M.anifest continues the lyrical and visual creativity path. This time with "Forget Dem'. The Cape Town, South Africa ice cream café and barbershop role comes off very naturally for this gifted emcee.

Track produced by Accra's Killbeatz. Directed by Garth Von Glehn for Film Fam
Assistant Director: Jonas Stark. Cinematography/Camera: Karl Schmidt. Female interest in the video storyline: Ghanaian Africa's Next Top Model, Roselyn Ashkar. Who is the South African mate that stars along with M.anifest for the majority of the music video?

This guy keeps the juices going. It's always refreshing to hear material out of the United Kingdom that combines hints of other cultures.

 

In this case veteran British emcee by way of Ghana, Scotland and England Kobi Onyame drops us a melodic one called "Imminence (Only Matter of Time O)". Defined as "Something that is imminent or impending".. Check the beach and Black Star/Independence Square visuals from Ghana throughout the video setting the tone/taste for the lyrical delivery.

Directed and filmed in Ghana by Bright Asare for Easy Day Studios

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As usual, Blitz The Ambassador (Ghana - USA) gets it right with this retro-visage of 1950s Highlife Accra.

Filmed primarily at the current Republic Bar in the Osu-RE section of Accra. Starring Yaa Opare as the love interest woman/Mami Wata. Directed by Blitz himself along with cinematography assistance from Stanley Adjetey of Take Two Films. NOTE: This is Blitz's first video offering through his own official VEVO account.

The music is expressed in this video is exactly a summation of what has taken Blitz The Ambassador around the world. Hip Hop scratches, lyrical delivery, snappy snares, rumbling basslines but also the brass and woodwind horns, percussive teases and Highlife guitar licks/bass strums from yesteryear.

Music video for JuJu Girl performed by Blitz the Ambassador. Site: https://blitz.mvmt.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/BlitzAmbassador Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlitzAmbassador Instagram: http://instagram.com/blitzambassador Copyright (C) 2015 Embassy MVMT. -- Powered by http://www.vydia.com


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Super GHanaian group VVIP (based in Accra) release four music video singles at one time. 

Watch: 

1. "Skolom" feat. Sena Dagadu

- Directed by XBills Ebenezer

 

2 . "Hustle" 

Directed by  

 

3. "Get In Da Picture (Selfie Remix) Featuring  Idris Elba + Zeal + Prodigal + Reggie Rockstone (VVIP) + Phyno

Directed by Idris Elba directed his part in Accra & London, Reggie directed this part in Accra; Phyno directed his part in Lagos and Prodigal & Zeal directed their part in Amsterdam. All edited by Lex MacCarthy of Ghana.

 

4. "OMG" 

Directed by Lex McCarthy

 

"... U dey talk dey say I'm bad, but I'm the best U ever had!" M.Anifest @Manifestive tells us about "Mind Games" with this new visual posted to his official YouTube account.

This rap (English, Pidgin, Twi languages) tells the tale of a complicated romance – a tale of two broken hearts.

The video, which was shot in Brooklyn, New York USA, sees director Garth Von Glehn (Film Fam) skilfully weaving between the happy and frustrating moments that characterize many romantic relationships. Von Glehn focuses on the emotional detail of a relationship’s toughest times with stylistic elements of organic retro chic.

An aesthetically minimalist video, we see the two protagonists, M.anifest and his love interest (played by Aube) reminisce on the vicissitudes of relationships - happy to sad to angry all over again. M.anifest plays an avant garde avid 8MM filmmaker who blurs the lines between life, love and art.
Get mp3 taken from the full album release: "Apae" http://bit.ly/1oXQMD6

Watch and listen below.

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O-M-G “…listen to my story”. Wow! I always adored this song piece from “0d0" Efya (Eh-fee-ya) but this cosmopolitan video seals the love affair. A montage of clips from world-wide metro area appearances give the authenticity and dedication to her craft, wait! Erase that! Correction: Her career! She is a performing artist. Respect that ish! Aiiiight! Eh no be easy kraa to continually feed the fans, but Efya does an admirable job to spoon this on out. Appropriately titled "Life", this video works as an introduction to the moderately glammed but rooted Jane Efya Awindoor repping from Accra Ghana for the love of music. Hopefully, the VEVO alliance will help people outside her Gingam fan base pick up on West Africa’s best soul secret.

Her new single “Life” is a mellow song chronicling her trials and rise to her present status as a music icon in the making. The video was shot and directed by Sony Addo, who previously worked on her music videos for “The Getaway” & “Nowhere To Run” (her collaboration with Ghanaian rapper Treasure).

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Award winning Ghanaian Rapper M.anifest kicks off new season of BBC Africa Beats with a medley of hits. ("Daabi Daabi", "Someway Bi"). Check out below the interview and performance with  the Kwame Yeboah & OBY (Ohia B3y3 Ya) Band. He is "ridiculously inspired". Ha! Always the witty one with a great laugh!


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 VVIP featuring Idris Elba + Phyno - Get in Da Picture” (Selfie remix)

Genre: Afrobeats - Track time: 3:36

VVIP is Ghana Rap/Hiplife veterans Reggie Rockstone (Reggie Ossei) and remaining V.I.P. members, Prodigal (Joseph Nana Ofori) and Zeal (Abdul Hamid Ibrahim). They released their debut single ‘Selfie' in May 2014 and now they have raised their star game by introducing  Hollywood and British TV/Film actor Idris Elba on the remix along with Nigerian rap artist, Phyno. The group have confirmed that they have filmed a music video for the track which will be released publicly within 30 days.

Idris Elba + Phyno join the Ghana rap veterans.

Idris Elba + Phyno join the Ghana rap veterans.

You should know by now, that the British actor and Disc Jockey (DJ) of Ghanaian and Sierra Leonean heritage; Idris Elba, came to film a movie project in the Eastern and Western regions of Ghana earlier this year. The name of the film is called “Beast of No Nation”. This is an adaptation of a novel about civil war through the eyes of a child soldier, written by Uzodinma Iweala. (He’s a commanding officer, Hence the beard in the photo). When Idris Elba had downtime, he connected with Ghana rap superstar, Reggie Rockstone in Accra. Idris Elba felt that he had to “bust a flow’ on Reggie’s current project: VVIP. “Selfie” Original VVIP - “Selfie (Audio + Video here)

VVIP employed Ghana super producer Magnom Beats (Sarkodie, Edem, Raquel, C-Real, Samini) to re-work the track originally set ablaze by Ghana’s DJ Breezy.

Listen here: 

Up and coming rap artist Phyno of Nigeria heard about the collaboration and decided to join in and get in “da picture”. So here we have a beautiful collaboration of West African artist making music primed for the dance floor.

Order of rap verses: Idris Elba (Rapper I.E.) > Zeal > Reggie Rockstone > Zeal > Phyno > Prodigal.

Feel free to talk/blog it up! One shot, One luv!

Wow! Over 2,100 entries reviewed for 2014 All Africa Music Awards

Grading music songs during the adjudication process, Lagos, Nigeria

Grading music songs during the adjudication process, Lagos, Nigeria

Following an overwhelming flood of entries in the past two months, the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) has closed submission of entries for its maiden on July 19, 2014 recording an impressive  total over 2,100 (two thousand and one hundred) entries received at the close of the submission.


Of the entries received on the AFRIMA website and Facebook page, 38 were from music and entertainment journalists, others were from artistes, songwriters, video directors, music producers and record companies across the continent and in the diaspora whose works were produced in the year under review, May 31, 2013 to July 05, 2014.


The call for entry was initially opened on May 15 and billed to close on July 5. However, the International Committee of AFRIMA extended the closing date to July 19 to accommodate the deluge of more entries from interested participants across the continent and also to give an equal chance to many who felt disenfranchised due to lack of Internet access. The entry finally closed at 24.00 hrs CAT on July 21.


A 11-person jury panel, who have been carefully selected to represent the five (5) regions of Africa and the African Diaspora, screened the submitted works. The jury members who are part of the AFRIMA Academy of Voters arrived in Lagos on July 31, 2014 for the week-long adjudication process in the presence of an international auditing firm.


Prominent and seasoned music professionals like Rab Bakari (U.S.A. - representing Diaspora - North America); Oscar Kidjo (Benin - representing Western Africa); Rita Ray (U.K. representing Diaspora - Europe); Kawesa Richard (Uganda: representing Eastern Africa); Delani Makhalima (Zimbabwe - representing Southern Africa); Christian Syrén (South Africa - representing Southern Africa);  Laolu 'Akins' Akintobi (Nigeria - representing Western Africa); Kiki Touré (Equatorial Guinea - representing Central Africa); Robert Ekukole (Cameroon - representing Central Africa); Tabu Osasa (Kenya - representing Eastern Africa) and Angela Martins (South Africa - representing the African Union) with Mike Strano (Kenya - Jury Panel Co-Executive Producer) are part of the jury. A nomination list will be released to the public on a later date to vote for a winner in each of the 31 categories of the award.


The 11-person jury panel who are part of the AFRIMA  Academy  comprising of 527 members are grouped into two layers of adjudicators spread across the five regions of Africa and Diaspora arrived in Lagos for a week-long adjudication process. The preliminary process ended on Wednesday, 06 August.

“The role of the Jury is to ensure maximum credibility, certify that entries are properly screened and positioned in their correct categories. There are all assurances that with the calibre of persons on our jury panel, nominees would be well selected and announcements made afterwards”, stated Country director, Nigeria; Mr.Kingsley James

Mike Dada (Executive Producer of the All Africa Music Awards) reiterated the core values of the All Africa Music Award which are Fairness, Authenticity, Creativity, Excellence, Integrity and Transparency. “In line with our integrity and transparency values, we are trying to ensure that the adjudication process, pre-selection process, the auditing phase, the nomination process and the eventual voting process are all transparent.”


He continued: “We don’t want to repeat the mistakes of the past. We’ve seen many awards where the people and followers of music in Africa have questioned the integrity and transparency of these awards. As such, we deliberated and did a lot of research and finally had a model which is the 13-person jury panel and 527 members of the Academy.”


“I have been dreaming of such process and initiatives for a while, This is the platform to let the whole world know that Africa is not all about hunger, war and diseases. It is a platform to show the whole world that we have something. This is a first time where professionals in the music industry in Africa will come together to lift up to the vision of Africa.” enthused Oscar Kidjo.


Describing the adjudication process, Oscar Kidjo said: “No music is bad music. Africa has great talents but the problem is with quality of video production. Of the 2,100 entries received, 60 per cent had good quality videos. This shows the quality of music we have in Africa.”
Rita Ray added: “This is a totally new award and to get over two thousand entries is quite a feat. With such influx from music and creativity all over the world, there is bound to be mediocrity and sub-standards. We have to sort through the entries to get what we want. But within these, we still found talents who stood out, who made good creative sounds. The watchword in AFRIMA is excellence and that is what we look out for.”
For Delani Makhalima from Zimbabwe, AFRIMA goes beyond a musical award. He believes that it is a platform to unite Africans through music.


In partnership with African Union, AFRIMA is a combined effort by music professionals across the continent aimed at celebrating the rich musical heritage of the African continent  and encouraging  the growth of talented artistes in the Diaspora.


The award ceremony, which promises to be a premium and star-studded event, will take place on Sunday, November 9. It will be broadcast to 84 countries on 109 television stations. This will be preceded by the AFRIMA Village, a four-day event of music festival featuring art exhibitions and music concerts between November 4 and 7. There will also be an Africa Music Summit (November 6-7) themed “Reviving the Business of Music in Africa”. The two-day conference will be a platform for the music industry stakeholders to engage and deliberate on how the industry can be nurtured and be a major contributor to national and continental economies.

Are you a musician with your music geared from the African continent or toward the African continent? Or do you know a musician that seriously needs to be considered? Then you have until 19 July 2014 to register yourself or your band to be nominated for an #AFRIMA award in late October. This is the AFRIMA ENTRY SUBMISSION page. http://www.afrima.org./index.php/en/ Do not hesitate! This is the biggest and most legit awards recognition coming out of Africa.

The All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, in partnership with African Union Commission, has extended the call for entries for the 2014 edition by two weeks, from July 5 to July 19, 2014. Submission of entries for the continental award project aimed at showcasing the culture of Africa and rewarding the music talents, had opened on May 15, 2014 and closed on July 5, 2014.   Going by the enthusiastic response of African music professionals and journalists who have flooded the AFRIMA website with entries from across the continent and from Africans in the Diaspora, the International Committee of AFRIMA was under pressure from the African music and media industry to extend the closing date to accommodate the late entrants who are eager to be part of the award process but are constrained by limited internet access in their various cities. * Eligibility: Music professionals of African origin living either on the continent or abroad are eligible. The award is open to Artistes, Songwriters, Video Directors, Music Producers and Music Journalists as well as unrecorded artistes.   Entries will close on Saturday, July 19 at 12.00 a.m. UTC (Universal Time Coordinated). The entry guidelines remain as before on AFRIMA website: www.afrima.org. Format of submission: Only musical or journalistic works released or published in the year under review- May 31, 2013 to July 18, 2014 are eligible for submission.   Entries should be done by completing the registration form on AFRIMA website and other AFRIMA social media platforms. * Entry Registration link is also available on Twitter: @AFRIMAWARDS and Facebook:     A French, Portuguese and Arabic version of the entry form is available on AFRIMA’s Facebook page. A URL link of the uploaded work on YouTube ONLY must be included in the space provide on the entry registration form.   For hard copy entries, download the registration form and the completed copy alongside two copies of the entry must be sent to the nearest physical address provided on the AFRIMA website. Qualified entries will be selected by the Academy of AFRIMA which consists of the Jury and College of Voters.   Explaining further, AFRIMA Director of Brand Communications and Sponsorship, Ms. Matlou Tsotetsi said:“First, I must say we are impressed by the level of participation by Africa, on the continent and in the Diaspora, in the entry submission process. This is an encouraging success marker for us considering the fact that we surpassed the 1000 mark. We are receiving entries from African music professionals and journalists in countries like Finland, Germany, and other interesting locations.   “Secondly, some regions of Africa have appealed to us for this extension and we are obligated to accede to them in the spirit of our FACE IT value of Fairness, Accountability, Creativity, Excellence, Integrity and Transparency. There can be no fair play or competition if there is no equal representation. We hope this 14 days will give everyone a chance to get involved in AFRIMA”.   In partnership with the African Union Commission and Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment in Nigeria, the 2014 All Africa Music Awards will produce a star-studded, world-class event in Nigeria on October 21 to 25, 2014, with live performances and television broadcast to 84 countries on 109 television stations around the world.   The AFRIMA program includes: AFRIMA Village, Media Workshop and the Africa Music Summit -A platform for the music industry members to engage and deliberate on how the industry can be nurtured and packaged in a way that contributes to the GDP of the continent under the theme “Reviving the Business of Music in Africa”. For further information please contact Project Director, Adenrele Niyi on Email: adenrele.niyi@afrima.org Tel No: +234 803 7208586

The All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, in partnership with African Union Commission, has extended the call for entries for the 2014 edition by two weeks, from July 5 to July 19, 2014. Submission of entries for the continental award project aimed at showcasing the culture of Africa and rewarding the music talents, had opened on May 15, 2014 and closed on July 5, 2014.

 

Going by the enthusiastic response of African music professionals and journalists who have flooded the AFRIMA website with entries from across the continent and from Africans in the Diaspora, the International Committee of AFRIMA was under pressure from the African music and media industry to extend the closing date to accommodate the late entrants who are eager to be part of the award process but are constrained by limited internet access in their various cities.

* Eligibility: Music professionals of African origin living either on the continent or abroad are eligible. The award is open to Artistes, Songwriters, Video Directors, Music Producers and Music Journalists as well as unrecorded artistes.

 

Entries will close on Saturday, July 19 at 12.00 a.m. UTC (Universal Time Coordinated). The entry guidelines remain as before on AFRIMA website: www.afrima.org. Format of submission: Only musical or journalistic works released or published in the year under review- May 31, 2013 to July 18, 2014 are eligible for submission.

 

Entries should be done by completing the registration form on AFRIMA website and other AFRIMA social media platforms. * Entry Registration link is also available on Twitter: @AFRIMAWARDS and Facebook 

 

A French, Portuguese and Arabic version of the entry form is available on AFRIMA’s Facebook page. A URL link of the uploaded work on YouTube ONLY must be included in the space provide on the entry registration form.

 

For hard copy entries, download the registration form and the completed copy alongside two copies of the entry must be sent to the nearest physical address provided on the AFRIMA website. Qualified entries will be selected by the Academy of AFRIMA which consists of the Jury and College of Voters.

 

Explaining further, AFRIMA Director of Brand Communications and Sponsorship, Ms. Matlou Tsotetsi said:“First, I must say we are impressed by the level of participation by Africa, on the continent and in the Diaspora, in the entry submission process. This is an encouraging success marker for us considering the fact that we surpassed the 1000 mark. We are receiving entries from African music professionals and journalists in countries like Finland, Germany, and other interesting locations.

 

“Secondly, some regions of Africa have appealed to us for this extension and we are obligated to accede to them in the spirit of our FACE IT value of Fairness, Accountability, Creativity, Excellence, Integrity and Transparency. There can be no fair play or competition if there is no equal representation. We hope this 14 days will give everyone a chance to get involved in AFRIMA”.

 

In partnership with the African Union Commission and Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment in Nigeria, the 2014 All Africa Music Awards will produce a star-studded, world-class event in Nigeria on October 21 to 25, 2014, with live performances and television broadcast to 84 countries on 109 television stations around the world.

 

The AFRIMA program includes: AFRIMA Village, Media Workshop and the Africa Music Summit -A platform for the music industry members to engage and deliberate on how the industry can be nurtured and packaged in a way that contributes to the GDP of the continent under the theme “Reviving the Business of Music in Africa”.

For further information please contact

Project Director, Adenrele Niyi on Email: adenrele.niyi@afrima.org

Tel No: +234 803 7208586

Yes Yes Y'all! Super Producer / Ghana Rap artist E.L drops the B.A.R. Mixtape (anachronism for sure because there are no more "tapes".) He actually provides various web links to download/stream the 14 *FREE* tracks.) He even prints up CD for those in West Africa to rock out in their car systems or for the dJays with Denon or Pioneer sets.

 

Lets get right down to it. E.L can write and spit those lyrics. English language? No problem. Ga language? No problem. Pidgin English vernacular? Chale, no problem! Confidence, lyrical dexterity, crafted deliverance and with features from Ghana rap superstars Joey B., Gemini, P.K., C-Real, M.anifest, Edem, Dex Kwasi and Sarkodie give punch to the free tracks. He also allows crooners Star Go, Li'l Shaker and even himself to get "smooth out on the RnB tip" on various tracks. Ha! Brilliant! I ride for this guy! Talent recognizes talent! ((([BoNg])))! Chale, make U no lose guard!

 

Production! like a truer artist, he hands of some of beat-making/composing to others in the Ghana music game ; home or abroad.

My favorite standouts are "American Passport"; #Spoil Der"; "Best African Rapper"; "My People" and "My Guy"

 

Download ZIP bundle of all 14 MP3 tracks here: B.A.R.

B.A.R. Mix CDs



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Blitz has brought the horns & strings again with his third, full-length studio album entitled "Afropolitan Dreams" Currently released in THRRE formats: Digital download, record 12 inch vinyl and compact disc. The album has twelve diverse tracks all linked together through the art of Hip Hop.

Artist such as fellow Ghanaian, Sarkodie and nigerian/german singer Nneka are featured. We also have African heavyweights such as Angelíque Kidjo and Seun Kuti on smoking tracks. We also get Oxmo Puccino, Just A Band, Amma Whatt and Marcelo. Spread the word. Load up your mobile device. Well worth the continuous plays.

Sample all twelve tracks before purchase at his record label Jakarta Records Bandcamp website.

Listen to Afropolitan Dreams

 

Watch Blitz explain how "Afropolitan Dreams came about. WATCH

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AYAYAA is the first single off E.L's upcoming sophomore album. Directed by Justin Campos of Gorilla Films. Filmed in Johannesburg, South Africa. There's a spy-like/agent theme going on.

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RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fokn-nyc-afropop-hosts-us-premiere-of-film-coz-ov-moni-2-fokn-revenge-tickets-10517850173?ref=ebapi

Dear People of the World/New York City- Check it:
Where- La Sala at Cantina Royal
58 N 3rd St, Williamsburg, BK, (btwn Wythe and Kent)
New York, 11249
When- Friday, Feb 21, 2014.
What: The FOKN BOIS (AKA Foes Of Kwame Nkrumah, AKA Fear Of Knowing Nothing, AKA French Objects Killing Ninjas, AKA For Our King Now) are Ghana’s most famous and–thank the lord, only–Christian gospel porn rap group, purveyors of a world renowned brand of smut, irreligion, poor morals, crude humor, and jovial ill-temper. Afropop Worldwide is proud to sponsor the debut US screening of their second film, Coz Ov Moni 2: FOKN Revenge, on Friday, February 21st.
Rappers M3NSA and Wanlov The Kubolor- together known as the FOKN Bois, are the masterminds behind the film “Coz ov Moni 2: FOKN Revenge.” Emerging from a West African culture in the midst of a full fledged, tech-savvy renaissance, the FOKN Bois are proud Ghanians committed to poking fun at the tenderest parts of their society through nuanced jokes about religion, sex and food. At the same time, they are discerning consumers of global pop culture, refusing pigeonholing by creating music that is equally in tune with US rap, Ghanaian Hip-Life, British electronica, and international pop.
In addition to hits like “Thank God We’re Not a Nigerians,” and “Sexing Islamic Girls,” FOKN Bois are also responsible (probably the best word to use in this case) for Coz Ov Moni, the world’s “first Pidgin musical”- and Coz Ov Moni 2, “The world’s second first Pidgin musical.” Written and performed entirely in Ghanaian Pidgin English (with subtitles for the obrofo), the films feature original soundtracks that mix classic Ghanaian highlife and the more modern sounds of rap. Both films follows the duo around through a variety of low-key (mis)adventures across Accra. The result? A charming mashup of slacker humor, nuanced political insight, day-in-the-life verite, and truly catchy tunes.
Since premiering at the National Theatre in Accra in 2010, Coz Ov Moni has been touring film festivals, music festivals, cinemas, and university classrooms around the world. Afropop Worldwide couldn’t be any more excited to be presenting the sequel in New York.
Not sure? Check out the original movie

Music for the premier is being provided by NYC’s colorful DJ crew, No Wahala DJs: DJ Chibuikem & DJ Quesquecest, who spin naija-afrobeat-soul-diaspora grooves and love to share the stage with live acts & films. The music that make you HAPPY!
Full Schedule
9:00 PM Coz Ov Moni
9:40 PM Drinks/Chat/No Wahala DJs Light Set
10:00 PM Coz Ov Moni 2: FOKN Revenge
11:00PM- 2:00 AM FOKN Dance Party w/ No Wahala DJs

Transient
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