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Kelsea Ballerini has been left disappointed after having to cancel a host of plans she'd made to support the release of her new album due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The country singer is dropping her new album Kelsea on Friday, and had been scheduled to make several pit stops to promote the release.

But as concerns about Covid-19 continue to swirl, and more and more people make the decision to self-isolate or practice social distancing, Kelsea has made the tough decision to axe the plans.

"So friends, my album still comes out Friday, which I am so excited about, more than I can even say," she said in a video message posted on Instagram. "However, this week is going to look a lot different than we had planned for and hoped for and dreamed up. I really wanted there to be so many moments and opportunities for me, face to face, to play these songs for you for the first time, and hug as many of you as possible.

"But, what I care about more than that is everyone staying safe and staying healthy, so a lot of our plans have changed. The silver lining is, I feel and really believe that music can bring a lot of peace when things feel really unsettled, and it can make you feel calm when life feels chaotic."

The Yeah Boy star continued to tell fans she's hoping to "bring all of our plans back to life" at some point in the future.

"It's just not in the timeline that we had pictured," the 26-year-old admitted. "But I love you guys, and I can't wait to hear what you think about this album. Please stay safe, and I'll be around on the social medias, so just holler. You have a friend. Album comes out Friday. Stay safe, guys."

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The trio unveil the music video of  “Vamo a Dale Duro”, first extract off their debut album on ZZK Records.

Inspired by revolutionary movements around the world, Ghetto Kumbé is a group from the Caribbean coast of Colombia and the city of Bogota. With Caribbean house beats and traditional Afro-Colombian, “Vamo a Dale Duro” is an explosion of percussive rhythms.

Ghetto Kumbé turns this first single into a sonic protest against the injustices caused by the division of classes. The title evokes and criticizes the unjust division between the poor and the rich, the growing importance of crooked politicians and the ethics of the capitalist system and encourages the people to wake up and lead a better life.

Ghetto Kumbé’s album will be available in May on the ZZK Records.

Mausiki Scales and his band Common Ground Collective has been a staple of the Atlanta scene since the late 90's. With their influence of African sounds like afrobeats and hi-life mixed in with funk, blues, jazz and other US black musical traditions brings an unique irresistible dance filled soundscape. 

Mausiki's Common Ground Collective have performed in numerous celebrations, concerts, and special events throughout Africa and the Americas, including Ghana's Golden Anniversary Celebration, the National Black Arts Festival, Funk Jazz Café, and the Atlanta Jazz Festival. They have also collaborated with artists such as Roy Ayers, Babatunde Olatunji, Stevie Wonder, The Last Poets and Third World.

"Kaleiscopic Universe" is the 1st single is great introduction from Mausiki Scales's from the up and coming album release "WestWest Africa" which will take you on a soulful musical journey throughout the diaspora.

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