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.
Spotify says 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.
KAHPUN: “Jupitar And Epixode Are “Outmoded”
In a recent interview with JoyNews’ Doreen Avio, Ghanaian Reggae & Dance-hall artiste Kahpun says his fellow musicians, Jupiter and Epixode are “sleeping dogs” in the industry. According to him, Jupiter and Epixode have enjoyed their time in the spotlight and are not in the game anymore.
“He is a sleeping dog. Jupiter is gone. His time is past and gone. If he is trying to do something, then it will be for attention. There is a new energy. We have times and seasons and this is the time for Kahpun,” he said.
Touching on Epixode, Kahpun maintained his stance. “Epixode is just like Jupiter. We have times and seasons. They had their time and now it is my time.” He was however optimistic his assertion will not result in a beef. “Jupiter will understand and he knows I am saying the truth,” he said jokingly.
Kahpun has released a couple of controversial hot singles like ‘Money Maker’ featuring Black Prophet, ‘Basara’, ‘Excuse Me Miss’, and ‘Teacher’ which also featured Rudebwoy Ranking.
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After working on Beyoncé’s ‘The Lion King: The Gift’ album, Ghanaian sound producer and Guilty Beatz says he will be dropping an Afro-House and Dancehall tunes this week. The new song dubbed ‘Up Inna’ according to Guilty features M.I.A., by name Maya Arulpragasam, British-born Sri Lankan rapper who achieved global fame with politically charged dance music and also features Cadenza.
Guilty Beatz says the song was inspired when he met with Cadenza, “Cadenza and I have been working for a while but this time we were looking to do more energetic sounds, we drew inspiration from South African music and Jamaican Sounds with a Touch of Ghana Jamma elements. This genre of music is a weird combo, Afro-House, and dancehall”
Guilty Beatz who has production credits for three songs off the ‘The Lion King: The Gift’ album in 2019 namely, “Already”, “Keys to The Kingdom” and “Find Your Way Back”, revealed that, ‘Up Inna’ will be out later this week on all digital music streaming platforms. He recently released a six-track EP ‘ Different’ which features top African artists like; Mr. Eazi, Falz, Joey B, JDerobie, Cina Soul, Nonso Amadi, Poizon Ivy, and Moonchild. He has hit songs like, ‘Akwaaba’, ‘Genging’ ‘Pilolo’, and other songs. Stream here: https://music.apple.com/us/album/different-ep/1497583191
Kuami Eugene Announces Single Advancing ‘Son Of Africa’ Album
Multiple-award winning Ghanaian singer Kuami Eugene is set to release a single off his highl anticipated sophomore album ‘Son of Africa’ titled ‘Open Gate’. The tune is the first officially single release announcement made, after Son of Africa was scheduled for release on 9th October 2020.
The upcoming video for Open Gate was directed by Rex and has a star studded cast including Nana Aba Anamoah, Clemento Suarez and skit-comic MadeinGhana. From indication ‘Open Gate’ is likely to be an afro-beats jam and its announcement has excited fans whom have been asking Kuami for new music theses past months.
Artists such as Adina Thembi and Liberia’s CIC have all shown excitement on social media, with regards to Kuami Eugene’s next single.
The Lynx Entertainment signee released his debut ‘Rockstar’ album in 2018 with songs like ‘Angela’, ‘Wish me well’, ‘Confusion’, ‘Walaahi’ and ‘No More’ featuring Sarkodie together with their videos. Kuami Eugene is touted as one of the most-promising talents in Ghana’s entertainment industry.
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