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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Entertainment: Davido hints on going into politics

By Urowayino Warami

Pop sensation, Davido has hinted on the possibility of getting involved in politics. The OBO revealed this during an interview with Channel 4.

According to the Fall singer, there are things that are not done the right way in the Nigerian political sphere. He said; I might probably go into politics, if I’m not in it 100 percent I might just be around it. “There are a lot of things going on at home that is not right.”

Also convinced he can bring a change to the game if he gets into a political position, he further said; “If I’m in the right position there is a lot of things I will do differently.”

Recall that when the music superstar took part in the mandatory National Youth Service Corps(NYSC) scheme in 2018 many said it was a step towards a political ambition for the singer.

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Sarkodie Stated why Most Ghanaian Youth Are Poor

By Ayeh Offei-Akoto

Rapper Sarkodie has noted that although people want to be successful in Ghana, they do not want to take responsibility.

According to the Tema-based Rapper who has worked his way up the ladder of influence, success comes with responsibility which should be taken up by people.

He made this in a tweet spotted by MyNewsGh.com.

Sarkodie noted that “A lot of people want to be successful, have power and be free but not ready for the responsibilities that comes with it … It ain’t no joke man … it takes ALOT !!!!”.

Sarkodie is one of Ghana’s biggest exports in the music industry. His work has earned him several awards and nominations and several international platforms.

Source: MyNewsGh

Ghanaian youth are broke because they fool a lot – Shatta Wale

Ghana’s Dancehall King, Shatta Wale has observed that the youth in Ghana today fool to much and that is why they cannot hustle to make money and acquire property for themselves or make a decent living, MyNewsGh.com reports.

Ghana’s unemployment rate continues to soar as several people complete tertiary institutions and wait on government to employ them rather than initiate their own jobs.

Some have completed universities for over ten years and have remained unemployed ever since because they are waiting for some white collar job from the government or private individuals.

But commenting on this issue, Shatta Wale noted that most of the youth cannot make money because they ‘fool too much’.

He said “My next videos are going to be wack to some illiterates in Ghana alone but Africa and the World will Applaud me ,my fans and my team for putting up such a hard work .. Dont be a Fool !!!! Too much fooling in Ghana are not making the youths of today know how to hustle for money”.

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2Face tasks Nigerian youth on nation building

The fun city of Jos was thrown into huge fun party when the 3rd edition of 2Face’s Jos Chillin’ Mega Fiesta train came calling penultimate Saturday.

In its third Season, the concert came complete with a fresh dimension as it showcased the on-going social re-engineering campaign, tagged ‘Power of 1’; a campaign championed by afro-pop music legend, 2Face idibia, challenging young Nigerians to embrace the responsibility of fixing Nigeria one challenge at a time.

Highpoints of the concert was 2Face’s’s inspiring Power of 1 message urging the crowd to take their destinies in their own hands.

Headline acts, 2Face, Falz, DJ Jimmy Jatt, Alexx Ekubo, Mr Real and Osama leading a host of J-City acts added colour to the concert which took place at Mees Palace.

Supported by the 2Baba Foundation, One Voice Nigeria, Enough is Enough, and Vote Not Fight, ‘Power of 1’ is driven through concerts, road shows and a movie of the same title directed by Izu Ojukwu starring Ramsey Nouah, Alexx Ekubo, Annie Idibia, Jibola Dabo, Jide Kosoko, Racheal Oniga, Michelle Dede, Padita Agu and many more.

Proceedings began with opening acts, Lucky Stars Band, Richy Roo, Mad Dragon All-stars, Lyrical Dr Smith and Classiq whose set created uproar when MI Abaga made a surprise appearance.

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Davido receives warm welcome as he touches down in Liberia ahead of the country’s biggest concert of the year

Taiwo Owolawi

When it comes to good music, Nigerian artistes are almost never left out. The country can boast of having one of the best entertainers in the world.

Nigerian music star, David ‘Davido’ Adeleke, is slated to perform at one of the biggest concerts in Liberia.

The event is set to hold on November 29, 2018 at Samuel Kanyon Doe (SKD) sports complex in the country.

In preparation for the big show, Davido took to his Instagram page to post photos of his arrival at the country. He also revealed that it was his first time at the country.

The star is reportedly going to perform alongside a few of his label mates, Peruzzi, Mayorkun and DJ ECool.

Some Liberian musicians are also expected to hit the stage, some of which are DenG, Stunna, Christoph, to name a few.

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Opinion: Fela and Nigeria youths

By Promise Adiele

Late afro-beat sage, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, was a social crusader and more. Across the world, many people regard him as one of the most iconic personalities to emerge from Africa. Through the grand instrumentality of his music, he challenged neo-colonial mentality in the new African states that sprang from the debris of colonialism. He confronted the military establishment, exposing glaring criminality, misrule, corruption and unrivalled sadism against the populace. As an unrepentant agent of critical scrutiny in governance, Fela spurred the masses to action against a decadent economic and political order that compromised their existence. In his constant query of anti-people government policies, he was always involved in a battle with the military hierarchy whose rule of conquer was consistently laid bare in his music.

In other climes, Fela will be elevated to the honorific level of a pantheon over some politicians who played a part in viciously consigning Nigeria’s economic potential to the necropolis. Given his commitment to social revival, he should be canonized. The fulcrum of his musical philosophy should be studied as a compulsory course in Nigeria’s universities in the same way English literary god, William Shakespeare, is presently studied. Fela’s music touches the raw nerves and the soul. His music is a gospel to the disoriented and a compass to the misguided. These days, while the lyrics of music celebrate sexual depravity and emotional misadventure misnamed love, Fela’s music seeks to awaken the populace to official complicity of rogue acts in government. His dexterity with musical instruments and their disarming, rhythmic symphony create a nostalgic return to African roots. He mostly sang in Yoruba and Pidgin English to identify with the common people. Fela was our own, his music is our heritage.

Although many have criticised him for a lifestyle of immorality and for popularizing the demand for marijuana, his message, like late American reggae maestro, Bob Marley, far outweighs the nodal tensions of his lifestyle. Today, Fela will be turning in his grave observing Nigeria’s political chemistry and all the items of experiment. From the great beyond, he will be shocked to see the present crop of youths who are stripped of the natural impetus to reasonable thinking and as a result have collectively become the Mr. Follow Follow character in his celebrated track by that name. In this essay, Fela’s musical track Mr. Follow Follow shall be used as a metaphor to interrogate Nigeria’s political reality.

Presently, it is apparent that Nigerian youths have become Mr. Follow Follow whose minds and thinking processes have been recolonized by inexplicable, elemental by-ways which find expressions in political idiocy. To be certain, Fela’s conception of Mr. Follow Follow is someone who, lacking direction and any form of initiative follows another person with closed eyes, closed ears and closed senses. In a way, the Nigerian contemporary youth fits into the Mr. Follow Follow narrative without any iota of doubt. It is simply incomprehensible how the Nigerian youth has failed to understand the hide and seek orchestrated by the current political class. How on earth is it possible that the youths have failed to understand the chicanery and dubiety being perpetuated by the existing political establishment? The social media has become the battle field for youths where they practically go at each other’s throat in the defence of people who do not have their interest at heart. No wonder President Buhari rightly called the youths of his country lazy and uneducated. Instead of coming together to collapse a superstructure and every human principality negating the rise of their ingenious possibilities, the Nigerian youth has seemingly become Fela’s Mr. Follow Follow.

It is bad enough that Nigeria’s political peregrination apparently leaves us with two choices in Atiku and Buhari, it is more soul-wrenching that youths fight over these two people who are above seventy years. A developing country like Nigeria does not deserve a seventy-year-old person to superintend her affairs.

Buhari has served Nigeria as a youthful military head of state. He has paid his dues in the Nigerian project. At a time like this, one would expect him to retire to his village, enjoy his retirement and give the younger generation the opportunity to steer the affairs of this country. The world has matriculated beyond the kind of mathematics that operates our machinery of governance and Nigeria’s current economic state is a testimony to that fact. Nelson Mandela of blessed memory promised to serve for one term, he did and retired as a statesman. That is integrity as I understand it.

Atiku Abubakar has served this country as a youthful customs officer for many years and also as a vice president for eight years. Like Buhari, Atiku is over 70 years. On the scale of enterprise, human resources and business acumen, Atiku stands tall above Buhari never mind all the political gymnastics and sophistry to the contrary. However, Atiku should retire from the political space and mind his many businesses so that the younger generation can contribute their quota in uplifting the country. His entrepreneurial intelligence will be needed as a statesman in an advisory capacity.

There are many young people in this country with impressive academic profiles from the best universities in the world. There are also many young people in this country who have been exposed to the best business ideas, best leadership/political communities and best human resources environment. Yet, educated youths still support either Buhari or Atiku to rule Nigeria. Beyond being Mr. Follow Follow, I am convinced that something is wrong with our individual and collective sensibilities, perhaps it reflects a genome that is inherently retrogressive.

It is unfortunate that with millions of distinguished persons, erudite scholars and eminent young personalities, Nigeria’s choice of leadership is left to the death kiss of aged persons. It is more repulsing that like Fela’s Mr. Follow Follow, Atiku and Buhari are egged on by millions of Nigerian youths who unfortunately are caught in the whirlwind of what Wole Soyinka calls “the recurrent cycle of human stupidity.” What is wrong with an Oby Ezekwesili or Kingsley Moghalu presidency? What will happen if Fela Durotoye or Omoyele Sowere becomes Nigeria’s president? Will the heavens fall if Ibrahim Dankwambo or Rabiu Kwankwaso is elected as Nigeria’s president? Is it beyond Donald Duke to preside over the affairs of this country in the capacity of a president? Unfortunately, some youths, hitherto seen as progressives, have become political turncoats, daily yielding to the lure of ventriloquism with its cosmetic, transient patronage.

Going forward, we must do away with the divisive mantra of ethnicity and religion which are instruments in the hands of the aged elite to keep the youths apart. When the youths are set against one another, they are sufficiently distracted to identify the problem and seek solution. It is only when Nigerian youths wake from their delusion and divest themselves of the retarded garment of Mr. Follow Follow that our journey to a new world will begin.

Source: The Sun

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Morocco: French Montana continues giving back, funds preschool in Morocco

French Montana has steadily been building a reputation for himself as one of hip-hop’s most generous artists for quite some time now.

According to TMZ, the Moroccan-born rapper is once again taking his philanthropic efforts to his home country. This time, French will be funding a new preschool to help provide the youth with access to education.

As reported, French will be aiding two different classrooms in the Sabae School of Fida-Mers Sultan. In addition, he also will be providing supplies and helping maintain the classrooms as time goes on.

Just last month, keeping in the same humanitarian vein, French participated in the Mass Bailout movement, which is dedicated to helping pay bail for incarcerated women and children who cannot afford to do so themselves.

On top of that, the “Unforgettable” rapper also has funded the Suubi “Hope” Health Center maternal hospital in Uganda. He teamed up with Sean “Diddy” Combs, Ciroc, The Weeknd and others to help raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the cause and was able to build a three-story hospital specifically to help care for women and children in need. As a result of his work in Uganda, he was named rap’s first-ever Global Citizen Ambassador.

He also recently donated proceeds from his “Famous” remix with Adam Levine to the “We Are the Dream” campaign, which helps undocumented immigrants go to college.

Although he has built a solid name for himself in the music business as a rapper and entertainer, the ever-humble French has often referred to his charitable efforts as the “biggest accomplishments” in his career.

Source: REVOLT

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