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Bob Marley’s Posthumous Album: ‘Africa Unite’ Celebrates Reggae and Afrobeats

Celebrate the fusion of Reggae and Afrobeats with Bob Marley’s posthumous album ‘Africa Unite’.

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Bob Marley’s legacy lives on with the release of the posthumous album ‘Africa Unite,’ a captivating blend of Reggae and Afrobeats. This exceptional compilation celebrates the greatest hits of the Reggae legend, creatively reimagined and infused with the captivating beats of Afrobeats. Featuring collaborations between Bob Marley’s classics and a stellar lineup of contemporary African musicians, ‘Africa Unite’ breathes new life into his iconic compositions while celebrating the enduring influence of his music.

The album’s tracklist boasts an impressive lineup of African artists, including Nutty O & Winky O, Rema & Skip Marley, Ami Faku, Tiwa Savage, Afro B, Teni and Oxlade, Stonebwoy, Sarkodie, Ayra Starr, and Patoranking. Each artist brings their unique flair and artistry to the project, adding a fresh perspective to Bob Marley’s timeless music. From the soul-stirring rendition of “Redemption Song” by Ami Faku to the infectious energy of “Stir It Up” by Sarkodie, ‘Africa Unite’ showcases the seamless fusion of two extraordinary musical worlds.

Bob Marley’s impact on Reggae and Afrobeats music culture is immeasurable. His music transcends borders and generations, and this album is no exception. With its enchanting melodies and powerful messages, ‘Africa Unite’ invites listeners on a captivating musical journey. The recent release of the single “Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)” featuring Rema and Skip Marley, a mid-tempo track with soothing sax and captivating lyrics, sets the stage for the album’s debut.

By intertwining the soulful vibrations of Reggae with the infectious energy of Afrobeats, ‘Africa Unite’ embodies the unity and spirit of collaboration, reflecting Bob Marley’s vision of a harmonious world. The album not only showcases the global reach of his music but also celebrates the rich tapestry of African rhythms and melodies.

Cedella Marley, Bob Marley’s daughter, expressed the significance of ‘Africa Unite,’ stating that it showcases her father’s importance in modern-day Africa. The artists showcased have recreated Bob Marley’s iconic songs in a manner that he would have appreciated and taken pride in.The release of ‘Africa Unite’ is sure to captivate Bob Marley’s loyal fanbase while attracting new listeners who want to experience the magic of his music in a fresh and vibrant way.

Bob Marley’s influence on Reggae and Afrobeats music culture is immeasurable. As a pioneer of Reggae, he continues to inspire new generations and shape the musical landscape. ‘Africa Unite’ is a testament to his enduring legacy, bridging the gap between the past and present, and reaffirming his status as an iconic figure in music history.

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BOBBY NASHVILLE ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH WNXP AND UNVEILS INITIAL LINEUP FOR 2024 BACKYARD SESSIONS

The annual rooftop concert series kicks off in Nashville with performances by Medium Build and Brother Bird on June 12

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. /PRNewswire/ — Bobby Nashville is thrilled to announce the return of the hotel’s Backyard Sessions rooftop concert series, now in partnership with WNXP – Nashville’s NPR Music station. Bobby Hotels Backyard Sessions Curated by WNXP is taking the backyard experience to new heights starting June 12, offering a unique blend of local and national talent with free monthly concerts.

The initial 2024 Backyard Sessions lineup includes the following performances:

The annual rooftop concert series kicks off in Nashville with performances by Medium Build and Brother Bird on June 12
Backyard Sessions Curated by WNXP commemorative poster

June 12: Medium BuildBrother Bird
July 25: PawPaw RodCasper Sage
August 8: Dehd, Friko
September 26: Jalen Ngonda, Britti
October 24: Special performances revealed soon!

With WNXP on-air talent hosting each night of the series, Bobby Nashville promises an unforgettable summer filled with the sounds of acclaimed artists who have graced the stages of the nation’s top music festivals, including SXSW, Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Pitchfork and beyond—all set against the stunning backdrop of Nashville’s iconic skyline. In addition to the series, patrons can enjoy Rooftop Lounge Dinkville Pickleball, adult yard games, specialty cocktails and the hotel’s retrofitted 1956 Scenicruiser, perched 10 stories above downtown Nashville.  

The annual rooftop concert series kicks off in Nashville with performances by Medium Build and Brother Bird on June 12
The Brummies performing on stage at Bobby Nashville’s Backyard Sessions rooftop music series

Looking to amplify your trip? Let Bobby Nashville be your guide to the ultimate summer concert experience! Stay the night and gain VIP access, complete with exclusive Backyard Sessions swag and a commemorative poster, through Bobby Nashville’s promotional offer.

Backyard Sessions is free to attend and open to all ages. Limited standing room is available; reserve your table now. Stay tuned for the full lineup and recorded live performances, coming soon to bobbyhotel.com and WNXP. Follow @bobbyhotel for additional information, artist meet-and-greets and more.

ABOUT BOBBY HOTELS 

Bobby Hotels is an award-winning, lifestyle hospitality brand specializing in dynamic, boutique properties. Inspiring guests to explore through a local lens, Bobby Hotels multifaceted destinations spark genuine connection with thoughtfully curated community spaces, casually elevated cuisine, unparalleled arts and entertainment, off-the-beaten-path nightlife and four-legged friend ambassadors. The Bobby Hotels portfolio includes Bobby Nashville, which launched in 2018. In addition, the brand continues to explore hotel conversions and ground-up development in Detroit, MI; Fort Worth, TX; Washington, D.C. and more. Follow @bobbyhotel on Facebook and Instagram for news and updates. For more information, visit bobbyhotel.com.  

ABOUT WNXP

Founded in 2020, WNXP, part of the Nashville Public Radio family, is a local, listener-powered and member-supported nonprofit radio station where lovers and creators of music connect. Curated by local music experts with handpicked music that expresses the depth, breadth and diversity of the Nashville music scene, WNXP strives to reflect the sound of Music City with new music discovery presented across multiple platforms, from emerging and established artists to the forgotten and overlooked. For more information, visit wnxp.org.

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Webber Marketing Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the National Battle of the Bands with Exclusive Film Releases on YouTube

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CHARLOTTE, N.C /PRNewswire/ — To salute ten years of showcasing the dynamism of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) marching bands, Webber Marketing (WM), creators of the National Battle of the Bands (NBOTB), is set to release the first three films from the NBOTB series on YouTube, presented by Pepsi. This move is designed to provide fans with open access to these pivotal documentaries, reflecting on the influence and legacy of HBCU marching bands.

National Battle of the Bands films premiere on YouTube in honor of 10th Anniversary Celebration

The inaugural film, “A Salute to HBCU Marching Bands,” which first aired in 2021, will be made available on YouTube on Friday, April 26, at 8:00 p.m. EST. The subsequent releases— “A Salute to the Battle,” first shown in 2022, and “The Road to Houston: Preparing to Battle,” from 2023—will follow suit on May 3 and May 10, respectively, each premiering at 8:00 p.m. EST. Moreover, the most recent installment, “The Legacy of HBCU Marching Bands,” aired this past February and will be celebrated again in June during Black Music Month, syndicated across over 50 markets. Dates and locations for this re-airing will be forthcoming on NationalBattleoftheBands.com/salute.

The annual musical showcase was created to amplify the visibility of HBCU marching bands, highlight the band members’ talent, and the significance of the band culture at HBCUs and across the country. The NBOTB aids in scholarships for those participating colleges and universities in support of its mission to showcase the role bands play in educating aspiring musicians and developing future leaders.

Reflecting on the film series, Derek Webber, CEO of Webber Marketing and Founder of the National Battle of the Bands, states, “These films are more than just retrospectives; they’re a celebration of the enduring spirit and evolving journey of HBCU marching bands. From their storied past to their dynamic present and into their bright future, we’re honoring the cultural bedrock these bands represent. Making these films accessible on YouTube allows us to extend their reach, ensuring that the beat goes on for anyone who has yet to experience their power.” 

The documentary series offers an inside look at the storied traditions, preparation, and influence of HBCU marching bands and their representation of the African American community. Band members, directors, and other notable figures share their unique stories and experiences in the band, as they have been a long-standing tradition and a staple at HBCUs.

To discover more about the National Battle of the Bands, its film series, and related events, visit www.nationalbattleofthebands.com. Stay in rhythm with updates and announcements on social media by following @NationalBattleOfTheBands (Facebook/Instagram/TikTok/YouTube) and @NationalBOTB (Twitter).

About National Battle of the Bands: 
The National Battle of the Bands’ (NBOTB) mission is to enhance the exposure of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), their marching bands, and their roles in educating aspiring musicians and developing future leaders. The musical showcase, hosted in collaboration between Webber Marketing and the Harris County – Houston Sports Authority, occurs annually in Houston, TX, at NRG stadium. Event organizers have generated over $1.3 million in scholarships for the participating colleges and universities. www.nationalbattleofthebands.com

About Webber Marketing and Consulting
Webber Marketing & Consulting (WMC), LLC is based in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is the largest marketing agency of record for HBCUs specializing in strategic outreach program development, on-site event execution, experiential marketing, and media. WMC provides its clients with focused programs that deliver measurable results, improve market position, and build for future successes. www.webbermarketing.net

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Spotify Price Increase: What to Know About Higher Music Download Service Fees

“Spotify raises prices for music download services, introducing new features and tiers. The music keeps playing, with an enhanced listening experience!”

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Music streaming giant Spotify has shaken up the industry once again with its recent announcement of raising prices for its music download services. In this blog post, we will explore the details of the price increase, its potential impact, and the new features Spotify plans to introduce. Let’s dive in!

The Price Changes:
According to a Bloomberg report, Spotify will be increasing prices in the United States, as well as in various international markets. Individual plans are anticipated to rise by approximately $1 per month, while family plans will see a $2 increase. These changes come as Spotify aims to better serve its diverse user base.

New Pricing Tiers and Features:
In addition to the price hike, Spotify plans to introduce new pricing tiers and services. One exciting possibility is the inclusion of a higher audio quality option. Audiophiles and music enthusiasts will likely appreciate the enhanced listening experience this feature brings forth.

The Reason Behind the Price Increase:
As technology and licensing costs continue to rise, it’s no surprise that Spotify must adjust its pricing to ensure sustainability and continue offering a top-notch music streaming experience. The company consistently seeks to strike a delicate balance between providing affordable access to music and fair compensation for artists.

Impact on Users:
While any price increase can be an unwelcome change, it is crucial to consider the value Spotify brings to the table. With millions of songs at your fingertips, personalized playlists, and groundbreaking algorithms that recommend music you’ll love, the platform remains an extraordinary resource for music lovers.

Alternatives to Consider:
If the price increase has you rethinking your music streaming subscription, it’s important to remember that there are several other streaming services available in the market. Platforms like Apple Music, Amazon Music, and YouTube Music all offer unique features and vary in pricing. It’s worth exploring these alternatives to determine which one aligns best with your needs and budget.

The Bigger Picture:
As digital music consumption continues to evolve, it’s essential to recognize the efforts Spotify makes to support artists and drive the music industry forward. Despite the increase in pricing, Spotify remains committed to nurturing talented musicians, ensuring a platform for creativity, and connecting artists with their fans.

Ultimately, Spotify’s pricing adjustment reflects the constant evolution of the music streaming landscape. While price increases are never easy to digest, it is vital to appreciate the immense value Spotify provides to millions of users worldwide. As Spotify rolls out these changes and introduces new features, we can look forward to an even better music streaming experience. So, open your playlist, turn up the volume, and let the music continue to inspire and uplift you on Spotify!

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