Award-winning Afropop icon 2Baba has released his new album titled “Warriors” earlier today, February 28. This album is released as part of his 20 Years a King (#20YearAKing) celebration, commemorating the two decades he has spent in the Nigerian music industry.
This new album contains just 13 tracks including previously released singles like ‘Important’, ‘Oyi’ and the Peruzzi-assisted smash hit, ‘Amaka’. The LP also boasts big-name collaborations like Burna Boy, Wizkid, Olamide, Tiwa Savage and Peruzzi. It also features appearances from AJ Natives, Symeca and his daughter HI Idibia.
The production of the album is handled by a galaxy of PBanks, Spelz, Blaq Jeerzy, Bolji Beatz, Speroach Beatz, Richie, Ploops and his longtime collaborator, Jay Sleek.
Interestingly, this is the first 2Baba album that comes with a title track, which also serves as the opener of the full-length project.
On Tuesday, February 25, the celebrated singer held a well-attended listening party for the album at the Artisan Lounge bar, Lagos.
His seventh studio album, “Warriors” is the long-overdue follow up to “The Ascension” which was met with mixed reviews upon its release in 2014.
Formerly known as 2face Idibia, 2baba is one Africa’s most successful artists, winning local, continental and international awards like BET and MTV Europe Music Awards.
Netflix Announces First Original Nigerian Series
This comes just after the U.S-based streaming giant launched Netflix Naija.
Popular media-services provider Netflix has announced the production of its first original African series to be headlined by Nollywood director, Akin Omotoso.
This would be a six-part series that features an all-star Nollywood cast of Kate Henshaw, Ade Laoye, Richard Mofe Damijo, Joke Silva, Fabian Adeoye Lojede, Kehinde Bankole and many others.
Directed by a team of Akin Omotosho, Daniel Oriahi and CJ Obasi, the series tells the story of a reincarnated goddess who seeks to avenge her sister’s death.
This announcement comes just after the U.S-based streaming platform unveiled Netflix Naija on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.
In a statement with Premium Times, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos revealed that “movies like King of Boys, Merry Men and The Bling Lagosians have shown how much our members love Nigerian movies.
“So, we’re incredibly excited to be investing in Made in Nigeria stories – bringing them to audiences all around the world.”
Over the past year, Netflix has featured a number of Nollywood movies on its streaming platform. Among such movies include the culturally and commercially successful King of Boys, October 1, The Figurine, Mokalik, and Merry Men.
Pilani Bubu to launch new album, “Folklore – Chapter 1”
This full-length project was released in November last year.
South African soul singer Pilani Bubu is set to hold a launch party for her latest album “Folklore – Chapter 1” later today, 27 February. This event is set to take place at Untitled Basement in Johannesburg, South Africa.
At the launch today, Bubu will perform live with a full band featuring Luke van der Merwe, Bheka Mthethwa and many others.
“My approach has always been to perform my music for at least two years live before recording,” Bubu said. “It often grows and new ideas come in.
My band members are also involved in the making of the album,” she says.
Released in November 2019, “Folklore – Chapter 1” contains a total of 17 songs and features appearances from Lebo Mochudi, Billy Monama, and others. It is the follow up to her 8-track sophomore album, “Warrior of Light” which was released to good reviews in 2016.
“Folklore is the expressive body of culture shared among a people, captured through various art forms inclusive of traditional beliefs, customs, proverbs, sayings and tales passed on through generations by word of mouth.
“In this album series I want to treasure traditional folk music, giving it a more contemporary setting, renewed meaning and more context,” she revealed about the new album.
“Folklore – Chapter 1” was produced by a team of Bheka Mthethwa, Billy Monama, Robin Fernie while Troy Lilley handled the engineering.
The album is currently available on all major streaming platforms and physical copies would be sold at the event.
Ishan wins big at 2020 Star FM Musical Awards
The young singer sweeps up four awards with his 2019 monster hit, ‘Kure’ featuring Ti Gonzi.
Burgeoning Zimbabwean act Ishan emerged the biggest winner at the Star FM musical awards, scooping five awards at the event that was held on Saturday, February 22.
The singer went home with plaques from the Best African Pop Sing, Best Newcomer, Best Collaboration, Song of the Year and Most Played Song on Star FM categories.
Later that night, Ishan teamed up with rapper, Ti Gonzi to perform their award-winning hit single ‘Kure’ which won four awards at the event.
Ishan is followed by top Zimbabwean gospel singer Janet Manyowa who won two awards in the Best Gospel and Best Female Artiste categories.
Ti Gonzi on his part won the Best Male Artist Award while Takura secured the Best Hip-Hop song award with his 2019 smash, ‘Noise’.
Zimbabwean living icon Alick Macheso was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Check out the full list of winners below.
Best African Pop Song Award
‘Kure’ – Ishan ft. Ti Gonzi
Best Zimdancehall Song Award
‘Vroom’ – Nutty O
Best Hip-Hop Song Award
‘Noise’ – Takura
Best R&B Song Award
‘TV Room’ – Hilzy, Gary Mapanzure
Best House Song Award
‘Bad News’ – DJ Stavo ft. Gemma
Best Song by Zimbabwean in the Diaspora Award
‘Chihera’ – Norman Masamba
Best Gospel Song Award
‘Ndimi’ – Janet Manyowa
Best Newcomer Award
Ishan ft. Ti Gonz – ‘Kure’
Best Female Artist Award
Best Male Artist Award
Best Duo/Group Award
Ngoma Ingoma – ‘Malobolo’
Best Collaboration Award
‘Kure’ – Ishan ft. Ti Gonzi
Best Producer Award
Song of the Year Award
‘Kure’ – ‘Ishan ft. Ti Gonzi
Album of the Year Award
Francesca – King 98
People’s Choice Award
‘Ngaibake’ by Freeman ft. Alick Macheso
Most Played Song on Star FM
‘Kure’ by Ishan ft .Ti Gonzi
Lifetime Achievement Award