close

Music

Entertainment

ENTERTAINMENT: Kaas drops new single, set to perform at James Currey Literary Festival

Nigerian-born, UK-based music sensation, Mr Kaas, whose music video, Gum Body, was released today, will be performing at Heat African Restaurant in Oxford, on the 1st of September, 2022, as part of the opening of the James Currey Literary Festival billed to take place at University of Oxford between 1 and 3 September.

Mr Kaas is an artiste who combines elements of pop music with Afrobeats.

His dreamy vocals sets the bar higher in terms of genre definitions and sonic aesthetics, and he is always looking for new ideas and ways to reach the audience.

Mr Kaas is indeed amazing. He has, over the years, developed a distinctive lyrical style, which feels like a combination of various influences. One of the distinctive features of his music, which makes him unique, is the rich layering of instruments and vocals in his music.

Mr Kaas hails from Edo state in Nigeria. A child prodigy, he started his music career at seven by laying musical instruments such as pianos and drums, with Michael Jackson being a pivotal influence.

read more
Entertainment

Entertainment: What happen to Nigerian female emcees in the music industry?

Nigeria, popularly known for its catchy Afrobeat’s by the likes of Wizkid, Davido, and Burna Boy was once booming with female EMCEEs. What happened?

It is not to say that there aren’t any women in the industry now, but the scene has changed drastically since the early 2000s. Take Sasha P, for instance. She was once known as the first lady of Nigerian hip-hop when they weren’t many females in the game. Songs like “Emi Le Gan” and “Adara” earned her spot as the first Nigerian female artist to perform at the World Music Awards in 2008. She even won Best Female Artist award at the MTV Africa Music Awards. She took a break from music, however, to work on her clothing line and hasn’t been heard since then musically according to HipHop Africa.

Another big hit is Eva Alordiah: a rapper, entertainer, make-up artist, fashion designer, and entrepreneur. Releasing her first hit in 2009, she remained consistent until around 2019 with features by Olamide, Phyno, Yemi Alade and more. Eva served as the face of female rap in Nigeria for quite some time before stopping to focus on herself. Despite the fame, she describes the “deep dark depression” she was in amidst a lost sense of identity. She left the rap scene to find herself and God, a necessary thing to do.

Weird MC, a British Nigerian named Adesola Idowu was another pioneer of female rap in the early 90s. You won’t see much of her on popular streaming sites, but she was topping charts in Nigeria all the way from the UK during her time. One of her songs, “Ijoya,” was produced by Don Jazzy and the album, “After the Storm,” won Best Pop Album at the 2007 Headies. Known for the way she infused the Yoruba language into her music, she continued making headway until a couple years back when a she lost a close friend and moved back to the UK.

There are more artists to name including Blaise, Bouqui, Mo’Cheddah, and more. Worldwide, but prominently in Nigeria, the rap scene is dominated by males. Today, no female truly rivals the top rappers in the country and it is a shame. Women are often sidelined to be background dancers adding to overly sensual music that degrades and objectifies women. A female artist can be a lyrical genius, but if she cannot move her body in a way that appeases record labels, it is not enough. The hope is that Nigerian Queens will take on the burden again to blaze the path for future female EMCEEs.

Daisy Firecracker may have the potential to reawaken the FEMCEEs of Nigeria.

Daisy or Anurika Happiness Mgbodim is a fire lyricist. From Anambra State, Nigeria, she has been working hard for some years now. You can hear the passion about her craft in this song “Dear Hustle” amidst the use of Pidgin English and Igbo language. This hustle is her “medicine” and she “will never leave [it].” I personally appreciate how smooth her flow is and the confidence or braggadoc(ia) in her music. As seen above, she has been proving herself in freestyle rooms, but also has singles and albums out. We will have to see where she goes from here, but I believe there is hope for women in Nigerian hip hop.

read more
Entertainment

ENTERTAINMENT: King of Boys was my first featured film – Illbliss

Nigerian rapper, hip-hop recording artist cum actor, Tobechukwu Ejiofor popularly known as Illbliss who played ‘Odogwu Malay’ in Kemi Adetiba’s movie, King of Boys has disclosed how the movie changed his life.

In an interview with Sunday Scoop, Illbliss fondly called Oga Boss noted that the movie introduced him to a new generation, adding that nobody seems to remember him as Illbliss.

In his words, “Nobody even remembers if I am IllBliss or Oga boss. The movie sold me to a new generation of film lovers. It was my first film. It was an experiment but it ‘blew up’.

“I am going to do more films but I am taking my time. As I speak to you, I have about 12 scripts on the table. Everybody is trying to have another ‘Odogwu Malay’. They are trying to typecast me and I have refused. The people I look up to are very dynamic— from Denzel Washington to Wesley Snipes.

“I will also be producing films in 2022. I am doing everything— short films, documentaries and feature films. I would also be putting out good music in 2022.

“King of Boys changed everything for me. It opened up new doors, corporate relationships and a new fan base. I don’t have a life anymore.

“I give all the credit to Kemi Adetiba. If it wasn’t for her, I don’t think I would have had the guts to do such a movie.”

On the challenges of playing the role of ‘Odogwu Malay’, the rapper-cum-actor said, “It required a different range of emotions. Sometimes, one is happy and at other times, one is scared. I am the one they stretched the most after Sola Sobowale.”

 

read more
Entertainment

ENTERTAINMENT: Chanter And Singer, Iyadunni Akintunde Launches Album ‘SABABI IRE’, Says My Talent is Inborn

 Multi-talented broadcaster, Iyadunni Bisola Akintunde has revealed how she was motivated to become a chanter and musician by a veteran Broadcaster, Alh Bashorun Gboyega Lawal who discovered a resonating ability in her and was mentored by Komolafe Olaiya and Alh Ismail Olaniyan.

Iyadunni, while speaking with newsmen after her album launch ‘Sababi Ire’ disclosed that her talent and gift to sing is inborn because no one taught her how to sing but further explained that ultimately, she received the divine vision of singing God’s praises in a covenantal way.

Her words: “I am a Journalist, but major in broadcasting because I studied Mass Communication both at National Diploma (ND) at Adeseun Ogundoyin Campus, Eruwa in 2007 and got my HND from The Polytechnic Ibadan in 2014, but my musical talent was discovered by a veteran broadcaster, Alh Bashorun Gboyega Lawal  he noticed the talent in me.

“I recalled when he called me one day and said to me ‘Iyadunni, aside from being a presenter, I discovered you still have other talents, you can do something else apart your media presentation, and I was like, what can I do, and he gave me a particular topic to sing about which I did, and he remarked that I have some raw talent that need to be polished. That is why I described him as one of my great benefactors”.

Speaking on her new six tracks vinyl titled ‘Sababi Ire’ that will be marketed by Kenny Music the Ibadan born singer cum broadcaster however, said that her adventure in music industry has brought some challenges but are quite surmountable because of good people like Elder Komolafe Olaiya and Alh Ismail Olaniyan who are always there to motivate her.

Acknowledging the support of her husband, Alh Semiu Akintunde, popularly known as Hajj White in her music career, Folakemi said the co-operation and understanding of her hubby contributed greatly to the successful production of her new album and launch of Iyadunni Titilope Foundation (ITF) which was initiated to immortalize the passions and legacies of her late Father Alh. Bashir Titilope.

“My gratitude goes to these elders of FIBAN which include: Mogaji Kola Olootu and Alh. Ismail Olaniyan, Alh Taye Cellular, Aare Olalomi Amole, Alh Kola Akintayo, Alh Wale Lawal, Elder Akinboade Ologbojo, Elder Bade Ojuade, and Elder Bisi Kofo.

“While my special thanks also go to Evang. Ajibola Ogunkeyede, the team leader of Ufitfly, Com. Seun Awodele and the entire members of FIBAN Oyo State Chapter, Mogaji Olajuwon Adelokun, Amb. Romoke Ayinde, Alhaja Serifat Lawal Ede, Alh. Olarewaju Al-Fulany, Prince Hakeem Ajimobi, Alh. Olalekan Hameed (Foalexis)”, said the lady with a comforting voice.

read more
Entertainment

ENTERTAINMENT: Burna Boy, Wizkid, Angélique Kidjo nominated for 2022 GRAMMYs

Eight African musicians have received nominations for the 2022 Grammy Awards which is expected to take place in Los Angeles on Monday, January 31.

The artists include Wizkid, Burna Boy, Tems, Femi Kuti, Made Kuti, Angélique Kidjo, Rocky Dawuni and Black Coffee.

The recording academy on Tuesday announced the nominations for each of the 86 categories for the 64th edition of the awards.

Nigeria’s Afrobeat star Wizkid was nominated in the best global music album with his Made in Lagos(Deluxe). In this category, he competes with Ghanaian Reggae star Rocky Dawuni with his album Voice of Bunbon’ Vol.1.

Also in this category are Beninese singer and songwriter, Angélique Kidjo with her ‘Mother Nature’ album. Angélique Kidjo appears as one of the Recording Academy’s favourite candidates, seeing how often she frequents the Grammy nominations list.

In the same category are Femi Kuti and Made Kuti with ‘Legacy +’

Wizkid has again bagged another nomination in the category of Best Global music performance with his son Essence ft Tems. He competes with Burna Boy who secured a spot in this category for his collaboration with Angelique Kidjo. Femi Kuti’s ‘Pa Pa Pa’ also made it in this category.

Scnsly by Black Coffee also got a nod for best dance album.

Following the announcement of the nominations, artists across genres joined in excitement with their fans on social media.

read more
Entertainment

ENTERTAINMENT: Will Smith, Serena and Venus Williams at ‘King Richard’ movie premiere

Tennis star Venus Williams didn’t just cry the first time she saw “King Richard,” the new biopic about her family starring Will Smith as her father, she started weeping when she read the script.

“I cried on the script,” Williams said at the movie’s world premiere at the American Film Institute Fest on Sunday night (14 NOVEMBER 2021) in Hollywood.

“I’m like, watery-eyed on these moments. So that was translated already in words. And then the film, just like, watery eyes, and it was the family moments of togetherness and like, the father-daughter moments. Those moments were just like, uhhh, you know.”

Will Smith in action

Smith said he grew to love the Williams sisters’ father Richard during filming.

The film shows how it was his dream and plan to raise Venus and Serena to be tennis stars, and how he paved their own unique path to that destination, including declining to allow them to play in junior tournaments before going pro in an effort to protect their childhoods as long as possible.

Some called him crazy.

“I was like, ‘What’s crazy about that?'” Smith said. “Like, that is exactly how you’re supposed to defend and protect your children. So I loved him from that point, and I’m excited to bring some of the nuances and intricacies of his life, his story and the Williams family in general to the screen.”

Inside the theater before the screening, Smith said it had been “a long road” to bring the film to audiences.

“We got shut down in the middle of the film with COVID,” he said, adding that during the four-month lull, the young actors playing Venus and Serena (Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton) grew an inch and a half taller.

“So, you know, this film has been just a pure joy and a pure labor of love,” he said. “The opportunity to honor the Williams family for all of us has been one of those just rare career opportunities.”

“King Richard” opens in U.S. theaters on Friday 19 November. It will also be available on HBO Max.

read more
Arts

FESPACO 2021: One of Africa’s Biggest Film Festival is back!

The African film festival, FESPACO, is back this year after the pandemic, the lockdowns of the past year and a half, and an 8-months delay (the biennial event was originally scheduled for February 27 – March 6, but had to be postponed because of the Coronavirus pandemic). It is back in Ouagadougou amidst the health situation and also the security issues that have surfaced in the Sahel region, and particularly in Burkina Faso, in the past few years.

The Festival Panafricain du cinema et de la television de Ouagadougou (FESPACO) is the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou, which happens to be the largest African film festival. It is held biennially in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. First established in 1969, and boasting some of Africa’s greatest writers and filmmakers (like Ousmane Sembene), the FESPACO offers a chance for African filmmakers and professionals to showcase their work, exchange ideas, and meet other filmmakers, and sponsors.

This year’s FESPACO started on October 16th and will end on October 23rd. It promises to be great with filmmakers from around the continent coming to Ouagadougou to celebrate African cinema. After over a year of confinement, with life and particularly travel almost coming to a grinding stop, the festival promises to bring some much-needed entertainment and joy.

Golden Stallion of Yennenga
The Golden Stallion of Yennenga

Over 200 films made by Africans and mainly produced in Africa have been selected for the week-long event. The official selection will see 17 feature-length films compete for the festival’s top prize, the Golden Stallion of Yennenga.

Among them is Burkinabe Boubacar Diallo’s comedy Les Trois Lascars (The Three Lascars), Chadian Mahamat Saleh Haroun with Lingui, les liens sacrés (Lingui, the sacred links), Congolese Dieudo Hamadi with documentary En route pour le milliard (On the road for the billion), Ivorian Philippe Lacôte with his much appreciated La nuit des rois (The night of the kings), Senegalese Aissa Maiga with Marcher sur l’eau (Walking on water), Algerian Hassane Mezine with Fanon hier, aujourd’hui (Fanon yesterday, today), Tunisian Leyla Bouziz with Une histoire d’amour et de desir (a story of love and desire), Cameroonian Narcisse Wandji with Bendskins (Moto-taxis), Namibian  Desiree Kahikopo-Meiffret with The White Line, Tanzanian Ekwa Msangi with Farewell Amor, …  It will be impossible to list here all that the festival has to offer, but know that it is quite extensive and everybody will have its fill. Enjoy FESPACO 2021!!!

 

Written by DR.Y

read more
ArtsEntertainmentMusic

ENTERTAINMENT: Milestone as Burna Boy hits one billion views on YouTube

Grammy award-winning Nigerian artiste, Damini Ogulu popularly known as Burna Boy has hit a major milestone on YouTube as reported by PMnewsnigeria.

The superstar singer has crossed the one billion views mark on his YouTube channel, the first Nigerian artiste to do so.

The “Dangote” crooner was able to record one billion views courtesy of a compilation of the views on all his music videos.

YouTube made this known on Burna’s page, which showed a total of 1,006,338,859 views as at the time of filing this report.

His hit song “On The Low” contributed a massive 225M views while “Ye” recorded 159M views.

How others fared:

Davido – 963M
Wizkid – 960M
Tekno – 790M
Tiwa Savage – 318M
Olamide – 311M
Runtown – 306M

read more
CelebritiesEntertainmentLifestyleMusicNews

ENTERTAINMENT: Finally, R. Kelly found guilty of sex-trafficking and racketeering charges

R. Kelly on Monday was convicted of leading a decades-long sex crime ring, with a New York jury finding the superstar singer guilty on all nine charges, including racketeering.

After six weeks of disturbing testimony, the jury deliberated just nine hours before finding the incarcerated 54-year-old celebrity, trailed by sex abuse allegations for decades, guilty.

R. Kelly’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 4, 2022. He could spend the rest of his life in prison, representing a remarkable downfall for the singer who once stood atop the world of R&B.

read more
EntertainmentMusic

ENTERTAINMENT: The beautiful Congolese rumba seeks UNESCO heritage listing

The unmistakable sound of Congolese rumba. With its rhythmic drumming and elaborate dancing, rumba is arguably Congo’s biggest cultural export.

In the country, an official campaign has been launched to promote the inclusion of rumba, considered a major genre of African music, in UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage list.

Several Congolese artists have welcomed the initiative pioneered by the government in Kinshasa.

The UN’s cultural and educational arm in 2016 recognized Cuban rumba, a close cousin of Congo’s as a cultural heritage of humanity after years of lobbying. Campaigners in Congo hope to achieve similar success.

The launch of the campaign took place during a ceremony presided over by the Congolese Minister of Culture.

Congolese rumba developed in the Congo River basin in the 1940s, inspired by Latin and Caribbean music.

It gained widespread popularity in the 1960s and 70s, developing spinoffs, including a high-tempo version called soukous.

*AFRICANEWS*

 

read more