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Songstress NanaYaa Set To Release ‘Manye 1’ Album – December 20



NanaYaa ‘My hunny’ hit maker is set to release her debut album titled: ‘Manye 1’ on December 20th.

The 13-track album features artistes such as Edem, Flowking Stone, Shaker, Zeal of VVIP and dancehall act Epixode. It also has productions from Wei ye Oteng, Genius Selection, Citruss Beatz, Apya on the beatz, Ivan on the beatz and KSJ (Kwame Everett).

Listening to the songs on the album, (Manye 1) it shows the versatility of the singer in a more exciting way you will really appreciate.

There is a song for every type of music lover on the ‘Manye 1’ album by NanaYaa.

In talking about the debut album, the vocalist queen, NanaYaa noted that this album started off as an EP, then later to a mixtape and then now an album.

NanaYaa explained the album title Manye 1 as, ‘call it a re-birth or re-introduction of myself’. The title was heavily inspired by the fans especially my new ones; they have received me so well such that now everywhere I go all I hear is ‘Manye 1’.

Also “Manye” means a queen and since everyone calls me the queen of vocals, why not affirm the validation my fans and the world has already bestowed on me by making it official.

With regards to the songs on the album, NanaYaa disclosed that all songs have a story and special vibe. “Let me say that all 13 songs on this album even though fits every genre and music lover, they are all commercially good songs” – She opined.

In clearing the air on a story circulating in the media as to why Kojo Antwi and her dad were not on the album, Nanayaa set the records straight by saying that hopefully in 2019 there will be an album that will feature a lot of the big boys from Kojo Antwi, my dad (Pat Thomas) down to every one that fits the Neo-Soul, Hi-life and afro-album but this one, ‘Manye 1’, my debut was put together strictly for the fans & for commercial purposes.

The album- “Manye 1” by NanaYaa will be available on all music outlets this Thursday – December 20th but fans can get a exclusive first time listening on and Boomplay.

You can pre-order the album here: for only GHS20.

Thank you all for your support thus far and we know you will do so by purchasing this album by NanaYaa.


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.

Mary Teresa Kakoma holding a picture of her late husband.

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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Beyoncé Drops New Album The Lion King: The Gift With JAY-Z, Kendrick, Blue Ivy, Childish Gambino.



Beyoncé curated and produced the new album The Lion King: The Gift, which was inspired by Disney’s new version of the classic film. The album, out today, features contributions from a star cast of collaborators, including JAY-Z, Blue Ivy Carter, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Pharrell, Tierra Whack, 070 Shake, Major Lazer, and others. Beyoncé has referred to the new record as a “love letter to Africa” and features multiple African artists and producers. Listen below.

DJ Khaled is listed as a producer on “MOOD 4 EVA,” the collaboration between Beyoncé, JAY-Z, and Childish Gambino. Listen to an extended version on Tidal below. Syd is credited as a co-producer on “OTHERSIDE,” and Diplo co-produced “ALREADY.” “NILE,” the collaboration between Kendrick and Beyoncé, features production from Sounwave—Kendrick’s frequent collaborator who worked on DAMN. and Black Panther. JAY-Z is also given a co-writer credit on the Blue Ivy-featuring song “BROWN SKIN GIRL.” The album is full of dialogue from the film as interludes, including several prominent guest spots from James Earl Jones (whose voice opens the album).

Bey (who voices Nala in the remake) released lead single “Spirit” ahead of the new LP earlier this month. She also shared a colorful music video for the track. The Lion King is in theaters this weekend and stars Beyoncé, Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Eric André, John Oliver, and others.

1. balance (mufasa interlude) – James Earl Jones
2. BIGGER – Beyoncé
3. the stars (mufasa interlude) – James Earl Jones
5. uncle scar (scar interlude) – Chiwetel Ejiofor
6. DON’T JEALOUS ME – Tekno, Yemi Alade & Mr. Eazi
7. danger (young simba & young nala interlude) – JD McCrary & Shahadi Wright Joseph
8. JA ARA E – Burna Boy
9. run away (scar & young simba interlude) – JD McCrary & Chiwetel Ejiofor
10. NILE – Beyoncé & Kendrick Lamar
11. new lesson (timon, pumbaa & young simba interlude) – Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen & JD McCrary
12. MOOD 4 EVA – Beyoncé, JAY-Z & Childish Gambino
13. reunited (nala & simba interlude) – Beyoncé & Donald Glover
14. WATER – Salatiel, Pharrell Williams & Beyoncé
15. BROWN SKIN GIRL – Beyoncé, SAINt JHN & Wizkid f. Blue Ivy Carter
16. come home (nala interlude)
17. KEYS TO THE KINGDOM – Tiwa Savage & Mr Eazi
18. follow me (Rafiki interlude) – John Kani
19. ALREADY – Beyoncé, Shatta Wale & Major Lazer
20. remember (mufasa interlude) – James Earl Jones
21. OTHERSIDE – Beyoncé
22. war (nala interlude)
23. MY POWER – Tierra Whack, Beyoncé & Moonchild Sanelly
24. surrender (simba & scar interlude) – Donald Glover & Chiwetel Ejiofor
25. SCAR – 070 Shake & Jessie Reyez
26. i’m home (mufasa, sarabi & simba interlude) – James Earl Jones, Alfre Woodard & Donald Glover
27. SPIRIT (From Disney’s “The Lion King”) – Beyoncé

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TUFF SEED: Stonebwoy’s Tune Scores 2 Major — Apple Music’s “Best Of The Week” and “New Music Fridays” on Spotify.



This past Friday, Ghanaian afrobeats and reggae/dancehall star, Stonebwoy, dropped his follow up single “Tuff Seed,” which exclusively premiered on

With less than a week in rotation, “Tuff Seed” has already been featured on a number of globally major streaming platforms, including five of Apple Music’s playlists (Best of the Week, Ghana Bounce, A-List African, Future Hits, Run Things) and Spotify’s New Music Fridays.

Not to mention, he graced the cover of Deezer’s Afrodisiac and Ghana’s Hottest Tracks and was also featured on their Brand New Dancehall playlist, what a week!

This comes on the heels of dropping his first single, “Shuga,” to his fourth studio album, due out next year, which features dancehall legend himself, Beenie Man a.k.a The Doctah! In only a few months, “Shuga” has garnered over 1.6M streams and 1.7M YouTube views.

At a career height, Stonebwoy delivers tunes that feed the soul all while effortlessly merging afrobeats, dancehall, and reggae culture. Priding himself on uniting his people through his music, Stonebwoy is intentional about highlighting the similarities not only between Ghana and Jamaica but the entire diaspora.

As Stonebwoy continues to celebrate the success of Epistles of Mama (2017), which peaked at #13 on the Billboard World Charts and earned him a 3Music Award for becoming the most streamed album across digital platforms from Ghana, including Africa’s top streaming service, Boomplay Music.

Stonebwoy promotes peace, love, and unity in all that he does. This can be seen in “Tuff Seed” as he dedicates the song to everyone facing struggles and reminds his listeners, we are all tough seeds that can’t be dug up. This was also seen when he became the first Ghanaian to perform at renowned Jamaican music festival, Reggae Sumfest, last summer and when he organized the largest peace concert in Ghana, Ashaiman to the World in 2018.

Go check out “Tuff Seed” now and stay up to date with all things Stonebwoy by following him on social media platforms at:
Twitter: @Stonebwoyb

Facebook:  STONEBWOY

Instagram: @Stonebwoyb

Spotify: Stonebwoy

(Source: Beenie Words)

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Apple Music Chooses A King With Great Promise For The Month Of July.



This month, a subscription-based music streaming service, Apple Music is proud to crown Ghanaian singer, songwriter and performer, Gregory Bortey Promise Newman known to his fans as King Promise as the New Artist Spotlight for the month of July.

The announcement coincides with the release of King Promise’s 15-track album As Promised. The album is available on Apple Music and features such songs as ‘Bra’, ‘Odo’, ‘Commando’, ‘Letter’, ‘Abena’ and ‘I Tried’. The offering also features big-name guests like Sarkodie, Wizkid, Simi and Raye.

“I am so happy to be chosen as Apple Music’s Artist Spotlight for the month of July as I’ve been a big fan of the streaming platform and brand as a whole for years now,” King Promise said.

“As Promised is an album I hold close to my heart, as it’s my debut, and what a way to celebrate this than to be highlighted as a new artist on the rise by such an iconic brand.”

King Promise was raised in a musical family and draws inspiration from his father. His influences are hip hop, R&B and Afrobeats. He is signed to Mr Eazi’s emPawa Africa label and has already tasted success with previous releases such as ‘So Special’, ‘No Problem’ and ‘Thank God’.

King Promise has performed in Europe and the US, with sold out shows in New York, Ohio and Philadelphia. He won the Record of the Year Award for 'Too Late' at the 2017 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards and the Songwriter of the Year Award in 2019.

The Apple Music New Artist Spotlight is an artist development programme that spotlights new artists on a monthly basis, giving editorial support across the Apple Music ecosystem. The spotlight also comes with inclusion on the Mzansi Hits Room and key Apple Music playlists such as The A-List: South Africa, Best of the Week, Gqom Nation and more.

Previous African artists featured on Apple Music New Artist Spotlight include Lordkez, King Lutendo, WurlD, Tellaman, Sho Madjozi, Thandi Ntuli, Simmy, Dope Saint Jude, Darkie Fiction, The Big Hash, Emerger, Diamond Thug, Sun-El Musician, Shekhinah, Shane Eagle, Elandre, Sketchy Bongo, Amanda Black, Babes Wodumo, Sipho The Gift, Johnny Cradle, Tholwana, Lucy Kruger, Moonga K, Josh Kempen and Alice Phoebe Lou.
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