LAGOS STATE – Wednesday, May 27, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – In commemoration of Africa Day, Nollywood screen goddess, Stella Damasus, says she believes that coronavirus cure will come from the continent.
Damasus posted on her social media pages urging Africans to embrace one another, adding that they are stronger together.
“Happy Africa Day to all my African brothers and sisters all over the world. We stronger together. The virus has taken so many but together, we shall fight and overcome. We must all take care of one another regardless of religious, political or language differences. I believe that the cure is coming from Africa. Celebrate today and remember why. One love”, she wrote.
Anloga Junction Hits 20 Million Streams On Audiomack
From hitting 10 million streams in just 10 days on Audiomack alone, it’s just over 7 months into 2020, and two months since the release of his fourth studio project, Anloga Junction the album but Stonebwoy has already broken yet another music record. The Reggae/Ragga & Dance-hall icon has, according to statistics, just become the first Ghanaian recording and performing artiste to have his album to reach 20 million streams on Audiomack streaming app.
Stream album here; https://kv-online-talent.lnk.to/AJ20
If we’re going to talk about records Stonebwoy has smashed we’d be here all day, but this latest adds to a pile that includes earning the most billboard recognition as a Ghanaian artiste. His album also debuted on US Billboard charts at no #19 for his single Nominate featuring Keri Hilson, to receiving press coverage globally with notable traction in the US, UK and France; Stonebwoy continues to be a beacon for Africa.
On Anloga Junction, the Afro-dancehall don pulls off an ambitious task by folding his collaborators’ varied styles into his signature sound. Fellow Ghanaian Kojo Antwi fits the reggae feel of “Nkuto”, and the bass rhythm of “Bow Down” flows in sync with Nasty C’s energy. Frequently singing in his Ewe language, particularly on the Keri Hilson collab “Nominate”, Stonebwoy always finds his way back to the unique style that has made him special.
The album was created with the premise of connecting Africa together through music and using it as a vehicle to connect Africa to the rest of the world.
Alliance for Change in Ghana Music Sheds Light On ISRC System
The Alliance for Change in Ghana Music (AFGHAM), a group of Ghanaian musicians who have come together to help fellow musicians enjoy their copyrights in royalties recently shed light on the International Standard Recording Code (ISRC) in a tweet by its interim Chairman — Mark Darlington Osae.
The July 2020 tweet which forms part of AFGHAM’s ‘Music Minds Campaign‘ also contains a video breakdown of the ISRC system that is aimed at making musicians uniquely identify their sound recordings and music videos globally and anywhere online and on radio etc.
The coding system which operates like the science of fingerprint system gives the music uploaded a unique code that is solely for the creator of the content. “This is your personal musical DNA code which no one can take away from you as a creator,” AFGHAM interim explained to TheAfricanDream.net in an interview.
The digital fingerprint contains four parts which must be carefully entered by the creator to avoid the mistake of giving a wrong identity. These parts are the Country code, First registrants code, Year of reference, and Track designation code.
A successful generation of the code becomes synonymous with the DNA of the song which uniquely identifies the creator whom all revenues accrued from streaming and sales go to.
“A mistake however in this arrangement might end up getting the copyright to another person who will get to reap all the benefits from it,” cautioned award-winning Ghanaian musician Trigmatic who is also an AFGHAM member in a chat with TheAfricanDream.net where he also said that “We started ‘Music Minds Campaign’ as part of our initiative to help explain and educate musicians, creators and the public about some of the nuances of the music industry and how digitization is modernizing it“
The ISRC is independent of any particular music streaming platform. It is generated uniquely after which songs can be uploaded on any music streaming platform.
AFGHAM is encouraging Ghanaian and African musicians worldwide to pay keen attention not only to the creative aspect of their art but be business savvy too as it will help a lot in securing a financially successful future when they reach retirement or unfortunate occurrences like the COVID-19 pandemic stops them from going out for shows.
For more information and news from AFGHAM visit their official website at afcghana.org.
BBC Matches Stormzy’s $12.6 Million Racial Equality Fund
U.K. broadcaster BBC’s corporate charity Children in Need has partnered with urban, contemporary and Black music radio station BBC Radio 1Xtra to match rapper Stormzy’s recent £10 million ($12.6 million) pledge to benefit young Black lives in the country.
BBC Children in Need will match Stormzy’s pledge over 10 years and develop a dedicated new funding program to enable young Black talent achieve their full potential. The program will be developed in partnership with young people with direct experience of the Black British experience who will be involved throughout the design and delivery process, including reviewing grant applications and advising on the allocation of funding.
BBC radio stations, including Radio 1Xtra, will celebrate a range of emerging Black musical talent.
“Further to making my pledge last month, I’m happy to hear that the BBC have also taken up my plea for others to pledge,” Stormzy said. “I’m also pleased to know of their commitment to allow young Black people to decide where the money will be spent, and I believe this decision is an imperative factor in supporting and strengthening the young Black community. We continue to urge others to join us in pledging.”
Kenny Imafidon, trustee of BBC Children in Need, said: “Over the past few weeks, some of the systematic and institutional racism that exists in the U.K. has been laid bare for all to see. This racism is not new and many people from the Black community, like myself, have had to endure the negative effects of it all.”
“The anti-racism movement in the U.K. has truly gathered momentum to bring about sustainable and long-lasting change. Many people, groups, businesses, and brands have had to reflect, look inwards and ask themselves, ‘What can I, or we do to change things and make a difference?’”
“I truly believe that this is the beginning of greater things to come, as we continue on our mission to support children and young people most in need,” Imafidon added.
Simon Antrobus, chief executive of BBC Children in Need, said: “As a charity, we exist to unlock and celebrate the talent in every child and young person; in order to do this, we need to support them to overcome any barriers that stand in their way, including racial injustice.”
Stonebwoy’s UK Tour Returns In September
GREATER ACCRA – Friday, May 8, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – All things being Equal:- Stonebwoy will be trailblazing and globetrotting again, for the first time in 7 months. He will be taking “back-to-back-to-back” live reggae, dance-hall spiced up with afrobeats performances to UK as Academy Music Group announced that, the internationally acclaimed music star’s tours which were supposed to hold in May, 2020 have been rescheduled for September, 2020.
The tour, powered by LIVENATION, will be staged at Manchester Academy3, O2 Institute3 Birmingham and O2 Academy Islington on the 17th, 19th, and 20th of September, 2020 respectively. Follow the link to make a ticket purchase: https://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/stonebwoy-tickets
Earlier, BMG – the official Powerhouse for the Nickelodeon & BET Winner, 3-Time Best Reggae/Dancehall Act in Africa cancelled the award-winning musician’s UK, and North American tours after officials placed an indefinite ban on gatherings of more than 500 people, in perspective, large-scale events, as part of drastic measures to curb the spread of the respiratory disease known as Coronavirus (COVID-19).
However, in a tweet, the leading owner-operator of music venues in the United Kingdom announced that, the Ghanaian born Reggae/Ragga & Dance-hall artiste’s live performance has been moved to Saturday, 20 September, 2020. The firm urged fans who have purchased their tickets hang on to them as they’ll be valid for the new date with an assurance that, ticket agent will be in touch directly to explain it more.
“So you know, @stonebwoyb (Friday 08 May) has moved to Saturday 20 September. If you’ve got tickets, please hang on to them as they’ll be valid for the new date. Your ticket agent will be in touch directly to tell you more. #Stonebwoy #O2Academy #Islington #London pic.twitter.com/BNewPBEry6— O2 Academy Islington (@O2Islington) May 8, 2020“
Meanwhile, following a very successful 2019, Stonebwoy started 2020 as he means to continue. As professionally scheduled, the Ghanaian Reggae/Ragga & Dancehall artiste, on February 29, 2020, debuted his 2020 North American tours with a massive appearance as a headlined African performer at the 9th edition of the Afrocarib Festival that was stage at the Amphitheater at Miramar Regional Park in Florida.
Stonebwoy live in Washington DC! On his halted North American tour, the multiple award-winning reggae/ragga & dance-hall artiste visited the Club Elevate (March 6, 2020). From the beginning, he set a quick pace and, in between songs, sought an intimate, direct exchange with his audience, which by now had filled the club’s maximum capacity. Asking them where they are from, he welcomed each and every one. “Big up USA, Ghana, Jamaica, Senegal, Gambia, Kenya, the whole African massive.”
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