They say time passes like a storm consuming things in it’s wake. The days go by, we see talents show up on the music scene. Some stand the test of time. Some don’t. One artist we are very sure about to take music scene by storm for a very long spell is Enitime.
Spanning over a decade, the Belgium-based rapper with Gambian and Malian descent has observed and learned everything about the music trade. Making music inspired by his home, his friends, his family, his city. All the right ingredients that create megastars who are in touch with their roots. Something that fans all over the world appreciate about their favorites. Almost akin to an NBA star in a match, Enitime has been in-out-and-back-into the game. He describes his break from music as a period in his life when his will to create was shaken. But now he is back and ready after a soul searching experience.
The young rapper whose style is inspired by legends such as Jay Z, 50 Cent, Lil Wayne, Wizkid, Skepta, Drake amongst others says the world should expect music like they have never witnessed before from him. Enitime has been working behind the scenes on a couple solo projects with artist/producer, Laioung. He is also one half of the rap group called, Playmaker$ with counterpart and fellow emerging talent, Kapri. The duo have a mixtape in the works set to release in 2021.
Aside music, Enitime is also an entrepreneur having created a company called, Sonoros Vision whose goal is to unite authentic artists to real listeners. Enitime has two trademarks under the Sonoros Vision umbrella namely: GOOD LOOKING PEOPLE and FWRD MVMNTS. GOOD LOOKING PEOPLE is a successful clothing brand whilst the latter is an independent record label.
The journey has just begun for this rapper and entrepreneur and we are here for it.
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Read: Koffee Speaks To The Rollingstone About Her Upcoming Debut LP; It Is Obvious She Wants To Focus On The Idea Of Unity
Jamaican singer-songwriter is making reggae hits powered by deep cultural roots and hope for a post-quarantine world.
Last spring, Koffee was looking forward to a pivotal year in her career. At 19 years old, she’d just won the Best Reggae Album Grammy for her 2019 EP, Rapture, making history as the first woman and the youngest artist ever to take home that award. Next up, she was slated to play Coachella in April 2020, finish recording her debut album, and perform for huge pop audiences in Mexico and South America as one of Harry Styles’ opening acts in the fall.
A year later, Koffee isn’t too disappointed about the way things turned out after stay-at-home directives kept her grounded in Jamaica instead. Thankfully, the island hasn’t been hit as hard by Covid-19 as many other countries have been, and her family and friends have been safe and protected. She got to spend time with them while finding other ways to stay creative, like learning how to play piano and sharpening her music-reading skills. Even though her timeline for recording an album was pushed back, that didn’t stop Koffee from sharing new music with the world — including the irrepressibly upbeat jam “Lockdown,” on which she looks forward to the joys awaiting us after the pandemic ends (“Where will we go/When the quarantine ting done and everybody touch road?”). “It’s been a spiritual kind of year,” she says over Zoom. “I’ve learned a lot.”
Born Mikayla Simpson in Spanish Town, Jamaica, Koffee describes her childhood as “sheltered.” Her mother is a Seventh-day Adventist, so Koffee grew up attending church weekly. “She always tried to keep me safe,” she says. As a kid, Koffee wasn’t very social, but knew she wanted to be a singer. Her love for music was born in the church choir, where she learned to sing. When she entered high school in Kingston, she considered pharmacology as her career. But her musical taste was beginning to change, shifting from gospel to a soulful, conscious brand of reggae that was beginning to gain popularity. Artists like Protoje, Chronixx, and Lila Iké inspired Koffee to teach herself how to play the guitar; the first song she learned was Protoje’s “This Is Not a Marijuana Song.”
At the time, Koffee’s connection to reggae felt different from her peers’ listening habits; their tastes were more mainstream, but the teenager felt deeply connected to the history and roots of the genre. “I took to reggae and just made my own path,” she says.
Her career began after she entered a singing competition by chance. Thinking it was a casual talent show, she signed up and performed a bit of music for her classmates. At the end of the day, she was brought to the school’s music room with four other students, who were told that they were auditioning against one another. The competition became a formative experience in teaching her how the industry works and how to self-promote, as she rallied votes through social media and learned how to perform onstage for the final show: “I was really, really nervous when I went out, but the crowd really responded, so that helped me to glide along the earth.”
Soon Koffee was writing her own songs, inspired by courses in poetry and literature that she was taking in school. The first one she ever wrote, “Legend,” ended up changing her life. Inspired by Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, it became a viral hit once Bolt himself heard and then shared the song on his Instagram.
With “Legend” gaining traction, the singer took on an old childhood nickname as her stage name. Friends had been calling her “Coffee” since the time she brought a cup of coffee to school on an unusually hot September day, at age 12. (The “C” turned to a “K” to mirror the spelling of her given name, Mikayla.) She followed her first hit with the single “Burning,” in 2017, swiftly becoming an international success; her 2018 follow-up, “Raggamuffin,” earned her a deal with Columbia Records.
For her upcoming debut LP, Koffee wants to focus on the idea of unity. “I want to speak of a solution and of a way that we can come together and get along, even when things are going wrong,” she says. “Positivity is definitely a theme. It will be a very interesting twist for people who knew my music before, and also for people who will discover me. I think it will be really awesome.”
This article was originally published on the Rollingstone.
Big Monii, The Versatile Heavyweight Behind The Mask
Big Monii is a Ghanaian born artiste who is based in South Africa. With his childhood beginning in Tema which is a community based in the Greater Accra, his love for music began with him learning the piano as he started taking lessons.
Through that he composed a song for his tutor and that developed the talent for the music. Straight from Secondary School he got the chance to have access to a music studio. The name of the studio was Deep Beats Recording Studio. He used the opportunity to link up with loads of up and coming artistes. Through the journey he took notice of challenges musical talents face and made it a pointer to note into his game play.
As a versatile artiste, he raps and sings as well. As someone who has seen things play out over and over again, he knows the game plan and understands what the artistes are missing out in the game. Currently Big Monii doesn’t have a specific genre of music he is into. The mood sets the tone for the music and certainly as drill, he is towing that line.
To Big Monii, most of the artistes lack that level of creativity as they do not have people to compete, with there being no blue print for them to copy from. He is into the business to bring that urge and shake it in different ways. His life is the main inspiration for his music life. Shatta Wale, Medikal, Dutchavelli, Ambush, Pa Salieu are the current people he listens to for inspiration.
Big Monii is signed to his own record label. When it comes to potential features its certainly with anyone he can relate with. His current single is “How Much” which is mixed and mastered by Unkle Beatz. The song is to encourage people to make money and not withhold themselves from getting the things which will make them happy. He is working on other projects loading in the pipeline.
Capital Xtra Sack Ghanaian DJ For Taking ‘Payola’ From Artistes
Capital Xtra has terminated its contract with DJ TiiNY after he charged payments of £200 to play songs and keep tracks on a playlist for his primetime show, according to reports by www.theguardian.com.
The Stormzy’s official tour DJ who hosts the show from 7pm to 9pm Friday night slot on the station since 2018, was removed from the Capital Xtra schedules and his profile expunged from its website after a producer claimed to have received an email saying he would premier a track on his Friday night show and keep it on his playlist for two weeks for a fee of £200.
Born Frank Boakye-Yiadom, released a statement saying he “took advantage of his position” and apologised to all those he had let down. “I take full responsibility for my actions and fully accept the consequences,” he wrote. But, the Guardian stated that, the Global Radio, the parent company of Capital and Capital Xtra, declined to comment on the situation.
The issue of pay-for-play or “payola” – the practice of making payments in order to have your song played on a station – was a persistent issue in US radio in the 1970s and 1980s, with several high-profile legal actions against those who practised it.
Ofcom’s Broadcasting Code includes a specific reference to the practice. “No commercial arrangement that involves payment, or the provision of some other valuable consideration, to the broadcaster may influence the selection or rotation of music for broadcast,” section 10.5 of the code, states.
The consequences of breaking the Broadcasting Code are potentially serious, with the watchdog able to take enforcement action, including revoking a licence, if a broadcaster breaks them.
Practices in the UK industry have been questioned before, with accusations that DJs favoured acts managed by their partners or signed to their own labels, and that stations with artist management arms gave their own acts more airtime.
The issue of acts and managers paying to get songs on potentially hit-making Spotify playlists was investigated in 2015 by Billboard, which claimed managers were paying “$2,000 for a playlist with tens of thousands of fans to $10,000 for the more well-followed playlists.”
Spotify terms of service explicitly prohibit “selling a user account or playlist, or otherwise accepting any compensation, financial or otherwise, to influence the name of an account or playlist or the content included on an account or playlist.”
The streaming service recently denied that there was a “pay-to-playlist” or sale of its playlists after a report that some curators were asking for monthly retainers to be included on lists.
Apple Music’s latest Africa Rising artist is singer-songwriter and producer, Amaarae
Apple Music today announces the latest featured artist in its Africa Rising artist development program as Ghanaian singer-songwriter and producer, Amaarae (real name Ama Serwah Genfi).
‘’It’s amazing to be selected by Apple Music as their Africa Rising artist. The love and support the album has received from the Apple Music family has been incredible to say the least. I am truly honoured and can’t wait to share this milestone with my Angel Army, who I know, will be just as elated as I am. I look forward to a successful campaign!’’.
Raised between Ghana, Georgia and New Jersey, Amaarae’s cross-cultural experience is the driving force behind her deeply experimental ethos and emotive writing style, with her West African heritage at the core of the music she makes. After dropping her scene-changing, self-released EP, ‘’Passionfruit Summers’’ (2017), Amaarae capitalised on her burgeoning success with the rip-roaring ‘Spend Some Time’ which featured Wande Coal and the sleeper hit ‘Like It’, that established her as a social media trendsetter.
Her recently released 14-track debut album, ‘’THE ANGEL YOU DON’T KNOW’’ draws on a myriad of genres from Afro-fusion to Pop-punk to progressive house to neo-R&B and garnered global recognition from publications like Pitchfork, The Guardian, The New Yorker and CLASH Magazine because of its unique vision. The latest music from Amaarae, along with the next generation of African superstars is available now on the Apple Music Africa Rising playlist: https://apple.co/3bhTtwT
Apple Music’s Africa Rising, is an exclusive artist development programme and companion playlist geared towards identifying, showcasing and elevating rising talent and introducing the next generation of African superstars. Africa Rising will see Apple Music select six artists every year who will each receive a minimum of two months of editorial support across the Apple Music platform including the new Apple Music 1 radio station. Previous Africa Rising artists are Omah Lay, Manu WorldStar and Tems.
Africa Rising is the latest of many Apple Music initiatives aimed at taking African talent to the world. Now available in 33 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa, Apple Music 1 is home to Africa Now Radio with host, Cuppy which has featured interviews with some of the continent’s hottest artists such as Tiwa Savage, Davido, Sho Madjozi, Yemi Alade, Cassper Nyovest, Fireboy DML, Omah Lay, Mr Eazi, Patoranking, Rayvanny, Adekunle Gold and Master KG.
Apple Music also selected Nigerian Afro-popstar, Rema as one of its 2020 Up Next artists, following the addition of Burna Boy to the roster in 2019 and Mr Eazi back in 2017. Up Next is Apple Music’s global emerging artist program.
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