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Buju Banton Returns To Summerjam After 10 Years.

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Grammy award- winning reggae and dancehall artiste Buju Banton has been confirmed for this year’s Summerjam Festival, held annually in Cologne, Germany.

That show is set for the Thomas A. Robinson National Sports Stadium and is being promoted by Bahamian firm Paradise Productions.

Buju will headline the Red Stage on Saturday, July 6. This is the first European show announced for Buju’s highly anticipated Long Walk to Freedom Tour.

According to the organisers, this year will be very special in light of UNESCO’s official declaration of reggae music as an Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Although this announcement marks the first of Buju’s European dates, the reggae star will have already been on the road for some time. Following his official re-entry to the stage on March 16 at the National Stadium in Kingston, Buju will perform in Nassau, The Bahamas, on March 30.

He is also set to perform in Trinidad on April 21 at the Queen’s Park Savannah in a concert dubbed ‘I Am Legend’. Buju will then travel to Barbados for the Barbados Reggae Festival at Kensington Oval on April 27.

Before heading off to Europe, he will perform at the St Kitts Music Festival, which will take place from June 26 to 30. There, the deejay joins a strong line-up that includes Smokey Robinson, Popcaan, French Montana, and Davido.

Hailed as one of the biggest reggae, dancehall, and hip-hop festivals in Europe, Summerjam has been held for over 34 years, showcasing appearances from international music stars from all over the world.

Past Summerjam stages have carried some local legends, including Buju. It was one decade ago that the Gargamel appeared there, alongside reggae acts Bunny Wailer, UB40, Anthony B, Sly & Robbie, Junior Kelly, Bitty McLean, U-Roy, Glen Washington, Pablo Moses, Horace Andy, and Freddie McGregor.

Still, the musical torch continues to blaze, and this year, Jimmy Cliff, Popcaan, Protoje, Kabaka Pyramid, Agent Sasco, Samory I, Richie Spice and sensational newcomer Koffee are the Jamaican acts advertised for Summerjam 2019.

By: Gerrard-Israel

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“Hungarian Gov’t Provides Grants For Creative Artists” – Sena Dagadu

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Ghanaian artiste based in Hungary, Sena Dagadu has said that unlike Ghana, the Hungarian government has set up a fund that supports its artists.

She made this revelation in an interview with AJ Sarpong on Citi TV’s ‘Hall of Fame.’

When asked how different the Hungarian music industry was from Ghana’s, she said the Hungarian government had instituted a special fund for people in the creative industry for different purposes.

“There is a system in Hungary where you can apply for government grants for different projects – be it a tour, be it an album, be it a joint project with different artistes or anything that is culture-related. It could be classical music, dance, theatre, and basically they have different things you can apply for during the year,” she revealed.

She also mentioned that the copyright system in Hungary is more functional that what obtains in Ghana.

“There is a strong copyright system whereby every radio or television play and commercial use of your music has monetary value to it so you actually have someone trying to protect your music and pay you for having it aired there. But for most of my musician friends I know that is hugely lacking,” she said.

Sena noted that even though most of the Ghanaian musicians do not get royalties as expected, she is aware measures are being put in place to make the situation better.

In Ghana, the government has announced plans to set up a creative arts fund for people on the creative sector.

The Creative Arts Bill, when passed, would make room for the initiation of the fund.

The President, Nana Akufo-Addo told Parliament during the third State of the Nation address that the passage of the Bill was in the offing.

“We have worked to finalise the Creative Arts Bill, leading to the setting up of the Creative Arts Fund. For the first time, in 2018, Government provided support to the Creative Arts Council, and the Creative Arts Masterclass, to build capacity of Creative Arts practitioners, has also commenced,” he noted.

This was one of the manifesto promises of the New Patriotic Party.

Sena Dagadu became popular on the Ghanaian music scene when she was featured on VVIP’s ‘Skolom.’

Some of her musical works are ‘Extra Large,’ ‘Yo Chale,’ ‘Pass it On,’ ‘Pressure,’ and ‘You No Ready.’

Source: Citi Fm

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New Music: Stonebwoy ft. Beenie Man – Shuga (Prod. By Street Beatz)

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Celebrated Ghanaian Reggae/Dancehall and AfroPop Act, Stonebwoy teams up with The King Of Dancehall, Award Winning Jamaican Dancehall Act, Beenie Man on an afrobeats jam titled “SHUGA”.

SHUGA originally programmed by versatile Ghanaian Producer, Street Beatz adds to Stonebwoy’s catalogue as a possible hit.

Kindly Stream & Purchase #SHUGA by Stonebwoy featuring Beenie Man, with Production Credits to Street Beatz.

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Beyoncé Officially Launches The #BeforeILetGoChallenge On Instagram.

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Move over Drake's "In My Feelings" – there's a new social media challenge taking over the internet.

Beyoncé officially launched the #BeforeILetGoChallenge on her Instagram Story Monday night, just days after her documentary "Homecoming" was released on Netflix.

The trailblazing singer dropped a surprise live album of her legendary 2018 Coachella performance along with the documentary, which debuted in the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart this week.

The album features the bonus track "Before I Let Go," a cover of Frankie Beverly & Maze's black cultural anthem, which has sparked a viral dance challenge.

Queen Bey promoted the hashtag with a bee and heart eye emoji on her Instagram Story, a rarity for the singer, who has only used the IG function a few times.

She shared dozens of video submissions from dancing fans who flawlessly stepped to "Swag the right/ surf the left/ Work the middle 'til it hurt a little."

"Y’all!!!!!!!!!!!!! @beyonce just posted my #beforeiletgochallenge to her Instagram!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry I’m dying…. brb," user @Kiara_Imani tweeted Monday.

"YES that’s @phylicia_jas on @Beyonce’s… IG story! this is iconic. monumental. certainly not a drill," user @Omarblvnco tweeted.

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DJ Cuppy Enlists Kwesi Arthur, Ceeza Milli And Shaydee On New Joint Abena — WATCH

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Cuppy is back again…


International DJ and Producer Florence Ifeoluwa Otedola popularly known as Cuppy, is back with a new single release titled ‘Abena’, her first release this year. Following on from her classic Afrobeats hit ‘Green Light’, Cuppy continues her musical exploration this time teaming up with 3 talented West African artists; Kwesi Arthur, Shaydee & Ceeza Milli.

This silky afro-love jam will no doubt be a hit in the clubs, DJ sets, and a favourite from Cuppy fans!


Unquestionably a leading female DJ in Africa, Cuppy is becoming a major player across the music field, having successfully gained a lot of recognition both in Nigeria and Internationally.

This new release proves Cuppy’s further solidified position in the music industry as she continues to show us that there are many layers to her craft while stepping even further into the world of vocalist, songwriter, and producer.


Upon hearing ‘Abena’ its contagious sound is certainly captivating! Cuppy has certainly left us
wanting more…

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Abena Audio Link: http://djcuppy.com/abena/

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