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E.L announces new single ‘Pay Like A Boss’

Over the last few months, E.L has dropped a steady string of singles. The year commenced with ‘Agbo’, followed by ‘See Me Sometime’, then the club banger ‘Abaa’, and just a few weeks ago, ‘Namaway’ featuring, Stonebwoy.

We are almost ending the year and E.L doesn’t seem to be running out of steam. After recently releasing the banger with Stonebwoy, the 2015 VGMA Artist of the Year has announced on social media, an imminent single off the WAVs album, titled ‘PAY LIKE A BOSS’.

We particularly can’t wait till WAVs (West African Vibes) drop, but till then we will bob to ‘Pay Like A Boss’ and any other stream of singles we are fortunate to be blessed with thereafter.

Anxious to hear the new record? Yea, us too.

Check out the artwork and brace yourself for a beautiful experience.

Keche drops new track ‘Flavour’ featuring Shatta Wale!

Ghanaian duo Keche have teamed with the dancehall king of Ghana Shatta Wale on hot new track ‘Flavour’. Produced by Willisbeats, ‘Flavour’ is an upbeat track that will sure be a hit with fans of both Keche and Shatta Wale. Have a listen below!

 

THE JOURNEY INTRODUCES NEW SHOW WITH AN AUDIENCE: CLOSE UP WITH NAYOKA OWARE AND AFROBEAT STAR SONA

The Journey has added a new, exciting andintimate category to the online channel. Nayoka Oware, online and Radio Personality, will be hosting her guest Sona in front of an audience. There will be laughter, a Q&A segment and a few surprises to begin and wrap up the show…

Presented by The Journey’s very own Presenter Nayoka Oware, this free ticketed event will take place on Friday 2nd December, 5.00-8.00PM in ever so vibrant Shoreditch. The British-Ghanaian owned company introduces a new segment to the online channel, in collaboration with Afrobeats star Sona, described as one of the stand-out artists of 2014, his previous singles “No Wahala”“Omo Deyi” and “Ijo Sona” have garnered over 500,000+ plays on YouTube and Sound Cloud, with rave reviews coming from leading African music websites and tastemakers includingAfrobeat360Jaguda and Okayafrica among others, as well as support from BBC1XtraCapital XtraBang RadioReprezent 107.3 FMSound City, Afrobeat 94FM and 1MusicNetworks.

Sona has much to say since his “wrongful” prison conviction and years in solitary confinement. Serving as the first taste of what is to come from Sona, “Do Me” and “Coming Home” featuring Jaij Hollands, is a glorious return to form for Afrobeat star. With its excellent R&B and Afrobeats sensibilities, the record shows off Sona’s infectious flow, lyrics and vocal melodies, and is sure to be an instant favourite among fans and critics alike.

ABOUT THE JOURNEY

One world, different journey’s. Be inspired.

Founded in 2012 by Nayoka Oware, The Journey is an online channel with the primary objective to inspire, encourage, motivate and entertain.

They communicate the message that irrespective of what you are told, you have a purpose! This is done through their tell all interviews with entertainers, actors, civil servants and more, who share their life experience/s in order to inspire the masses. To learn more visit www.nayokaoware.com

 

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A NIGHT WITH THE COMPOZERS 4 – December 2016

Their ascent has been rapid; the waves made over the course of the last few years imperious in magnitude. Having exploded onto the scene in 2013, this eclectic team of four incredibly-talented young Ghanaian musicians have become the standard in urban music live acoustics and instrumentalism. Charlie, Nana, Stephen and David have supported Nigerian music behemoth Wizkid and Ghana’s finest rapper Sarkodie, as well as regularly collaborating with Fuze ODG to name a few. In 2016 alone they have had the pleasure of performing on the same ticket as rap royalty Lauryn Hill and have rubbed shoulders with legitimate royalty in Prince Harry.

Regardless of where they perform and who they perform with, there is one jewel in the Compozer/Decadence Entertainment crown which gleams bigger and brighter with every passing year – one hallmark event at which their swelling number of fans can congregate to vibe, dance, sing along and get hyped as the Compozers come home to do what they do best. That event is A Night With The Compozers.

The first ANWTC in North London was an incredible event and each year the Compozers have slammed into their home event with increasing ferocity, ingenuity, creativity and vibrancy – proving that their finger never leaves the pulse of the musical landscape as they manage to put their inimitable spin on music from all eras. The fourth iteration of ANWTC promises to be the best yet!

Taking place at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on December 19th, ANWTC4 will be a show-stopping experience that will guarantee an amazing show for all in attendance. From a psychedelic stage and on-screen visuals, to bombastic tunes which will not fail to get you moving, you will not be disappointed!

Tickets for ANWTC sell out notoriously quickly so if you are going to be in London in December, you are advised to get your tickets now for what promises to be THE musical event of the Christmas season!

Date: Monday 19th December 2016 – 7PM

Venue: O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Shepherd’s Bush Green, London W12 8TT

Tickets go on general sale from 9am on Friday 9th September 2016

By Dr. Jermaine Bamfo

An Afrobeats Poem- Wake Us Up!

Copyright(c) 2016 Adwoa Asiedu

 

Can you hear the sound of the African drum?

Beating ever so loud, dying to be heard.

Can you feel the rhythm of the night?

The old has gone, new melodies have come.

New songs will be sung,

Can you see people being set free?

Thy sweet romance finally breaking out.

And will spread like flames of fire.

Once we were kept in the dark,

Today is a different story, we’re now in the light.

Leading the way for others to come.

Wake us up!

For we have been sleeping for too long.

Wake us up!

Consume us so we can take our positions.

As Kings and Queens.

By Adwoa Asiedu (@AdwoaAsiedu777)

 

Me Firi Ghana presents: The Afrobeats Music Festival Experience

‘The Party Just Never Stops’ Me Firi Ghana Representative Adwoa Asiedu tells us her thoughts on the Afrobeats Festival

Envision a lovely ambiance where people are not afraid to smile at strangers, or loudly sing at their top of their lungs when their favourite tunes come on.

Welcome to my world.

The party began as soon as you entered the 02 building. The anticipation of the event could not be20160730_210740 hidden as I watched how people hurried to get their last minute tickets.  Many dressed to impress, and moreover there was a powerful sense of solidarity amongst the crowd.  The majority that came to the event were of African heritage, but it didn’t matter who we were or who we represented.  It wasn’t about us.  It was about the Arts of Afrobeats and being immersed in the Afrobeats culture.

Credits to the Artists, Dancers, Presenters, DJ’s and the wonderful crowd for making it into delightful night. The show began with superb dancers who brought great energy to the show.   It was the perfect way to launch the festival as it got us into the festival spirit. DJ Abrantee never failed to disappoint with his infectious sense of humour. The crowd were magical.  I stood next to two talented guys whose moves I greatly admired. They didn’t care who was watching and it was beautiful to see. In that moment I thought:  ‘‘That’s what sets Afrobeats music festival apart from other festivals. The party just never stops.’’  There were no boundaries and I have to commend the entertaining crowd for keeping the party going.

20160730_221803My appreciations to DJ Fifi, DJ Sean and DJ Bills who gave us great tunes to dance to throughout the night. The Artists that came to perform were brilliant. Well done to R2bees, The Composers, Moelogo, Mista Silva, May7ven and Jaij Hollands with additional support by rising stars K.Weezy, Ray & Double A. Each act brought their gift to the stage, however there were a few acts that I thoroughly enjoyed watching because I connected to their musical style, rhythm and lyrics. They were R2bees, Moelogo and Miss Banks.

Multi Award Winners & BET Nominated R2bees were so captivating to watch on stage as they sang some of their biggest hits such as ‘Ajei’. When they opened the show with this song, the crowd fell in love and it was as if it was a brand new song all over again. It was evident to see that they have truly connected with the crowd because at one stage, all one could hear was the crowd singing joyfully in unity.

Moelogo had presence. He proved that he is not a regular artist. I enjoyed watching him sing his 20160730_211652iconic Tune ‘Baddest’ and it was nonetheless a breath-taking performance.

Miss Banks was a true dynamite. She performed her songs with swerve, charm and passion. She’s definitely one to look out for in the music scene.

I came to the festival with high expectations but I was not in the slightest disappointed.  If anything I was deeply touched by the gorgeous harmony between the crowd and the moving performances.

Me Firi Ghana would like to stress that The Afrobeats Music Festival was an unforgettable night. Thank you to all the event organisers who turned this glorious vision to reality on the 30th July 2016.

By Adwoa Asiedu @AdwoaAsiedu777

Come chop and party!

How does a day of fun and games, Afrobeat music, great West African cuisine with good company sound? Sounds good? Then read on >>>>

Chop X Beats is a fresh musical and culinary event that aims to create a feel good party atmosphere. They aim to provide a fun way to connect with, share and explore African culture through music, fashion, art, and food.

Chop X Beats draws its inspiration from the current African renaissance which is occurring across London, and the nostalgic feeling of African hall parties from the 90’s and early 00’s.

In light of this they’re holding an event this Sunday 7th August at The Brewhouse, 369-370 Helmsley Pl, Hackney, E8 3SB.

Attractions on the day

*Market stalls* selling African inspired art & fashion.

*West African cuisine*

*Dj Nore* with an exclusive Afrobeats set

*Traditional games*

Starts at 1pm and finishes at 10pm.

Early bird tickets two for £15 have completely sold out. There are still advance tickets, which are £12.50 and Group of 4 tickets (20% group discount), which are £40. Head here to purchase your tickets before they’re all gone!

R2Bees to headline Europe’s Biggest Afrobeats Music Festival!

The landmark event is timed perfectly as the multiple award winners & BET nominated artists R2bees announce a brand new album and joint venture with Wiz Kid and his Starboy Worldwide Record Label with Paedae, also known as Omar Sterling being made the President of Starboy Worldwide – making the collaboration the most powerful force in Afrobeats globally!!

Taking place the Indigo 02 the much vaunted festival-line up is hosted by UK Afrobeats crooner Abrantee (Capital Xtra) and supported by the worlds most noted and sought after Afrobeats live band The Compozers; including the biggest names in UK Afrobeats Moelogo, May7ven, Mista Silva, Atumpan and Jaij Hollands with additional support by rising stars K.Weezy, Ray & Double A.

The Festival tailored to foster unity and excellence in Afrobeats will be a show-stopping experience that will guarantee festival goers an amazing show; from psychedelic stage and on-screen visuals, cultural dance and a strong lineup of performers headlined by Ghanaian megastar duo R2BEES.

DJ line up include: DJ Fifi, DJ Sean and DJ Bills!

Get your tickets for Europe’s Biggest Afrobeats Music Festival with R2Bees here or here

Date: Saturday 30th July

Venue: Indigo O2 , Peninsula Way SE10 0DZ

Doors open at 7pm sharp!

 

Sarkodie to headline Indigo O2 for Ghana’s 59th Independence

Unarguably the biggest persona of Ghanaian music and one of Africa’s greatest, Sarkodie will become the first African rapper to headline his own concert at Indigo at the O2.

The multiple BET winner and Mobo award nominee, who recently joined Fuse ODG on the last leg of his UK tour is one of the major proponents of the Azonto genre and dance made popular by Fuse ODG internationally.

Sarkodie will be taking his brand to the next level as he has enlisted the support of UK’s most sought after live band, The Compozers to rock the crowd and UK’s afrobeats pioneer, Abrantee to host the event.

The audience are in for a mega treat with Sarkodie’s skilful 50-syllables-per-second flow, countless hits from a career spanning 15 years and a flux of surprise guest performers including his personal DJ Mensah to ensure a show-stopper.

This concert will surely establish Sarkodie as one of the world’s most iconic African artists.

Tickets for Sarkodie’s concert are now on sale! Click here to purchase before they’re are sold out!

New African Dance School launches children and adult classes in London

Adinkra Dance School (ADS), will be launching African dance classes for children and adults, this February 2016. Children and adults will be taught traditional dancing using the schools MAT strategy, which consists of Modern, Afrobeats dance and Traditional African dance techniques.

 

ADS Flyer (1)ADS is the brain child of Cilla Gyewu, Felix Lartey Cheetham and Mavis Osei. They spotted an opportunity to teach dances that they grew up learning and knowing.

Felix said “Our dance classes will be exceptional because of the mixes of dances from different parts of Africa from Traditional to Modern.”

The name Adinkra comes from the Akan language, of the Ashanti tribe of Ghana, West Africa and represents visual symbols that represent concepts or aphorisms.

Cilla and Mavis said “We are all of Ghanaian/African heritage, and really wanted to share some of the rich African culture off to both children and adults, dancing seemed like the best way to do that, seeing as we all love to dance one way or the other”.

ADS dance classes not only tap into cultural identity but also provides many health benefits. Dancing improves our body by strengthening it, making the body more flexible, giving great posture and balance. Dancing also keeps a child’s body and brains active, extremely vital for growing children.

Students will work individually and in pairs/groups and learn different traditional dance routines, mastering a routine before moving onto the next. Children will also have the opportunity to showcase their dance routines that they have learnt throughout the term. For more details or to book contact adschooluk@gmail.com 07704 347 045 or 07596 021776

 

Class details:

North London

Every Saturday commencing 20th February 2016

Location:  Woodhouse College Dance Studio, Woodhouse Road, Finchley N12 9EY.

Time: 2-3pm

 

West London

Every Friday from 19th February 2016

Location:  Oak Tree Community Centre, Osborne Road, Acton, W3 8SJ.

Time: 4-5pm.

Both classes are £6 or 10 sessions for £50. Email adschooluk@gmail.com or call 07704 347 045 or 07596 021776 for an application form