reggae, Soul and Pop and beond. The inspirational words to the songs focus on love, resilience, faith, joy and hope. Running through the EP is a theme of empowerment, urging the listeners to think critically on current issues.

**To request a Press Preview / Listening Link to the EP: please reach out to Cary Sullivan at afrofunke@yahoo.com

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GHANA/ Sadiq Fires Ghanaian Musicians

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Chief Executive Officer of 3Music Awards, Sadiq Abdullai Abu has admonished Ghanaian musicians to also concentrate on how structures of the music industry works rather than seeking personal glory with their brands and careers.

“Most importantly we need to begin to drive the industry from a certain insightful conversation..It is a 360 industry”. He said on Daybreak Hitz on October 20, 2020.

He also revealed that although there may be a finger pick of Ghanaian musicians doing well with their respective careers, it’s not enough and does not represent the true reflection of how our music industry should be.

“Talents always get to think that…. them them.. when this part begin to hit small hit it, hit it and then they wake up to realize that all these things that should be in the echo system to support us is not there and they begin to shout there is no structure in the industry”.

The event organizer who has got a strong connection to the Ghanaian entertainment pipeline further stated that “when people were building the structures, you were looking to your own gain and then when you wake up and realize that there are other things in the echo system to support the growth that you’ve become, you begin to decry about it”.

Elucidating on what he meant by lack of structures in the industry, Sadiq said “structures includes these various different companies in the value chain..not just talent.. If we run our industry on talent alone we wake up to realize that all these things that should be there to power them or continue to keep them at the top is not there”.

For some time now, musicians have themselves tried to organize their own events but most were a total fiasco “so it forces them to begin to want to do it themselves and it creates problems”.

(Story by: Rof Roc/beeniewords)

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