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Interviews: Wizkid on Channel 4 News “Music is a universal language”

There’s no denying it, if there ever was a time that Afrobeats had the perfect opportunity to take on the mainstream.. It’s now.

Our very own Wizkid sat down with Jasmine Dotiwale of Channel 4 news to discuss the sound that’s currently having a huge impact on mainstream popular music. Wiz talks about the impact Africa as a continent currently has and how the genre is having an influence on modern popular music with the likes of Alicia Keys and Drake being inspired.

Have a gander…

Great look for the genre! This is our time and we have to execute and run with this the right way.
Excited to see what 2017 has to offer!!
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Specials: DJ Edu’s Afrobeats at The Maida Vale

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To celebrate BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Afrobeats weekend DJ Edu hosted a special Maida Vale Live session featuring The Compozers, Eugy, Vanda May and Kwamz & Flava. Check out the performances below..

Kwamz and Flava & The Compozers – Takeover

Eugy and Compozers –  Dance For Me

 Vanda May & The Compozers – Work (Cover)

The Compozers, Eugy, Vanda May, Kwamz and Flava – One Dance (remix)

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Specials: My 2016 Artist To Watch

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This post has been sitting in my drafts for the longest.. Sorry!

I like to get this out in January but this year it has been delayed due to a move and job change which has thrown a lot of my blogging time into space. I cannot apologise enough for this guys and for those who still come by daily to check on new posts I thank you from the bottom of my heart for bearing with me.

Usually I like to give you two or three artists to watch for the year but in all honesty I am placing it all into one artist this year…

Mr Eazi!

Originally from Nigeria, Mr Eazi moved to Ghana in 2007 to pursue higher education and it is from there that his music career began. He first stepped onto the scene in late 2012/early 2013 with the catchy dance hit Pipi Dance which slowly went under the radar due to the mass amounts of Alkaida tracks being released every single day. After that he kind of went quiet that is until he linked up with Ghanaian UK based Dj/Proucer Julz and crafted the reworked version to one of his old tracks Bankulize. With the rework of Bankulize featuring Pappy Kojo taking off Julz and Mr Eazi continued together in the studio spawning off such hits as Skintight featuring Efya, Hold Up featuring Joey B and Dammy Krane and Shitor. Now at the top of 2016 Mr Eazi has managed to grab the attention of fans not just in Ghana but here in the UK (notably shutting down all the Ghanaian independence parties this past week).

So what’s to come from Mr Eazi? I am not too sure but one thing I will say is I have not been this excited about a new Afrobeats artist since E.L (And you guys know how much I LOVED some E.L) so I look forward to what him and Julz have up their sleeves. One thing is for sure Mr Eazi is in his own lane and nobody can stop him.

Yaay to excitement in Afrobeats again!

 

Mr Eazi ft Efya – Skintight

Mr Eazi – Pipi Dance 

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My 2015 Top Ten Wrap Up!

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My Annual Wrap Up for 2015 is here!

 If I am going to be completely honest with you all 2015 was a poor year in Afrobeats (For me). I just felt like the music was not as good as it could have been, don’t get me wrong there have been some very good tracks this year but they came out in the midst of a lot of not so good tracks. I must admit that towards the end of the year (like every year) it began to pick up again but nothing throughout the year really excited me (Minus the Ojuelegba remix). Afrobeats has become dare I say stagnant? Anyway! All moaning aside I still have tracks that I really enjoyed this year so without further ado in no particular order, here are my favourite tracks of 2015.

Mr Eazi ft Efya – Skin Tight

This year has definitely been Mr Eazi’s year with not one but two hit tracks! After first hitting the scene with Pipi Dance (in 2012/2013) he has managed to really introduce himself this year as an artist with hit song Bankulize and the follow up smash Skin Tight if there is any artist I am looking forward to hearing from in 2016 it is Mr Eazi. He has won my interest! P.S How nice is the location of this video? I love the fact that Ghanaians are starting to realise the importance of tourism and how they can use good locations within Ghana for their videos. The video was directed by Nana Asiehene and was shot at the Zaina Lodge, in Mole Northern Ghana. 

Tekno – Duro

This is one of maybe four songs that I have consistently repeated throughout the whole year that I love! Triple MG’s Tekno is actually one of the few artists that I get excited about when I hear new music. Last year he gave us the catchy single Dance and this year he has blessed us with the hit that is Duro. I just love this song and can’t wait to see what he gives us in 2016.

Stonebwoy – Higher  

Stonebwoy is one of the hardest working artists to come out of Ghana and he was rewarded this year with a BET Award for Best International Act. Earlier this year he released Higher and the video dropped on Christmas Day (Directed by Lex MacCarthy) and is currently one of the tracks killing it in Ghana.

Burna Boy – Soke

To be honest this track needs no explanation Burna Boy came hard earlier this year with the sultry single Soke. Now I am not Nigerian and I do not understand Yoruba but from the translations I have been told the lyrics are quite saucy! Ok Burna.. I see you.

R2Bees – Makoma

You all know how much I love R2Bees and this year they continued their string of hits with Makoma and Concert Party sticking with their new found recipe of classic Hi-Life sounds and productions. Here’s to hoping 2016 brings a new album! I am here for just about anything R2Bees offer to me but you guys already know I am openly biased towards them.

Leriq ft Wizkid – Say You Love Me

Leriq continued his string of hits this year with the sexy Wizkid assisted single Say You Love Me and also the Wande Coal assisted smash Wish List (Where is the video for this!) off his album The Lost Sounds that was released earlier this year. Let’s hope this continues into 2016. 

Bisa Kdei – Mansa

Now that it has fully sunk in with all Ghanaians that Castro may actually not be returning from the underworld, Ghana has to look to a new hit maker and the strongest contender in that lane right now is the Azonto Ghost hit maker Bisa Kdei. Bisa had all the Ghanaian hall parties grooving with both Mansa and Brother Brother, let’s hope we have more feel good hi-life singles from Bisa Kdei in 2016

Masterkraft ft Flavour & Sarkodie – Finally

Nigerian producer Masterkraft rounded off the year nicely with this hit Finally featuring Flavour N’abania and Sarkodie. Everything about this song makes me happy, the track, the visuals and the three ladies dancing on the sand after Sarkodie’s verse (lol). It would be great to see more collaborations between African acts across the continent especially Ghana and Nigeria, I feel as though we don’t get enough of them and a lot of the time they seem to work well. 

M.anifest – Forget Them

Personally I think this song was criminally underrated but then again Manifest does not make your typical Afrobeats Music so it is understandable why the song was not as big as I personally think it should have been this year.

Wizkid x Drake x Skepta – Ojulegba (Remix)

Last but not the least! Notably the biggest collaboration to happen this year (and can we say in Afrobeats so far?) Drake and Skepta jumped on one of the biggest tracks of 2014/15 opening Afrobeats to a whole new crowd. In turn we started to see such artists like Swiss Beats, Alicia Keys and Kylie Jenner grooving to the track across social media. To top it all off Wiz and Skepta performed the track live in Lagos together on Skepta’s recent trip to Nigeria.  Sweeeet

So those are my top ten tracks of 2015! I could of added maybe one or two more (Lil Kesh – Efejoku and Wande Coal ft Patoranking – My Women to name a few) but in all honesty aside from these 12 tracks or so I haven’t liked much else this year. Usually it’s hard for me to narrow it down but not this year. If there ever was a time for Afrobeats to break into the mainstream in the UK (Reggie and Bollie anyone? lol)  it is now so here is to hoping that 2016 brings banger after banger (Please! I beg oohh)!

PEACE!

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Specials: The Ultimate Afrobeats Show – The Debate Special

Yesterday DJ Neptizzle decided to switch up his show a big and invite down a live panel of Afrobeat industry insiders for his first ever Afrobeats debate show. The panel included Dj FiiFii, Dj & Producer Selecta Maestro, D Boy, Adesope of Factory 78,  Blogger Verbal Vixen and Danai just to name a few.

The debate touched on various topics including..

“Is Afrobeats losing it’s identity with the rise of African Dancehall” & “UK Afrobeats Vs Afrobeats – What’s The Difference”

It was very interesting to hear each persons view even though there was no overall conclusion on the majority of the topics. It was just great to get people talking not only on air but also across social media. Hopefully there will  be a couple more of these..

Do give it a good listen guys.. It’s interesting 

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Specials: BBC 1Xtra Destination Africa 2015

 

This past March BBC Radio 1Xtra were once again celebrating some of the hottest music and artists coming out of Africa with their Destination Africa special. The week long special this year was based in Accra Ghana with Live Lounges from the likes of Efya, Sarkodie, R2Bees and Dr Sid and also featured the Ghana Xchange project which saw the likes of British born Ghanaian’s Stormzy & Jay Vades link up with NY based Jojo Abot to create single Mievado. There were also specialist take overs and guest mixes from some of your favourite Afrobeats music personalities.

Once again thanks to BBC 1Xtra for offering some of the best in Afrobeats music such a big platform to perform. I heard all the Live Lounges whilst at work and I must say each artist absolutely killed it! Onwards and Upwards  

Check out the Live Lounges ! 

 

Stormzy, Jojo Abot & Jay Vades – Mievado (We’ve Arrived) 

R2Bees – Slow Down 

Efya – One Of Your Own (LOVE! This.. She also done another track but I can’t seem to find it online just yet. Will add when I find) 

Sarkodie – Adonai  

Sark is looking goood ! Miss Castro though 😦 

Dj Silk done an amazing South African House mix with some of my favouite house tracks.. Take a Listen its the bomb diggidy! 

Click HERE to get some more goodies and find out more about the weeks activities.

 

My 2015 Artists To Watch !

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This post was due in January.. But I mean we are still in the first quarter of the year so it’s not too late!

A new year is upon us which means 12 months of brand spanking new music, videos and albums! Now, you know it would not be a new year without me naming who I think will be the ones to watch for 2015 so without further ado (and me rambling) here are my top 3 artists to watch this year and why.

 

1. Korede Bello

The baby faced, baby voiced Mavin heartthrob first popped up on the scene last year on popular Mavin hit Dorobucci  alongside fellow new Mavin additions Reekado Banks and Di’Ja. The young crooner sung and smiled his way into the hearts of young females across across the world (My little sister to mention). He then followed up with popular singles African Princess, Cold Outside, Jingle Bells and his most recent hit GodWin not forgetting his feature on the Mavin single Adobi. Honestly I have my eyes on all three of the new Mavin additions this year as they all have star power but there is something about Korede Bello that just pulls my heart strings. I am ready to see how Don Jazzy and the Mavin team use this young man because he has very good potential!

 

2. Pappy Kojo

Big up all the Fanti’s woop woop!

I first caught wind of Pappy Kojo maybe 2/3 years ago when he had hits such as Chin Chin & Mama Mia but in the past year he has becoming one of the most exciting new rappers to come out of Ghana. Featuring on Joey B’s Wave, Mr Eazi’s Bankulize and having his own hit with Realer No the young rapper has managed to gain a whole host of new fans and a new level of respect in the industry being praised  by the likes of Sarkodie and Reggie Rockstone. Alongside Joey B I think Pappy Kojo is about to bring a new level of freshness to Ghanaian Hip-life that the youngsters have been craving!

 

3. Lola Rae

Now, I’m pretty sure that the majority of you are aware of Miss Lola Rae she first stumbled onto our scenes with popular single Watch My Ting Go and followed up with the Iyanya featured single Fi Mi Le. But after that she kind of went on a hiatus and disappeared for a little bit. Now with a new management deal and new single You Know What My Name is I’m pretty sure it’s back to business for the budding Afrobeats Princess. I honestly think this young lady has major star and crossover potential if the team around her really come together and push her out as much as she needs to be. I’m interested in seeing what this young lady pulls out for 2015.

 

So that’s it! These are my three main artists I will be keeping a crucial eye on this year because I think they have major potential! Honorable mentions also got to Leriq, Reekado Banks, Joey B (Again)  and Efya.

All in all this year is shaping up to be a good one!

Until later guys…

Peace!

 

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My 2014 Top Ten Wrap Up

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Ok… So this post was meant to go up on the 31st December however the last 3 weeks have sort of merged for me and time has just past me by as I have been super busy (Forgive me!). Anyway! Here is my official Top Ten biggest singles of 2014. 2014 was an interesting year, we had albums from the likes of Fuse ODG, Wizkid, Yemi Alade and Sean Tizzle to name a few. We saw a prominent presence across the scene from South African collective Uhuru, the rise of popular dance the Shoki and we had (and still have) a missing case on our hands with Ghanaian star Castro disappearing whilst jet skiing in Ada, Ghana. In the midst of all of that 2014 was a good year full of plenty of music so you can imagine how difficult it was for me to select ten of my favourite tracks but I got there in the end.. So without further ado and in no particular order here is my top 10 wrap up of 2014!

Enjoy! 

1. LeriQ featuring Burna Boy, Dammy Krane, Mojeed & Ozone – Comment Tu Ta’appelle

Aristokrat Records producer Leriq released Comment Tu Ta’appelle of his anticipated album The Lost Sounds right at the top of 2014. The video was later released in May and was directed by Clarence Peters. Burna Boy killed his verse! (P.s did the album ever come out?  I never really heard anything about it after a while). 

2. Castro featuring D-Black – Seihor

Castro, Castro, Castro.. WHERE IS CASTRO?  There is no doubt about it.. Castro was on a roll in 2014 before his untimely disappearance in August 2014. The video for Seihor was released in May and was directed by Kwame B. Ohene. This song still goes down in the clubs! (Would you be creeped out if Castro was to return from wherever he disappeared to? I sure know I would!)

3. Yemi Alade – Johnny 

So I’ve been told that this single was actually released at the end of 2013 however it didn’t actually blow up (well here in the UK) until May 2014 or so. The chocolate Barbie Yemi Alade had one of the hottest tracks of the year with catchy single Johnny the video was released in March 2014.

4. Mavins ( Don Jazzy, Tiwa Savage, Dr Sid, D-Prince, Reekado Banks, Korede Bello & DIJA ) – Dorobucci  

There’s no doubt about it.. The Mavin team were the strongest collective in 2014, I’m pretty sure there was a new single from a Mavin member every month or so. Don Jazzy introduced his three new additions to the Supreme Mavin Dynasty on the catchy smash hit Dorobucci, the single was released in May with the video following in July directed by Nic Roux and shot on location in South Africa. 

5. Uhuru featuring Dj Buckz, Oskido, Uri-Da Cunha & Professor – Y-Tjukutja

This is also another 2013 sneaky one that blew up in 2014! South African group Uhuru hit the jackpot with hit Y-Tjukutja the video was released in November 2013. The single which was a remix of Angolan hit Atchu Tchutcha blew up and netted the artists an MTV Africa award for Best African Collaboration (Not forgetting their amazing performance at the MTV Africa Awards).  

6. Fally Ipupa – Original 

There are no words to describe how much I actually love this song! Congolese superstar Fally Ipupa released his single Original back in May with the video following shortly afterwards. You have to hand it to em Congolese men are the best when it comes to intricate waist movement.. I Love this video!   

7. Kesh featuring Davido & Olamide – Shoki (Remix) 

Nigeria served up this years dance craze with Lil Kesh’s popular single Shoki. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you would have just about seen the Shoki in almost every fast Nigerian song that came out this year. The track even got banned from by the Nigerian music association at one point as there was some mix up behind what the actual term Shoki meant. The original video came out in April with the popular remix video being released in July.

8. Kwamz & Flava – Wu Onane No

UK Afrobeats duo Kwamz & Flava had the summer in their hands with smash hit Wu Onane No (which means lift your leg up). The single was released back in July and the video directed by Pressplay Vidz was released in October. 

9. Davido – Aye  

Now.. This song came out so early on in the year (February) that I actually thought it came out late 2013 and that’s only because Davido released and featured on so many tracks that it was hard to keep up! Aye was one  of the most played tracks of the year from weddings to parties on radio and in the clubs it was playing! Davido hands down wins the title of the hardest working artist of 2014 so it was only right that we won several awards including an MTV Africa award for Best Male & Artist of the year and a best international act award at BET awards to name a few. With Davido’s highly anticipated new album due to be released in the first half of 2015 I am excited to see what else the HKN Gang leader has in store. The video was directed by Mr Clarence Peters.

10. Sarkodie featuring Castro – Adonai 

Even through this selection is in no particular order I saved my personal favourite track of the whole year until last. Africa’s best rapper Sarkodie had one of the biggest tracks of the year with Adonai the severely missed Castro. The single was released at the top of the year (February) and managed to maintain itself throughout the whole of 2014. The video was released in June, directed by Nana Kofi Asihene and shot on location in South Africa. Still love this song (along side Sarkodie & Bisa Kdei’s – Chingam).

So that’s it! That’s my top ten tracks of 2014! Do you agree? What tracks would have made your top ten? Let me know!

Now! Let’s bring out the 2015 goods! 

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New Video: Davido, Mi Casa, Tiwa Savage, Sarkodie, Lola Rae & Diamond Platnumz – Africa Rising

African digital satellite TV service DStv launched their new Multi Choice’s Africa Rising campaign. The Campaign focuses on creating shared value, designed to inspire Africans to become involved in community-based social investment projects across the continent.

DStv pulled out some of the freshest acts from across the continent for campaign single “Africa Rising”. Check out the video featuring Davido (Nigeria), Mi Casa (South Africa), Sarkodie (Ghana), Tiwa Savage (Nigeria), Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania) & Lola Rae (UK/Nigeria). The video was filmed by Callback Dreams in Accra Ghana (That looks like Jamestown) and the single was produced by Shizzi.

Check it out…

You can download the single Here

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