Daughter of Afrobeats legend, Yeni Kuti, during an interview session with Guardian Nigeria called out the use of Afrobeats to describe modern Nigerian pop music. According to Yeni, Nigerian young singers create sounds best described as “Nigerian Afropop” as it better relates to Hip Hop and has nothing to do with Afrobeats asides the Afro that is.
Although she appreciates the music as in her words “we dance to it” and it has gained world recognition but that does not change the fact that the music is not Afrobeats. See video:
“I (Rita Asante) worked with former board and I was comfortable, immediately the new board come I knew things will change but not to the extent of not paying me for three months; I tried reporting this issue to the right people to help solve this issue and my concern wasn’t heard. Idikoko even asked me whether I don’t have a boyfriend to take care of me or not.” She told Ghanaians through KMJ’s Hitz FM morning show
Recently, the assistant secretary of Film Producers Association of Ghana (FIPAG) wailed about the obnoxious state of treatment they were undergoing under the leadership of Idikoko and his men. She whispered to us that the leaders have ridiculed them (staffs) with the use of all sort of words and unhealthy attitude.
It would be recalled that few months ago, the issue of FIPAG lavishing funds was exposed but the public took it with ease, until now. Hopefully this new insight from Rita would be looked into.
After nearly breaking up four months ago, South African music group, Micasa are stronger together and are due to release their new album – Familia which was largely influenced by their near-break up experience.
At the listening party of the album which held in Pretoria earlier this week at J’Somethings Swanky restaurant they talk about how the album tells about the pains they experienced when they almost broke up and preaches sticking together as they realized their differences in unity is their strength.
According to the host of the night, J’Something, Familia is a vibrant album with a fusion of elements including salsa and African samples.
Family and celebrity friends like Maps Maponyane, Minnie Dlamini, Mobi Dixon amongst others were present at the event. Familia will be released on the 4th of August.
Haitian Grammy Award winning artist, Wyclef Jean is set to honour late legendary afrobeat star and instrumentalist. Fela Anikulapo Kuti in his soon to be released album – Carnival III – The Fall and Rise of a Refugee.
Wyclef named a song on the album “Fela” saying “I decided to name it Fela Kuti because for me, I feel like we be thinking of [Bob] Marley, we give a lot of people from our past props, so when the kids hear Fela Kuti, I really want them to Google it.” “Fela Kuti studied jazz in England. Wyclef studied jazz at Vailsburg High School. Fela Kuti then went back to his country and tried to help his country by running for president. Wyclef, you know, did the same thing. Then, Fela, through all his obstacles and all that, his music is what pillared him right back to the top. He understood the strongest way to help politically was to make sure the music was bangin.’ So for me, the same way kids can have songs called “Wyclef Jean” who are influenced by me, I want kids to know who Fela is and what he means.”
The album is set to be released on the 15th of September, 2017
Uganda’s dance group, The Triple Ghetto Kids got another worldwide showcase as they performed “Unforgettable” with French Montana and Swae Lee at the BET Awards in Los Angeles over the weekend. This performance comes after French featured them in his latest video “Unforgettable”
The Ghetto Kids were first known when they performed Eddy Kenzo’s hit song “Sitya Loss”. Billboard ranked them 11th Best performance out of the 14 Performances at the awards ceremony ahead of DJ Khaled’s “I’m the One”, SZA and Trey Songz.
We might not be wrong to call Kwesta South Africa’s current King of rap (we stand to be corrected though). Having won best male artist of the year, best rap album, highest airplay and best collaboration for his album, Dakar, at the just concluded South African Music Awards, the Ngud hitmaker who went quintuple platinum is conquering the international market with his rap artistry one gig after the other.
Kwesta recently headlined the international SXSW festival in Texas and will be heading back to the US this weekend
for Grammy Award winner, T.I’s homecoming finale for his Hustle Gang Tour.
Guys, that’s what we call winning. Big Ups Kwesta!
In case you haven’t heard or seen Ngud, here it is