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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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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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Stonebwoy continues his digital music space dominancy; racks 14M streams on Boomplay

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Celebrated Ghanaian Reggae/Ragga & Dance-hall artiste, Stonebwoy, continues his tremendous digital music space dominancy after marking another significant stage in his chosen endeavor. He has become the first Ghanaian creative to reach 14 Million organic impressions on Boomplay Music, thus far, becoming the most streamed and listened to Ghanaian musician.

The media streaming and download service developed by Transsnet Music Limited, in the early hours of Tuesday, presented 5 plaques to the Nickelodeon & BET Winner| 3-Time Best Reggae/Dancehall Act in Africa detailing the successes and analytics of some singles on the streaming service.

Breaking it down, “Shuga” (featuring Jamaican Superstar, Beenie Man) amassed 500,000 streams. Off the 2017 Billboard album – Epistles Of Mama garnered a 3M organic plays with a one of the its lead single, “Bawasaba”, securing 500,000 listens. One of the biggest song in 2019 featuring Teni – “Ololo” is impressively lying at 500, 000 streams. These and other figures which weren’t captured make Stonebwoy witness an unprecented increase in his digital figures within an estimated space of 3 months, thus far, bagging 14M plays on the streaming app.

Last year, Stonebwoy topped Boomplay’s ‘Most Streamed Artiste’ Of 2019 in Ghana. That feet made it the second time in a row he won the prestigious title, as he bagged the same in 2018. In a Music Facts sheet report based on data from the music app, which has over 60M+ users globally with over 4.4M from Ghana. Boomplay also boasts of an expansive catalogue of over 20M tracks and is available on iOS, Android and web.

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DJ Cuppy releases “KARMA” Featuring Stonebwoy advancing her debut album

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We’re in the final build-up stages for DJ Cuppy’s much-anticipated debut album, ‘Original Copy‘. Having convoked an incredible line-up of featured talent – which includes Rema (who appeared on the lead single, “Jollof On The Jet” alongside Tanzania’s Rayvanny), Darko, Ms Banks, Wyclef Jean, and Teni (who we haven’t heard from in way too long) – Cuppy has more than piqued the interest of even her critics, and her promotional singles only serve to prove that she could possibly do well as an artist in her own right.

Today, following up “Jollof On The Jet”, is a Stonebwoy-assisted number, “Karma”. Stonebwoy takes a hold of this super uplifting record, not only opening the track with a class performance, but also trailing Cuppy through her chorus as the two harmonise over the repetitive hook. With Cuppy taking on some of the Ghanaian reggae singer’s patois inflections, these two are a strong match, which ties in perfectly with the loved-up topic of the song.

Both Stonebwoy and DJ Cuppy are looking to convince their respective lovers (whom I’m not unconvinced might be each other) that they’re the one for them. Stonebwoy begins his campaign by bragging about himself, in a bid to prove he’s worth this cool girl’s time, singing yet another COVID-19 reference (we’ll be hearing about coro in songs for years to come): “virus can’t catch me now see my software it be up to date“.

DJ Cuppy finally enters onto the track with her pre-chorus, “Fine fine baby I no go fit deny na you day craze me”, before she goes on to proclaim, dutifully accompanied by Stonebwoy, that she is her lovers’ good karma.

The positive repercussion of Karma are hardly ever explored in love. If what goes around comes around, then good loving will come to those who do good, right? Sounds like facts, but unfortunately when it comes to matters of the heart, Alicia Keys’ ’03 “Karma” typifies our approach to karmic references in music: bitter ballads passionately narrating how the heartbreakers have theirs coming.

Well Cuppy isn’t here for any negativity. She is bringing a refreshingly high-spirited outlook to the subject of karma in love, and it’s the most fitting trope reversal you’d expect from the smiley pink-haired TL comedian.

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