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@Falanamusic SHARES HER NEW SINGLE “JOY”

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Falana earned initial recognition for her self-produced EP, Chapter One. The Canadian-Nigerian singer-songwriter subsequently traveled to Africa, North America, Europe, and the Caribbean to work on new material. It was a process of self-discovery, which revealed new layers to her songwriting. She now shares the first taste of those sessions with the release of the single, “Joy.”
 
A spirited fusion of vibrant Afrobeats, elegant R&B, and island flavor, “Joy” is a song that speaks to this moment in time. Falana’s impassioned delivery leaves you in no doubt that she means every word she sings. And by the time she’s put her heart and soul into its hypnotic hook (“No stress, I’ve got pure intentions… I count my blessings one day at a time”), it’s impossible not to feel its spell sparking a new wave of positivity in your mind. 
 
“Joy” marks the first release in a series of singles from various global artists to be released on Red Bull Records. Dedicated to discovering and showcasing talent on an international scale, Falana is the latest ground-breaking artist to partner with the label.
 
The track was written with fellow singer-songwriter Omolara Ayodele and producer KINGBNJMN (Future, DJ Snake) at the legendary Geejam Studios in Port Antonio, Jamaica. 
 
“It’s crazy that the song was written two weeks before the world went into lockdown,” says Falana“Over the last ten months, the song’s sentiment surfaces all the time, whether it’s in everyday conversation, on the news, or at social media. It feels like the song was birthed right at the time that the world needed it.”
 
Falana returned to Jamaica to film the song’s video with director Mykal Cushnie, whose culture-centric narrative storytelling has resulted in collaborations with Popcaan, Sean Paul, and Damian Marley. As well as capturing some of Port Antonio’s striking natural beauty, the video also shows how her style and signature braid pom-poms are an extension of her artistry.
 
She adds, “I think the video is such a beautiful visual representation of ‘Joy’, the song and the feeling. The energy on set matched the song, and I was so grateful for that.”
 
Born and raised in Toronto, Falana’s upbringing was soundtracked by a diverse music selection that spanned Fela Kuti to Sia. At home, her Nigerian parents would play a lot of traditional Yoruba music as a way of staying connected to their culture, and through the melting pot of the city, Falana was introduced to the pop, hip-hop, and R&B that she’d spend hours compiling into her own mixtapes.
 
By her final year of high school, Falana decided to take her music more seriously and began paying in installments for her first guitar. She taught herself to play by watching YouTube and learning her favorite Lauryn Hill songs. Through balancing side hustles with her studies and winning local singing competitions, Falana developed a taste for travel: winning a trip to London, spending six-months living in Denmark, and visiting Cuba.
 
She later relocated to Havana, realizing that the island’s musical heritage would help her fulfill her own potential. It was there she recorded her debut EP Things Fall Together with a local producer and live band. She returned for a year in Toronto before she again departed, this time settling in her parents’ hometown of Lagos, Nigeria, where she’s remained for the past five years. 
 
Falling between so many of the genres that have influenced her own journey, Falana often felt like an outsider, working on the periphery of multiple music scenes but never quite fitting in. With her new work, she’s finally been able to hit the balance she’s been searching for her whole life. It’s the start of a bright future.

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Highlight & Jaquae Release “Movie”

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Highlight is a New York rapper, who has made it his mission to inspire and entertain the massed through his music. The beginning of 2021 has already started off on a high-note for Highlight, who releases his new single titled “Movie” alongside Jaquae. They also have an accompanying video on the way, that will be directed by renowned videographer Ben Griffin.

Highlight began his career by rapping in the streets of The Bronx at the early age of 16. Using the money he hustled for, he raised enough to create his first demo, which then gained him a lot of buzz. He would then sign to a record label, who also housed the talents of French Montana and Hell Rell.

During this time, he collaborated with Fred The Godson, who would be come a good friend and acquittance of Highlight. Fred introduced Highlight to another rapper, Jaquae, who is known for his appearance in VH1’s ‘Love & Hip-Hop New York’.

But soon after, tragedy would hit, as Fred “The Godson” would lose his battle with COVID-19 in April 2020. The unfortunate passing would push Highlight to get back in the music, not only for himself, but in honor of Fred.

In memory of their mutual friend, Jaquae and Highlight would re-connect in Miami to cook up some music, one of which was the new drop “Movie.”

Here’s what Highlight had to say about the record:

“I told my producer Jaeycol, I need this to sound like I’m in a Fu**ing movie.. And he killed it! I also sent to a friend in the NBA, and he sent back more fire emojis than I’ve ever seen in my life [haha].
Then Cool [from Cool and Dre] said “if this isn’t in Fast and the Furious it’s a shame.”

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Becky G & Burna Boy Collab On “Rotate”

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Global superstars Becky G and Burna Boy have joined forces on their latest track “Rotate” which is out now via Kemosabe/RCA Records.

Becky G says, “Rotate” to me is a celebration. I think it’s evident that futbol holds a special place in my heart and having Burna Boy join me on this made sense because ultimately I wanted to embody the perfect pre-game song that gets the blood flowing, makes you want to dance and enjoy the sport.”

Burna Boy says, “This is a song that inspires you to aspire and I’m truly honoured to be a part of the champions league journey. Writing it came from a place of positivity. The belief that no matter who or where you are, whatever your background or your origins are, there is no limit to what you can achieve when you put your mind to it! I believe we are ALL champions!”

“Rotate,” which was co-written by both artists along with SoFLY, Nius, DiGenius, Elena Rose, Nate Campany and Jin Jin and produced by SoFLY, Nius and DiGenius, is currently featured in the 2021 Pepsi global football campaign “Music Keeps Us Fizzing’  which launched earlier this week (https://youtu.be/EMjHEukGL7M). The lyrics and beat of the track, Rotate’, are inspired by this year’s roster of Pepsi football talent and are a tribute to the beautiful game.

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ATL’s Kamau Jahad Drops Must Listen LP “Fear Of Moving On”

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Kamau Jahad

Kamau Jahad has unloaded a succinct, creative project in partnership with the Platter Boyz. The Platter Boyz consists of extremely talented songwriters, producers, and A&Rs responsible for multiple Platinum and Gold records. Kamau Jahad’s collective MTK(May They Know) has been making waves in Southwest Atlanta for some time now. The two teams teamed up to create a 10-track, 30-minute project full of heart. Jahad’s musical range and vulnerability help him stand out in the world of artists who pretend for a living.

Kamau Jahad - Fear Of Moving On

Kamau has been through some real obstacles in his life. On tracks like “Fin Do/Daddy,” “Panic Room,” and “Overstand” are an open book for the transparent creative. His vision seems to be just as good as his ear. Jahad’s impressive rollout featured call-backs to his childhood and images at notable Atlanta landmarks. Any fan of music that enjoys feeling seen will take a liking to Fear Of Moving On. Look out for his upcoming visuals to help keep his strong LP momentum soon.

Take a listen to the heartfelt project from Kamau Jahad below!

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