Afrobeats rapper 6ixty on Friday, January 11, 2019, at around 4 PM at his base in Ghana quietly released Close To You, the first single off his upcoming debut album titled Nyamekye. 6ixty dropped the beat on his SoundCloud.
Close To You is a love song performed in West African Pidgin English with some sprinkling of the Ghanaian Twi language on the backdrop of a classic sample. It provides easy listening for Afrobeat lovers and all. The single features DatBeatGod on the hook who also produced it.
Known in real life as Enock Ako Akrong, and a 2013 graduate of the Regional Maritime University (RMU) of Ghana who majored in Marine Mechanic, 6ixty disclosed that his musical ambitions started even before he enrolled in RMU. “Back before in my Senior High School days at Osu Presec in Accra Ghana, I always felt the call of music loudly in my heart.“
6ixty who is also CEO of the artist, event, and production management firm Fun Houz Entertainment, told TheAfricanDream.net that Close To You is inspired by love, and while he worked on it with his producer, they both coincidentally agreed on many things regarding “how my debut album would sound and feel like.”
“We had an easy connection which listeners can catch from hearing the single, so it made sense to have him feature on a few of the other tracks of the coming album, which is going to have 7 tracks on it in total,” 6ixty said.
“DatBeatGod is the known for producing top Ghanaian Afrobeats musicians like Dennis Nana Dwamena who is popularly known by his stage name KiDi.” 6ixty told TheAfricanDream.net that it was important “to work with not just someone who respects quality, but someone who blended with my musical vision, so DatBeatGod was just the right pick for the job.”
Nyamekye the album is expected to drop sometime in 2019 according to 6ixty who disclosed it will be signed to Fun Houz Entertainment which is run by himself. Fun Houz was behind the facilitation of the first performance of Nigerian gospel jazz-duo — Twinsax — in Ghana in the last quarter of 2017.
Everyone at Fun Houz is giving their best in preparation towards the release of this album and as the anticipation grows, 6ixty invites his fans to peek into the future with his Close To You single available on Soundcloud here https://soundcloud.com/user-874686449 Find the Afrobeats rapper who is also a prayer warrior on Twitter as @6ixtyworldwide.
Written by Oral Ofori
Boomplay Announces Licensing Deal With Warner Music.
Boomplay, the largest music streaming and download service in Africa, has signed a direct licensing agreement with Warner Music to bring the record company’s diverse global roster of music to the region.
The terms of the partnership allow Boomplay to distribute Warner Music’s extensive catalogue of more than one million songs to its community of listeners in ten countries; Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
The deal will provide Warner Music’s artists with direct access and exposure to Boomplay’s millions of users in the region, while bringing Boomplay one step closer to its goal of bringing all music from around the world to Africa.
Joe He, CEO of Boomplay, says: “Major deals with internationally recognized partners such as Warner Music continue to push us closer to our aim of building the largest and the most reliable online music distribution platform in Africa. We want every music lover in the region to be able to access any song or video, anytime and wherever they are. We are looking forward to a successful partnership and business continuation with WMG in what are truly exciting times for the African Music Industry.’
Alfonso Perez Soto, EVP, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, Warner Music, adds: “We’re happy to partner with Boomplay to bring our amazing artists’ music to millions of listeners across Africa. The streaming service already has tremendous reach across the continent, yet they continue to expand exponentially. It’s an opportunity that can’t be missed for our artists to make a whole new legion of fans.”
Perez-Soto continued: “I’d like to thank Warner Music’s Charlie White, Marc Latilla and Reni Adadevoh for their unstinting support in helping pull this deal together and get it over the line.”
In the past year, Boomplay has been on the crest of a wave, announcing landmark deals with global major labels, acquiring millions of new users monthly and releasing an iOS version in December 2018.
With major labels coming on board, Boomplay is now in a strong position to further improve its service offerings and defend its leading position in Africa. Boomplay, which has more than 42 million users as of February 2019, boasts an expansive catalogue consisting of five million songs and thousands of videos from local and international acts.
Boomplay (formally known as Boom Player) is a music and video streaming & download service developed and owned by Transsnet Music Limited.
Boomplay’s vision is to build the largest and most reliable digital music ecosystem for artistes and content creators in Africa. The Boomplay app, which won the “Best African App” at the 2017 “AppsAfrica Awards”, has over 42 million users as of February, 2019. It is currently the biggest and fastest growing music app in Africa with a catalogue of 5 million songs and videos, which is still growing day by day. Users can stream songs and videos online free of charge, subscribe to one of the daily, weekly or monthly plans to save songs and videos to play whilst offline or purchase content to download. The service is currently available on Android, iOS and Web.
Ian Jazzi Features Efya On ‘AnkhAsa’ A Poetic Story Of Deep Love.
Rapper Ian Jazzi, opens the year with an amazing single featuring the indefatigable singer, Efya.
With deep lyrics coined poetically around real love, AnkhAsa’ is a slow-tempo rap tune that blends beautifully with the soulful vocals of Efya.
AnkhAsa is available in all digital music stores Worldwide here; https://bit.ly/2VsmISD
For a limited time, fans can stream AnkhAsa exclusively for free on www.realianjazzi.com
Ian Jazzi is a Ghanaian/Nigerian artiste & entrepreneur. A former model who has been featured in several billboard and TV commercials for Coca Cola & Tigo and an actor whose roles include Nana in the award winning African movie Potomanto and several TV series directed by Shirly Frimpong Manso.
He released his first self produced mixtape album “In Stereo Vol.1” in 2010 and followed it up in 2013 with Vol.2. In June 2016 he dropped his first EP titled OKK and released it on digital music streaming platforms worldwide.
Rumor has it he’s worked on a new album set to drop in 2019 and AnkhAsa is the first single. Keep an eye out for Ian Jazzi. There’s definitely more to come.
Watch: Buju Banton Concert Comeback Hailed As ‘Legendary’
"This is history, the energy here is crazy. I've never seen anything like this - this is another level of inspiration. He's at G.O.A.T status, another level. Legendary."
It's clear UK rapper Konan is still in awe of what he's just witnessed.
Buju Banton is the artist who's just performed - it's his first headline show since serving eight years in a US prison for drug charges.
It's been described as the biggest music event in Jamaica since Bob Marley's Smile Jamaica concert in 1976.
Jamaica's national stadium, which hosted the concert, is listed as having a capacity of 35,000.
For the first night of Buju Banton's Long Walk to Freedom Tour it's estimated there were more than 40,000 people there.
"I haven't seen anything like that and I have been to a few concerts. To come out and do this, that's crazy," Konan says backstage after the show.
BBC 1Xtra's Seani B says anticipation in Jamaica has been building since the date of the show was leaked.
"Flights were booked out, hotels were fully booked, Airbnbs were booked out," he tells Radio 1 Newsbeat.
"Every club, bar and radio station was playing Buju Banton.
"I spoke to fans who had travelled from Europe, America and the UK to see him - that's how much of a column in dancehall this man is."
Although he's always maintained his innocence, Buju Banton was convicted in 2011 of conspiring to set up a cocaine deal two years earlier .
Prosecutors in Florida said the singer, whose real name is Mark Myrie, told a police informant he could broker the drug.
But Buju Banton testified in court he was merely boasting, and prosecutors conceded he had never put money into a deal, nor made any.
Days after his initial arrest Buju Banton won a Grammy Award for his album Before the Dawn.
Buju Banton has been a staple in reggae and dancehall music in Jamaica since the early 1990s.
During his career he's been accused of using homophobic lyrics - which has led to protests outside his gigs and prompted some radio stations to ban some of his songs.
Seani B says Buju Banton has "done his time" for the drug charges.
"He's a free man, he should be allowed to continue the journey he was blessed with and that's bringing music to the world."
'Nothing will top this'
UK rapper Stefflon Don was one of the night's performers alongside Buju Banton.
She described it afterwards as the "best moment" of her career.
"From a kid, all my dad would play around the house was reggae and dancehall music," she wrote on Instagram.
"This moment here means the world to me and it takes me back to my childhood."
Dancehall singer Koffee said Buju sets a "positive example" for young artists like her.
"To be honest with you Buju is a legend, people like him set the pace for me."
Protoje, another reggae star at the event, said: "I spoke to him since he's been back. Just the fact he knows my name or who I am, I give thanks just for that.
"I can only imagine what it was like not being on stage for eight years, just the overwhelming emotions he must have gone through. I am happy for him."
Despite being away from the scene for so long, Seani B says he thinks Buju Banton will fit back into the dancehall world seamlessly.
"You can see from the Buju Banton that was on stage that he's ready for business. He's one of the columns of dancehall and I don't think he's going anywhere… he's still reigning as a champion."
New Music: Obo Asiamah – Yen Wor (Prod. by Standec)
Ghanaian highlife sensational artiste, Obo Asiamah, releases his second single dubbed “Yen Wor”. This tune which literally explains “let’s pound”, a common house hold adage every man and woman can relate to in Ghana.
He expresses his desire to ladies, and implore all men to call onto their ladies for a “pounding.” This classic banger was produced by Standec.
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