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Nigeria: Davido signs record deal with Sony Music Entertainment

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Nigeria’s music talent David Adedeji popularly known as Davido, has signed a musical record contract deal with Sony records. This was revealed by the American based company through a statement made available on its website’ Sony Music Entertainment have signed accomplished musician Davido to a ground breaking global agreement. The deal was signed at Sony music office in New York. The deal represents a step forward for Sony music as it buttreses it’s roots in africa Sean Watson, Managing Director, Sony Music Entertainment Africa stated, “ Working with incredible talent like Davido heralds a new era for Sony Music Entertainment Africa on the continent. We couldn’t be prouder of our partnership with Davido and we are extremely keen to support his vision to succeed at the highest level in our industry.” Adam Granite, President, Northern , Eastern and Africa commented, “We are thrilled to welcome Davido into the Sony Music family.  We are very much looking forward to bringing one of Africa’s biggest stars to the world.  We are also excited to partner withKamal Ajiboye, Davido’s manager as well as Efe Ogbeni, who will be executive producing the album on our behalf.” “Music is the universal language that unites and betters the world. It’s always been my dream to take my music and culture to all corners of the world so I’m blessed to be partnering with Sony Music Entertainment on this next chapter. My number one aim is to make my fans and Africa proud” Davido commented.

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African-American Playwright Highlights Mental Health Through Theatre

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“I am Hope” is autobiographical play about a woman’s journey to healing. It’s a 40 minute One Woman Show in which the actress plays 19 characters in a story about mental health and the issues surrounding treatment and healing. It debuted in Canada’ Toronto Fringe Festival this week.

Mia Rye Smith, from Queens, New York, is a playwright, actress and a graduate of the William Esper Studio. Mia explained the purpose of her show with this statement. “As an African American Woman it’s important for me to use my voice and story about my experiences with mental health. ‘I Am Hope’ is about finding hope and humor living with an anxiety disorder.”

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Mia shares how her work impacts her audience and the reception she receives affects her too. “After each show, I will always have a few people speak with me about their struggles with mental health,” she said. “Some people are emotional because they are experiencing similar symptoms or they know a loved one who is.

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This work allows me to connect with strangers on a personal level. The response has been an overwhelming feeling of joy because this work takes a great deal of courage; I had no idea that my story would impact the lives of other people. The show is filled with hope, humor and healing.””

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“I Am Hope’ is currently running in Toronto, Canada.

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Ethiopian-American Rapper Adam Daniel (aka Aminé) Finds Bold News Sound in His Family Heritage

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Adam Aminé Daniel found the answer in his family heritage. On Calling Brio, Daniel reaches back to his Ethiopian roots, filtering hip-hop, R&B and electronic music through Afrofuturist production.

By Matthew Singer and Matthew Schonfeld (Willamette Week) |

Somewhere on the Internet—he’s hesitant to say exactly where—lies the roots of Adam Daniel’s rap career.

“The way we started was, as a joke, we’d make dis songs to Grant High School and Lincoln High School,” says the Benson alum. At the time, Adam Daniel wasn’t an eager rhyme-spitter; his friends had to goad him into getting on the mic. But those off-the-cuff goofs unlocked an artistic desire he never knew he had. “After high school, I kind of missed that,” he says. “So I started taking it more seriously.”

Ethiopian-American rapper Adam Aminé Daniel (PHOTO: These Days News)

Ethiopian-American rapper Adam Aminé Daniel (PHOTO: These Days News)

That wasn’t too long ago. But things are moving fast for the 21-year-old, who performs under his middle name, Aminé. He’s put out two mixtapes, and already disavowed one of them. He’s built a strong online following, scored blog hype and label interest and a crucial co-sign from one of the top young producers in the game.

It’s an impressive start for someone who, until a few years ago, had different aspirations entirely. “I wanted to be Kobe Bryant,” Daniel says. When that didn’t work out—he got cut from his freshman and sophomore basketball teams—he settled on track and field. But music surrounded him growing up. His parents, both Ethiopian immigrants, listened to everything from reggae to indigenous African music to John Mayer. His older cousin introduced him to R&B, while he discovered hip-hop on his own: The first CD he ever bought was Kanye West’s The College Dropout, “just because it had a teddy bear on the cover.”

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Having absorbed so much in his childhood, Daniel initially struggled to make his influences cohere. His first release, Odyssey to Me, indulged in a crooning rap style á la Drake, with mismatched production. “I wasn’t happy with it because there wasn’t a structured sound to it,” he says. He eventually took the album offline and regrouped. “I looked into my inner self, and asked my friends, ‘What do you want to hear from me? What makes me me? Who am I?’”

Aminé: Picking family heritage

Adam Aminé Daniel found the answer in his family heritage. On Calling Brio, Daniel reaches back to his Ethiopian roots, filtering hip-hop, R&B and electronic music through Afrofuturist production. “Brightwood” turns the “Ms. Jackson” chorus into a tribalist chant, while “Zzzz” flips “In the Jungle” over digitized percussion and his distinctive patois. Three tracks were produced by buzzing Canadian beatsmith Kaytranada, who reached out to Daniel after hearing him rap over one of his instrumentals.

It’s a sound vividly reflective of who Daniel is, where he comes from and, musically, where he’s going. But Daniel says he isn’t just telling his story. It can be yours, too.

“I want to leave you interested,” he says. “I want to leave you in a place where you can make that story for yourself, where it can relate to you, rather than just being my story.”

Aminé’s biggest move came when he dropped the wavy love rap single “Caroline” last year and, as of this month, this single has sold nearly 656,000 copies and racked up more than 345 million plays across YouTube, Soundcloud and Spotify. In August, Aminé signed a deal with Universal subsidiary Republic Records, making him labelmates with the likes of Drake, Nicki Minaj and The Weeknd. A few days after the U.S. Nov. 8 election, he performed “Caroline” on The Tonight Show and appended a verse in which he took shots at Donald Trump, prompting The New Yorker to praise it as “bold.” In December, he returned home to Portland for a sold-out show at the Roseland Theater, where he shouted out Benson High School in between guest appearances from Leon Bridges and Kehlani.

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Five Music Artist With S.A Entertainers To Feature In BOLESWA Opening Bash to kick start the Intervarsity Games

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FIVE local artistes are set to strut their stuff before Swazi audiences alongside prominent South African and Swazi acts at Saturday’s BOLESWA Opening Bash to kick start the Intervarsity Games.

BOLESWA is the acronym for the universities of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland and these stage annual sporting games on a rotational basis aimed at fostering solidarity and friendship among students.

Lesotho hosted last year’s edition at Thaba Bosiu and the event was organised for the first time by the Rock The City SA entertainment company.

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And on Saturday, Lesotho’s DJ Vesta, Monyase, Mega Hertz, 3rd Code and Mavele will share the stage with South Africa’s DJ Tira, NaakMusiq, DJ SK and SdudlaNoma1000 as well as Swaziland’s Switch, DJ Mfundo, Lyrical Busta, The Scientist, DJ Njaba, Eskay, Rizna and DJ Thoko.

The South Africa based owner of Rock The City Entertainment, Lehlohonolo “Hlony” Nthontho has previously told the Weekender that the aim was to uplift the local entertainment scene by exposing them to regional audiences.

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This week, one of the local acts, Mavele spoke of his joy and gratitude to Rock The City.

“I never thought being an MC would take me this far and I have been booked for several epic events in the country, South Africa as well as Botswana,” Mavele said, adding, “I would like to thank the Almighty for the talent He blessed me with”.

“I have been hosting all Rock The City events at home and in South Africa since last year and in addition to the Swaziland event, I will tour Botswana with their artiste, SdudlaNoma1000 in April.

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“At the moment we only have a verbal contract but I believe after the Botswana tour I will be signed under Rock The City Entertainment and I am so grateful for the opportunities they presented me.

“I look forward to representing my country in Swaziland alongside my compatriots,” he said.
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Eva Rap Diva Sells And Signs Her New Album “Eva” Under The Proud Look Of Her Mother

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The Angolan rapper, Eva Rap Diva, was in the Independence Square today to perform the sale and autograph session of her most recent album entitled “EVA” under the proud look of her mother Ana Paula.

The singer dedicated the album “EVA” to her mother, maternal grandmother, a remarkable figure in her education and life, from whom she inherited the name, and is also inspired and dedicated to all Angolan women and the world. The same is composed of songs about relationships, sacrifice, joy, pain, loss, celebration, affection, betrayal, God and his great love for Hip Hop.

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In an exclusive interview with AngoRussia, the rapper said that although the process of preparing the album was not easy, everything had a happy ending, like the title of her song that has Landrick participation.

“It was an intense process, it was many days of hard work, we had financial difficulties, but as inspiration and talent was not lacking in me and the team that works with me, everything has had its happy end. The audience will identify with this album because it is composed of songs with some kind of awareness and relevant content, “said Eva.

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In addition to the fans, family and friends of the singer, several artists such as: Black Show, Extreme Sign, Raptile, Francis-MC Cabinda, Zoca Zoca, Mauro Pastrana, Mr Smallz , Gaia Beat, Paz Cast, Extreme Sign, Detergent, Selda among other colleagues of the singer.

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Top Tanzanian Music Artist, Vanessa Mdee Arrested For Allegedly Belonging To A Drug Cartel

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Top Tanzanian Music Artist, Vanessa Mdee Arrested For Allegedly Belonging To A Drug Cartel
Tanzanian singer, Vanessa Mdee has been reportedly arrested by the police following investigations implicating the singer as being a member of a drug cartel. The songstress’s lawyer confirmed that she was arrested yesterday, the 7th of March and is currently being questioned. Her bail is however in progress.

This would not be the first time government officials would invite Tanzanian artistes for questioning since the war against drug trafficking started some months ago. Other artistes who have been invited include; Diamond Platnumz, Wema Sepatu among others.

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Botswanan Artist Who Went Underground after Boasting Of Filling The National Stadium In a One Man Show Resurfaces

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The unknown Nicole Martinez had the whole city of Gaborone filled up with her posters that read that she would be filling up the stadium, just like Cassper Nyovest did and Kast wants to do.

“It’s definite I will be filling up the stadium this year and I know it will get packed. I had to postpone my gig because I had to wait for Tlatsa Lebala to pass coz of the respect I have for Kast. As a sign of respect I had to wait for him that’s why I cancelled my event last year when Tlatsa Lebala was cancelled,” the 21-year-old Martinez said.

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Quizzed if she is being too ambitious for wanting to fill up a venue of 20,000 capacity despite being unpopular, she noted that her musical content will impress masses and lead them to attending the event.

“I have different marketing strategies that I will use to market the event. One of them is to release 100 hit songs that will dominate on the charts on all radio stations and also have a regional tour where I will perform in South Africa, Zambia, Namibia and locally. I know that

a number of people are laughing at me making fun of me, but that is actually making me strong and more focused.”

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Ever since it came out that she wants to fill up the stadium a number of people including artists have been making fun of her, especially in the social media platforms. The date for her event is yet to be announced since she is waiting for Tlatsa Lebala to take place.

Tlatsa Lebala’s date also has not yet been announced.

Martinez noted that the other reason she wants to fill up the stadium is because she wants to inspire children from high density locations such as Bontleng where she grew up to dream big.

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According to Martinez’s manager, Dylan Taylor the songstress’ talent is beyond par.

“Nicole is on the same level as the likes of Beyonce, Rihanna and Iggy Azalea. If radio stations give her more airplay people will see how talented she is. If she is to compete with Cassper Nyovest she would outshine him,” the manager said.

Apart from making music Martinez is also a stage performing artist, who is part of Socca Moruakgomo’s theatrical musical play, Moratiwa.
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Miss Rwanda 2017 Pre-Selection, Amiable DJ Ira Dazzles Audience

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Being a DJ (Disk Jockey) is a profession mostly dominated by men. It is rare to come across ladies who are DJs, expecially in Africa where gender equality is still being debated.

Beautiful DJ Ira, who can as well win the Miss Rwanda Beauty Pageant title, if she had contested, stole the show at the popular Petit Stade on satuday. The audience were blown away by her well articulated music mix.

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At the end of Saturday’s pre-selection, 15 finalist emerged. These 15 finalist will head to boot-camp on the 12th of February, while the grand-finale is on the 25th of February 2017

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Miss Rwanda 2017 Pre-Selection, 15 Beauty Queen Emerges Later Today, Who Is Your Choice Among These Beautiful Contestants?

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Come February 4, pre-selections for Miss Rwanda will be held to pick 15 finalists who will head to boot camp in preparation for the grand finale.

The boot camp will take place at Golden Tulip Hotel in Nyamata. Barbara Burabyo talked to the contestants about their aspirations in life and of course, how they plan to win this pageant.

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5 girls were picked to represent Eastern Province in the ongoing Miss Rwanda search, 4 to represent the South and 6 to represent the north.

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Top Nigerian Rapper Olamide Of YNBL Becomes Glo Ambassador

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Olamide’s fans celebrating as Nigeria Telecom Giant Globacom unnveils him as their latest brand ambassador. He is the latest addition to their ambassadorial family. This is particularly exciting because the renowned rapper ended his contract with Etisalat a few months ago and in addition, Glo sacked over 60 percent of their celebrity ambassadors.

Olamide shared the news on social media with the caption “Oluwa Loni Glory … missofunyi entertainment ???? #TheGlory#iRepGlo #Glo #PepperDemGang still”. 

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Tanzanian Ex Beauty Queen Wema Sepetu Launches Mobile App

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Tanzanian ex beauty queen, actress and entrepreneur, Wema Sepetu has finally unveiled the suspense package she has been keeping from fans since she returned to Instagram; she now has  a Wema Sepetu app.This makes her the first East African celebrity to have an app.

And There You have it Ladies & Gentlemen…..My very own Application just so u could have me closer than you think…. Download now on Playstore and dont forget to subscribe…. Everything Wema…. Oh Yes na kile kipindi chenu mkipendacho mtakikuta huko huko….. But now u can download it quick and get to hear what I have to say about hizi habari za leo… That is my Breaking News kwa app TODAY!! Yall dont think ningekaa kimya tu ryt…???????? Well I got something to say… Na kuiskia, Ingia Playstore na Udownload WemaSepetu, Subscribe alafu pata kuskia na kujionea meeeengiii… Ukimya Mwingi Rahaaa..????????????.. Endiwooo Mtumia unga mimi atleast najua kutumia na fursa…???????????? (Kidding) So that special thing y’all have been waiting for is Finally here…. Enjoy it…. #WSSoCloseToYou #WSyourAddiction …. NB… This is Only for Android Users for the Time Being, wale wapenda Iphone kama mimi Its Coming Soon….. Dont forget one Thing, Nawapenda Sana…!????…. Na hii sio Tanzania tu jamani…. Ni Worldwide aslong as una Playstore…. Yaani inshort na sisi tuna application Yetu kama vile Instagram na Games or whatever…. Oh Lord…!????????????????????????…. Im Thankful, Grateful…. I feel blessed wallahy…!!!????????

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Putting all the controversy of 2016 behind her, she took a well deserved break off the noise and hate of social media to re-strategize and repackage the Wema Sepetu brand.

Could this be an attempt to control what is written or said about her? While you ponder on that, what we’ve noticed with other African celebs who also own apps is that fans would rather connect with them on social media than any self-owned app.

 

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Most of them abandon the apps after few weeks of launch and return to where the fans are – mainstream social media. Besides, data is still quite expensive in Africa, additional apps mean more data consumption. Wema might be an exception let’s see how long the Wema Sepetu app thrives.

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Wema says the app will help fans have her closer than they think, giving them access to Wema Sepetu News, TV Shows, fashion, lifestyle, movies and social responsibilities.

Almost there… Jus few hours to go… Yaaaaay…..???????????? #WSSoCloseToYou #WSyourAddiction ????????????

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