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One Of Reggae’s Founding Fathers, Toots Hibbert, Dies After Exhibiting Symptoms Of COV!D-19



Toots Hibbert, one of reggae’s founding fathers and principal singer-songwriter of the band Toots and the Maytals, has passed away at 77 years old. Early this month, he was placed under a medically induced coma after being admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica after expressing concerns about his breathing.

Hibbert was waiting COVID-19 test results to return after exhibiting symptoms. Artists like Ziggy Marley, Bonnie Rait and Mick Jagger shared their thoughts and condolences to the energetic, magnetic showman.

Growing up in the rural village of May Pen, Clarendon, which was 45 minutes west of Kingston, Jamaica, Hibbert was raised in an Afro-Christian community where he learned to sing gospel songs. Some of his early influences were gospel icon Mahalia Jackson and soul artists James Brown, Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding. Little did he know that he would become a global music titan and influence artists like John Lennon and Eric Clapton. His ability to connect with artists and global audiences through his engaging, beautifully crafted reggae songs made Hibbert a national treasure of Jamaica.

His family moved to Trench Town, which was also home to Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh and Bob Marley, when he was in his early teens. It would be where he would meet Nathaniel “Jerry” Matthias and Henry “Raleigh” Gordon, forming as a vocal trio called The Maytals. They were soon after signed to the Studio One record label and released classics like “Hallelujah,” “Fever” and “Six and Seven Books of Moses.”

In the early 1970s the band became popular in the United States largely due to being featured on an iconic soundtrack of the 1972 film, “The Harder They Come” starring Jimmy Cliff. One of the songs was Toots and the Maytals’ well-known single, “Pressure Drop.” They went on to release influential albums like “Funky Kingston” (1975), “Reggae Got Soul” (1976) and Hibbert’s solo album “Toots in Memphis” (1988).

In August 2020, the eight-time Grammy winner released his final album, “Got to be Tough.” “On the album, an impassioned Hibbert addresses global atrocities on the soul jam ‘Just Brutal,’ overcoming obstacles on the funk-infused ‘Struggle,’ combating dirty principles with decency on the scorching ‘Warning Warning,’ and staying resilient, irrespective of the circumstances on the indomitable title track,” writes music journalist, Patricia Meschino.

Toots Hibbert is survived by his wife of 39 years and seven of his eight children.

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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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Stonebwoy features Family in latest video “Ever Lasting” – [WATCH HERE]



Stonebwoy – Ghana’s shining Black Star has for years been consistent with his music and international growth, making beautiful music with some of the world’s leading A-list musicians of our time. His latest 5-star project “Anloga Junction” is a complete body-of-work set apart by its intentionality with regards to features, music structuring and song compositions.

In a bid of celebrating the successes chalked so far in the last six months since the project was made available for public’s consumption, and a mechanism arrayed to intensify its promotion, the Chief Executive Officer of Burniton Music Group (BMG) has premiered the official visual interpretation of one of the bangers on the album, “Ever Lasting”.

The energetic black & white visuals feature the family, including the wife, Dr. Louisa Satekla and daughter, Catherine Jidula (CJ) and son, Livingstone Jnr. The audio is a party vibe mixed with the African spice to make every listener want put on their dancing shoes. The construction of the chorus is superbly crafted as he mixes his tribal language with English and how it blends together to make a perfect sound. The beautiful piece celebrates, adore and acknowledge the strength of women.

Over the last 3 three years, CJ. has grown to become the public’s favorite young “celebrity”. With a monumental social media presence of about 70,000 followers on Instagram at just 3, the first child of the Ghanaian born reggae & dance-hall musician is the brand ambassador of The Kid Cart – a shopping centre where kids clothing, learning and educational resources can be bought at an affordable price.

She’s on her own path. CJ. is often seen showing off her dancing moves or posing for the camera before her dance lessons. It doesn’t stop there, she also loves doing crafts, learning and making her own renditions of his father’s songs. With her obvious keen interest in creative arts, it is of high possibility she will “wear her father’s shoe”.

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Bisa Kdei Serves Us With New Single ‘Sika’, Features Gyakie



 From his 4th album, ace Highlife act, Bisa Kdei brings to the music world ‘Sika’ which features the peculiar female vocalist, Gyakie. The beautiful highlife song talks about how economic hardships could disturb a healthy romantic relationship.

The song ‘Sika’, which means ‘Money’ is a love themed track that reminds us that, love is what keeps us grounded even though life may be easy with money at hand.

Bisa Kdei showed the master he is in making music in this genre as Gyakie adds a sultry depth, making Sika a beautiful and authentic duet. This alone makes music lovers believe that the Ghanaian music can not be sided and that its original sound is timeless.

Enjoy the official audio for Sika.  

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UK/ Stonebwoy And ZieZie Are The Guest Artistes On Wauve’s “Pamela” Song [WATCH VIDEO]



Tomorrow, October 23, North London producer and artist Wauve, aka Robeal Yohannes, will release his debut EP Shade. Although he describes himself as a producer first and a singer a distant second, if the EP’s new single “Pamela”, which features Afrobeats stars ZieZie and Stonebwoy is anything to go by, we can’t help but feel like he’s being a bit hard on himself. Stream song here:

Having found a deeper connection to his Eritrean roots as he’s grown up, Wauve’s music is leaning more and more into that East African influence, taking pentatonic scales and homegrown rhythms and blending them into the traditionally West African Afrobeats sound. Add to that a touch of the R&B and trap that first inspired him to make music and the result is light and breezy sound that takes Afrobeats into new territories that should probably be explored a bit more.

Hit play at the top to see Wauve, ZieZie and Stonebwoy cut loose in the barbers while they try to catch the attention of the titular heroine.

“Pamela” premiered earlier on

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