Thanks to a report in May, we already knew Spotify was testing video podcasts. Today, the streaming service announced the format’s official debut
on a handful of shows. The company calls the current iteration “the
first version” of the feature, a tool that will allow “fans can get to
know their favorite podcast hosts even better, and creators can more
deeply connect with their audiences.” Basically, podcast creators can
upload videos they make while recording their shows to play alongside
the audio. Most of what’s there now is footage of people talking into
microphones. To start, you can check out the visuals on podcasts like Book
of Basketball 2.0, Fantasy Footballers, The Misfits Podcast, H3
Podcast, The Morning Toast, Higher Learning with Van Lathan & Rachel
Lindsay and The Rooster Teeth Podcast.
you won’t need to do anything differently than you would when listening
to an audio-only podcast. Simply navigate to the show page and pick an
episode. The videos will appear when you hit play in Spotify’s desktop
or mobile app. On mobile, for example, they appear on the main player
screen and replace any static show art — complete with an option for
full-screen viewing. The company says any video content will sync with
the audio feed. What’s more, when you swipe over to another app to
multitask, the audio will continue to play in the background. And for
offline listening, you can still download the audio version of any show.
The new video podcasts are now available in all markets where
podcasts are supported. What’s more, the videos are accessible to both
free and Premium users. While this is only available for a few shows
right now, Spotify will likely expand quickly. After all, it bought The Ringer and its network of podcasts earlier this year. The site was already creating video content for a number of its shows, so it’s no surprise Ringer podcasts would help debut this new feature (Book of Basketball 2.0 and Higher Learning). Spotify has already announced the video version of Joe Rogan’s podcast would make the move to its platform this year. That was part of the exclusive deal the company signed with Rogan in May.
Spotify tried a big video splash a few years ago, but ultimately ended its original content push not long after it started. With video podcasts though, the production is in the hands of the creators. Even if some of those networks now belong to Spotify, the company isn’t dedicating core resources to producing videos.
Ria Boss Releases Visuals For Song ‘Blood Bound’
Ghanaian Indie Neo singer Ria Boss has released a music video ‘Blood Bound’, a song off her Bornday EP. “Blood Bound” was birthed in 2018 as one of the songs Ria released during her weekly music series dubbed ‘#THANKGODITSRIA’.
The 4-minute song has Ria Boss softly soothing the ears of listeners with her voice as she sings about the purpose and importance of family and the bond shared between them.
BLOOD BOUND conveys a sense of sensuality, vulnerability, and hammers on the need for building and strengthening existing family bonds. Family is all we have in the end.
The music video is directed by herself and Elikem Akpalu.
Sho Madjozi Shares Tracklist From New Mixtape ‘What A Life’
Sho Madjozi has released the tracklist for her new mixtape which will be released this Friday, 27th November 2020. The highly anticipated mixtape has a total number of 9 tracks and features Manu WorldStar, Makhadzi, Thomas Chauke, Russian Army, DJ Mfundhisi, and other artists.
The AFRIMMA award-winning rapper revealed that the mixtape will be filled with energetic raps and signature eclectic beats. The entire tracklist is in Sho Madjozi’s mother tongue, XiTsonga, a minority language and culture in South Africa.
Her 2019 hit ‘John Cena’ has put her on the international scene and since then she has been shining.
Kwaku Mondo Links Up With Kuami Eugene In New Jam; ‘Araba’
Bursting unto the scene with a unique vibe and style, Kwaku Mondo aims for the stars with this Kuami Eugene-assisted tune he brands as ‘Araba’.
Kusgee music in conjunction with Highly spiritual music presents this dynamic act with a highlife tune that reverberates with sweet melodic vocals and lyrics, inspiring love in any state of a relationship.
He kills 4 birds with one stone in both the audio and visuals as each communicates a work of creativity and excellence.
From featuring the reigning VGMA Artiste of the Year to giving production credits to one of Ghana’s finest, Kaywa, this is no doubt a ticking hit song.
As if that wasn’t enough, Kwaku Mondo features everyone’s controversial fantasy, Akuapem Poloo in the high-quality visuals, as his bride. Journey along with this lovers jam and discover how the wedding ended.
Press Kit 2 (The Journey), A Masterpiece From Asquad
Asquad, a musical collective and an all-round cultural movement based in Accra, Ghana have dropped their latest project, an album titled “Press Kit 2 (The Journey)”. The name is symbolic of the album’s presentation of Asquad to audiences, old and new, and the steady motion of the collective to its full potential.
The music they create as a group is termed as FU which is a blend of influences from listening to multiple genres of music. “Our sound is “Feels” inspired and we seek to create music that resonates deeply while all the same entertaining the listener”.
The album features vocals from Marince Omario, The ART, Last Born, Badax, Larry Manuel The FlowerBoy, Clarence DVS, Humphrey Musiq, Freddie Gambini and Berd who are all members of Asquad.
The thematic message of patience and perseverance is spread out on 5 tracks namely;
– David Nyame
– Tsui Bleoo
Asquad’s second edition of their annual Press Kit album releases “Press Kit 2 (The Journey)” is live on all digital stores for streaming.
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