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Hitmaker Yemi Alade Is Spotify’s EQUAL Africa Programme Ambassador

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Nigerian star Yemi Alade, a leading female Afro Pop artist in Africa, is the latest musician to join the list of accomplished artists featured on the EQUAL Africa playlist.

Spotify’s EQUAL Africa programme has kicked off 2023 by shining its spotlight on the multi-talented artist.

The Spotify EQUAL Africa programme seeks to provide female artists with the support and resources to grow their craft and reach worldwide audiences through multiple playlists. The beneficiaries also receive off-platform guidance and tools to help take their music careers to even greater heights.

“It’s a great time to be alive, female artists have quadrupled in number compared to a decade ago. The only thing we ask now, in this male-dominated industry, is for equal opportunities. Equal opportunities to be seen, for our talents to be showcased, because in the ‘universe of music’ there is no gender, only potential, creativity, and pure magic,” Alade says.

Alade is no stranger to the spotlight. With four albums, an EP and hit singles such as Johnny, Shekere, Africa, oh my gosh, and Bum Bum under her belt, she is part of the Afro Pop elite.

Her performances have lit up stages across Africa, Europe and the USA performing for among others, the British Royal Family, but this singer-songwriter is also a hit on the small screen. Alade is the first African female Afro Pop star to hit over 100 million views on YouTube and VEVO with her smash hit single Johnny, which is now the most viewed video from an African female pop star ever.

Alade is also a multi-award winner, taking home the 2015 and 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards for best female artist and has been nominated for multiple BET and MOBO Awards. She is a featured artist on the track Don’t Jealous Me, which appears on Beyoncé’s compilation album “The Lion King: The Gift”, alongside Mr Eazi and Tekno, and guests on the lead single on Angelique Kidjo’s Grammy winning album, “Mother Nature”.

Outside of her music, Alade is an actress and a UNDP Goodwill Ambassador who operates her own charity, the James and Helen Pathway Foundation.

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Dennis Ombachi Leads The Way In TikTok’s New Change Makers Initiative

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TikTok has unveiled its TikTok Change Makers Program, a pioneering global initiative aimed at recognizing and supporting creators and non-profits that drive significant social impact through the platform.

The six-month program is structured to help selected creators from around the world build engaged communities, reach new audiences, and unlock real-world opportunities. Participants will gain access to specialized tools, resources, and donations for their designated non-profit organizations.

A key component of this initiative is the TikTok Change Makers Grant, which will distribute over $1 million to more than 30 global and local non-profits. Each of the selected Change Makers will receive a $25,000 donation to support their advocacy work, amplifying their ability to make a difference.

One standout in this inaugural group of 50 global Change Makers is Kenya’s Dennis Ombachi, known on TikTok as @theroamingchef. Dennis has become a beloved figure on the platform, using his culinary talents to feed those in need across Nairobi.

Dennis’s selection as a Change Maker underscores TikTok’s commitment to uplifting diverse voices and addressing global issues through local actions. As one of four African creators chosen for the program, Dennis’s story exemplifies the profound impact individuals can have when supported by a platform like TikTok.

This initiative highlights TikTok’s dedication to fostering a global community committed to positive change and showcases the transformative power of individual actions in inspiring widespread community support.

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Icon Reggae Band Morgan Heritage’s Triumphant Return with Latin-Inspired Single

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Morgan Heritage, the legendary reggae band with multiple Grammy Awards to their name, has made a remarkable return with their vibrant new single “Te Adoro.”

Translating to “I Adore You” in Spanish, this song highlights the band’s impressive versatility and their ability to blend genres, reaffirming their status as pioneers in the music industry.

“Te Adoro” is the band’s first major release since their celebrated album “The Homeland” was unveiled in April 2023. With its irresistible Latin rhythms, the single is set to captivate a global audience, showcasing Morgan Heritage’s broad appeal and innovative spirit.

The band describes “Te Adoro” as a universal ode to the complexities of sustaining a relationship while keeping the initial passion alive. Mojo Morgan shared, “Singing these words in Spanish was a fun creative process for us and an amazing learning experience. Plus, it just sounds sexy to be honest! Peetah, Gramps, and I enjoyed this new musical venture, and we can see ourselves exploring an entire Latin album in the near future.”

In addition to their musical triumphs, Morgan Heritage continues to demonstrate remarkable resilience following the tragic passing of their beloved brother Peetah Morgan. The band’s enduring legacy is carried forward by Jemere Morgan, son of Gramps Morgan, who has taken on the role of lead vocalist. Despite their loss, Morgan Heritage remains a source of inspiration and strength for fans worldwide.

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Bad Boys: Ride Or Die Drops Epic Soundtrack with Sean Paul, Shenseea, and More

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Celebrated Jamaican artists Sean Paul and Shenseea are on the official soundtrack for the upcoming film Bad Boys: Ride Or Die, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, which debuts this weekend.

Sean Paul appears twice on the ten-track compilation: “Light Em Up” with Will Smith, and the title track “Bad Boys” with Argentine rapper Trueno. Shenseea teams up with Puerto Rican rapper Myke Towers for “Bam Bam,” a nod to Sister Nancy’s iconic track. The soundtrack also includes American rapper BIA’s “Oh No (2023)” from her EP Really Her, which samples Red Rat’s 1997 hit “Tight Up Skirt.”

This marks the second collaboration between Sean Paul and Will Smith, who previously teamed up on a version of Shaggy’s “Hey Sexy Lady” in 2002. Shenseea and Myke Towers also collaborated on “Infamous,” an original song from the Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse soundtrack, sampling Barrington Levy’s 1985 hit “Here I Come.”

Bad Boys: Ride Or Die, directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, is a sequel to Bad Boys for Life (2020) and the fourth instalment in the franchise.

Previous soundtracks for the series have featured notable tracks like Buju Banton’s “Murder She Wrote” in Bad Boys For Life (2020), and classics such as Diana King’s “Shy Guy” and Inner Circle’s “Bad Boys” from the original Bad Boys (1995).

Full Tracklist:

  1. Black Eyed Peas x El Alfa feat. Becky G – “Tonight”
  2. BIA x JID – “Lights Out”
  3. ScarLip – “Mike T”
  4. BIA – “Oh No”
  5. Flo Milli – “Duh!”
  6. Shenseea x Myke Towers – “Bam Bam”
  7. 21 Lil Harold – “Brand New”
  8. Becky G x Luisa Sonza x Papatinho – “Flores Pa Ti”
  9. Will Smith x Sean Paul – “Light Em Up”
  10. Sean Paul x Trueno – “Bad Boys”

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