Every Saturday both here in Europe and United States. The queue of stylish men and women, many of whom wouldn’t be out of place in a music video, snakes around the block of many Nite-clubs, discotheque. It looks like a typical crowd for a New York hip-hop club, come to dance to Jay-Z or Lil Wayne. But it’s not, and they haven’t. In fact, inside the club there’s barely an American track to be heard, because this crowd isn’t particularly interested in listening to American music. Instead, the majority of the tunes the DJ spins are the latest urban hits from Nigeria, and the punters, mainly young Africans, are hooked on every one. It’s all part of the [...]
News from Nigeria often concentrates on corruption in politics, fighting with the Boko Haram militants in the north and unrest in the oil-producing Delta region – but Africa’s most populous nation has also quietly become a hotbed for the arts.The big band was rehearsing in the sauna. At least, that is what it felt like in a cramped room at Lagos’s School of Music.It was packed with young musicians who, despite the heat, were giving it their all whilst paying close attention to the conductor, Tony Chiafor – a retired lieutenant commander from the Nigerian navy.By the end of a rousing rendition of the tune, Onward Together, the saxophonists and flautists, as [...]
If you were not a fan of Burna Boy paying homage to Fela Kuti by stripping down to his pants, then you are not alone. The son of the late music legend Seun Kuti who is also an accomplished musician, shared his views on the infamous move. Hip TV is reporting that Seun took to his BB to share that “Fela Kuti never wore pants on stage“. The message read “Nna na wa o. I am bald for Christ sake and Fela never wore pants on stage. Tell Burna Boy that!!”. Ouch, that’s got to hurt. Check it out!