On the verge of his third full length project and the third series in his ‘Awoodah’ EP series, which is set for release next month, UK-based afropop and afrofusion artist SEAN DAMPTE unveiled his massive new single titled ‘PEPE (REMIX)’ featuring fellow UK-based afrofusion artist NIZZY and Nigerian rising star BUJU, who recently featured on the deluxe version of Wizkid’s ground-breaking album Made In Lagos and collaborated with Mavin Records’ Ladipoe on one of the biggest songs of the year ‘Feelings’.
Speaking about the inspiration behind his new ‘Pepe (Remix)’ single, Sean Dampte says: “Sometimes I find it difficult to fully express myself without my mother tongue, which is Yoruba. ‘Pe’ is the Yoruba word for complete and ‘pepper’ is Nigerian street slang for money, so the song title ‘Pepe’ is short for expressing that ‘Pepper pe’. Essentially, the song is me letting my woman know that I’ve got whatever it takes to give her whatever she wants because my money is complete – of course with help from Buju and Nizzy”.
Championed by the likes of MTV Base, BET, TRACE and Apple Music, while also having shared the stage with afrobeats royalty such as D’Banj, Wizkid, Davido and Wande Coal, Sean Dampte has been foundational and a staple fixture in the rise of afrobeats music in the UK, and is revered for his stellar fusion sound of afrobeats, dancehall and pop music, which has birthed such hits as ‘Alignment’, ‘You Can Call Me’, ‘2Nite’ and ‘Energy’, to mention a few, and amassed over four million plays along the way…Check out Sean Dampte’a sizzling hot single below…
Following on from his second single of the year following ‘Slow Down’, which was widely supported by i-D, The Independent, Highsnobiety, DJ Target and more, KING PROMISE brings on the party vibes with track, ‘Ring My Line’. Featuring Headie One, who rolls out imitable laid back bars, King Promise deliver his silky smooth crooner lyrics over a vibrantly smooth afro-fusion sample.
The First Films Worldwide directed video, brings to life the hypnotic single. Filmed on Ghana’s lush tropical coastline, the three-and-a-half minute production features both artists, soaking up the vibes surrounded by statuesque, goddess like women to soon head to an after-hours party.
Born and raised in Accra, Ghana, King Promise is an ardent storyteller inspired by life, love, family, hustling and partying, over an irresistible blend of afrobeats, hip hop and R&B. Since first releasing music officially in 2017 via Soundcloud, Promise’s fanbase quickly began to swell as word spread and a huge buzz manifested locally. Before he knew it, his career had taken off and he now counts fans in the likes of GQ, Complex, Boiler Room, BBC Radio 1 and more. Though a humble guy not bothered by numbers, he has over 35 million streams on his top 5 tracks on Spotify alone and 2.6 million followers on his socials and claims Ghana’s most streamed album of all time with his 2019 album, ‘As Promised’ (which saw him share tracks with Raye, Wizkid and more). With his irresistible signature crooner lyrics and palpably warm and danceable energy, King Promise is somewhat of a hidden gem outside of West Africa.
‘Ring My Line’ is part of an incredible new project he wrote over lockdown which he’s yet to shed light on…check out the video below…
A !MS joins forces with Akelle from platinum selling, chart-topping super group WSTRN, and frequent collaborator AV Allure for single ‘iLIKE’.
Taking to social media, the rap star confirmed the single is taken from his debut project, which will be with us this Autumn. Having had huge success releasing singles throughout his career, that have awarded him over 20 million streams, 50 million YouTube views, platinum selling records and numerous awards, the album is set to be the culmination of his life’s work and experience, something that has substance, graft and endless topical content to explore.
The announcement comes just a month after his first release of 2021, the sensational international link up, ‘Honor’ featuring Projexx, Julian Marley, AV Allure and super-producers Cool & Dre. The track, which will also be part of the ‘OFFSHORE’ tracklist, has already notched up over 1.2 million streams on Spotify, 2.4 million YouTube views and sparked rave reviews from the likes of HELLO!, Notion, CLASH and Wonderland, as well as support across BBC Radio 1Xtra, Capital Xtra, Kiss FM and Apple Music 1.
‘iLIKE’ offers up a variance in vibe for A!MS with classic Mediterranean vibes and sweet R&B sitting at its core. Describing the record on his own terms, A!MS explains “It’s a feel good R&B rhythm that takes us back to the days of P Diddy and Dr. Dre, those R&B Rap collaborations with a twist of Drill bass on it”.
Whilst A!MS is a seasoned rapper who has consistently produced visionary sounds and styles with impeccable, hard-hitting lyricism, ‘iLIKE’ offers up a deeper insight to his personal nature and the morals that define him as a person. “The song is about celebrating ladies and unshaming things like the ‘OnlyFans’ hustle. Ladies can be beautiful and use that to make a living if they wish, it doesn’t deserve judgement and discrimination. I’d love for women to know they’re beautiful and can achieve anything they want. I also want men to understand that at all costs, we need to respect and protect our ladies, because without them, we wouldn’t exist, FACTS!”
Giving us an insight in to his debut album, A!MS is already exploring his long-standing industry connects as he leans in to the worlds most celebrated producers, artists and musically talented for the culmination of his lifes work to date. With fresh confidence and an unapologetic attitude, the transition from A.M. SNiPER to A!MS marks more than a name change but a significant moment in his career as he delivers his best work to date.
Hip-hop duo, CITY GIRLS‘ track ‘Twerkulator’ is one club-ready banger that showcases their unmatched confidence and a wily sense of humor over a punchy sample of the 80’s classic ‘Planet Rock’ by Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force.
For the last several months, a snippet of Twerkulator has seen a massive run on TikTok with over 1.2M+ Creates and 750 Million Views on the platform. Now, with the official release of the track available to stream, City Girls are primed and in serious contention for another song of the summer.