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STAY OPEN BY NYASHINSKI FT DIPLO & MØ

stayopennyashPopular Kenyan musician Nyashinski has just released a brand new track titled Stay Open featuring two International acclaimed artists two months after releasing Hello.

He joins the Global Tuborg Open project, a musical collaboration project with American DJ and producer Diplo (one third of the electronic dance music trio Major Lazer) and Danish singer, song writer and producer MØ.

The new Kenyan Remix was re-produced by Eric Musyoka of Decimal Records.

The two foreign superstars have created a track, called ‘Stay Open’, five months ago and have welcomed artists from around the world invited to rewrite the verses to tell story of what being ‘Open To More’ means to them.

The song that was released this morning is getting alot of traction online and already getting major airplay on Kenyan media with many describing it as a certified banger. Major Lazer was in the country during the first week of October and had an electrifying performance at the Carnivore as part of their African tour.

USHER RELEASES SURPRISE ALBUM TITLED A

usher18American Grammy award winning singer Usher Raymonds has unveiled a surprise new album, which he dropped on Thursday at midnight. The follow-up to 2016’s Hard II Love, new LP A finds the Atlanta R&B singer reteaming with producer Zaytoven.

Usher’s ninth LP pays homage to Atlanta, with fellow Atlanta native Zaytoven behind the boards for the eight-track set, features from Future and Gunna, and as the album trailer also depicts.

The singer unveiled the visual prior to A‘s release. The video features Usher and Zaytoven cruising around the city and checking out familiar Atlanta haunts, including Cascade Family Skating roller rink and a Waffle House alongside stops at strip clubs.

The clip also houses snippets of several of the songs and Usher also unveiled snippets on Instagram, which showcase the new project’s trap influences alongside R&B-flavored slow jams.

 

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KHALIGRAPH JONES AND PAPA DENNIS SCOOP AFRIMMA AWARDS

khaligraph jonesKenya’s popular hip-hop artist Khaligraph Jones was honored at the 5th edition of African Music Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) 2018. The event held in Dallas Texas on Sunday 7th October celebrated the best acts from across Africa and across the diaspora. The award ceremony which took place at the House of Blues in Dallas also witnessed first-time performances from our very own gospel star Papa Dennis.

In the category of “Best Rap Act” which had ten entries including South Africa’s biggest hip-hop artists at the moment – Casper Nyovest and Nasty C- Khaligraph Jones emerged top. Taking to his Instagram page, Papa Jones expressed appreciation for the award with a simple post “…GLORY BE TO GOD. #AFRIMMA 2018 #BestRapAct..”

Papa Dennis won the Best Gospel act beating bigwigs like Willy Paul and Gloria Muliro who have dominated the gospel scene for more than five years. Other winners at the event included Uganda’s Eddy Kenzo – East African Artist of the year, Fally Ipupa for Artist of the Year (Overall).

This year, AFRIMMA added a new category – AFRIMMA Achievers Award – which included nominees from other fields of entertainment and sports. Among the big nominees recognised was Kenya’s famed actress Lupita Nyong’o and the host of the Daily Show, Trevor Noah.

SIJASKIA VIBAYA BY FENA FT NJUGUSH

SijaskiavibayaKenya’s top female artist, Fena Gitu debuts a new hit single titled “Sijaskia Vibaya” featuring Kenya's funniest comedian Timothy Kimani aka Njugush who made the phrase famous. The Sema ng'we singer continues to prove her creative genius in a surprisingly organic move to collaborate with Kenya's top comedian.

Following a stream of successes this year, including being recently announced as the Smirnoff Kenya brand ambassador and a Marini Naturals brand ambassador, Fena is set to further shake up the industry with this new single.

Sijaskia vibaya tells a story of her humble beginnings in the industry where some people did not woant to work with her but she didn't relent and now that she is among Kenya's most notable female artists, she has no bad blood as she keeps rising to the top.

The upbeat club banger is produced by notable Kenyan producer Magix Enga, and Mastered by Desmond Bosire.

The video is directed by award winning music video director Enos Olik, starring Fena and Njugush, and features a special cameo appearance by Khaligraph Jones.

TAKI TAKI BY DJ SNAKE FT OZUNA, SELENA GOMEZ AND CARDI B

djsnakeTaki Taki by Frenchman DJ Snake featuring American singer Selena Gomez, Puertorican artist Ozuna and American rapper Cardi B is the newest international reggeaton club banger. DJ Snake is known worldwide for global hits like "Turn down for what" and "Let me love you",

During a banner year for EDM and Latin pop collaborations, DJ Snake is the latest producer to connect with artists of the Latin American music diaspora. “I wanted to make a reggaeton hit,” During a recent interview the Grammy award winning DJ initially sent the track to Ozuna, but says he decided last-minute to add a feminine touch.

“Ozuna crushed it,” DJ Snake explained, “but I wanted more females on the record” — thus prompting him to enlist Latina pop queens Cardi B and Selena Gomez for the track. The result is an effervescent burst of personalities — Puerto Rican heartthrob Ozuna flaunts his swagger in Spanish, while both Cardi B and Gomez light it up with bilingual witticisms of their own. DJ Snake first teased the collaboration in August, by tweeting a photo of four directors’ chairs — plus a tiny chair for Cardi B’s daughter, Kulture — with the stars’ names sewn on them.

Released three days ago, the song has already garnered 13 million views on YouTube and has started getting airplay in Kenya.

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LIL WAYNE FINALLY DROPS ALBUM AFTER 7 YEARS

LilWayneLil Wayne released his much-delayed and highly anticipated Tha Carter V album on Thursday at midnight as we celebrated his 36th be birthday.

Tha Carter V is a 23 tracked album which features rapping from Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott and Snoop Dogg, singing from Nicki Minaj, Ashanti and Nivea, and vocals from XXXTentacion, who was shot and killed earlier this year. The final song includes a prominent sample of the English singer Sampha. Production on the album comes courtesy of longtime collaborator Mannie Fresh, Swizz Beatz, Metro Boomin, Ben Billions and many others.

This album has been a long time coming: Lil Wayne first announced Tha Carter V in 2012, following the 2011 release of Tha Carter IV. But the fifth installment of Wayne’s series, which began in 2004 when he was just 22, was mired in label delays for over five years.

The album was first supposed to come out in 2014; Drake joined Wayne on “Believe Me,” which was going to be the lead single. Days before a possible December release date, however, Wayne took to Twitter to announce that his mentor and Cash Money label head Brian

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AKOTHEE GOES NAIJA WITH LOTTO

akotheeKenyan singer and performer Esther Akoth, popularly known as Akothee, is back with a new single titled “Lotto” produced by Nigerian record producer DJ Coublon.

According to the award winning controversial singer, “Lotto” is about finding love against all odds.

“My song is about finding love despite the odds. As a musician and mother of five, my aim is to show that being a mother does not stop you from achieving your dreams. My songs are wake up calls to all women to remember their worth and to be proud of everything that makes them a woman including their past,” said Akothee.

Shot at Leopard Beach Hotel, the video was produced by DJ Coublon and shot by One Montage film works. It also features comedian David Babu.

The video has since garnered over 280,000 views in just a week, it is also received major airplay on Kenyan media.

AVRIL RELEASES IN LOVE

Avril201809Kenyan award winning singer, songwriter and actress Judith Nyambura also known as Avril has released a new single titled In Love.

The hit starts with a preamble of a clip of her cuddling her baby girl out is the sun.

Mother and daughter are captured enjoying some girl time as Avril sings:

“When I see you smile… when I see you laugh… these are the simple things my baby.”

In Love is an Afro pop song that speaks to all the couples who are in love.

Avril had this to say about the song, "This beautiful song was written by Tommy Flavour with me at the back of his mind. It is a song i believe will resonate with every person who is truly in love and every couple that has ups and downs in their union but still manage to push through."

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JAY Z OVERTHROWS DIDDY AT NO.1 ON FORBES LIST

jayzThe list, curated annually by Forbes Magazine features a number of artists who have remained on the list for years as well as a few newcomers. The biggest shocker of the list is that Rapper Jay Z has overthrown mogul Diddy on the number 1 spot which he has held for years. Those listed here are the top ten rappers who are raking in some major cash. Accumulatively, hip hop’s ten highest earners made $422.5M; the equivalent of Ksh4.2T.

10.Kanye West – $27.5M

Chicago native Kanye West raked in $27.5M for his music, ( as a rapper and producer) as well as his deals with Adidas and clothing line Yeezy.

9.Future – $30M

“King’s Dead” rapper is not doing too badly. With a new album out “Hndrxx,” he has gone on to grow his brand; curating the soundtrack for “Superfly” which came out in June 2018.

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BAND BECA RETURN WITH RIDE OR DIE

bandbecaKenyan girl band The Band BeCa recently released the audio to their new song titled Ride or die after being quiet for awhile.

The talented songbirds, Becky Sangolo and Carol Kamweru, last dropped a single about six months ago dubbed ‘1234’. Since their professional break out in 2016, Band BeCa have served us several girl anthems such as ‘Toka’, and ‘Brathe.’

Their new single is titled “Ride or Die”, about a love that is untamed.

They described the song as follows: “Ride Or Die is a totally relatable song as it talks of a love that is willing to defy boundaries just to be felt, a love that is untamed, a love on fire. The song gives off that, “I don’t Care what anyone thinks but I love you” kind of vibe. A song that shows a love totally true, never-ending and totally committed.

‘Ride or Die’ was produced by Jack Jack on The Beat and co-written by Bien(Sauti Sol), Mike Mugo(Just Imagine Africa) and The Band Beca.

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