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Mr. Eazi Raises $20 Million To Invest In African Music Creatives

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Award-winning music artist, Mr. Eazi is launching a fund that will invest in Africa’s stars of the future.

Mr. Eazi, (real name Oluwatosin Ajibade) told CNN that the Africa Music Fund (AMF), is worth $20 million dollars. The lead investor is 88mph, a company that provides capital for African businesses.

Through the AMF, the 29-year-old artist from Nigeria says he wants to create a new funding model for the music business on the continent.
Mr. Eazi says one of his primary motivations for funding music is to provide financial support for artists to expand their catalog.

Many investors and financial institutions don’t understand the business of music and as a result, are unable to properly fund musicians, he says.

“Artists cannot go to banks to get money for their music because financial institutions don’t understand how to secure intellectual property. They get it for physical properties but not for music. So, because not a lot of people understand the music business, there is no finance product for musicians,” he explained.
Investing in music acts

Selected artists will be given funding depending on their revenue and projected incomes, using metrics such as streaming revenue, Mr. Eazi told CNN.

“For artists who already have footprints in the industry, we will just do our research. We can check how much they are earning or likely to earn from their streaming revenue, for example,” he explained.
Artists will be given funds upfront based on their revenue to expand their music content. The initial advance invested in an artist’s music will be paid back in installments as the artist’s earnings start to rise, he added.
Mr. Eazi, who has more than five million monthly listeners on Spotify says the AMF will also create access to a larger audience for music acts by helping them find and book shows as well as distribute their music.
“Let’s say we have a two-year contract with someone. In those two years, we will be their representative, helping them manage their music, and as they grow we will be deducting the initial investment from their earnings,” he explained.

Data backed decisions

Mr. Eazi says his parent company emPawa Africa in partnership with music technology company Vydia will be launching Cinch Distro, a music distribution platform for new artists.
“The way it works is that they register on the platform and make their music. It has an AI-based tech that will filter their possible revenue based on the number of streams they get on the platform alongside a couple of other metrics,” he said.
“The artists basically use the platform to distribute their music and we monitor their progress. That way we can make data-backed decisions about who to invest in,” he added.

The AMF is not Mr. Eazi’s first venture into investing in music and musicians on the continent.
In 2018, he launched emPawa Africa, an incubator program that provided artists with funding and resources to market their music, access radio and TV airplay, and train them to become independent music entrepreneurs.
Through emPawa, some of the continent’s biggest artists like Nigeria’s Joeboy and Ghana’s Kwesi Arthur were discovered.

Data and transparency

Music analyst, Toye Sokunbi says the AMF fund will benefit Africa’s creative sector as it will open more doors for music talents on the continent.
Sokunbi, who is also the founder of Artish, a pop-culture publication in Nigeria, says there may be concerns about how the data on each artist is compiled and used and warns artists to be vigilant.

“Many artists don’t have the same accessibility to important data that music distributors have about their music. They don’t necessarily tell you the exact way they are marketing your music or give artists access to data they can use to maximize revenue for their content. This information imbalance means artists are largely oblivious of much of the audience data farmed from their content,” he told CNN.

According to him, it is important for artists to have access to their own data from the backend so that they can build their own music communities and become less dependent on distribution companies.

However, Mr. Eazi says all artists he funds will have access to information about their content and earning in real-time. “With our tech platform you can see how much you earn in real-time, you can also see how much you owe and how that is being deducted,” he said.

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Additionally, Mr. Eazi says he wants to contribute to creating a music industry where Africans are the owners of their own content and intellectual property.

The biggest players in the African music industry are not from Africa, he said. As a result, he wants to create a space for music stars on the continent to become a significant part of the industry.
“I want to look back and be fulfilled knowing that I contributed to getting African equity participation in the music infrastructure that has been built on the continent.”

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Prophet Nigel Reveals What The Mother Of Shatta Wale Did That Gave Him Unexplainable Wealth

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The Leader of Prophetic Hill Chapel, Worldwide Prophet Nigel Gaisie has disclosed what the mother of Shatta Wale did which has pushed the artist into an unexplainable wealth.

The prophet has debunked rumors that the source of wealth of Charles Nii Armah Mensah popularly known as Shatta Wale is through “juju” means. However, he disclosed that his mother is the main reason why her son is wealthy.

Prophet Nigel Gaisie made this revelation during an interview on Koi TV when he was asked to choose between Shatta Wale and Stonbwoy. Nigel chose Stonebwoy on grounds that he has a personal relationship with him nut admitted that both artists are good.

“Shatta Wale is a clean guy. Those times when he used to pray in the mornings and evenings some years ago when he was still Bandana from Ghana. His mother who was a God-fearing woman attended church programs with the photo of Shatta Wale in her hands asking for prayers for him. Shatta Wale is rich because of his mother” he disclosed.

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Rocky Dawuni Drops Full Tracklist And Pre-Order Link For Upcoming EP “Voice Of Bunbon – Vol. 1”

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GRAMMY-nominated Afro Roots Songwriter/Singer, the Producer, and activist, Rocky Dawuni, is releasing a brand-new EP on October 30, 2020, entitled “Voice of Bunbon Vol. 1” The EP is available TODAY for Pre-Save & Pre-Order at https://tinyurl.com/yy7xo2nf

The new EP comes on the heels of his most recent full-length album “Beats of Zion” (2019) which received tremendous acclaim around the globe and featured five incredible music videos filmed in Ghana, India, the US, and beyond. Rocky’s move back to his home country of Ghana is evident in this latest offering which explores contemporary aspects of local music in a creative quest to extend its global appeal.

According to Rocky, “these new songs were born out of my desire to present and project music that is rooted in the deep cultural traditions of Ghana yet presented in a way that it can relate to the modern world. Bunbon is my home town in Northern Ghana. My musical career has always been firmly inspired by my upbringing in the royal family of Bunbon and being educated in indigenous ways. This exposure to cultural appreciation has served as an important part of my world view and music. My vision for this EP is to present a globalized version of African culture. It also represents my maturity over the years as a voice for social consciousness. In a time of uncertainty, we need songs and hymns that can touch our emotional nerve and remind us that love and hope are an indestructible aspect of the human experience that no amount of fear can take away.”

Rocky’s latest offering explores the diversity of his “Afro Roots” sound fusing modern and traditional musical trends in Ghana and across the continent. “Voice of Bunbon” is a diverse sonic experience with songs ranging from acoustic to beat-driven anthems to cultural explorations utilizing aspects of Afrobeats, Highlife, Reggae, Soul and Pop and beyond. The inspirational words to the songs focus on love, resilience, faith, joy and hope. Running through the EP is a theme of empowerment, urging the listeners to think critically on current issues.

**To request a Press Preview / Listening Link to the EP: please reach out to Cary Sullivan at afrofunke@yahoo.com

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Jullie Jay Replies Joyce Blessing By Cursing Her Entire Generation With Psalm 109

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It seems Jullie Jay Kanz, the former publicist of Joyce Blessing is not sitting down to take any courses from Gospel musician, Joyce Blessing.

The artists’ manager, publicist, and blogger has hit back at Joyce Blessing a few hours after the gospel musician cursed her and her future generation.

In a post on her social media handle, Jullie Jay used the famous curse in the Holy Bible at Psalm 109 to reply to the singer’s curses.

Psalm 109 basically is a plea to God to fight false accusers and to drastically deal with the accuser and his/her entire future generation.

The chapter in the Bible is so deadly that even pastors are careful when using it to curse their enemies. But it appears Jullie Jay feels she has no option but to resort to it to fight her ‘false accusers’

In a simple message shared on her Facebook page, Jullie Jay wrote: Psalm 109. Well, you don’t need a seer to know who it is directed at.

Jullie Jay hits back at Joyce Blessing

Read the full chapter at Psalm 109 below

PSALM 109
Plea for Judgment of False Accusers

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

1 Do not keep silent,
O God of my praise!
2 For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful
Have opened against me;
They have spoken against me with a lying tongue.
3 They have also surrounded me with words of hatred,
And fought against me without a cause.
4 In return for my love they are my accusers,
But I give myself to prayer.
5 Thus they have rewarded me evil for good,
And hatred for my love.
6 Set a wicked man over him,
And let an accuser stand at his right hand.
7 When he is judged, let him be found guilty,
And let his prayer become sin.
8 Let his days be few,
And let another take his office.
9 let his children be fatherless,
And his wife a widow.
10 Let his children 2continually be vagabonds, and beg;
Let them 3seek their bread also from their desolate places.
11 Let the creditor seize all that he has,
And let strangers plunder his labor.
12 Let there be none to extend mercy to him,
Nor let there be any to favor his fatherless children.
13 Let his 4posterity be cut off,
And in the generation following let their name be blotted out.
14 Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the Lord,
And let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.
15 Let them be continually before the Lord,
That He may cut off the memory of them from the earth;
16 Because he did not remember to show mercy,
But persecuted the poor and needy man,
That he might even slay the broken in heart.
17 As he loved cursing, so let it come to him;
As he did not delight in blessing, so let it be far from him.
18 As he clothed himself with cursing as with his garment,
So let it renter his body like water,
And like oil into his bones.
19 Let it be to him like the garment which covers him,
And for a belt with which he girds himself continually.
20 Let this be the Lord’s reward to my accusers,
And to those who speak evil against my person.
21 But You, O God the Lord,
Deal with me for Your name’s sake;
Because Your mercy is good, deliver me.
22 For I am poor and needy,
And my heart is wounded within me.
23 I am gone like a shadow when it lengthens;
I am shaken off like a locust.
24 My knees are weak through fasting,
And my flesh is feeble from lack of fatness.
25 I also have become a reproach to them;
When they look at me, they shake their heads.
26 Help me, O Lord my God!
Oh, save me according to Your mercy,
27 That they may know that this is Your hand—
That You, Lord, have done it!
28 Let them curse, but You bless;
When they arise, let them be ashamed,
But let your servant rejoice.
29 Let my accusers be clothed with shame,
And let them cover themselves with their own disgrace as with a mantle.
30 I will greatly praise the Lord with my mouth;
Yes, aI will praise Him among the multitude.
31 For He shall stand at the right hand of the poor,
To save him from those 5who condemn him.

Jullie Jay Kanz was the publicist and road manager for Joyce Blessing. At a point in their relationship, she moved to stay with Joyce Blessing and her husband who also doubles as her manager.

But over the few months, their relation turned sour after Joyce Blessing sought a divorce from her husband, Dave Joy.

Right in the middle of their divorce has always been Jullie Jay. Sources claim she was dating Dave Jo secretly.

However, she came out to explain the musician was rather cheating with her gym instructor, and that caused the divorce.

Joyce Blessing has always maintained Jullie Jay and Dave Joy are sabotaging her. She even created a new online platform because she claims the two have hijacked her online platforms.

It’s in that regard Joyce Blessing on Tuesday 20th October sent audio to Jullie Jay cursing her and her future generation never to have peace as long as she is alive

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