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Kampala Social Club releases debut single “COT2ON”

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Today sees the release of the debut music from Kampala Social Club, with the beautiful single “COT2ON”. Kampala Social Club is an experiment in journeys. The quest for self, the search for connection to the past and present. Seeking a known place in your own existence, and a place within its future. The architect, Steven Fernandez, is a Canadian artist whose meditative, instrumental recordings comprise this project born from a reach into his ancestral history and present-day spiritual practices. The goal is to tell a story and help the listener connect with its own.

In tangible form, the Kampala Social Club was a gathering place for the Goan middle class in early 20th century Uganda. At the club, people of like minded religion, social caste, language and tradition sought to gather, connect and find safety amongst themselves. The club was a central site in Fernandez’ own family – giving it legendary and weighted symbolic status via his parents – both immigrants to Canada in the late 60s. “My parents were born in East Africa and traced their ancestors back to Goa,” he explains. “Growing up in Stoney Creek, Ontario with parents who spoke Swahili, had a Portuguese last name and were Catholic with the appearance of an Indian – life was not easy to understand. I was too brown to be black, too brown to be white, too Anglo Indian to be Indian, yet I could identify very strongly with all cultures. I’ve spent my whole life trying to understand who I am.”

Using the rich historical backdrop of the social club – the musical project seeks to support foundational explorations in mindfulness. Purpose in action, in reflection and in the journey to understand and connect with self is at the core of the music – but the true value lies in the listener’s ability to embark on its own journey. “Though the name is tied to culture, it’s really about the symbol of safety and freedom,” Fernandez continues.“The hope that we can find refuge in sound, slow our minds down and feel safe to express all sides of our human experience in the lives we lead. The ability for us to pause and reflect before we can learn to expand. When I reflected on the name of the project, I realized it was the authentic culmination of my life after 48 years. The music is the alignment of all the influences of my culture, music and human experience to this point.” Fernandez has found direct utility for the music within his own sound meditation business Pause + Expandwhich began for the purpose of supporting the mindfulness community. 

“The music is a refuge from a world that in my experience works to never stop,” he concludes. “A companion in your life taking up as little or as much space as you allow.” Kampala Social Club is the first in a series of releases planned under the project moniker and the first recording “COT2ON” is available everywhere now.

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Dallas Riser Numbaa 7 Recruits Babyface Ray for Soulful “Difference” Single

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Following the footsteps of the late Mo3, Dallas rapper Numbaa 7 impresses with his Texas-fried brand of soulful trap. Echoing his mentor’s famous sentiment–”everybody ain’t your friend”–Numbaa 7 shares Difference,” his new single. Produced by Dallas stalwart Rob Stovall, “Difference” combines mournful piano with guitar, organ, and wailing saxophones to provide an ideal canvas for Numbaa 7’s drawly croon. Numbaa 7 counsels listeners to watch the people close to them for signs of their true intentions, while guest Babyface Ray warns aspiring VIPs to watch out for “cool-ass n****s.” “Difference” is the newest glimpse of Diary Of A Steppa, 7’s next album, coming July 15th via EMPIRE.

Born and raised in the Pleasant Grove section of Southeast Dallas, Numbaa 7 determined that the only way he could escape his circumstances was by picking up a mic and a pen. At the age of 16, rhyming under the name of YNB x Stretchgang, 7 released “Numbaa 7,” his debut single and anthem, racking up over 2 million streams across platforms. Despite his fast start, Numbaa 7 encountered personal and legal obstacles that nearly convinced him to give up on his rap dreams. That all changed when he met Mo3, the Dallas legend, who took him under his wing and signed him to H$M Music. After signing to H$M in 2019, Numbaa 7 quickly regained his regional bonafides, teaming with Mo3 for Play Wit ‘Em, a Dallas street hit that racked up over 5.6 million views on YouTube. Mo3 tragically passed away in November 2020, but since then, 7 has put in the work to further his mentor’s legacy, releasing singles like Control Us,” with Mo3 and fellow H$M artist MTM DonDonMurda Who” ft. Jackboy, and Chess,” which Sparky called a “Dallas anthem.”

With Diary Of A Steppa, 7 welcomes listeners into his world, carrying the flame for H$M as he builds his own legacy in Texas and beyond. Stay tuned for more.

Buy/Stream “Difference” ft. Babyface Ray today!

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Rising Rapper ARDN Makes An Escape Plan with “Paper”

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Blending athletic verbal dexterity with a sharp sense of storytelling and a facility with melodic flows, rising Edmonton-via-Burundi artist ARDN is the total package. Coming through with an aspirational anthem perfectly suited to rising temperatures, ARDN shares Paper,” his latest single. Built around a walking bassline that provides a perfect counterpart to ARDN’s vocals, “Paper” finds the rising artist effortlessly switching flows from melody to rapidfire rhymes and back. The artist’s virtuosic verse mixes impressive internal rhymes with cutting punchlines and flirtatious come ons, creating quotable quips purpose-built for social captions: “Ion ever miss, but if I ever do, you can guarantee I’m gonna put it back.” “Paper” is available everywhere via 11 Music Group.

“‘Paper’ is a song that describes a girl I have strong interest in, that is dealing with a number of struggles in her life,” explains ARDN. “I offer her an opportunity to escape, by taking on a new journey with me in which we’ll adventure, and grow rich together.”

ARDN continues, “I went to the studio one day to record, and my boy Tyler Banditt showed me this idea he came up with for me, with my other friends Mardi Woya and Mariano Zelaya. I was instantly hooked, and couldn’t get the melody out my head. After the session I rushed home and immediately started penning verses to compliment it and everything flowed effortlessly. I went back to the studio, we put it all together, and we both knew in that moment that we had just made something special.”

“Paper” continues a breakout year for the young emcee, marked by organic growth and augmented by viral success. Earlier this year, ARDN made waves on TikTok with his song Til The Morning,” which generated over 17k video creations and helped the song surpass 1.3 million streams on Spotify. ARDN’s follow-up single Jupiter & Mars” proved his staying power, generating over 1.2 million streams in two months and earning praise from Complex. His 2022 built on momentum created by his single “Wavin” (2.8 million Spotify streams) and its accompanying project “Alien”.

ARDN has been honing his craft for years, studying the music and movement of artist like Anderson .Paak, Smino, and J. Cole and filtering his influences through his experience as a child of immigrants and his prodigious talent. With much more music on deck, including an EP dropping at the end of the summer, ARDN is one of the most exciting artists in the game today.

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Flash Riviero feat. Roses Versatile Drops “Serving”

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Serving is a very energetic and fun track with a NewYork infused hip-hop style. This song has the perfect Tiktok hit elements, that’ll have you and your friends feeling confident. Produced by BlackSurfer.

Rush Riviero Gordon (Born May 4th, 1998) known professionally as Flash Riviero. Is a rapper, actor, singer, song writer and model born in Montego Bay Jamaica with a Nigerian, Korean, Chinese, Portuguese and Jamaican decent. Alias “Thee Blasian Flash”. He moved to America at the age of 2 years old. He began pursuing an interest in entertainment, acting and singing from a very young age and started taking his dream more seriously around the year 2015. Debuting his very first single in late 2019 called “Bop it Down Twerk” but previously having a handful of Songs on SoundCloud. Flash Riviero has just released his very first debut Ep in 2022 with lead single Serving featuring Roses Versatile.

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