King Promise wants to be known for good music

— King Promise is a new musician hitting the Ghanaian airwaves with scintillating music that not only excites the ears, but also sets the mind thinking and gives the body with a feel for dancing. If your playlist has been feeling drab lately, maybe it is time you considered adding a King Promise track to spice things up.


King Promise Feat. Fuse ODG – Thank God (Prod By Killbeatz)

King Promise Feat. Fuse ODG – Thank God (Prod By Killbeatz)

He might be the new kid on the block, but King Promise, born Gregory Promise Bortey Newman, has a captivating voice that sets him apart from other musicians. His work with legendary Ghanaian producer Killbeatz delivers and his live performances leave his audiences very satisfied.

King Promise is a prolific talent whose creativity is well expressed in his song writing and stagecraft.

Formerly known as Boy Pee, the singer made his mark in the music industry with songs like “So Special” and “No Problem” and worked his way up to where he is now.

The soulful, young singer has finally released his highly anticipated single, “Thank God.” King Promise has managed to convince Fuse ODG, the English musician of Ghanaian descent, to feature on his new track.

King Promise explains how it happened: “Killbeatz and myself were just grooving in the studio. It started off as a love song and he came up with the brilliant idea of “Thank God” so we switched it up and wrote to it. Killbeatz took a vacation to Miami in the United States. He was with Fuse ODG at the time and he started blasting the track. When Fuse heard it he loved it, the rest as they say, ‘is history.’”

Francis Newman, a businessman, and Angela Quaye, a trader, are parents of the 23 year-old King Promise who attended De Kings Academy for his childhood education in Ghana before heading to the Nungua Senior High School located in the suburbs of Ghana’s capital city, Accra. His father was a heavy influence on his musical career as he grew up listening to his dad play an eclectic genre of classic music.

This eclectic musical influence is reflected in his upcoming album which features a variety of genres from hip-hop to gospel, soul to R&B, and a subtle blend of African rhythms that beautifully complements the smooth voice of King Promise. Collaborations on the new album include Scientific, J-Town, Adina, Pappy Kojo, Fuse ODG, and other Ghanaian musicians with international recognition.

King Promise has already been featured on Killbeatz’s yet to be released debut album by way of a teaser single titled “Borkorborkor” that hit the Ghanaian music scene in March 2016. “Thank God” featuring Fuse ODG promises to make him a force to be reckoned with on the 2016 music scene and beyond.

King Promise is signed to YB Records owned by Yasmin Behzadi and managed by Gervin Ohene Addo who handles music business for Fuse ODG, R2Bees, Killbeatz, Wizkid and other artistes of African descent that have acquired international recognition.

Get updated on what is new with the King by finding him as IamKingPromise on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Kenyan artist Almaz to keep indigenous music alive

— Mary Hamboga Matufi, a Kenyan musician and songwriter known in showbiz as Almaz says dropping out of school for lack of funds to continue her education and her society’s preference to push enterprising males than females up the academic ladder was still not enough to quell her desires to pursue her passion for music.



Mary Hamboga Matufi, a Kenyan musician and songwriter known in showbiz as Almaz says dropping out of school for lack of funds to continue her education and her society’s preference to push enterprising males than females up the academic ladder was still not enough to quell her desires to pursue her passion for music.

“I was forced to drop out of school but I didn’t let that stop me from staying positive in life. I feel through my music I have been able to make the best of the situation in the past decade during which I have been singing in different bands, one of which is The Pressmen Band, makers of the famous Kenyan hit “Msenangu.”

At a point in time Almaz was once a victim of societal pressure as she grappled with getting married as opposed to pursuing education. She made the bold choice of resisting marriage and instead took on seasonal jobs until she later decided to get into music. This background makes her feel “no challenge is too difficult as it has become the foundation on which my music career is built”.

The Kenyan musician who sings in French, a little bit of English, and Swahili, the common Bantu language spoken in most of the Great Lakes region of Africa, potentially exposes her work to countries like Mozambique, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo among others. Almaz is a singer, performer and composer who is learning to play the piano to help herself arrange her songs in the future.

Almaz says she is now keen on developing her skills “by focusing on using my music to help preserve diminishing aspects of the cultural heritage of the people of the Pokomo Community where I am from; a distinct tribe with our very own way of life in Kenya. This vision of mine seeks to add value to my style of music-making.”

“Every time I perform, I ensure that at least I manage to engage my audience. Their response is very important my career. Without their feedback it becomes difficult to gauge the impact of the songs I compose. I get inspired whenever my audience get onto the dance-floor and enjoy themselves while listening to me or watching me perform on stage.”

In her response to how the music scene in Kenya is changing, Almaz describes the evolution as having been rapid in the past decade with a positive increase in play of local music on the airwaves and more live band performances leading to increased competition and a higher exception from musicians and performers.

The unfortunate aspect though is the loss of ground for the traditional music industry, with more modern and foreign music influences making gains. This trend however “strengthens my resolve to pursue, create and record cultural-driven music as a way of keeping the culture and history alive with the hope that the younger generation might take a queue from this effort” Almaz hoped.

Her debut single; Nakuota Wewe, was well received in Kenyan music circles. She says having a musical identity is paramount to success and credits her achievements to her determination to be successful and her love for numbers. “Maybe I would have become an accountant if I wasn’t into music as I still like making calculations and working with figures – this has been very helpful in enabling me and my band plan work-based projections.

This year (2015) has the musician re-working on her debut album, which was stalled after she got disappointed by the output of the first producer she worked with. That not withstanding, Almaz is bent on releasing her almost complete 12-track album with a new producer in 2016 just in time for promotional performances. Check out the video of her debut single that featured fellow Kenyan musician Jilly Baby.