The identity of hip hop has always been debated. Who's the better emcee? Who rules the 'rap-kingdom'? Who's the dopest rapper in Africa? And as the sun illuminates the world, so does hip hop! And while the debate about "who's better?" tarries on, Nigerian born international hip-hop star 'McSKILL ThaPreacha' transcends all that hype with the release of his 9th studio album; "THE 9TH CHAPTER".
Transcending space and time, Amerigo Gazaway's latest Soul Mates Project envisions an extended studio session between living legends Stevie Wonder and Common. Download the full project, "A Common Wonder", and grab the album's second single, "Sugar by the Pound" below for free!
Earlier in November 2016, we talked about a bright young Congolese music talent by the name Young Paris who was recently signed to Jay Z's ROC NATION label. In December of 2016, Young Paris released the deluxe version of “African Vogue” with 3-bonus songs which feature Afro-beat stars Tiwa Savage and Reekado Banks respectively. Young Paris' songs are a genuine blend of Tribal Sounds, Hip Hop/Afro-beats vibes and Electronic Dance Music.
To a great many, SENEGAL means sunshine, beaches and hospitality. A former French Colony, the country gained independence in 1960. For half a century, political rule and governments in SENEGAL have obediently taken after France, pledging allegiance to western democracies on a regular basis, while in reality a growing slackness, thriving corruption, and neglect have made their mark on political life and people’s minds. The Evolution Project was created because of the belief that today’s promotion of Senegalese artists, musicians and hidden talents is still incredibly poor. This musical project, developed in Senegal (in a professional, ambitious and constructive spirit), aims to:
Mark Balet is a contemporary reggae singer and songwriter based out of New York City. Born in April 1983, to military and diplomat parents. He grew up between Ivory Coast, Egypt, United States, France, England and Spain. In 1996 he formed Mauvaise Race, a Hip-hop & Reggae duo with his sidekick Tashunke and developed his skills through reggae sound systems and open mics.
The timeless words from the diary of the great poet and warrior King Solomon, in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 is re-kindled in the present day and set to music by multi-instrumental musician, vocalist and composer Kibrom Birhane in his second full-length album "Bo Gizzae Lekulu" which is in "Geez" the ancient Ethiopian language and still used in Ethiopian Orthodox Church; translates to "A Time For Everything".
Revolutionary music at its peak! Common's "Black America Again" album is a musical exorcism ritualized in its finesse and classy instrumentation of compositions. Mind-blowing is an understatement when describing this electric Pan-African music project. Bundled with the uncertainties of the recently concluded U.S. elections, "Black America Again" is a UNIFYING album every black man, woman, and child need listen to religiously in order to get a sense of direction in these dark times.
Rwandan born rapper and Pan-African music artiste, Raiza Biza released his much anticipated EP titled "Day & Night" on September 11th, 2016. This colossal 6-track project holds hit-singles such as "Get By" (featuring Bianca Paulus) and "Strong Woman" (featuring Mukuka & Villette). To be honest, the entire executive team of MUSIC UNITES AFRICA are huge fans of the Rwandan emcee whose music from the Diaspora encapsulates positivism, hip hop culture, Pan-Africanism and a couple drops of pure dope-vibes, as his lyrical foreplay delivers high doses of euphoria & hallucinogen to all who listen to Raiza Biza's music.
Janine "Jah9" Cunningham is a Jamaican reggae vocalist, dub poet, social activist, and yogi. After starting her artistic career in the Jamaican progressive poetry scene, she began to release music in 2009 and has since been "credited as the creator of the 'jazz on dub' genre." Her lyrics cover topics such as social activism, Rastafari, Jamaican culture, culture of the African diaspora, and gender, among many others. After releasing several singles and mixtapes, her debut album New Name was released in 2013. Described by United Reggae as "a straight cultural roots album," it was voted album of the year by AchisReggae.com. In 2013 she began performing on stage with her band The Dub Treatment, and she has since toured the United States and Europe multiple times, performing at events such as the Dour Festival. United Reggae listed her just-released album "9" on VP Records & Steam Chalice Records' one of the "most anticipated reggae albums in 2016. The Pan-African music album by Jah9 titled "9" holds 9-songs and has been themed "The Year of 9" by the mesmerizing songstress herself.
Ghanaian rapper and Pan-African music artiste, M.Anifest releases "Nowhere Cool"; a Pan-African music album worthy of purchase on iTunes. The album features Nigerian Singer Brymo, South African artists Nomisupasta & Tumi Molekane and also sees the likes of Ghanaian music artistes, Worlasi, Cina, Dex, Paapa & Dark Surburb. Fused with diverse African sounds and hip hop culture, "Nowhere Cool" by Pan-African musician M.Anifest is a must-have musical project that needs to be on repeat. It's dope, it's fresh and it's Pan-African!