An initiative of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in collaboration with the groundbreaking New York-based music organization Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation, OneBeat employs collaborative original music as a potent new form of cultural diplomacy. OneBeat brings musicians (ages 19-35) from around the world to the U.S. for one month each fall to collaboratively write, produce, and perform original music, and develop strategies for arts-based social engagement.
WavesofAFRO member Toni returns with his new song titled “The Don”. On this song, Toni showcases a relaxed vibe with impressive wordplay and a laid-back instrumental. With a catchy hook, he proclaims himself as The Don and in his verses, he smoothly tells the listeners why this title is appropriate for him.
Nigerian rapper MCskill ThaPreacha turns up the heat with his hot-new single of 2018 titled "Work". The heavy-metal trap hit-song which is off his next album 'The 9th Chapter' features phenomenal Nigerian singer Roey and is produced by MCskill's Day-1 producer extraordinaire, Stormatique. The raw energy and vibe on this song fits perfectly into the 'Monday Motivation Music'. "Work (feat. Roey)" by MCskill ThaPreacha premiers at No.1 on MUSIC UNITES AFRICA's #Top40Africa playlist-chart show hosted ONLY and EXCLUSIVELY on Deezer.
Our first post of 2018 sheds the limelight on young Nigerian Afrobeat-rapper, Henshaw BlaZe. After an Eventful 2017 (which included an Award nomination and a headline Live concert), Lagos Based Rapper Henshaw BlaZe kicks off the new year with a visual for his catchy hit-single "Cooking Pot [produced By Dicey]" off his debut album "The Unnamed Kuti".
Pan-African music artiste Wyll Diamond premiers his awesome new Afro-House music titled "Ijo (Dance)" on MUSIC UNITES AFRICA's #Top40Africa playlist-chart hosted exclusively on Deezer. This soft-melodic vibe sets the mood with it's classy instrumentals and wavy vocals from the Nigerian singer/songwriter. It's a great song and one of Wyll's finest works thus far since he launched his music brand a few years ago. "Ijo (Dance)" shows Wyll has the magic and dynamism to make it big in the global music industry. Wyll Diamond (who recently just got verified by Shazam, Spotify and iTunes) is clearly being recognized and rewarded internationally for his tremendous efforts in adding great value to Africa's biggest export, music. Wyll Diamond is the real deal! His ability to blend and compose beautiful music is unlike any other. Have a feel of his new song on Apple Music.
Nigerian Rapper Lord Vino a.k.a. Lord V responds to M.I's "You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Lives" song which explicitly calls-out Nigerian rappers, tagging them as "substandard". In this passionate heartfelt lyrical onslaught, Lord V clearly reminds M.I. about all the Nigerian rappers who exceed the industry's expectations and are consistently making waves and preserving/exporting the rap-culture in Nigeria. Lord V mentions rappers like Poe, Erigga, TechZilla and Boogey ,while making mention of rappers-turned-singers like Vector Tha Viper and Ice Prince.
At the just-concluded FELABRATION 2017 held at the 'New Afrika Shrine' in remembrance and celebration of Fela - the great-iconic Afrobeat singer and creator; Arts and Culture Ambassador for MUSIC UNITES AFRICA, Adegboyega performed live in front of thousands of global music festival attendees... it was Electric! Adegboyega's form of art is exceptionally wicked in the sense that music lovers (like this writer) fall deeper in-love with Adegboyega's music following each new release. Listen to this sensationally amazing song "Félé" by Adegboyega featuring Mayorkun now on Deezer.
Remember Oolar, the soulful songstress from Nigeria we wrote about not-so-long-ago? Well, she's back with this heartfelt-heartbreak song titled "Ojoro" (which translated means 'To Trick Someone').
Watch South African rock band, Southern Wild, perform “Darkness At My Heels” live for Deezer NEXT - a new programme supporting the next generation of great music and helping you find your next favorite artist. Deezer is a music streaming/curating company helping independent and established artists reach new audiences around the world.
Zimbabwean Ambassador for MUSIC UNITES AFRICA Dj Naida releases a new song titled "Chokonyonyo". This Gqom inspired House music produced by super producer Reverb 7. This song features King of Urban Music, Simba Tagz. "Chokonyonyo" will get you on your feet and bring out the freak in you. Listen now!
Oolar (real name: Olamide Akinwunmi) is a soul singer and songwriter from Nigeria. Oolar's music is heavenly! It evokes PEACE and LOVE and represents something greater than just music. Oolar's music symbolizes Unity. For her, music means so much more! It is an avenue for this young Pan-African Wonder Woman to spread positive messages of love and hope through her heartwarming songs. Breathtaking in every sense of the word, Oolar's "Freedom" is transcending. Imbibed in African Soul - AfroSoul music, this culturally rich tune inspires the world to love and live in peace with one another.
When we published an article about MCskill ThaPreacha's "Diary Of A Supernatural" album back in December 2016, many were drawn aback as to how this independent Nigerian hip hop music artiste had gained so much global recognition while maintaining his uniqueness and style of music. A lot's changed since then. MCskill ThaPreacha has improved even much greater than when last we caught up with the Pan-African music artiste. His newest music video titled "Man In The Mirror" is a fan-favorite off his breathtaking album project and we're excited to share this video with you.
The Neo-Afrikan Voices here at MUSIC UNITES AFRICA published an article on Eli Earls in March of 2017. We're pleased to see the progress made thus far. If you haven't heard this amazing Pan-African hip hop mixtape, you can do so now by hitting the play button below.
"Falling for you" is an Afrobeat inspired pop-song sang with a dancehall feel by Malawian singer/songwriter, Malaika. The saucy song challenges gender stereotypes, encouraging women to go after what they want (in this context a man, instead of always waiting for the guy to make the first move). Talking about what inspired her to write the song Malaika says far too many women are unfulfilled and unhappy in relationships because they don't feel they can express themselves sexually or communicate their desires without running the risk of being labelled "wild" or accused of cheating. The singer teamed up with Zimbabwean born, UK number selling record producer Rymez. The music video features Zimbabwean superstar Tytan playing a cameo role and is directed by award winning Zimbabwean artist and producer Jusa Dementor.