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BUJU BANTON FILLS UP STADIUM FOR HIS FIRST PERFOMANCE AFTER EIGHT YEARS IN PRISON

buju bantonJamaican music legend Buju Banton performed like he never left in his first ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ concert after imprisonment.

Freed Jamaican singer Buju Banton performed for the first time in eight years and he did not come to play as he owned the stage at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica on Saturday night (16.03.19) in a concert dubbed ‘Long Walk to Freedom’.

Dressed in all white, the ‘Gargamel’ hit the stage about 11:20 p.m and performed into the wee hours of the morning. Buju’s first show had over 32,000 fans from across the globe who thronged the stadium eager to see the Grammy winner in action. From his opening to ‘Not An Easy Road’ onwards, he did not miss a beat. It was Buju in his element, from his familiar mannerisms to his stage presence, it was as if the years of him being away simply disappeared. The reggae artiste is truly back and in full form.

The Jamaican Observer reported that the 45-year-old delivered an almost two-hour set, hopping across the stage with youthful agility. Classics such as ‘Hills And Valleys’ and ‘Destiny’ were impeccably delivered backed by his Til Shiloh bandmates. Not forgetting his dancehall roots, Buju let go some waist-moving hits like ‘Champion’ and ‘Too Bad’.

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DAVIDO TO HEADLINE KAYA FEST ALONGSIDE THE MARLEY BROTHERS

DavidoNigerian sensation Davido is set to take over Miami at the upcoming Kaya Fest. Listed among the major names to perform at the famed concert, the ‘FIA’ hitmaker is slated to perform at Downtown Miami on April 20th 2019, alongside some of Reggae music’s biggest names.

Among the big names from the Marley family to feature at the stage are Grammy-winning Damain Marley, the award-winning Stephen Marley, Ziggy Marley, Ky-Mani Marley, and rising star Skip Marley. Rapper Busta Ryhmes, Dancehall icon Sean Paul and newbie Koffee are also set the rock the stage.

According to Top Buzz Naija, Davido teased a collab when he shared a clip listening to his unreleased collabo with J. Cole via insta-story. Though it is not clear when the track will be release, Davido’s fans are more than excited at the prospect of what could be an iconic collaboration between the Naija-born crooner and one of Hip Hop’s most thoughtful lyricists.

The ‘Coolest Kid In Africa’ was also just honored by the release of the Busta Rhymes and Prayah remix of his tune ‘Fall’. The singer who is still doing a press tour on American radio has promised his long awaited sophomore album will drop this year.

Source: Capital FM Kenya/ The Sauce

WILLY PAUL RELEASES MMMH FEATURING RAYVANNY

WillypaulWilly Paul teams up with Tanzanian star Rayvanny in a new love song, “Mmmh”.

After a series of misses with his releases, especially the collabo with Jamaican singer Cecile on the track “Sikireti, the controversial Kenyan Gospel singer Willy Paul has released a hit love song, “Mmmh” with Tanzanian music star Vanny Boy aka Rayvanny.

The much-anticipated love song has already attracted thousands of views on YouTube hours after it was released and making it a top trending YouTube video in Kenya. Willy’s fans have continued to heap praise on him for the way he stood out in the song as Rayvanny did what he does best.

The song is all about love and affection as the two stars combine to sing about their infatuation with a beautiful girl. The reggae beat track talks about a woman who has touched Willy Paul’s heart. It starts with the Tanzanian lover boy with his supposed love interest while singing in her praise. The singer tries to bring out the divine attributes of the woman in his life.

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ARIANA GRANDE AND ED SHEERAN SONGS BANNED IN INDONESIA

ariana grande toutAriana Grande’s track ‘Love Me Harder’ and Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’ have been banned in Indonesia for being too “pornographic”.

A selection of Western pop tracks including Ariana’s 2014 duet with The Weeknd from her second studio album ‘My Everything’ and 28-year-old Ed’s 2017 record from his album ‘Divide’ have been deemed “obscene” and subsequently banned in Indonesia’s West Java province – which is an extremely conservative area of the country – just two months before Ed is due to play in the city of Jakarta.

Speaking to Tempo, Rahmat Arifin deputy head of the Broadcasting Commission in West Java – said: “In this case, what is banned is not the songs, but the lyrics of the songs that contain pornography, pornographic association, and obscenity.”

The West Java Broadcasting Commission singled out 85 songs, including 17 English language pop songs, which they claim include offensive adult content.

An official memorandum by the Commission head, Dedeh Fardiah, also explained that some of the lyrics in the banned tracks could be interpreted as “objectifying women as sexual objects”.

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OCTOPIZZO RELEASES BABYLON

octoKenyan rapper Octopizzo has finally dropped his first single of the year titled “Babylon”.

The trap track “Babylon”  which is off his upcoming 5th studio album is a definite hit with it its catchy lyrics and beat. The song’s visuals were shot in the USA where the rapper currently is.

Octopizzo is one of the prolific rappers in the Kenyan music industry. A major force to reckon with in the hip hop realm, Octo had some major legal issues on his corner at the beginning of the year where a Nairobi family was accusing him of having a hand in the death of their teenage son and  that might have caused him to delay on releasing music.

The song is so good that even his music rival and rapper Khaligraph approved of the track on a post on his Instagram page where he posted a snippet of the song and said the fire track sounds like a Migos track. Could this post be the end of the rivalry between the two rappers? Last week while the rapper was in Australia for the Sanaa Festival, he asked his fans to be patient for some hot music and true to his word, he delivered.

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JUMA JUX AND NYASHINSKI RELEASE IN CASE YOU DON’T KNOW

juma juxAll hail the kings Juma Jux and Nyashinski with a new love song, “In case you don’t know”.

Tanzanian RnB superstar Juma Jux and one Kenya’s finest rappers Nyashinski have teamed up to release a bonafide hit love song titled “In Case You Don’t Know.”

“In case you don’t know” showcases Juma Jux’s wonderful vocals and Nyashinski’s rap prowess. The beat is smooth, melodious and very danceable. The lyrics are heartfelt and reassuring, “In case you don’t know, nitacheka nawe, nitacheza nawe, nitaimba nawe, nitaringa nawe,” ‘African Boy’ sings on the chrous.

According to a press statement by Anyiko PR,  Jux said, “In case You Don’t Know” is not just a love song but a reflection on the power of love. Whether it’s your partner, your child or mum— this song is for all the lovers,” adding on his choice of collaboration, “Nyashinski is a brilliant artist who takes time to produce quality work. We both have been checking out each other’s songs for some time. I had a feeling if he got on the track, he would add something unique to the song. He did a great job and we finally shot the music video with Hanscana from Nairobi.”

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CIARA RELEASES LOVE SONG FOR HUBBY CALLED GREATEST LOVE

Ciara2019Love is in the air and Ciara admits her hubby Russell Wilson is her “Greatest Love”.

American musician and dancer Ciara Princess Harris – Wilson, popularly also known as Ciara has released her first song of the year yesterday (12.02.19). The new release is a love song in honor of her quarterback husband just in time for Valentine’s. Cici’s latest release is titled “Greatest Love” and is a powerful profession of love for her husband, Russell Wilson.

Musically, it is a smooth, laid back R&B track, reminiscent of Ciara’s greats such as “Body Part”. Lyrically, it deals with her gratitude for her husband, how he helped her in life and the way he makes her feel whole.

“Now it’s you and me against, ‘gainst the entire world / I see our love when I look at our baby girl, I’m a lucky girl “, the singer declares while a sultry beat accompanies every note. “Never change your energy/’Cause only you got what I need“, she then ends up swooning during a chorus that will certainly ring true with every person who has ever been in love.

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SHAGGY REVEALS RELEASE DATE FOR NEW SOLO ALBUM IN 8 YEARS

Shaggy2019Good news for reggae and dancehall fans, Shaggy has a new album dropping on the 10th of May 2019.

Jamaican singer and DJ Orville Richard Burrell CD, better known by his stage name Shaggy just won the best Reggae album alongside British singer Sting for their collaborative LP, “44/876” at the 61st Grammy Awards held on (10.02.19) in Los Angeles, California.

During the Grammys red carpet interviews, Mr. Boombastic confirmed that his first solo album in eight years titled “Wah Gwaan?!” will be released on May 10th, 2019. The album will feature Jamaican singers Shensea, Nyanda formerly of Brick & Lac,  reggaeton star Nicky Jam and Jason Derulo collaboration “Tic Toc”.

According to Rolling Stone, it will see the 50-year-old hitmaker who released the records “Shaggy & Friends” and “Summer in Kingston” which contained his popular single “Sugarcane” in 2011 return to his “Jamaican roots, global reach, contagious joy and introspective side” with the 12 tracked LP.

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BONGO MUSICIAN OMMY DIMPOZ RELEASES PRAISE SONG

Ommy2019Bongo musician Ommy Dimpoz praises God in a new song after a year of hardships and illness.

Tanzanian musician was sick throughout 2018, he underwent three surgeries for a throat-related illness. The illness made him seek medical help in South Africa, Kenya, and even Germany. At one point, even Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho stepped up to help him out. His prognosis was not good and he had one week to live according to a hospital in Germany.

Now the bongo star Omary Nyembo aka Ommy Dimpoz is all better and he has released his first song since falling sick. The song titled “Ni Wewe” is a thank you message to his fans, friends, family, and God who healed him and kept him alive.

“Baba Ni We” is testimony after his year-long battle with a throat infection. The song that was released a day ago, is trending on YouTube in Kenya and has over 400,000 views already.

The “Baadae” singer’s health problems started with a throat surgery in South Africa in June 2018 and later hospitalization and another surgery in Germany in December. His vocal cords got damaged by infection and he had expressed uncertainty over his comeback in the music industry. He has since recovered and the latest hit proves his vocals have been restored to their original state.

COKE STUDIO AFRICA 2019 IS ON!

cokestudioAfrica’s favorite music show, Coke Studio Africa is back! The launch of the most anticipated continental music show Coke Studio Africa 2019 happened last night (10.02.19) at the Sankara hotel in Nairobi and was well attended by Nairobi’s who’s who.

The star-studded premiere event was hosted by Capital FM’s Amina Abdi, Maqbul Mohammed and Dj Joe Mfalme on the decks. The show had past and present Kenyan Coke Studio Africa participants such as Hip hop first Lady Nazizi Hirji, fast-rising star Nadia, award-winning rapper Khaligraph Jones, 2 in 1 hitmaker Naiboi, breakout stars Ethic, gospel singer Moji ShortBaba,  girl group Band Beca and producers Majic Mike as well as Viola Karuri.

The 2019 season celebrates African music greatness with the different top African artists such as Nigeria’s Skales, Tanzania’s Nandy, Harmonize, Rayvanny, South Africa’s Boity and Nigeria’s Rudeboy just to name a few as well as song renditions and themes. The Coca Cola flagship also did not have an international megastar on the show for the first time since it’s inception and also worked with local Kenyan brands such as Pace Africa who design and manufacture an array of audio devices such as Pace focus and pace mate which powered up the sound for the season, clothing brand Home who provided branded clothing merchandise and Yallo leather by Mercy Kyallo, the sister to TV presenter Betty Kyallo.

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