Not too long ago, we had a hash tag trending in Kenya that alluded to the mismanagement of modeling talent #PayModelsKe.
Well, while our fashion and modeling industry continues to grow and evolve, the one in Nigeria continues to blaze a path for us to follow only just hosting a massive fashion week, the ARISE fashion week, which even featured iconic model Naomi Campbell.
The star who wears even more hats than just being a model was the event’s headlining act who did not disappoint, if the photos we were able to see online are anything to go by.
Check it out;
Naomi Campbell spent her Easter weekend in Lagos and had quite a blast, even getting to hang out with Nigerian president Buhari.
The road to success for many African musicians is linear and quite predictable: garner a cult-level following in your home country by releasing a string of hit songs, reach out to other successful stars on the continent to stretch your fan base, get nominated for a MOBO/EMA and eventually put out a mediocre collab with Rick Ross (I’m looking at you Diamond and P-Square).
So as we watch Sauti Sol’s star rise ever higher by the day, we all know that their big Rick Ross collaboration is coming soon and it therefore begs the question: Which international artist should the group team up with?
There’s no easy answer to that question because Sauti Sol are musically hard to place; going through their discography you will hear elements of Zouk, Blues, Dancehall, and most recently Reggae (if you haven’t heard the incredible Girl Next Door yet, then you are not doing life right). Their versatility lends them the advantage of being able to accommodate the styles and talents of almost anybody in music right now.
But “accommodating” is not what Sauti Sol should aim for!
Time and again African artists seem to flinch under the limelight of American stars, adopting and taking on styles that don’t suit their sound and rarely complement their art. Take for example the aforementioned collaboration between Diamond Platinumz’ and Rick Ross. Essentially a Rap song, Waka works perfectly for Rick Ross who sounds at home on an instrumental that matches his swag and braggadocio, but one that makes Diamond sound like a fish out of water and forces him to take on a persona that sounds unnatural.
Conversely, consider Everytime by Wizkid featuring Future. Way before the ATL trapper even appears on the track, there is no doubt in your mind that you are listening to a Wizkid song. The beats, the tempo and the vibe are all Wizkid staple. He completely owns the track and simply invites Future to join in on the fun.
And going into the new year, as Sauti Sol roll out their brand new album Afrikan Sauce and continue garnering global attention, it would be great to see them escape the trap of settling for a big name rapper and instead seek out artists who will match their own unique versatility.
Like Ty Dolla Sign!
Boasting collaborations with artists as diverse as Major Lazer, Lupe Fiasco and Africa’s own Mr Eazi, Ty Dolla is a master in musical camouflage; the kind of artist who has no interest in stealing your shine, but does a fantastic job of simply adding gloss to your music.
That is the kind of feature Sauti Sol should reach for because after all, as great as it is to have your name tagged alongside a big international act on a song, it should mean even more for that song to be yours.
There will be 51 more ROTWs (Records of the Week) to come during 2018 but they will all have been preceded by the Cassper Nyovest single ‘Baby Girl’.
Featuring as this year’s first big banger, Cassper Nyovest a.k.a Mr. Fill Up The Dome, reigned through the first week with his single ‘Baby Girl’, which is from his Thuto album.
The grape vines spun rumors that the uptempo Afro-beat single was meant to feature Wizkid and while there may still be plans to get this Naija music icon on a remix to the track later in the year, ‘Baby Girl’ is undoubtedly one of people’s most favorite singles from that album.
With a Ciroc deal under his belt, Cassper Nyovest is definitely one of Africa’s finest, and in case you hadn’t watched the Vanessa Mdee featured video to that song, here you go.
Despite Solange Knowles pulling out of the inaugural African version of AFROPUNK,anticipation is still high in Johannesburg with scores looking forward to experiencing their favorite live acts.
The festival which is scheduled to start today will feature live performances from top bands like the American collective Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals who will now be headlining the festival in place of Solange.Other notable acts that will be performing include the unmistakable Laura Mvula,Jojo Abot,Petite Noir just to name a few.
The DJs who will be on the bill this year include Kid Fonque who performed in Kenya earlier this year and the amazing Black Motion who are quite the performers.The legendary Theo Parrish will also be one of the DJs on the amazing lineup.
This year,the Gold,Red and Green stages promise to keep Festival goers busy with continuous performances throughout the two day festival,a fitting end to 2017.Be sure to download the AFROPUNK app and get more details on the full lineup.
Meanwhile, here is a short video of Jack Rooster’s first day in Johannesburg.
From the man who already has numerous collaborations and affiliations with international stars one of whom is Ne-yo, comes yet another fire collaboration.
Diamond Platnumz reflects on just how great a journey he has had thus far in his most recent album ‘A Boy From Tandale’, and is ruling airwaves on HBR as your Record of the Week with his Rick Ross single ‘Waka’.
The single (Waka) which only just dropped features some rather explicit lyrics from this ‘Na Na Na’ singer like the hook which reads….
F**k you like nobody Sucking your all body Rocking everyday party Clean b**ch playing dirty Ooh!
Having had quite the eventful year with entertainment news sites having a field day with the infinitely scandal that he, his wife Zari and assumed mistress Hamisa Mobetto were involved in, it’s definitely a good change of pace that this Bongo Flava star redirects our attention back to his music, and what better way than by working with one of Hip Hop’s most iconic stars.
He is Bongo’s top emcee and raising the bar even higher, Diamond Platinumz has now collaborated with Grammy Award Winning Violinist ‘Miri Ben Ari’.
Miri Ben Ari made a name for herself by becoming the world’s first ‘hip hop violinist’ back in the early 2000s when she fused Hip Hop with her violin music.
Having worked with rappers like Styles P, Twist and even Kanye West, Israeli born and raised Miri Ben Ari showed that she more than earned her stripes as a hip hop violinist when she won a Grammy for it!
Well she’s been touring the world ever since, re-working popular hits into insanely awesome violin covers and occasionally featuring on some singles here and there.
If you’re just getting to know who she is then you’ll know her a bit more through this Diamond Platnumz collaboration called ‘Baila’.
Via a video posted earlier today, Miri Ben Ari teased the strings infused collaboration, while hinting that they may soon be performing that jam together which may just see this star travel down to East Africa.
Diamond’s most recent album is an oder to how far he has come in the music and entertainment industry and has been aptly titled ‘A Boy From Tandale’, with the album cover being a baby picture of this star.
Other than Miri Ben Ari, Diamond Platnumz latest album is speculated to feature other music icons like Rick Ross.
This Maybach Music boss has mentioned Diamond a couple of times via his personal instagram, the latest IG tag, being a photo that featured himself (Rick Ross), Rayvanny and Diamond Platinum with the caption reading ‘Black Bottle Boys #BBB’.
As it turns out, the rumors of a P Square split may have been a lot more than just simple rumors.
It was said that the twins who have made incredible success in music, landing international collaborations long before we glorified fellow Naija stars Wizkid and Davido for doing the same, have been at odds for the better part of two years now.
Paul and Peter who make up the renown duo P Square once revealed that they were having trouble with their manager (also brother) Jude and were both planning to split but those rumors were watered down by the fact that they shortly after that, bought lavish mansions adjacent to one another.
After ruling charts with their hit singles ‘Shekini’, ‘Bank Alert’ and ‘Nobody Ugly’, P Square seem to have hit some more turbulent waters after they trended online thanks to this video of what appears to be all three brothers getting into a heated fight.
From that video, Jude threatens to beat up Peter (who is the one filming the video) while Paul is seen to be telling Peter ‘Shame on you’ repeatedly.
According to online reports, this all started when Peter, through a letter sent to their lawyer (whose office they were allegedly in) said he’d like to quit the group and based it on some serious allegations against his twin Paul and their elder brother and manager, Jude.
News source The Vanguard summarized their tremulous situation by writing;
He (Peter) accused Paul of no longer willing to co-operate with him, and of even going as far as cancelling their scheduled music tour to the United States. He added that Paul was also slandering his wife and children with lies on social media, and alleged that his family was being threatened with threat messages. Peter further accused his older brother Jude of once threatening to kill him and shoot his wife Lola. Peter stressed that he was tired of the “drama.” He had gone ahead to perform solo at a show in Philadelphia which he revealed on a Snapchat video. However, his brother and estranged partner, Paul had taken to his instagram page days later to write; “Only a woman can come where there’s peace and destroy it”.
That video was apparently leaked by Peter and as soon as the issue started to trend, Paul caught wind of it and reacted to his twin posting the video with a twitter post that read;
“Wow!!!! And he finally released the all mighty video lol.”