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As we march into April, we are taking you to a musical journey through the best sounds from Africa and beyond, cutting through South Africa, Nigeria, Germany and the US. While Teni shines in her debut album, Prince Kaybee allows other stars to shine in his fourth studio album with Eazi giving us completely 'Something Else' in his latest EP. Mavin's latest 18 year old signee has got her star shining bright as Apple Music spotlights her on Africa Rising. Let's dive in, as we sign into TuneCore! The leading independent digital music distribution company just launched operations in Africa.

EXCLUSIVE NEWS, LATEST UPDATES & TRENDY VIDEOS!
Teni takes us to 'WONDALAND' in debut album

Teni The Entertainer's new album is a masterpiece, crafted over two years across seven cities around the world: London, New York, Dubai, Orlando, Ondo, Lagos and Abuja. Our favourites off the 17-track compilation include "Moslado," Dads Song", "Hustle" and her latest single and the only collaboration in the album “For You” featuring Davido. The lone guest collaboration has so far garnered over 14M streams while charting across countries and various platforms.  The album chronicles Teni's labor of love while exuding a rollercoaster of emotions, from start to finish. It's certainly a milestone release from one of Nigeria's most exciting young artists.

Stream WONDALAND

 Prince Kaybee sets new world order with 'The 4th Republic'

Seasoned South African DJ and music producer Prince Kaybee released a new album featuring a star-studded cast across 24 tracks. 'The 4th Republic' caters for all occasions through a kaleidoscope of sonic experiences. It showcases his sophistication as a producer in molding instrumentals around the vocals and production styles that seamlessly compliment his collaborators. Check out the album's lead single ''Ebabayo'' feat. Nokwazi, Barack Obama's personal favourite "Uwrongo" and our recommendation: "Umenitosha" feat. Kenyan singer Polaris. Other album collaborators include Lebo The Great, Lady Zamar, Kaylow, Afrobrotherz, Ngasii, Chymamusique and Rethabile.

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Mr Eazi is 'Something Else' - New EP alert!

Afropop superstar Mr Eazi released his latest music project via his own Banku Music label and emPawa Africa. The 5-track EP only has one feature - "Cherry" with Kenya’s  rising star Xenia Manasseh, one of the 30 emerging artists handpicked by Eazi to participate in the #emPawa30 talent incubator. The EP perfectly pivots Mr Eazi to his quest as he continues his journey from the artist on breakthrough projects: Life Is Eazi, Vol. 1 - Accra To Lagos (2017) and Life Is Eazi, Vol. 2 - Lagos to London (2018), to a globe-spanning entrepreneur and thought leader. Some of the standout tracks from the EP include “The Don”, a dramatic opera-inspired slice of afro trap and "E Be Mad".

Stream 'Something Else' 

Mavin's Starr is Apple Music's latest Africa Rising artist

Apple Music is spotlighting 18-year-old Nigerian singer Ayra Starr as their latest artist in its Africa Rising artist development program. Ayra Starr, who is signed to Mavin Records, spent a year recording music that culminated in the release of her debut self-titled EP, featuring the successful lead single "Away". The EP effortlessly blends Afro-Pop, Afrobeats and R&B genres while synthesizing multiple sounds by merging electric guitar riffs and subtle percussion. It showcases her ability as a powerful vocalist while already establishing her as a songwriting force. Apple Music's Africa Rising has a companion playlist geared towards identifying, showcasing and elevating rising talent. The latest music from Ayra Starr, along with the next generation of African superstars in available now via Africa Rising Playlist.

  TuneCore launches operations in Africa

The leading digital music distribution and publishing company TuneCore has hired Jade Leaf and Chioma Onuchukwu as Heads of TuneCore in Africa. Onuchukwu who is the Head of West & East Africa will oversee operations in Tanzania and Ethiopia, while Jade who is Head of Southern Africa will also look into operations in Kenya and Uganda. Through TuneCore's distribution, publishing administration technology and a range of promotional services; artists, labels and managers in Africa will now easily have access to selling their music through Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, YouTube Music, Deezer, TikTok and more than 150 download and streaming stores worldwide. This unique and extensive service guarantees 100 percent retention of their sales revenue and rights for a low annual flat fee. www.tunecore.com
PLAYLIST: AFRICAN QUEENS UNITE
Africa Queens Unite by Anyiko Owoko
SONGS OF THE WEEK
“Ebabayo” by Prince Kaybee featuring Nokwazi
“Cherry” by Mr Eazi featuring Xenia Manasseh
“Chucks” by Mi Casa and YouNotUs
VIDEOS OF THE WEEK
This music video directed by Nkululeko Lebambo & TRESOR himself is inspired by the vibrant nightlife of African cities in the 70s and 80s. It also celebrates the beauty of African women.
King Kanja marks his directorial debut in this steamy music video alongside Foreign Slim. It's a dramatic storyline similar to a Nollywood film.
This stunning black and white video directed by The Alien perfectly captures the fun-loving and spirited nature of Nigeria’s vibrant party scene.

Sun-EL Musician fans come through in this Tik Tok Fan Compilation video of "Ubomi Abumanga" feat. Msaki

To discover more African stars and unique talent, keep it Afrika Loud! We promise all round great recommendations that will lift you up, just in case the lockdowns or restrictions are putting you down. Remember to keep safe from Covid-19 by observing social distance & wearing your protective masks.

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