Rocky Dawuni, Ghana’s two-time GRAMMY–nominated musician and actvist returns with the brand-new video for “Neva Bow Down” — his first new single since his nod for “Best Global Album” for Voice of Bunbon, Vol. 1 at the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards earlier this year. On “Neva Bow Down” Rocky teams up with rising Jamaican star Blvk H3ro to release the global roots anthem. The powerful new single distills elements of pop, dub, and reggae for a modern take on “rebel music.”
“Neva Bow Down” premiers online on Friday, October 7th, 2022 and on terrestrial TV in Ghana. According to the Rocky, “the video is a picturesque narrative of the rising voice of the youth trying to understand and articulate their need for systemic change and inclusion. It is a thoughtful and beautifully shot visual feast of a hypothetical confrontation of an awakened people and the broken systems that seek to impede them.”
Directed by Slingshot, the rising young Ghanaian director and cinematographer who has already partnered up with Rocky on his “Wickedest Sound” video (Beats of Zion) and on “Beautiful People” video (Voice of Bunbon, Vol. 1) Slingshot describes the “Neva Bown Down” video as “a visual depiction of the fatigue in the very fabric of the tolerance level of the masses who are tired of the elitism and are on a quest to break loose of their mind control.” The video was shot on the streets of Accra while Blvk H3ro was filmed at the beautiful Hen House Studios in Venice, CA.
The collaborative spirit of “Neva Bow Down” reconnects Africa and the Afro-Descendant Diaspora, drawing on Jamaica’s powerful culture of resistance. Together, Rocky and Blvk H3ro weave a tapestry of melodies with an unforgettable chorus, laid on top of producer Bob Riddim’s speaker-busting production. This protest anthem is a meditation on the current, dire state of global affairs and our collective power to change the course of history, serving as an inspiration for people to stand up for what is right and true.
Rocky Dawuni’s signature Afro Roots style is a musical genre that reflects modern Africa. It is built upon the foundation of using cultural styles and integrating current innovations to create music that is inspiring, soul stirring, danceable and groovy. It is based on African Highlife music, afrobeat and global sounds. The song also has heavy Reggae touches. “I like to talk about Reggae music not outside of Ghanaian music or African music because I believe more that Reggae music needs to be transformed through African Music and African rhythms. As we know historically most Jamaicans originated from what is now called Ghana. We share a common ancestry. The opportunity to innovate the sound and make it more African is part of what the Ghanaian scene needs to be.”
Rocky Dawuni straddles the boundaries between Africa, the Caribbean and the Americas to create his appealing Afro Roots sound which fuses elements of Reggae, Afrobeat, Highlife and Soul that unites generations and cultures. Dawuni’s charisma and galvanizing performances have endeared him to crowds around the globe where he has shared the stage alongside luminaries including Stevie Wonder and John Legend, among many others as a dedicated activist, Rocky has been a leading voice for social and environmental transformation and currently serves as UN Goodwill Ambassador for the Environment for Africa. Rocky believes “that music is the medium to strike a chord that transforms our collective intentions into a vehicle for positive social change.”
Blvk H3ro (pronounced Black Hero) is one of Jamaica’s most exciting and original young artists, but he’s far from new to the scene. Over the past half-decade, he’s built an impeccable track record and fervent following with his uplifting and ambitious modern reggae sound, while collaborating with the likes of Bunny Wailer, UB40, Equiknoxx and Skillibeng. Jamaica’s Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, has even sung his praises, commending his song “It Nuh Easy” for its positive influence on Jamaican youth during a recent speech to the nation.
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M.Anifest Pays Nostalgic Homage To ‘Hip Hop At 50’ In New Freestyle
Ghanaian Hip Hop artist M.anifest takes us on a nostalgic journey with a new freestyle, titled “50 YEARS.”
Referencing Hip Hop icons like 2pac, Nas, The Notorious B.I.G, The Fugees, LL Cool J and the Wu-Tang Clan to name a few, M.anifest cleverly weaves this ode to a genre that he himself has come to contribute significantly to. A certified wordsmith, his skill allows him to craft a worthy tribute to Hip Hop’s enduring legacy as it celebrates 50 years.
From the genre’s origins on Sedgwick Avenue to the influence it’s had in many parts of the world, spurring genres like Hip Life (Ghana), there’s no patch of Hip Hop uncovered by the rapper affectionately called ‘the god MC’ by his fans, particularly when viewed through the lens of his lived experience.
Whether tipping his hat to Obrafour’s classic album “Pae Mu Ka”, or legendary Hip Hop albums like Kanye West’s “College Dropout” and Jay-Z’s “The Blueprint”, he poignantly comments on a culture that has left an indelible mark on marginalized beginnings.
The current torchbearers are of course not left out of the MikeMillzOn’Em-produced track. J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, A-Reece, Black Sherif, and Sampa The Great get honourable mentions as boundary pushers of the genre, emphatically suggesting that Hip Hop remains a vibrant and relevant force in contemporary music and perhaps in safe hands.
M.anifest’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary has gone beyond his music. This year, he has actively engaged in discussions in academia, with an appearance at Howard University as a special guest, where he shared his insights on Hip Hop’s evolution from an African perspective over the past five decades. In July 2023, he was in New York at Global Cognac giant Hennessy’s invitation, joining a roster of world-renowned rappers to celebrate one of Hip Hop’s greats, Nas.
LISTEN HERE: M.anifest – ‘50 YEARS’ Freestyle
Strongman And A-Town TSB Collaborate To Create Musical Magic In ‘Dear God’
In a world where hip-hop often dominates the music scene with its beats, Strongman emerges as a poetic storyteller, delivering heartfelt emotions and introspection through his latest track, “Dear God.”
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Produced by the talented A-Town TSB, this song is a poignant plea to the divine for a breakthrough in life, and it’s destined to leave an indelible mark on the hearts of listeners.
Strongman, known for his lyrical prowess and deeply personal narratives, takes center stage in “Dear God.” His lyrics are a raw expression of the trials and tribulations faced in life, and he lays bare his innermost thoughts with remarkable vulnerability.
As you dive into the song, you’ll be captivated by the authenticity and sincerity that permeate every word he utters.
A-Town TSB’s production adds another layer of brilliance to “Dear God.” The beats are not just a backdrop; they are an essential element of the storytelling, seamlessly weaving together with Strongman’s words.
The music elevates the emotional journey of the song, creating an immersive experience that pulls at the heartstrings.
What makes “Dear God” truly special is its universality. It’s a song that speaks to anyone who has faced adversity, who has questioned their path, or who has sought solace in faith.
Strongman’s words resonate deeply with themes of perseverance, hope, and faith, making it a powerful addition to any playlist meant to inspire, uplift, or provide a moment of reflection.
As you listen to “Dear God,” you’ll find yourself drawn into Strongman’s world, where the quest for a breakthrough is a universal journey.
It’s a track that not only showcases the talent of the artist but also serves as a testament to the power of music to connect with the human soul.
In a genre often associated with bravado and swagger, Strongman’s “Dear God” is a refreshing and authentic reminder of the emotional depth that hip-hop can offer.
It’s a song that transcends boundaries and invites you to join in the search for answers, making it an essential addition to your music collection.
“Dear God” by Strongman is more than just a song; it’s a heartfelt plea, an emotional release, and an anthem of hope. It’s a reminder that, in the face of life’s challenges, music has the power to heal, inspire, and provide solace.
So, on its release day, make sure to add “Dear God” to your playlist, and let Strongman’s words and A-Town TSB’s beats guide you on a journey of self-discovery and resilience.
It’s available to stream on all online music platforms. Do well to interact with Strongman across his socials!
Gospel Artiste, Joseph And The Kohanim Releases Much Anticipated, “In Your Presence” Album
Following on from the success of his 2020 single ‘I Have A Dream,’ Joseph and the Kohanim is back three years later with his remarkable debut album entitled ”In Your Presence”, an album that began as an intimate journey within the heart and mind of Joseph himself.
He describes crafting each song as a ‘voyage,’ whereby melodies and choruses reverberated through Joseph’s thoughts before finding their final versions. ”In Your Presence” spans international borders with Nigerian and South African artists joining forces on tracks like “Beautiful, Wonderful” and “Dance Like David,” where Fega Micheal’s spirited rap in Nigerian-Pidgin English added a certain dynamic flair.
Additionally, featured artist Tee Mogano, who was once a backing vocal for Israel Houghton, lent his powerful lead vocals to “I’ll Be There,” bringing his South African timbres into the richs soundscapes on the same track, and on ‘Woke,’ Joseph was backed by an international chorus with united efforts from the UK – Joseph and his church members braving cold venues to harmonize for that true choir sound.
Across the Atlantic, Sharonda Griffin’s ethereal backing vocals came from Detroit, Michigan, to add an extra, transcendent layer. Joseph drew on his divine and faithful inspiration for tracks “Walking On Water” and “Lord I Need You”, which emerged in the weeks leading to the album’s release, fueled by a relentless desire to share his positive message.
With mixing and mastering in both Ghana and Detroit, ”In Your Presence” beckons listeners to embark on a transcendent journey, guided by the passionate and heartfelt expressions of Joseph and the Kohanim – a global testament to the power of Gospel music.
Joseph and the Kohanim is a multifaceted musician, songwriter and creative force who has been enthralled by music since his childhood. It was back in the early 90s that he first started
making music, inspired by the dulcet tones of artists such as the Clark Sisters, John P Kee, Fela Kuti, Gyedu Blay Ambolley and Earth Wind and Fire. His musical career was put on hold when he embarked on his spiritual journey as a missionary, travelling the globe
and spreading the positive messages of the Gospel. In 2017, Joseph finally found the time and opportunity to restart his musical career and, utilizing his decades of inspiration and dedication, released his debut single entitled ‘I Have A Dream’ in 2020. As Joseph and the Kohanim continues to craft his musical legacy with 2023 album ‘In Your Presence,’ his dedicated following are eagerly anticipating what this artiste has planned next.
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Chief One Soars Higher In Excellence With New Song ‘E Go Better’
In the ever-evolving landscape of African music, Chief One stands out as a true luminary, representing the rich tapestry of musical talent that the continent has to offer. With his latest track, “E Go Better,” Chief One proves once again that his artistry knows no bounds, blending the infectious rhythms of Amapiano with the soulful vibes of Afrobeats to create a masterpiece that resonates with audiences worldwide.
“E Go Better” is not just a song; it’s a musical journey that encapsulates the essence of patience and perseverance. Chief One’s lyrics are a testament to his storytelling prowess, as he weaves a narrative of hope and optimism through each verse and chorus. The message is clear: no matter the obstacles one faces, a brighter future is on the horizon.
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The fusion of Amapiano and Afrobeats in this track is a testament to Chief One’s musical versatility. The distinctive Amapiano groove adds a contagious energy to the song, while the Afrobeats elements infuse it with soulful melodies and harmonies. The result is a track that’s impossible not to move to, making it an instant hit on dance floors and playlists around the world.
Chief One’s vocals are nothing short of stellar, delivering each line with passion and authenticity. His voice carries the weight of experience, making “E Go Better” an anthem of hope for listeners from all walks of life.
In a world where music transcends borders, Chief One proudly represents Ghana and Africa as a whole. His dedication to his craft and his ability to seamlessly blend different musical genres is a testament to the global appeal of African music. “E Go Better” is yet another milestone in Chief One’s illustrious career, and it’s sure to cement his status as a superstar representing Africa worldwide.
And in a special tribute, Chief One’s “E Go Better” is inspired by the legendary Togolese singer, BELLA BELLOW, known for her timeless song “Blewu.” May her soul rest in peace. This connection to musical heritage adds an even deeper layer of significance to Chief One’s work, bridging the past and present of African music.
So, whether you’re a fan of Amapiano, Afrobeats, or simply appreciate good music with a meaningful message, Chief One’s “E Go Better” is a must-listen. It’s a song that reminds us all that patience is indeed a virtue and that better days are ahead. Join Chief One on this musical journey, and let the rhythms of “E Go Better” uplift your spirits and inspire you to keep moving forward. Africa’s musical legacy shines brightly through Chief One, and he’s ready to share it with the world.
Freddy Blaze Features Kofi Mole On His Latest Jam “Shame”
Ghanaian super talented artiste and the latest music ‘Shame’ performed by ‘NO LOVE’ serial hit-maker, Freddy Blaze.
Freddy Blaze Features Ghanaian hip hop, afrobeats artiste and No Gentlemen Allowed Music star, Kofi Mole on this mind-blowing masterpiece.
“Shamee was produced by Apya and visual directed by Kojo Myles.
Corzzy Blaque Enters The Party Bangers With “Pampana”
Corzzy Blaque, fast-rising Ghanaian Afrobeats Artiste has finally hit the bull’s eye with his latest single “Pampana”. An upbeat and very danceable jam for the parties all summer and for the nightlife buzz.
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“Pampana” is a local term for kids’ play back in the vintage days among African children. The song details how he would want to ‘snatch’ a girl away into a (night) party and do some ‘kinky’ stuff. Though a clean lyric song, it has song s3xually suggestive connotations to it. It was produced by Hairlegbe, and has an amapiano touch, the latest craze among the youthful ears.
Corzzy Blaque is part of CollinWud Team, a Ghanaian music clique powered in Accra.
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“People Even Have Sex On Atwea Mountains”, Angel Obinim Replies Shatana
The internet has been full of banters these couple of weeks. One which is fast gaining roots is that of artiste, Shatana and Bishop Obinim’s. It has sparked serious concerns outrages on the information super highway.
It has been a week when Shatana alleged that there has been a couple of sex workers plying their trade in front of the House of the Lord, where Bishop Angel Obinim sheperds. When Shatana decided to drive them away from the premises because it is blasphemous, she was met with a mouth gaping revelation. That Bishop Obinim owned the apartments that housed them (prostitutes), and they had to pay 2000cedis every month or face eviction.
This got to Shatana so much that she released the video and called the Ghanaian christiandom to be up and doing. The video then sparked heavy appeal and reaction.
Bishop Obinim who saw the need to explain the situation because it tarnished his image has responded to the claims made by Shatana. He said indeed he owned the apartments and he has rented it out to girls, some of which are Nigerians, Kenyans, Ghanaians, etc
Bishop Obinim further said although he owned the apartments, he has not given any tenant the power to use it as a brothel. Nonetheless, he explained that he could not control a tenant who decides to use her body for material gains. He also expressed that he has gone to the house to preach to them and pray on countless occasions but to no avail. He further said, people have been desecrating business areas, official and public places, and many more since time immemorial. He gave an example of how once he saw a pastor and his singer having intercourse on Atwea Mountain’s Prayer Camp. Lastly, he stated that the said apartments of his was not near the church premises.
Shatana is yet to rebut what Bishop Angel Obinim has said.
Watch the video of what Obinim said and the interview of Shatana explaining how she saw the place.
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