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Baddest: The African Connection of Dancehall Stars

BADDEST – VARIOUS ARTISTS //Dancehall  //Africa

ND Dread – [SA |Shatta Wale [Ghana] |Wyre  [Kenya] | Major E [Zimbabwe] |
Peter Miles  [Uganda] | AK Songstress [Ghana] | Mavluz  [Ghana] | Chibwa [Tanzania] | Major Pype [Nigeria]
Produced by: Bashment Music SA and DJ Wallas
Release: 18 August 2017
Label: Bashment Music SA
Genre: Dancehall
Distributed by: 21 Hapilos

9 Artist 7 Countries 1 Song

BADDEST, the biggest collaboration song among Africa’s Dancehall stars. It features 9 artists from seven countries, bringing together the continent’s Dancehall heavyweights on one track. The single comes from the upcoming Riddim Album: BAD TALK co-produced by South Africa’s Bashment Music and French/Suriname’s DJ Wallas.

The idea of the collaboration came about when South Africa’s singjay NC Dread, on a media tour in Nigeria, was asked to speak on the xenophobic attacks that persist in South Africa. He had already started work on the track with Wyre Love Child from Kenya when the first waves of attacks started. Wyre then suggested inviting other artists from other countries to join in on the project to show and promote UNITY amongst Africans. That set the wheel in motion and the track Baddest ended up with nine artists voicing on it.

This is our biggest production to date. From the concept, putting together such an elite band of artists, working with our sound  and vocal engineer to piece it together and revert to the artists with a product worthy of their approval, just the  enormity of the task; priceless!” Explains Xuga, producer at Bashment Music SA who is spearheading the project.

The title BADDEST, alludes to the tough stance taken by the artists working on this project, by sticking together and pouring their heart and souls into the project; the ‘Baddest team’ refuse to fall for the divide and rule tactic. Just like Mother Africa they’re “the baddest all around, and nobody can take we crown”, as sung by NC Dread in the refrain.

“One of my most exciting and explosive projects of 2017. It was such an honor to be the Sound Engineer and part of the production team in a project of such magnitude, it’s history in the making!  Never before have 9 of Africa’s finest dancehall artists come together in a song and we did it!” – LaSoul, Sound Engineer who worked on the project.

“This is a historic tune and Shatta Wale glad to be part of it and set the pace as always.” – Shatta Wale
In 2016 Bashment Music SA together with DJ Wallace produced the Pharaoh riddim which featured artists from Kenya, Tanzania, Jamaica, South Africa and the US, further proof that borders are collapsing and bridges are being built.

Major E sums it all up: “When Africa comes together in song…What a Connection.. Lyrical Expedition…”

Featured Artists

Featured artist in order of appearance:

AK SONGSTRESS (Ghana) @aksongstress
“King of the Queens” . If Shatta Wale is the King of The Dancehall, AK Songstress is the Queen. She won the best female dancehall artiste of the year award at the Ghana Naija Showbiz Award 2017 held in Lagos in Nigeria. A Hard hitting lyricist from Ghana who was the  first female to ever win the discovery of the year for dancehall/reggae artiste at the 2014 BASS Awards. This is Africa’s Dancehall Queen in the making.

NC DREAD (South Africa) @ncdread
The Cape Town based singjay releases hits after hits and has collaborated with fellow artists from Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Jamaica. A hard working artist who has emerged as the face of SA dancehall under Bashment Music SA. He has been on top of his game ever since he broke out on the scene. His catalog of hits and popularity has taken him across Africa.

GENERAL PYPE (Nigeria) @officialgeneralpype
His distinct style is redefining the Caribbean sound with strong influences from his Nigerian identity. The music of this singer, songwriter and songstylist can be defined as reggae fusion which willingly incorporates elements of hip-hop, rock-pop and R&B into the riddims of reggae and dancehall. He calls his a “tube-sound” carried by striking vocals that capture a forest of emotions and textures—This is Pype.

MAJOR E (ZIM) @major_e_zimbabwe
He is amongst the pioneers of Reggae Dancehall in Zimbabwe and Africa as a whole. His origins are from the famed sound system, Stereo One International alongside the legendary Jah B from the 80s till the turn of the century. Major E is also the pioneer of the popular Zim Dancehall with a catalog of hits from the 90s and early 2000s.

WYRE LOVECHILD (Kenya) @wyredalovechild
The Lion from East Africa.  Wyre is an R&B and Reggae musician from Kenya known from the groups Necessary Noize and East African Bashment Crew as well as a solo artist.  He is reputed for his consistence and relevance in the music industry having maintained an industry presence actively since the late 90s. One of the ways Wyre has maintained this longevity is having several collaborations locally and internationally. He is undoubtedly one of Africa’s most entertaining performers.

SHATTA WALE (Ghana) @shattawalenima
Shatta Wale is the most influential artist in Ghana.  A producer and reggae-dancehall musician, he is best known for his biggest breakthrough hit song “Dancehall King” which led to him winning the Artiste of the Year at the 2014 edition of the Ghana Music Awards and has continued to rake in more awards since.

MAVLUZ (Ghana) @mavluz
Mavluz, pronounced ‘marvelous’, is the popular Ghanaian artist formerly known as ODV. He is known for popular songs such as “Wonya Da”, “Odo Nkoaa”, “Ten Thousand”, “Twe ma me”, “SLIMA girls” and “Darling”, a lot of which he has worked on with Ras Nigga. He is a regular feature on Bashment Music productions. His jagged style is a throwback to a bygone era  of dancehall ‘chanters’ / ‘toasters’ which has endeared him to the hardcore fans of the genre.

CHIBWA (Tanzania) @chibwa_watanchy_tz
Tanzania’s dancehall king! Many will remember him for his huge collaboration with Elephant Man as well his appearances on several Bashment Music SA projects including a collabo with NC Dread on a tune called Music and his Swahili voiced “Mo Ting” on the award-winning Pharaoh Riddim.

PETER MILES (Uganda) @petermilesk
Ugandan reggae and dancehall artist Peter Miles,  is a serial hit-maker with big collaborations with Demarco and Elephant Man respectively. Dancehall in Uganda has been significantly influenced by his works as one of the foundation artists. Peter Miles was the only artist from East and Central Africa selected to perform at the anti G8 summit concert code named the”P8 concert” in Rostock”Germany alongside big European bands like U2, Bono, Bob Geldolf, Seed and Africa’s Youssou N’dour in 2007.

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The single drops officially on 18 August 2017 on all digital platforms.
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