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Sauti Sol’s ‘Suzanna’ Appears On New York Times Square Billboard

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With credit given to YouTube Music, Award-winning pop group, Sauti Sol, have become the first Kenyan performing and recording talents to be featured on the Times Square in New York. The Billboard conveys visuals from their lead single “Suzanna” of their fourth studio album “Midnight Train” which was performed during Youtube Black Africa Creator Week Celebration in November 2020.

“Thank you, YouTube Music for celebrating black voices and allowing us to be heard globally #YouTubeBlack #YouTubeMusic,” the group wrote on Instagram.

YouTube announced the inaugural 2021 class of partners for its #YouTubeBlack Voices program — a group of 132 creators and artists from around the world who will receive funding and support from the video giant. Sauti Sol, Fireboy DML, Sho Madjozi will be part of the creatives who will get dedicated partner support from YouTube and seed funding for the development of their channels. YouTube also will host training sessions, workshops and networking programs.

“We’re excited to be part of the first #YouTubeBlack Voices Artist Class along with 20 other incredible artists,” the group shared the news on Instagram. “Our identity informs our sonics, our storytelling, and our fashion. Much like our country, Kenya, our music is multi-layered, with an East Africa groove. Our passion is for the craft and artistry of music, and our music is a soundtrack to people’s lives.”

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“I Am A Victim Of Kuami Eugene’s Poor Communication Skills,” KiDi Reveals

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Musician Kidi has revealed that his label mate Kuami Eugene sometimes does not know how to communicate with people around him. According to the “Say Cheese” Hitmaker, Kuami Eugene sometimes speaks to him anyhow which he has become accustomed to because he sees him as a brother.

Speaking to Hitz FM’s Doreen Avio after he was asked of what he makes out what people say that Kuami Eugene does not know how to communicate, Kidi says his label mate must know the people he is speaking with before he makes certain comments because he does not know how he they will take them.

“Kuami does not know how to talk, that one is a fact. Even me, he speaks to me anyhow sometimes but of course, he is my brother. When you are in the house and your brother does something, you take it as brotherly jokes. Generally, I have heard that a lot like “Kuami you need to say this like this”

Kidi says he likes that Kuami Eugene is always honest and will not shiver to say things as it is,

“There is one thing I like about him; he says things as it is. Sometimes humans, when you are there and the thing is A, is A. if is B, is B. But of course sometimes you need to know who you are speaking to.”

Kidi says he likes the honesty Kuami Eugene portrays and will never like him to change from it.

Kuami Eugene has been in the news the past weeks over his comments that he will not collaborate with Guru because he once disrespected his boss, Richie. Those comments did not go down well with a lot of social media users who blasted him for being disrespectful. Guru also reacted to the statement saying he did not beg for the collaboration. He said he had only wanted to work with Kuami Eugene because he admired his talent.

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Davido Delivers An Intimate Performance On NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Series

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Celebrating Black History Month by featuring four weeks of Tiny Desk (home) concerts and playlists by Black artists spanning different genres and generations each week, Nigerian Afrobeats star Davido delivered, from his estate in Lagos, an intimate four-song performance that took consumers on a mini-retrospective of his career on NPR Music’s Tiny Desk series.

Born David Adedeji Adeleke, the multi-award winning musician and the Alternate Sound band created a sultry vibe with a unique rendition of “Gobe,” his smash 2013 single, to open the set. He strips back “Aye,” a hit from 2014, with an unfettered rendition showcasing his natural voice devoid of any vocal effects.

Rounding out this Tiny Desk (home) concert, he concludes with “Jowo,” a single from the album that of conjures hope for better times ahead. Like all touring artistes, the pandemic forced Davido to spend extended time at his home instead of traveling the world. The last year allowed him to re-center himself in his motherland and inspired his 2020 release, A Better Time.

Davido has long expressed pride in his father’s success. He titled his 2012 debut album Omo Baba Olowo, meaning “son of a rich man” in the Yoruba language. In his (home) concert, Davido cites his father as his inspiration in a sweet and tender moment: “A Nigerian American like myself that studied in the States…I went to an HBCU, you know… My dad went to one as well and my dad used to work at Burger King. … To become what he’s become today as a Black man starting off in America has been very, very inspiring to me.”

National Public Radio – NPR’s Tiny Desk Series also includes both emerging and established artistes who will be performing a Tiny Desk concert for the first time. This celebration highlights the beautiful cornucopia of Black music and our special way of presenting it. We hope you enjoy.

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Gyakie Breaks Into Apple Music ‘Alternative Songs’ Of The Week With Colossal Hit Single ‘Forever’

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“Forever”; a love oriented second single off Gyakie’s debut EP – SEED produced by Kros has been listed in this week’s updated Alté Cruise playlist by Apple Music. Since the release of the mini-album, the standout single has made a groundbreaking statement for the young Ghanaian female musician after it made series of chart appearances on some biggest music market in Africa, including Nigeria, Ghana, and other parts of the ecosystem.

In December 2020, the song debuted at 11 on Billboard Top Triller Global Charts. In February 2021, it became the first Ghanaian single to amass over 5million streams on Audiomack music discovery platform. Directed by Steven Asamoah, the video was premiered in August 2020 and currently has over 1million streams. It sees Gyakie and her love interest in different shots throughout the house, enjoying one another’s company. All in all, complimenting the theme of the song.

With a total of 11Million streams thus far across 5 major music stores, including Audiomack, Boomplay, Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Soundcloud, Gyakie’s five (5) track EP is rife with different sounds that merely give you a taste of what she is capable of and what to expect on her journey, which has only just begun. Stream EP here: https://gyakie.fanlink.to/seed-ep/

While that comes off as intriguing, she’s also burdened with the thoughts of conforming to what is expected of her as her father’s ‘seed’ as well as deciding on choosing her own path and maintaining her integrity. The ”SEED” EP is a journey that explores diverse genres as a reflection of Gyakie’s musical quest of finding and staying true to herself while leaving lingering thoughts of what to expect from her in subsequent projects.

Dive into the new wave of alternative sound from the streets of Accra, Lagos, Khartoum, more through to the diaspora. Alte Wave covers some of the hottest and insanely talented emerging stars of the new generation currently making waves. They’re making their way up the charts by blending and bending genres to bring an immersive experience to listeners. Tunes that rock your boat should find their way to your own library.

Other Ghanaian Musicians on the playlist are Amaarae – “Fantasy” featuring Maesu & CKay and Tripcy – “Winnie Mandela”

Check out the playlist below;

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Irie Ites Studio Revives Ghana Dancehall Scene With “Virtual Love Riddim” Album – LISTEN

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Here comes another major project by Ghana’s biggest Reggae/Dancehall home, Irie Ites Studio. Officially launched in 2016, Irie Ites Studio has proven itself as the most visible and biggest Ghanaian Reggae/Dancehall recording studio with international appeal.

The Nima-based studio which launched its maiden project in 2016 with a 3-riddim CD called “Irie Jamz Compilation” returns with “Virtual Love Riddim”.

“Virtual Love Riddim” produced by the studio’s resident Producer, Tunz, features at least 15 artistes, namely Kamelyeon, Sean Taylor, Ric Spade, Addi Pyramid, Renner, Sober Blood, Future Conquerer, Kahpun, Euni Melo, Blazebwoy, Rizzlah Stylah, Stilgo, Rowan, Wanga Lee, X-Blankson, others.

“Virtual Love Riddim” is a crossover Dancehall fusion with pop, tipped to be the studio’s next biggest project. Spotlight for the riddim album throws attention on the current wave of buzzing and ‘next-to-blow’ Reggae/Dancehall artistes.

“Virtual Love Riddim”, an initiative by Irie Ites Studio is being coordinated by ace Ghanaian Publicist, Elorm Beenie. With his expertise in this field and network, Management, is very hopeful this will push not just the name of the studio but as well give more voice and market to the ‘new wave’ of beaming music talents. The CEO, a visible crooner of the culture has been on top of his game with at least 7 riddim album projects since the inception of his studio.

Stream Here: https://orcd.co/virtualloveriddim

(Source: Elorm Beenie)

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