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UPSIDE DOWN/ Buju Banton Set To Share His First Compilation In The Last Decade – [VIDEO]

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From underground dancehall party sensation to now becoming a radio show on Apple Music, the crew of SHABBAAAAA SOUND RADIO kicked it with legend Buju Banton for an all-encompassing interview about his thoughts on quarantine, his upcoming album and more for their inaugural episode.

Quarantining in his home of Kingston, Jamaica, Banton revealed that his project titled Upside Down will be 20 tracks long. “Why do I choose a title Upside Down? Well, if I listen to a song with other brethrens of mine, they will say to me, this song is bad,” says Banton. “I think the song is good. Most of the things that we talk about, we ascribe a negative connotation to it. Bad becomes good. Right becomes wrong. Innocence becomes guilt. Guilt becomes innocence, true becomes else. Real becomes fake. Up becomes down. And we accept it all.”

In hopes of uplifting the masses and instilling peace to those in dire need, Banton hopes Upside Down can be the remedy people have been urgently seeking. “It’s 2020. So 2020 equals a clear vision,” he says. “So I’m trying to open the masses’ eyes. Wherever will is my offering, coming from a place of peace. No anger, no resent. Just peace. Because we have to be the change we seek.”

Besides releasing his single “Ganja Man” last month, Banton linked up with dvsn for “Dangerous City,” featuring the dancehall legend and Ty Dolla $ign.

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Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy Represent Ghana At MOBO Awards; See Full Nomination List

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The Mobo awards, which celebrate music of Black origin, have announced the nominees for their first ceremony since 2017. Two of Ghana’s biggest music export who croons the reggae & dancehall genre, Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy, have been nominated for the “Best African act” category. Alongside the aforementioned Ghanaian musicians the best African act category features other illustrious African talents, including Burna Boy, Davido, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Rema, Fireboy etc.

In 2006 Samini became the first Ghanaian to be awarded a MOBO when received “Best African Act” award for his exploits in the year under review which also included his self-titled album Samini.

After been under heavy criticisms in some previous years for giving major awards to white creatives, 2020 edition of the awards schemed have overwhelmingly nominated Black performers this year.

Founder Kanya King said she wanted the awards to “continue to uplift creative voices here in the UK and around the world … Recognising the unique role the Mobo awards plays for so many, and the challenging year we find ourselves in, it is now more important than ever to be there and to continue the rich history of showcasing the very best of Black music and culture.”

The virtual ceremony will be hosted by DJ and TV presenter Maya Jama alongside vocalist and online entertainer Chunkz, and feature performances from Headie One (with guest M Huncho), Ms Banks, Tiwa Savage and Kojey Radical, with more to be announced. It will be livestreamed on YouTube before a late-evening broadcast on BBC One.

The awards show, inaugurated in 1996, announced a one-year hiatus in 2018, with King saying the organisation needed time to “bring the platform to brand new heights”, and would return in 2019. That year’s event never took place; in November 2019, King instead announced the 2020 event – originally earmarked for Wembley Arena before the Covid-19 pandemic – saying she was “returning with even more determination and energy to support and boost our culture wherever we can”.

Mobo award nominations 2020

Album of the year
J Hus – Big Conspiracy
Stormzy – Heavy Is the Head
Mahalia – Love and Compromise
Nines – Crabs in a Bucket
Lianne La Havas – Lianne La Havas

Best male act
Headie One
J Hus
Stormzy
Nines
AJ Tracey
Young T & Bugsey
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Best female act
Lianne La Havas
Ms Banks
Tiana Major9
Mahalia
Darkoo
FKA twigs

Song of the year
Young T & Bugsey – Don’t Rush (feat Headie One)
Digga D – Woi
Darkoo – Gangsta (feat One Acen)
Tion Wayne – I Dunno (feat Stormzy & Dutchavelli)
Abra Cadabra – On Deck

Best newcomer
Aitch
Alicai Harley
Darkoo
Dutchavelli
Ivorian Doll
M1llionz
Miraa May
Pa Salieu
Shaybo
Tiana Major9
M Huncho
Loski

Video of the year
Bree Runway – Apeshit (directed by Will Hooper)
Nines – Clout (directed by Charlie Di Placido)
NSG – Lupita (directed by Kevin Hudson)
Jorja Smith – By Any Means (directed by Otis Dominique)
Knucks – Home (directed by Ray Fiasco)
Kojey Radical – 20/20 (directed by Charlie Di Placido)

Best R&B/soul act
Wstrn
Tiana Major9
Michael Kiwanuka
Mahalia
Lianne La Havas

Best hip-hop act
J Hus
Nines
Ms Banks
D-Block Europe
Krept & Konan
Potter Payper

Best grime act
Ghetts
P Money
Manga Saint Hilare
Capo Lee
JME

Best international act
Burna Boy
Drake
Koffee
Megan Thee Stallion
Pop Smoke
Popcaan
Roddy Ricch
Rema
Shenseaa
Summer Walker
HER
Lil Baby

Best album (1 September 2017 – 31 August 2019)
Dave – Psychodrama
Kano – Hoodies All Summer
Ella Mai – Ella Mai
Skepta – Ignorance Is Bliss
Nines – Crop Circle
Little Simz – Grey Area

Best African act
Burna Boy
Tiwa Savage
Davido
Fireboy DML
Rema
Master KG
Adekunle Gold
NSG
Afro B
Wizkid
Stonebwoy
Shatta Wale

Best reggae act
Popcaan
Koffee
Lila Iké
Buju Banton
Protoje
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Best gospel act
Calledout Music
Noel Robinson
Guvna B
The Kingdom Choir
Shekinah

Best jazz act
Moses Boyd
Joe Armon-Jones
Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes
Yazmin Lacey
Ego Ella May

Best producer
Jae5
808 Melo
Sir Spyro
TSB
Steel Banglez
M1 On The Beat

Best performance in a TV show/film
Kane Robinson as Scully – Top Boy
Michaela Coel as Arabella – I May Destroy You
Ncuti Gatwa as Eric Effiong – Sex Education
Jessica Plummer as Chantelle – Eastenders
Michael Ward as Marco – Blue Story
Damson Idris as Franklin Saint – Snowfall

Best media personality
Munya Chawawa
Chunkz
Yung Filly
Mo Gilligan
Clara Amfo
Maya Jama
Henrie Kwushue
KSI
Harry Pinero
Zeze Millz

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RUMORS: Spotify To Launch In Ghana – 2021

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Spotify, previously available in only 5 African countries, will now be accessible in one additional African country. According to UNCONFIRMED REPORTS reaching the desk of www.gbafrica.net, Ghana – one of the thriving creative ecosystem on the second-largest and second-most populous continent will be the next hub of Spotify’s African office, after the Swedish-based audio streaming and media services provider launched in Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, South Africa, Tunisia.

According to the reports, the launch will open the door for millions of fans to start discovering new music from around the world on Spotify, and for artistes in the region to reach the increasingly connected global audience of fans. It added that, the launch in Ghana will be an important moment in Spotify’s journey, especially as they welcome fans and artistes in growing music markets like Ghana, where streaming is being widely adopted and where they see a significant opportunity for Spotify.

For African music stars, the availability of more music streaming services locally is a boon for their revenue models. Rampant piracy has previously meant musicians on the continent earn little from actual music sales in local markets and have, instead, relied on live shows and brand endorsements as the major revenue streams. With restrictions on large gatherings in most African cities for the foreseeable future many artists will focus more on maximizing streaming revenue, Apple Music reported earlier.

Musicians and songwriters have previously criticized Spotify for being unfairly compensated. Boller responded, “Spotify globally really wants to help artists live off their art.” In 2018, the streaming giant made its African debut after launching in South Africa. The company is making its services available at a time when smartphone use is becoming more widespread. Spotify now operates in over 60 countries and is the most popular streaming service in the world.

Spotify has 159-million users worldwide, of which 71-million pay for the premium service. It has 35-million songs and 2-billion playlists. It grew its premium users by 46% in 2017, according to its filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission when it announced its plans for an initial public offering on the New York Stock exchange last month. This will value the Swedish firm at $23-billion.

It says it controls 42% of the global music streaming market, which is double that of its closest rival Apple Music. Spotify grew its revenue to $4.99-billion last year, an increase from $3.6-billion in 2016. However, its operating losses grew from $426-million in 2016 to $461-million last year.

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Yemi Alade Drops Her Fifth Studio LP – Empress [STREAM HERE]

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Following a fruitful 2019 which came paired with her fourth compilation, ‘Woman of Steel’, and multiple features on the Beyoncé-led compilation project, ‘The Gift’, Yemi Alade has returned with her fifth studio LP, ‘Empress’. The album had two previously released singles advancing the fullset. The thumping, South African house-influenced “True Love”, which also serves as the opening track, and “I Choose You”, which features French pop superstar, Dadju.

Stream here: smarturl.it/YemiAlade.Empress

‘Empress’ comprises fifteen tracks in its entirety, and according to the liner note on Apple Music, it “represents Yemi Alade stamping her mark on the genre while growing her sound”. The project shows off a versatility only she can bring. Continuing her pan-African outlook, she taps into dancehall with Patoranking on “Temptation”, delivers smooth R&B alongside Estelle on “Weekend” and sings gospel with the Mzansi Youth Choir on “Rain”.

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Zanli Announces New Song, “Toli” – Drops On November 30

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Emerging Ghanaian Singer and Producer, David Kofi Aduteye known in showbiz as Zanli readies his song titled “Toli” produced by prolific Ghanaian Music Producer, Beatz Dakay which is scheduled to go live on November 30. Kindly Pre-Save “Toli” by Zanli here: https://ffm.to/tolibyzanli

The Singer cum Producer took to his official Instagram page to announce the release of his new song “Toli” which is scheduled to be release on November 30th under “The Justice Experience”. Check original post below;

The “Alte Cruise” songwriter on his debut release after signing onto “The Justice Experience”, an independent record label owned by DJ Justice, hints on touching on stressing political issues bothering Ghana and the continent Africa as a whole. With influences of daily events, the crooner creates music with subtle activism and details life experiences through the craft of music making.

With versatility, the artiste creatively crafts his stories to educate and caution the masses on sensitive issues faced by the community.

“I create music to correct and empower society” – Zanli mused at the end of our conversation.

Kindly Pre-Save “Toli” by Zanli to get it first on November 30. https://ffm.to/tolibyzanli

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Twitter and Instagram: @iamZanli Facebook: Zanli

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