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After winning Best International Act at th e BET Awards, Burna Boy eins EMAs

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The 2019 MTV EMAs awards held Sunday night in Seville, Spain saw the African giant, Burna Boy winning yet another big award. He won in the category for the Best African Act. This makes it two international awards the Afrobeat singer would win this year. Recall he won the Best International Act award at the 2019 BET awards. Burna Boy was nominated alongside co-Nigerian singer, Teni, Prince Kaybee (South Africa), TooFan (Togo), Harmonize (Tanzania), and Nasty C (South Africa).

However, Burna Boy was not present to receive the award as he had a concert at SSE Arena in Wimbledon, London. Burna Boy’s award makes it fourth time a Nigerian would win the award consecutively. First, it was Wizkid in 2016, then in 2017, Davido clinched the award and Tiwa followed suit in 2018. 

Burna Boy wins EMA Best African Act
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 23: Burna Boy performs onstage during the Post Show at the 2019 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 23, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. Maury Phillips/Getty Images for BET/AFP

Other winners at the 2019 MTV EMAs awards event include:

  • Taylor Swift who won the Best US Act and Best Video,
  • Nicki Minaj clinched the Best HipHop’
  • Shawn Mendes won Best Artiste 
  • Best Canadian Act went to Johnny Orlando
  • Billie Eilish was Best Song with his hit ‘Bad Guy’
  • Best Collaboration went to Rosalia, J Balvin ft Guincho with the song titled “Con Altura”

We wish the African Giant more wins in the future!

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5 Albums We Are Excited About In 2020

Building up on the success of the previous year, 2020 promises a lot of amazing music.

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2019 was quite an interesting year for African music. Heralded by Nigeria’s Afrobeats, records out of the continent penetrated the Western markets and sparked impressive engagements across the world. 

Burna Boy’s album “African Giant” secured a Grammy nomination and also topped the end of the year lists of many international publications. Beyoncé also featured an all-star cast of some of the biggest names across the continent on her  “The Lion King.” Of course, this helped to reintroduce them to new markets and thrust their names in global music conversations. 

Building up on the success of the previous year, 2020 looks to promise a lot of amazing music. Here is a list of the five albums we are excited to get our hands on in 2020. 

Wizkid – Made In Lagos

Ever since the release of his international project, “Sounds From The Other Side,” fans across Africa have been clamouring for the release of Wizkid’s fourth full-length, “Made in Lagos” which he himself has been teasing for quite a while title. Last year, Wizkid took to his Instagram to tease snippets of a couple of songs expected to be on the project. And with the official release of his 2019 singles, ‘Joro’ and ‘Ghetto Love’, fans and general music lovers are fully ready for the long-teased Wizkid project this year. 

Khaligraph Jones – TBA

Coming off his big win at the 2020 Soundcity MVP Awards, picking up the Best Hip-hop act trophy over heavyweights like Sarkodie, Kwesta and Falz, the time is ripe for a new album Kenyan rapper. Popular for his distinct rapid-fire flow,  Khaligraph Jones has been at the helm of Kenya’s hip-hop over the years. With the anticipated follow-up to his 2018 debut album, “Testimony 1900,” he’d seek to reassert his dominance this year in the region and the continent.

Adekunle Gold – Afropop

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2019 witnessed a turning point in Adekunle Gold’s artistry and public image. With releases like ‘Young Love’ and Before You Wake Up’ in 2019, Adekunle Gold’s sound has morphed into something more pop-centric, substituting the traditional African sound for something more synthetic. The singer has also been more expressive with his fashion and outlook. This, therefore, makes his next project “Afropop” one to look out for, as we’d love to find an Adekunle Gold shed his signature sound for something more pop and trendy.

 Sho Madjozi – TBA

South African rapper, Sho Madjozi was one of the most exciting acts out of the continent last year. Coming off the success of her 2018 debut album “Limpopo Champions League,” the singer went on to release her hit record ‘John Cena’, a song even the WWE superstar himself approves. Sho Madjozi went on to enjoy an amazing press run that kept her in everyone’s face. And now, she has built up so much hype around herself that her fans across the continent are waiting for what she plans to release next. 

Shatta Wale – TBA 

Undoubtedly one of Africa’s most controversial superstars, Ghana’s Shatta Wale is one known for his consistency across his album. Ever since 2016, not a year has gone by without a project from the self-crowned dancehall king. And given the quality of his stellar 2018 and 2019 releases, “Reign” and “Wonder Boy,” many are already wondering what king Shatta would come up with next.

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John Legend Performs Live At THISDAY 2020 Awards

The singer treated the teeming audience to a live rendition of some of his classics.

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International music star, John Legend was present as a guest performer at the 2020 THISDAY Awards which was held at the Eko Hotel Convention Centre, Lagos yesterday, January 20.

The event is a celebration of one of Nigeria’s top newspapers, THISDAY’s 25th Anniversary. The Grammy award-winning singer treated the audience to a live rendition of some of his classics, including his 2013 smash, ‘All Of Me’.  

His presence in Nigeria was initially disclosed by his wife, model and media personality, Chrissy Teigen in a tweet early yesterday morning.

“John went to Nigeria for a couple days and I thought about going, purely to find Michael from 90 days, but…the enchilada has rendered me useless,” she shared.

The tweet came to the surprise and delight of fans who were shocked at the singer’s unpublicized entry into the country. 

John Legend is a multi-award winning singer, actor, producer, and songwriter who has bagged Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards.

Released in October 2018, his latest album, “A Legendary Christmas,” is nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album at the 2020 Grammy Awards.

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Veteran South African Musician Steve Fataar Is Dead

The guitarist of famed group The Flames has died at the age of 76.

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Legendary South African guitarist, Steve Fataar who was a member of the 60s group, The Flames has been reported dead.

The news was confirmed by Joey Fourie, a close friend of Steve’s and the owner of The Daily Music Show in Cape Town on Channel24 on Saturday, January 18.

“He passed on in the early hours of this morning after his gig at Zach’s. He came home and died in his sleep of lung complications,” he said.

According to reports, Fataar suffered from lung complications, although the exact cause of death has not yet been confirmed. The singer is however believed to have died in his sleep in the early hours of Saturday morning just a few hours after playing a gig at popular Durban venue, Zacks.

Steve Fataar playing the guitar (The Citizen)

Fataar was well-known for playing with his band, The Flames, best known for their 1967 hit record, ‘For Your Precious Love’.

The guitarist had been suffering from a breathing illness since 2014. In the same year, his music friends held a benefit concert on his behalf because of his health issues. The concert featured acts The Reals, The Hairy-Legged Lentil Eaters and Graham Boyle and Spider Murch.

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