After show-stopping performances in Zimbabwe on 21st Dec, Zambia on 24th Dec, Ghana on 28th Dec, Morgan Heritage – the GRAMMY-winning siblings and Royal Family of Reggae are in Kenya, as part of their announced 2019 “Africa Jamaica Tour” (#AJT2019) that will also see them perform in Ghana, Zanzibar, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe with more dates to be added.
Mojo Morgan spoke about the tour saying, “This Africa x Jamaica tour is the beginning of something great for us as a group and a family of African descent. For years our fans in Africa has been asking us to perform more because they only get to see us on video. So as we prepare to release our new album we will give them what they want as the great Burning Spear would say.”
Morgan Heritage were among headliners at Kenya’s Wasafi Festival held at Uhuru Garden on New Year’s Eve, where they put up a massive performance, serenading to their Kenyan fans some of their beloved Morgan Heritage tunes like "Nothing to smile about", "Down by the River" and "I'm coming home". They also performed their latest successful hit single "Africa X Jamaica" alongside Diamond Platnumz who is featured on the song. They later joined Diamond Platnumz on stage, during his set, and together they once again blessed the crowd with one of Africa’s biggest songs from 2017—their mega-hit "Hallelujah". It was the first time in Kenya and Africa for Morgan Heritage and Diamond to perform together.
Comprising of Mojo, Gramps and Peetah, the group led the enchanted audience in near-choir sessions, as thousands of revelers sung along to all their songs word for word. Towards the end of their performance, in a hilarious twist of events, Peter Morgan engaged the crowd in recording a message declaring Kenya's mangoes as the sweetest.
While in Kenya, which has been their base many times while they visit Africa, Morgan Heritage will be meeting with various African artists and recording new collaborations, set for release in 2019.
Ed Sheeran has teased he has new music arriving this year. The ‘Perfect’ hitmaker had previously revealed he won’t release his next album until “late 2020” as he wanted to take another long break, but he now has a “collection” of tracks that he wants to share with the world before he disappears from the public eye again.
The new music is separate to the song he’s penned for the forthcoming Beatles movie by Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis, which is as-yet-untitled, which also sees him play himself.
According to The Sun newspaper’s Bizarre column, Ed said: “I’ve just finished the film . . . and I’ve got some stuff coming out. I can’t really say for certain when, or what it is, it’s just a collection of songs and I don’t know whether it’s going to be one song, five, or 15.”
The ‘Castle on the Hill’ singer previously said: “I’ve got things coming out, I don’t know if they’re albums. But I’ve got things coming out. The next ‘album album’ won’t be for a while.
“After this, September is the end of the tour next year, then I’m going to do another blackout and go away for a year. It worked last time for both me and the public, I think it’s good to have a little break. The next album, no earlier than 2020. Late 2020.”
At the beginning of last year, Ed – who similarly took a break in 2015 following his ‘Multiply’ album to spend time with his fiancee Cherry Seaborn, who is believed to have since married in secret – revealed his fourth full-length LP could be a big departure, as he opened up on the pressure to create constant pop hits.
The 27-year-old chart-topper certainly won’t be short of material, as his ‘Shape of You’ co-writer Steve Mac previously confirmed the pair penned 20 tracks together in five days.