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MIDNIGHT TRAIN: Sauti Sol Drops First Album Under Universal Music – Africa



NAIROBI – Tuesday, June 9, 2020/ – Kenyan Afro-pop sensation Sauti Sol recently released their highly-anticipated fifth studio album Midnight Train, and the group’s first album with Universal Music Africa after signing a major deal with the record label earlier this year. It’s a promise kept for its relatability especially in these times of great turmoil.

The 13-tack project, produced by Andre Harris, features the likes of India Arie, Soweto Gospel Choir, Sho Madjozi and Black Motion. The album is a follow-up to their 2019 album Afrikan Sauce which featured collaborations with Tiwa Savage, Burna Boy, Vanessa Mdee, Nyashinski and several others.

“Midnight Train”, the first track on the album, is a mid-tempo number which samples of Toto’s 1982 track “Africa”. “Brighter Days”, which features the talented and prolific Soweto Gospel Choir, was the first track to drop in the run-up to releasing the full album. It’s an uplifting song both in its musicality and lyricism.

“My Everything” is a slower paced romantic jam which features India Arie, a musician who has not only inspired but influenced Sauti Sol. “Suzanna” is a an upbeat and cheeky number that is a sure-fire standout track on the album. “Disco Matanga (Yambakhana)” featuring Sho Madjozi and Black Motion was featured as the soundtrack to Netflix’s Queen Sono.

Speaking to OkayAfrica about the inspiration behind their music, Polycarp Otieno says, “Our inspiration comes from where we’re at in our lives and what we go through as human beings, as men, as husbands to our wives, as friends. It’s about writing stories that relate with other people and things people would not normally speak about in song. We try to put that in song.”

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GHANA/ Adina Thembi Opens Up On The Creativity Of Her Debut Album With Doreen Avio At “Araba” Listening Session



It was a night of good music as Afro-Pop musician Adina Thembi held her 2-hour album listening session at the Ibis Styles Hotel at Airport City in Accra, an event which amassed a host of Ghanaian media specialists, bloggers, entertainment critics, including President of the Creative Arts Council, Mark Okraku Mantey, Andy Dosty, Merqury Quaye, Jerry Justice all from Multimedia, Mr Logic, Kwame B, Radio Legend George Brun, CEO of Max International Larry Lowe, and a host of others.

Hosted by award-winning Ghanaian Journalist, Doreen Avio, the event saw an exclusive and topnotch performance of “WHY” – a love reggae song which was released few weeks ago off the yet to be premiere album. The award-winning artiste also took the audience through the songs on the album explaining her songwriting processes, studio sessions and more. She also spoke on the creativity poured to make “Araba”, where she revealed that the album was about her life and journey as an artiste.

“It was a beautiful experience for me. Richie and I go way back so we have that rapport and everyone else on the project is family as well, so, it wasn’t hectic at all,” she said.

The “Makoma” hitmaker described her maiden album as a beautiful blend of emotions and melodies, easy on the ears and a body of work for everyone.

“You know that sort of package that everyone can walk away with their bit, I can’t wait for everyone to hear it and I pray it travels far and wide” she said.

Adina also got emotional telling Doreen about her childhood days revealing how her mum worked hard to take care of her and other siblings all by herself. The singer stated that she put that experience into a song called “Nyedzin” which is featured on the album. Teary Adina encouraged everyone to stay strong no matter how tough things get adding things will get better.

“I was saying to my manager that I feel like this song to anybody that is going through anything is a testament. I am a testament that, no matter how tough it gets you can actually come out of that crazy situation it is.”

“I mean look at me now, I’m not doing so bad for myself and I’m doing pretty well, looking at all that crazy stories and we here today,” she said.

The 10 track album was produced by Richie Mensah of Lynx Entertainment with KiDi the label’s signee being the only artiste featured on the album. “Araba” is set to be released on the October 30, 2020.

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Teflon Flexx’s ‘Maamiyaa’ Featuring Medikal Was Inspired By His Ex



 After successfully winning as the Unsung Artiste of the year at this year’s VGMA, Teflon Flexx, the SOG is out with another hit song ‘Maamiyaa’ which he featured AMG Medikal after his thanksgiving song ‘Oluwa

The song ‘Maamiyaa’ which is a Dagbani phrase and in English, it is a sentence-filler translated as ‘You know what I mean’ or ‘You know’. The song was written and produced as a result of the singer’s painful heartbreak received from his first girlfriend when he came to the South from the North.

According to him, this painful heartbreak resulted in him becoming a prodigal, in an interview on Starr FM with CookieTee, he recalled that “This girl left me and out of pain I found myself misspending on stuff. After a break up I went drinking and chilling with girls and that where I got the inspiration. I was inspired to write this piece. I vented my pain into this piece, though is a party hip-pop genre and is an inspiration I got out of the pain from her”

‘Maamiyaa’ after it’s released on Friday is receiving lots of airplay, the song is out with both its visuals and audio. It is available on all streaming sites.

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



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.

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

(Source: Elorm Beenie)

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



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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