One of Ghana’s formidable music forces, D-Black, after a long hiatus, had finally dropped his highly anticipated E.P ‘Smoke & Mirrors’ today Friday 21st June 2019. Available on all platforms now ‘Smoke & Mirrors’ streamed exclusively on Aftown and Youtube apps 5 days ahead of its release today.
The award-winning rapper accompanies the E.P release with the first music video / single off it ‘Heaven or Hell’ featuring Sefa :
The seven-track EP titled ‘Smoke & Mirrors’ features soon to be everyone’s favourite track list which features talented acts like Bisa Kdei, Kelvyn Boy, Sefa, Sista Afia and others.
D-Black releases the E.P before his highly anticipated fourth studio album ‘Loyalty’ and after a press soiree at the offices of the Black Avenue Muzik Group on Thursday night with Ghana’s press / media creme de la creme D-Black commenting on the EP, D-Black said ‘Smoke & Mirrors’ was inspired by his journey in the music industry.
“‘Smoke & Mirrors’ essentially means nothing is as it seems. The smoke blurs your vision and the mirrors are a reflection and not always reality. This EP is 90% Hip-hop and was inspired by my nine-year journey and where I am today. All I learnt coming up from 2010 till now. Had to take it back to the roots, Hip-hop,” he said.
The ‘Heaven or Hell’ record was written in a car enroute Kumasi for Sefa’s first promo run. I started playing beats for my E.P on the car speakers and started writing after we had seen an accident on the Accra – Kumasi road. Thoughts just kept swirling round in my head so then i asked Sefa to write a hook as well to this concept of ‘Heaven or Hell’. Two days later when we got to Accra we went straight to the studio to record it, D-Black said speaking on the inspiration behind the first single.
Touching on ‘Tha Bounce’, the second track off the EP, he said: “The Bounce was inspired by a Jay Z record we were vibing to in the studio at home and watching Ryan Leslie’s productions sessions myself, Rony Turn Me Up and DJ Breezy whilst we were working on the album. I wrote some lines on my phone and before we knew it I’d recorded the full track. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did making it.”
Check out the ‘Smoke & Mirrors’ EP tracklist below:
Heaven or Hell ft. Sefa (prod. Fortune Dane)
Tha Bounce (prod. Rony Turn Me Up)
Monkey No Fine ft. Kelvyn Boy (prod. Snaz Beatz)
Die Young (prod. Fortune Dane)
Forget Me Not ft. Bisa Kdei (prod. Dj Breezy)
Nite & Day ft. Sefa, Coco Treyy & Sista Afia (prod. Rony Turn Me Up)
Lights in the Sky ft. Alexia Sungold (prod. Rony Turn Me Up)
STREAM THE ENTIRE ‘SMOKE & MIRRORS’ E.P HERE : https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVUjHrr-vH0PDsQID6NgtJ-9FNZ6QAnb2
A$AP Rocky Continues In Swedish Custody Despite Trump’s “Personal Guarantee”.
He’s the leader of the free world, a billionaire, and offered his personal guarantee in a phone call with the Swedish prime minister. But evidently that isn’t enough from Donald Trump for Swedish officials to allow bail for rapper A$AP Rocky, who stands accused of assault charges in that country.
After a Saturday phone call, Trump optimistically tweeted about a great conversation he had with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven concerning the case, saying he had “personally vouched” for the rapper.
“Just had a very good call with @SwedishPM Stefan Löfven who assured me that American citizen A$AP Rocky will be treated fairly. Likewise, I assured him that A$AP was not a flight risk and offered to personally vouch for his bail, or an alternative,” Trump tweeted.
In a second tweet, POTUS said the two sides had agreed to hold additional talks.
“Our teams will be talking further, and we agreed to speak again in the next 48 hours!”
But now there are fears that Swedish prosecutors may go harder on Rocky in an effort to show they can’t be influenced by the US government.
The Grammy-nominated Rocky, real name Rakim Mayers, has been jailed since July 2 after he and his entourage were accused of being involved in a street brawl in Stockholm on June 30. He was in the country to perform at a music festival.
Löfven will talk again with Trump this week, but has stressed that Rocky would not receive special treatment.
The president said he made the call because of requests from his wife and Kanye West, among others.
A$AP Rocky was taken by the police after voluntarily appearing at a police station for questioning in the incident, which was captured on video and widely shared. Rocky had claimed his group was attacked by “drug addicts.” He has not been formally charged yet. Police have until July 25 to bring charges.
StarZee features Edem on new song “Catch Fire”.
Sierra Leone Dancehall heavyweight, Star Zee, who featured Stonebwoy on a banger “Leader” is set to release another major tune dubbed “CATCH FIRE” which features the VRMG Boss Edem.
StarZee exclusively revealed to Remedi Entertainment that her yet to be released song is going to be one of the biggest tune to hit Africa and beyond.
“ It’s a song people can listen to and let the music do what it’s meant: to be steady, stay grounded and just take a minute to dance and feel good.”
CATCH FIRE is produced by StreetBeatz and serves as her first single of the year 2019.
It’ll be interesting to see how this fares on the charts given how solid the record is.
(Source: Beenie Words)
New Music: Strongman – 21st Century [Prod By MikeMilzzOnEm]
Rapper of the moment Strongman is out with a new one titled 21st Century; Produced by MikeMilzzOnEm.
Pointing out how material things have become more prioritized than morality, Strongman takes a witty approach to the issue of money, fame and relationships in way he alone can.
Noted as the rapper who centers on content to entertain fans, He maintains his deep lyricism and craftsmanship will still fusing in some funny-filled expressions to keep the vibe still going on.
This comes off as a warmup for a tough scheduled line up of bangers and trendy songs to cloud the airwaves.
UGANDA: No Compensation For National Anthem Composer.
The Court of Appeal in Uganda has revoked a 50 million Ugandan shilling ($13 500) compensation previously awarded to the late George Wilberforce Kakoma for composing the Ugandan national anthem in 1962.
The decision to compensate Kakoma was made by high court judge Yorokamu Bamwine in 2010, after the composer had filed a case accusing the government of copyright infringement to the tune of 1 billion Ugandan shillings. Bamwine noted that the awarded amount would accrue an annual interest of 25% until the government settled the payment.
But Kakoma rejected the offer and took the case to the Court of Appeal where he sought 800 million shillings as compensation. According to NTV Uganda, justices Elizabeth Musoke, Hellen Obura and Fredrick Egonda-Ntende ruled on 15 July that the copyright to the anthem had expired in 2012, 50 years after it was composed. Kakoma died in April 2012.
The verdict also said that the anthem could now be used freely in the public domain.
A Ugandan copyright lawyer who spoke to Music in Africa on condition of anonymity said it was highly unlikely that Kakoma or his next of kin could have won the case.
“There are certain things that if you do not sort out before you pass on, then it becomes more complicated for those who might want to carry on, and this particular case is one of them,” the copyright lawyer said.
“When you are in court fighting for what you truly believe is yours, you need to explore different ways to resolve it and get your house in order before it’s too late. Kakoma was going against a state that had refused to sort out this issue since 1962 until the day he died. For it to be ignored for that long shows that the government had no sense of empathy. This is a huge lesson for Ugandans. ”
The lawyer said Kakoma’s widow, Mary Teresa Kakoma, could appeal the ruling but the case had "no political mileage" and therefore was of no interest to the government.
"The state will not pay much attention to it. The government only gives lip service to its heroes, most of whom are living in unspeakable conditions.”
Kakoma received 2 000 shillings for his composition in 1963, as a token of appreciation.
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