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Mausiki Scales, keyboardist and founder/musical director of the celebrated Atlanta-based afrobeat/funk ensemble, Common Ground Collective has laucnhed "WestWest Africa"

This is Mausiki's second solo project, which he wrote, arranged and produced. Vocalists on the project include the talented Julie Dexter, Brenda Nicole Moorer and Akua Taylor. "WestWest Africa" also highlights the musicianship of Russell Gunn, Tavius Elder, Morgan Guerin, Kebbi Williams, Quinn Masonry, Ra Flautista, Alex Jones, Ali Barr, Edgar Clark Jr., Reginald Starling, and Kenton Bostick.

WestWest Africa is a creation story expressed through music; it is an ode to the bridge between the spirit of the West African ancestors who endured the trans-Atlantic slave trade and their children in the Diaspora. The album incorporates the Jazz-fusion, Funk, and African rhythms for which Mausiki has become known.

Featured singles include “Kaleidoscopic Universe” released in February, in tandem with an infectious remix by Atlanta’s own DJ Kemit. This summer, the second single, “Let the Drum Remind You” hit the airwaves, followed by a sumptuous remix from Detroit born, ATL resident and world-renowned DJ/Producer Kai Alcé.

Created at a time when he was feeling deeply inspired to explore the cultural ties between his family and his ancestors, Scales likens this album to “the sound of community in dialogue with a griot. I take deep pride in capturing the resilience of my ancestors and translating that into sound--allowing the musicians and the audience to experience, even briefly, life beyond the ordinary." According to scholar and arts critic Michael Simanga, Scales’ music deeply connects to the “African spirit and the centuries-old exchange of experiences between African people in the Diaspora.”

The album brings a positive sacred energy and messaging throughout, that is rarely heard or felt in some of present-day music and is definitely needed in these times. 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, Les Nubians, Babatunde Olatunji, Stevie Wonder, The Last Poets and Third World. 

50 Cent has reached out to fellow rapper Megan Thee Stallion to apologise for sharing memes following her shooting incident.

Reports suggested the Savage rapper was barefoot when she was shot at a Hollywood Hills party earlier this month and took off in a vehicle with Tory Lanez, who was later arrested for carrying a concealed weapon.

The Hot Girl Summer hitmaker confirmed in an emotional Instagram Live video on Monday that she was shot in both feet and required surgery to get the bullets out.

In Da Club star 50, real name Curtis Jackson, later reposted a clip taken from her broadcast, showing Megan expressing her frustration over people "painting fake-a*s narratives" about the altercation, and he apologised for sharing two memes that made light of the event.

"Damn I didn’t think this s**t was real, It sounded so crazy," the rapper captioned the clip. "@theestallion I’m glad your feeling better and I hope you can accept my apology. I posted a meme that was floating around. I wouldn’t have done that if I knew you was really hurt. Sorry."

The apology comes after Megan called out Draya Michele for making light of the situation, after the former Basketball Wives LA star made a joke about what may have allegedly gone down between her and rumoured boyfriend Lanez.

Model Chrissy Teigen also apologised and made her Twitter account private after joking about Megan following the shooting.

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