Spotify recently unveiled its EQUAL hub in celebration of International Women’s Day.

On the heels of this launch, the leader in all things audio will now extend its global commitment to fostering equity for women in music with its new EQUAL Music Program debuting today.

 

The global initiative is uniquely designed to foster gender equity in music by adapting and extending the cumulative blueprint of Spotify’s successful programs into a cohesive experience – supporting female creators under one brand.

Only 1 in 5 artists in the charts are women, a stark contrast to how integral women’s influence is to Spotify’s success today and the music industry at large. 

Spotify takes the responsibility of upending these disparities seriously, and believes the first step towards amplifying the work of all creators identifying as women is to extend critical resources to this community to create.

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Speaking on the initiative, Phiona Okumu, Spotify Head of Music Sub-Saharan Africa said, “In a time where we as a society are re-examining equity on so many levels, Spotify is prioritising its goal to make female faces and voices seen and heard. 

Our goal is to lead by example, joining hands with the African music industry stakeholders with the means and platform to help elevate the next generation of women in the music industry to deserving new heights.”

Spotify’s inaugural class of EQUAL artists kicking off the program includes Ghanaian Afrobeats & Afro-fusion singer Gyakie, who is the first African creator to be selected for the program. 

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The 20-year-old singer who recently released her debut EP ‘Seed’ has not only gained popularity in Ghana but in Nigeria and Kenya where her single ‘Forever’, is a chart-topping fan favorite, with its remix featuring Omah Lay not far behind.

 

“I am deeply honoured to be the first African woman to partner with Spotify for EQUAL.

This is huge for so many women across the continent and the entire globe. I don’t take this lightly at all. Navigating an industry, where the voices of women can easily be drowned out, I’m committed to playing my part…with volume,” ~ Gyakie 

 

Other female artists selected for the inaugural class include American rapper Saweetie, Brazillian pop artist DUDA BEAT, British singer-songwriter Griff, Mexico’s Natalia Lafourcade and German singer Zoe Wees – Global Artist of the Month…

 

SummerStage In Central Park

The Multi-Award Winning Ghanaian actress, singer and songwriter  Efya brought her A game at the just ended Central Park Summerstage Festival in New York.

 

 

 

Efya SummerStage In Central Park New York

Check out some of the amazing outfits the fashionista wore. She was styled by  Art and Creative Director and Fashion Stylist and costume designer STYLE GOD, 

Efya SummerStage In Central Park New York

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Efya SummerStage In Central Park New York

 

 

Efya SummerStage In Central Park New York

 

Outfits was by  Ghanaian fashion house, THE HOUSE OF PAÒN A and the shoes by shoezonegh. Great choice!

 

Efya SummerStage In Central Park New York

 

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Efya SummerStage In Central Park New York

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That you can follow Efya’s daily voice blog on Kirusa Channels and actually LISTEN to her thoughts, ideas, and activities that she may not even share on her other social media platforms? 

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Watch EFYA’s new music Ankwa Dobi  Ft. Medikal below

 

 

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Trip on the new visuals for ‘Euphoria’ by Zepora

Zepora Dickson new visuals for ‘Euphoria’ is a showcase of charm and vibrance. The video is delivered in a blend of colour and activity, displaying the very essence of the word euphoria with it’s meaning incorporated into verses resonating with captivating visuals.

Zepora is known for her soulful sultry sounds mostly coming from productions by Kuvie. The song is featured on his ”Gruvie” tape, yet is Zepora’s stand-alone single.

 

 

The song co-written by RJZ delves into a multidimensional facet of love and how it’s expressed not merely pertaining to what’s familiar, but also a zest for excitement and happiness and the never-ending search for the intensity they bring.

Brought to life and motion by Ben Bond and styled by NKC, Odotei Clothing and Mz Winnie along with other contributing models such as the beautiful Roseline and artists such as Raes and Nii.

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Enjoy the video below!

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Credit: B Banks 

Meet Mzvee aka Vera Hamenoo-Kpeda  a Ghanaian artist known for her Afro-pop, dance-hall and hiplife music. Mzvee released a hit single,’Bokor Bokor’ launching her music career….

She started her music career in her early days with a band called ‘D3’. In 2013, the group split up to accomplish their educational ambitions.In 2014.

Mzvee

She followed with another hit song ‘Natural Girl’ which was loved by many young girls in Ghana.  she won Unsung Artiste of  the Year at the Ghana Music Awards. In 2015, she had nominations and won the Best Artiste of the year at the Ghana music awards. She was appointed the World Bank Ambassador for their ”End Extreme Poverty Campaign’….

Enjoy….

Credit: Mzvee

 

BBC Radio 1Xtra heads to Ghana in March to bring back a host of exclusive content for Destination Africa 2015 – a celebration of some of the most exciting sounds of Africa.

Ghana has an incredibly vibrant music scene so for the on-air project, BBC Radio 1Xtra will travel in and around the capital city Accra, to explore, discover and meet some of the biggest artists from the region. The results of the trip are special programmes, interviews, videos, exclusive Live Lounge performances and takeovers from UK and African artists which can be heard on 1Xtra from 14-28 March.

BBC Radio 1Xtra heads to Ghana for Destination Africa 2015.

One aspect of the Destination Africa programming is a UK & Ghana Music Exchange, where 1Xtra Breakfast presenter Twin B links up a BBC Introducing producer, a UK artist of Ghanaian descent and a Ghanaian artist, to create a brand new and exclusive track. The artists and producers in question are Mobo award-winner and no. 3 on the BBC Sound of 2015 poll Stormzy; BBC Introducing artist Jay Vades; and Ghanaian artist JoJo Abot.

The trio, who have never met or worked together before, will start work on the track over the internet, before meeting up in Accra at the beginning of March to write and record the track together. The fruits of their work will be heard for the first time on air on the 16 March and will be added to the 1Xtra playlist in the BBC Introducing slot.

For the UK & Ghana Music Exchange, BBC Radio 1Xtra will partner with BBC World News Focus On Africa programme – the TV show which looks at the biggest African and international stories. Whilst in Ghana, Twin B will be reporting into his co-presenter Yasmin Evans on 1Xtra Breakfast and will provide filmed packages for Focus On Africa to keep the audience updated on how the project is taking place.

BBC Radio 1Xtra is also working with the commissioner of The Space, the exciting new digital art and website where visitors can explore new work made by the most talented contemporary artists from around the world. The Space and BBC Radio 1Xtra have co-commissioned an interactive film to accompany the ‘BBC Introducing track’. It will be made by two young filmmakers, under the guidance of a BBC Arts director, and will feature the artists in and around Accra for an innovative music video for the track.

Twin B, 1Xtra Breakfast presenter, says: “I’m going home to Ghana and I can’t wait to get out there to connect some of the best emerging UK talent with the authentic and exciting music coming out of Ghana.”

Stormzy, says: “I’m most excited about going back to the roots of where I come from. I’ve got family in Ghana but I haven’t been there for about ten years and a lot has happened in that time! I’m really looking forward to getting into the studio with Jay and JoJo and seeing what comes out – its three very different sounds and worlds coming together in unison for the project and anything can come out of it, I think it’s going to be sick!” Continue here

We will keep you updated!

Credit: The British Blacklist