Afro-pop rising star Wiyaala brings ‘Peace’ to the world and new self-titled album Wiyaala

She’s the only woman in the world singing in Sissala – and she will mesmerize you

CNN Africa

Wiyaala is a feisty young woman from northern Ghana, bursting with attitude and drive

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Set to play WOMAD this year, multi-award winning Afro-pop songstress Wiyaala has come a long way since her humble background growing up in the small Ghanaian village of Funsi.

The last few years have seen Wiyaala rise from rags to riches. Now on the cusp of becoming a worldwide star, the singer hopes to inspire others by spreading her message of love and peace, whilst also raising awareness of the injustices still taking place to this day in third-world countries all over the world.

Her new self-titled album Wiyaala has already received nationwide success in Ghana. She now hopes to establish a global audience.

Stream the single ‘Peace’ from the album here on Soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/wiyaala/peace

The record is a selection of vibrant Afro-pop anthems sung largely in Sissala, but with a poppy catchiness inspired by Western Culture.

As the singer explains: ‘My album is the product of my environment as a young girl growing up in a West African Village at a time when the influences of Western TV and video first impacted on the African villager …You are hearing my African heritage fusing with the sounds and techniques of western production.’

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Wiyaala rose to recognition after coming first place in a 2012 Vodafone Icons reality show as part of the group Black n Peach, a year earlier emerging as the second runner-up in Ghana’s Stars of the Future talent show. She has become famous despite little radio airplay, rejecting the music industry’s ruthless commercialist side and becoming famous as a result of her live performances and what she stands for. Grace Jones, Tina Turner and Angelique Kidjo are artists that she is sometimes compared to.

Often referred to as the ‘Young Lioness of Africa’, she has become renowned for her activism, working to abolish child marriage and abuse in her home continent  as well as campaigning for women’s right to education – freedoms that we take for granted here in the Western world.

Her fierce ideals are a result of her impoverished upbringing and being a first-hand witness to social injustice. ‘At school, I have seen young teenage girls pulled out of the classroom to be married off. The next time you see them they are pregnant and selling pepper in the market… When I was small, we were often hungry. Sometimes we would catch a mouse, roast it and share it amongst 3 or 4 children.’

She is currently working on projects with The Ministry of Gender and Child Protection and UNICEF in Ghana.

Stream the single ‘Timbanayi’ from the album here on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/wiyaala/tinambanyi-here-we-come

Watch the video for ‘Leno’ from the album here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFoRw-gPH6Q

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/wiyaala

https://soundcloud.com/wiyaala

https://twitter.com/Wiyaala

http://wiyaala.com/

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Fantastic New Single From ‘Pink Fireball’ – ‘Cool Rider Crunch’

Upcoming rock four-piece Pink Fireball return with this new fiery single ‘Cool Rider Crunch’ out August 8th.

The single continues to showcase the band’s love of sixties psychedelic rock, whilst also adding in some uniquely fresh quirks including some spooky opening strings and a crunchy shredding guitar solo towards the end of reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix.

A stylish video accompanies the track featuring the band riding a 1965 Ford Mustang, reflecting  the band’s love of retro. The video was directed by Romain Renard and stars dancer Chloe Alexandra Atherton from Blackpool /UK (who regularly performs at Paris’s legendary Moulin Rouge), as well as models Aline Tran and Petula Goldfever.

As well as releasing their new single ‘Cool Rider Crunch’, Pink Fireball have also recently created a fun music video for their single ‘First Class’

Like the music video for ‘Turn Around’ (which has already racked up over 30,000 views), this new music video is made using stop-motion animation. The video is a perfect representation of the band’s relentless creativity and genius.

Cool Rider Crunch is out on iTunes August 8th

Links:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfpwU4cwJNKYztu6c0xgmkA

https://www.facebook.com/pinkfireball/?ref=ts&fref=ts

https://twitter.com/pink_fireball

https://soundcloud.com/pink-fireball

https://play.spotify.com/album/312sdIlJKwscXpfpqPg7Di?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open

Haunting new EP ‘Circus’ from experimental pop artist Daisy and the Dark

‘Somewhere between the ghostly gliding & luscious laments of Kate Bush, the boldness of Björk and the haunting images of Kylie Minogue floating in a lake, comes Sarah Kayte Foster.’ – Backseat Mafia

‘Resplendent, bold and ambitious.  It’s her daringness to experiment  – and those ethereal, oscillating vocals – that sets Daisy and The Dark apart’ – Chartshaker

Cinematic in atmosphere and brimming with carnivalesque creativity, Circus is the brand new exciting EP from experimental pop artist Sarah Kayte Foster (aka Daisy and the Dark).

Previously a member of classical chart-topping band The Mediaeval Babes for five years, Sarah left the band in 2014, after which the group charted in the UK Classical Charts at No.8 with their single ‘Of Kings and Angels’.

She has since poured her musical talent into a solo career, releasing her debut EP Red Planet in 2015. The record had a lot of online coverage garnering praise from the likes of Chartshaker and Backseat Mafia.

Her new EP ‘Circus’ is set for release July 8th

 Download the 5-track EP here:

Stream lead single ‘Circus’ here:

A vibrant video accompanies lead single and title track ‘Circus’, directed by BAFTA award winning director Shreepali Patel.  The cinematography meanwhile comes courtesy of award-winner Nicola Daley.  It is one of few music videos to have a female director, cinematographer and performer.

Sarah’s creative energy extends beyond music, having also dabbled in work as a visual artist and as a professional actress.

Her ethereal and other-wordly style is sure to appeal to fans of artists like Kate Bush, Bjork, FKA Twigs, Bat for Lashes and David Bowie.

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/daisy-and-the-dark

https://twitter.com/DaisyandtheDark

https://www.facebook.com/DaisyAndTheDark/

Immense Album ‘Elevation’ from Amazing Swedish Alternative Metal Band ‘We Are The Catalyst’

Announcing “Elevation” – The immense new album scheduled for take-off on the 2nd of September

 

‘Open Door’ Single Video:

 

Swedish Alternative Metal band ‘We Are The Catalyst’ and their new album ‘Elevation‘ are most definitely set to stun the industry on the 2nd of September. The most striking elements of the album are, first and foremost, Cat Fey’s immense voice that is supported by one of the thickest and heaviest guitar sounds you will ever hear. The combination of these and the overall mixing across the album creates a hugely empowering aura with a gravitas paralleled by none. It is clearly a fitting follow up to the bands first album Monuments; released in 2014.

 

‘Elevation’ covers themes ranging from depression, personal strife, world conflict and helping to see the glimmer of light in the dark, perfectly in support of their name: “‘We Are The Catalyst’ is meant as encouragement to overcome and challenge the darker parts of ourselves and others, to invite the listeners to keep fighting in a rough and dark world, and try to encourage them to be their best self, even when it might seem hopeless.”

The first single “Open Door” is a worthy and powerful successor to the bands previous chart success which they scored with a cover of Swedish House Mafia’s “Don’t You Worry Child” which the band released in aid of The Fostering Network.

“10 / 10 Mind-blowing vocals….. the most exciting prospect to emerge out of the Nordic nation in the last few years” – GMA

“We Are The Catalyst have set the benchmark for modern metal bands” – Matt Seddon UK Promoter

“I literally cannot get over Cat’s vocals…..Incredible” – www.getyourrockout.co.uk

“13 Addictive Tracks…..Phenomenal” – http://www.new-reviews.co.uk

“Stretching the boundaries of the rock music genre” – Johnny Main  MetalTalk.net

“A huge avalanche….Genius”  – Kronus Mortus Magazine

“Simply Stunning, move over Evanescence”  – Ozzy Osbourne (ex) Bass player Terry Nails

 

Elevation is available for Pre-Order / Purchase at

 

https://watcofficial.bandcamp.com/album/elevation

and

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/elevation/id1093021553

The track listing for “Elevation” is:

  1. Delusion
  2. A Million Claws
  3. Our Dark World
  4. Open Door
  5. Without Fear
  6. One More Day
  7. Alive
  8. Askja
  9. Home
  10. Never Ending Night
  11. Life Equals Pain

We Are The Catalyst are:

Cat Fey (vocals)

Kenny Boufadene (guitar / vocals)

Håkan Strind (drums)

Joni Kaartinen (bass)

Links:

http://www.wearethecatalystofficial.com

https://www.facebook.com/WATCofficial

https://twitter.com/officialWATC

https://soundcloud.com/watcofficial

 

Fresh New Hit ‘Live It Up’ By Speed Autobahn

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A fresh, fast paced and high-energy fusion of Electronica dance and Hip Hop reminiscent of artists Pitbull and Florida perfectly describes the fantastic new single by Speed Autobahn.

After the death of a close friend he was moved to create a song in his honour, taking inspiration from his friend’s popular saying ‘live everyday like it’s your last’ he named the track ‘Live it Up’.

“To hear him say, “I don’t do music for the hood, I do music for the world,” had me hype and if you know me you know I don’t need extra energy, but that’s what you feel through his music, energized!!!”

– Shelneka Adams, empire radio magazine

“ I never thought he could combine the styles of EDM and Hip Hop and Take it somewhere past were Pitbull has taken it, no disrespect to Pitbull, but a younger and newer wave”

– Jay “the Great” Gatsby, The Royal Takeover Radio Show

Currently living in Manhattan, New York Speed Autobahn has been driving audiences so wild that both men and women have ripped their shirts off as they danced and raved. Performing in some of New York’s most famous venues such as Harlem Shrine, Santos House Party, Brooklyn’s Paperbox and also Fame Festival in Atlanta, GA he was introduced to the rapper Fat Joe earlier this year who encouraged him to aim for the skies with his art, saying “ your friends and family are not your fans, focus on creating music that people from all over can appreciate and love”. Having toured with the punk rock band and his producer Danny Switchblade, speaks a lot about the immense quality of music they express together.

In addition to his fantastic accolade his music has been featured on the award winning YouTube web series “Ghetto Nerd Girl” Speed Autobahn is set to tear his way up the music industry.

Upcoming events

1) E.N.S album release party, July10th 2016

2) Fresh Crew Music concert: New York, NY

August 2016 date and Venue TBA

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/Speed-Autobahn-Fan-Page-293420584009339/

www.speedautobahn.com

https://twitter.com/SPEEDAuTOBAHN

https://youtu.be/vEPJpivcQ0U

https://soundcloud.com/speed-autobahn

New hypnotic track ‘Element’ and upcoming album from alternative pop trio The Hallows

 UK alternative pop trio The Hallows gear up for the release of their debut album with this brand new hypnotic single ‘Element’.

As the group explains: ‘element was one of the first songs recorded and it helped to set the overall tone of the album. It was written as a positive and uplifting song about looking up to someone you love and the profound influence they can have on your life’.

Watch the video for Element here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14Qy05nmJWM

Listen to the track on Soundcloud here:

https://soundcloud.com/the-hallows-official/element/s-cW1ht

Championing their own very unique sound, The Hallows are an enchanting concoction of Kate Bush, Muse, Portishead and Tori Amos with their own individual dreamy essence thrown in.

The group’s eclectic sound is a result of the band members’ individual musical meanderings. Sarah has played as a backing vocalist/keyboard/Glockenspiel for Hafdís Huld supporting the likes of Paolo Nutini, Mika and Bloc Party at festivals as large as Glastonbury and SXSW. Joe meanwhile has supported notorious cult pornographic band Rock Bitch (a band renowned for rarely sporting support acts). He and Sarah have also shared the stage with Ronan Keating playing a number of television performances.

Meeting at university, the band shared a house together, in which third band member Dave subjected the group to strict drinking game rules, whilst also ensuring they all ate proper meals (now holding the unofficial title of ‘band chef’).

Sarah has played the role of Snow White whilst working at Disneyland – several elements of this fantasy world clearly making their way into the mystical sound of ‘Element’. As a child, Sarah also lived by a zoo and was kept often awake by roaring lions (the lions would often set the wolves off too, which sounds absolutely terrifying!)

Since forming, the group have been hands on with all aspects of their music including coming up with video concepts, artwork, set design, production and blogging.

 

Their upcoming album Of Time and Tides is out July 4th.

 

The group explain:The album is about life, relationships and how things can change over time. The album was written in the spirit of a bygone era because we wanted to encapsulate elements within all our lives that have influenced us both musically and personally. Sarah draws inspiration for the lyrics from the elements because they represent the never ending cycle of life and time in which we exist for a moment. We have combined these influences to create an album that displays our love for atmospheric instrumentation, lush melodies and, hopefully, pop songs you will want to sing along to.

 

 

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/TheHallowsOfficial/timeline?ref=page_internal

https://twitter.com/TheHallowsBand

https://soundcloud.com/the-hallows-official

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVuuESg_76nXzJHngq51Log

http://www.thehallows.uk/