Beyoncé has dropped the vibrant video for her song “Already” featuring Major Lazer and Shatta Wale, which is also a part of her Black Is King visual album. Black Is King is based on tracks from The Lion King: the Gift, the soundtrack from the 2019 film remake of The Lion King.
In the visually arresting new clip, Beyoncé is seen in a myriad of locations, moving from outdoor nature scenes where she appears adorned in body paint in a tree, to a warehouse where she’s flanked by dancers. It also features scenes of dancers from around the world interwoven throughout the clip, highlighting the upcoming film’s inspiring celebration of being Black, from its elegant choreography and fashion to the global locations.
The visual was released mere hours before the premiere of Beyoncé’s Black Is King, which arrives via Disney+ at 3 a.m. ET on Friday. “Black Is King is an affirmation of a grand purpose, with lush visuals that celebrate Black resilience and culture. The film highlights the beauty of tradition and Black excellence,” Disney said in an earlier statement about the film.
As a recent film trailer showcases, Black Is King will feature guests Jay-Z, fellow Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland, Pharrell Williams, Tina Knowles-Lawson, Lupita Nyong’o, Naomi Campbell, models Aweng Ade-Chuol and Adut Akech and several other artists that appear on The Gift album.
Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy Represent Ghana At MOBO Awards; See Full Nomination List
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
Young T & Bugsey
Best female act
Lianne La Havas
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
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
Lianne La Havas
Best hip-hop act
Krept & Konan
Best grime act
Manga Saint Hilare
Best international act
Megan Thee Stallion
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
Best reggae act
Best gospel act
The Kingdom Choir
Best jazz act
Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes
Ego Ella May
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
RUMORS: Spotify To Launch In Ghana – 2021
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.
Yemi Alade Drops Her Fifth Studio LP – Empress [STREAM HERE]
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”.
Zanli Announces New Song, “Toli” – Drops On November 30
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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