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Stunnah Gee ‘International Girl’ impact date 8th December

The long-awaited club banger from AfroBeats all-star Stunnah Gee entitled International Girl is now available! The track has the slick production style and distinctive vocals fans have come to know and love from Stunnah Gee. International Girl features a glossy, fun music video aimed at empowered women of all cultures. Produced by the talented and prolific producer P2j, the song centres around Stunnah’s description of a special lady in his life; being a goddess in his view, with her best features originating from cultures around the globe.

“I’m inspired by women in general, but I wanted to appreciate ladies from all around the world. What is different from anything I’ve done before is that this song has a very international-pop feel. It’s a different sound, it’s a different style. I can’t wait for my fans to hear it!” Stunnah Gee

Despite the success of his previous hit single Dengeme (Remix) featuring BET award nominee & Sony signed afrobeat legend Davido, Stunnah Gee’s follow up single International Girl looks set to eclipse Dengeme’s impact and establish Stunnah Gee as an global star. International Girl adopts an internationally accessible direction, blending AfroBeats, pop, moombahton with a touch of reggae. Stunnah Gee is best known by the music he released over the last 3 years which criss-crosses the African continent and cuts through the music genre that is now known as AfroBeats.

Stunnah Gee, also known as Felix Olajide Omolafe, takes inspiration from a unique blend of western influences and legendary west African musical heavyweights such as Fela Kuti, Fuse ODG & William Oneyearbor. Stunnah Gee briefly relocated to Nigeria in 2015 and quickly became part of the new wave of Afrobeat stars. However, he became frustrated by the lack of available structured pathways to commercial success and returned to the UK with a vision. He wants to share his music and shape the afrobeat music industry to ensure new talent doesn’t go unheard in the future.

Africa Utopia returns to Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre’s annual Africa Utopia festival returns for its fifth year on Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 July 2017, with an exciting line up of leading musicians, artists, performers and thinkers from across Africa and its diaspora.

The festival celebrates the arts and culture of one of the world’s most dynamic and fast-changing continents and will encompass a vibrant mix of talks, workshops and performances for all ages, both free and paid-for. Confirmed so far for 2017’s Africa Utopia festival are the award-winning Afrobeat superstar, Fuse ODG  and the Chineke! Orchestra both performing in the Royal Festival Hall.

Born in London and raised in Ghana, Fuse ODG is the founder of TINA – This is New Africa – a movement whose mission is ‘re-programming the world’s mental image of Africa, its people and its diaspora’ (15 July) and Chineke! Orchestra is Europe’s first all-Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) orchestra, performing classical repertoire to mark their third performance at the festival (16 July).

The weekend will also include an Africa Utopia Marketplace, with stalls and pop-up boutiques offering the latest in African and African-inspired fashion, accessories, books, art, homeware and workshops, as well as a bustling pop-up street food market, with over 13 stalls of authentic African cuisine from across the continent.

Previous performers, artists and speakers who have taken part in Africa Utopia include award-winning Senegalese musician and human rights activist Baaba Maal; Grammy Award winner Angelique Kidjo; former First Lady of Somaliland and founder of the Edna Adan Hospital, Edna Adan; Kenyan creative collective The Nest; South African performer Spoek Mathambo; ‘godfather of Ethiopian jazz’ Mulatu Astatke; the Kinshasa Symphony orchestra;  and many more from across the African continent and the diaspora.

The full programme and list of performers will be released early May, 2017.

Introducing: Talented Ghanaian Musician Sofie – Touch My Soul

Here at Me Firi Ghana we’re keen to showcase and promote emerging young creative talent. Within the Music scene we’ve seen the continual rise to fame of artists like Fuse ODG, Ed Sheeran, Sarkodie and Justin Bieber, but what we may not have seen is their journey in realising their dream!

I remember standing with Ed Sheeran at Tinie Tempah’s first London concert during the release of his album Discovery some years back. As we all looked at him perform I remember Ed staring in awe saying, ‘wow, this guy is really talented’; Ed is now doing world wide tours selling out stadiums! We also remember how Justin entered the music scene, doing MJ and Usher covers on YouTube, using the platform to showcase his diverse creativity in music. Well, he now has the ability to ask fans to stop buying his records so others can be number one in the charts as he did last Christmas for the Lewisham NHS Choir!

All came from humble beginnings in pursuit of their dream, so when we heard Sofie’s recent song Touch My Soul and saw her pursuing her dream sharing her journey on YouTube and then we found out she was Ghanaian, charlie, we had to support, share and interview her to find out more…

 

What’s the story behind your new single?

How the whole song came about is actually kind of peculiar but interesting at the same time. I was in bed, had just woken up but was in one of the half awake, half asleep states. I remember I kept singing this melody to myself consciously and subconsciously at the same time… It was so strange. But after that happened I immediately threw my duvet off and grabbed my guitar and recorded it on voice notes on my phone because I knew it had the potential to be a really good chorus for a song. That’s how ‘Touch My Soul’ was born. After I had worked out the chords I wanted to use for the song, my lyrics and the rest of the melody flowed pretty quickly. The first lyrics of the chorus are ‘Touch my soul then you might get permission to touch my body.’ Those lyrics literally just flowed out of me so quickly, it was all so organic. A lot of young people today get together in some random club with whomever whenever without even getting to know the name of the person and without even connecting with them first or getting to know them. That’s not my style. That’s basically what the song is about.

 

nu7a0216_29190677672_oHow would you describe your style?

I’m a singer/songwriter and I would say that my style is kind of acoustic pop but there are also some jazz/rap elements that are portrayed in my music. I really dislike putting myself into a genre. I’ve listened to so much music from many different genres over the eighteen years of my lifetime and I feel like they’ve all influenced what my debut single ‘Touch My Soul’ and the rest of my unreleased music sounds like. My music style is going to change and evolve into so many different things as I change and evolve as a person and I think that’s one of the things I’m most excited about; hearing the music I’m going to make in about 5 years time.

 

We’ve seen your social media countdown for the new single, how’s the campaign and song preview been received so far?

Yeah I’ve really enjoyed doing the social media countdown! It’s been so fun involving my friends as well on Instagram. It’s been received really well and people seem excited to hear ‘Touch My Soul’ so I’m really hyped to share it with the world.

 

What do you do for fun when you’re not working on music?

I really love playing most sports but especially football and I love watching football too and playing Fifa. I’m also really into photography and film-making, I’m studying Photography ‘A’ level at the moment as well as English and Classics.

 

nu7a0274_28676298174_oIf you could collab with 3 artists, who would they be and why?

This is so ridiculously hard to choose but I’m just going to give you 3 artists that I love. Logic because he’s one of my favourite rappers and he carries a great message. Lianne La Havas because her music is so beautiful and she also seems like such a lovely person and lastly Alessia Cara because I can relate to her music so much and I feel like we could make such epic music together and we’d probably get on so well.

 

Which musicians are you most influenced by?

Tracy Chapman

Lauryn Hill

Bob Marley

Ed Sheeran

The 1975

Alicia Keys

Justin Bieber

Chance The Rapper

Lianne La Havas

Drake

Jack Johnson

Cody Simpson

Amy Winehouse

Raury

There are so so many more but this is what I can think of off the top of my head.

 

What can we expect to see next from Sofie?

More music very, very soon! 🙂

 

 

Sofie SvanikierAfter listening to her new single and some of Sofie’s covers on YouTube, we can say she is defiantly a talented cool artist following her passion who knows how to write a catchy tune that we can all relate to! We look forward to hearing more from Sofie…

You can listen to the new single by Sofie Touch My Soul now on soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/sofie-svanikier/touch-my-soul

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!

Pop-Art Kingmaker: Introducing Dennis Owusu-Ansah

Over the past few years we’ve seen an explosion of African print and culture in the mainstream. From the epidemic of ‘Angelina’ dashikis to the notorious need-to-see-to-believe ‘Ghana-Must-Go’ bags going for thousands of pounds and being billed as ‘high fashion’, you don’t need to go far nowadays to catch an essence of Africa. Even so, 2despite seeing a hint of kente here and some semblance of an adinkra sign there, it was easy to find aspects of African culture appropriated and you didn’t see much evidence of those who are considered royalty in western black culture catch onto the African trend.

 

So when a portrait painting of Nicki Minaj dressed completely in beautiful traditional kente and rechristened ‘Nicki Maame Akua Amponsah’ began to filter across our timelines and bleed down our social media profiles, many sat up and took notice. The painting went viral, and more pieces of art depicting the biggest and best stars of our age adorned in African garments were gradually unearthed. On searching for the artist responsible, all roads led to the New York Bronx.

 

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Dennis Owusu Ansah

For there resides Dennis Owusu-Ansah – a 26 year old New Yorker visual artist of Ghanaian descent who is a producer of pop art highlighting the beauty of African culture using popular personalities as his muses. His work has seen a burst in popularity and intrigue. However, superimposed upon his work’s viral nature is a serious motivation to drive aside the misconceptions many have regarding Africa.

In a recent interview with CNN, he notes how an unfortunate incidence of ignorance triggered him to get to work with his paints and use his artistry to challenge perceptions of Africans. “After witnessing my friend get teased by a group of men for wearing a kente cloth on our way to church, I figured something must be done to change the perspective of people who are not familiar with the African culture,” he told CNN. “They had no idea what my friend was wearing. One of the guys shouted ‘that man has a blanket wrapped around his body like it’s winter time.’ I saw this incident as an opportunity to educate people about who we are, and what we stand for through my art.

His ideas fall in line with the much acclaimed T.I.N.A. (This Is New Africa) adage advocated by Ghanaian musician Fuse ODG, who tirelessly pushes the agenda that Africa needs to be depicted in a better, more glorious light than Western society tends to throw upon it. “Africa isn’t only about what the media portrays on television, [but is] a continent rich in history, diversity and traditions” Dennis opines.

 

And what better canvas upon which to depict that richness in culture than the biggest and 1most-celebrated stars of young black culture today. The works of Dennis Owusu-Ansah burst with bright colour, bold statements on a background of elegance and with a foreground of opulence. How can someone fail to be captivated by the sight of Meagan Good wearing an extravagant gele, or rap behemoth Rick Ross adorned in the vestments of a Nigerian chief? How can you not be enamoured with the sight of Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs & Jay-Z, usually spotted in the cleanest of suits and urbanwear, dressed in the finest Nigerian and Ghanaian apparel – depicted as West African royalty.

He even remixes the names of his subjects when he posts their portraits, fully integrating them into the fabric of African culture – so we have had the pleasure of being introduced to characters such as ‘Sean Puffy Nana Antwi Combs’, ‘Meagan Omotola Good’, ‘Chief Shawn Ugonna Jay Z Carter’ & ‘Chris Kofi Sarpong Brown.’

 

Just like Peniel Enchill in January 2015, Dennis Owusu-Ansah is a Ghanaian artist who is taking the world and social media by storm at the turn of a year. “I’ve been getting positive comments from people all over the world,” he told Okayafrica in a recent interview. “It’s good to hear people you’ve never met tell you that your art puts a smile on their faces. Comments like that motivate me to work harder every day.”

5The artistry of Dennis Owusu-Ansah has given those who may not be too familiar with African culture a bridge over which they can cross in order to appreciate the power and the nobility which resides within. How better to showcase the best of African culture by using some of the most recognisable stars around – using those with the biggest social media followings and the biggest fan nations to spark a strong desire to learn more about authentic and genuine African culture. The movement of African awareness now has another member added to its ranks, as Dennis continues on his mission to challenge misconceptions by bringing Africa to the world at large and making Africa accessible through contemporary pop art.

Follow Dennis Owusu-Ansah on his Instagram page @denny_ow for updates and visit his website densahcollection.com to check out his artwork and fashion collection.
By Dr Jermaine Bamfo (@Dr_Jabz27)

Reggie N Bollie: The ‘X Factor’ of X Factor 2015

As the X Factor Live Finals of 2015 kicked off on ITV1, fellow finalists Che Chesterman and Louisa Johnson came out individually in turn, flanked by a parade of fighters carrying placards emblazoned with their names as they brilliantly sung their own battle cries. But the X Factor production team knew what they were doing when they left the best till last. Reggie N Bollie thundered through the crowd with a powerful and vibrant rendition of ‘Jump!’ This was their time to shine and they were going to enjoy their time in the sun.

 

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Reggie N Bollie performing with Fuse ODG (far right) and Craig David (second left)

Reggie N Bollie’s duet piece was kicked off by a special appearance by our very own Fuse ODG. The stars had finally aligned as this was the joint performance that many had expected and desired the most: the premier flagbearer of the Ghanaian music scene in the UK allied with the newest Black Stars on the block, on the biggest televised musical platform in the country, live to millions nationwide. The epitome of ‘Ghana Stand Up!’

 

Craig David then appeared as the bass of ‘Million Pound Girl’ faded into the familiar strains of ‘Re-wind’ – and the capacity crowd of 10000 plus in the Wembley Arena lost their collective minds. Reggie N Bollie bounced off this legend of the music scene effortlessly, with Fuse gallivanting across the stage and drumming up support. It was at this moment that you knew something special was in the offing.The boys’ couldn’t actually do it – could they? What was once fanciful fantasy, now seemed like a legitimate possibility – a sentiment echoed by a certain Mr Cowell himself.

And so the votes were frozen and the finalists returned to the stage at the end of Day One of the finals. Louisa was first called, before Reggie N Bollie’s names were announced as the act to complete the final set-up for Sunday. Incredible scenes, the boys had now secured at least second place in the X Factor 2015!

 

The gap between the Saturday & Sunday evenings crackled with various views and opinions. It would be amazing if the boys couldmedium_aCyQfY0Hb9xhtbnd6Xn0LCbINobhrYaTtI_llHG0PyU win it, Ghanaians from grass to grace. But would a win benefit their careers in the long-run? X Factor has a long history of handing the winner a poisoned chalice, with many examples of acts who didn’t win becoming bigger successes revelling in greater freedom. But then it would be painful to lose at the final hurdle right? But can second place at the X Factor Final be considered a ‘loss?’ Debate here, debate there, debate everywhere.

 

Reggie N Bollie at the end of the day just couldn’t overcome Louisa Johnson, who throughout the finals showed a finesse and an embarrassment of riches when it came to vocal ability – with final vote data showing they had 38% of the vote compared to Louisa’s 53%. A ballad winners’ single did not help their chances, exposing the discrepancy in vocals. It was unfair that in previous years, three options for a Winners’ single were available for acts to choose from, recognising that one man’s meat is another’s poison – and yet this year, Reggie N Bollie struggled as they were shoehorned into an area out of the comfort zone they had consistently remained in from day one. Their poorest performances came with a drop in tempo – ‘Locked Away’ in the semis, which could have proved fatal even then; and the critical Winners’ single performance.

 

But as the confetti settles, the horizon becomes clearer. Firstly, second place may be nowhere when it comes to football, but when it comes to the X Factor, even third place can be king. As people such as Olly Murs, JLS, Fleur East and pop behemoths One Direction have shown, a place in the live finals alone can be a platform to success.

 

Reggie N Bollie for the past seven weeks have performed live on Saturday Night Primetime TV in front of MILLIONS of people cheryl-reggie-bollie-x-factorin the UK and worldwide. There are so many out there who would kill for that opportunity. They got to the final two not on the basis of judges votes (having never been in the bottom three), but on the power of the public! They got there because there are so many out there who fell in love with their humility, their vibrancy, their energy. That’s a massive accreditation of their act, and very encouraging for their future – they are boys in massive demand.

 

Whether you loved them with all your heart, or despised them because you considered them a ‘novelty act’, Reggie N Bollie were THE act you wanted to see! And that is what will define them in the annals of X Factor history. To re-iterate what I said in a previous post, among a cohort where we saw 12 shades of the same grey we’ve seen time and again every X Factor season since the beginning, Reggie N Bollie plastered our screens with explosive red gold and green! In dark times as these, they presented us humility and joy, bringing a smile to many faces and providing a brief escape from the vagaries of real life. They were the energy. They were the show-stoppers, the party. And most importantly for the big bosses, they were the entertainment.

 

xfactor_land73_2602761aNOBODY expected ‘Menn On Point’ to be performing on the same stage as One Direction, Rod Stewart, Coldplay and Adele at a world-renowned venue that is the Wembley Arena, packed to the rafters with 10000 people, streamed live into the homes of millions. Nobody expected them to win millions of votes over the series, and take at least 20% of the vote share from Week Four onwards and be second in the overall voting from Week Five right to the very end when Louisa was all that stood between them and winning the whole thing. Nobody expected them to be legitimately, honestly and seriously be considered winners. Not even Reggie himself, who had battled his own demons and doubts just a year ago and had grown so tired of the struggle that he flirted with the idea of pulling the plug on their whole act. And yet here they were. On a pedestal nobody expected them to climb, with the world as their oyster.

 

So people may speak about their lack of vocal talent all they want (and to be honest, a lot of that comes from people who have never listened to Afrobeat before, so we will allow them). However, the X Factor has always been billed as more than a singing competition. It’s been a competition to find people who have ‘it’ – that rare essence which captivates the masses,electrifies the public, wins hearts and captures minds. They may not have been crowned winners, but as talk of record deals and live appearances start to gather serious momentum, something tells me that in the long haul we will find that Reggie N Bollie do indeed have the ‘X Factor’.


By Dr. Jermaine Bamfo (@Dr_Jabz27)

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

BBC Radio 1Xtra Live heading to Leeds this October

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BBC Radio 1Xtra annual flagship event BBC Radio 1Xtra Live will be heading to Leeds for one of the biggest nights of the year on Saturday 17th October.

Hosted by Radio 1Xtra DJs, the event, which has an unrivalled reputation for bringing people together to share live urban music, will be held at First Direct Arena, Leeds and will feature performances from some of the best UK and international acts currently championed by 1Xtra.

1Xtra Live, now in its eighth year, follows on from the success of 2014’s event which saw the likes of Rick Ross, Mary J Blige, Krept & Konan, Fuse ODG, Boy Better Know, Jess Glynne, Lethal Bizzle, Sigma and Tinashe hitting Birmingham.

The news follows 1Xtra’s Grime Symphony Prom that took place on 12th August – a celebration of the thriving urban music scene that saw rappers including Wretch 32, Stormzy, Krept & Konan and Lethal Bizzle perform at the Royal Albert Hall alongside Jules Buckley and his Metropole Orkest.

Further information about 1Xtra Live 2015, including the full line-up and ticketing information will be announced on 1Xtra in the coming month.

Do They Know Its Christmast​ime At All? : This Is Old Africa….

The Band Aid single. The generational congregation of the most popular musicians of the day is now on its fourth iteration. I have to admit to singing along to the tune back in the day, revelling in its Christmassy feel and gawping whenever a familiar pop star appeared on my screen. “OMG!” “All these stars in the same place at the same time!” “Singing together!” Amazing.

Then you grow up.

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And when you grow up you begin to read deeper into things. When I first took proper note of the lyrics of the original singles, I turned cold. Over-righteous generalisations, coated and numbed with the voices of artists such as Kylie Minogue and Coldplay. Nothing ever grows in Africa apparently. We don’t have rain, neither rivers, because the only water that flows is the bitter sting of tears. Oh, and the greatest gift Africans will get this year is life. ‘Do they know it’s Christmastime at all?’ On a continent which is home to 500 million Christians, I’d bloody-well think so to be honest.

My twitter time line burned when the new single was first performed on a mid-November edition of X-Factor, with many picking up on the condescending generalising nature of the reworked lyrics for Band Aid 30. The Independent praised the single by pointing out the change of ‘there wont be snow in Africa’ (which they point out is oft criticised for making ‘Africa the country’ generalisations) into ‘no peace and joy this Christmas in West Africa – the only hope they’ll have is being alive.’ Oh. That lyric reads so much better. Not generalising at all.

Byrony Gordon wrote a great article for The Telegraph wondering why the rich-and-famous should only donate their ‘precious’ time, while the rest of us must donate our money? You have to question motives when Sir Bob goes around actively ‘charity-shaming’ multi-award-winning artist Adele for not taking part – what crime has she committed? When Adele is known to be pumping her money into Oxfam’s Ebola Appeal. As we Ghanaians would say, ‘is it by force’ to take part in Band Aid? Surely the fight against Ebola is the main issue, not the means of support? Surely getting as much money into the right places, and increasing the healthcare workforce and supplies, is more important than one single sitting at the top of the singles charts? Right?

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Fuse ODG is the most prominent Ghanaian artist this side of the Atlantic, regularly sitting atop our charts and using his exposure to attempt to deconstruct such archaic views of Africa by publicising TINA – ‘This Is New Africa’ – the Africa which is home to many of the world’s fast-growing economies, a bustling ground for creative talent and gifts. Not a cesspit of famine, war and disease. So it made sense and brought me comfort to hear that Fuse ODG wasn’t blinded by the bright lights of this ‘opportunity’ to share a stage with ‘Harry Styles n Dem’, and saw how damaging to his own message that backing this single would be.

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Because the TINA message is exactly the type of message we need to push. Hard. Personally, I feel that this Ebola epidemic has given a lot of people the platform to play out their latent prejudices about black people, especially Africans – it has become another reason to give us side-eyes, another reason to make sure that the sear next to us on the bus/train is the last one filled, another reason to see us as a potential reservoir for dirty disease by adding itself to a list which already contains HIV/AIDS. But look at the picture shown here – how many countries in Africa are known to actually have confirmed cases of Ebola? And how much mention is made of the one or two others like Nigeria which did have a couple of cases and have now been confirmed as all-clear?

That is my gripe with the BandAid single. That is why I feel Fuse ODG rightly declined to take part in perpetuating this unfortunate image of Africa. Yes, Ebola is a terrible disease. I have to give Sir Bob Geldof some credit when he described Ebola during his appearance on X-Factor as being an ‘Anti-Human’ disease – a disease which splits families apart, which prevents loved ones from directly comforting each other. But it is the generalisations which gets me. Over the past few weeks we have heard stories of Rwandan children in New Jersey being excluded from school, Malian teachers being kept from work, examples of utter madness and opportunism to paint us all as one-and-the-same, refusing to take the time to differentiate between us and appreciate the different unique fibres which make up the rich tapestry of the African continent.

Band Aid may have good intent. But it is still perpetuating that image of Old Africa. And that’s not sitting well with me. 

Not this Christmastime.

Jermaine Bamfo (@Dr_Jabz27)

 

F– USE ODG nominated for Three MOBO Awards!

“King of Afrobeats” hoping to win a MOBO Award for second successive year

 

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Ghanaian and UK based Afrobeats Star has been nominated in three categories for this year’s Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards. The categories include MOBO Best Male Act, MOBO Best Song and MOBO Best African Act.

Fuse ODG is currently the highest selling black male in the UK and has played a significant role in creating a new movement within the Afrobeats genre and bringing it to mainstream attention. In a recent interview on Ghana’s Starr FM 103.5 Radio’s  STARR DRIVE Monday show, the hitmaker confirmed that he is now ready to release his album at the end of October.

We are thoroughly anticipating for the arrival of his new album. With hits such as ‘Million Pound Girl’ and ‘Dangerous love’, we ae more than confident that Fuse ODG will not disappoint on this project. Moreover, His fans are expecting a big win from this phenomenal star at this year’s MOBO’s.

The “King of Afrobeats” deserves every success and Me Firi Ghana is steadfastly rooting for him. You can vote for him by following this link  – http://www.mobo.com/voting  and selecting the relevant categories. Although you will need to register first by giving your name and email address.

In the meantime check out Fuse ODG’s latest single “Dangerous Love” featuring dancehall legend Sean Paul..


Adwoa Asiedu (@AdwoaAsiedu777)