South African kwaito artist Mshoza, real name Nomasonto Maswanganyi, has passed away recently according to eNCA. The outspoken musician, who was best known for her hit song “Kortes” was only 37-years-old. The cause of her death has not as yet been confirmed but it is reported by News24 that she was undergoing treatment at the Far East Rand Hospital in Johannesburg. South Africans and the broader music industry have paid their heartfelt tributes to the artist on various social media platforms.
OkayAfrica’s Sabelo Mkhabela describes Mshoza’s “Kortes”, which was released more than a decade ago, as “one of [her] best works” and adds that “an R&B influence on the production and some autotune on the hook made for one of the most perfect kwaito songs of all time.” Despite the anthemic nature of the song, it never received any awards.
Mshoza, however, was nominated for “Best Kwaito Single” by the Metro FM Music Awards back in 2017 following the release of her wildly successful single titled “Abantu Bam'”. The nomination was the artist’s first-ever and came after she had been in the music industry for a whopping 18 years.
Mshoza was certainly right up there with fellow kwaito legends the likes of the late Lebo Mathosa, Thembi Seethe, and many of her male counterparts both alive and those who have passed on. Her outspoken nature on issues such as gender-based violence (GBV) and domestic abuse made her stand head-and-shoulders above the rest of may of her peers.
Source: Okay Africa
Zylofon Music Announces The Signing Of Akiyana
Zylofon Music will have the pleasure of working with Ghanaian-based afro dancehall artiste Akiyana as the latest addition to the plethora talented line-up of artistes under our management after the firm on Friday, December 4, 2020 announced the signing of the artiste to a management and recording deal.
“We have followed her works over the years and taken notice that Akiyana is a born performer who brings a dose of energy and charisma to the Ghanaian music scene.” according to a statement signed by Jeffrey Tanoh, Executive Manager – Zylofon Music.
“As of today, Zylofon Music and Akiyana have joined forces to produce good authentic African music, with the multifaceted services of our team”, he added
Zylofon Music also revealed that, they will be working with her on the release of several new projects, while also working on creating the brand and presence that truly represent the artist. Thus far, they urged the media to rally their enormous support behind them to groom and grow this amazing talent.
Rising Rapper, Tom D’Frick, Readies Official Video For “La Read” — See BTS Photos
Tom D’Frick — The Aflao based Rapper read is official video for his latest single “La Read”. Dropped about 3 weeks ago, the fashionable Rapper hints of an official video for the new Hiphop single dropping soon.
This whole new wave inspired by Medikal’s “La Hustle” has inspired other Ghanaian Rappers to drop their version of similar drill beats and concept.
Stream “La Read” here on Digital Stores:https://song.link/gh/i/1539164468
For Tom D’Frick it’s not even about just Medikal but a way to educate and motivate the young ones to take education seriously. His version is finely intertwined with Ewe (one of the popular Ghanaian languages). This rapper always represents his home base with each song he drops.
You might wanna check out a snippet of the video ‘behind the scenes’ he posted on his Instagram page a while ago.
Listen to the song here on YouTube:
Be on the lookout for the official video!
(Source: Elorm Beenie)
BREAKING: Golden Movie Awards Africa Rescheduled For Dec. 19
The Governing Board and Grand Jury of the Golden Movie Awards Africa have, due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of the scheme, rescheduled this year’s edition of the event, which was scheduled for 5th December, 2020. 19th December, 2020 has been announced as the new date for the 6th edition of the event which remains Africa’s biggest awards scheme, helping to change the negative narrative of Africa through film.
“This has become necessary based on the upcoming general elections, which the scheme did not anticipate to be as intensive and sensitive as we are currently witnessing”, according to a news release signed by Wilhemina Andani Michaels, Dir. of African Affairs – Golden Movie Awards Africa
The news released also revealed that, the scheme intends to celebrate all nominees and honorees in an extra special way this year for defying all the challenges posed by COVID-19 to put Africa on the world map through film. “In view of this, the scheme is satisfied that it will be more expedient to do so in an atmosphere that is devoid of the anxiety and agitation that comes with elections”, it added
According to the scheme, this decision notwithstanding, all GMAA PASSPORTS bearing the old date still hold valid and will be accepted and the guests granted entry to the venue on the 19th of December.
Tickets application extended, visit: www.goldenmovieawards.com and their social media platforms @goldenmovieawards for more information on venue and time.
Rapper Kweku Smoke Set To Release Debut Album On Dec. 5
Young Ghanaian rapper, Kweku smoke, is all set to release his first body of work. The ‘Yedin’ hit maker will have his album launch on the 5 th of December 2020 for his debut album titled: “Snoop Forever”, an all HIPHOP compilation. This project comes after chalking success with countless hit singles. Pre-save album here: https://africori.to/snoopforever
“The album title was inspired by my late brother Snoop, who had some issues with Alcoholism and addiction. To me, this album will not only be in remembrance of my late brother but also increase awareness on alcoholism and addiction”, Kweku smoke commented
SNOOP FOREVER as an album has great features from renowned Local and international artistes. The Album enlists BET Award winning SARKODIE International UK hip hop superstar suspect and South African rap superstar Emtee among many others for this project. Snoop Forever has major promotional activities lined up before and after release.
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