Musician/activist, Drea Pizziconi has premiered her new global empowerment anthem ‘Let Us Dance’ featuring Maimouna Youssef and The Dap-Kings Horns, with a live performance at the CAMFED 25 Gala honoring singer-songwriter, social activist and philanthropist, Annie Lennox on May 9. The gala’s theme is ”Education Changes Everything”.
‘Let Us Dance’, as released worldwide, with all profits in 2019 supports the Campaign for Female Education’s (CAMFED) work to educate girls in Africa. ”In 2019, it is still dangerous to be a woman in most parts of the world. Yet education is a basic human right and there is no better investment in our world’s future, than the investment in a girl’s education. But the barriers for women to reach our potential remain high. I wrote this song for all the girls out there who won’t give up and who want to tell the world, get ready… we’re coming”, expresses Drea Pizziconi.
‘Let Us Dance’, written and produced by Pizziconi with a rousing rap by Youssef, follows that invaluable narrative. ”It’s time that we have an affirming women’s empowerment anthem that’s not reactionary, but powerfully proactive and fiercely feminine”, says Maimouna Youssef about the record. ‘Let Us Dance’ is the first release of several new singles Pizziconi will be releasing in the coming months in support of her social justice activism and especially the right for women to speak up and share their stories of survival.
The multi-faceted musician is an award-winning music director, producer and arranger, who is classically-trained as a vocalist and percussionist, having toured extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Middle East as a recitalist and featured artist. Her exposure to daily life around the world as a touring musician not only inspired her early social and entrepreneurial activism in favor of expanding education access for youth, but constantly reignited her storyteller musical roots, compelling her to write music that would give a voice to those without a platform to speak, so these critical stories of survival can be told.
The Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) is an international non-profit organization tackling poverty and inequality by supporting girls to go to school, succeed, and empowering young women to step up as leaders of change. CAMFED invests in girls and women in the poorest rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa, where girls face acute disadvantage, and where their education has transformative potential.
Cultural ties thicken as BOJ on the microphone features Ghanaian superstars Joey B, Kwesi Arthur and Darkovibes on his new catchy mid-tempo bop titled ‘Awolowo’; a follow up to his hit single ‘Obe’ with multi-award winner, Teni the Entertainer.
‘Awolowo’ is culture rich, capturing one of the core elements of the Nigerian system with a deep connect to the sage in the Yoruba world. Produced by GMK, the beat though catchy, leaves enough room for each artist to shine, with the undoubted standout being BOJ’s incredible hook – as usual.
On the track, the artists are inspired by money and the need to grind, singing that they must be rich and famous by all means necessary. This is the first track of BOJ’s upcoming project, ”Alte Bank of Africa” and he’s definitely gained some more Ghanaian fans thanks to this feature!
Following the successful premiere of “Boss Up” by DJ Crim at the 23rd edition of Blankets and wine, the award winning deejay has finally let the monster track out of the vault and onto our playlists. For the first time in the festival’s line up of performers, the revelers were treated to something new and different as DJ Crim unveiled the video on the screens and the music through the speakers.
BOSS UP DEEJAY CRIM MUN G & VYPER RANKING - YouTube
“Boss up” is the latest single of DJ Crim’s upcoming album and features the sensational award winning rapper Mun*G who drops a witty versatile verse as Vyper Ranking a rising dancehall act brings the dancehall vibe to boss up on the track like no other. Andy Muzic the producer of the track fuses two worlds of hip-hop and dancehall to create a banger off the album. To paint the picture completely, Deejay Crim tapped Grate Make to direct the visuals to the banger. The visuals compliment the audio as they fused both the dancehall and the hip-hop world and at the center of it the deejay who brings both worlds together on the dancefloor and that is the turntable guru Deejay Crim.
Editors Notes; About Deejay Crim
Deejay Crim a.k.a ‘The Turntable Guru’, real names Agaba George, born 2nd November 1988 is a Radio, TV host/Producer, club, events, corporate DJ and hype man. Began Deejaying at 15, inspired by Rock Raida, Beat Junkies, Master Flex. A Radio & TV show DJ and host with Urban Television Uganda and Hot 100.9 FM.
Awards – Deejay of the Year MTN UG Hip-Hop Award 2018
Many know him as one of the pioneers of the Kansol music group, and he just released ‘Chuja Anthem’ under the clean energy campaign umbrella.
Using his signature satire and comedy in his songs, he executes this particular anthem with precise creativity to explain the dangers of using unclean fuel.This clearly explains causes of fire especially in slum setups and the negative effect these have on the environment too. . This comes in the wake of news bulletins covering fires in different slums and market areas all to often in Kenya.
The campaign running under Chuja Party with the slogan Chama Cha Usalama Jikoni. Amua! is advocating for abandoning Charcoal, Kerosene, Firewood and Illegal Gas. These are considered major causes of disease and death.
Saving the environment and preserving life is a great cause and you can always sign the Chuja Petition to be part of this noble agenda.
The music industry is one of the toughest glasses to break through in Kenya. If you are a budding artist, you could use some visibility tips. Make yourself available; that means, easy to reach and also easy to recall. As a writer in the entertainment industry, I am best placed to advise artists on how to brand themselves in the simplest of ways. You’d wonder why this applies to you even as a big fish artist.
You need to understand that for writers and digital marketers in music to efficiently promote your content, we need to find info about you easily. Yes, it’s our job to research, but also we have 700 other artists to write about in a single day, trust me, it does not matter how big a deal you are, we have priorities.
2nd and the best reason why you should be available, it’s great to brand yourself so that people get to know about you from you. If not we are left with only what the tabloids have to say. Be sure, it does not go up on a tabloid if it isn’t dirty. The choice is yours.
Let us begin with the simplest of things.
Social media is the cheapest and most effective branding and marketing tool in 2019. The main ones are Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Rule number one;
Consistent Brand Name: Make sure you have a consistent user name across all social sites. You can use @orawoolave on any site to find me. If your name is not unique, add a consistent suffix or prefix to it, across all networks. So maybe @orawoolaveKE or @Officalorawoolave. That way, if I master just one of your usernames, I won’t have a problem referring fans and potential clients to any of your sites.
Clear Profile Description: In correct grammar, English, Kiswahili or Mother-tongue. Describe what it is you do or offer. It should be brief, precise and accurate. ‘Digital Content Marketer, Lifestyle Blogger offering Copywriter and Digital Branding services.’
Contact Info: As part of your profile description, give official functioning contacts people can reach you through. E-mails are safe. Phone numbers are faster but it is not recommended for purposes of blocking out spammers, stalkers and fraudsters. If you are easily reachable through social media inboxes, do indicate the same. Check e-mails, inboxes, missed calls every 5 minutes. So media coverage and gig organizers can reach you easily.
Profile Pictures: Upload good professional high resolution pictures. Use them as your profile picture and also randomly upload these good photos of you on your account. We want to publish our stories alongside good photos of you. Do both us that favour. Please just pick a day, dress well and walk into a photo studio. I can recommend affordable good ones.
An Active Account: Upload at least one thing relating to your brand everyday so that your page is not idle. A photo of an activity you are up to, your quote of the day, an experience you’ve had. Just make sure your page is always active. If you have gigs coming up, keep reminding people of it through your social accounts. This is what we (writers) use to beef up our articles sometimes.
Keep the media updated. Compile a list of media contacts. If you are to release new content or have a gig coming up. Send all your contacts a brief. This entails a brand profile, press brief of the product or gig and high resolution photos and well done posters of the event.
In just one e-mail, we have enough content to tell your fans about you and hype whatever it is you have coming up. Easy peasy.
Create a Personal Encyclopedia.
The closest example I can give you is wikipedia. Thanks to 2019 we now have lots of sites and blog hosts that can creatively put together all info about you. Create one and make sure the link is everywhere. So if anyone wants any info about you, they can just refer to that. This you have to keep updating as you achieve more and grow. It gives less room for false news about you.
This far we have come, you now understand how important branding yourself and being available is. Once this is done, you’ll never have to call a blogger, or a music service to ask them why they are not promoting you like they do other big artists.
Feel free to contact me for recommendations on people who offer any of these services. I will gladly offer consultancy too. Help me, help you.
In contemporary times, the millennial music renaissance in Ghana is one that cannot be ignored. The La Même Gang is certainly a significant driving force in this revolution.
The Linksters are like the 1961 New York Yankees team; their run and form are simply untouchable and unassailable. With a new eclectic masterpiece featuring multiple hitmaker, Kuami Eugene, Cool Paul (Darkovibes), Keanu ($pacely) & Rocko (RJZ), the Linksters want to reiterate and establish how crucial their presence is to the Ghanaian music industry.
‘This Year’ in essence is simply a raw, pure and unadulterated synergy of musical greatness in it’s prime. Following their second studio album ”La Même Tape: Linksters”, ‘This Year’ is a courtesy call to all and sundry that, the La Même Gang is here to stay and continue being front showrunners of Afrobeat to world.
‘This Year’ is also a cryptic inspirational message to all linksters to always break systematic boundaries and keep it moving till they reach the pinnacle of their ambitions.
This Year (feat. Darkovibes, $pacely, RJZ & Kuami Eugene) - SoundCloud (211 secs long, 12058 plays)Play in SoundCloud
Music artist Mojek has just released a new single ‘See Motion’ which is the most recent attempt to create Pan-African inspired music for whoever may enjoy it. He has just released his first compilation under the name which features 3 original tracks I put out over years past as Young Africa and 3 remixes of African artists/bands that have been very important to me both through out his life and in recent times.
The entire project is available now for stream and download directly on Soundcloud. Links Below..
“TIRED” is a record by DC area based International African artist (Gabon), Ya Minko. The piece takes the listener through various forms of exhaustion ranging from physical, mental, & emotional to societal exhaustion.
The pace mimics exhaustion with the anaphora in “Tired” present throughout the song. Using the theme, & the pace, explores some of the social realities we’re facing today. At the heart of the record though is a message of hope, growth and accountability. A message that applies both to the artist, and the listeners.