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Stonebwoy's New Album Is a Tribute to His Biggest Fan—His Late Mother

The Ghanaian dancehall artist talks in depth about his album, "Epistles of Mama," with BBC.

Stonebwoy is his mother's son. The Ghanaian artist dropped his latest album, "Epistles of Mama," where he dedicates it to his late mother who was his biggest fan.

"This is the tribute album to my mother," he says in a radio interview with BBC, "because she passed two years ago, may her soul rest in peace. Up until this point, I've realized that everything she's taught me, everything that I grew upon is now manifesting."

In the interview he talks about his versatility as a cross-genre artist, and how he can't be put into a box when describing his music. The album boasts that cross-cultural collaborations including Sean Paul, I-Octane, Assassin and other Jamaican dancehall greats.

He also touched on Libyan slavery crisis, saying that he could've easily been one of those migrants to search for better opportunities in Europe.

"I'm a witness of a number of youth who come from where I'm from, Ashaiman. I could have easily been one of those people who would've embarked on such journeys," he says. "We only have to make our homes better places for us to live, such that our youths can find job opportunities—this dives down to the political leaders."

Listen to the full interview below, and listen to "Epistles of Mama" on Apple Music and Spotify.

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Nasty C Set to Appear on the 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'

Nasty C will make his daytime US television debut on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' this Friday. He's also set to perform his latest single 'Black and White' alongside Ari Lennox.

South African rapper Nasty C has announced that he will be appearing on the popular US television show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, this Friday. This will be the artist's debut on US daytime television having previously performed "They Don't" alongside T.I. on late night television show, Late Night with Seth Meyers. The artist recently shared the exciting news via social media.

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Interview: Rexxie Steers His Street Sound Into Mainstream Afropop

In conversation with Nigerian producer Rexxie on the rise of his Afro-streets sound.

Rexxie has been instrumental in the rise of the zanku sound in popular Nigerian music. As the pioneer and go-to producer for the sound, his infamous producer tag, "Yo, Rexxie pon dis one", can be heard in many infectious zanku-inducing songs that have made the youth of Nigeria (and around the world) show off their leg work.

Born Ezeh Chisom Faith in Anambra State, Rexxie played the piano at his father's church as a child. And about 10 years ago, he began his career as a producer, crafting beats for his friends. It was however in 2018 when his name started getting traction, after producing Chinko Ekun's culture-shifting hit "Able God" featuring Lil Kesh and Zlatan.

Over the past few years, he has been mostly known for his continuous work with Zlatan and Naira Marley, relationships that stem back to 2018, when he produced their earlier mainstream hits, "Jogor" and "Jappa". Their collaborations have steered the streets into the realm of the mainstream and brought an energetic vibe to Nigeria's potent Afropop scene.

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Interview: ‘The Boom’ Compilation Showcases New Cape Town Talent

The Boom compilation album showcases the talents of Cape Town's emerging hip-hop and R&B artists.

Cape Town's hip-hop scene is teeming with talent. With the likes of Dee Koala, Kashcpt, Soul T, Simulation Rxps and a few others breaking into the rest of the country, what's more exciting than going on the ground and exploring more of the scene? The new compilation album, The Boom, brings the streets to your headphones and lets you in on the city's future stars.

The project consists of 10 songs that are collaborations by a selection of Cape Town's emerging talent—Nqobile Eland, Mvula Drae, TRP Don Gy, Cozmik and several others. Production on The Boom is handled by the likes of Lay-Lay, Mark Akol, GreekGod, Sid The Great, LYRIQ and IllRow.

Gung Ho's self-titled song from The Boom acts as a lead single. In the song's racy visuals, the duo of Nqobile Eland and Siya Sam show that their chemistry goes beyond beats as they back up their assertive proclamations with moves that match.

The Boom is a project facilitated by Mic In Check, a blog dedicated to documenting Cape Town's music scene, especially hip-hop. "Similar to how other regions have breakout sounds like gqom and amapiano that carry with them a group of artists," says Wandile Dumakude, one of the founders of Mic In Check, "'Xhosa Nostra rap' is going to be the next break out sound from Cape Town and many artists will come along with it."

The first installment of what will become an annual venture, The Boom is prevalently hip-hop and R&B, and according to MIC, the album "promotes cultural diversity whilst building unity in the local music industry."

In the interview below, Dumakude gives an inside look into The Boom project and what to expect from the Cape Town scene in the near future.

This interview has been slightly edited for length and clarity.

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Security Forces in Ghana Target New LGBT Rights Group Centre

LGBT+ Rights Ghana's new centre has reportedly been raided by Ghana's National Security just a month after it officially opened. The centre has closed out of concerns for safety as it continues to be the subject of intimidation.