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BEATS OF ZION IS OUT MARCH 8, 2019 THROUGH SIX DEGREES DISTRIBUTION

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Rocky Dawuni, the international music star/global ambassador and humanitarian activist, announces the release of his highly anticipated 7thstudio album Beats of Zion, out March 8th, 2019 via Six Degrees Distribution.

The thirteen-track set follows the GRAMMY nominated album Branches of the Same Tree,(“Best Reggae Album” in 2016) and expands Rocky’s “Afro Roots” sound to include the diversity of the Ghanaian music scene and its current global outreach.

Although Rocky’s music has had CNN naming him “Africa’s Top 10 global stars” and Ziggy Marley stating “Rocky’s music is creative inspiration that knows no boundaries,” it’s only one part of what drives his mass appeal. Dawuni’s eloquence, cultural diplomacy and passionate activism have led him to become a moving spokesperson for various global causes.

Recently, Rocky was designated a UN Goodwill Ambassador for Africa at a beautiful concert at the UN Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya in August 2018 held during the Global Landscapes Forum with dignitaries from all over the world.

This is on top of the social campaigns and activism he’s done including work with Product (RED), ONE, UNICEF, The Carter Center, Clean Cooking Alliance and the United Nations Foundation. Additionally, with UNESCO’s recent designation of Reggae music as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, Rocky Dawuni represents one of the leading African global voices of Reggae.

Rocky’s travels around the world helped shape the new album Beats of Zion. He elaborates, “Beats of Zion was born out of my desire to use my diverse global musical influences and exposure to various traditions to paint a multi-cultural musical vision of the world that I perceive. The beginning of the year saw me visit Ethiopia and India. In Ethiopia, I visited Lalibela, witnessing ancient Christian rites and my journeys in India also exposed me to its diverse spiritual culture and the shared similarities I saw to Africa.” He adds, “The title Beats of Zion” is inspired by a vision of the drumbeat of awareness and elevation of consciousness; a musical call to arms for my audience to be proactive in this day and age as to each person’s responsibility to be an active instrument for positive change.”

The album was recorded in the span of almost 2 years in various studios in Accra, Nairobi and Los Angeles. In LA, Rocky was gifted studio time at the legendary Village Studios that has recorded the most influential artists including Bob Dylan, Elton John, The Rolling Stones, John Lennon, and Fleetwood Mac. Rocky ended up recording in the same studio room that Fleetwood Mac used and created the magic of the title track and “Wickedest Sound.” Rocky found out that Fleetwood Mac were one of the memorable American classic rock bands to visit Ghana in the 1970s making the experience more special and inspired the Ghanaian traditional highlife song “Kyenkyen Bi Adi Mawu” as a homage to his heritage. These 3 tracks recorded at Village Studios kicked off the entire album making process.

The title track and lead single “Beats of Zion” came out well from the Village Studios session, but was missing something on the drum tracking. Rocky states, “We travelled to Zanzibar for a concert shortly after the recording session. At the time, I was still wanting the full African tribal effect that I had imagined. On the eve of my concert at the amazing Sauti za Busara Festival, we saw Batimbo Percussion Magique of Burundi mount the stage and blow the minds of everyone in the audience. I turned to my manager; Cary Sullivan who was also watching and we thought the same – ‘these are the guys for Beats of Zion’ and so the story unfolded.” The lead single will also have an accompanying video due out January 25th. “Wickedest Sound” is another song that speaks volumes, featuring Ghanaian dancehall star Stonebwoy.

The track combines elements of modern Afrobeats with Reggae music. With production paying homage to the organic recordings of classic Highlife music, it also combines a groove driven melodic approach with the traditional call and response style of singing.

“Kyenkyen Bi Adi Mawu” is a sprawling remake of the Highlife classic originally recorded by Ghanaian maestro K. Frimpong. This re-imagined version pays homage to Rocky’s Ghanaian legacy and he brought in an international cast of musicians from the US, Belize, Cuba, Ghana and Brazil to expand the traditional sound boundaries of this track.

Ghanaian lyricist Sarkodie’s rap melds current traditional pop elements to make this song an opus of sounds, harmonies and sweet melodies. “Let’s Go” fuses pop sensibilities, Reggae and the grooves of New Orleans to create a feel good anthem of forward mobility and positive vibrations. The hand claps add an organic Gospel feel to this exhilarating song. Other tracks that show more dimensions to the album include the Cumbia inspired dancehall track “Freedom Train” featuring Argentinian Dancehall star Alika and “Burn One” that is an homage to the social transformative power of the legalization of marijuana in the spheres of medicine, recreational use and as a primary tool for economic emancipation.

There will be beautiful high quality videos coming out for many of the tracks on the album including “Elevation” which was shot on location in southern India. It is an inspirational groove filled with a message of hope and uses the traditional Rastafarian Nyabinghi sounds. “Champion Arise,”a track that easily fits into the current roots reggae revival sound, paints a spiritual picture with biblical imagery and inspirational lyrics about spiritual warfare for the upliftment of all people.

The diversity and features found on the new album are in step with Rocky’s vision of constantly evolving the boundaries of his sounds and expanding its global palettes and reach.
In a time when divisive rhetoric is on the rise and the political climate prefers to build walls over bridges, Rocky’s album Beats of Zionis a refreshing message about global unity and a worldview of oneness. Rocky passionately states, “We live in a time when the elements of international morality need to be proclaimed as a guiding principle for how we engage and deal with each other, between individuals, between communities and among nations.

It is a time for global mobilization for action on challenging socio-political issues like the environment and the refugee crisis. Beats of Zionis the drumbeat of war against apathy and re-energizing the forces of love and hope.” He concludes, “Beats of Zionis the rhythm of change beating from a distance and getting louder to awaken positive consciousness.”

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MzVee Endorses Geisha’s Natural Skincare Range

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The natural skincare range in Ghana is the fastest growing in the beauty category, with many leaning towards organic and natural skincare products due to their eco-friendly nature and the adverse effects of using synthetic and chemicalized products.

Consumers are savvy now more than ever and with the help of social media, industry experts, key opinion leaders and influencers who have tested and tried products that are more useful than others help to share knowledge on the ‘must go to’ products for any and everything including skincare products.

These influencers include MzVee, who has recently shone light to this new normal of using natural skincare products.

Popularly known as a natural girl especially after her hit song, “Natural Girl,” she was recently unveiled the new brand ambassador for Geisha’s new range of natural products; Geisha Moringa Oil and Geisha Black Soap, and has used the platform to carry on the message of the essence of being a natural girl in totality especially since many youths look up to her as an icon to emulate in terms of her natural glowing skin aside her artistry.

According to MzVee, “we don’t get to choose many things in this life, so I choose to use the best soap that helps me to look all natural always. I use Geisha African Strength, which is the Geisha Moringa and Black soap to give my skin a soft and glowing skin which is for all skin types”.

Geisha moringa soap is made up of glycerin and moringa oil, these ingredients help to moisturize the skin leaving it soft, moisturize and glowing whiles Geisha black soap has uniquely crafted cleansers combined with activated charcoal and cocoa butter that is able to cleanse your skin leaving it smooth and glowing.

She advises that long stressful and tiring days filled with so many activities must always be washed away with the Geisha African Strength variants, which help to wash away the blocked pores, leaving the skin fresh and acne

For MzVee, staying beautiful is a lifestyle which is made much more naturally easier with Geisha.

Watch the video in link below: https://youtu.be/kMwfp9cLkHU

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WANI Gives Us A Modern-day African Classic With Lagos City Vice 2

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At the forefront of ‘Modern AfroRnB’ in Nigeria, Nigerian-American singer and songwriter, WANI, gives us a modern-day African classic with the release of his sophomore EP, Lagos City Vice 2.

Pegged to have delivered one of the most significant RnB projects to come out of Africa this year, WANI’s 9 track EP has all the right ingredients not only to set himself apart, but to make Lagos City Vice 2 a timeless body of work that music lovers will enjoy for years to come.

“This day has been three years in the making. I never really go into things with expectations, but I do have personal goals for myself. I’m banking on this project being the one to put me on the MAP! It’s a modern-day African classic,” expresses WANI.

WANI’s Lagos City Vice 2 is now out via Platoon and you can stream or download it here: https://platoon.lnk.to/lagos-city-vice-2

Playing out like a soundtrack in a day in the life of WANI, Lagos City Vice 2 reflects growth and transparency in WANI’s journey as he navigates the life of an independent artist and the vices of Lagos city.

“As an artist my job is to accurately document the life around me in musical form. My first project was made while I was in Uni and that was naturally a more carefree time in my life and you can tell because it accurately reflected in the music – themes revolved strictly around partying which is actually what I was doing,” reveals WANI.

He adds: “I moved back to Lagos after Uni so in all honesty this project is the real Lagos City Vice. I didn’t want to fix what wasn’t broken but at the same time it was important for me to show a bit more transparency to the people that have grown to love WANI.”

Listen out for “LEVEL”, a standard celebratory track where WANI thanks God for bringing him to where he is now on his journey, a long way from where he started – “bumps along the road feel more intense when you’re independent and have figured most of it yourself but the reward is worth it.”

In direct contradiction is “GOD BLESS THE CHILD” which shows emotions more along the lines of fear and anxiety’s that come with the journey rather than the over confidence reaching a new level up might give.

Focus single going into the EP release, the love soaked “JAILER”, narrates WANI’s desire to give the girl he lusts after a comfortable life, from material finances to a peaceful relationship free of romantic drama.

Watch the glamourous music video here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGm4Awoeomk

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DAVIDO REUNITES WITH FOCALISTIC FOR HUGE NEW SINGLE “CHAMPION SOUND”

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Multi-award-winning Nigerian superstar DAVIDO reunites with South African sensation Focalistic on his brand new single “Champion Sound”, here. The two artists first connected earlier this year on the monster remix of Focalistic’s Amapiano hit “Ke Starwhich US publication Time Magazine listed as one of the ‘Best Songs Of 2021 So Far’.

Produced by Amapiano heavyweights Caltonic SA and Tee Jay, CHAMPION SOUND sees Davido and Focalistic trade off flows on the track which captures the vibrancy of the popular South African genre that is rapidly growing worldwide. Catch both stars the dance-fuelled visuals, set against the London landscape and directed by Dalia Dias here.

Closing 2020 with the momentous release of A BETTER TIME, which is fast approaching a staggering 400M combined streams across all platforms and 32 million views across the official videos; Davido continues to cement himself as one of the biggest artists in Africa. The album dominated the No.1 position in the Apple Music charts across 8 territories, including Nigeria, where it maintained this spot for 4 consecutive weeks.

The release of CHAMPION SOUND follows the recent announcement of Davido return to perform live in concert at the UK’s O2 Arena on March 5th 2022. Tickets available here.

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