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Listen to Afrozons first weekly Afrobeats Top 10 chart

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It is official! Sheila O’s Afrozons—in partnership with Mixcloud—debuts the first Afrobeats weekly top 10 charts. Using algorithms and BDS Nielsen data for validity, Afrozons determines the exposure to the US audience through spins on terrestrial radio in the US and digital streams from all digital sources in the US (Apple Music, Spotify, TIDAL and more). 

Appearing on this week’s list are recent releases by Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Burna Boy and more. Stay tuned as we roll out more for the weeks ahead. Afrobeats has been a growing genre of music for a few years now, and the genre shows no signs of slowing down. In the US, specifically, it was a big deal to understand and track the growth and consumption of the genre.


The weekly tracking period will begin Friday (to accommodate new releases) to Thursday. The charts will come out every Monday. This tracking period also applies to compiling online streaming data, radio airplay, which, unlike sales figures and streaming, is readily available on a real-time basis.

Stream the playlist below.

 

 

About Sheila O:

Sheila O is an on-air radio personality, booking agent and books 90% of the concerts, festivals in Africa. Sheila is responsible for bringing JAY Z to Africa for the first time in 2006, which he served as a UN Ambassador providing clean water and functioning water systems to underprivileged areas. Some of the travelled countries included Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, Gabon, Tanzania. Sheila is the exclusive agent for Fly Time Music Festival, Heineken, and Stanbic Bank (Zambia) and responsible for the bookings of several acts such as Boyz II Men, Mase, Koffee, Davido, Burna Boy, Megan Thee Stallion to name a few. She is the annual host of the African Festival of Arts in Chicago.


About Afrozons

AfroZons is the first-ever Afrobeats show on a major US radio FM network. It is a weekly showcase of the latest cultural trends, topical conversations, and music from Africa, including urban fusion sounds from the Western world to the motherland. The first show aired February 5, 2018, and currently runs every Sunday from 10 PM to 12 midnight. The AfroZons show launched in February as part of the Black History Month celebrations for Power 92.3 Chicago. The AfroZons interview guest list ranges from Top DJs in Chicago, recording artists, artists from the US, influencers, industry tastemakers, film stars, and more.


AfroZons radio show is the bridge between the African culture to America by highlighting the array of sounds and cultures from the continent. Giving African international exposure via radio airwaves. With the African sounds and cultures permeating the globe, enthusiast of the culture varies from African born to people who embrace and identify with Africa diaspora. According to the Chicago Tribune, on June 14, 2013, Chicago has the fifth largest African population in the United States.


AfroZons broadcasts from Chicago’s Power 92.3 FM. Popularly know as the “No. 1 in the streets.”Power 92.3 is known for breaking new grounds in urban music and has been instrumental in launching the careers of several artists such as Kanye West, Chance the Rapper, and many more. Recently, the AfroZons show has expanded its reach into many more markets. Listeners can now tune into the show from Houston, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, and Miami.

The AfroZons show is a popular show on the SiriusXM national platform: HURVoices Channel 141. It is syndication in Chicago, Houston, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, and Mami.
Her show ‘How Far with Sheila O’ is primetime and airs on Hip TV, DSTV twice a week in over 44 African countries. Guests include Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Sean Paul, Konshens, Forbes’ Senior Editor, Media & Entertainment Zack O’Malley Greenburg, and more.

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New Music: Alka – True Love (Prod. by Gigzbeatz)

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Afrobeats and afro-soul singer, Ahmed Gariba known in the media space as Alka has officially released his debut single for 2021 titled “True Love” after the release of his “Afro Vice City” EP last year. This masterpiece was produced by Gigzbeatz. “True Love” is a slow jam which will keep your head nodding. The song expresses how he yearns for his lover anytime she’s away from him.

Having a great passion for music and receiving great African music inspiration from legends such as Fela Kuti at a young age set Alka on the journey to use his music to heal the world.

Alka isn’t a stranger to the music scene as he has been in the game for a little over 4 years. Within these years, Alka Music has 50+ songs to his name.

Listen HERE.


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‘’Gold Streets of Accra’’: Montaru highlights his journey on new EP

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Ghana-based Nigerian sensation, Montaru has released his much talked about EP ‘’Gold Streets of Accra’’. The 6-track collective is a project that highlights Montaru’s journey so far in the music business and how the sights, sounds and sensations of Accra shaped him into the man and artist he is.

Speaking on the EP, Montaru said; ‘’The Gold streets of Accra is one artistic project that brings happiness to me, it’s a dedication of my music journey so far in the beautiful city of Accra. I find myself looking back at my beginning and where I’m at now and I’ll say it’s by Jah’s. This project has helped me embrace the process, grind and the hustle’’.

‘Sukasa’ takes the project off to a flying start and gives listeners a good taste of the quality of music to expect on the project. ‘Selense’ and ‘Jo’ are equally strong records that assert Montaru’s sonic prowess – delivering a masterpiece that will certainly place the spotlight on this immensely talented act.

Jam to these and the rest of the songs on this remarkable project HERE.

 


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Listen to Wutah Kobby’s third studio album “Abokobi”

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Ghanaian singer and songwriter, Daniel Morris Nyarko popularly known in showbiz as Wutah Kobby has finally released his much anticipated album titled “Abokobi“. Listen HERE.

This album has 18 songs and features other Ghanaian musicians like: Guru, Medikal, Fameye, Kelvynboy, Kurlsongx, Kwesi Swat, Bena Kay and Comedian Waris.

According Wutah Kobby his third Studio album Abokobi will make one escape the circle of whatthey have become in order to find new height. As a solo artist, Wutah Kobby has released songs like ‘If I Get’, ‘Tsotsoo’, ‘Ambulance’, ‘Naa Me’ and ‘So far So Good’.

Already, he has two albums to his credit making Abokobi the third so far after his split.

Listen to the song below:


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New Music: Twitch 4Eva feat. Oxlade – Chaskele (Remix)

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After releasing his triumphant debut EP ‘’LOST’’ in 2020, fans have grown into the project with personal favorites and one outstanding song was ‘Chaskele’ – months on and he starts 2021 with a remix for the song. Listen HERE.

Produced by Ground Up Chale in-house engineer, Rayf, the song breathes a new verse from Nigeria’s Oxlade, whose smooth vocals helps uplift the heartbreak theme the song comes with.

The crooner sings his heart out in this beautiful piece asking his woman not to break his heart. The mid-tempo love song sees both artists burst their windpipes to profess their love. ‘Chaskele’ is a Ghanaian bat and ball game played between two players; with that analogy, Twitch 4EVA asks that his heart is not played with like such game. Oxlade brought his A-game on this new one. ‘Chaskele’ is definitely a song that speaks to lovers to stick to each other in times of needs and hardships.

Twitch 4EVA continues to set himself apart as one of the best new artists crossing over from West Africa into the global music landscape and with millions of plays already under his belt, he’s certainly one to watch.

Listen here…


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Veteran Gospel Minstrel Diana Hopeson To Release New Single “Mandaana” On March 15th

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Veteran Gospel Minstrel Diana Hopeson To Release New Single “Mandaana”.

Diana Hopeson’s first single of the year, “Mandaana” means My Lord & Saviour, a reggae song in Grune,  a Frafra dialect  is set to be released on March 15th, 2021, On all digital stores including Aftown in Ghana.

The song composed by Gabriel Agambila and engineered by Emmanuel Cobbold Oppong, was Mixed and mastered at MahanaimStudio in Tema.

In Mandaana, the CEO of GHMusic Publishing and Management, Diana Hopeson tells her listeners that “there is no name that can be compared to Jesus, Jesus is our Lord and our Saviour”

“Mandaana” will be followed by more singles in April; Ubanghiji (My Lord) sung in Hausa and Halleluyah sung in Twi and English. Also ‘Spontaneous Worship and Covid-19 Prayers” she added speaking with the news desk of 360hype.net

Diana Hopeson, Ghana’s favorite songbird is ready to dish out more music this year.

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New Music: Rosel Pomaney – Survive

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Singer, Rosel Pomaney has released Survive, a song that captures humanity’s resolve, love, and sheer belief in going through tough moments unscathed.

Survive encourages everyone to remain united in love, for it is only then we can create a better world and carry on during difficult periods including the COVID-19 pandemic we are currently faced with.

Reflecting on the production of Survive, Rosel Pomaney said the creation of the song in itself was an experience.

Rosel Pomaney

Rosel stated: “I wrote the song during the time COVID-19 hit, which also came with a lot of unknowns and also how everyone I contacted gave their all to support the project.”

“I recorded my vocals on only loops(which were made by Dyllan) before Moshe played the piano to it. The song completely changed!” she continued.

Watch the video below;

It has been over a year since the human race was faced with the prospect of a total wipeout due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lockdowns, to cease the spread of the virus. became a norm across all countries including the 30 million+ populated Ghana.

Livelihoods were threatened, social systems broke down, anxiety and paranoia had their various effects on people during these lockdowns. Some, sadly, have never recovered from these.

But it was also all these that gave birth to Survive; a reminder that anything is possible when humans come together in love.

The theme of the song is also perfectly captured in the make-up of it by featuring 6 other artists from 6 different countries (i.e., Cameroon, Denmark, Israel, Japan, Mongolia & the USA) aside from Rosel herself.

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