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Black Coffee Is on a Mission to Raise Funds for Coronavirus Relief Efforts

DJ Black Coffee is on a mission to help raise funds for organizations fighting to curb the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. He’s already got a pretty good head-start too. Having already raised 90 000 rands (approximately USD 5000) in just five days for the government’s Solidarity Fund, the South African artist wants to raise a total of 1 million rands (approximately USD 55 000), according to reports by TimesLIVE.Speaking about his efforts to help in the fight against the spread of coronavirus in South Africa, Black Coffee says the following in a recent statement:”I couldn’t have found a better use…

Veteran Somali Musician Ahmed Ismail Hussein Has Died

Veteran Somali musician Ahmed Ismail Hussein has passed away at the age of 92 according to reports by the BBC. Considered one of the founding fathers of contemporary Somali music, the musician passed away in London, England, after having tested positive for the coronavirus.”Hudeydi” as he was affectionately known, and whose music career spanned over several decades, was famous for playing the oud, a stringed instrument similar to the modern lute and that originated from the Middle East. Dubbed the “King of Oud”, his contribution to music during the anti-colonial and decolonization period of the country made him a significant musician…

Rejoice! WhatsApp Places New Limits on Chain Messages to Fight Fake News

The rise of the novel coronavirus has seen an increase in the spread of fake news across social media sites and platforms, particularly WhatsApp—a platform known as a hotbed for the forwarding of illegitimate chain messages and conspiracy theories (if you have African parents, you’re probably familiar). Now the Facebook-owned app is setting in place new measures to try and curb the spread of fake news on its platform. The app is putting new restrictions on message forwarding which will limit the number of times a frequently forwarded message can be shared. Messages that have been sent through a chain of…

Sarkodie Hits Hard With His Latest Single ‘Sub Zero’

Sarkodie has dropped a new aggressive track in the shape of “Sub Zero.””Sub Zero” follows the star Ghanaian rapper as he throws back criticisms that have come his way from other rappers with his own ice cold flow. The new track was produced by Ghanaian beatmaker Altra Nova and mixed by PEE On Da BeaT.”Sub Zero” follows Sarkodie’s turn-up single “Bumper,” which dropped bak in February. Sarkodie’s latest album, Black Love, which features the likes of Donae’o, Idris Elba, Efya, Mr Eazi, Stonebwoy, Tekno, Maleek Berry, King Promise, Kizz Daniel and several other artists. OkayAfrica spoke with the artist in November,…

8 South African Hip-Hop Battles We’d Love to Watch

Last week, Gemini Major and Tweezy, two of South African hip-hop’s super producers hopped on the trend of the Instagram Live beat battle started by Swizz Beatz and Timbaland, amidst the lockdown enforced to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Much to the delight of fans and industry mates alike, Tweezy and Gemini Major showcased their best productions, with many realizing and marveling at the fact that they’re the two foremost producers responsible for multiple hits in the South African hip-hop industry for the past 10 years.

South Africa’s hip-hop scene has a wide range of producers who have shaped the…

Watch Phyno’s New Music Video for ‘Oso Ga Eme’

Phyno is back with his latest, “Osa Ga Eme,” the latest single from his fourth studio album Deal With It.The track is a gritty banger, with a catchy hook that sees the MC delivering rapid rhymes in his native Igbo. The energetic music video features several hip-hop dancers who deliver standout performances as they move along to the songs lyrics. The video was directed by Unlimited LA.READ: The 10 Best Nigerian Songs of the MonthThe Nigerian artist has released a string of singles, including “Vibe” featuring Flavour as well as the socially-charged “Get the Info,” featuring fellow Naija rappers Falz and…

Burna Boy and Idris Elba Set to Star in Global Citizen Concert

Global Citizen recently announced their upcoming concert dubbed “One World: Together At Home”. The concert, which was curated in collaboration with American singer Lady Gaga, has already raised USD 35 million which is supposed to help healthcare workers and various relief efforts amid the global COVID-19 outbreak. The “One World: Together At Home” concert will feature the likes of “African Giant” Burna Boy as well as British-Sierra Leonean actor Idris Elba. Elba and his wife Sabrina, recently tested positive for the coronavirus but have since been recovering according to updates made via social media. The full list of artists and…

Black Coffee’s ‘Africa Is Not A Jungle’ Showcase Lockdown Edition Will be Hosted Online Every Week

With festivals, concerts and events around the world having been postponed and cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak, Black Coffee’s company Soulistic Agency will be presenting a Lockdown edition of Africa Is Not A Jungle. A Is Not A Jungle is the South African house music superstar’s tour which had dates across South Africa and other parts of the continent—Lesotho, Mozambique, Angola and Uganda. The tour was put on hold in March soon after President Cyril Ramaphosa banned social gatherings of more than 100 people. The Lockdown edition of Africa Is Not A Jungle will be hosted on Facebook and YouTube…

Interview: GuiltyBeatz Proves He’s Truly ‘Different’

GuiltyBeatz isn’t a new name in the Ghanaian music scene. A casual music fan’s first introduction to him would’ve likely been years ago on “Sample You,” one of Mr Eazi’s early breakout hits. However, he had scored his first major hit two years before that, in the Nigerian music space on Jesse Jagz’ and Wizkid’s 2013 hit “Bad Girl.” In the years to come, the producer has gone on to craft productions for some of Ghana’s most talented artists. In the years to come, the producer has gone on to craft productions for some of Ghana’s most talented artists, having worked…

Nollywood Actress, Funke Akindele, Arrested for Throwing Party During Coronavirus Lockdown

Star Nigerian actress, Funke Akindele, and her husband, rapper JJC Skillz, were arrested on Monday after hosting a party at their home which violated Lagos’ coronavirus lockdown order. The actress came under fire over the weekend, when footage of a party she threw for her husband’s birthday began circulating on social media. The clips showed several people, including fellow Nollywood actress Eniola Badmus and Nigerian rapper Naira Marley, gathered inside of Akindele’s Lagos home. According to a report from Pulse Nigeria, Marley also turned himself in on Monday for attending the function and will be arraigned. Akindele had previously appeared in…