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Rocky Dawuni Headlines Africa OYE’ Festival in the UK, June 16

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The Africa Oyé festival is the biggest celebration of African and Caribbean music and culture in the UK, taking place every June in the picturesque surroundings of Sefton Park in Liverpool. Having grown from humble beginnings in 1992 as a series of gigs in the city centre, Oyé now attracts crowds of over 50,000 people from all over the world each year.

Africa Oyé is a registered charity and partially funded by Arts Council England and Liverpool City Council. 2017 was Africa Oyé’s 25th Anniversary Year and saw a whole host of events programmed around the annual festival, under the ‘Oyé 25’ banner. Oyé was also shortlisted for Promoter of the Year at the 2017 UK Festival Awards.

This year, GRAMMY nominated Ghanaian music star and activist, Rocky Dawuni, headlines Africa Oye’ Festival on Saturday, June 16, 2018. Rocky is currently putting the finishing touches on his much anticipated 7th album entitled “Beats of Zion” which is set to be released in late 2018. His new song “Burn One” was recently featured on tastemaker radio station KCRW as their “Top Tune of the Day” for the 4.20 celebrations and will be featured on the TNT hit TV series “Animal Kingdom” on June 26. Another track from the album, “Let’s Go” is the theme song for Cadbury Canada’s Bicycle Factory campaign 2018 for which a beautiful 360 video was shot in Ghana and has since garnered over 1.3 million views on YouTube!

Rocky Dawuni’s unique “Afro Roots” sound as featured on Branches of the Same Tree, (Cumbancha) was nominated for a GRAMMY for “Best Reggae Album” (2015) which included the ground breaking Afro Dancehall mashup African Thrillerand its striking accompanying video. The galvanizing performer continues to bring his music to an ever wider international audience through his dedicated work on humanitarian, environmental, peace building and social issues mixing music with creative activism. “Shine A Light“,  which is a welcome bit of joy in these troubled times, highlights Rocky’s ability to communicate a universal, uplifting message that crosses borders and reaches out to the hearts of millions.

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Kuami Eugene fortells current troubles with “Wish Me Well” – WATCH!

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Jointly-produced with Willisbeatz, Kuami Eugene’s latest song, “Wish Me Well”, appears to have anticipated his current woes —specifically, for claiming in a GH One TV interview, that he wouldn’t partner Patapaa for a song because the latter’s sound was too “noisy”.

Eugene has since apologised for the statement, stressing that his comments may have been taken out of context.

Visuals for “Wish Me Well” were directed by Rex:

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Hear Teephlow tout his lyrical aptitudes on “Red Velvet”

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Teephlow touts his lyrical aptitudes further on “Red Velvet”, his latest offering. Produced by Elementbeatz & Kopow, the hiphop number sees the rapper also honour fans and other supporter of his craft over the years.

Teephlow is current holder of the VGMA “Record of the Year” laurel.

Listen to “Red Velvet here:

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YOU DO ALL! Samini joins Deon BOAKYE on new reggae offering

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Deon Boakye’s got his first blessing from Samini on a song. “You Do All” is Deon’s latest cut with an official video to it featuring Samini. It was produced by Peewezel and video was shot by Jwillz.

Deon Boayke was introduced by Samini in April this year during Vodafone Ghana Music Awards 2018 as the newest addition to the HighGradeFamily.

This first cut is a manifestation of the journey Samini promised the young musician, Deon Boakye.

The official video is due to hit the screens this week.

Listen below:

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“Could this be Love?” ponder R2Bees in new collab with EFYA — WATCH!

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Afropop duo and BET honourees, R2Bees, mull over an age-long question: how can one tell if a set of actions constitute love or a futile undertaking? And who better to tap than chanteuse Efya, who has sung about the concept throughout her career?

Produced by Killmatic, the song is carried on  a lean R& B swing, and sees Efya bounces back the question Mugeez’s poses in the hook —and delivered in a troubled wail — in  the exact same words: “could this be love, is this forever? Or ebi say I dey waste my time, you dey waste your time?/ Are you loving me, or just for pleasure? Or ebi say I dey waste my time, you dey waste your time?”

On his part,Omar Sterling —the rapper half of the duo — relates in a sobering session — profound worship for a lover, admit to “falling deeper”, while at the same time digesting antipathy that often characterises love —and the compromises thereof, rapping in part; “I put my trust in you, put my hopes in it/ I put my heart on my sleeve, put my soul in it/If you ever break my heart, that will be all for me/ but I’d rather die for you than live with somebody”“girl you’re picture perfect/ is this picture worth it/ could this be love or a bitter lesson?”, “even when I’m right, I try to be the bigger person”.

Could this be Love is released under R2Bees Entertainment. Get it on iTunes.

Watch the accompanying video, directed by BABS below:

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STATEMENT: Shatta Wale apologises for “unpleasant exhibition”

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For an “unfortunate display of obscenity” that was “mistakenly posted” by an associate on social media Tuesday, June 19,  and a fit of diatribes targeted at media personnel for republishing the video, controversial dancehall singer, Shatta Wale, has expressed remorse.

A statement, dated June 20, and signed by the singer, pleads for pardon from his family, fans, record label, and corporate Ghana for the shameful act and embarrassment that it may have brought to them.

Furthermore, the statement sees Shatta (born Charles Nii Armah Mensah) reiterate his brand as being “a law-abiding one; one that will not do anything untoward to bring it and its partners into disrepute”.

“The brand would also not do anything to affect the sensibilities of the large following and support it commands.” he adds. Read the full statement, published on his Facebook page:

Meanwhile, his latest single, “Man Like Me”,  is out now:

 

 

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Ko-jo CUE & Shaker, Mr. Eazi named for upcoming Ms. Lauryn Hill tour

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BBNZ rappers Ko-jo Cue and Shaker have been named alongside global music icons as Talib Kweli, Nas, Busta Rhymes, A$ap Rocky, SZA, and an array of other top artists for Ms. Lauryn Hill’s ongoing tour to commemorate 20 years of the release of her groundbreaking debut; “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”.

The album, published in August 1998 by Ruffhouse/ Columbia is considered as one of the most influential bodies of work by in modern times. A fusion of Neo-soul, hiphop, and R&B, the album birthed such hits as “Doo Wop (That Thing)”, “Ex-Factor”, and “Everything Is Everything”, going on to win five Grammy awards from ten nominations.

Ko-jo Cue and Shaker are the only Ghanaian representatives on the tour. In the past, rapper EL, and neo-soul act Jojo Abot have both appeared on Ms. Hill’s tours. Nigeria’s Patoranking, and Mr. Eazi are also listed as gust performers.

The tour will see the former Fugees vocalist and actress perform across the US, the UK, Belgium, Norway, Canada, Finland, Sweden, among other key global spots.

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