Shazam (an American application owned by Apple Inc. use to identify music, movies, advertising, and television shows, based on a short sample played and using the microphone on the device) have, on Tuesday via Twitter, declared “Jerusalema”, a song by South African DJ and record producer Master KG featuring South African vocalist Nomcebo as the most searched song in the world after amassing over 4 millions organic shazams.
The upbeat gospel-influenced house song was initially released on 29 November 2019 after it garnered positive response online, with a music video following on 21 December. It was later included on Master KG’s second album of the same title, released in January 2020. It was eventually released on streaming services on 10 July 2020, after it went viral during mid-2020, garnering international reaction due to the #JerusalemaChallenge.
A remix featuring Nigerian singer Burna Boy was released on 19 June 2020, propelling the song onto the US Billboard charts. The song topped the UK Afrobeats Singles Chart on the issue dated August 15, 2020. It has held the number one position for two weeks.
Although it has “religious-leaning” lyrics, “Jerusalema” is an upbeat disco-house track containing “deep”, “spiritual”, gospel lyrics. Lyrically, “it speaks about Jerusalem being the home of many religious believers”. The remix sees Burna Boy incorporating his signature Afrobeats style, singing part of his verse in isiZulu, while emphasizing the unity of African artists.
The song’s official music video was released onto YouTube on 21 December 2019. By 27 August the video had passed 100 million views, a rare feat for South African artists. Master KG’s Spotify followers increased to over 1.2 million following the rising popularity of the song.Various covers performed around the world with different instruments and sung in a variety languages have also been uploaded on YouTube, attracting their own popularity.
GHANA/ Sadiq Fires Ghanaian Musicians
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)
“We Are The Best Rappers In Ghana” – DopeNation Claim
Ghanaian multi-awarding group duo DopeNation making Ghanaians proud at the SoundCity MVP Awards has labeled themselves as the best rappers in Ghana.
Unlike the likes of Sarkodie who has been termed as the topmost rapper with many awards and world recognition, the rapper in a Q&A session on Twitter with international blogging company Yen was asked whom their 3 best rappers were. The ”Eish” hitmakers labeled themselves as the best as they gave three same straight answers.
DopeNation is known for producing major hits such as Eish, Naami, Confam, Zanku and currently promoting ”Thank God.
(Source: Kubi Live)
“The Media Should Emphasize On Positive News To Attract Investors” – Fuse ODG Urges
Fuse ODG; Ghanaian born pan-African Afrobeats artiste and Humanitarian Activist, has said that, rather than propagating the negative news surrounding the creatives, the Ghanaian mass communication media, including the traditional and social media, should use their respective platforms to emphasize on the positive and the great things musicians are doing to elevate the Ghanaian culture to the world.
Speaking as a guest to Jay Foley on Joy Prime’s flagship programme “Prime Morning”, the New Africa Nation album crooner stated that, Ghanaian creatives are investing enornously in helping shape the public’s opinion and underlying sentiment on Ghana with projects, this he explained are great things the media as an important sources of basic information propagate to help engender understanding if presented in a fair, even-handed and non-inflammatory way.
According to him, if the media dedicate provisional time to promote good news about the achievements creatives have garnered over the years, investors, stakeholders and government officials will not be oblivious of the benefits of the creative economy. This will in-turn allow them allocate more funds to support established and budding talents to help amplify fresh narratives and content that emphasises the intellectual power of the brilliant community.
Watch interview below;
However, having blessed the world with one of the biggest hit singles, inspiring the global acceptance of the Azonto dance and changing the way African music was consumed, the Ghanaian superstars and Itz Tiffany are back with another masterpiece. Titled “Winning”, the two although send across a message of positivity through the song did not forget to get music lovers on their dancing feet just as they did with Azonto.
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BRYAN THE MENSAH Provides A Service To Help Ghanaian Artists, Producers, Songwriters, and Representatives.
Rapper, singer, producer, sound engineer, and visual artist, BRYAN THE MENSAH has started a service known as BLYNC to help Ghanaian artists, producers, songwriters, and representatives to get sync deals, placements and opportunities for their music.
BLYNC, a combined word of BLINK and SYNC is a peer-to-peer sync service offered by BRYAN THE MENSAH that gives artists, producers, songwriters, and music industry personnel the opportunity to get sync placements and make more money off their music catalogue. This is powered by Flutterwave.
If you are a musician and you are interested, do join the telegram for more information via the link below
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