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AFRIMA MOURNS SOUND SULTAN

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The International Executive Committee of the All African Music Awards, AFRIMA, mourns the loss of Nigerian singing legend, Mr. Olarenwaju Abdul-Ganiu Fasasi, a.k.a, Sound Sultan who passed on today, July 11, 2021.

Mr. Olarenwaju Abdul-Ganiu Fasasi, was the prime example of a shining star and a powerful voice of African music.

His dedication to the craft was impossible to miss and on many occasions on the AFRIMA stage, Sound Sultan connected the hearts of millions of Africans through music and proved consistently that he was passionate about music.

Speaking on behalf of AFRIMA, the President and executive producer, Mike Dada, noted that “ It is said that the circle of life is completed in death, but it says nothing about the grief that comes with the finality of it. Sound Sultan was a pioneer of contemporary African music and we are completely devastated at this loss”

Beyond his roles as a brilliant performer and entertainer, Sound Sultan was dedicated to collaborations among African artists to promote African entertainment and unity as this was reflected in the monumental role he played as the coordinator for the AFRIMA Festival Studio; where the artists from around the continent would come to collaborate during the AFRIMA weekend in 2017 and 2018.

On this day, we remember his kindness, humility, simplicity dedication, contributions, and zeal for music and the way it manifested in his sound.

We remember his grace, positivity, joy, and how it always spread to those around him.

On behalf of AFRIMA in partnership with the African Union Commission and the rest of Africa, we celebrate the life of a legend that left too soon.

We also send our heartfelt condolences to the family of Mr. Olarenwaju Abdul-Ganiu Fasasi.

Your legacy and impact will continue to live on in our hearts.

Signed,

Mike Dada, Executive Producer, AFRIMA

Ernest Ewane Egnon, Regional Director, Central Africa

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Samini Knows No Stopping, Out With ‘Burning’ EP

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Samini is enjoying such an illustrious career, spanning almost 2 decades and he still wants to end the year on the high. A new single already on rotation, a mega concert billed for Christmas and now, a new EP in the mix.

Samini is a consummate artiste; highly revered among his peers and the entire music industry. Without a doubt, he’s also had a good run in the corporate space, arguably being the first artiste to land a major long-lasting endorsement deal with MTN and currently on another with FBN Bank.

With (7) seven successful albums and over 100 hit songs and collaborations, rocking the stages both local and international, with tons of awards to his credit, Samini is the undisputed king – for many!

He is ranked as one of the best live performers ever and there’s no argument about it. He knows how to get noticed by his audience with his unique style.

Going by the moniker, the contested tag of ‘King of African Dancehall’ – Samini has cemented that claim by producing some of the biggest chart-topping Reggae/Dancehall tunes over the years.

Known primarily for his proficiency in Reggae/Dancehall – Samini has been versatile since the start of his career – tinkering with other genres, from Hiplife to Highlife to Afrobeats.

On ‘Burning’, Samini enlists Loud City Music, Monie Beatz, and Finchy as producers with the legendary Kaywa as an arranger and mixer.

Efya, Kofi Kinaata, Medikal offered assistance in the 6-track Extended Playlist.

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Bediako The POET Premieres Debut Poem “The God”

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Motivational Speaker turn Poet, Bediako The POET has premiered his debut poem “The God”.

Inspired by nature, live experiences and the word of God, Bediako The POET took up poetry as a means to share the word of God the masses in a new way.

“No one inspired me into poetry, but as a motivational speaker, I took poetry as a tool to express my thought about God and nature to people who love the word.

Link to Poem > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Isvn8OuLP7k

“We have millions of people to convey message of the almighty to but I chose poetry so that it will sound different and unique.” Bediako the Poet revealed.

The poem titled “The God” was recorded at Hard Time Recording Studio.

People who listen to this piece will be inspired, touched and wonder in awe as to how great our God is.

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TOME TEAMS UP WITH LEGENDURY BEATZ ON AMAPIANO TRACK ‘WAIT’

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Nigerian Canadian Singer & Songwriter Tomi Akanbi popularly & professionally known as Tome teamed up with hit record producing duo Legendury Beatz for her latest single which is an Amapiano hit titled ‘WAIT’.

The Single is the first song off her 12-track album: ‘No Long Talk’, which is set to be released early next year.

It’s been just over a year since Tome released her JUNO Award-winning Reggae single; “I Pray” which featured Jamaican superstar Sean Kingston, and she looks set to close this year out in style with this new Amapiano hit. The talented songstress crosses over successfully to the Amapiano sound & dominates the beat with her self assuredness, swagger & cheeky bravado on the delivery. Tome declares notably on The second bridge of the song that “even Aliko Dangote does not have my kind of money & even Otedola doesn’t have my kind of cash”, giving us a glimpse into Tome’s extremely lofty aspirations. 

The beat is distinguished by its high-pitched piano melodies, Kwaito basslines, and low tempo South African house rhythms blended with percussions which Tome glides on crisply with her vocals.

With Wait, Tome has delivered a masterpiece that the world can rock to not just during the end of the year festivities, but also into next year.

According to her, “She states that I want to dominate global sounds, Amapiano is a global sound; not just for now, but for the future. So I had to give it my best shot for the culture and to create something timeless with a life of its own that people in Africa and the World could vibe to”

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