The Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island, in Brooklyn, New York was a convening spot for all things Afrobeats on August 19 when thousands of African fans came together, for the latest iteration of One Africa Music Fest, put on by Paul Okoye and his tireless team.
Various music groups have been significant in the growth of Nigeria’s music industry, but rifts between members of iconic groups have led to dramatic separations. Kelechukwu Iruoma looks at the eight most influential music break-ups in modern Nigeria.
Senegalese-American singer Akon has announced he is purchasing 50% of Senegalese company Musik Bi to create a music streaming service in Africa that can compete with global competitors. Musik Bi is Africa’s first home-grown platform for legal music downloads. It was launched in Senegal in February 2016.
South African multi-award winning hip-hop artist AKA is the new face of REEBOK Classics Africa.
Iconic U.S singer Rihanna’s charity organisation Clara Lionel Foundation has partnered with a Chinese bike-sharing company Ofo to help improve and promote access to education for girls in Malawi. Thousands of girls in Malawi have to trek for hundreds of kilometres to attend school, and the initiative will benefit hundreds of girls.
A playlist of songs by Fela Anikulapo Kuti the superstar, singer, musician, Panafricanist, polygamist, mystic, legend and one of the most challenging and charismatic music performers of our time.
Fela Kuti’s music has always been mentioned as a source of inspiration by many Nigerian musicians, but they hardly produce ‘conscious’ music or ‘political’ music that speaks against the state of the country and other social ills. From Fela’s ‘Zombie’ to ‘V.I.P Vagabonds In Power’ Fela’s music has always addressed the ills of society. We ask why Nigerian musicians have not followed in the path of activists such as Fela’s whose music was a vehicle for protest and change.
Kalakutta’s President Fela Anikulapo Kuti has been proclaimed as one of the greatest icons to come out of Africa. The proclamation is undisputed. The king of Afrobeat music was a constant thorn in the flesh of the Nigerian government and till today, everything Fela sang about remains relevant. Tell us what you think of the legendary musician and his music in relation to Nigeria.
Nigerian reggae artist Patoranking has become the first African to perform at the Reggae Sumfest Festival, the largest concert festival in Jamaica. The Nigerian artist who is currently a judge in The Voice Nigeria is living true to the testimony of his first album God Over Everything.