Entertainment: Scoop and Nadia Nakai to host ‘Yo! MTV Raps Africa’

Hip Hop guru Siyabonga “Scoop” Ngwekazi and rapper and songwriter Nadia Nakai will host a brand new hip hop music series coming to MTV Base from April 25.

The nine-episodes of “Yo! MTV Raps” will be produced by The Visual Content Gang.

“Yo! MTV Raps Africa “will feature Kwesta, Riky Rick, Sho Madjozi and Youngsta and will include special segments that tell unique stories and discover compelling people and trends in the local hip-hop scene. It will also zoom into the local hip-hop culture with music at the core from the industry’s current heavyweights as well as emerging talent re-defining their hip-hop narrative. Known as the home of street culture and representing what the millennial generation wants right now, MTV Base saw the time fitting to reboot and localize one of the most influential hip-hop formats celebrating youth culture through music, fashion and lifestyle.

Monde Twala, Vice President of Youth, Music and BET at Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa) said the channel is rooted in empowering and showcasing raw creative talent across our platforms.

“Yo! MTV Raps Africa” reflects our audience and serves as inspiration to elevate music and culture”, he said.

This is the first time that the MTV International-produced series has gone local following the network’s announcement in September 2018 that it is launching local versions of its legendary hip-hop franchise in Africa, United Kingdom, Germany and Southeast Asia. This comes after 30-years since the first episode of “Yo! MTV Raps” aired in the USA in 1988 with legendary hip hop crew RUN DMC interviewing the likes of Ice Cube, Rakim, Biggie, Tupac, Mary J Blige and the Wu Tang Clan which saw the revolution of hip hop finally televised.

Watch YO! MTV Raps Africa on MTV Base (DStv channel 322) on Thursday, April 25 at 6pm.

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Entertainment: My love for Africa is deep – Fuse ODG

Nana Richard Abiona popularly known as Fuse ODG has said his love and pride for Africa has been profound.

The recording artist stated on Live FM that his level of consciousness and passion for Africa has been there from the get-go.

“My love for Africa is deep. It’s always been there since Azonto” Fuse ODG said.

The 30-year-old singer further stated that the proof of his love for Africa can be seen and heard in all his music because it is a strong message that he has preached for quite a long time.

“Every time I’ll be talking about my music, I’ll talk about how much I love Ghana, how much I love Africa. And this is new Africa: I’ve always been speaking about it. Except now on this album, you can hear it in the music as well. That’s the difference. It’s more infused into the music, so you can hear more of what the movement is about a lot more.”

Speaking on his plans to help improve Africa especially Ghana, the ‘Tina’ hitmaker publicly made known some of the exploits he is working towards concerning the provision of improving quality education for Kids in Ghana.

“We are building schools. So we are building a school in Akosombo, which is something I am very passionate about. That we need to have our own schools and give these kids who don’t have the chance to have a good and decent education.

Fuse ODG added that as an attempt to improve and build upon the perception of Africans, he has designed and introduced black dolls that have a historical background and effect, in order to not just create change, but also make the black individual feel loved and accepted.

“Yes they are Barbie dolls but this time they are black, and also they are based on historical African women, so it’s also educational. It’s about representation. A kid feeling like they are being represented in the normal world because they had this white blond blue eyed looking like queens and princesses and we didn’t have any for us. That’s how the self hate starts for our people. Wanting to look lighter and changing their hair making it straight.”

Fuse continued; “We didn’t realize when it was happening. And now years later we are fighting against hate and we are encouraging our people to love themselves. But with the kids, we are just teaching them to love themselves. With the older ones, we are teaching them to relearn to love themselves. And that’s the hardest. Teaching somebody whose mind is already grown. Whose personality has already been made.”

Fuse ODG officially released his second album on the 8th of March 2019 called New Africa Nation on which he has nineteen (19) tracks. He featured international artists such as Damien Marley, Simi, Stefflon Don, Ed Sheeran, Sarkodie, OT Woode and UK poet, Suli Breaks.

His album has since received major airplay in all of Ghana, Nigeria and the UK. Fuse ODG also described the New Africa Nation album as; “a very “Spiritual” album that I know Nkrumah would be proud of”. He is set to launch the album officially in Ghana very soon.

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