Rave News Digest: Billboard Announces Wizkid As Longest-Charting African Artist, Kendrick Lamar Releases Ghana-Trip Documentary, Sadio Mane + More

Rave News Digest: Billboard Announces Wizkid As Longest-Charting African Artist, Kendrick Lamar Releases Ghana-Trip Documentary, Sadio Mane + More

Billboard announces Wizkid as the longest-charting African artist, Kendrick Lamar releases Ghana-trip documentary, Sadio Mane to leave Liverpool for Bayern Munich. Stay in the know with our Rave News Digest which summarizes five of the hottest global news you need to catch up on, saving you time and energy. Consider it your daily news fix.

1. Billboard announces Wizkid as longest charting African artist, ‘Essence’ as longest charting African song

Billboard, the official music chart of the United States, has announced Wizkid’s “Essence” as the longest-charting African song. Wizkid’s fourth studio album “Made In Lagos” was also confirmed as the longest-charting African album. And together they combined to make Wizkid the longest-charting African artist. “Essence,” which features singer Tems, has enjoyed an impressive level of success in the United States reaching the Billboard Top 10 and earning a platinum plaque in the process.

Billboard announcement is a confirmation of Wizkid’s success in the United States and an addition to his stacks of accolades. With his next album “More Love, Less Ego” on the way, the singer will be looking to further break new grounds internationally.

2. Kendrick Lamar releases Ghana trip mini-documentary

Kendrick Lamar, on his 35th birthday, released a mini-documentary about his first trip to Ghana. Titled “A Day in Accra, Ghana,” the documentary was filmed shortly after the release of his latest album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers and documents his trip to the African nation. In the Spotify-partnered visual, the Compton rapper visits kids at Virgil Abloh’s Ghana Freedom skatepark. The film also captures Accra’s busy activity and aerial coastline views.

During his trip to the West African nation, Lamar was joined by pgLang co-founder Dave Free, his longtime partner Whitney Alford, and photographer Renell Mendrano.

3. South Africa: DJ Black Coffee flies the SA flag high as producer of three songs on Drake’s new album

Grammy Award-winning DJ Black Coffee left South Africans impressed having discovered he was one of the producers and writers on rapper Drake’s latest album, “Honestly, Nevermind.” While the DJ didn’t toot his own horn on social media, he gushed about his son Esona Tyolo, who is also named on Drake’s album as a writer. “So proud of this guy,” Black Coffee captioned a snap of his son with a heart emoji.

Black Coffee has been credited as producer and co-writer on a few songs on the album, which include: “Text Go Green,” “Currents, and “Overdrive.” Drake’s seventh studio album was released on Friday and immediately trended worldwide while also topping daily charts.

4. Barcelona forward, Memphis Depay visits Ghana, refurbishes Cape Coast School for Deaf and Blind

Ghanaian-Dutch footballer and forward for Barcelona FC, Memphis Depay has paid a visit to his roots. He arrived in Ghana earlier this week to enjoy his summer holidays after the end of the European football season and to continue his philanthropic works. Memphis Depay, who is born to Ghanaian father Dennis Depay, and Dutch mother Cora Schensema has been undertaking a series of projects in recent years where he donated sporting equipment and other items to the Cape Coast School for the Deaf and Blind. This time, he refurbished the washroom for the school in the Central Region of Ghana.

Ghanaian Highlife artiste, Bisa Kdei and other prominent people also joined the Barca forward to commission the refurbished school in Cape Coast. Memphis Depay, upon his arrival this week, paid a visit to President Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House on Thursday. Fans and traditional dancers trooped in at the Kotoka International Airport to welcome him.

5. Sadio Mané leaving Liverpool after £35m Bayern Munich deal accepted

Liverpool has accepted Bayern Munich’s latest offer for Sadio Mané and the forward is due to have a medical before signing a three-year contract. Bayern is paying a guaranteed £28m and the fee could reach £35m with add-ons. Mané told Liverpool of his desire to leave soon after the Champions League final and made Bayern his preferred destination. Bids from the German club were turned down before a deal was reached on Friday. Bayern’s sporting director, Hasan Salihamidzic, confirmed the move to Sky Sports in Germany on Friday evening. “Yes, Sadio is coming to Bayern,” he said.

The Senegal international has been at Liverpool since 2016 and decided the time was right for a new experience. He had one year left on his contract. Liverpool wanted a replacement – as well as a suitable fee – and this week secured Darwin Núñez from Benfica in a deal that could reach £85m. Núñez, who turns 23 next week, is seven years younger than Mané.

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