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Nominate by Stonebwoy, Keri Hilson featured on Major Lazer’s #AITF4 mixtape

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NOMINATE; a song produced by Andre ‘Dre’ Harris which is a standout from the 15-track project, “Anloga Junction” the album by Africa’s most revered reggae/ragga & dancehall artiste, Stonebwoy, has been featured on Major Lazer; a Jamaican-American electronic dance music trio’s coveted Africa “Africa Is The Future” mixtape series, mixed by Walshy Fire and Fully Focus.

The track is a vibrant afrobeats song featuring Legendary America Singer, Keri Hilson. The duo take us to the islands, trading verses on matters of love. The project comes off the album paired with a video directed by Denzel Williams which was released in April.

According to Major Lazer, Afrobeat is the current sound of African music that’s making noise all over the world, thus far, the project is a collection of current African music sounds making waves across the continent, by extension global reach with multiple sub-genres from different parts of the world, sounds range from Afrohouse to Kuduro to Bongo to Coupe De Cale & Azonto.

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Press Release: Stonebwoy and Davido present ‘Activate Beach Party’ [SEE DETAILS]

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‘Activate Beach Party’ is coming on Monday, December 28, 2020 at the Sand Box Beach and Resort in Labadi-Accra, Ghana. Hosted by two of the continent’s biggest recording and performing artistes, Stonebwoy and Davido, the event will serve as an alternative and or a replacement to the former’s traditional event that is occurs annually in December – ‘BHIM Concert’ which was cancelled due to the recent up-rise in Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases.

With a paid entrance, the party promises to go into the night with the two talented artistes, Stonebwoy and Davido delivering top-notch performances of songs from their vast collections and for the first time, performing their worldwide banger ‘Activate’ together. In addition to the musical diversity, the party will feature VIP beach huts, craft beer, DJ Music, pop up food stalls, container beach bars, festival feel, garden and beach games, palm trees, and of course sand.

“Activate party promises to be an exciting night of entertainment for the whole country,” said Stonebwoy. “We look forward to yet another opportunity to get together with our fans and the community to celebrate, and to offer our thanks for the incredible support we receive across the region.”

The party is also borne-out from the chart-topping single that was released few weeks ago. On “Activate,” Davido and Stonebwoy join forces for the first time. Together, the duo mixes their familiar cocktail of Afrobeats, Dancehall, and Reggae influences to craft an uptempo ode to casual flirtation. The lighthearted nature of the track finds its roots in a spontaneous weekend trip from Nigeria to Ghana on Davido’s end, birthing the two African superstars’ latest concoction.

The event is organized by Burniton Music Group – BMG incollaboration with Davido Music World-wide – DMW yet to be communicated as a recurring yearly seasonal event. For ticket and table reservation call: +233 50 155 0000 // +233 55 440 5894

However, in November, the award-winning Reggae/ragga & dancehall icon launched and hosted an official monthly gathering dubbed “BHIM FRIDAYS”. The event night delivered good vibes, good food, fun and gaming, live performances etc. It also gathered ‘music hunters’, fans, industry personalities and other associates who had an intimate encounter with the music superstar known by birthright name as Livingstone Etse Satekla.

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Stonebwoy is on the cover of Apple Music biggest African playlist – Africa Now

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Apple Music has updated it weekly Africa Now playlist featuring music from the continent’s hottest contemporary artistes. The dynamic playlist currently highlights Ghanaian Reggae & Dancehall icon, Stonebwoy, who’s on the cover and contextualized in the playlist’s description. It also features his latest banger “Activate” at the top.

On Activate, Stonebwoy taps Davido to make two sonice worlds – dancehall and Afrobeats – collide in an upbeat musical ride. “Activate” was born out of a spontaneous vibe whilst Davido was on a weekend trip from Nigeria to Ghana. The video was shot the following day at the Safari Hills Resort, Ghana and was directed by Yaw Skyface.

“Davido and I have beem communicating for a while and we decided to make a banger,” Stonebwoy tells Apple Music. “We made this song for the people. It’s a big tune and we’re activating the world into normal.”

“The inspiration behind this song is to activate positive energy,” says Stonebwoy in a statement to Boomshots. “To activate love and to activate on the dance floor and see the combination of Afrobeats and Dancehall take over the world.”

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How Stonebwoy’s songs influenced social campaigns in Africa – an enviable Legacy for any artiste

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“Music has the power to move us and to change us. Yet today’s music mostly does not seem to have the same earth-moving, society-shaping effects as that of the past. Much rarer are the antiwar sentiments of composers like Bob Dylan of the USA. The anti-apartheid and government-challenging lyrics of musicians like South Africa’s Miriam Makeba and Nigeria’s Fela Kuti have largely been exchanged for party-hard, live-the-rich-life lyrics.” – according to United Nations

In today’s digitised world, music has become an even more integral part of our lives: we listen to it on our drive to work, when we go to parties, while we study, when we exercise, and in so many other settings. Yet in the most critical times, when the need arises for activism to bring down much needed societal change, we see fewer taking to the streets with picket signs which bear profound lyrics from the songs of the day. In a generation of musicians focused on feel good and party music, Stonebwoy towers above his peers. The Afro-dancehall, Afrobeats, Afro-pop and reggae superstar is well known for his inspirational songs, focusing on good governance, poverty eradication, and spreading good cheer through positive messages with even more delightful melodies.

If ever there was a time when the world needed musicians like Stonebwoy, that time is now. 2020 has proven itself to be one of the most bizarre and tragic years in recent history, with tragedy and grief sweeping across the globe and its continents unendingly. From the truly horrific COVID-19 pandemic which forced countries to shut borders and order lockdowns, to protests against police brutality in the USA and Nigeria, among many other sufferings, the atmosphere has never been more prime for messages of hope and positivity.

His most recent studio album- Anloga Junction, which was released during COVID time, was warmly received by a severely ravaged world with messages from songs such as “Strengh and Hope” – a vibrant prayer which reminds listeners to keep faith and not despair even in the midst of adversity when all seems lost. Indeed, the message from this song resonated so well that Stonebwoy was called upon to perform it for the COVID time virtual concerts organised by global powerhouses such as Billboard, the African Day Benefit Concert hosted by Idris Elba, “Bathroom Sessions” organised by Clash Magazine to help Water Aid UK in their fight against the gobal pandemic.

In recent times, during the ENDSARS PROTEST organised to call for social change in Nigeria and to protest bad governance and police brutality, several of the protesters found comfort in the repertoire of Stonebwoy, through his songs like Suit and Tie which decries corruption, and more especially Run Go- a song which laments how African leaders are failing to satisfy the simple demands of their electorates and how that is leading to African youth to flee its shores in search of the proverbial greener pastures.

As some part of the lyrics says; “Tell we where we gonna run go, After making our motherland a bitter place to live. Tell we where we gonna run go, Wen dem say we have to pay for the oxygen we breathe, Answer me now Mr. big man. You no see everybody want to go run go up foreign no, Simple life, is all we want life. Give me food, give me clothes, give me love and give me shelter shelter, ‘Cus simple life, is all we want life”

To the Nigerians, Congolese, persons from Cameroonian descent, the combination of the lyrics of the song, rhythm and instruments have established a group identity, stir strong emotions, engage audiences and amass people to take action to demand for their due right to live as citizens and as matter of fact, “Run Go”. Top Nigerian celebrity and award-winning musician, Davido, tweeted some lyrics extract from the song, as a way of adding his voice to the campaign. Other social media users also quoted Stonebwoy’s lyrics in their posts addressing the issues affecting Africans.

Without a doubt, Stonebwoy’s lyrics have been relevant in 2020 and will find themselves being used long after he is gone – an enviable legacy for any artiste

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