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Nigeria: Is protest music dead?
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Politics and Society Nigeria: Is protest music dead?

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.

Speaking truth to power, Fela Kuti’s enduring legacy: A lesson in governance
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Arts and Culture Speaking truth to power, Fela Kuti’s enduring legacy: A lesson in governance

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.

Repeat appearances by Kenya’s Sauti Sol and Nigeria’s Chidinma – Talent deficit or failure to diversify?
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Lifestyle Repeat appearances by Kenya’s Sauti Sol and Nigeria’s Chidinma – Talent deficit or failure to diversify?

Multi-award winning group from Kenya, Sauti Sol, best known for their hits “Kuliko Jana”, “Sura Yako” and “Unconditionally Bae” return to Coke Studio Africa – 2017, for the third time this year paired alongside Nigerian songstress Chidinma who is making a return to the show for the fourth time. We ask, is it not time to explore the continental music scene in totality and use the platform to launch talented underground artists into the commercial sphere?

Wizkid scoops Best International Act: Africa at the BET Awards
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Arts and Culture Wizkid scoops Best International Act: Africa at the BET Awards

Nigeria’s Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun popularly known as Wizkid took home the BET Best International Act: Africa in a fiercely contested category. The 2017 BET Awards were held on June 25, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The ceremony celebrated and honoured achievements in entertainment music, sports, television, and movies released between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017.