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Apple Music celebrates Africa in all its splendour this Africa Month

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Apple Music is celebrating the beauty and diversity of the African continent this Africa Month with their Africa Is… campaign. Africa is many things to many groups of people and by honouring  its musical complexities, Apple Music pays homage to its melting pot of innovation, creativity and sounds.

Africa Is will feature music from West Africa, Francophone Africa, East Africa, Lusophone Africa, and Southern Africa, with 18 exclusive guest playlists that are all inspired by what it means to be African.

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The curators for the guest playlists on Apple Music include West Africa’s Rema (Nigeria), Moliy (Ghana) Basketmouth (Nigeria) Kelvyn Boy (Ghana), Prince Gyasi (Ghana) and Andrea Iyamah (Nigeria). Representing East Africa is Chimano (Kenya) and Hussein Suleiman (Uganda), for Lusophone Africa it’s Soraia Ramos (Cape Verde) and Eliana Murargy (Mozambique), for Francophone Africa we have Ferre Gola (DRC), Serge Ibaka (DRC) and Chrystel (Ivory Coast), and lastly representing South Africa are Bongeziwe Mabandla, Uncle Waffles, Slikour, Nduduzo Makhathini and Wanda Lephoto.

In addition to this, Apple Music will have a dedicated Africa Is… section featuring flagship Editorial and Genre playlists, special Artist Essentials and Behind The Boards playlists, as well as Exclusive Home Sessions and the hottest music videos from the most popular artists.

Here is what the guest curators had to say about the inspiration behind their playlists:

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“To me, Africa – like our music – is diverse, rich, colourful, and beautiful. We know how to have fun. We know how to brighten up a room while preserving the soulful essence of our sound. This playlist is not enough to represent Africa. Nothing is. But that’s the point.” – Rema (Nigerian singer and rapper)

“Africa is the future. Sounds from the continent have always been a force to be raved about, but recent years have proven that won’t be slowing down anytime soon as this new generation continues pushing boundaries.” – Moliy (Ghanian singer-songwriter)

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“The world is opening up to the beauty of African music. Hence, it is important that we as Africans continue to propagate our art in every way possible, because no one else can see us the way we would ourselves. Listen to this playlist I made of my favourite African songs.” – Basketmouth (comedian, filmmaker and singer)

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“AFRICA IS MUSIC, AFRICA IS AUTHENTIC. This playlist proves how authentic our sound is and how dominant our sound has become over the years.” – Kelvyn Boy (Ghanaian Afrobeat singer)

“God has blessed Africa with beautiful kids and I love her because she raised her kids well. Each kid has contributed to the creative world. Art, music and fashion are so original in everything they do. Love them. Africa is original.” – Prince Gyasi (international renowned visual artist)

“Africa is inspiring” – Andrea Iyamah (Nigerian-Canadian fashion designer)

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“Africa Is… royalty. I call this the African Royals playlist. I have selected some of the top artists and songs from different generations and origin in Africa. Our musical journey starts in Angola then heads South to the beautiful Zimbabwe, and then up north to Mali the birthplace of music legends and creators of some of the most beautiful music in the world. I have included a lot of the young female musicians mostly coming from Southern Africa that bring new ideals and approach to music. We then venture to contemporary Cameroon and back to South Africa to visit icons that made musical history during and post the struggle. And ending with one of my songs – ‘Isiphelo’. Where I am as an artist is influenced by everyone in this playlist. These are the artists I love. I listen to them at home and make me so proud to be African.” – Bongeziwe Mabandla (South African musician)

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“Africa is home for the resilient. With minimal resources and an underdeveloped music industry over the years, South African youth have created Kwaito, Gqom, Amapiano, Afro-pop, Bacardi, a version of hip hop through Motswako or African Trap music. Our resilience has been through our music and as we become part of the metaverse it’s also time for us to take this passion of creating into ownership. When the world takes our creation as inspiration and integrates it into their content or platforms, remember that was the cause of the resilience of some ghetto kids somewhere in South Africa. The sounds I’ve curated are an example of all these ghetto kids from the early ‘90s till 2022.” – Slikour (South African rapper and media personality)

“Africa to me is its music’s, stories and cultures. Africa is all the things that have survived the catastrophes imposed by the west. Africa is the spirit that refused the erasure and became immortal. Africa is the essence of being and all things (Ntu).” – Nduduzo Makhathini (South African jazz musician)

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“Africa is the spirit in which the world we live is guided on.” – Wanda Lephoto (South African designer)

“Africa is authenticity. Our sweetest songs are those that come from the saddest thoughts and sung in a melancholic voice.” – Ferre Gola (Congolese recording artist)

“Africa is… diverse. One thing I love and respect the most about Africa it’s its diversity and versatility. This is what I tried to show with this playlist. Even though I’m a huge fan of Congolese music I find sounds and vibes I love in every country of Africa.” – Serge Ibaka (Congolese NBA player and artist)

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“African music is where it all starts for me. These are just some of the songs I grew up hearing on the way to school, around the house, the memorable bass I heard at parties. And then some of the music I love today.” – Chrystel (Ivorian singer and songwriter)

“Africa is black. Black is room to create, to inspire, to elevate, to stamp. Africa is foundation” – Chimano (Kenyan musician)

“This playlist is reflective of the rich and varying sounds of Africa. From old gems to future sounds, I wanted to present a glimpse into how I experience music from the continent. Please find below the very many artists that influence and inspire me on a daily basis as I make my way through the rest of the world.” – Hussein Suleiman (Ugandan founder of streetwear brand Daily Paper)

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“Africa is part of my ancestry, from my musical influences of Cabo Verde and being brought up in Europe (France and Switzerland) my taste for music is diverse, from the Rhythms beats and Melodies from Africa, I hope everyone treasures this playlist as much as I do from Africa to the World on this special month!” – Soraia Ramos (Cape Verdean singer) 

“Africa is our heartbeat. Past, present, future… music has and always will be part of my life.” – Eliana Murargy (Mozambican fashion designer)

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Frederick Nuetei Nortey known professionally as Frederick Nortey is a Ghanaian Celebrity Blogger and publicist.He founded fredericknuetei.com an entertainment website and blog that primarily publishes news about Ghanaian Celebrities.

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Nestlé Launches NESCAFÉ Original 3 in 1 40g

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Nestlé Ghana Limited has unveiled a new coffee beverage called NESCAFÉ Original 3 in 1 40g.

The new product is a rich and creamy blend of coffee, creamer and sugar that provides great stimulation to start the day. NESCAFÉ Original 3 in 1 is packaged in NESCAFÉ’s signature red sachet. It is produced in Ghana and provides 10% more beverage than previous offerings.

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Speaking at an event to outdoor the product in Accra, Mr. Georgios Badaro, the Managing Director of Nestlé Ghana Ltd, stated, “Nestlé is committed to delivering great taste and quality with all our products and NESCAFÉ is no exception. The Original 3 in 1 is inspired by consumer insights and is guaranteed to provide the perfect start to the day.”

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Mr. Jean-Pierre Duplan, Marketing Manager for NESCAFÉ in Central and West Africa, highlighted NESCAFÉ’s dedication to innovation and renovation. “As a brand, we strive to continuously evolve to meet our consumers’ needs. This is why we have introduced the NESCAFÉ Original 3 in 1. It has the rich and creamy coffee taste that Ghanaians love. It isaffordable, easy to prepare and formulated with the right energy to start strong every day!”

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Your favorite cup of NESCAFÉ Original 3 in 1 40g joins the delicious range of beverages NESCAFÉ has offered Ghanaians since 2003. These include NESCAFÉ Classic and NESCAFÉ Sweet and Creamy.

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NESCAFÉ Original 3 in 1 is made from coffee sourced responsibly from West Africa under the NESCAFÉ Plan. NESCAFÉ Plan works directly with over 20,000 farmers, offering them training in business and agricultural skills. This allows the farmers to better manage their farms, increase their yield and improve their livelihoods and contributes to strengthening NESCAFÉ’s position as the most sustainable coffee brand in the world.

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7 Weed Benefits For Skin And Hair

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Weed, often known as Marijuana, has long been recognized for its medical benefits, and it has also found its way into cosmetics. Marijuana has been shown in research to have therapeutic properties and may be used to treat various skin and hair problems. People take advantage of online vendors to get weed delivery vancouver at their doorsteps. So, how does Marijuana help your skin and hair, and what are its benefits? Let’s have a deeper look at it!

The derivatives from the Cannabis plants are used to manufacture cosmetic products. In the manufacture of cosmetic products, the plant’s seeds (hemp seeds) and oil are employed. These are rich in necessary components, vitamins, and essential fats beneficial to the skin. Hemp oil is the most widely utilized form of the substance. Let’s take a glance at the skin and hair benefits of weed.

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It may help fight acne problems.

Whenever it comes to Marijuana, further research is needed to determine whether or not it might assist clear up your skin. We know that Cannabis holds much potential for addressing skin problems like psoriasis, but there isn’t much information about Cannabis for acne.

Marijuana is an anti-inflammatory substance. Thus it may help with the unpleasant redness caused by acne and has significant antibacterial properties, which can aid in treating acne. However, specific properties present in Cannabis may be able to help combat a few of the symptoms and complications of acne.

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Cannabis may reduce psoriasis symptoms.

Psoriasis is a skin complication that induces itchy, uncomfortable red spots to appear on the skin. There is presently no documented cure for the disease. Whereas, Cannabis is demonstrated to be an effective psoriasis treatment. Weed and cannabinoids may prevent the development of dead skin cells, which is a primary consequence of psoriasis, as per a study. While additional research is needed, anecdotal evidence points to Cannabis as a possible psoriasis treatment.

Cannabis May be Beneficial For Aging Skin

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Cannabis has been shown to reduce skin aging when administered topically. According to research, CBD in Cannabis seems to be a more powerful antioxidant than vitamin C or E, making it useful in healing wrinkles and fine lines. They may also counteract free radicals, preventing them from harming your skin’s collagen and elastin, maintaining your skin tight and youthful-looking. As a result, Cannabis may improve the appearance of your skin, and it may also help maintain its health.

Cannabis May Fight Bacterial Skin Infections

Cannabis, as shown in a study, has potential antimicrobial and antibacterial characteristics that may aid in the treatment of skin ailments. THC and CBD, the two most highly used cannabis chemicals, have been shown to help with various bacterial skin diseases, including boils, cellulitis, impetigo, and even folliculitis.

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Cannabis, as per a study, kills MRSA, a bacterium that causes illnesses that are hard to treat because it does not react to many substances. MSRA, or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is a bacteria that causes infections in various regions of the body and can be fatal.

May Aid in the Treatment of Alopecia Areata

The medical ailment is autoimmune, and it promotes hair loss. An individual’s immune system causes hair loss. It results in people losing their facial hair, eyelashes, and eyebrows in this situation. Cannabis may aid in treating an autoimmune disorder by boosting individual resilience.

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Cannabis, along with treatment, may strengthen your immune response and enable you to eliminate Alopecia Areata in the coming years.

May Improve Scalp Health

CBD oil is high in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin E, which are most beneficial to the scalp. It’s also a natural anti-inflammatory, perfect for illnesses like psoriasis and folliculitis. Furthermore, it helps regulates the organic production of sebum (or oil) on the scalp, even if you have excessive amounts. CBD is an adaptogen that controls sebum production, making it ideal for oily, dry, or regular hair. It may also aid in healing dry, flaky scalps, eczema, and psoriasis.

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Weed may help in maintaining metabolism for hair growth.

Cannabis has several advantages, including a quicker metabolic rate: how your entire body metabolizes food. It implies digestion is rapid, and the body’s process works faster. Weed may also be connected to hair growth through metabolism. Take antioxidants, and herbs like schizandra, eat alkalizing meals like green veggies and drink plenty of water to prevent the ill effects of slower metabolism. Then you’ll be able to safeguard your body while maintaining a healthy metabolism.

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Hair loss can affect anyone, from a child to an older adult. It’s natural to lose a few clumps of hair every day. However, a person’s hair loss can also be severe, resulting in the loss of large chunks of hair. Consequently, individuals may have early baldness, which can hurt their self-esteem.

Cannabis products like weed and hemp are becoming increasingly popular due to the multiple health benefits, and some medical specialists have pondered if Cannabis can also help prevent hair loss.

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