GREATER ACCRA, GHANA, May 19th, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ GADOne Records signed act and rapper Kofi Jamar is set to release his debut EP titled: ‘Truth’.
The six (6) songs EP comes after a heavy success from his recent single “In the City”.
The Hit single “in the city” features Ice Prince from Nigeria and Khaligraph Jones. These two rappers are Africa’s finest with Khaligraph Jones recently winning the best Rapper Africa at Sound City MVP Awards in Lagos.
Kofi Jamar in talking about his Truth EP, mentioned that the title is simply he telling his ‘truth’ to the rest of the world.
He explained it as: “this is basically to share my story (the real truth) with the world and also the T.r.u.t.h is broken down into transforming rhythms under thousand hours.
Kofi noted that if the tape (EP) comes out fans will understand it from the first track he calls 1000hours to the last one.
He opined that the tape is also his TRUTH because it shows his versatility.
“You will enjoy Kofi Jamar as a rapper who is blending different genres and creating different melodies just for your listening pleasure.” – he contended
According to the rapper he is humble to present to everyone the official Track list of his forthcoming project (THE TRUTH EP). The 6-track body of work features the beautiful songstress @s3fa_gh on Track No.3 as the only feature on the entire project.
“I can’t wait for y’all to hear the magic we created together” Check out the track list:
Track 1: 1000 Hours
Track 2: Mi dey up
Track 3: Kyere Me FT S3fa
Track 4: Ade3bi
Track 5: Make You Mine
Track 6: Forward Ever
Kofi Jamar wants all his fans and lovers of good music to spread the message that the Truth EP is coming out this Friday.
He said: “Tell a friend to tell a friend to tell another friend THE TRUTH EP is coming this Friday, May 22, 2020 on all digital music platforms.
NOW LET THE COUNTDOWN BEGIN.
Kofi Jamar on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kofijamar/
Kofi Jamar on twitter: https://twitter.com/KofiJamar
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.
Spotify Is Expanding To 13 Additional Markets
Spotify is expanding to 13 additional markets. Starting today, music fans in Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia and Ukraine can check out the platform. With the expansion, the streaming app is available in 92 countries globally.
In all, Spotify says the move gives it access to 250 million potential customers. However, Russia, in particular, is a critical market for the company. According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, approximately 87 percent of people in Russia stream music online. That makes the eastern European country the 17th biggest streaming market globally, and it’s on pace to break into the top 10 by 2030. So as you might imagine, Spotify is going out of its way to make its platform appealing to Russian users.
Besides localizing its web and mobile apps, Spotify is launching with almost 100 curated playlists made specifically for the market. Select genre playlists will also feature local artists alongside their international counterparts. Notably, one thing the Russian version of Spotify won’t include at launch is podcasts. The medium has been a significant part of Spotify’s plan to become profitable. The company told Reutersthe market for podcasts in Russia is “nascent.”
“It’s something that will be important to us over time,” said Gustav Gyllenhammar, the company’s vice president of markets and subscriber growth.
As part of today’s announcement, Spotify also shared new user numbers. The streaming giant currently has 286 million users and 130 million Premium subscribers. A little more than a year ago, Spotify had just passed the 100 million subscriber threshold and 217 million users total.
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.
John Legend Questions Kanye West’s Presidential Bid
Many people were surprised by Kanye West’s announcement last week on July 4 that he plans to run for president during the 2020 election. Now, West’s good friend, collaborator and fellow Grammy winner John Legend is weighing in on the matter.
The singer-songwriter shared an extensive Twitter thread on Monday (July 13) where he talked about a question that he gets asked often by reporters. Legend openly talked about the duty and responsibility that public figures have when standing behind their political beliefs.
“Ummmmm not necessarily,” the Grammy-winning talent answered. “It ain’t for everybody.”
“If you are going to speak out, try to do your homework. Read about it. Talk to activists and organizers and people impacted,” the “Bigger Love” artist wrote in his first series of tweets. “Be open to evolution and changing your mind. Be intentional and strategic. And think about the impact of your words on the real lives of real people.”
While he did not actually mention his longtime friend by name, Legend stated that endorsing a third-party candidate simply overlooks “real world implications,” as it closely relates to the sudden coronavirus pandemic.
“Part of an artist’s job is to imagine a different future. I appreciate the desire to break free from the strictures of the 2-party system in America, for instance,” he went on to write. “But you can’t divorce that conversation from the real world implications of rooting for a futile 3rd party bid.”
The entertainer wrapped up his thread to say that running for president is “not merely an intellectual exercise. It’s life and death.”
This is not the first time that the “Jesus Walks” duo has disagreed over politics. Back in 2018, West leaked a private text message between him and Legend about his political views on Twitter.
“So many people who love you feel so betrayed right now because they know the harm that Trump’s policies cause, especially to people of color,” Legend reportedly texted West. “Don’t let this be part of your legacy.”
Since the public clash, Legend recently told told The Times in May that they have moved past their political rifts.
“I don’t think we’re less friends because of the Trump thing. I just think we’re doing our own thing,” the singer said. “He’s up in Wyoming, I’m here in LA. We’ve both got growing families and I no longer have a formal business relationship with him as an artist, so I think it’s just part of the natural cycle of life. But obviously we disagreed on the Trump thing and we still do apparently.”
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