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Mavin Records Attract Multimillion-Dollar Equity Investment From Kupanda Capital

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MAVIN RECORDS, Africa’s industry-leading music label, announces its multimillion dollar equity investment partnership with KUPANDA HOLDINGS.

Mavin is focused on scaling operations to meet the rapidly growing international demand for African music, on growing its roster and on strengthening its services across A&R, touring, marketing, distribution, publishing and partnerships.

“Our mission is to grow Mavin Global into the music powerhouse of Africa”, explains Michael Collins Ajereh a.k.a Don Jazzy, Mavin Global President and Founder. “By collaborating with artists, African creatives, local and international partners, we can become a globally recognized household name and the go-to platform for connecting African music with the world.”

Mavin is home to iconic African artists like Tiwa Savage and Korede Bello. Since its inception in 2012, Mavin has been an industry leader in leveraging digital platforms like Youtube, Twitter and Instagram, both to reach local audiences and grow significant fanbases among the African diaspora in the US, Europe and UK.

This investment will enable the company to strengthen this advantage as it develops brand partnerships that support its artists’ values and stories.

“With the resources and operational capacity Kupanda Capital brings along with its investment, Mavin is now ready to grow our artist roster and facilitate partnerships at a global scale. We are looking to build an institution that will support the fantastic creative ecosystem in Africa, and move Afrobeats to the forefront of the global industry,” said Tega Oghenejobo, Chief Operating Officer of Mavin Global.

Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa with a population of 180 million, and its music industry is projected to grow rapidly with increasing smartphone penetration and the popularity of Youtube, Twitter, Instagram and, increasingly, digital streaming platforms. Across Africa, in cities like Lagos and Abidjan, the market for live shows is increasing as well. 

Meanwhile, according to the most recent publicly available data from industry trade body, IFPI, the global recorded music market grew by 8.1% in 2017, reaching $17.3 billion that year on the strength of digital streaming revenue. 

That growth is expected to have continued in 2018,presenting an excellent environment for Mavin to market its music globally.

“Between Don Jazzy’s leadership in defining the sound of modern Afrobeats and developing top African artists, Mavin Global has a unique advantage and opportunity to build the record label that will accelerate the promotion  of African popular music to the world. We are impressed by the Mavin team’s experience and are pleased to partner with them in their next phase of growth.” said Bobby Pittman, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Kupanda Capital.

“This partnership is an excellent opportunity for us at Kupanda Capital to deploy our business building capabilities alongside our data-driven knowledge of the African consumer to scale Mavin’s operations across Africa, and globally.” said Linda Oramasionwu-Leverette, Co-Founder and Partner at Kupanda Capital. 

Korede Bello, whose global breakout hit “Do Like That” has been streamed over 200 million times worldwide, is among the artists enthusiastic about the partnership. “I’m overjoyed to be part of this new era for Mavin. With the support of this team, I’m excited to release new music for my fans and connect with even more music lovers across the world.”

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Kojo Cue & Lil Shaker Share Same With Lauryn Hill & Nas at Miseducation 20th Anniversary Tour

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The rap game has taken different directions in the Ghanaian circle and the younger generation are not holding back from projecting the good name of Ghana.

Over the weekend, Kojo Cue and Lil Shaker from the BBnZ Camp in South Africa for Lauryn Hills Miseducation 20th Anniversary Tour.

The 20,000 TicketPro Dome located in Johannesburg was the location for the event which was headlined by Lauryn Hill and Nas. “The Miseducation” album was released 20 years ago.

Pen and Paper as they are referred to by some folks in Ghana were one of the only two acts on bill to open the show. Lauryn Hill’s official tour DJ, DJ Reborn held the forth for Kojo and Shaker.

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The International Media Has Misrepresented Africa – American Rapper Diggy Simons Tells It All After Visit To Ghana

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American rapper, model, singer and actor Diggy Simmons known in real life as Daniel Dwayne Simmons III has poured out his heart about the continent Africa, the many misconceptions and misrepresentation the media in the west has given it, after his short visit to Ghana.

Taking to social media site instagram, Diggy who posted a picture of himself dawning some rich Kente fabric posted a very touching story about Africa from his eyes view.

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“Peharps I’m ignorant. Perhaps I have been for sometime now. Many of my perceptions of misperceptions rather, we’re overdue to be rightfully shattered. It’s a shame – SD one with many friends from Cameroon, Nigeria and other countries throughout the continent of Africa – that I have remained so unaware. These friends raved about their homelands and somehow their praise gel upon deaf ears. In past due to that as a child, Africa, to me, seemed branded as less than alluring. The media and societal narrative has often viewed Africa with a sense of violence, poverty and underdevelopment. This portrayal has caused generations of Africans to abandon their own heritage and traditions. During my trip to Ghana, I can’t say I’ve felt more comfortable in a space. I don’t think I stopped my shaku shaku from the time I got off the plane. Every stereotype that’s been perpetuated never pointed to me feeling this free. I was also fortunate enough to visit the slave dungeons in cape coast – small quarters where hundreds of my potential ancestors were held captive in any given day with no nourishment, suffering in their own graces and urine. As heartbreaking and it was to stand on those grounds, my takeaway – apart from feeling both inspired and deviated – was a galvanised sense of pride. I felt as if I gained a more authentic and emboldened sense of self, furthering my own understanding of endurance through my ancestors’ plight.”

The post received a lot of reactions from his follows with most appreciating him for his kind words and renewed perception.

Diggy has worked with the liked of Pharrel Williams and Lupe Fiasco and has had top acts like Kanye West commending his acts

Perhaps I’m ignorant. Perhaps I have been for some time now. Many of my perceptions, or misperceptions rather, were overdue to be rightfully shattered. It’s a shame—as one with many friends from Cameroon, Nigeria, and other countries throughout the continent of Africa—that I have remained so unaware. These friends raved about their homelands, and somehow their praise fell upon deaf ears, in part due to that as a child, Africa, to me, seemed branded as less than alluring. The media and my societal narrative has often viewed Africa with a lens of violence, poverty, and underdevelopment. This portrayal has caused generations of Africans to abandon their own heritage and traditions. During my trip to Ghana, I can’t say I’ve ever felt more comfortable in a space. I don’t think I stopped my Shaku Shaku from the time I got off the plane. Every stereotype that’s been perpetuated never pointed to me feeling this free. I was also fortunate enough to visit the slave dungeons in Cape Coast—small quarters where over a hundred of my potential ancestors were held captive on any given day with no nourishment, suffering in their own feces and urine. As heartbreaking as it was to stand on those grounds, my takeaway—apart from feeling both inspired and devastated—was a galvanized sense of pride. I felt as if I gained a more authentic and emboldened sense of self, furthering my own understanding of endurance through my ancestors’ plight. Thank you to @boriskodjoe @nicoleariparker @badassboz @thedebonairdisciple for the introduction to my truth. My year couldn’t have began with more clarity.

Perhaps I’m ignorant. Perhaps I have been for some time now. Many of my perceptions, or misperceptions rather, were overdue to be rightfully shattered. It’s a shame—as one with many friends from Cameroon, Nigeria, and other countries throughout the continent of Africa—that I have remained so unaware. These friends raved about their homelands, and somehow their praise fell upon deaf ears, in part due to that as a child, Africa, to me, seemed branded as less than alluring. The media and my societal narrative has often viewed Africa with a lens of violence, poverty, and underdevelopment. This portrayal has caused generations of Africans to abandon their own heritage and traditions. During my trip to Ghana, I can’t say I’ve ever felt more comfortable in a space. I don’t think I stopped my Shaku Shaku from the time I got off the plane. Every stereotype that’s been perpetuated never pointed to me feeling this free. I was also fortunate enough to visit the slave dungeons in Cape Coast—small quarters where over a hundred of my potential ancestors were held captive on any given day with no nourishment, suffering in their own feces and urine. As heartbreaking as it was to stand on those grounds, my takeaway—apart from feeling both inspired and devastated—was a galvanized sense of pride. I felt as if I gained a more authentic and emboldened sense of self, furthering my own understanding of endurance through my ancestors’ plight. Thank you to @boriskodjoe @nicoleariparker @badassboz @thedebonairdisciple for the introduction to my truth. My year couldn’t have began with more clarity. 📸@joshuakissi styling: @nana.kwasi.wiafe

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Unveiling The Top 30 Contestants For Akwa Ibom Talent Showcase

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It is finally here! In bold, elegant, and breathtaking shades, AKWA IBOM Talent Showcase unveils the top 30 contestants vying for the top spot at the NIGHT OF STARS. In an epic auditions where performing artistes pitched their passion, courage, and flair to a seasoned panel of judges and electrifying audience; the next generation of hit-makers have their feet in the door of the Creative industry.

Accommodating a broad blend of performing arts in Music, Dance, and Drama; Akwa Ibom Talent Showcase has raised the bar by asserting a template for discovering and developing the capacity of the teeming creative talents in Akwa Ibom State. As a significant component of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s roadmap to accelerate the development of key sectors of the state, AKWA IBOM Talent Showcase is strategic in revitalizing the entertainment subsector, and exploring the possibilities that abound in our active youth population.

Beyond the NIGHT OF STARS, where 30 top emerging performing artistes will deliver top-of-the-rung performances in MUSIC, DANCE and DRAMA. The entertainment industry is guaranteed a boost from the groomed and tested skills of these artistes. Another interesting phase will be screening the new series of Akwa Ibom Talent Showcase which hits the scene, December 9, 2018. Veteran judges 2baba Idibia, Kaffy, Uche Jumbo, will be blind screening as coaches; for the talented, for the courageous and for posterity; the stage is set, the spotlight is warming it’s glow for our best new performing artistes to chart the course to their future.
Here is AKWA IBOM Talent Showcase Fantastic 30 (top ten in each category):

MUSIC CATEGORY
1. Aniekan Akpan
2. Favour Elijah
3. Gabriel Ettah (Sax Angel)
4. Glory Ceepee
5. Iniobong Edet
6. Nsidibe Etok (Sidi)
7. Omormusic
8. Precious Edem
9. TREF Community Choir
10. Valentine Uko (Heaven’s Pride)

DANCE CATEGORY
1. Space Robort
2. House of Stylez
3. The Elite Kings Dance Crew
4. G and E Dance Duo
5. Famous Dance Crew
6. Princess and Blessed
7. Golden Entertainers
8. Brown Jay
9. Vortex
10. Tetris Nation

DRAMA CATEGORY
1. Edward Francis
2. Jane Mark
3. Akaninyene Amos
4. Ekaette Umoituen
5. Akpabio Junior
6. Otobong Francis
7. Emmanuel Inyang
8. Ubong Ekiko
9. Mkpóuto Johnny
10. Imeobong Akpan

These are our gem for the future of the creative ecosystem. Among the overflowing turnout at the auditions, and through a cautious verification process, these artistes brought their game, and were impressive in ticking all the boxes in Stage Presence, Costume, Interpretation, Intrigue, Aptitude, and Showmanship. They are fantastic in every sense of it, make it a date at the NIGHT OF STARS- December 9th, 2018.

Follow the AKWA IBOM Talent Showcase train at www.akstalentshowcase.com

#AksTalentShowcase

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R2Bees And DopeNation Take Over Nigeria In Style

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R2BEES and DOPENATION, Ghanaian multi-talented smart musicical group known for their well composed songs have taken over Nigeria in style.

Recent released songs “Supa” and “Naami” by the two musical groups has been welcomed very well by the Nigerians.

Shortlisted for their music poll, “Supa” by R2bees which got Wizkid featured on hit number while “Naami”which got Olamide and DJ Enimoney featured hit number 4.

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