Introducing, Lemonade Gang – Coming to you from Soweto, South Africa



Lemonade Gang is a new group based in Meadowlands Soweto, South Africa. They  consist of four members who go by the names of Tlotliso Lephoto (SpeedyGoSlow), Tshiamo Sengwatsi (Slxmm Ravenous), Tebogo Sengwatsi (Quan) and Thapelo Kgama (Cheps Chenko). Spread the love by sharing and subscribing and enjoying their tracks on soundcloud.

Lemonade Gang
Lemonade Gang



Babemar Dediva singing her new song ‘Pare Hare’, about partying as a state of mind, not bound by club walls and revolving lights.



At FFM, we champion and share musicians from around the world and we are proud to present to you, Babemar Dediva and Pare Hare. Please share the love by subscribing and sharing.

Hearty Arts Dynasty presents Pare Hare third single off of the ‘Black Power” EP. Written by: Black Heart Performed by: Black Heart Producer: Chao Otieno Studio: Half Live Production pare hare meaning “parting” is a feel good,feel free vibe song in that you don’t necessarily need to go to a club in order to have fun; you can still part YARD and have a blast.


“A gospel music show without choral music is like Koko without kosay.” Kofi San launches new album – Jehovah Over Do



Sunday, June 3rd is a date to put in your diary. The hugely talented Kofi San will be launching his new album from the Sans Of Priaz Ministry –  Jehovah Over Do. This is a live event taking place at 3pm (Ghana time) in the Methodist/Presby Church, 37 Military Hospital, Accra.

The FFM Live Lounge will be live streaming this event.

Wherever you are in the world, join Kofi to help celebrate the occasion. Just click on the FFM Live lounge on Sunday, 3rd June, 3pm (Ghana time) and be there in spirit to share the love.

Kofi San

FFM Ambassador for Ghana

Kofi is the Founder/Director of the Sans of Praiz Ministry.

“Praising and worshipping God through music has been my passion ever since I had encounter with Jesus Christ.”




Deena Ade ‘The Cries of My Subconscious’ PRESS RELEASE



Deena Ade proves different from the current roster, a music critic said last week. A smoky new voice in the Nigerian music industry. It is smoky, sultry and powerful in smooth runs with unique melodies throughout the record. Deena almost loses her mind in emotion of Let It GO, but it is a vivid description of confusion in love. She moves from house to soul with ease, although genre hopping isn’t new from this young super star.  Deena Ade has grown from strength to strength, since her last project “The Side Chic”. Once again, she does not hold back her feelings. Whether it be anger, need or sexual desire.

NATIVE MAG “Everything from her sultry vocals to her to the lyrics screams sexual empowerment”

DJ Douglas of TheBeat 99.9FM “The music is honest, something that isn’t being done. Especially with female artists.”

Monstar of Chocolate City “The music is provocative and it oozes soul”

Tec of SDC “This is the type of music that is missing from the sphere”

‘Down’ has been critically acclaimed and has been receiving continuous support from radio all over Nigeria.

The music on The Cries of My subconscious is a beautiful blend of Neo- Soul, house music, hip hop and Afro beats. Deena doesn’t compromise her signature style of soul and swag on the upbeat songs. Topics vary, from wanting and seducing a potential partner on MELO, to almost crying on the track LET IT GO to a partner. She appeals to a partner to not play games with her on SHERE and competes in a game of mind in LOVER.

All these songs have a common underlying theme of love and pain, as you see in the promo pictures. The music has been heavily influenced by Amy winehouse, Tiwa Savage, Beyonce and Nicki Minaj. Artists she looks to for inspiration.

The reception Deena Ade has received from blogs, magazines, radio stations such as the Beat FM Lagos and Ibadan, Kiss FM Lagos, Ray FM to name a few. As a result, Deena Ade is planning a small concert of her catalog. This will be happening in June

For more promo or interview requests kindly contact us by email.

Lafemmesounds@gmail.com

@DeenaAde across all social media platforms



Kaleka Keys – Nitenge featuring KatOyo A Ayoo




Victor Kaleka, better known as “Kaleka Keys”, is a keyboard player/pianist, composer, song writer and performing artist born in Kenya and based in Nairobi. His music cuts across the genres of Afro- Jazz, Gospel music and R&B.

His music career started in 2012 after high school when he began working with different bands. He grew fast within the music industry through hard work, motivation and discipline. He has performed in events and festivals in Kenya such as Koroga Festival, Kwetu festival, Cake Festival and many others.

He has worked with some of Kenya’s popular artists like Juliani and LJ Maasai. Currently, he is playing for an artist called Kidum Kibido who is well recognized internationally.
Among the artists who inspire him are; Brian Culbertson, Chick Korea, Cory Henry, Richard Bona, Shawn Martin and George Duke. His vision is to bring African Fused Jazz with a different feel.

Everything he knows is self-taught. He trained himself to play the keyboard by ear, listening to other musicians and practicing with YouTube tutorials.

Kaleka Keys is currently working on his first Album called “Flower Garden”. He has released one Single out ‘Blind Love – Official Music Video’

Kaleka Keys
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Gogo Simo, a unique East African sound




Gogo Simo is a seven piece band that plays almost every genre of music. They have recorded two albums titled Gogo Simo and Heshimu respectively. They completed their third album ‘UPAWA; which was launched on 2nd September, 2011. Gogo Simo is without a doubt the best band in Kenya.

They perform 5 days a week every week and are largely popular for entertaining at one of the leading TV shows ‘Churchill Live’. They entertain age groups from 25 to 85. The band consists of bass guitar, keyboards, drums, saxophones, percussion and female lead voice. Almost all the band members are vocalists in their own right. Once you’ve heard Gogo Simo, you keep coming back for more.

Band Members

1. Artist/1stKeyboard/Composer/CEO/Producer/Managing/Music Director: James Gogo

2.Keyboards/Vocals: Mike O W Jozee

3.Drums/Vocals: Mechack Niyo

4.Bass: Moses Karanja

5.Band leader/Saxophone/Vocals: Noah Saha

6.Assistant Band leader/Lead Guitar: David N Omamu

7.BGVs/Lead Vocals: Hilda Matilda

 
Hometown
Mombasa, Kenya
General Manager
James Gogo
Press contact
+254 728 025 272
Booking agent
+254 728 025 272

Gogo Simo on Facebook

Gogo Simo
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A Fantastic Musical Project In Uganda by Innocent Wodonya

FFM’s  Uganda Ambassador,  Innocent Wodonya is raising money to help young musicians in Uganda. They need to buy instruments to continue the fantastic work already being done by the David Kiwana Wind Orchestra. Please visit their GoFund Site and pledge a few pounds/dollars/yen to help them give music to young people in Uganda.
Innocent Wodonya
Innocent Wodonya 
“We are a starting a wind classics band and we intend to give chance to our players  to play music and we really need your support for us to do it please whatever you give will help give a chance to one African child  to play music .
Thank you all  friends around the world .
Help spread the word!”
 Innocent Wodonya

The international language of music spreads love and friendship around the world and FFM Records will ultimately record and distribute a digital album for our Ugandan friends to create a sustainable source of income for the future.
The music education outreach that music provides is a priceless lifeline for many Ugandans creating  opportunities for personal development much needed in the area.

Please help us help these wonderful musicians be the best they can.
Roger Moisan LTCL PGCE
(CEO Freedom For Musicians)

Please Visit our GoFund Page



‘I Am A Winner’ – FFM Ambassador for Ghana, Kofi San


Check out Kofi’s video ‘I Am A Winner’ and absorb the sunshine from the beautiful country of Ghana. Share the love by subscribing to and sharing Kofi’s channel.

Kofi San, International Ambassador for Ghana

Kofi San
Kofi San



Tributes paid to South African musician and activist Hugh Masekela






‘Father of South African jazz’, who had career spanning more than five decades, dies aged 78

South Africans have paid tribute to Hugh Masekela, the legendary jazz musician and activist, who died on Tuesday aged 78.

The South African president, Jacob Zuma, said the nation would mourn a man who “kept the torch of freedom alive”. The arts and culture minister, Nathi Mthethwa, described Masekela as “one of the great architects of Afro-Jazz”. “A baobab tree has fallen,” Mthethwa wrote on Twitter.

A statement from the trumpeter’s family said Masekela “passed peacefully” in Johannesburg, where he lived and worked for much of his life, on Tuesday morning.

“A loving father, brother, grandfather and friend, our hearts beat with a profound loss. Hugh’s global and activist contribution to and participation in the areas of music, theatre and the arts in general is contained in the minds and memories of millions across six continents,” the statement read.

Relatives described Masekela’s “ebullient and joyous life”.

Masekela had been suffering from prostate cancer for almost a decade. He last performed in 2010 in Johannesburg when he gave two concerts that were seen as an “epitaph” to his long career.

South African social media was flooded with tributes to “brother Hugh”, whose career and work was closely intertwined with the troubled politics of his homeland.

The singer Johnny Clegg described Masekela as “immensely bright and articulate … an outstanding musical pioneer and a robust debater, always holding to his South African roots.”

Masekela was born in Witbank, a mining town in eastern South Africa, and was given his first trumpet by the anti-apartheid activist archbishop Trevor Huddleston, who formed a pioneering jazz band in Soweto in the 1950s that became a launchpad for many of South Africa’s most famous jazz musicians.

Masekela went on to study in the UK and the US, where he had significant success.

Hugh Masekela with ex-wife Miriam Makeba and Paul Simon in 1987.
 Hugh Masekela with ex-wife Miriam Makeba and Paul Simon in 1987. Photograph: Phil Dent/Redferns

As well as forming close friendships with jazz legends such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Charles Mingus, Masekela performed alongside Janis Joplin, Otis Redding and Jimi Hendrix in the 1960s.

He returned to Africa where he played with icons such as Nigeria’s Fela Kuti, and in 1974 he helped organise a three-day festival before the “Rumble in the Jungle” boxing clash in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.

In 1976, the man who became known as the father of South African jazz composed Soweto Blues in response to the uprising in the vast township. He toured with Paul Simon in the 1980s while continuing his political engagement, writing Bring Him Back Home (Nelson Mandela) in 1987. The song became an anthem of the anti-apartheid struggle. James Hall, a writer and broadcaster who spent time with Masekela in the 1990s, said he “could have prickly personality” at times “due to the tension and frustration of being away from his own country for so long”.

Masekela was briefly married to Miriam Makeba in the 1960s and remained on good terms with the South African singer after their divorce. “They had a wonderful friendship and were very, very close,” said Hall, who co-wrote Makeba’s autobiography.

Masekela refused to take citizenship anywhere outside South Africa “despite the open arms of many countries”, said his son, Selema Mabena Masekela, on Tuesday.

“My father’s life was the definition of activism and resistance. His belief [was] that the pure evil of a systematic racist oppression could and would be crushed. Instead he would continue to fight.”

After more than 30 years in exile, Masekela returned to South Africa in the early 90s after the release of Nelson Mandela from prison and the end of apartheid.

In 2010 he performed at the opening ceremony of the football World Cup in Johannesburg.

Masekela had many fans overseas. “Hugh Masekela was a titan of jazz and of the anti-apartheid struggle. His courage, words and music inspired me … and strengthened the resolve of those fighting for justice in South Africa,” said Jeremy Corbyn on Twitter.

Hugh Masekela photographed for the Guardian in 2011.



The Carol That Never Was Sung






Laura Hassler
Laura Hassler Director & Founder Musicians without Borders

I grew up with a beautiful Christmas story called “The Carol That Never Was Sung,” written by my father– a writer, peace activist and lover of music.

My pacifist parents had left the organized church in their youth, disillusioned when it declined to oppose war, stand for social justice, and take radical risks. But they believed in the persistence of hope in dark times, and they recognized the many ways, across religions, cultures and histories, of telling stories of hope.

“The Carol That Never Was Sung” told of a song that somehow never managed to show up in time to help celebrate the birth of “the child”: each year, it had met someone who was lost, imprisoned, at war, exiled, or orphaned – and had always stopped to bring the consolation of music, and was therefore too late. “But next year”, the carol promises…

We are almost in another “next year” and those songs are more needed than ever.

 

FFM are really ambitious for our members and in 2018 we want to offer scholarships, bursaries and financial assistance to aspiring musicians.

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