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Afrobeat star Sona releases new single ‘GINGER’

Ginger is the newly anticipated single from British-Nigerian Afrobeat musician Sona.

Following the release of his first single of the year, “Story” which was highly received, Sona has officially released the anticipated visuals to his single “Ginger” and as he says “he is ready to ginger”.

Sona released his debut single Summertime in 2013. Following on from this he then resurfaced with a treble release in early 2014 with singles Ijo Sona, No Wahala & Eyy Mama garnering over 2 million streams collectively. Sona also collaborated with Sneakbo on their song ‘Hurt Nobody’ which has almost 2million views.

He has since received massive airplay support from BBC 1Xtra, Capital Xtra and has also been recognized by BETKey UK and African based taste-makers have labelled Sona as a prospect to look out for in the year of 2017.

Check it out below!

Lethal Bizzle, Krept & Konan, Flo Rida and Natalie La Rose announced for BBC Radio 1Xtra Live in Leeds

BBC Radio 1Xtra has abnnounced Lethal Bizzle, Krept & Konan, Flo Rida, Miguel, Natalie La Rose,  Stormzy and Kid Ink as part of the line-up for 2015’s BBC Radio 1Xtra Live in Leeds – the station’s annual flagship event which sees some of the hottest acts on the urban music scene take to the stage for one night only.

This huge line-up, along with further acts still to be announced, will hit the stage at the First Direct Arena, Leeds on Saturday 17th October and represents some of the best UK and international acts currently championed by 1Xtra.

Lethal Bizzle is part of the line up

Lethal Bizzle is part of the line up

The event, which has an unrivalled reputation for bringing people together to share live urban music, will be hosted by Radio 1Xtra DJs.

Ace and A.Dot will be covering all of the build-up live from 4-6.30pm, with MistaJam and Target presenting a live show backstage from 6.30-11.30pm. The show will also be live on Red Button, streamed on 1Xtra’s website (bbc.co.uk/1xtra) and highlights will be available on YouTube and via BBC iPlayer.

To warm up for the event, Radio 1Xtra will also be putting on an ambitious outreach project of over 30 events in 30 days for 15-24 year-olds in Leeds and Bradford. The programme, that will run from 15 September to 17 October will be created specifically for the young people in the cities, and will include a range of Q&A’s, practical workshops, networking events and work experience opportunities, with insights from 1Xtra DJs and staff, artists and music industry professionals.

Flo Rida says: “To all my fans in the UK, I look forward to performing for you on October 17th.  My fans in the UK are great. I had the pleasure of performing before 100,000 recently and can’t wait to perform at 1Xtra Live for the BBC.”

Natalie La Rose says: “I’m super excited to perform at the 1Xtra event because it’s going to be my first big live performance in the

Stormzy will be performing

Stormzy will be performing

UK, so I really can’t wait. 1Xtra get ready!”

Austin Daboh, BBC Radio 1Xtra Music Manager says: “To be able to bring this level of national and international talent to a local audience is what 1Xtra Live is all about. The line-up is amazing and with a crowd like Leeds, it’s set to be one of the hottest nights of the year.”

Further details about 1Xtra Live, including ticketing information will be revealed in the coming weeks.

New single from Mista Silva

AFROBEATS SENSATION MISTA SILVA DEBUTS BRAND NEW SINGLE “I KNOW YOU LIKE AM”

 

Afrobeats sensation and full-fledged star Mista Silva is the modern voice of a new generation bringing Afrobeats and the sound of Africa to a brand new audience. With his instant classic and pioneering sounds of “Boom Boom Tah”, Mista Silva was the first unsigned Afrobeats artist to be playlisted on BBC 1Xtra.

 

Still ringing bells and making massive waves with his debut E.P titled Full Vim, the extremely talented and versatile artist stole the show at the likes of E4 Udderbelly Festival, BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekender, Africa Unplugged, I Love Afrobeats Festival, Somerset House’ Summer Afrobeats Series and WizKid’s UK tour among other essential Afrobeats gigs and concerts of 2012, which also saw Mista Silva perform across the globe, notably in Germany, Holland, Ghana and Austria.

 

As a result of his successful single and E.P release as well as his extensive performance schedule across the UK, Mista Silva was awarded the UK Artist of the Year 2012 gong at the GMA Europe 2012 as well as Best Emerging Act 2012 at the GUBA Awards. He rounded off a fantastic 2012 with the release of “No. 1” music video off of the Full Vim E.P.

 

Mista Silva picks up in 2013 where he left off in 2012 with the release of his brand new single titled “I Know You Like Am” which is off of his forthcoming sophomore E.P More Vim!!!

Check out the song below!