Tag Archives: Lagos

2Face, Madinga To Host All Africa Music Award

THE International Committee of All Africa Music, AFRIMA, has announced two of the best African artistes to host the 2014 edition of the AFRIMA awards. They are Democratic Republic of Congo’s music presenter, Madinga Sona Maria and Nigeria’s 2Face Idibia. The two will co-host the awards ceremony holding in Lagos on Saturday, December 27, at […]

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Q & A ALERT: Randy Weston – ‘African music is for the world’

The great jazz pianist talks about racism, discovering Africa and the power of music to change lives The power of positive thinking is something the great jazz pianist and composer Randy Weston has never had to learn. Now aged 88, he exudes a wise benevolence which sees the good side of everything. Even the memory […]

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King Sunny Ade: The Legend at 68

Legendary musician, better known as King Sunny Ade, lives as large as his title going by his sprawling country home in Ondo suggests. Nseobong Okon-Ekong recently had a rare encounter with the King of World Beat on his 68th birthday He had not slept three days prior to our meeting at his country home in […]

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For Jazz-infused Soul Singer Somi, the Call of Lagos, Nigeria,…

Jazz singer Somi’s career is infused with the spirit of Africa. For jazz-infused soul singer Somi, the call of Lagos, Nigeria, wasn’t ancestral or political. As the daughter of East African immigrant parents from Rwanda and Uganda, she has spent a good deal of time on the continent exploring her hybrid identity. But the 18-month […]

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VIDEO ALERT:WizKid – Show You The Money

Wizkid is known worldwide for his representation of Nigeria and Africa at large. His latest song “Show You The Money” is continuation of that element of him, a true Afrobeats song. The money waving and flashing theme that the Nigerian artist is also known for is also evident in the song’s lyrics. Wizzy, as he […]

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EVENT ALERT: BRING BACK OUR GIRLS – FREE BENEFIT CONCERT

Nigeria-American singer Janelia is stepping up like many others to appeal for the release of the abducted Nigeria girls, who were kidnapped by a religious sect some weeks ago, below is a statement from the artist’s reps. In view of the challenges faced by parents of the 200+ missing Chibok girls and the Nigerian society at […]

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Atongo Zimba entertains at Dutch King’s Day celebration

World acclaimed Ghanaian singer and “Koliko” player, Atongo Zimba was the main performer at the Netherlands’ King’s Day celebration in Accra, which is a Dutch national holiday to celebrate the birthday of King Willem-Alexander. The singer who has lived part of his life in Holland entertained guests and Dutch nationals at the residence of the […]

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Wizkid, Tuface, MI, Others To Air on BBC Live Lounge Show

The Britsh Broadcasting Corporation BBC has announced that for the first time ever, it will air a special edition of 1Xtra Live Lounge focused on Nigerian artistes. The show (Live Lounge) is always filmed in London, for the first time, this edition is shot in Lagos, Nigeria. The edition will feature top-of-the-food-chain artists; Wizkid, 2face […]

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Wizkid: Music has brought more recognition to Nigeria – BBC

Interview by Sinead Garvan, words by Sinead Garvan/Karlene Pinnock (BBC) Newsbeat reporters Music has brought more recognition to Nigeria than anything else, according to one of the country’s biggest stars. Wizkid has told BBC Radio 1Xtra’s DJ Edu that the music coming out of the capital Lagos is “crazy”. “Where sports used to do it, […]

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Super Rich Nigerian Musicians Living their Dreams

While many Nigerian musicians have gained recognition within and outside the shores of the country, the impact was fully felt  when Forbes rated seven Nigerian musicians as part of the 10 top richest musicians in Africa. Today, most Nigerian musicians are living their dreams. They live in opulence like their counterparts in other parts of […]

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This is What Happens When Urban African Music Genres Converge

For five days last week, a select group of artistes from four African countries assembled for an experimental project mooted to celebrate the diversity of modern global urban music at the Nairobi Goethe Institute. They were Just a Band from Nairobi, Afrologic from Lagos, DJ Satellite from Luanda and Trust The DJ from Johannesburg.  Together, […]

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Captain Rugged – the hero Lagos deserves

Keziah Jones explains why his superhero alter ego and tormentor of Nigeria’s nefarious powers is closer to Fela Kuti than Superman Two thugs chase their prey down a dark alley, only for a mysterious caped crusader to intervene, saving the innocent victim from some brutish injustice. It’s a scene familiar to any reader of superhero […]

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