EP Review: Naija-Ghana Tape Vol. 1 – DJ Boat x Kobi Jonz

‘Naija-Ghana Tape Vol.1’ is the birth of the burgeoning relationship between two forerunners of African Music – Ghanaian native DJ BOAT and Nigeria-born singer KOBI JONZ.

Starting out his career in New York, Houston-based DJ Boat – who has clocked up over 20 million streams through his mixtapes – has previously collaborated with Kobi Jonz for his breakthrough single ‘Conscious’, which received heavy support from the likes of MTV Base, Spotify and Dezzer.

Now these hot properties are making new waves, coming in the form of four tracks which roars with such vibrancy and carries flawless fusions of both worlds – Ghana and Nigeria.

‘Naija-Ghana Tape Vol.1’ will undoubtedly keep up the vibes in the cold months, right through to those blazing hot days…check it out below…

Must Listen: Call Melanin 

New Lease Music’s Top Ten Songs of 2019

Here’s NEW LEASE MUSIC’s top ten music videos of 2019! Based on both readers viewing and editor picks, a few of the singles featured were first shown on the blog in the previous year (2018) and managed to held on for a well-deserved place on this list.

Go ahead and check out the videos below and I hope you enjoyed the top ten lists

10. HARD LABOR – LIQUID

9. JEALOUS – ASTHA

8. DRIVER – GOLD COMPLEX

7. SIMMER DOWN – SHIRAZ HEMPSTOCK

6. PROPERLY – NIZZY

5. DON’T GIVE UP – MAGGIE SZABO

4. LIAR – LUKE FRIEND

3. SOLILOQUY (WOULDN’T FEEL ALONE) – MARSHALL CECIL

2. SWEET LITTLE LIES – BÜLOW

1. Duro Dada Bimbi Philips 


Sonz Of Thunder UK Drops Video For Latest Track, ‘Blessings Pon Blessings’

 SONZ OF THUNDER UK – have unveiled the music video for their latest track, ‘Blessings Pon Blessings’, featuring Ghana’s award-winning gospel artist Edward Saah.

Already gaining over 1K views on YouTube, the video was shot during the North-West Londoner’s trip to Ghana’s infamous landmark, Cape Coast Castle – a place where as many as 1.5 million natives were stored and shipped out to United Kingdom, America, and Jamaica for slavery. ‘Blessings Pon Blessings’ chronicles their gratitude of receiving a string of good fortunes in their lives and encourages the listener to also count any blessings that come their way.

Gaining UK support from the likes of Ras Kwame (Capital Xtra), DJ AhhVeeDaa (The Beats 103.6 FM), Premiere Radio, UGN Jamz as well as support from US stations (Urban City Radio and Uganda Boston), ‘Blessing Pon Blessings’ sees the pair exchanging their renown reggae/dancehall combo for a vibrant lick of tropical Afrobeats.

‘Blessings Pon Blessings’ is out now on all download/streaming sites including iTunes, Spotify and Amazon Music.

Check out the video below…

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Song of the Day: Summers Over – Icey Stanley

Coventry-based rapper, singer and songwriter, ICEY STANLEY returns to the blog’s Song of the Day top spot with his latest single, ‘Summers Over’.

Maintaining an upbeat and laid-back melody as we enter the cold winter months, ‘Summers Over’ has created major buzz on social media and in his hometown since its release late last month.

Icey’s latest offering follows his single ‘Someone’, released back in July and EPs: ‘Mid Summer Drip 2’ – released with Birmingham’s Mr Macee in August –  and ‘Still No Love In February’, released in February. His firmly established position in the Coventry hip-hop scene has led him supporting UK artists including JME, Fuse ODG, Meridian Dan, Big Narstie, Lady Leshurr and Devlin on stage.

Check out Icey’s joint below:

East London Songstress Teeah Teams Up With Awarding-Winning Rapper Sarkodie For ‘Zengeh’

Exactly a year after her surprise soulful Afro-Jazz debut single ‘Save Me’, which caused a stir in the UK Afrobeats landscape, East London singer/songwriter TEEAH is back with her brand new single titled ‘Zengeh’, featuring the recently crowned 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards ‘Best International Flow’ winner Sarkodie.

The soulful Afro-fusion track sees TEEAH in her sultry element, highlighted by her captivating vocal performance and sweltering lyrics, while Sarkodie is consummate as ever, delivering one of his best guest appearances of the year.

Born in London of Bajan and Southern African heritage, TEEAH began singing at the age of ten, before going on to perform backing vocals for Hugh Masekela, Amy Winehouse, Mel B, Fred Hammond and Misha Paris, among others, performing at Love Box Festival, Royal Festival Hall, Channel 4, and X Factor UK. Over the years, she put her music career on hold for a more behind-the-scenes role in events and PR, but fast-forward to 2019, and TEEAH is now ready to share her exciting talent and music with the world…

‘Zengeh’ follows the release of the critically acclaimed house track ‘So Good’ and the neo-soul slow burner ‘Space & Time’ earlier this year and is taken from her untitled debut EP, which is due for release early next year. For her forthcoming project, TEEAH has worked with producer and longtime collaborator Delirious (Tinie Tempah, Lady Leshurr, and Stylo G).

Go get the first taste of the EP; check out ‘Zengeh’ right here…