Rocky Dawuni has released the first single off his upcoming album “Beats Of Zion”. The first promo single off the album has the same name as the album title, “Beats Of Zion”.
The title track and lead single “Beats of Zion” came out well from the Village Studios session, but was missing something on the drum tracking. Rocky states, “We travelled to Zanzibar for a concert shortly after the recording session. At the time, I was still wanting the full African tribal effect that I had imagined. On the eve of my concert at the amazing Sauti za Busara Festival, we saw Batimbo Percussion Magique of Burundi mount the stage and blow the minds of everyone in the audience. I turned to my manager; Cary Sullivan who was also watching and we thought the same – ‘these are the guys for Beats of Zion’ and so the story unfolded.” The lead single will also have an accompanying video, out in all global stores today including www.Aftown.com.
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The official video for the song was shot and directed in Ghana by Lex McCarthy. Photo Credits: @AmirImage
The album was recorded in the span of almost 2 years in various studios in Accra, Nairobi and Los Angeles. In LA, Rocky was gifted studio time at the legendary Village Studios that has recorded the most influential artists including Bob Dylan, Elton John, The Rolling Stones, John Lennon, and Fleetwood Mac.
Rocky’s travels around the world helped shape the new album Beats of Zion. He elaborates, “Beats of Zion was born out of my desire to use my diverse global musical influences and exposure to various traditions to paint a multi-cultural musical vision of the world that I perceive. The beginning of the year saw me visit Ethiopia and India. In Ethiopia, I visited Lalibela, witnessing ancient Christian rites and my journeys in India also exposed me to its diverse spiritual culture and the shared similarities I saw to Africa.” He adds, “The title Beats of Zion is inspired by a vision of the drumbeat of awareness and elevation of consciousness; a musical call to arms for my audience to be proactive in this day and age as to each person’s responsibility to be an active instrument for positive change.”
Full album officially releases on March 8, 2019 on all global stores and Aftown.
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Ghanaian Legend, Gyedu-Blay Ambolley To Perform At Festival “Le Guess Who?” 2019.
Utrecht’s experimental festival has announced the first acts for its 2019 edition, including Dur-Dur Band, Ustad Saami, Ahmed ag Kaedy, Mélissa Laveaux, Idris Ackamoor, Ethiopian legend Ayalew Mesfin and more will join him at the Utrecht festival.
Taking place in the beautiful Dutch city of Utrecht, Le Guess Who? is dedicated to boundary-crossing music from all over the world, featuring avant-garde, jazz, hip hop, electronic, experimental, global sounds and other genres. The line-up consists of more than a hundred acts including world-exclusive live performances. A festival full of discoveries in a truly idyllic setting.
Le Guess Who? announced the exclusive European performance of legendary adept highlife singer, composer and instrumentalist, Gyedu-Blay Ambolley, a show featuring the Sekondi Band, who has had successful European tours to keep the spirit and craft of Ghana's golden age of pop alive.
The Sekondi Band is an eight member team that serves as a backing vocalist and instrumentalist to the Ghanaian highlife genre of music pioneer. It comprises of, Anim Karikari( Band Leader and Keyboardist), Philip Quacoo(Guitarist), Kwesi Arko Donkor(Bass Guitarist), Peter Mensah(Drummer), Shikome(Percussionist), Faat Colonel(Saxophonist), Kuuku Ansong(Trumpeter) and Osab(Trombonist)
Gyedu-Blay Ambolley is a Ghanaian highlife musician, songwriter, producer, and composer. The first musician from Ghana to formally incorporate rap forms into local highlife rhythms, Ambolley created the musical genre Simigwa.
In June 2015 Ambolley received a citation in the USA from the City Council of Philadelphia, read by Council woman ; Honorable Jannie Blackwell and Hon. Stanley J. Staughter in recognition of the musician’s contributions to Ghanaian music in the USA.
Gyedu-Blay Ambolley was rather unknown outside of West Africa until Soundway Records included his seminal Simigwa-Do, which Ambolley released in 1973, on their first anthology, Ghana Soundz. Ambolley’s sound has led many to label him the godfather of hiplife, the fusion of the hip hop and highlife idioms.
Ambolley stood aside AL Threats at the Playboy Jazz Festival in Los Angeles. His song Simigua-do is considered the first rap in the world released in 1973. Ambolley, Sammy Lartey and Ebo Taylor are the few musicians who envisioned a future for high-life music in the late 60s and early 70s and helped transform the genre fusing high-life, funk and jazz music.
However, The festival’s curators have announced their specially curated programs, with Jenny Hval hosting Lolina, Sarah Davachi and Félicia Atkinson; The Bug hosting King Midas Sound, Godflesh and Mala; and Moon Duo hosting Nivhek, Michele Mecure and Bbymutha.
Patrick Higgins will bring Battles’ Tyondai Braxton, pianist Conrad Tao, Vicky Chow and Miranda Cuckson to the festival. The curated programs of Fatoumata Diawara and Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed will be announced at a later date.
The festival will also feature special performances from Ustad Sammi, the last living master of khayál, an ancient precursor to the Islamic devotional music of qawwali, avant-jazz vocalist Asha Puthli and Ayalew Mesfin, accompanied by the Debo Band.
Notable announcements for the general lineup include Deerhunter, Nídia, Prison Religion, The Raincoats and Visible Cloaks featuring Yoshio Ojima and Satsuki Shibano.
Last April, the organisers have revealed their guest curators for this year. Grammy nominated malian artist Fatoumata Diawara, Jenny Hval, Patrick Higgins, The Bug, Moon Duo will curate their very own program at the festival. The curated list has not yet been announced but we’re sure it will be worth experiencing.
Le Guess Who? 2019 will take place from November 7 to November 10 at various venues across Utrecht. Day tickets for Le Guess Who? are on sale now. Tickets for the Thursday program are €43; tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday are €48. 4-Day Festival Passes are available for €148. All prices include service costs. For more information, head over to the Le Guess Who? website
Ghanaian Dancehall Giants Indefinitely Banned From VGMAs.
Ghanaian Reggae/Dancehall Artiste, Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale have been banned indefinitely from partaking in the successive Vodafone Ghana Music Awards scheme(VGMAs), after their conducts marred the just ended 20th edition of the award ceremony.
The two Reggae/Dancehall giants have also been stripped off all the awards they won at the last ended Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA), as their demeanour and deportment breached the code, ethics and conducts of the awards scheme.
A board member of the awards scheme and CEO of Slip Entertainment, Mark Okraku Mantey, explained that, the board has the right to dismiss or disqualify any nominee who misbehaves or brings the Awards into disrepute, thus, denigrate the reputation of the awards scheme.
This decision was taken by Charter House, organizers of the VGMA and was annouced by Chairman of the 2019 VGMA board, Amandzeba Nat Brew at a press conference on Thursday, 23rd of May, 2019, 10:00am.
Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy were arrested by the police on Sunday over a brawl that erupted between their camps at the 20th anniversary of the VGMA that led to the public disturbance on the night.
Pandemonium broke out shortly after Stonebwoy was announced the winner of ‘Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year’ when Shatta Wale and his team were seen going towards the stage, their intentions unclear.
This arbitrament also states that, the "Shugah" hitmaker, Stonebwoy, and the "Kpu Kpa" hitmaker, Shatta Wale will not participate in Vodafone Ghana Music Awards nomination, selections, and performances.
This judgement divest Stonebwoy, whose governement name is Livingstone Etse Satekla and Shatta Wale born, Charles Nii-Armah Mensah the functions, power and title of their respective categories won at the event, and are expected to return the won plaques in their possession to the organizers of the show, Charter House Ltd.
Meanwhile, prior to the news conference held by Charter House, Shatta Wale upon sober reflections rescued himself from participating from Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) in the future.
#AfroNationGhana Listed Performer, BURNA BOY, Wins “African Artiste Of The Year” At #VGMA20
BET Awards 2019 nominated Nigerian Afrobeats artists, Damini Ogulu popularly known as Burna Boy wins the award for “African Artiste Of The Year” at the 20th Vodafone Ghana Music Awards which was held at Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) on Saturday, May 19. This year’s edition of Ghana’s Music Award marks the second decade after its first awards event.
With Burna Boy’s third (3rd) studio album, “Outside LP” which was released in 2018, he broke to fame internationally widening his musical territories with his hit single off the LP titled “Ye”.
Efforts of his urge to better his musical craft and marketing earned him a spot to perform at one of the world’s most accorded outdoor event if not the biggest, Coachella early this year alongside Mr. Eazi.
Burna Boy at #VGMA20 gave out an electrifying performance, performing almost all his hit singles and songs off his album. He is confirmed to perform at Afro Nation’s maiden Africa re-entry festival dubbed Afro Nation Ghana scheduled on December 27th to 39th at Laboma Beach.
Afro Nation Ghana is a 3-Day event with interesting fun events with major concerts on each day. First Wave artistes confirmed for Afro Nation Ghana include Alkaline, Shatta Wale, Burna Boy, Stonebwoy, Wizkid, Teni and many more. Afro Nation is yet to announce 3 more Wave Artistes Line Up for the 3-Day event.
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