Nigerian afro-dancehall superstar PATORANKINGannounces his third album, Three, arriving Aug. 28 via his own Amari Musiq imprint and US-based indie powerhouse, EMPIRE. The project’s lead single “Abule” — a celebration of his Lagos neighborhood, Ebute Metta, and of hoods worldwide — premiered today on Beats1 with Ebro, and is out now via all DSPs.
One of contemporary Africa’s most multifaceted artists, PATORANKING is an international reggae star whose dancehall anthems (“Daniella Whine,” “Suh Different”) have resonated from Nigeria to Jamaica. At the same time, his afropop collaborations with Tiwa Savage (“Girlie O”), Wande Coal (“My Woman, My Everything”) and Diamond Platinumz (“Love You Die”) have made him a continental icon. He’s extended his influence into North America through partnerships with U.S. labels EMPIRE and VP Records, and touring with hip-hop/soul icon Lauryn Hill. All told, his tracks have generated more than 250 million views on YouTube and over 130 million streams across major DSPs.
From “Odo Bra” with Ghanaian highlife star KING PROMISE to “Whine It” with Kenya’s SAUTI SOL, there’s no shortage of musical diversity on Three.The project delivers a heavyweight slice of conscious reggae on “Lion in the Jungle” while the tender “Matter” sees PATORANKING reconnect with TIWA SAVAGE, with whom he previously teamed on breakout track, “Girlie O.”
“Three is a strong number,“ PATORANKING says of the album title’s significance. “It stands for how I see language. In making the album, we tried to look at love, life and happiness. If you are listening to any of the tracks, even if it is a dance track, I want you to feel love.”
The release of “Abule” will be supported by several digital initiatives, and a music video dropping Aug. 5, all with the theme of representing and protecting your hood.
PATORANKING is encouraging fans to rep their respective hood/area/zanga/zone/endz by creating custom graphics at repyourabule.com, launching today. Site visitors enter the name of their community, and upload or choose an existing background image on the site, which they can then instantly download and/or share to social media with the hashtag #repyourabule.
On July 31, PATORANKING joins TikTok’s #SpiritsUp campaign, an initiative by the video-sharing social media platform to support its recent launch in Africa. At 1pm EST/6pm WAT, he will host a TikTok livestream, including a Q+A and live performance, to launch the #AbuleDanceChallenge, encouraging users to upload videos of themselves dancing to the track. As part of the partnership, TikTok SA is donating funds for communities across Africa in need of Coronavirus relief.
“I’m proud to be from my abule, Ebute Metta, because to have made it coming from there it’s only by God’s grace,” PATORANKING says. ”It’s made me who I am today and it’s part of my story. So I waste no opportunity to let people know about my ghetto. I feel it’s important through this new song to give my fans a chance to celebrate their own abules. And to protect their abules, too. Back in May, my team and I partnered with Ebele & Anyichuks Foundation to go to many ghettos across Lagos to give away masks and relief items. It’s important we stay safe and do our part to protect.”
In addition to the new project, PATORANKING can also be heard on the new version of Bob Marley’s “One Love” alongside Stephen Marley, Skip Marley and other members of the international music community, with all proceeds going to support Unicef’s Covid-19 relief efforts. He recently created the ALU Patoranking Scholarship, offering 10 fully-paid scholarships for promising students from across Africa to attend the prestigious African Leadership University, and was featured in Forbes Africa’s 30 under 30 class for 2020.
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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