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Soul musician, Preyé, becomes Spotify’s “Fresh Finds Africa” artiste for September

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Nigerian soul musician, Preyé, has been selected as Spotify’s “Fresh Finds Africa” artiste for September.

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Phiona Okumu, Spotify’s head of music for sub-Saharan Africa, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos.

Okumu said the ‘Fresh Finds Africa’ programme was launched in March, designed to provide a launching pad for emerging independent artistes to reach new audiences.

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She said the programme was built around the eponymous playlist and access to tools and initiatives that inspired artistes to have long and thriving careers.

Inspired by her recent wins, Preyé is thrilled by the opportunity to reach even more fans as she said: “I still celebrate every single playlist addition, so being highlighted as Spotify’s Fresh Finds artiste of the month truly feels amazing.

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“I am excited by the opportunity to share my music and story with new listeners, especially all my fellow R&B lovers.”

Born in Lagos, Preyé Itams grew up inspired by her father’s music library and the music he would play while working; the traditional sounds of Jazz, Soul, and melodic bards like Jill Scott, Enya, Brenda Fassie, and Lauryn Hill.

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Her first release in 2015, ‘Mortia‘, introduced her as an exciting voice in the emerging independent alte community.

In 2018, she collaborated with two vanguards of that scene, Tay Iwar & Santi on Space, introducing more fans to her soothing poetic take on songwriting.

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After quitting a rigid job in Canada to focus on her music, Preyé staked her claim with defiant soulful tunes including Peace Of Mind and Red Wine.

The vulnerable yet unyielding essence of Preyé’s music and her dynamic vocals have earned her editorial and fan attention.

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In June this year, Billboard listed her hot single, Malibu, as one of their top R&B finds.

She was also recently selected as one of six artistes for Spotify’s Africa month global campaign, called Spotify Sounds of Africa, alongside LADIPOE, Zoë Modiga, Nomfundo Moh, Chris Khaiga, and Nikita Kering.

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Her September-released debut EP, ‘Don’t Look Down‘, centers around love and self-discovery and features Nigerian rapper LADIPOE on the lead single, Love, Today.

Every month, ‘Fresh Finds Africa’ spotlights one artiste selected by the Spotify music team.

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It is an important aspect of Spotify’s initiatives, including RADAR & EQUAL, created to support the African music scene. (NAN)

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Actress Dorcas Fapson accidentally uploads nu3e clip she Was sending to Singer Skiibii on Snapchat

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Nollywood actress Dorcas Fapson has accidentally uploaded a video she was sending to singer Skiibii who she has been romantically linked to, on her Snapchat story.

Dorcas was responding to Skiibii’s message about “highness and ballon”, when she sent the video.

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Actress Dorcas Fapson accidentally uploads nude video she was sending to singer Skiibii on her Snapchat story.

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Following the backlash that ensued, the actress offered an explanation. She disclosed that she was getting a wax and was sending the streak to Skiibii when she accidentally uploaded it on her Snapchat story.

Actress Dorcas Fapson accidentally uploads nude video she was sending to singer Skiibii on her Snapchat story

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Singer, Ed Sheeran ordered to stand trial in the US over claims he copied Marvin Gaye’s hit Let’s Get it On

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British singer and songwriter, Ed Sheeran will face trial in the US over claims he copied his 2014 hit ‘Thinking Out Loud’ from Marvin Gaye’s 1973 classic ‘Let’s Get It On’.

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U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton in Manhattan denied Sheeran’s bid to dismiss the copyright infringement suit, saying a jury should decide on whether the two songs are substantially similar.

 

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The move comes after Sheeran, 31, and his co-songwriters were awarded more than £900,000 in legal costs in June after winning their UK High Court copyright trial over the hit Shape of Year in March.

 

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After that ruling six months ago, Sheeran lashed out at the ‘baseless claims’ being brought against singer-songwriters.

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On Thursday, Judge Stanton said that Sheeran must now face trial in the US amid claims Thinking Out Loud is copied from Gaye’s Let’s Get It On.

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The copyright infringement suit was originally lodged in 2018 – not by Gaye’s family, but by Structured Asset Sales LLC, which owns a portion of ‘Let’s Get It On’ co-writer Ed Townsend’s estate.

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Structured Asset Sales (SAS) is seeking $100million in damages while alleging Sheeran and his co-writer Amy Wadge ‘copied and exploited, without authorization or credit’ the Gaye song, ‘including but not limited to the melody, rhythms, harmonies, drums, bass line, backing chorus, tempo, syncopation and looping’.

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Gaye co-wrote Let’s Get It On with Edward Townsend, an American singer and songwriter who died in 2003.

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They released the song in June 1973 and it hit No.1 in September that year. More than 10 years later, Gaye was shot and killed by his father, Marvin Gay Senior – whose surname is spelt differently – at their house in Hancock Park, Los Angeles, after an argument on 1 April, 1984, on the eve of his 45th birthday.

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On Thursday September 29, Judge Stanton said a jury must decide whether the two songs are substantially similar because music experts on both sides of the dispute disagree whether Sheeran’s song mimics ‘Let’s Get It On.’

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‘Although the two musical compositions are not identical, a jury could find that the overlap between the songs’ combination of chord progression and harmonic rhythm is very close,’ Stanton said.

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An attorney for Structured Asset Sales, Hillel Parness, told Reuters the company is ‘pleased’ with the ruling.

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Black Sherif, Tiwa Savage display dance moves during a hangout

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Famous Ghanaian musician, Black Sherif, has been spotted hanging out with Nigerian female vocalist, Tiwa Savage, in a video that was circulated on social media.

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In a post shared by a social media user; ‘One blog stop’, the pair wowed people with a lovely interpretation of the famous legwork dance that goes with the vigorous shoulder dance moves.

It is uncertain where the two vocalists met, yet they appear to have had a decent bond while having fun together displaying different dance moves.

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This video comes shortly after Ghana witnessed one of the biggest shows, the Global Citizen Festival a week ago at Independence Square where ten and thousands of people trooped in the watch American artistes, Usher and SZA perform.

Tiwa who was not billed to perform at the event shocked fans when she was invited on stage by Usher in the middle of his performance.

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Tiwa jumped onto the stage barefooted with so much energy while performing her famous song, ‘Somebody’s Son’ among a few hit tracks to her credit.

The mother of one mounted the stage wearing a short sparkly skirt she matched with a stylish short-sleeved top that exposed her full-arm tattoos.

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Other artistes who performed at the show were, Sarkodie, Stormzy, Stonebwoy, and Gyakie among others.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

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