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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Ijekimora Teams With South Africa’s Busiswa For Hot New Single “Fire”
Nigerian Afrobeats Artiste, Ijekimora, shares her latest single “Fire” with her Ghana fanbase. She featured South African Music Icon, Busiswa, on it. An official video was shot for it too along with the official release of the song.
Stream “Fire” featuring Busiswa here on Digital Stores: Azuri.lnk.to/Fire
About Creating The Song “Fire”
“We came up with the title ‘Fire’ because of the way Busiswa came wild and unapologetic on the beat and it was so steamy we had to name it ‘Fire’, and the chorus had that melody in it too; the song already defined itself and you get to feel the energy and power behind it when you’re listening to it.” – Ijekimora
“The concept of the song is just 2 girls taking over, literally, empowering ourselves as 2 fierce women in the music industry living the best of our lives and making money as well,” Ijekimora added. The song is Amapiano inspired.
Why Busiswa for a feature?
Ijekimora was looking forward to breaking into the South African market, thus, needed an artiste she could work with; coincidentally Busiswa came through as the one. Busiswa had a show in Lagos and Ijekimora’s Team connected with her; and everything took off from there. “It wasn’t stressful at all getting her to jump on my song”, she says.
Ijekimora is still experimenting sounds to put together her debut EP she announced as “Kimorality”. She promises her fans to expect the EP to be out some time in 2023 though there were delays. She is a perfectionist and makes sure she gets her things right hence the little delay but off the cuff she has alreay released fire singles “Sexy Papa”, “Temptation” and a previous sensation “Stand By Me” featuring Seyi Vibez.
Ijekimora, grew up in Dallas but hails from Nigeria. She often shuffles between Nigeria and Ghana; she says Ghana is like a second home to her so she frequents Ghana grounds to do her promotions each time she drops a new song.
Busiswa Gqulu, known mononymously as Busiswa or Busi, is a South African singer-songwriter and poet. Born in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, South Africa, she gained public recognition for her feature on DJ Zinhle’s song, “My Name Is”, after being discovered by Kalawa Jazmee’s CEO Oskido. She is a vibrant artiste known across Africa and beyond and has rocked many stages locally and internationally.
Follow them on Instagram & Twitter: @Ijekimora and @Busiswaah
Samini Revives ‘UNTAMED’ Album With Live Renditions, Shares ‘Island Girl’ Performance Video
“UNTAMED”, Samini’s debut Billboard charting Album that also won “Reggae Album of the Year 2017” on Reggaeville has just received another facelift. The Album got listed in TOP 10 Reggae Albums on Billboard.com in the second week after its release and charted at No. 8.
Samini makes a U-Turn with the release of Live Sets for the timeless Album, “UNTAMED”. There will be a series of such to be released by the MOBO Winner on his Youtube Channel. But not limited to only his “UNTAMED” Album but will also feature some of his major hits and rare songs released from the past. “Island Girl” is Track 17 off “UNTAMED” Album – the catalogue came with 22 songs.
Stream “Island Girl” Audio Here: https://samini.lnk.to/islandgirl
Arguably tipped as the Best Live Band Performer in Ghana, it is just right that Samini serves such this ‘delicacy’ in sweet melodies for his ever growing fanbase under a consistent career spanning over 20 years and still active.
Samini teamed with his in-house Band – Groove House Band – for this initiative. “Breaking News”, single off a previously released Album by Samini was also served a month ago on the Live Set.
Below, The Production Credits:
Drums/Music Director – Francis Kweku Osei
Artiste/Lead Vocals – Emmanuel Andrews Samini
Keyboardist – Carl Amoah
Bassist – Gadiel Amoah
Guitarist – Cydric Asare
Recording Technician – Mordechai Asante
Monitor Mixing Technician – Johnson Asare
Mixing & Mastering Engineer – Francis Kweku Osei
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Rochester NY based Ghanaian art Jay Baba teams up with Ghanaian hip hop art Ayesem on a masterpiece single tagged “Solo“.
Check out this new masterpiece collaboration, enjoy and drop your comments below.
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Ghanaian Artistes Are Talented But Nigerians Artiste Invest Largely In Their Craft” – Joseph Matthew Laments
Award-winning Ghanaian afro-gospel singer and songwriter, Joseph Matthew has ranted on the issue of Nigerians being ahead of Ghanaians in the music front.
According to Joseph Matthew, it is not as if Nigerian musicians produce better sounds than Ghanaians do but they, Nigerians are a bit ahead because they have some serious investors who invest in their artistes and that their population is ten times larger than Ghana’s.
“Ghana is like a state in Nigeria. We have less than 40 million population as compared to Nigerians who have a whooping a little over 300 million population. It means we are even doing well competing with numbers like that. In order to get to the top, we do not need just good content. Ghanaians are even more talented than the Nigerians,” he told Okyerefour on Hot 93.9FM
The ‘Nyame Ye’ crooner disclosed that Nigerians always have an upper hand than Ghanaians because of the kind of support the whole populace shows their artistes, and also how their music promotion methods are structured is above par.
“Ghanaian artistes are always crying about money but Nigerians wouldn’t mind breaking the bank just to market their music. They really support themselves unlike Ghanaians” he added.
Joseph Matthew whose current song ‘Blessed’ is regarded as the best Urban gospel song currently, not just in Ghana but in Africa, said making money as an artiste in recent times is strategic and as such, Ghanaian musicians must be ready to invest heavily in marketing their craft. That, according to the UK-based Ghanaian afro-gospel singer is the only way they could make returns.
Have a feel of Joseph Matthew’s “Blessed” from below.
Samini Claims The Reggae Space Again With “Be Alright” Official Video
Samini after a long pause gets back on the music charts this week with his latest single “Be Alright”.
Listen Here: https://samini.lnk.to/BeAlright
Shot on location in Calgary, Canada, the visuals to the song presents a ‘feel good’ mood to compliment the swooning lyrics sang by Samini. The fresh sound with top-notch production quality is tipped as a single off Samini’s upcoming EP. Location for the video was scouted by Yakubu Alhassan (Mo – @Deediaba). The Reggae classic also has Highlife underpinned to its production, as well as laced with Ska basics to strike a good balance and originality (as an a thoroughbred African Artiste, thus Ghana).
Video Director: Carlos Pallares
Cinematographers: Thomas Garchinski, Lynden Kidd
Drone Pilot: Thomas Garchinski
Editor: Carlos Pallares
Record Label: Samini Music
Songwriter: Samini (Emmanuel Andrews Samini)
Composers: Bright Osei Boadu, Francis Kweku Osei, Cydric Kwaku Asare
Mixing: Francis Osei
Mastering: Loud City Music
Strongman Partners With Ministry Of Sanitation, The World Bank And GAMA PCU To Reduce Open Defecation In Greater Kumasi
Hip Hop act Strongman has teamed with the Ministry of Sanitation, The World Bank and GAMA PCU to embark on a project to curb the rise in open defecation in the Ashanti Region. In the wake of the time where Kumasi is leading in the number of open defecation, it is in light of this that the parties came together to help build toilets at affordable prices for households.
Stream Di Woho Ni by Strongman featuring Apya here: https://audiomack.com/strongmanburner/song/diwohoni
As part of his social responsibility to the people of the region and Ghana, the musician has composed a theme song for the project titled ‘Di Who Ni’, which features singer cum producer Apya.
The project calls out to people living in low income areas with a 70% subsidy of the cost of household toilets to make the capital cost of accessing the toilets affordable to the low income residents. The beneficiary Assemblies include eight Metropolitans/Municipal Assemblies (MMAs) of the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area, comprising Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, Asokwa, Oforikrom, Old Tafo, Suame, Kwadaso, Ejisu and Asokore Mampong Municipal Assemblies.
Having sighted as the mouthpiece of the youth of Greater Kumasi with his art and music, it was only prudent that Hip Hop act Strongman pens down a song that elaborates the details on this project to help reach the masses.
In due time, Strongman will be embarking on a tour to visit neighbourhoods in the region to propagate and educate them on cleanliness and how this project is beneficial in the development of the country. For more information on the project, Call: 0207811616
Song is produced by Apya.
King Paluta Employs Qwami Stika On New Single ‘Yahitte’
On the hit song YAHITTE, The Great King Paluta recruits his first born in rap, Qwame Stika.
Over the years, King Paluta has shone a light on his fellow rappers, allowing them to be heard by the masses; with the likes of Alhaji Bull, Sheriff Keita, Verbz, Nana Ba BIG, Star JunneYo, just to mention a few.
He is yet to unveil many other talents, since he (King Paluta) is not self-centered.
Due to his selflessness, it has earned him the street credibility he is enjoying now and his people treat him as the King he is now.
Let’s listen to this new one from King Paluta as he doubled up to earn the production credit.
Khendi Beatz mixed and mastered the track. Enjoy.
Chief One Introduces New Artiste, DD Don, From His Stable With New Song And Video “Big Gyal”
Chief One doesn’t want to enjoy the glory alone. He introduces DD Don, prolific Dancehall Singjay from his stable – Lawada Republiq.
DD Don who collaborated with Chief One on a viral song “Novayi” about a year ago is about to fully take on his own journey too.
Titled “Big Gyal”, the song comes across as an uptempo Dancehall jam with a taste of early 2000s flair with his style and delivery. You definitely need some very good speakers to get the boom sound produced by Hairlergbe who worked on the record.
DD Don is one of the young Dancehall artistes honing his craft to hit mainstream, from the Volta Region of Ghana, same place Chief One had his buzz from and got mainstream attention. The song is out on Digital Stores.
Listen Here: https://ditto.fm/big-gyal
An official Video was also filmed for the song which is also out on Youtube. Directed by Wizaad Frames.
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Gabiro Mtu Necessary Makes Cut For 65th Grammy Awards Consideration List
The 65th Grammy Awards is set to unveil its nominations list this November and Kisumu-based musician, Gabiro Mtu Necessary is the first Kenyan musician to receive consideration for the same.
Gabiro’s debut album; Saint John and another single dubbed Pok Alando have both been added to the voting list categories of Best Global Music Album and Best Global Music Performance respectively.
This comes days after he hit the 2 million streams mark with his album across all digital streaming platforms with Boomplay leading with the highest number of streams at 520,000 streams at the time.
Stream Album Here: https://www.boomplay.com/albums/45510120
Last year, Mtu Necessary had his 3 track EP, JENESIS recognized by the Recording Academy in the annual Behind the Records project and later got considered for a Grammy nomination as the Best Global Music album alongside two other Kenyan musicians; Octopizzo and Victoria Kimani.
He recently got admitted to the Recording Academy as a member with voting rights.
All these came up at a time when the self-proclaimed Kisumu President had given up on music and had gone ahead to open a barbershop and venture into poultry farming.
He is a clear indication that strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle and this is more evident with the fact that he is a native of Kisumu city where he dwells and creates his music with very little at his disposal.
In another post on his Facebook page, Gabiro wrote; “Is it not appropriate to now say I am the first rapper to take Luo rap to the Grammys? We are bringing this to Kisumu one day, it’s close and I can feel it…”
With the Grammys being the world’s most prestigious award, it is not an effortless feat to have a musician’s work featured on their platform and for this, we give up to musicians like Gabiro who keep applying pressure to the necessary points.
Stream Gabiro’s debut album below:
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