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New music from former Vibe Squad member

DeeVS Drops The Most Anticipated ‘SHINE’ 

UK Afrobeats most versatile artist ‘Dee’ has finally released his much-anticipated single-SHINE.

Dee Versatile (DeeVS), a former member of ‘Vibe Squad’ has shared centre stage with internationally celebrated artistes like Nigeria’s own 2face Idibia, and has opened shows for breakthrough Nigerian artistes- D’banj, Naeto C and Ikechuwku.

His talent has fetched him stage performance alongside Ice Prince and Ghana’s very own Atumpan (the thing), R2bees, Tiffany, Stay Jay and Castro.

As a well-known artiste in the AfroBeat Movement in UK, ‘DeeVS’ has had the opportunity to perform alongside successful musicians like Mista Silva, Fuse ODG, Kwamz & Flava and Tribal Man.

Dee Versatile (DeeVS) real name Derrick Abaitey established his musical interest during his early school days in Ghana before relocating to the UK where he has perfected his talent.

By early 2006 he had developed his production and vocal skills while working on his 1st album in “KingsBeat” studio. During this time, he formed the Urban musical group called “Vibe Squad” and within 2 months of forming the group, they completed their first hit album “Boo Yi”.

Apart from music, DeeVS is currently studying for his MPharm Degree.

Dee’s new record ‘SHINE’ was recorded by HT Records UK and the official video for the song will be released in few weeks.

Download: http://www.hulkshare.com/ww9kea1v7chs

Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/officialdeevs/deevs-shine-iamdeevs/s-62Had

Contact: Bookings@htrecords.co.uk

Twitter: http://twitter.com/iamDeeVS

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialdeevs

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/officialdeevs

Website: http://www.officialDeeVS.tumblr.com

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

Mista Silva to release new EP

MISTA SILVA PRESENTS FULL VIM EP

 

London based artist, Mr Papa Kwame Amponsa known famously as Mista Silva has currently been taking the Afrobeats music scene by storm. With hits such as Bo Won Sem Ma Me, Wadi Mi Sika and his most recent smash hit Boom Boom Tah, this year is looking very promising for the rising star.

June 24th sees the release of his new EP entitled Full Vim, which features collaborations from some of the best Afrobeats artists in the game right now. In association with the EP, Mista Silva will be having a launch party which will feature live performances from Fuse ODG, girl band Dzama Girls and his UK collective.

The EP proves to Afrobeats lovers just how talented and versatile Mista Silva is, as he cultivates his love for music into this amazing body of work.

Mista Silva created a hype around his name when he started off as a funky house MC, and then changed his style of music after a visit to Ghana a few years ago, since his energy and explosive lyrics have had his name rolling off every Afrobeat lovers tongue.

Since this successful transition he has worked alongside the likes of Ghanaian Afrobeats artists Stay Jay, known famously for his track Shashewo, as well as Keche, and Atumpan. UK based group Vibe Squad are also on his impressive music C.V. He is part of a collective which features Flava, Kwamz, Skob, A Star and C-Don, who are the main guys behind the success of his smash hit singles.

2012 has been a very busy year for Mista Silva, having been interviewed by one of the best DJ’s in the music industry; Tim Westwood himself. His songs added to the playlists at Choice Fm and BBC 1xtra which is a great achievement as Afrobeats slowly builds a repertoire around the globe.

Mista Silva will be opening Wiz Kid’s concert this June with his UK Collective, and just recently was added to Radio 1’s Hackney Weekender. It’s non-stop for him so make sure you stay tuned for more news and buy his EP on 24 June.

Ace & Vis say: ‘He’s The one to rave the Afrobeats flag in the UK’.

Tim Westwood says: ‘He’s the hottest UK Afrobeats artitst at the moment’.

The EP will add the extra ‘VIM’ to the rise of Afrobeats music worldwide.

Check out his latest smash hit Boom Boom Tah Featuring Skob, Flava and Kwamz http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXgkI7bRFHo

For management and bookings please contact Philip:p_philip2005@yahoo.co.uk (@philippoku)

For more information about the Full Vim EP launch party please contact Gabrielle: gabrielle.dadzie@gmail.com (@Gabrielle_Music)

Full Vim will be available to download from iTunes on 24th May and hard copies will be available to buy from selected stores.

Please feel free to blog/share/download.

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:

FOLLOW @djabrantee

www.abrantee.com

 

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

Pictures: Mefiri Ghana @ Ghana’s 55th Independence

Mista Silva

 

Stay J

 

 

 

Kimberley Osei-Abeyie, Tinchy Stryder

 

the Vibe Squad and Yaa Nyarko

 

Arnold Sarfo and Kimberley Osei-Abeyie

 

Yaa Nyarko, Arnold Sarfo and Kimberley Osei-Abeyie

 

 

Kimberley Osei-Abeyie, May7ven, Yaa Nyarko

 

Kimberley Osei-Abeyie, Mugeez, Paedae and Yaa Nyarko

 

Paedae, Yaa Nyarko, Killbeatz, Mugeez

Ghana Independence Celebration @ O2

Ghana’s 55th Independence Celebration:

Riding on the huge success of the last Ghana Independence Day ABM, Alordia and West Coast UK have come together to create an ostentatious Ghanaian Independence Day Party, better than any other previous & present Ghana Independence Day event EVER to be held in London

Ghana_Indepedence_Indigo_O2_Me_FiRi_Ghana_dot_comCelebrating The Black Star of Africa is turning 55 held at the Indigo 02 Arena on the 3rd of March with SPECIAL LIVE GUEST PERFORMANCESNo other Independence Day event can boast up to 2,500 ravers attending their last event partying and dancing till the 4AM, our latest Ghana Independence Day has been tipped to break this record and reach over 3 THOSAND ravers to descend on the Indigo Arena 3rd March 2012.

Hosted by Choice FM’s DJ Abarantee, the event will have a strong, fantastic line up of Ghanaian talent. Already confirmed are LIVE PERFORMANCES from WORLD FAMOUS R2BEES head-lining the event, as well as Stay J, UK AfroBeat Artists Vibe Squad, May7ven, Mista Silva, A-Star, Flava and Kwamz.

London is hosting the World Olympics soon so why not begin celebrations by attending the most talked about event on the AfroBeats calendar. Ghana has produced the most amazing AfroBeats talent that are already creating headlines all over the world and gaining Ghana international recognition on the music scene. With such talents like UK Ghanaian artists like Vibe Squad who are well known for their smash hit WADI MI SIKA (see link below), recently Vibe Squad were featured in a 2 spread in the Evening Standard with other UK artist May7ven. Another rising talent of Asamoah Gyan a professional footballer who performed his song AFRICAN GIRLS at HipLife Festival and had it broadcast on Sky Sports News, or the popular dance called the AZONTO taking the UK and world by storm created by Ghanaian artist Sarkodie which had UK artist Wretch 32 and Chipmunk doing the moves and collaborating on remixes as well as people from all nationalities and countries doing the AZONTO. Ghana is a country on the rise with huge talents and big movements in the year 2012.

Ghana 55th Independence event will be held at the Indigo Arena 02 celebrating in true Ghanaian, fashion, style, and flavour as well as the huge achievements of Ghana with both Afrobeat lovers and Ghanaians all over the UK under one roof.

So if you thought that the last Ghana Independence day event was good you will be blown away for the Ghana 55th Independence event on the 3rd March 2012 at the Indigo Arena will sure be a ground breaker putting Ghana on the map for many years to come.

Artist Links

R2BEES Ft WANDLE COAL – Kiss Your Hand – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yK-BcCkg-F8

 R2BEES Ft WizKid – DANCE – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNMXfBQd0UI

 VIBE SQUAD – Wadi Mi Sika – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBElLYottKk

ASAMOAH GYAN – AFRICAN GIRLS – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzfEZ4YxszM

MAY7VEN – TEN TEN – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CK8oo3lvhEs

SARKODIE – U Go Kill Me – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QPqJ_Mfzd8&feature=fvsr

AZONTO – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XK23zvgtJfA

Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.co.uk or Advance Tickets and Table

Call or Text: 07506 903 204

For press coverage/press/birthday booking email: abmukentertainment@gmail.com

Afrobeats: Ghana boys Vibe Squad et al.

Vibe_Squad_Me_FiRi_GHANAIt can fairly be said that Ghanaians everywhere are currently in a grip of azonto fever, more so here in the UK. The latest azonto track making a lot of noise is the new one from UK-based hiplife group Vibe Squad. ‘Wadi Mi Sika’ is the latest track from the group featuring Mr Silva, Kwamz and Flava.

The boys have done an excellent job of representing azonto in the UK! With a highly addictive beat, the guys each take it in turn to spit their lyrics in either Twi or English. Who said young Ghanaians here are not well versed in Twi? The song is accompanied by a fun video where the guys show off their azonto skills, but can’t decide which of them azonto the best! Big up to the boys for a job well done!

By Yaa Nyarko