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ZRLST’s Album Has Made It To The Top Ten Library Marketing Projects

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The music album by the Zimbabwe Rural Schools Library Trust (ZRSLT) has made it to the top ten Library marketing projects. The 21-track music collection with the title “Libraries Without Boundaries” received the nod in the IFLA PressReader International Awards’ 2019 competition. The award honors organizations that use creative campaigns or marketing projects to promote the library and information services industry. However, reacting to the announcement, Driden Kunaka, the New Zealand-based project sponsor said,

“Coming up in the top 10 in such a hotly-contested competition is fulfilling, humbling, and inspiring. We gave it our best with the little resources we had, and being among the top 10 in the world proves that overall, our cause is worthy and worth pursuing. [Consequently] Moral is high in the camp.”

Entries and winners of the 2019 library marketing projects

So far, the number of entries for this year is the highest. Consequently, the organizers received a record of 116 entries from thirty countries. However, China had the highest submission (43) followed by Russia (23). Zimbabwe, Sweden, Canada, Brazil, and Australia all had 3 submissions each. Countries with 2 submissions include the Philippines, Korea, Kazakhstan, India, Ecuador, and Columbia.

Consequently, the rest of the countries had only one submission. These include Zambia, United States, Uganda, Spain, South Africa, Pakistan, Nigeria, New Zealand, Morocco, Mexico, and Malaysia. Others are Kenya, Indonesia, Finland, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Bulgaria, and Bahrain.

The University of British Colombia, Canada took the first prize for the project “2018 UBC Library Digital Colouring Books Campaign”. In the second position was Vantaa City Library, Finland for the innovative app Taskukirjasto (meaning Pocket Library). Completing the top three is Sunshine Coast Libraries, Australia for the project “10 Seats, 10 Stories, 10 Park Story Seats”.

What next for ZRSLT?

The musical album comes in two versions. The electronic version has 21 songs while the CD has 16 songs. The musical album is an innovation by the ZRSLT to promote reading, learning, and use of libraries. However, the main aim of the project is to direct the authorities on the importance of libraries to people’s lives especially school children.

Following the success of the album in the competition, ZRSLT is planning an official launch of the album in Zimbabwe. The album consists of musicians from around the world. This includes Jay Prayzah, Jesse O’Brien and Grace Falls, Selmor Mtukudzi, Jeys Marabini, Faith Kunaka, Tariro ne Gitare, Pater Charles and Olivia Charamba, Ronald Nyandoro, Sandra Ndebele, Gift Amuli, Denzel Mombeyarara, and Hamilton School (NewZealand). Speaking on the next plan of Zimbabwe Rural Schools Library Trust, Wadzanai Ndlovu, the project coordinator said,

“We are planning on taking it further than merely being announced winners and bring the sweet, inspiring and informative music to the people. [However] We want the powerful message carried in the album to reach the people of Zimbabwe, and we hope there will be some take-aways. ‘Libraries without boundaries’ is a unique innovation by the ZRSLT to inspire learning, reading, and use of libraries.”

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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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