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Organizers Of Kids With Talent SA Music Competition Call For Entries

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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, Wednesday March 11, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Organizers of Kids With Talent SA (KWTSA – a talent show that aims to showcase the musical talents of South African children from around the country, and to give every child the chance to feel like a rock star) is calling on pupils aged between six and eighteen years to submit entries for its music competition in Gauteng province, South Africa.

The talent show will provide children the opportunity to perform in a professional and positive environment. Each performer is given star treatment – regardless of age, instrument, musical style or ability. Its aim is primarily to provide every child with a performance platform, and to encourage them to unleash their inner rock star. The competition consists of three legs: regionals, finals and the grand finale. The prize pool is worth R100 000.

The Experience, KWTSA says, is a non-competitive leg for novice performers, kids who are a little nervous to perform in front of judges, and kids who would like to gain some more stage experience. Participants may enter in both the Experience and the Competition. This year, KWTSA is launching a new category for group items, consisting of three to six kids per group. With each competition entry, each child needs to prepare two performances of two different songs.

Participants can submit their entries here.

Rules

  • The Experience and Competition are open to kids turning six and 18 this year.
  • If you are turning 19 this year, you would be too old to participate.
  • Kids may perform using any musical instrument, including vocals, in any musical style/genre.
  • There is also a duet category, where any combination of instruments/vocals may pair up to participate.
  • The time limit for each performance is 100 seconds.
  • For the Experience, kids need to prepare one item of up to two-and-a-half minutes.
  • Groups must prepare a programme of five to nine minutes. As soon as
    the performer starts singing, talking or playing their instrument, the
    timer starts running.
  • The events will take place in the second and third terms of the year
    (according to the public school calendar). The finals will take place
    in October.
  • KWTSA host events on Fridays and Saturdays at private schools’
    auditoriums, across Gauteng. Participants that reside further than 50km
    from one of our event locations, may enter via a video clip.

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Show Some Respect – Legendary Zapp Mallet To Sarkodie

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GREATER ACCRA, GHANA, Wednesday, April 1, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Sarkodie has been hailed today for orchestrating a hit battle between Appietus and Jay Q. #behinddahit

The two managed to pull over 6,000 Ghanaians to their Instagram live battle and we had a lot of music stars also comment under the battle.

However, Legendary sound engineer, Zapp Mallet has blasted the award-winning rapper, Sarkodie for pairing him with some music producers.

Zapp stated, “There is something called respect which is lacking in Ghana today. For instance you don’t compare somebody who was churning out hits before you made Kindergarten with your mate who just started a couple of years back. Show some respect. You will also get there”

Check out his tweet ;

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Appietus And Jay Q Set To Battle It Out Live On Instagram Tonight!

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GREATER ACCRA, GHANA, Wednesday, April 1, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – If you are a big lover of Ghanaian music, you would surely know beatmakers, Appietus and Jay Q. The two are regarded as very popular and talented sound engineers from the country.

Jay Q and Appietus would square off tonight, live on Instagram to find out who has produced the most and best-hit songs in the history of Ghana music.

The battle, dubbed #BehindDaHitz, is orchestrated by Award-winning Ghanaian rapper, Sarkodie. This battle looks forward to offer Ghanaian music lovers a chance to realize some of the hits created by these two. It’s possible we might have heard some of the songs and didn’t even know these two were behind it, therefore it’s a good platform to update us all.

The battle is scheduled for April 1, 2020 at 7 pm on Instagram. Both sound engineers according to screenshots posted by Sarkodie are ready to tear each other apart.

We are really anticipating this battle!

Jay Q has made a video to that effect, asking people to follow him and also be a part of this activity.

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South Africa’s Star Rapper, Nasty C, Signs With Def Jam Recordings

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Award-winning South African rapper Nasty C has signed an exclusive pact with Def Jam Recordings through a joint venture with Universal Music Africa. He’ll make his official U.S. debut when his new single “There They Go” premieres on Apple Music Beats 1 with Ebro Darden today (March 26 at 4:30 p.m. ET).

The video for “There They Go” is also premiering today. Filmed in Nasty C’s hometown of Durban, South Africa, the video was directed by Andrew Sandler (Lil Wayne, Chris Brown). The Cxdy-produced “There They Go” is the first taste from the 23-year-old rapper’s upcoming album Zulu Man with Some Power. The set is the follow-up to Nasty C’s second multi-platinum album, 2018’s Strings and Bling.

In announcing the signing, Def Jam Recordings interim chairman/CEO Jeff Harleston stated, “Nasty C is a unique and forward-thinking artist who is at the forefront of a new generation of rappers emerging from Africa. Def Jam is a globally recognized brand synonymous with excellence in hip-hop, and we are excited to welcome Nasty C — an international star with real vision and talent — into the family.”

“It’s powerful to be a part of the Def Jam family,” added Nasty C. “It’s an iconic record label and has made the careers of many of the artists I look up to.”
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The rapper’s career began in 2012 with the release of his first mixtape, One Kid, A Thousand Coffins. Second mixtape Price City and debut album Bad Hair, debuted in 2014 and 2016, respectively. Since then, Nasty C has won several music awards including the South African Hip-Hop Awards’ Best Freshman prize and four Metro FM Music Awards, as well as being nominated in 2019 for a BET Hip-Hop Award in the best international flow category and an MTV Europe Music Award.

Strings and Bling, featuring the multi-platinum singles “King,” “Jungle” and “SMA” and the platinum title track, earned two South African Music Awards and two All African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMAs). A Forbes “Africa Under 30” and GQ Musician of the Year honoree, Nasty C also has brand endorsement affiliations with Puma, Red Bull and Mercedes.

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COVID-19/ Boomplay To Drop Subscription Prices

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Africa’s largest music streaming service, Boomplay, will look into giving users subscriptions at discounted prices. The news comes as governments across the continent continue to intensify restrictions on mass gatherings and enforce lockdowns in an effort to constrain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

With people spending more time at home due to quarantines and self-isolation, Boomplay says it anticipates that remote online entertainment such as music streaming will increase.

The streaming company told Music In Africa that it had already noticed increases in subscriptions and number of streams on its platform but that it would be premature to chalk up the changes to the coronavirus pandemic. It also said it was prepared to take the required measures to assist people during this difficult time.

“We’ve seen slight increases in subscriptions and streams, but it’s difficult to say at this moment in time if this is due to the pandemic,” Boomplay director of content and strategy Phil Koi said. “We would need to analyse an extended period of time before we can have a more accurate understanding.”

“We are keeping an eye on things and Boomplay will do what it can to support and help people get through this. If this means offering subscriptions at a discounted price, this is something we will definitely look into when we feel the time is right.”

Although it is widely expected that online activities such as streaming will rise, Music Business Worldwide yesterday reported that streaminig numbers had decreased on the world’s most popular music streaming service, Spotify, last week. However, YouTube showed an increase in streaming on its platform.

Changes in streaming behaviour are still to unfold in Africa, which is relatively unscathed by the coronavirus for the time being. In an attempt to reduce the spread of the virus in South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday announced an official lockdown that will be effective from Thursday. The lockdown is expected to have far-reaching and negative ramifications on the economy. At the time of writing, the number of confirmed cases in the country was 554, up from 402 on Monday.

(Source: Music In Africa)

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