BEYONCE FEATURES GHANA’S SHATTA WALE & OTHER AFRICAN ARTISTES ON HER LATEST “THE LION KING” ALBUM

American Singer, Songwriter and Actress Beyonce has featured Ghanaian dancehall artist Shatta Wale on ‘The Lion King: The Gift’ Album.

The musician teams up with the Vodafone Ghana Music Award winner on track 11 of the album titled Already.

The album also features a number of African artists including Tekno, Yemi Alade, Wizkid, Mr. Eazi.

The LP features contributions from Kendrick Lamar, JAY-Z, Childish Gambino, 070 Shake, Tierra Whack, Pharrell.

A statement by Walt Disney announced on Tuesday (July 9) read, “The album will feature a number of global recording artists and “steeped in the sounds of Africa”.

The Lion King: The Gift will be released on July 19, 2019 via Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records along with the live-action film, which features Bey as Nala.

The R&B star has announced numerous African Pop and Rap stars on album out Friday, as well as Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams and daughter Blue Ivy.

Beyoncé has outlined details for her 14-track new album to accompany The Lion King remake, entitled The Lion King: The Gift, to be released on Friday. The album features four new solo songs alongside collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams, Childish Gambino, Beyoncé’s daughter Blue Ivy and more. It is separate from the soundtrack to The Lion King, though the Beyoncé song Spirit appears on both. The singer voices the character Nala in the new 3D-animated version of the 1994 Disney classic.

When she first announced the project last week, Beyoncé said: “Each song was written to reflect the film’s storytelling that gives the listener a chance to imagine their own imagery, while listening to a new contemporary interpretation.”

She added: “It was important that the music was not only performed by the most interesting and talented artists but also produced by the best African producers. Authenticity and heart were important to me.”

Numerous African artists appear on the album. Nigerian pop stars Tiwa Savage and Mr Eazi perform the song Keys to the Kingdom, with the latter also appearing alongside fellow Nigerians Tekno and Yemi Alade on Don’t Jealous Me. Nigeria’s Burna Boy has a solo track, Ja Ara E, while Cameroonian artist Salatiel appears alongside Beyoncé and Pharrell on Water. Other African artists include Nigeria’s Wizkid, Ghana’s Shatta Wale, and South Africa’s Busiswa and Moonchild Sanelly.

Female North American rappers and singers Tierra Whack, 070 Shake and Jessie Reyez also appear, as does New York rapper Saint Jhn.

Source: NKONKONSA.com with additional files from Theguardian.com

EFYA PLAYS SAME HALL WITH DRAKE IN NEW YORK

Every Ghanaian lover of music, has at one point or another been proud of Efya.
Whether she’s on a hit track with international artistes or getting a nod at the world music awards, Efya has always been a source of national pride.
The songstress, who was in Ghana to thrill event audience during the Easter holidays, soon after returned to the USA, to continue working.
On Wednesday 26th April 2017, Efya again made history for Ghana, as she performed at the Sound of Brazil (SOB) in New York, which is considered a rite of passage for artistes looking to make it big in the US.
The Ghanaian songstress, will be the first musician of Ghanaian origin, to perform at the 500 capacity venue, previously conquered by the likes of Outkast, Drake, Kid Cudi, DMX, Kendrick Lamar and more.
The artiste announced this achievement with humility, as she took to Instagram to write, “Last night was a dream. Thank you NYC”.
Speaking to Efya, she sounded optimistic about the year ahead. Stating that her “gingams” are in for continuous thrills, as she intends to keep giving Africa a world class representation.
Checkout a few more photos below:

Photos: GRAMMY AWARDS 2016 RED CARPET

Selina Gomez and Taylor Swift
Selina Gomez and Taylor Swift

A-List celebrities mostly musicians stepped out in star-studded style for music’s biggest night of the year.

The biggest stars in music all over the world turned up for the 2016 Grammy Awards on Monday night February 15 2016.

The 58th annual ceremony honored the best in the music industry, so it isn’t surprising that tons of celebrities were on the red carpet at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. With nominees like Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, Ghana’s own Reggae super star Rocky Dawuni and more, stars were everywhere you looked, and of course, they took the opportunity to make some bold statements with their fashion.

The 58th Grammy Awards aired on Monday on CBS at 8 p.m. EST live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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OBAMA INVITES HIS FAVORITE RAPPER TO THE WHITE HOUSE

Obama meets Kendrick Lamar
Obama meets Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar’s big year in 2015 included a White House visit with President Obama, according to one of the president’s top aides.

In a video posted yesterday for Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper mentoring initiative, Lamar describes the meeting. “I sat down with President Barack Obama…topics concerning the inner cities, the problem, the solutions, and furthermore embracing the youth, both being aware that mentoring saves lives.” Watch it above.

President Barack Obama recently named Kendrick Lamar’s “How Much A Dollar Cost” from To Pimp A Butterfly his favourite track of 2015, so it’s only right that the two got to meet up in the Oval Office.

The visit was revealed by Senior Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett on Buzzfeed’s Another Round podcast, The Hill reports. It took place in October, when Kendrick performed a reworked version of Butterfly with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. (You can read our review here, and watch some clips here.)

Jarrett didn’t discuss much of their meeting (maybe their respective appearances on Fox News?), but she did describe how Obama put the nervous Lamar at ease.

“He came and he visited the president, and you know what the president said to him? [Because] he was a little nervous — bless his heart, he’s really a very nice young man, and the president said, “Can you believe that we’re both sitting in this Oval Office?”

Source: Thefader.com