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Hugh Masekela Shares A New Compilation ‘Township Grooves’

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The Hugh Masekela Heritage Foundation and Universal Music (South Africa) released Township Grooves, a new compilation album by Hugh Masekela on Friday, 16 May, which could have been the late jazz legend’s 81st birthday.

The songs on Township Grooves were picked from various albums released between 1965 and 1974. Bra Hugh’s nephew Mabusha Masekela was largely involved in putting together Township Grooves. The project consists of songs such as “Sharpeville,” “Vuca,” “Grazing in the Grass” and a 1965 live rendition of “U-Dwi” among other gems.

The release acts as a time capsule as it captures a period in Bra Hugh’s life in which his music was meeting different influences as he found himself settling in places like London and New York. His township-centric sound and approach would, however, remain a constant in his music alongside the different influences he was incorporating. Which explains the album’s title.

Township Grooves‘ cover art, a striking portrait of Bra Hugh, was illustrated by renowned South African artist Nelson Makamo.

Hugh Masekela passed away in 2018 to prostate cancer. His last studio album No Borders was released in 2016. Even after his death, the musician has remained in the hearts and playlists of many people across the globe. Township Blues is a comfort gift for his fans to zoom in on an era of the musician’s career.

Stream Township Grooves on Apple Music, Spotify and Deezer.

– Sabelo Mkhabela

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Audiomack Partners With ACRCloud On Content-filtering System

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In November 2018, YouTube said it had spent $100m developing its Content ID system for detecting copyrighted music in uploads and giving rightsholders options to remove, leave or monetise those videos.

That level of investment is beyond many music startups, but there are partnerships to be done. The latest example is with US streaming service Audiomack, which is working with ACRCloud’s copyright protection technology.

The tech uses audio fingerprinting to scan all newly uploaded music to Audiomack, with the press release claiming that it currently gets “thousands” of user-generated uploads to its platform every day.

Audiomack has traditionally focused on direct artist uploads, but in August 2019 it signed its first major-label licensing deal, with Warner Music Group. At that point, its service had eight million monthly users.

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SoundCloud Integrate Insights On The Mobile App And Desktop Version

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SoundCloud now offers Insights for creators, allowing smaller musicians to know who’s listening to their music, what music they’re listening to and where they’re from — data they may not otherwise have. The feature is rolling out today and over the next few weeks on the SoundCloud app, according to the SoundCloud blog.

As a creator, Insights allows you to see your top listener, top city, top country and top 50 tracks. A $144 annual Pro Unlimited subscription gives you access to your top 50 listeners, cities, countries and tracks, plus other audience analytics tools. Previously, audience data was available only in the SoundCloud creator app, Pulse app and web. The Insights feature means audience data is now all available in one main app. So if, for example, you have been using the Pulse app to view your stats, you no longer need to navigate away from the main app to access this data.

A gif showing SoundCloud's new Insights feature.

Insights can be accessed from your Profile, Library or More menu by tapping the Insights bar graph icon. Scroll to see an overview, or data on specific tracks or your audience. SoundCloud plans to replace the Stats feature on desktop with Insights in the coming months.

– engadget.com

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Tiwa Savage Shares A Single Extract Off Her Forthcoming Album – CELIA

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LAGOS STATE – July 9, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Advancing her forthcoming studio album and summing up to be her second single released on Motown Records – an American record label owned by Universal Music Group, Tiwa Savage, a Nigerian singer cum songwriter, has announced the release of her new single titled ‘Dangerous Love’, which comes weeks after she teased fans about the release of ‘Celia’, her much-awaited album.

The song, which is now available on various digital platforms(link is external), was recorded in Nigeria and was produced by local musician Cracker Mallo. In the less than four-minute song, the singer expresses uncertainty over the future of her relationship with an estranged lover and the fear of having her hopes dashed. She, however, reiterated her commitment to brace the odds for the sake of love.

“A dangerous love affair, I’m gambling on my heart, I fit love you tire…are you really the one, no come tire for me, make e no go turn yawa for me,” she could be heard singing.

The jam embodies R&B with Afrobeats rhythms and features a powerful, enchanting chorus. The mid-tempo track attests to Savage’s musical prowess and gives a preview to the widely anticipated studio album, which is named after her mother.

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Ghana Music Awards – UK Succumb To Conorav¡rus; 5th Edition Postponed To 2021

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UK – July 9, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – After a series of engagements with the government, stakeholders and security agencies on the best practice for this year’s event, in the wake of the novel corona-virus pandemic, the board and planning committee organizers of the prestigious awards scheme have regrettably annulled this season’s edition of the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a news release signed by Ekow Anderson – Head of Ghana Music Awards’, UK planning and advisory board, there have been restrictions curtailing public events and gatherings in the UK, and the rest of the world, explaining that, Since mid-March, the music industry and creative arts in general, have been affected by this deadly pandemic

The statement added that, as an organization, they are very much concerned about this uncomfortable situation and the lives of their patrons and the general public as a whole and it is crucial at this moment to let their musicians, stakeholders, well-wishers and the general public know that they are watching closely, the measures that have been instituted by the NHS and the government in curbing the spread of Codvid-19, and are optimistic that, in 2021, the road would have been cleared for a successful 5th edition of the awards.

The organizers of the event also took the opportunity to commiserate with the families of COVID-19 victims. They also urged the general public to abide by preventive protocols by health officials and governments around the world.

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