BOUNCE PRESENTS

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BURNITON MUSIC GROUP

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Anloga Junction

Stonebwoy

In the eyes of many Ghanaians, Stonebwoy can do no wrong — musically. After years of asserting his cultural and commercial dominance in the local music space, he comfortably sits as one of Ghana’s most prominent music exports. And with his latest album titled Anloga Junction, the enterprising singer seeks to solidify his status as an icon and extend that influence beyond his home country. This is quite evident with the sonic palette he explores across the 15-track tape and the features on the guestlist. 

 

Despite being rooted in his first love, dancehall, Anloga Junction finds Stonebwoy experimenting with dominant sounds teeming across the continent. To make this voyage as smooth and seamless as possible, he teams up with acts like Zlatan, Nasty C, Diamond Platnumz, Keri Hilson, etc., who didn’t fail to deliver. And with standout cuts like “Critical”, “Bow Down”, and “Nominate”, Anloga Junction indeed plays as a substantial addition to his already impressive catalogue. - VA

Kiss Daniel

FLYBOY INC

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King of Love 

Kizz Daniel

Since Kizz Daniel stepped onto the scene with his show-stopping single, ‘Woju’, one thing that has characterized his illustrious career is consistency. Musically, he has barely put a foot wrong, releasing bangers on bangers. Following the release of his doughty and swaggering sophomore album, No Bad Songz, just about two years ago, he’s back with his swashbuckling third album; this time as the self-acclaimed King Of Love. While familiar Afropop sounds and rhythms anchor this record, it’s elevated by Kizz Daniel’s acute songwriting and occasional top-notch production. Some of the finest moments on the album come when he’s at his most vulnerable. On ‘Chana’, he softly sings: ‘All because of you, me I try the things I can’t do / I know with you I’m superman, every other girl zoom zoom’ over sparkling piano chords. On ‘Tempted To Steal’, a well-written, guitar-driven sentimental ballad, he is willing to risk it all just to satisfy his significant other. Kizz Daniel shows just how pleasant he can be whenever he loses his cynical, peevish edge. - BA

The bigining phase of Laycin

MANANA

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In the Beginning was the End

Manana

If you’ve ever wanted to have the idea of love audibly arranged from start to finish, Manana’s debut project In the Beginning was the End, is right up your alley. Profoundly emotive and expertly crafted, the 7-tracker is a love story told in reverse, capturing the motions of love by looking at it in its highest form until it disintegrates into its lowest — starting with the end and ending with the beginning. Across the project, the South African singer provides a narrative for the push and pull qualities of a relationship, displaying bouts of pure bliss and intolerable pain as he glides from begging for communication from an uninterested lover (“Call Me”) to professing deep love for his wife (“All I Seek). It’s a wholesome, intricate exploration of the extreme ends of love and a testament that the 26-year old is solidifying himself as part of a class of young artists revitalising and moulding the new era of R&B in South Africa. - MA

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VELVET MUSIC GROUP

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Original Copy

DJ Cuppy

From the moment she stepped on the scene as the newest female DJ in town back in 2013, it was obvious Cuppy was one of a kind. Her unique fusion of Electro House and Afropop was an unorthodox blend not many mainstream Djs dared venture into at that time. Her steady journey of musical evolution culminates into Original Copy, the 12-tracker filled with a star-studded guest list that scans the breadth of the continent, making a compelling case for her growing artistry and position as a longtime pan-African tastemaker. Amongst many things, Cuppy is most famous for her unapologetic defiance in being herself, despite pushback from critics and consumers, and this brand of unabashed genuineness is aptly conveyed on Original Copy. From assertively declaring her independence from her father over a trap beat on “Original Copy Interlude” to attempting soulful croons on “Guilty Pleasure”, Cuppy refuses to stay put in the box the industry may have carved out for her. Naysayers may have a field day debating whether she should dare venture out even further, but Cuppy doesn’t care — she’s put out a stellar album, and that’s enough for her.  - MA

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LEADING VIBE

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For Broken Ears

Tems

For Broken Ears is a trip through healing and freedom. This is the simplest way to describe this latest work from the rebel gang’s resident leader, Tems. The songs on this EP carry a  complicated body from production to lyrics to intent. They embody all of the sentiments Tems has come to hold dear as an artist since she broke into the scene, and urge us to look into the pain we have spent so long shelving away. For Broken Ears also excels as a work that surprises you with each new listen; the layered structure of this accomplished work is what makes it even more compelling and reminds us yet again that Tems is here for the long run. - NCJ