Category: Music Reviews

AfroBEAT and RHYTHMS

          In the face and cultural threat of the new definition AFROBEATS, it is necessary and urgent to reclaim the original nomenclature of AFROBEAT. In this age of social media and free self-expression, we run the risk of re-branding by people who don’t know and understand; aided by gullible bandwagon followers […]

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Victor Ọláìyá: Attuned to His Times, and Beyond, Perhaps

          The elderly man dressed in a flashy, open-necked shirt speaks slowly, with a perceptible effort of breath. He is telling of a time of wondrous memories, so smiles aren’t far from his face. The camera is patient, thankfully, and the microphone is free of static. To someone who has made […]

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THE MARLIANS: THERE WILL BE CASUALTIES, BUT….

                      THE MARLIANS: THERE WILL BE CASUALTIES, BUT….           Parents are panicking. Mothers are secretly checking on their baby girls’ undies. Teachers are having sleepless nights trying to make the kids wear belts around their waists, again. The fad among a […]

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Who Owns Nigerian Music?

Who Owns The Music…Producers, Beat-Makers or Singers…?         Let’s Talk Music by: Mallam Abdul Okwechime   I have deliberately chosen to describe those that are usually called ‘musicians’ in Nigeria, today, as ‘singers’ and not musicians. Because that’s what they are. They are, by and large, singers/song writers who perform their songs […]

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Hip Hop Artists Must Heed The Call & Response

            This is NOT about FELA. It cannot be. If you lived in the FELA era or had a chance to stay close to him, you’d be sure that there can never be another FELA. Bob Marley put it squarely: “there is only one FELA in the whole World”. “Our […]

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No romance without finance — a playlist

By Zaza Hlalethwa, Lebohang Masango Earlier this week PhD student, author and United Nations Children’s Fund advocate Lebohang Masango sat with Power FM’s Aldrin Sampear to talk about her Master’s dissertation. With Johannesburg as her case study, the topic focuses on how young women navigate love and intimacy in the digital era of capitalism. “The thing about romance is […]

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