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SA’s RnB sensation, Ricky Tyler, releases new single Ecstasy

Ricky Tyler

South Africa’s rising RnB sensation, Ricky Tyler, has just released a new single titled Ecstasy that will definitely solidify him as one of South Africa’s RnB singers of note.

Ecstasy features two rising female stars; Cape Town’s Rowlene who features on Nasty C’s hit track, Phases, and Mozambique’s Shellsy Baronet who has in a space of 7 months since debuting her musical career, won an award in Los Angeles, has upcoming international shows in Amsterdam and Miami and has requests to do shows in Europe.

Stream or download Ecstasy here:

Soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/playgroundproduction/rowlene-shellsy-baronet

Audiomack:

https://www.audiomack.com/song/playground-productions/ecstasy-feat-rowlene-shellsy-baronet

Rising RnB sensation, Ricky Tyler, has been making waves in the South African music industry. His versatility has seen him write and perform the soundtrack to Vuzu’s Rich Kids Season 2. Although he could give a lot of rappers a run for their money with his lyrically rap ability; his natural talent and love for RnB has shifted his course to pursue his musical career singing RnB.

Signed to one of SA’s most creative and progressive production houses / independent labels, Playground Productions, Ricky Tyler is pegged to be one of the most important RnB voices to come out of South Africa in this generation. Ricky Tyler’s star is shining brightly with the positive reception he has been receiving to his music.

Ecstasy follows the highly successfully releases of Ricky Tyler’s Swerve Remix featuring Tshego and AM.

Make sure to request Ecstasy on your favourite radio stations and follow Ricky Tyler on social media for more music updates.

Connect with Ricky Tyler:

Facebook:  The Ricky Tyler Show (https://www.facebook.com/Rickytylershow/)
Twitter: @RickyTylerShow
Instagram: @RickyTylerShow

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DJ Speedsta releases visuals to new flagship single titled, I Don’t Know

DJ Speedsta I Don’t Know

Metro FM radio host and renowned club DJ, DJ Speedsta, continues on the path of unleashing young fierce acts and giving them a platform to leverage off his brand with his recently dropped single, I Don’t Know.

As with Mayo, I Don’t Know equally features exciting young acts in J Molley, Zoocci Coke Dope and Frank Casino. Known to be the voice of the youth, it is highly fitting that DJ Speedsta choose to release of I Don’t Know in Youth Month.

Watch DJ Speedsta’s I Don’t Know music video here: https://SonyMusicAfrica.lnk.to/DJSidk

Already playlisted on radio stations such as Metro FM, 5FM, Gagasi FM, YFM, 947 and Capricorn FM just to name a few; DJ Speedsta’s I Don’t Know single release comes off the back of his smash hit single Mayo, featuring Yung Swiss, Tellaman, Shane Eagle and Frank Casino, being certified GOLD. It comes as no surprise that Mayo received the golden mark having taken the country by storm and known as a national anthem amongst young urban party goers.

Mayo was one of the biggest songs of 2016 and it is still enjoying rotation on numerous radio stations and receiving rave reviews from music fans, pundits and critics.

DJ Speedsta’s Mayo music video recently reached an impressive 1 million views on VEVO and is fast approaching the 1.5 million views mark.

Watch DJ Speedsta’s Mayo music video here:

Follow DJ Speedsta on social media and see his journey as he takes notably strides with his radio career having recently joined powerhouse radio station Metro FM as the co-host of Absolute Hip Hop together with Luthando Shosha aka Loot Love.

Make sure to request DJ Speedsta’s latest single I Don’t Know on your favourite radio stations.

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Black Motion premieres compelling Lalela music video on VEVO

Black Motion Lalela Music Video

South African multi-award winning, Afro-centric house music duo, Black Motion, continue to channel their talent through the art of music in conveying a socially responsible message, which extends to their compelling visuals. Black Motion premier the video for their latest single, Lalela on VEVO today which is also available as a single across all digital platforms.

Black Motion have consistently been releasing music and accompanying visuals since dropping their highly acclaimed, multi-award winning, GOLD certified, fourth studio album Ya Badimo, last year. The music video for Lalela is a gripping story continuation of their previous visuals for Heartless Intentions released at the end of 2016 which depicts a story that hits too close to home.

The dynamic duo’s double releases precede the duo’s Asia tour this weekend which will see them perform in Singapore. Fresh off the back of winning two highly coveted awards at the 23rd annual South African Music Awards (SAMAs) last month; in the categories Best Dance Album and Best Group/Duo of the Year for their 2016 Ya Badimo masterpiece.

Watch Black Motion’s music video for Lalela featuring Celimpilo here: https://sonymusicafrica.lnk.to/vhXF3
Stream or download Black Motion’s new single Lalela here:  https://SonyMusicAfrica.lnk.to/LalelaFTCelimpilo
Purchase Black Motion’s Ya Badimo album here: https://sonymusicafrica.lnk.to/vhXF3

Make sure to follow Black Motion on social media for more music updates and their road to Asia.

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Redefining R&B/Soul with Love Comes Easy

Brenden Praise

South African R&B/Soul singer, pianist, composer and producer, Brenden Praise has teamed up with Spirit Motion and Sony Music Entertainment Africa in a new chapter of his musical career after winning over the nation’s vote for this undisputed display of talent as runner up on Idols SA (2013). Brenden’s single Love Comes Easy depicts his authentic vocal style and blend of soul with a pop sensibility.

Brenden Praise has been in studio evolving his original compositions ahead of his upcoming album release set for the latter part of the year.

Listen to Love Comes Easy here: https://SonyMusicAfrica.lnk.to/LOVECOMESEASY

“I wrote this song after I got married at the beginning of year. It’s just about how loving my wife is so effortless for me because she’s just incredibly easy to love,” expresses Brenden.

Watch Brenden Praise It’s Joy here:

With the knowledge of contemporary music and professional training, Brenden is well-versed in studio production and writes his own songs. Since breaking into the music industry in 2013, Brenden has enjoyed a monumental rise and is paving his way to solidifying his place as one of the most respected R&B/Soul musicians of our time.

Brenden’s new single Love Comes Easy is available to stream or download here: https://SonyMusicAfrica.lnk.to/LOVECOMESEASY

Make sure to request Brenden’s Love Comes Easy single on your favourite radio station and follow him on social media for more exciting news about his upcoming album scheduled for the latter part of the year.

Connect with Brenden Praise:

Facebook: Brenden Praise (https://www.facebook.com/IdolsSA.Brenden/)
Twitter: @Brenden_Praise
Instagram: @brenden_praise

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Gigi Lamayne premiers music video for Lobola

Gigi Lamayne Lobola ft Maraza

Multiple award winning hip hop artist, Gigi Lamayne’s Lobola music video featuring talented hip hop star Maraza, premiered on MTV Base this morning, Friday, 23 June 2017 at 7am CAT. The video is set to air again on MTV Base at 4pm CAT today and on Channel O Turn Up at 7:30pm CAT.

Since releasing the surprise love song last week, Lobola has gained massive popularity across the country. Fans took to twitter to express their sentiments about the song and made #Lobola a trending topic.

You can stream or download Gigi Lamayne’s Lobola ft Maraza on any of the below platforms.

Artist Portal:  http://download.gigilamayne.co.za
Deezer: http://www.deezer.com/album/43124551
iTunes: https://itun.es/za/8ZVzkb

The Lobola music video sees Gigi Lamayne and her on screen husband, Maraza, bring two different families together for the Lobola. The video also documents Gigi Lamayne shedding some positive light on her outlook on marriage. The clean visuals will surely encapsulate many hearts both young and old over the next few weeks.

Gigi Lamayne has been gradually making her mark in the music industry claiming multiple accolades along the way and the latest effort is the definition of Gigi Lamayne’s greatness and there’s a lot more to expect from her on the South African hip hop circuit.

Make sure to request Gigi Lamayne’s new single Lobola on your favorite radio stations and follow her on social media for the updates on the YouTube drop of Lobola.

You can catch Gigi Lamayne this Saturday, 24 June 2017 at Constitutional Hill for her performance at the Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival.

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FLEX RABANYAN CROWNED THE KING OF THE HUSTLE SEASON TWO

The Hustle Season2 Winner_ Flex Rabanyan

Earlier this week, we saw KwaZulu-Natal’s Flex Rabanyan (Mpumelelo Mthembu) be crowned the winner of The Hustle season two after a tightly fought contest with Johannesburg’s Josh The I Am (Joshua Pieterson).

Last year we saw many local rap and hip hop artists win over South Africans with their music but in 2017, more and more artists definitely rose to the occasion. Our artists are not only popular in the local industry, but collaborations with international artists have proven SA music to be at the forefront of African entertainment.

The Hustle Judges Khuli Chana AKA and Stogie T

“We are honoured to have been a part of this journey once again, where we are afforded an opportunity to assist in unearthing raw talent in the local music industry”, says Thabisa Mkhwanazi, KFC Corporate Affairs Director for Africa. “As a nation, we have come a long way in the local hip hop music scene and as a brand, we would like to continue to show our support and celebrate young and aspiring talent.”

Catch a repeat of The Hustle Finale on Friday, 23 June at 22:30 simulcast on VUZU (DStv channel 161) and VUZU AMP (DStv channel 103).

For more exclusive content and behind the scenes information, visit www.vuzu.tv

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African Jewel Berita releases new single titled Over You

Over You

African Jewel, GOLD selling, award winning singer and songwriter, Berita, has released her highly anticipated third single off her latest masterpiece titled Over You.

In this track, the African Jewel, Berita expresses the triumph over a near heartbreak. The song takes us through the emotional journey of being in a relationship that was seemingly a dream but turned out to be one rooted from deception.

Berita’s new single Over You is available to stream or download here:  https://itun.es/za/YwdNjb

The release of Over You coincides with Berita’s self-titled third studio album debuting on the Top 10 Musica Chart on its release.

On Over You, Berita plots a combination of dope beats and stunning instrumentals that would easily gladden the hearts and soul of a sadist. With Berita’s celestial vocals, it just doesn’t get better than this for the wave of Afro- Soul music sweeping across the African continent.

Over You is an extension of Berita’s colourful discography, with a charismatic synching of the guitar and temperate presence of the drums contributes to the tone, youthful yet ancient in its sound and also authentic.

The African Jewel has completely turned a new chapter in her career with the release of her highly awaited third studio album. Berita’s sound has been lauded by many both locally and internationally for being distinct, intriguing and proudly African.

A faith-filled spiritual artist with wisdom so profound for her age, Berita is more than just a hit-maker but a healer through her music.  At just 25 years of age, Berita has an impressive track record that has made her one of the most sought after songbirds of her generation.

Stream or download the BERITA album here: https://itun.es/za/YwdNjb

Make sure to request Berita’s new single Over You on your favourite radio stations and follow her on social media for performance updates. Known for her amazing live performances, you can catch Berita this Saturday, 24 June 2017 at the Lyric Theatre for her performance at the Rooted Jazz Sounds Live festival.

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Mobi Dixon’s Multi-Award Winning Live The Music album Goes GOLD

Mobi Dixon

South Africa’s multi-award winning DJ and producer, Mobi Dixon, has reached another highly significant milestone as his highly acclaimed multi-award winning Live The Music album has officially been certified GOLD.

Stream or download Mobi Dixon’s Live The Music album here: https://sonymusicafrica.lnk.to/TzfPX

“It’s a great honour to reach this GOLD milestone. When we released Live The Music, the goal was to go GOLD and it’s really great to have achieved this. A lot of work was put into the album from production to marketing. It’s a tough market currently for music and I couldn’t have reached this milestone without the love and support from the media, everyone who has bought or downloaded the album and everyone who worked on the album. To all of you I say thank you! My previous album went Platinum so it’s nice to know we are on the right track,” shares Mobi Dixon.

The Live The Music album has garnered massive fan appeal and critical acclaim since its release last year. Mobi Dixon’s sound has also been lauded by many both locally and internationally for being distinct, intriguing and proudly African.

Live The Music represents Mobi Dixon’s variety of music making skills – his clipped house beats, generous baselines, propulsive percussion and breezily hypnotic chords form the perfect bedrock for an array of vocalists to exercise their song-craft.

On the album, there are collaborations with the likes of Tresor, Inga Hina, Black Motion, Nana Mbawuli, Pomakazi, Sakhile Moleshe, Bantu Soul and 2Bad as well as frequent collaborator and long-time friend, Berita contributing to the music.

Mobi Dixon’s Live The Music won Best Dance Album at the Metro FM Music Awards this year and continues to be a favourite on the dancefloor.

Mobi Dixon has been getting a lot of love from fans, and major radio stations, and his latest hit track Ezizweni featuring the African Jewel Berita is no different and is making some serious waves. Ezizweni was recently the second most played song in the country with a number #2 placement on the RAMS Top 100 chart. The Ezizweni music video is doing exceedingly well on VEVO and is fast approaching the 100 000 views mark.  Watch it here now: https://sonymusicafrica.lnk.to/TzfPX

The East London-born super-producer released Live The Music album as part of his long time licensing deal with Sony Music Entertainment Africa. The GOLD selling album status comes as no surprise and is well deserved for Mobi Dixon as the album packs a punch with its authentic musical artistry.

Mobi Dixon continues to make an impact with his remixes having recently released two new remixes namely: Davido’s How Long featuring Tinashe, and Maxwell’s Lake By The Ocean; which are both fast becoming fan favourites and enjoying good rotation on radio.

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Red Bull brings biggest sound system battle to Jozi

Red Bull Culture Clash 2017 1

One of the world’s most innovative live music experiences – the Red Bull Culture Clash – will storm its way onto the Orlando Stadium stage on 23 September 2017.

A sound system battle of epic proportions will unfold as four crews, each fronted by headline artists including AKA, DJ Tira, Patoranking and Admiral and Jahseed, will represent four of South Africa’s biggest sounds – hip hop, house, afro-beats and reggae. The four competing sound systems will compete back-to-back over a series of rounds – all in a bid to get the biggest reaction from the crowd and be crowned as the 2017 Red Bull Culture Clash winners.

AKA, hip hop crew leader has promised fans a killer performance, vowing he is coming for everything: “I’ve put together a team of some of the best musical minds South Africa has to offer. You ask me what my objective or plan is for Culture Clash? It’s simple enough: I’m here to win. Nothing else!”

Holding no punches, Admiral and Jahseed are both getting ready for retaliation on behalf of dancehall and reggae supporters: “We’re preparing for war right now: arming ourselves and looking forward to the battle!”

The Red Bull Music Academy, Red Bull’s longest-standing music programme, now in its 19th year, introduced the Culture Clash concept in the UK in 2010, and it has since made its way around the world, including events in New York, Lisbon and Paris. Red Bull Culture Clash itself is based on the classic Jamaican sound system culture, but with a twist.  It’s defined by the use of cutting-edge lyrics, fierce competition and ridiculously loud sound systems.

An essential feature of every clash is the ‘surprise factor’ and South African fans can expect some epic surprises on the night. These include exclusive and custom dubplate specials made up of unique songs recorded by a crew that only they can play. Crews are encouraged to introduce special guests, including a host of artists, on the night as part of their arsenal of musical weaponry they bring to the battle.

More information to follow on redbull.co.za detailing the battle rules, full crew and event details as well as exclusive artist interviews.

Follow Red Bull Culture Clash on Twitter @RedBullZA, Facebook @redbull, Instagram @redbullza  and YouTube to stay ahead of the latest news and win exclusive Red Bull Culture Clash prizes. Join the conversation using #RedBullCultureClash.

Be part of the action by getting your tickets for the Red Bull Culture Clash 2017 event from Computicket.

Watch Red Bull Culture Clash trailer

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Joshua The I AM begins his REAL HUSTLE

Joshua The I Am

Young creative, Joshua The I AM, gave a stellar performance on last night’s Vuzu Hustle Season 2 finale episode. He may not have come out the winner, but if his performance last night is anything to go by, there is no doubt that this is just the beginning of a very bright future for the multi-talented music producer, song writer and recording artist.

Over the past two months South Africans have falling in love with the Vuzu Hustle Season 2 runner up. The country has witnessed the versatility of a true star in the making. Joshua The I AM not only showed his diversity as a music artist with his production and song writing talent; but through his charisma, bubbly personality and overall enthusiasm, Joshua The I AM is proving to be multi-faceted and will make a great television presenter and great collaborator for brands to work with.

Watch Joshua The I AM No Return Official Music Video

Having studied music production after high school and being selected as one of the Top 5 producers in his college last year, which saw him partake in the Nandos Music Exchange in London, Joshua The I AM’s participation is the Vuzu Hustle Season 2 was just the next step for him in pursuing his passion for music.

“My real hustle begins now. I may not have won the Vuzu Hustle Season 2 but I went out feeling like a champion.  I was very proud of the performance I gave at the finale and finishing the competition in the Top 2 has been humbling. I’m looking forward to the next phase in my career and I can’t wait to share what I have in store with the country,” expresses Joshua The I AM.

Make sure to follow Joshua The I AM on social media to be the first to know about his new single and music video to be released nationwide soon.

Connect with Joshua The I AM:

Facebook: Joshua The I AM (https://www.facebook.com/iamjoshuatheiam/)
Twitter: @iamjoshuatheiam
Instagram: @iamjoshuatheiam
SoundCloud: www.soundcloud.com/joshuathe-i-am

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