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CôTE d’IVOIRE: The King Of Coupé-décalé, DJ Arafat Is Dead.

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The much-beloved artist who was the champion of the coupé-décalé sound has passed away.

Victim of a motorcycle accident on the night of Sunday 11 to Monday 12 August in Abidjan, the Ivorian artist Ange Didier Huon – alias DJ Arafat – died from his injuries in a clinic in Abidjan, according to several Ivorian official sources, including Maurice Bandaman, the Ivorian Minister of Culture.

The star of the “coupé-décalé” died on Monday, August 12 at the Polyclinique des Deux Plateaux in Abidjan. The artist died as a result of his injuries after a serious road accident that occurred during the night from Sunday to Monday.

His motorcycle crashed into a car driven by a Radio Côte d’Ivoire journalist. The singer, unconscious, was quickly taken into care and admitted to intensive care. Unfortunately, he did not survive.

“He was admitted to the emergency room in a vegetative state. He had a skull fracture and oedema,” a doctor from the institution told Jeune Afrique, on condition of anonymity. The medical teams tried to revive him, “in vain”.

Two Ivorian government ministers, who visited the artist’s bedside, confirmed the death of Jeune Afrique, as well as a senior official posted in Abidjan. “I’m at the clinic where DJ Arafat was admitted. I can confirm that the artist has passed away. I am with Minister of State Hamed Bakayoko to organize with the family,” said Maurice Bandaman, Ivorian Minister of Culture and Francophonie.

The information was also confirmed on the antennas of RTI, the Ivorian public channel, in its 1pm news bulletin.

In’salfo, the leader of the Magic System group, also went to the hospital.

The undisputed king of the “coupé-décalé”, DJ Arafat – whose real name is Ange Didier Huon – earned himself an international reputation and has established himself as the undisputed boss of the offbeat dance sound. He occasionally had a difficult reputation, because of recurring clashes with other coupé-décalé artists.

Born in 1986 in Yopougon, a town in western Abidjan, the artist liked to claim ever new nicknames, from “Commander Zabra” to “Yorobo” – more recently, he even introduced himself as “Leader of People’s China”.

Tragically ironic, his latest single – which beats records on YouTube with 4.5 million views since its release last May – is called “Moto-Moto”. Daily newsletter:join our 100 000 subscribers!Each day, get the essential:
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DREAM: Fancy Gadam All Set For A New Album.

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Dagbani language Ghanaian afropop, dancehall and reggae musical artiste, Mujahid Ahmed Bello, known by his stage name Fancy Gadam, is all poised for releasing his fifth studio album titled "Dream"

The album consists of 12 tracks and features some of Ghana’s finest artistes including Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy, Mr. Eazi among others. The Gadam Nation boss revealed that, the project features an aesthetic rap music and some lovely singing.

In an interview with GNA ahead of the album debut, the multiple award winning artiste was hopeful the songs on the album would motivate people in various endeavours in life. According to Fancy Gadam, his team is relentlessly toiling to give out their best on the yet to be released project, as their entire life can be summed make this project a success.

The "Total Cheat" hitmaker, Fancy Gadam urged Gadamnation to get ready for the ‘Dream’ album a project that has a lot of motivational songs with lot of collaborations and. He also revealed that, a musical concert would be held in Accra next month to climax the launch of the album

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Min. Joe Mettle To Untie The “Wind of Rivival” In New Album.

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Ghanaian contemporary Gospel and worship musician, Minister Joseph Oscar Mettle popularly known as Joe Mettle is set to release his 5th professional studio collections of audio recordings; album titled ‘Wind of Revival’ featuring awards winning Gospel singer, Jonathan Nelson

“The Wind of Revival” album was recorded in June at his annual Gospel concert, Praiz Reloaded organised by Joe Mettle Ministries and Reverb Studios and will be released on Saturday, 17th August. The album was recorded live and features both traditional and contemporary grooves which sits on Godly inspired lyrics. The project sums up to be his 5th after My Gratitude” (2011), “Sound of Praise” (2013),“The Encounter” (2015), and “God of Miracles” (2017)

The most anticipated song on the project is " Hallelujah" features Jonathan Nelson and ‘Mehia wo Yesu‘ which was released earlier this year. Joe believes the presence of God which is the fullness of joy must be accessible to all irrespective of language, race and tribe. Music is able to make that kind of impact but he believes the worship experience must live on even after the songs.

He began his music as a backup singer for Danny Nettey in the early 2000 and has had stints of music work with Cindy Thompson, Rev Tom Bright Davies and Soul Winners. He was the lead singer for this unique Ghanaian traditional band, Soul Winners and was the lead vocalist for the Group’s hit song ‘Aboloo’.

The album will be available in music stores across the country as well electronic stores.

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Applications Open For Second Phase of emPawa Africa.

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Following a successful launch earlier this year, award winning Nigerian singer and music executive, Oluwatosin Ajibade, better known by his stage name Mr Eazi, through his incubator program for emerging artists, emPawa Africa has reopened entry for its accelerator program.

Entries is slated for Friday, August 15. In this second phase of the program, 30 African artists will be selected to receive a non-repayable grant to fund their first professional music video, as well as mentorship, marketing services and other support. Artists from the African Diaspora are also encouraged to apply for the program.

The emPawa30 will include 10 artists from Nigeria; 10 artists from other countries on the African continent; and five UK-based African artists, with the remaining five spots open to African-born artists in countries around the world, including the US and Canada.

YouTube Music is partnering with emPawa Africa to provide support for the 10 Nigerian artists in the #emPawa30 cohort, as announced by YouTube’s Global Head of Music, Lyor Cohen announced during a fireside chat with Mr Eazi at last month’s Google for Nigeria Week.

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To be considered, entrants are asked to upload a short video clip (up to 1 minute in length) to Instagram of themselves performing an original song, cover or freestyle, with the hashtag "#emPawa30".

The program will close to submissions on September 15, after which each entry will each be evaluated by Mr Eazi and his music-industry colleagues. The new cohort of 30 artists will be announced on September. 30.

Once selected, each emPawa 30 artist will be assigned an individual mentor and video director, with whom they will work directly throughout the seven-month mentorship program.

Mentors will include Diplo, afrobeats producers E. Kelly, Juls and GuiltyBeatz, South African rapper Kwesta, Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie, Tanzanian music superstar Diamond Platnumz, afrobeats veteran DJ Neptune and executives from the African music industry, along with Mr Eazi. The videos will be filmed in October and rolled out across six weeks starting November 1.

According to Mr. Eazi, the talent incubator, Empawa Africa has a core mandatory of equiping these artists with the tools, knowledge, network and investment so they subsequently become independent music entrepreneurs. The firm partners with iconic figures, who have in-depth industry knowledge, and experience in promoting talented artists to achieve their full potential goals.

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Sarkodie To Drop 3rd Single Off “Black Love” Album.

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Multiple awards winning Ghanaian rap and hip life fusion recording and performing artiste, Michael Owusu Addo professionally known as, Sarkodie has revealed that, he is set to release the third single off his yet to be divulged music studio project christened, "Black Love"

The release date for his third single titled, "Do You" is slated for Friday, August 16, 2019 and it comes at the back after the Black Entertainment Tv (BET) awards winner made his intention of availing his 6th music album, Black Love, after a successful release, promotion of four(4) studio album( Makye – 2009, Rapperholic – 2012, Sarkology – 2014 and Highest – 2017), one(1) live album(Mary – 2015) and an Extended Play(EP) Alpha – 2019.

As the name suggests and off a love album, "Do You" is a question lovers ask each other for a confirmation of their affection and commitment to the positive growth of their relationship. Or basically "Do You" means something like, do whatever you like or do what your heart desires.

The single is expected to be another banger with characteristics and merits of elevating the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) Artiste of the Decade's album as its predecessors (Can't Let You Go, Lucky) are precedentedly achieving in Ghana's entertainment landscape. The single is expected to top music charts and also be the foundation on which the album will survive.

Earlier, the management Sarkodie, SarkCess Music released the debut single featuring King Promise, "Can't Let You Go", and the second single which has a member of defunct Nigerian music group(PSquare), Rude Boy on duty, “Lucky” off the album and was premiered across major radio stations across Africa and the rest of the world and made available via digital platforms days after.

The MOG Beatz-produced single is a well-packaged love up song with clean lyrics, short musical composition with distinctive characteristic that defines it to be an Afropop jam, cracking and dandy that is appealing to the right thinking member of the society and can be enjoyed over a long period of time.

Although very little is known about the "Black Love" album, snipert of the video can confirm that the album is a great piece of work with major collaborations from other renowned African artists. The album will be distributed by Ditto Music, same company responsible for the distribution of Alpha.

The album features, Rude boy of PSquare fame, English actor and musician, Idris Elba, Grammy nominee, Stonebwoy, Mr. Eazi, Bisa Kdei, and a lot more. Black Love is an all love themed album and as the name suggests, it gives off a signal it might be an all love themed kind of album which focuses on the pride of Africans.

Watch Sarkodie - Lucky ft. Rudeboy off the Black Love album.

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