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Shatta Wale Beats Sean Paul, Major Lazer And Others At IRAWMA 19

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Multiple awards winning Reggae/Dancehall artiste Charles Nii -Armah Mensah, professionally known as Shatta Wale has elevated his art to the world by emerging victorious out of two categories at the just ended 37th International Reggae and World Music Awards(IRAWMA).

The awards event which was held at Pegasus Hotel, 82 Knutsford Blvd, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies on Saturday 11th May 2019 saw the the African Reggae/Dancehall King, Shatta Wale winning the category of Best Music Video for his much anticipated ‘Gringo’ music video and the category of Afro Beats artist of the year.

The International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA), established in 1982 acknowledges and honours the accomplishments and contributions of reggae and world music artists, including songwriters, performers, promoters and musicians.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Shatta Movement Empire, ease past competition from Jamaican Reggae/Dancehall heavyweight, Sean Paul, Major Lazer, Ghanaian Reggae/Dancehall icons Stonebwoy and Samini, Damian Marley, Wiz Khalifa among others to add the IRAWMA awards scheme’s plaque to his cabinet.

In accepting this prestigious award, the “Kpu Kpa” hitmaker took to his Facebook handle to show gratitude to God and his fan army, Shatta Movement for enormously displaying their inflicnhing solidarity to the movement and chalking another international recognition.

Shatta Wale extended a word of appreciation to the board and organizers of 37th International Reggae and World Music Awards(IRAWMA) and his management incharge of running the affairs of the Shatta Movement brand and producers in the United States of America and Jamaica.

However, African Dancehall King, Charles Nii-Armah Mensah has also garnered some slots at the forthcoming 20th edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, slated for the 18th May, 2018 and will take place at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC).

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THE LION KING: THE GIFT: “Don’t Belittle This Unique Collaboration. – Shatta Wale Urges Ghanaian Media

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Ghanaian Reggae/Dancehall artiste, Charles Nii-Armah Mensah popularly known to his fans as Shatta Wale has revealed that, he exhausted an estimated Seventy-Two hours(72hrs) in selecting a tool to make his music language readable amidst writing his verse on the yet to be released 'The Lion King: The Gift' music album.

According to the Afro-fusion artiste, determination to attain perfection; displaying his artistry and writing prowess, exhibiting vocal dexterity, on the 'Lion King: The Gift' music album was his hallmark, hence the need to spend at least three days to make his quota on the album a remarkable one.

This comes at the back of American singer, songwriter and actor, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, professionally known as Beyoncé featuring the Ghanaian Reggae/Dancehall and Afro-Fusio artiste, Shatta Wale on her yet to be release music album project dubbed "The Lion King: The Gift".

Beyoncé revealed the tracklist for her new Lion King-inspired album The Lion King: The Gift. along with several new Beyoncé songs, the LP features contributions from Kendrick Lamar, JAY-Z, Childish Gambino, 070 Shake, Tierra Whack, Pharrell, and more. In addition, there’s a song with JAY and Bey’s daughter Blue Ivy Carter. Some of today’s most talented and important African artists pay tribute to the iconic film while bringing the authentic sounds of African music to the world.

Speaking as a guest to Sammy Flex on Zylofon 102.1 Fm, a subsidiary company to defunct gold dealership firm, Menzgold Ghana, the 'Kpu Kpa' hit maker stated that, it was an overwhelming opportunity for his talent to be employed by the management of astute and illustrious American singer, Beyonce to bless the latter's album.

Not mentioning the particular genre he performed, Shatta Wale also revealed that, this is a memorable call to elevate Ghana's tourism, creative arts, culture and entertainment ecosystem, as he's believed to inculcate a sense of African-ism on the minds of the Ghanaian, African diaspora, adding that, this is "The Year of Return".

However, Charles Nii-Armah Mensah, Shatta Wale urged the Ghanaian traditional media and mass communication pratictioners; journalists, writers, bloggers, his colleague musicians not to belittle this opportunity but rather, promote this collaboration to the core.

The Lion King: The Gift, executive produced by Beyoncé, is out this Friday, July 19 via Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records. The soundtrack to The Lion King arrived last week. As with The Gift, it includes Beyoncé’s new song “Spirit.” The CGI live-action remake of the The Lion King hits theaters July 18.

According to a press release, The Lion King: The Gift is a “love letter to Africa” and “features a beautiful, multi-genre symphony, steeped in African influences from various corners of the Continent, with unexpected collaborations, pulsating rhythms and crisp production that celebrate the African diaspora, and will be released on the 19th of July, 2019.

The Lion King: The Gift:

01 Beyoncé: “Bigger”
02 Beyoncé: “Find Your Way Back (Circle of Life)”
03 Tekno / Yemi Alade / Mr. Eazi: “Don’t Jealous Me”
04 Burna Boy: “Ja Ara E”
05 Beyoncé / Kendrick Lamar: “The Nile”
06 Beyoncé / JAY-Z / Childish Gambino: “Mood 4 Eva”
07 Salatiel / Pharrell / Beyoncé: “Water”
08 Blue Ivy Carter / SAINt JHN / WizKid / Beyoncé: “Brown Skin Girl”
09 Tiwa Savage / Mr. Eazi: “Keys to the Kingdom”
10 Beyoncé: “Otherside”
11 Beyoncé / Shatta Wale: “Already”
12 Tierra Whack / Beyoncé / Busiswa / Yemi Alade / Moonchild Sanelly: “My Power”
13 070 Shake / Jessie Reyez: “Scar”
14 Beyoncé: “Spirit”

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Burna Boy Announces New Album, ‘African Giant’.

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Forthcoming on July 26th, the new project will features previously released singles “Anybody”, “Dangote”, “Gbona” and “On The Low”.

In the middle of his The African Giant Returns world tour, after performing at milestone gigs such as Coachella, Nigerian superstar Burna Boy just announced a new album, African Giant.

https://youtu.be/Ecl8Aod0Tl0

The new project, due on July 26th on Atlantic Records, is a follows the widely acclaimed Outside, released in 2018. It will feature formely released singles such as “Anybody”, “Dangote”, “Gbona” and “On The Low”.

Read our article on why Burna Boy is today’s youth.

Listen to Burna Boy in our One Dance playlist on Spotify or Deezer.

African Giant, out on July 26th. Pre-order it here.

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LOYALTY: Grammy Nominee, Stonebwoy Featured On Morgan Heritage’s New Studio Album.

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Grateful for innumerable achievements, awards and honors such as a GRAMMY win and nomination for Best Reggae Album. Gramps, Peetah and Mr. Mojo make up the Iconic culturally driven band that has bridged continents and styles of Reggae with their latest offering “LOYALTY” featuring Ghanaian Reggae/Dancehall Grammy nominee artiste, Stonebwoy.

An album that was not only created across several continents but saw its completion done in an unorthodox way with all three brothers in different locations. Mojo was in Kenya focusing on the group’s philanthropic efforts, while Gramps was traveling around the world healing people with his immediate family’s Masya CBD products and Peetah was in Miami, Florida anchoring the production.

That meant they had to use technology to bring them together in one studio while orchestrating the finishing touches on their new masterpiece. Longevity and consistency are what defines icon. Morgan Heritage are a true testament of the latter as the band's twelfth studio album is slated for release summer 2019.

Pre-order links: North America - https://empire.lnk.to/loyalty1 Global - https://orcd.co/loyalty_mh_pre  Website: www.morganheritagemusic.com

Worldwide they are known for their riveting stage presence and exciting showmanship. So, it’s no surprise that the Royal Family of Reggae will trek 2019 and 2020 globally from Africa to Europe, North America to South America and beyond. The itinerary not only embodies Morgan Heritage's global citizenship but is a testament of the siblings embrace of unifying cultures that is prominent in their music. “The new album showcases the universal state of Reggae and Jamaican music today. Our music is not one dimensional and we’re not loyal to one dimension of the music, rather we’re loyal to our genre”. – Morgan Heritage

Personified by an impressive discography that claims authentic Roots Rock Reggae, with albums displaying the eclectic fusion of sounds that have influenced each member such as Reggae, Rock, Hip-Hop, Jazz, RnB, and Afrobeat, the common thread has been constant original Reggae. On the latest album released under the trio’s imprint label CTBC Music Group (Cool to Be Conscious Music Group), "LOYALTY" can be defined as a globe- trotting work of art.

It offers 16 tracks produced by Morgan Heritage with co-production from GRAMMY award winning producers such as Jerry Wonda, Jason “J-Vibe” Farmer, Shane Brown and Aston Barrett Jr, amongst others. The album also features star studded appearances from award winning African superstars Diamond Platnumz, Stonebwoy, Patoranking, to Reggae Rock stars Pepper and Iration to Dancehall sensation Popcaan, as well as the voice of Emmy Award & Peabody Award winner Jeff Koinange on the intro of the album.

The lyrical prowess lurking in the heart of the various songs will captivate attentive listeners throughout the assorted tracks. The stand out productions all manage to embrace showy instrumental breaks that allow individual artists and instruments to shine on their own merit, yet all songs are uniformly geared towards further elevating the music.

The new album delivers the nostalgic Morgan Heritage sound that fans recognize as "Rockaz". As prolific lyrics runs a gamut of topics from; love with "All for You" to social commentary with "The Awakening”. Motivational tracks like "The World is Yours" accompanies stories about relationships in "Pay Attention" a tribute to the ladies. They embrace and pay homage to their African and Jamaican roots with the international hit song "Africa x Jamaica". The closing song on the album “Home” penned on Father’s Day by Esh Morgan and his dad Mr Mojo, is an ode to all travelling parents that work hard for their families.

The title indeed befitting of the Royal siblings’ latest offering, is a 16-track musical journey that adhere and remain faithful to Morgan Heritage's philosophy. "We chose the title “LOYALTY” because of how loyal we’ve been to the brand Morgan Heritage as a family, a band and group after so many years. Hence the reason we say Heritage 4 Life. As well as our loyalty to Reggae music while not being afraid to travel the journey of change through musical evolution." - Morgan Heritage

Releases like this stand the test of time and are representative of what committed, tasteful artistry is still capable of accomplishing. The Iconic GRAMMY Award-winning band has managed to stay true to their formula while collaborating with creators from all four corners of the Earth. With “LOYALTY” Morgan Heritage’s name is duly cemented in history.

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THE LION KING: THE GIFT: Ghanaian Audio Engineer, Guilty Beatz Produces 3 Songs Off Beyoncé’s Album.

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Ghanaian record producer, Ronald Banful popularly known as Guilty Beatz has infused his talent, by overseeing and managing the sound recording and production of three songs, "Already", "Find Your WayBack (Circle of Life)" and “Keys To The Kingdom” off American singer's, Beyonce yet to be released album dub, "The Lion King: The Gift".

Beyoncé revealed the tracklist for her new Lion King-inspired album The Lion King: The Gift. along with several new Beyoncé songs, the LP features contributions from Kendrick Lamar, JAY-Z, Childish Gambino, 070 Shake, Tierra Whack, Pharrell, and more. In addition, there’s a song with JAY and Bey’s daughter Blue Ivy Carter. Some of today’s most talented and important African artists pay tribute to the iconic film while bringing the authentic sounds of African music to the world.

The Lion King: The Gift, executive produced by Beyoncé, is out this Friday, July 19 via Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records. The soundtrack to The Lion King arrived last week. As with The Gift, it includes Beyoncé’s new song “Spirit.” The CGI live-action remake of the The Lion King hits theaters July 18.

According to a press release, The Lion King: The Gift is a “love letter to Africa” and “features a beautiful, multi-genre symphony, steeped in African influences from various corners of the Continent, with unexpected collaborations, pulsating rhythms and crisp production that celebrate the African diaspora.”

On July 9, 2019, it was revealed that Beyoncé produced and curated the album titled The Lion King: The Gift, which will feature new songs inspired by the film, as well as "Spirit" from the soundtrack. Beyoncé called the album "sonic cinema" and said that the film "is a new experience of storytelling", and that the album "is influenced by everything from R&B, pop, hip hop and Afro Beat".

Beyoncé also said that "[she] wanted to put everyone on their own journey to link the storyline" and that the songs were inspired by the remake's storyline, which "gives the listener a chance to imagine their own imagery, while listening to a new contemporary interpretation". The songs were also produced by African producers, which Beyoncé said it was because "authenticity and heart were important to [her]", since the film is set in Africa.

The first single, “Spirit,” will be available globally later tonight. The powerful track, performed by Beyoncé, was written by IIya Salmanzadeh, Timothy McKenzie, and Beyoncé, and produced by Beyoncé, IIya, and Labrinth. It appears in the film during a pivotal scene with Beyoncé’s character, Nala.

Beyoncé voices Nala in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s 1994 animated classic. Directed by Jon Favreau, the film also stars Donald Glover (Simba), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Scar), Billy Eichner (Timon), Seth Rogen (Pumbaa), and Alfre Woodard (Sarabi).

Additionally, Beyoncé duets with Glover on “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” their remake of Elton John’s classic ballad, off the original motion picture soundtrack for The Lion King, which will be released digitally on July 11 at 8 a.m. PST.

The Lion King: The Gift:

01 Beyoncé: “Bigger”
02 Beyoncé: “Find Your Way Back (Circle of Life)”
03 Tekno / Yemi Alade / Mr. Eazi: “Don’t Jealous Me”
04 Burna Boy: “Ja Ara E”
05 Beyoncé / Kendrick Lamar: “The Nile”
06 Beyoncé / JAY-Z / Childish Gambino: “Mood 4 Eva”
07 Salatiel / Pharrell / Beyoncé: “Water”
08 Blue Ivy Carter / SAINt JHN / WizKid / Beyoncé: “Brown Skin Girl”
09 Tiwa Savage / Mr. Eazi: “Keys to the Kingdom”
10 Beyoncé: “Otherside”
11 Beyoncé / Shatta Wale: “Already”
12 Tierra Whack / Beyoncé / Busiswa / Yemi Alade / Moonchild Sanelly: “My Power”
13 070 Shake / Jessie Reyez: “Scar”
14 Beyoncé: “Spirit”

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