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Rapper Sarkodie Nominated for MTV Africa Music Awards 2021

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Ghanaian rap icon Sarkodie has bagged a nomination for the 2021 MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA).


The super talented rapper was nominated in the Listeners’ Choice Award category.
Sarkodie will at the virtual show on February 20 in Kampala, Uganda. face competition from nineteen (19) other talents from eighteen (18) countries across the continent.


Other nominees include Anna Joyce (Angola), AsaphAfrika (Zimbabwe), Dagi D (Ethiopia), DBNGOGO & DJ Dinho (South Africa), Didi B (Cote D’Ivoire), Drizilik (Sierra Leone), Focalistic (South Africa), Khaligraph Jones (Kenya), Locko (Cameroon).


The rest are Malome Vector (Lesotho), Meddy (Rwanda), Mohamed Ramadan (Egypt), Ngaaka Blindé (Senegal), Pallaso, (Uganda), Rayvanny (Tanzania), Shirazee (Benin), DJ Slick Stuart, DjRoja_ (Uganda), Souhila Ben Lachhab (Algeria) and Tiwa Savage (Nigeria).


The MAMA Awards is an award that celebrates local African and international talent and achievement. MAMA 2021, in partnership with Uganda, The Pearl of Africa, recognizes and rewards musicians, trailblazers and those who are shining a light on the continent’s diverse talent and creativity by instilling positive impact on African music and youth culture over the previous year. The awards ceremony will feature vibrant performances from leading African and international artists and will also showcase some of the biggest cross-genre and cross-border collaborations.

This year’s award will celebrate African talent across 20 award categories, including Best Male, Best Female, Best Song, and Best Collaboration. The contribution of artists from Portuguese and French-speaking Africa will also be recognized in the Best Lusophone and Best Francophone categories. Additional new categories included are the MAMA Generation Change Award, Best Fan Base, Alone Together Best Lock-down Performance and Personality of the Year. These new categories seek to demonstrate MTV Base’s commitment to supporting the youth of Africa.

The MAMA Generation Change Award will recognize the inspiring, young change makers of the continent who are tackling some of the world’s most challenging social problems. The Alone Together Best Lock-down Performance recognizes outstanding performances that took place virtually by celebrating artists who took to streaming services to share their music and unite society during the unprecedented 2020 Lockdown.

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Mavin Records Signs 18-year-old Ayra Starr

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Mavin Records, also known as the Supreme Mavin Dynasty, founded by record producer and recording artist Don Jazzy has welcomed a new addition to the label. This new addition is an eighteen year old female called, Ayra Starr.

Don Jazzy made the announcement of the new addition with a captivating introductory video of the young lady, Ayra Starr singing.
This is the third female artiste signed the label after Tiwa Savage and D’ija
Ayra Starr’s future in the music industry looks promising just by being signed under one of Nigeria’s top music label, Mavin Records.

The record label boss, Don Jazzy, made the announcement via his Instagram handle on January 21, 2020 where he shared a rather intriguing introductory video of the 18-year-old talent.
Don Jazzy in the post described her as an all-round superstar whose soulful voice has made him able to see the world from a teenager’s perspective.

In his words:
“Last year I met the most incredible 18 year old girl, her name is @AyraStarr. Through her lyrics guided by her soulful voice I am able to see the world from a teenagers point of view. Ayra is not just an amazing artist, she is an all round superstar. It’s been a fantastic experience working behind the scene for over a year and we at Mavin Global are super proud to present to the world today #AyraStarr.”

A visit to the singer’s Instagram page shows beautiful photos and six videos of her singing – two of which are original songs written by her.
Mavin Records is home to recording artists such as Korede Bello, Dr SID, D’Prince, Di’Ja, Johnny Drille, Ladipoe, DNA Twins, Rema and Crayon. It also houses producers such as Jazzy himself, Altims and Baby Fresh. In 2014, DJ Big N became the label’s official disc jockey. Tiwa Savage, Wande Coal, Reekado Banks and Iyanya were all formerly signed to the label.

One of the achievements of the Record label is Rema, who at the age of 19, On 19 October 2019, Rema won Next Rated and was nominated for Viewer’s Choice at the 13th edition of The Headies. On 12 January 2020, he received the Soundcity MVP for best new artist. On 15 June 2020, Rema was nominated as Best Viewers Choice: International Act on the 2020 BET Awards. He was nominated on the awards alongside Burna Boy and Wizkid, they were the only Nigerian Artistes nominated for the awards edition of 2020

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Burna Boy’s Song Makes Joe Biden, Kamala Harris’ Inauguration Playlist

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The Biden-Harris inauguration playlist just arrived, and it features an African artiste.
The inauguration team for President-elect Joe Biden and VP-to-be Kamala Harris has released an official inaugural playlist. The playlist is 46 songs, commemorating the incoming 46th president.


Burna Boy’s hit track ‘Destiny,’ has been included in Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ inauguration playlist.
‘Destiny’ is the 13th track on Burna Boy’s Grammy-nominated ‘African Giant’ album. Burna boy is not just known as the African Giant, but he has proven that he is deserving of the title, as he is the only Nigerian and African artiste on the playlist.


The Presidential Inaugural Committee’s CEO, Tony Allen, explained the criteria behind the song selection in a statement, published in The Insider.
In his words, the playlist is meant to ‘honour music as a consistent vehicle that has kept us connected through a challenging year’.
‘These songs and artistes reflect the relentless spirit and rich diversity of America. They are the score to a new chapter and will help bring people together as the Biden-Harris Administration begins its important work to unite our country,’’ he noted.


This is not the first time, Burna Boy or his music is being recognised in the White House, he made former U.S. President, Barack Obama, and wife, Michelle’s playlist in 2019 and 2020 respectively.
The star-studded playlist which is now available on Soundcloud, Apple Music, Spotify, and TIDAL, includes 46 tracks.
It was created by producer and rapper, DJ D-Nice and Raedio in partnership with the inaugural committee.

The multi-generational playlist includes tracks by SZA, Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, Stevie Wonder, Mary J Blige, Marvin Gaye, and the late Bob Marley.
The playlist is an intentional way that the Presidential Inaugural Committee uses to provide opportunities for Americans to participate in the inauguration from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Biden and Harris’s inauguration will be broadcast live on Wednesday and includes performances from exceptionally talented people.

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