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The 5 Songs You Need to Hear This Week.

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Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our Best Music of the Week column. Here’s our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Shatta Wale – Borjor

Shatta Wale celebrated his birthday by dropping a new track that’s sure to get you in party mode. “Borjor” is an addictive new song built on a mid-tempo afro-fusion beat work and led by the Ghanaian dancehall heavyweight’s vocals about the object of his desire. The accompanying music video, directed by PKMI, follows Shatta Wale and his friends to a day of swimming and messing around in a pool and mansion.

Sarkodie – Party And Bullshrr ft. Idris Elba x Donae’O

Award-winning Ghanian rapper Sarkodie connects with none other than Idris Elba and singer and producer Donae’o for a memorable music video for their new collaboration “Party & Bullshit.”

As the title implies, the song is all about letting loose, celebrating life and having a good time. The track opens with Sarkodie delivering a rapid-fire verse. His impressive flow shines through as he raps completely in Twi. Elba joins in with an energetic second verse that humorously references fufu, while Donae’o provides the song’s catchy, anthemic chorus.

AKA, YoungstaCPT – Main Ou’s

AKA and YoungstaCPT‘s collaborative single is finally out. Titled “Main Ou’s,” the song sees the two rappers rap a verse each over a trap instrumental. AKA handles the hook, which combines rapping and singing with the aid of auto-tune. “Main Ou’s” is accompanied by visuals. AKA and YoungstaCPT filmed the video both in Joburg and Cape Town, as AKA’s verse was filmed in Bryanston, while YoungstaCPT’s one was shot in Wynberg at the headquarters of his company Y?Gen.

Busy Signal ‘100%’ ft. Afro B

Busy Signal has teamed up with Afro B for a fiery song and hilarious video for their new track, “100%”. Born and bred in Jamaica, Busy Signal’s signature dancehall-reggae sound with an electronic lean is always a refreshing twist. His sound mixed with “Drogba (Joanna)” star Afro B’s smooth afrowave style makes this new track, well, 100% dope.

Davido – Risky ft. Popcaan

Listen to “Risky,” the new track from Nigerian star Davido & Popcaan, and watch its new music video. Davido released his brand new single, “Risky,” a taste from his upcoming album A Good Time, which is set to drop on November 22, 2019.

The new single sees the Nigerian heavyweight connecting with Jamaican star Popcaan as they both go in over afrofusion-meets-dancehall beat work. It was produced by DMW’s in-house beatmaker Speroach Beatz.

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Meet the New Vocal Goddess – NaaNa Blu.

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Abigail Mensah, stage name NaaNa Blu is a Ghanaian musician who hails from Shama in the western region of Ghana. She completed her Senior High School education at Shama High School also in the western region and is a recent graduate Teacher of French from the prestigious University of Education, Winneba. She is multilingual and is fluent in Fante, Twi, English, and French.

NaaNa Blu is one of three children of Madam Comfort Mensah a baker and Nana Mensah Annan a fisherman. She has a brother and sister with whom she shares a great relationship.

NaaNa started her career as an artist signed to Darlings Records from 2015 to 2019 and was managed by Mimi Andani-Michaels. She amicably parted ways with the label in November 2019.

NaaNa Blu is currently signed to Quophimens Musiq, a Record Label and Talent Management Company. NaaNa has had the opportunity of performing at the Golden Movie Awards in 2016 and 2017, on DKB’s Point of View program and recently at the Phidel’s Fashion Week in Takoradi. She’s also performed with the Chickens band at Smokes and Barrel in Osu.

Although NaaNa has been performing music for a while now, she’s recently catapulted to the limelight with her cover of the award-winning artist, Kofi Kinaata’s “Things Fall Apart”. She has received a lot of positive reviews from music lovers both at home and abroad. The video has over a million views across social media platforms and is still trending.

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…“🔥🔥🔥 Shouts to @NaanaBluOnline 🙌🏾🙏🏾” - Kofi Kinaata - Award-winning Artist and song owner

“Cover of the week…” - Y-FM 107.9

“ This girl really sang @kinaatagh song soo well” - Asamoah Gyan - former captain, Ghana Black Stars

“…NaaNa if you work hard errrh, you'll sing at the queen’s birthday one day…” - Kwame Aplus - People Project Gh

NaaNa Blu describes her music as a fusion of Highlife and Afro Beats. She writes and performs predominantly in Fante which is her mother tongue infused with French and English. She is inspired by Asa, Bob Marley, Akosua Agyapong, Ewurama Bedu, Fella Kuti, Whitney Houston, and Sarkodie.

NaaNa is expected to become the next big thing in Ghana and her growing Fanbase is anticipating nothing but hit after hit from her camp. On any hidden talent, NaaNa can play a mean sound on the guitar and is a member of the fancy-dress troupe Supreme in Takoradi.

Written By: Angelina Taylor

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S.A. Gospel Musician Neyi Zimu Dies At 49.

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South African gospel musician Neyi Zimu died at Busamed Modderfontein Hospital in Johannesburg on Wednesday evening after suffering a prolonged illness. He was 49.

Tributes have been pouring in after news of the ‘Jehova Re Tshepile Wena’ hitmaker’s death broke on Thursday morning. South African media reported that the Sebokeng-born musician died after losing his battle with skin cancer. He had been hospitalised for a number of weeks.

The Spirit of Praise member was one of the founders of gospel groups Joyous Celebration and Family Factory. His body of work encompasses multiple albums and platinum-selling hits that have earned him impressive accolades, such as a South African Music Award in 2012.

In 2001, he released his debut solo album Excited featuring Concorde Nkabinde and jazz duo Tsunami.

His works include a number of projects with prominent musicians such as Benjamin Dube, Sibongile Khumalo, Rebecca Malope and Vuyo Mokoena, among many others. Zimu was also the founder and pastor of the All Nations Revival Ministries in Midrand, Johannesburg.

South African political figures such as Economic Freedom Fighters leader Floyd Shivambu took to social media to express their condolences. “Rest In Peace Pastor Neyi Zimu!” he wrote.

Media personality and singer Refilwe Modiselle also shared her sentiments: “I'm heartbroken by Neyi Zimu's passing. That man blessed us musically and probably got me through some of the hardest times in my life when I listened to his songs. I was blessed enough to even meet him last year and just chat. Death be not proud. Condolences to his family.”

Dr Tumi wrote: “Nothing would have prepared me for that call… #RIPNeyiZimu. You represented the kingdom so well. Thank you for the contribution you have made and how you have touched our lives. Forever loved and your ministry will live on.

Zimu is survived by his wife Nelisiziwe Sibisi-Zimu and four children.

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YouTube Pledges Support To Four Nigerian Artistes.

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YouTube has announced a selection of four fast-rising Nigerian artists who will receive career support. The musicians are Simi, Teni, Reekado Banks and Kizz Daniel. The four singers were announced at an event, titled A Celebration of Afrobeats, in Lagos last week.

This is one of the outcomes of the Google for Nigeria initiative, held in Lagos in July 2019, when YouTube made a commitment to support 10 Nigerian artists through Mr Eazi’s emPawa Africa accelerator programme.

Reekado Banks, Addy Awofisayo, Simi, Akah Nnani and Teni.

The four artists have been invited to conduct a series of workshops and content creation sessions where they will experiment with various YouTube formats. They will get marketing promotion and education on best practices for engaging and growing their international audiences.

“We are very excited to partner with these amazing artists to support their careers as their music travels across borders and they expand their audience globally,” YouTube's content partnership manager for sub-Saharan Africa, Addy Awofisayo, said at the A Celebration of Afrobeats event.

“YouTube has been a mainline for African artists to connect all over the world. From Yemi Alade’s ‘Johnny’ hitting over 100 million views to Davido’s ‘Fall’ at over 150 million views, there is no doubt that global audiences are dancing to an African beat”.

YouTube's announcement comes on the heels of the inclusion of Nigerian rapper and singer Rema on the streaming platform's Foundry development programme in late September.

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Reggie N Bollie Drops An X’Mas Banger Featuring Legion Of Ghanaian All-Stars.

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This Christmas appears to be a special one, especially for Ghanaian music lovers. Reggie and Bollie touch base with a massive jam featuring an all-star Ghana line-up. Reggie Zippy & Bollie revisit their Hiplife days and show they have not lost touch with their roots! Drumz (Atumpan) & Ephraim add a touch of dancehall vibe, whilst Flowking Stone & Dada Hafco drop some heavy bars to complete the song. The song is produced by Ephraim Beats and is officially released on 5th December 2019.

Listen below;

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