Tag: Dj Abrantee


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!

Vote for GH/UK artists nominated for 2015 Urban Music Awards!

The prestigious European Urban Music Awards & the UMA Academy have announced the nominees for this year’s highly anticipated 13th annual awards ceremony taking place on the 21st of November 2015 in London, with a number of Ghanaian/UK artists such as Stormzy, Lethal Bizzle, Kwabs and Fuse ODG among others making it on the nominee lists

 

Each year, thousands of avid music fans decide the nominees for each of the 21 categories in the event, and it is these fans who will decide the winners for the 13th annual European Urban Music Awards ceremony.

 

The Urban Music Awards also announced a five year sponsorship deal with multi-market store, Mokingo.com.

 

Gary McCarthy, Marketing Manager for Mokingo.com commented, “We are very excited to sign a three year sponsorship term with the Urban Music Awards. The UMA’s is one of the most recognisable brands in music worldwide and to be part of this great institution is truly an honour. Good luck to all the nominees and winners at this year’s 13th annual Urban Music Awards”

 

Other sponsors for the UMA’s 2015 include: Luc Belaire (Official Rosé Wine Sponsor) , Hip Pops (Official Snack Sponsor) , Turntable Bar & Restaurant, Beyond Beauty Cosmetic, Cosmetic Surgery Partner, DeChavel , InvestNation and Zuricom (Official Mobile Phone Partner)

 

The televised show will be broadcast on Showcasetv, Freeview channel 254., Sky 261 and FreeSat 402. #UrbanMusicAwards

 

***Ghanaian/UK artists have been highlighted in bold so let’s get voting for them!***

 

UMA Best Newcomer 2015 (In association with Mokingo.com)

Bugzy Malone

Zak Abel

Kelvin Jones

Fluer East

Section Boyz

Nao

Bonkaz

Nick Brewer

George The Poet

J Hus

Snakehips

Sinead Harnett

Yungen

Wstrn

 

UMA Best Video 2015

Lady Leshurr ‘Queen Speech 4’

Stormzy “Know Me From” (Directed by Serious Black)

FKA Twigs “Glass & Patron” (Directed by FKA Twigs)

Rita Ora Feat. Chris Brown “Body On Me” (Directed Colin Tilley)

Lethal Bizzle Feat. Diztortion “Fester Skank” (Directed by Ludovic and Zotto)

Kano ‘New Banger’

Jidenna ‘Classic Man’

Macklemore ft. Lewis, Nally, & Mel ‘Downtown’

 

UMA Best Female Act 2015

FKA Twigs

Fluer East

Lady Leshurr

Little Simz

Ella Eyre

Lianne La Havas

Jess Glynne

M.I.A

Ella Henderson

Melissa Steel

Katy B

 

UMA Best Male Act 2015

Skepta

MNEK

Mark Ronson

Krept and Konan

Jme

Stormzy

Tinie Tempah

Fuse ODG

Giggs

Kano

Kwabs

Ed Sheeran

Jidenna

Wstrn

Gregory Porter

 

UMA Best Single 2015 (In association with Luc Belaire)

Mark Ronson Feat. Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk”

Macklemoore ‘Downtown’

Kwabs ‘Walk’

Wstrn ‘In2’

Jedinna ‘Classic Man’

MNEK & Zara Larsson “Never Forget You”

KDA feat. Tinie Tempah & Katy B “Turn The Music Louder” (Rumble)

Skepta “Shutdown”

Kygo feat. Ella Henderson “Here For You”

Tinie Tempah Feat. Jess Glynne “Not Letting Go”

Jme Feat. Giggs “Man Don’t Care”

Krept and Konan Feat. Jeremih “Freak Of The Week”

Blinkie ‘Don’t Give Up on Love’

KStewart “Ain’t Nobody”

Maverick Sabre “Come Fly Away”

J Spades ‘Nobody’ (feat. MoStack, Cutfather ‘Swift’, J. Hus & Grizzy)

 

UMA Best Album 2015

Krept and Konan – The Long Way Home

Tyrese – Black Rose

Jme – Integrity

Ed Sheeran- X

Lianne La Havas – Blood

Wiley – Snakes & Ladders

Jamie XX – In Colour

Drake – If Youre Reading This Its Too Late#

Cole – Forest Hill Drive

Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

Dr. Dre – Compton: A Soundtrack By Dr. Dre

The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness

D’Angelo and The Vanguard – Black Messiah

Jazmine Sullivan – Reality Show

 

UMA Best Grime Act 2015

Bugzy Malone

Big Narstie

Jme

Lethal Bizzle

Skepta

Stormzy

Ghetts

 

UMA Best R&B/Soul Act 2015

Shakka

Lianne La Havas

Andreya Triana

Joss Stone

Melissa Steel

Fluer East

Angel

Kwabs

Zalon Thompson

 

UMA Best Hip Hop Act 2015

Akala

Krept and Konan

Little Simz

Section Boyz

Lady Leshurr

Nines

Professor Green

Giggs

 

UMA Best African Act

Wizkid

Fuse ODG

Silvastone

Davido

Patoranking

Moelogo

Yemi Alade

AKA

Mista Silva

Shatta Wale

 

UMA Best Reggae Act

Stylo G

Chronixx

OMI

Popcaan

Protoje

 

UMA Best Jazz Act

Yolanda Brown

Binker and Moses

Dianne Reeves

Julia Biel

Zara McFarlane

Courtney Pine

David Lyttle

Polar Bear

GoGo Penguin

Sons of Kemet

Polar Bear

Gregory Porter

 

UMA Best Gospel Act

J Vessel

Chos3n

ACM Gospel Choir

Olaedo Ibe

Leroy Johnson

Ni-Cola

Faith Child

 

UMA Best Group 2015

Rudimental

Section Boyz

Wstern

Chos3n

 

UMA Best Radio Show 2015

Breakfast Club- DJ Envy, Angela Yee & Charlamagne (Power 105.1)

Neeve ‘Kisstory’ ( Kiss)

Ricki, Melvin & Charlie (In the Morning – Kiss)

Craig David presents TS5 (Capital Xtra)

Charlie Sloth (1Xtra)

E-Plus ( Capital Xtra)

Marvin Humes (Capital Xtra)

DJ Abrantee (Capital Xtra)

Shortee Blitz & MK (Kiss)

Max (Capital Xtra)

Jamz Supernova ( BBC 1Xtra)

A. Dot – ‘The Dotty Show’ (BBC 1Xtra)

Mista Jam ( BBC 1Xtra)

 

UMA Best Collaboration 2015 sponsored by DeChavel

Sigma & Diztortion ft. Jacob Banks ‘Redemption’

Redlight feat. Melisa Whiskey ‘Threshold’

Shakka feat. JME ‘Say Nada’

R. City feat. Adam Levine ‘Locked Away’

R2bees Feat. Davido – ‘Gboza’

Jesse Glynne ft Tinie Tempah ‘Not Letting Go’

Krept & Konan ft. Jeremih ‘Freak of the Week’

Rita Ora ft. Chris Brown ‘Body on Me’

Macklemore ft. Lewis, Nally, & Mel ‘Downtown’

Nick Brewer ft. Bibi Bourelly ‘Talk To Me’

 

UMA Best Producer 2015

Maleek Berry

Naughty Boy

Diztortion

Mele

Calvin Harris

Disclosure

Mura Masa

 

UMA Best International Artist 2015

Jidenna

Tyrese

Chris Brown

Yellow Claw

August Alsina

Nico & Vinz

Drake

French Montana

OMI

MackleMoore

ASAP Rocky

J.Cole

Weeknd

 

UMA Best DJ 2015

Manny Norte

DJ Charlesy

EZ

Shortee Blitz

DJ Fonti

Mista Jam

Tim Westwood

DJ Envy

Shy FX

Melody Kane

 

UMA Best Music Channel 2015

Channel AKA

Not For The Radio (Online)

MTV

ViVa

Flava TV

Link UP TV

 

UMA Best Clothing Brand 2015

Dench

Boy Better Know

Money Clothing

Trapstar

Mula Cake Clothing

Nike

Puma

DeChavel

 

UMA Best Music PR Company 2015

Dawbell PR

Sticky Toffee PR

Brand Weekly PR

Hudson PR

Outpost PR

Impressive PR

Ditto Music PR

Purple PR

 

UMA Best Radio Station 2015

Bang Radio

Colourful Radio

1Xtra

Rinse fm

Capital Xtra

Kiss

Juice fm

 

Voting for the Urban Music Awards 2015 is live now till the 15th of November 2015 on www.urbanmusicawards.net

Ghana Music Awards Europe 2013 Review

Ghana Music Awards Europe 2013 – a major disappointment

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So its safe to say that the 2013 Ghana Music Awards Europe that took place on Friday 9th August at the IndigO2 was a major flop. I made the really bad decision of attending the event, thinking I was in for a great night – how wrong was I!

I must say that I had misgivings about going. I mean, Ghanaian events in the UK don’t exactly have a great track record when it comes to being organised. However a friend told me last year GMA Europe was quite good, and looking at the artist line up this year (Sarkodie, Kojo Antwi, Fuse ODG, Pat Thomas, Atumpan and others), I thought I might as well give it a shot.

I got to the venue just after midnight and to me the turnout was quite disappointing. After this event being billed as the biggest night in Ghanaian music in Europe, I expected to find a packed venue. But the VIP area had plenty of empty seats, and the standing section was barely filled. This did not bode well , and the night progressively got worse from there.

I had expected to find the show under way when I got there, but the host for the night DJ Abrantee didn’t come on stage until almost 1am. And the show was supposed to have started at 9pm…I must say co-host Nana Ama McBrown was a pleasant surprise – her rendition of R2Bees hit ‘Walahi’ showed that not only was she a talented actress but she can hold her own on the mike as well! But she only came on for about 5 mins at the start of the show and the was it – I didn’t see her on stage again.

The event finally got under way and when it was time to give out the awards, guess what? The winners were not even there to collect them. Which is understandable – I mean not everyone nominated could fly here for the event right? However none of the artists based in Ghana nominated were present, a fact that was not well received by the crowd, who subsequently booed every time it was announced that the winner unfortunately couldn’t make it.

The only thing that could have saved the night was the performances from Sarkodie, Kojo Antwi and Pat Thomas. Not to say that the other UK based Ghanaian artists weren’t good. I regularly see Fuse ODG, Mista Silva, Skob, Kwamz, Flava, Gizmo and Sonni Balli at Ghanaian events all the time, the most recent being Ghana Party in the Park just last week, so I wasn’t really looking forward to their performances as much I was to Sarkodie, Kojo Antwi and Pat Thomas (and I’m sure I wasn’t alone on this). But surprise surprise they were a no show. No explanation was given as to their absence – I later learned that Kojo Antwi had turned up too late to the venue so security did not allow him in.

By now it was around 3am and I had had enough. Even though the event was still going on I left feeling like the event organisers had cheated myself and others who attended out of our money. The main artists that were supposed to perform didn’t turn up, the show started late and dragged on for way too long and the overall organisation of the night was extremely poor.

However the evening wasn’t all bad – I did enjoy Charsay‘s , Fuse’s and Mista Silva’s performances. But based on what transpired on Friday night will I go to next year’s GMA Europe? Right now the answer is a resounding no.

By Yaa Nyarko

Introducing you to…

GHRBS N-A

 

MeFiri Ghana speaks with N-A, the master man music producer behind azonto-funky tune – ‘Shine Your Eyes’, by Kwamz n Flava ft Starboy Willz & King Zion. Bursting with curiosity and questions, we were fortunate to speak with Mr N-A.

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MFG: Tell us your real name?

N-A: Nathan Nana Kwasi Agyemang, simply known as ‘N-A’.

MFG: How young are you?

N-A: I’m 18 Years old.

MFG: Where were you raised?

N-A: I grew up in Wood Green (North London).

MFG: Are both your Parents of GHANAIAN DESCENT?

N-A: Yes!!

MFG: Are you a student?

N-A: I’m in my first year studying, Event Management at Coventry University.

Shout out to #TeamCOV!

MFG: What do you do exactly?

N-A: I’m a music producer

MFG: Who do you represent?

N-A: I’m currently working alongside AfroBeat Movement (ABM Events), consisting of the likes of DJ Abrantee from Choice FM. They organise urban events in the UK and overseas bringing Afro beat artists from the UK and Africa.

MFG: Where did the creativity start?

N-A: I’ve always been deeply interested in music but I only realised my real love for the actual instrumentals. If I personally feel that a beat isn’t good, I wouldn’t listen to the track! And so I decided to make my own beats! I’m influenced by producers like Timberland, The Neptunes, S-X, Skepta & JME, Appietus, and Killbeatz just to name a few.

MFG: Where did the opportunity of beat making come from & how did seeing yourself featured in the video feel?

N-A: When I was 15 I downloaded a demo version of FL Studio 3 but it was frustrating because I couldn’t actually save the beats. However I managed to get my hands on the latest FL Studio 10 and I’ve just taken it from there. It was my first time being in a music video, so I was a bit shy but it felt good.

MFG: What response did you receive?

N-A: I’ve received positive comments from both my friends and family, and most importantly they all adored the tune! Many upcoming Afro beat artists and promoters have followed me on twitter since then.

MFG: Can you imagine yourself doing anything else apart from your desired Passion?

N-A: No. I love making beats.

MFG: Share Your Best Motivation Line?

N-A: “Yesterday you said, ‘Tomorrow’. Just do it.” (I got that from a Nike advert!!!) J

MFG: Are You Proud To STATE “MeFiRi GHANA”

N-A: Yes of course.

MFG: Do you think your Culture has influenced your chosen pathway?

N-A: 100%. I grew up listening to hip life all my life with artists such as Daddy Lumba, Kwabena Kwabena, KK Fosu etc. Producers such as Appietus and J-Q, It was only right of me to make beats which are influenced by my African heritage.

MFG: Why & what do you Love about GHANA?

N-A: Everything! From the Fanta Orange in glass bottles to the Fan Ice, Tom Brown, the beautiful beaches, the weather, the football team, my family back there. And of course I love the music! I love being Ghanaian because it is such a peaceful country and there are many of us in London and so we can all relate and enjoy the same things.

MFG: What do you want to achieve from what you do? And what will You Do with it?

N-A: I aim to become one of the most versatile producers ever. I also make hip-hip and RnB type beats. I’d also like to be an event organiser.

MFG: What have you to offer Ghana?

N-A: The best of modern African music!!!!

MFG: Did you attend ‘The Ghana Youth Day’ 2012?

N-A: I didn’t attend but I heard about. It was held in Tottenham, and its purpose was to engage the youth in activities and encourage them to achieve their goals without resulting to crime. Which I believe is a major concern especially in Tottenham.

MFG: When next are you touching down in Ghana & who would you like to work with?

N-A: Not sure yet, but I would like to work with two producers Killbeatz (‘Antenna’) and Garzy (‘BoomBoomTah’) and any of the popular Afro beats artists there.

MFG: Where can we catch up with your latest Movements?

N-A: www.twitter.com/N2theA

soundcloud.com/N2theA – (HipHop beats)

www.youtube.com/OfficialN2theA – (Afrobeats)

MeFiri Ghana salutes you Nana for breaking through the music industry at a very young age. You are acting in role as a ‘Youth Ambassador’ to the young Ghanaian generation

As you are proving to other youths that nothing is impossible. Opportunities are lurking around everywhere. GOD has done the beauty in your work. We love to see your talent being exercised; we see how you have envisioned offering Ghana a part of you, which hopefully will sustain Ghana for the better. This type of action roots for a bigger, better and developed GHANA. Creativity is at the heart of you, keep embracing that.

By Trey’C

Please feel free to express your comments below.

Dj Abrantee: The Ultimate Afrobeats!!

Choice FM Presents ‘The Ultimate Afrobeats’ Mixed by DJ ABRANTEE!

 

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The Ultimate Mix  

Featuring 30 of the biggest Afrobeats tracks of the year, Choice FM and DJ Abrantee have brought together, the very best artists and musicians in the genre of Afrobeats in what can only be described as the most exciting compilation release of the year. Expect nothing but hits from your favourite Afrobeats stars such as D’BanjP-SquareWande CoalR2beesD-Black and Atumpan amongst many others.

Joining these Afrobeats heavyweights on this hugely anticipated Choice FM compilation are some of the finest and most sought after UK and International artists of 2012, including Conor MaynardNeyoLemar and Tinchy Stryder, who appears courtesy of his brand new collaboration with Ghanaian group R2Bees titled “Believe Me”.

U.K R&B star Lemar – who has had a resurgent 2012 with one of the best R&B albums of the year – links up with U.K Afrobeats rising star Skob for the Afrostar Afrobeats Remix of his latest single “First Time”. Afrostar also works his remix magic on Conor Maynard’s chart-topping single “Turn Around” featuring Neyo……

 

International Stars

Alongside these exclusive collaborations and massive remixes, Choice FM’s Afrobeats The Ultimate Collection boasts some of the biggest tunes of 2012, from “Chop My Money” by P-Square, “Carolina” by Sauce Kid and one of the biggest Afrobeats tunes to come out from the UK, “Boom Boom Tah” by Mista Silva Feat. Flava, Kwamz and Skob.

With Afrobeats music continuing to reshape the global music landscape and move further into the mainstream in 2012; the world is sitting up and paying attention to the genre’s every move. DJ Abrantee, supported by Choice FM, is right at the forefront of this revolution, especially with his pioneering Afrobeats Radio Show which has been bringing the very best of Afrobeats to its UK audiences every week since April 2011.

With the release of Afrobeats The Ultimate Collection, Choice FM continues to be at the very cutting edge of propagating Afrobeats music to the world.

Hosting this compilation alongside Choice FM is DJ Abrantee, who has been one of the leading faces in the UK Afrobeats scene. His hunger and passion for Afrobeats music knows no bounds as he continues to champion the genre and bring it further to the attention of more mainstream and far-reaching audiences all over the country.

 

“The Ultimate Afrobeats”

His last compilation mixtape caused a massive stir in the UK and featured the best New Afrobeats tracks which went on to become massive hits in 2012, like D’Banj’s “Oliver Twist”, May7ven’s “Ten Ten” and “The Thing” by Atumpan. Mainstream media such as The GuardianEvening Standard and CNN all wanted a piece of the superstar DJ and Afrobeats music. Second time around, DJ Abrantee has gone one better in facilitating the production of massive hits, exclusive collaborations and a bevy of international stars – Conor MaynardNeyoLemarTinchy Stryder – all featured on Afrobeats The Ultimate Collection.

Whether you’re a huge fan of Afrobeats music, a new listener to the genre or simply looking for infectious dance music that will enthral and captivate you, this compilation has everything that you need! From the classic tunes that defined 2012 to the future hits of 2013, Afrobeats The Ultimate Collection has it all!

Afrobeats The Ultimate Collection Official release 7th January 2013.

Pre-Order Today on iTunes: http://bit.ly/afrobeatsultimatecollection

 

 

Afrobeats hits the US shores…

ABRANTEE ON TMZ!

 

It goes without saying that Choice FM DJ Abrantee has had an incredible year with his HIT Afrobeats Radio Show, Prime time radio Show, SOLD-OUT events, tours, concerts and so much more; however, nothing had prepared his fans and the British media for his surprise appearance on the popular U.S. TMZ Site and TV Show on Friday 3rd August 2012.

Hollywood based TMZ is one of the most cited celebrity Entertainment, Gossip and News sources in the U.S; renowned  for breaking the biggest news and stories in entertainment including the death of Michael Jackson, The break up of Britney Spears and Kevin Ferdiline, The Tiger Woods affair and so much more….so when DJ ABRANTEE POPPED UP on the screen talking about Afrobeats, it was fair to say the meteoric rise of DJ Abrantee and the AFROBEATS movement has travelled across the great shores.

Whilst it is virtually impossible to rip video stock from the TMZ site, we managed to capture this 30 second clip of DJ Abrantee’s debut appearance on TMZ below-ENJOY!

WATCH HERE:

ALSO

CHECK OUT….This great review of DJ Abrantee’s AFROBEATS @ Somerset House in the Guardian Newspaper

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/jul/17/dj-abrantee-afrobeats-review

The Great British media love an incredible success story!

 

IN MORE AFROBEATS NEWS…

DJ Abrantee hosts D’Banj Live @ HMV Apollo 27th AUGUST!!!

To round off the summer of Afrobeats, on 27th August 2012DJ Abrantee will host the ‘Oliver Twist’ superstar and UK Top 10 Artist D’Banj.

Nigerian Afrobeat sensation D’banj will be joined by the biggest rising stars in music (hot properties) from Nigeria and Ghana. The line up consisting of Super talent, David O, The Legendary Naeto C, Queen of Afrobeats May7ven, Afrobeats Group Vibe Squad plus many more live on stage

Kanye dropped by at the 2011 Dbanj Koko concert also held at the HMV Apollo; will it be more of the same? Will the other Good music acts be supporting their label mate? (John Legend, Big Sean, Kid Cudi to name a few…..Whatever the case, it’ll be a show not to be missed!

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE: www.ticketmaster.co.uk  http://www.hmvtickets.com/events/6563

or contact 07535 560 225

For more information and to keep up-to-date with DJ Abrantee and his dynamic super team:

FOLLOW @djabrantee @mylzb @afrobeatuk @dlaworldwide

Visit his website: www.abrantee.com

Hottest Afrobeat event this summer!

Afrobeats at Somerset House

 

Afrobeats is the hottest new music genre of the 21st Century & DJ Abrantee is proud to present the biggest Afrobeats event of the summer at Somerset House located in the heart of London’s capital.

Kicking off the Somerset Summer Series DJ Abrantee has placed this amazing international venue on the Afrobeats map.

On Saturday July 14th from 7pm this exclusive location will unite the BIGGEST African acts to headline with the hottest A-list DJs under one roof.

These will include:

Olu Maintain from Nigeria – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bg4kuP1t53s

Atumpan from Ghana – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-me4d9poJf0&feature=youtu.be

First Lady of Afrobeats May7ven – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAqLCC0FQHo

Team Afrobeats UK’s Vibe Squad – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBElLYottKk

Mista Silva, Skob, Flava & Kwamz – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dT8EKnEd_0Q&feature=plcp

From Sierra Leonne Tyroon Da Prince – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eZQZhCucfk

From Angola is SOA – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cw6RQJIafgM&feature=plcp


Opening up the show will be the Ablade Cultural Dance Troop. Entertaining the diverse elite crowd with a mix of the biggest tunes are DJs Nyari, Afro B, DNA, Alordia, Solid Vybz, Amour, Ray P, Wavy J, Random and of course Choice FM’s DJ Abrantee.

Get your tickets for this amazing event at www.ticketmania.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk and for general information call +447506710795. Promo link » http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JdADCRDyOs&feature=plcp

Your Afrobeats news and events this summer!

AFROBEATS RADIO SHOW NEW TIME SLOT!!!

 

Following the phenomenal success of the popular AFROBEATS SHOW presented by DJ Abrantee, Choice FM announces a new time slot for the hit show.

This is a positive move for the autonomous genre of a new exciting emerging market in the UK and Europe.

Dbanj‘s UK Top 10 positioning proves the demand and popularity of the genre as DJ Abrantee continues to spearhead the Afrobeats Scene in the UK.

The New Time Slot for AFROBEATS SHOW on Choice FM 

 Saturday Nights 10:00PM – 12 Midnight Starting Sat 2nd June 2012

 LISTEN ONLINE: http://www.choice-fm.co.uk/shows/weekend/afro-beats/

AFROBEATS SUNDAY’S 1st YEAR PARTY!!!

 

To coincide with the announcement of the new time slot on Choice FM, DJ Abrantee is hosting and celebrating 1 year of his SOLD out

 AFROBEAT SUNDAYS EVENTS and a successful 1 Year of the Afrobeats Radio Show @ Proud 2 on the 1st of July

The Afrobeat Sundays brand has firmly secured its existence as a date and event not to missed in every Afrobeats lovers calender. Armed with the heaviest line up of the best Afrobeats DJ’s, music and his super team, the highly anticipated Afrobeat Sundays party on the 1st July is expected to draw in some of the industries major players including A&R’s and record executives who regularly attend his events in search of the next big thing. However, with the best of Afrobeats music on blast and the charismatic DJ Abrantee as host, certainly all work plans will be left at the front door so they can Azonto till 5am in the morning on the dance floor.

 Tickets are available online at www.ticketmania.co.uk or contact 07535 560 225

 For press accreditation email: press@dlauk.com Follow on twitter: @afrobeatuk

 

AFROBEATS @ SOMERSET HO– USE FOR THE 1ST TIME EVER!!!

 

Choice FM’s DJ Abrantee is about to sizzle up the forthcoming UK Summer Festival Season by hosting and presenting a landmark event at one of the capital’s most celebrated historic buildings Somerset House, The Strand, London.

An event which will herald how far the Afrobeats genre has come in such a short period will showcase a wealth of names from the exploding Afrobeats music scene: Nigerian pioneer / superstar Olu MaintainAngola’s Cabo Snoop, Ghana hit maker Atumpan, The 1st lady of Afrobeats May7ven,  and the most sought after Ghanian afrobeats group, Vibe Squad.

The showcase on Saturday 14 July 2012 from 7pm – 12 midnight is part of a series including the likes of US Soul sensation Jill Scott and rising UK singer/RINSE FM favourite Katy B.

Tickets are available now from www.ticketmania.co.uk and www.somersethouse.org.uk Early bird tickets £15 + booking fee

or contact 07535 560 225

Follow Somerset House On Twitter Here… @SomersetHouse

 

DJ Abrantee hosts D’Banj Live in London @ HMV Apollo!!!

To round off the summer of Afrobeats, on 27th August 2012DJ Abrantee will host the ‘Oliver Twist’ superstar and UK Top 10 Artist D’Banj.

Having signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D label following a fierce bidding war, Nigerian Afrobeat sensation D’banj will be joined by the biggest rising stars in music (hot properties) from Nigeria and Ghana. The line up consisting of Super talent, David O,who is arguable the most demanded artist in Nigeria at present, Queen of Afrobeats May7ven whose hit single  “TEN TEN” has taken over the airwaves and clubs worldwide and Vibe Squad who are one of the hottest commodities in the UK Afrobeats scene.

DJ Abrantee has carved out a fruitful career for himself by hosting and promoting some of the most exciting shows over the past 10 years in the UK.  His Sold out Club tours, Radio Show, extensive media coverage and support from the Guardian and Evening Standard Newspapers and production of one of the best and most hyped Afrobeats Mix CD in 2011 has cemented his position as one of the biggest DJ’s in the UK.

For more information and to keep up-to-date with DJ Abrantee and his dynamic super team:

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www.abrantee.com

 

Calling all Afrobeat lovers…

DJ Abrantee’s AFROBEAT SUNDAYS is BACK  @ Proud 2 on the 6th May 2012!

 

The sold-out event held in January 2012 at the Indig02 which played host to Nigerian Afro-hip hop superstar ICE PRINCE returns!

This time on Bank Holiday May 6th with Ghana’s hottest Afrobeats megastar  ATUMPAN “The Ting” with Special Guest performances. Popular Choice FM DJ and presenter Abrantee will host the event at the 3000 capacity Proud 2 inside the 02.

Armed with the heaviest line up of the best Afrobeats DJ’s, artists, music and a super team, the highly rated Afrobeat Sundays on May the 6th is a date not to be missed! An event that not only attracts the cream of the crop of the music industry, from Tinchy Stryder, Lethal B, Doneo but also premiership footballers, models and the hottest fashion designers.  But it’s probably the only spot you will catch HipHop DJ Tim Westwood on the dance floor doing the Azonto!!! It doesn’t take much to get the party started at Afrobeat Sundays; just good ol’ Afrobeats music and people to party till 5am in the morning.

To avoid facing a “SOLD OUT” message it is advisable to purchase tickets in advance. Tickets start at £10 and available at Ticketmania (www.ticketmania.co.uk) or call +44 (0) 75355 60225

For press enquiries and accreditation contact press@dlauk.com

Follow twitter : @afrobeatuk

Review: Ghanaian Independence…

GHANA’S 55th  INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION AT INDIGO2

 

A cold, windy and rather depressing Saturday afternoon in the city of London; what could 

DJ Abrantee with UK rapper Tinchy Stryder

have ever possessed me to Google “afrobeats events in London” to arouse my rather dead weekend?  Already in-love with Afrobeats music my Google search results from the top listed DJ Abrantee’s name and as I scrolled further down, it was still only DJ Abrantee, his events and Choice FM the station listed. I continued to search for events he had coming up which lead to over 8 different Ghana Independence Day events in London over the weekend further confusing the situation. All I had to do is make a decision on the best one and get myself there. Without a doubt, The Indig02 Ghana Independence hosted by DJ Abrantee certainly had the most interesting line up with acts that I had not had the pleasure of watching and at the largest venue so a decision was made.

 

R2BEES in performance

Already equipped with previous experience and expectation that it would be a mission to get on the guest or press list at such short notice, I made my way to the Indig02 for 8pm; an hour before the doors were scheduled to open. To my surprise I was the only one there, I even managed to purchase a ticket, went through 20 cups of latté, conversed with the pigeons and watch paint dry for a few hours. At 10:15 a small crowd started to gather and casually walked towards the door. This was not the usual rush and excitement from the last attended event at Proud 2, which left me wondering if the hype had died down. Inside the venue were camera crews; press and sound check still taking place, which meant the event, was nowhere near starting. I found myself in a corner to eaves drop and witness the shenanigans behind the scenes.

By midnight, the venue was still empty and this was the point the excitement initially filled in my belly was slowly oozing out. All of a sudden as if a roll call or blackberry messenger blast had gone out at 12:30am the entire venue was swapped within minutes; full to the brim with excitement buzzing about the artist line up, people eager to start dancing the Azonto and just celebrate the independence in style. I was left with a feeling of “what do they know that I don’t know”? The tickets clearly stated that doors opened at 9pm but I was quickly advised by one of the event managers Mylz Boateng that 9pm Ghana time usually means 12midnight. It seems everyone had come for the show.

I wormed and squeezed my way to the front of the stage to catch the DJ and host Abrantee in his element entertaining the crowd, showing off his cool Azonto moves that left the girls screaming. First act on stage were three boys , Vibe Squad, often referred to as the African JLS – they recently featured in the Guardian and Evening Standard newspapers. They performed their latest single “Wadi Mi Sika” and had the crowd cheering and singing throughout their performance.  Much to be said about the opening act performing at that level, the show could only get better. Next up was Team Ghana UK, which consisted of over 15 different artists who in their own rights had great songs in circulation. Judging by the crowd’s reaction, this performance was full of so many flavours much like Quality Street, you pick and choose the ones you like. The night continued with Ghanaian newest kid on the block Stay Jay, even I was familiar with his single “Shasheewowo” which he performed first along with tracks from his forth coming album. He struggled to hold the crowd’s attention towards the end of his performance however; his effortless freestyle saved him from tomatoes and boos in my humblest opinion.

Following a great introduction by the host, 3 scantily clad dancers marched to the stage to what seem to be opening the floor for a royal. DJ Abrantee has already announced that May7ven, who seems to be the talk of the town right now with her single “Ten Ten”, recently A-listed on popular radio station Choice FM; was to make an appearance. Instead her clear and distinctive voice could be heard back stage commanding the audience to “Click for me” “Move” and as if by magic, I found myself responding to her every command. Chanting “Ten Ten Ten” repeatedly, May7ven strolls out to a stunned audience in the tightest all white blinged cat suite, her trademark brilliant white hair and more bling on her wrist and fingers than BA Barrackas, more than I have ever seen in my life. Wasting no time she starts singing and dancing with such unexpected energy. Midway through her performance 15 female dancers join her on stage and all started booty shaking in such a fashion that I wasn’t entirely sure what to do with my hands, mouth or feet; all I knew is that it was an amazing display to watch with so much creativity and excellence. It was a concert wrapped up in one song “Ten Ten” under 5 minutes. This lady means business, even had fans singing along and screaming to touch her hands. I was left gasping for air.

 

Mugeez and Paedae of R2BEES with Killbeatz

Last up were the main act of the night, Ghanaian superstars with countless hits R2BEES. The entire place went into pandemonium on their arrival on stage. They performed new hit single “Dance” which features Wizkid, followed by ‘I Dey Mad’, followed by “Kiss Your Hand”, a track which usually features Nigerian artist Wande Coal. But out of nowhere UK Rap artist megastar Tinchy Stryder appears on stage and covers the chorus with 16bars and the entire venue went crazy. It was a performance reminiscent of Kanye’s sudden appearance at the Koko Concert in 2011. These guys are actual African superstars and Tinchy’s surprise appearance was the icing on top.  R2bees had the entire venue dancing, attendees screaming then doing the Azonto with more screaming. It was a very great show. Admittedly for an event that started much later than expected it was one of the best shows and nights I have attended in years with quality acts who are all driving the Afrobeats scene and pushing major boundaries. Great job to the promoters and host – the event certainly gets thumbs up from me.

By Julian Baxter