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Ambe Tebong Neba on the Rise as Denzyl

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Nigeria has set the tone for Afropop and 21-year-old Cameroonian singer and song writer a.k.a Denzyl is adding Cameroon to the mix. His just released single, ‘’ could soon serve as a ‘party warmer’ with its upbeat tempo and catchy lyrics.

The song is about his mother who passed away, written as a love song anyone can relate to. “When I sing, ‘You stole my love away’, I’m talking about how the cold hands of death snatched my mother from me. Losing her was really heartbreaking, but it made me stronger. The video is a celebration because in Africa, after mourning the death of a loved one, we then celebrate the person’s life and the fact that the loved one now lives forever in the next life. In the same way, after you suffer from lost love or any other problems in life, you must always celebrate the fact that you live again to fight another day.”

After the devastation in Haiti, the artist decided to donate a portion of the proceeds from each paid download of the song ‘So Long’ to UNICEF and the Red Cross for Haiti relief efforts.

AFRICANVIBES.COM: Cameroonian Artists are fairly new to Afropop. What inspired you to pursue this genre?

I listened to a lot of American Hip Hop/R&B from the time I was still running around in diapers – or napkins, as we called it then; that influenced me a lot. By the time I was 13, I was only thinking about music. I thought of doing something different in my local language (Pidgin English), which everybody could understand. However, I still include pure English language in some of my songs from time to time in order to reach those who cannot understand the pidgin language.

AFRICANVIBES.COM: What was it like creating your own album?

It’s never an easy road when you’re trying to create something you hope people will like, even if you’re the most gifted dude on earth. Many times we even have to sleep in the studio trying to come up with something. I have sacrificed a lot of time, energy and personal relationships hoping to make it happen. I even lost a girlfriend I really loved because I was spending all my time in the studio sessions and had no time for anybody else. Now, I’m very excited because we came up with something new and revolutionary; a rare blend of Afrobeat with Hip Hop/R&B that we call AFRO-HOP. Yes, we’re introducing the Afro-Hop revolution, and those who’ve already listened to SOME of the songs on Jango Radio online are really appreciating and loving the sound.

My debut album – which was, in fact, a demo presentation entitled ‘’E Don Blow’’ – was produced in Nigeria by J Sleek, the same guy who made the music for   superstars like 2 Face Idibia, Faze, Chuddy K and Sound Sultan. Some songs were also produced by Jedi of Chillen Music, a recording studio in Buea, Cameroon. My collaboration with J Sleek was the most enriching experience for me because he is a Nigerian artist and music producer with an incredible record of greatest hits. And he happens to have produced most of my songs.

AFRICANVIBES.COM: Which artists have most inspired your musical career?

Well, many different artists and many different vibes inspire me. From Africa, I would name 2 Face Idibia as my best of them all. I love his music and vibe, and he’s a true inspiration for younger artists like me hoping to accomplish something new. I also love Akon a lot and he inspires me to accomplish even more than he has done to date in the USA and worldwide. Finally, I believe there is a little bit of Michael Jackson in every living artist. He’s the best of all time!

AFRICANVIBES.COM: It must be challenging trying to stand out as an Artist in Africa. How has it been for you?

I’ve known all the ups and downs of the musician’s life in Africa, mostly the downs. It would not surprise you that, even though I am very talented, it is often very difficult finding a good manager or reliable record label in Africa. I had not found one until I signed with (BGC) who have representation in the US, Cameroon and South Africa. At first I was a hustler doing all by myself, but now things are so much better as I have this whole professional set up working for me.

I am a fighter. I keep on surviving because I fight back and I go out there looking for the best opportunities. My musical inspiration is what motivates me, and my faith in God sustains my motivation. With faith in God, all things are possible. Please, don’t get me preaching now… (laughs).

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  1. Ferdinand

    June 29, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Yes, this is what i’m waiting for. Young cameroonian that can hit the Africa with the waves from our country and i think i’m so proud of Ambe cause i have so many friends named Ambe. I just hope his motivations will take him to the top. ONE LOVE MAN…

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Top 10 Most Popular Songs From Davido

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Unlike many artists that base their success on the number of studio albums they have, Davido has just one. However, since coming into the music industry in 2011 he has not shown signs of slowing down. Each year he thrills fans with solo tracks or collaborations that quickly turn to an anthem. Here are 10 of Davido’s most popular songs.

  1. Fall

Not many critics gave Davido a chance when he released Fall in 2017. Fall was his second single for the year and a follow-up to ‘IF’. However, a few weeks after its release ‘Fall’ became the top pick for most celebrations, thanks to its comic love lyrics. With over 100 million YouTube views and platinum rank by the Recording Industry of South Africa (RISA), ‘Fall’ is by far his most popular song.

  1. If

Released in February 2017, ‘If’ has garnered over 77 million views on Youtube. The phrase ‘30 billion for the account’ has become a popular slogan in the country and beyond. ‘If’ also earned the singer awards like Best African Act (MTV EMA), Best Worldwide Act, and Artist of the Year.

  1. Aye

Aye is a love song. Released days before Valentine’s Day gave the song a head start. The lyrics which separates true love from materialism quickly caught the attention of fans. Davido went ahead to win the prestigious Headies song of the year award in 2014 for Aye. Aye has over 53 million views on YouTube.

  1. FIA

Davido fans will not forget 2017 in a hurry. Late in that year Davido released FIA which is another love song told in a comic way. Fia has also garnered over 59 million views on YouTube

  1. Skelewu

The popularity of skelewu cannot be separated from its unique dance step. At that time people were scampering to participate in what would have been tagged ‘Skelewu dance challenge’ today. Ace footballers like Samuel Eto’o and Emmanuel Adebayo were caught dancing to the song.

  1. Assurance

Davido is familiar with drama and keeps his love affair public. Earlier in 2018, Davido broke the Internet when he released the song ‘Assurance’ dedicated to his long-time girlfriend, Chioma. What thrilled fans the most is the Porsche with a custom plate number ‘Assurance’ the artist gifted his girlfriend. The song has over 36 million views on YouTube.

  1. Dami Duro

Full of energy and new in the industry, ‘Dami Duro’ was more of a statement of his intention. The song and its strong beat quickly became a major club song. The song also won the ‘Hottest single of the Year’ at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards.

  1. Back When

‘Back When’ is one of Davido’s breakthrough songs. It was the first off his debut album, ‘Omo Baba Olowo’. He featured established rapper, Naeto C on the track. The single won him the 2012 ‘Best Newcomer’ at the Kora Awards.

  1. Ekuro

Davido’s history of love songs began with Ekuro which was released in 2012. After making a hard entrance the previous year, Davido showed off his romantic side in Ekuro. The success of Ekuro paved way for other romantic hits.

  1. All of You

Davido used this track to pay respect to veterans like D’banj, P-Square, and 2baba who were already household names. Released in 2012, ‘All of you’ quickly became a hit.

Which of Davido’s songs do you like the most?

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Tiwa Savage Joins Growing Number Of African Artist Signed To Universal Music Group

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There is a popular saying that the end of one journey is the beginning of another. That appears to be the story of the Nigerian music sensation, Tiwa Savage. Earlier this month, she announced she will not be renewing her 7 years contract with Mavin Records. Don Jazzy, the Mavin CEO and record producer confirmed her exit. Consequently, Don Jazzy took to his Instagram page to pen a sensational farewell.

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“Our darling Tiwatope. We at Mavin would like to say a very big thank you for being such an inspiration to all of us, a friend, a sister. It’s been an epic journey with you and we are very proud of what we have achieved together. As you start this new chapter in your life we want you to know that we are solidly behind you and can’t wait for the world to see what we have always believed you can be. Your jersey as the first lady of Mavin will forever be yours as we do not intend to fill that position with anyone else. We love you from the bottom of our hearts and pray God’s blessings to continue to follow you.”

A new beginning for Tiwa Savage?

Tiwa Savage is undoubtedly one of the finest female act in Africa. At the MTV European Music Awards (EMA) in 2018, she became the first African female act to win the Best African Act. In the same year, she also became the first African female musician to sell out London’s Indig02. Few days after her departure from Mavin Records, Tiwa Savage signed a recording deal with Universal Music Group (UMG). Universal Music Group is one of the leading music groups in the world. The exclusive recording agreement gives the Nigerian songstress access to UMG’s distribution tools and infrastructure. Subsequently, her music will reach a wider audience through UMG’s operations in 60 countries around the world.

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In 2018, UMG acquired one of the largest record labels in East Africa, AI Records. Consequently, they opened an office in Nigeria and Ivory Coast. UMG also has a multi-year licensing agreement with Boomplay, a platform with 5.6 million active users. The Executive Vice President, Market Development, Universal Music Group, Adam Granite said,

“We are looking forward to partnering with Tiwa and her team to help her music reach new audiences around the world. As one of Africa’s most successful, influential and dynamic singer-songwriters, Tiwa has truly global ambitions and UMG is committed to helping her in achieving them.”

Some of the facilitators present at the signing of the new recording agreement between Tiwa Savage and UMG include Efe Ogbeni, Joel Katz, Sir Lucian Grainge (Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group Worldwide), Vanessa Amadi (Stealth Management), Adam Granite (Executive Vice President, Market Development at Universal Worldwide), and Sipho Dlamini (Managing Director of Universal Music South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa).

Tiwa Savage signs with UMG in the presence of facilitators

What next?

UMG is an American music company that boasts of artists like Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, and Rihanna. In Africa, the list of musicians signed to UMG includes TXT, Nasty C, and Nadia Nakai. While expressing her excitement, Tiwa Savage revealed her next plan.

“My biggest goal is to make Africa proud. I’m so excited for this moment, and I’m thankful to (UMG CEO|) Sir Lucian Grainge and my new UMG family for their belief in my dreams. I’m looking forward to this next chapter in my career, and I’m more ready than I have ever been.”

Before bringing her act to the center stage, Tiwa Savage has performed as a backup singer for artists like the late George Michael and Mary J. Blige. There is a growing interest of American record labels in Africa. However, Tiwa Savage is the latest to enjoy the accolade.

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All The Nominees For The South Africa Music Award

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The South Africa Music Awards (SAMA) nomination took place on the 25th of April 2019 at Alberton Civic Center in Johannesburg. This year’s award will also mark the 25th anniversary of the annual celebration. The theme for this year’s celebration will be “25 to Life”. Leading the nomination is DJ Black Coffee with five nominations. However, popular names like Mafikizolo and AKA also made the list in different categories.

The South Africa Music Awards will take place on a yet to be announced day. However, there are speculations the date for the music award will likely be June 1, 2019 at Sun City in Gauteng. Trailing behind DJ Black Coffee are four artists with 4 nominations each. This include Sho Madjozi, Zonke Dikana, Sun-El Musician, and Sjava. In a statement about the 25th anniversary, Nhlanhla Sibisi, the CEO of the Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA) said,

“Twenty-five to Life is a celebration of the 25 years of SAMA’s existence and the role music played in driving social cohesion. We have lived music since the dawn of time and it has shaped the way we think and feel, and has helped us forge our identity as a nation.”

SAMA categories and nominees

Altogether, there are 40 categories for the 25th SAMA event. This year, reggae category is standalone unlike previously when it is part of R&B/Soul. There were 750 entries this year. However, only a few made it to the nominee list. The full list of nominees is as follows;

Artist of the Year

Male

Anatii – IYEZA
Black Coffee – Music is King
Nakhane – You will not die
Sjava  – Umqhele
Thokozani Langa  – Iyabuza Induna

Female

Busiswa – Summer Life
Kelly Khumalo – Unleashed
Lebo Sekgobela – Umusa
Sho Madjozi – Limpopo Champions League
Zonke  – L.O.V.E

Duo/Group of the Year

Tshwane Gospel Choir – The Next Revival
Spirit of Praise – Spirit of Praise Vol.7
Ofeleba – Hi & Low
Encore – Segarona
Black Motion – Moya Wa Taola

Album of the Year

Black Coffee – Music is King
Black Motion – Moya Wa Taola
Sjava – Umqhele
Vusi Nova – Manyan-nyan
Zonke – L.O.V.E

Newcomer of the Year

Mlindo The Vocalist – Emakhaya
Paxton – This is me
Sho Madjozi – Limpopo Champions League
Simmy – Tugela Fairy
Sun-El Musician – Africa to the World

The Best Category

Jazz Album

Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane – Closer to Home
Thandi Ntuli – Exiled
Bokani Dyer Trio – Neo Native
Tune Recreation Committee – Afrika Grooves with the Tune Recreation Committee
Mandisi Dyantyis – Somandla

Pop Album

Jarrad Ricketts – Break the Rules
Paxton – This is me
Majozi – Majozi
Tresor – Nostalgia
Tholwana – 2.0.1.5

Live Audio Visual Recording

Neyi Zimu – Another Level of Worship
Krone Various Artists – Krone 5
Jabu Hlongwane – Crosspower Experience 3
Cassper Nyovest – Fill up Orlando Stadium
Spirit of Praise Vol 7 –  Spirit of Praise 7

Maskandi Album

Thokozani Langa – Iyabuza Induna
Ofeleba – Hi & Low
Sgwebo Sentambo – Yekani Umona
Mbuzeni – Ungishiyelani
Ichwane Lebhaca – Imali Yesoso

Afro Pop Album

Kelly Khumalo – Unleashed
Mlindo The Vocalist – Emakhaya
Simmy – Tugela Fairy
Sjava – Umqhele
Vusi Nova – Manyan-Nyan

Reggae Album

Black Dillinger – Mavara is King
The Meditators – Explosion
Ras Vuyo – Diversion
Botanist – Game Changer
Bongo Riot – Next Levels

Hip Hop Album

AKA – Touch my Blood
Emtee – DIY2
Jabba X – #FGTBB
Kid X – Thank Da King
Nasty C – Strings and Bling

Contemporary Faith Music Album

Tshwane Gospel Choir – The Next Revival
Khaya Mthethwa – All About Jesus
Neyi Zimu – Another Level of Worship
Ntokozo Mbambo – Moments in Time
We Will Worship – Seasons Volume 1

Dance Album

DJ Fistaz  – Mixwell Summer
Sun-El Musician – Africa To The World
Mobi Dixon – 10 Steps Forward
Black Coffee – Music is King
Black Motion – Moya Wa Taola

Traditional Faith Album

Lebo Sekgobela – Umusa
Paul K – Time of God Manifest
Sipho Ngwenya – Intimate Worship Season 3
Spirit of Praise 7 – Spirit of Praise Vol.7
Kholeka – Your Word – Alibuyi Lilambatha Izwi Lakho

African Adult Contemporary Album

Anatii – IYEZA
Encore – Segarona
Nathi –  Iphupha Labantu
Ntokozo Mbambo & Nqubeko Mbatha – The Anniversary Project
Tabia – The Journey

R&B/Soul Album

Kabomo – All Things Red
Mlu – A Day For The Universe
Lady X – Love.Life.Complicated
Zonke – L.O.V.E
Nicksoul – Therapy

Kwaito/Gqom/Amapiano

Busiswa – Summer Life
Distruction Boyz – It Was All A Dream
DJ Maphorisa – Gqom Wave Vol.2
Sho Madjozi – Limpopo Champions League
Spikiri –  King Don Father

Rock Album

CrashCarBurn – Headlights
Dan Patlansky – Perfection Kills
Hellcats – The Hex and the Healer
The Black Cat Bones – Here is a Knife
The Parlotones – China

Traditional Album

Vhavhenda Cultural Group – Tshianda Nguvhoni
University of Limpopo Choristers & Kwazulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra  – Africa Tivule
Tswelelang Cultural Dancers – Motho Wa Me
Mzimkhulu Happy Boys – Nqoba izitha
Candy – Hupenyu Unenge Viri

Alternative Album

Breindy and Matt – Ruth Ave
Gabi Motuba- Tefiti Goddess of Creation
Jeremy Loops  – Critical As Water
Nakhane – You will Not Die
Sannie Fox – My Soul Got Stranger

Adult Contemporary Album

Watershed –  Harbour
Roan Ash – Whiskey to my Soul
Georgetown – The Dog Show
Ard Matthews – Impossible Machines
8 Misses Croon – …Like never before

African Indigenous Faith Album

Trust in Christ Ministries – Elami Igama
The General Isitimela – Amen Ezulwini
Ithimba Le-Africa – Sesiphunyukile
In Zion of Christ –  Izinyembezi
Christ Worshippers Mass Choir – Nkosi Ngiyakuthanda

Engineer

CH2 – Starstruck
Nasty C – Strings and Bling
Sjava – Umqhele
Hellcats – The Hex and the Healer
Vusi Nova – Manyan-nyan

Produced Album

AKA – Touch my Blood
Kholeka – Your Word – Alibuyi Lilambatha Izwi Lakho
The Vocalist – Emakhaya
Nasty C – String and Bling
Zonke – L.O.V.E

Other Categories

Remix of the Year

DJ Capital – Skebe Dep Dep ft. Kwesta, Kid X, Reason, Youngsta CPT and Stogie T
Prince Kaybee – Club Controller
SPHEctacula and DJ Naves – Bhampa
Zakes Bantwini – Bang Bang Bang
Zakwe –  Sebentin ft. Refiloe Maele Phoolo, Jabulani Tsambo; Lesego Moiloa; Senzo Mfundo Vilakazi; Ncazelo Mtolo

Collaboration of the year

Sun-El Musician – Sonini ft. Simphiwe Nhlangulela
Sun-El Musician – Ntaba Ezikude ft. Simphiwe Nhlangulela
Dj Sumbody – Monate Mpolaye ft. Cassper Nyovest, Thebe and Vettis
Black Coffee – Drive  ft. David Guetta and Delilah Montagu
Black Coffee – Wish you were here ft. Asanda Lusaseni-Mvana

Music Video of the Year

Bongeziwe Mabandla ft. Spoek Mathambo – Bawo Wam
Jeremy Loops – Gold
Mafikizolo ft. Jah Prayzah  –  Mazuva Akanaka
Sho Madjozi  –  Huku
The Parlotones  – Beautiful Life

Beste Pop Album

4 Werke –  4 by 4
The Rockets  – Sonskyn
Brendan Peyper – Dis Nie Sonde Nie
Snotkop – SOUS
Jan Bloukaas – Lewe

Rest of Africa Artist

Diamond Platnumz – A Boy From Tandale
Kommanda Obbs – Kommanda Obbs
Mr Eazi – Lagos to London
Nixon – Who We Are
Oliver Mtukudzi – Hany’ga

Beste Kontemporere Musiek Album

Almero – Maandag
Coenie de Villiers – Pure Coenie
Douvoordag – Die Avontuur
Jan Blohm – Die Liefde Album
Refentse – Liefdegenerasie

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