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Soulsha: the funk mix of Senegalese & Scottish roots music

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Soulsha: the funk mix of Senegalese & Scottish roots music
Soulsha: the funk mix of Senegalese & Scottish roots music. Photo Credit: The Linda

Soulsha’s debut album, ‘Carry It On’, spreads the philosophy that staying true to your roots doesn’t mean turning inward, it means opening your ears to the world’s sounds and letting them move you.

Soulsha grew from a mission shared by founders Elias Alexander and Neil Pearlman: to bring out the groove in the Scottish music they both grew up with.

“Time in New Orleans tuned my ear differently, so I started hearing the syncopated rhythms in Scottish tunes,” Elias explains.

You can stream/download the tracks and access press materials on our full press release by following this LINK.

“Most of the Celtic fusion I hear tends to stick to “four on the floor” rhythms. I wondered, why isn’t there a Scottish funk fusion band?”

The name Soulsha is a pun on the Gaelic word soillse, which means ray of light. Elias hopes Carry it On spreads some light for listeners:

“I would love people to come away hearing the funk in Scottish music and the beauty of sabar, and maybe getting inspired to dig into their own traditions. Soulsha is about everyone feeling uplifted, safe, and allowed to be themselves.”

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Lady Zamar announces new Album, “Monarch”

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Lady Zamar. Photo Credit: Lady Zamar

Coming off the success of her debut PLATINUM album, King Zamar; Monarch is a 20-track body of work which will showcase the Queen of Dance music’s growth.

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Afro-pop Singer Ashleye Scarlette Hits Back with ‘Nikuamini’ Single

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Nikuamini by Ashleye Scarlette. Photo Credit: Ashleye Scarlette
Nikuamini by Ashleye Scarlette. Photo Credit: Ashleye Scarlette

Afro-pop star Ashleye Scarlette is back with one of her most vulnerable releases to date.  “Nikuamini” is a standalone single from the singer based on her personal experiences.

The new track, her first of 2019, is an impactful dance-tinged ballad that puts the emphasis on Ashleye Scarlett’s expressive vocal tone as she flits between airy breathiness and powerful, sweeping belts. Lyrically, the song relays the artist’s sense of assurance and focuses on a relationship that might end in sorrow despite her putting her trust in it — “Nifanye Nikuamini,” she sings — and shares how the singer wanted to hold onto it even though she knows that it was something she needed to turn away from.

A deep Afro-pop track, “Nikuamini” is a tempo-shifting dance song that puts the focus on her synergy as a vocalist. It seamlessly flits between the breezy tones of the vocalist and her gruffer deliveries to create a vibrant soundscape soaring with shimmering synths and groovy beats.

The music video for the song bring even more focus on the theme as portrayed in the lyrics with the director capturing scenes of the singer having a conversation with the said lover then back solely onto the star, doing away with the flash and flare often associated with the world of pop and instead pans over the normal union of a couple in argument.

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Watch the music video for the new song “Nikuamini” below.

Nikuamini by Ashleye Scarlette. Credit: Ashleye Scarlette/YouTube

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Chioma Gift drops official music video of her song; Halleluia

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Chioma Gift drops official music video of her song; Halleluia
Chioma Gift drops official music video of her song; Halleluia. Photo Credit: Chioma Gift

Released late 2017, which got series of testimonies from it’s listeners, Chioma Gift’s Halleluia tells a story that can be found in the book of Revelation.

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Zambian Afropop Princess, Katongo, releases video to popular love song ‘Tinofara’
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