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Nigerian migrants are introducing Afrobeat to one of Italy’s most popular cities

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Nigerians are slowly stamping their authority in Italy's music space. Photo credit: Quartz Africa

Migrating from Africa to Europe is a particularly tricky business. It is usually very difficult to obtain visas, and consequently, many people opt for the long, tortuous route that runs through the Sahara Desert and extends into the Mediterranean Sea. It is a risky journey in many ways, as desperate migrants get robbed, swindled, enslaved or worse still, meet their end in the hot sands and high seas.

There is also the small matter of reputation when it comes to successful migrants. There are those who believe that men and women who manage to avoid death or slavery, and ultimately cross the borders into Italy and Spain, are either involved in drug peddling, prostitution or unsavoury menial jobs like washing up corpses.

There is a small group of people, however, who are slowly changing the narrative. These ones are not only showing that there is more that African migrants can do in Europe, but they are also exporting Nigerian music in all its exotic nature and rich flavour into one of Italy’s major cities.

Palermo, the capital city of the Sicilian province, is slowly becoming the Southern European capital for the world-conquering Afrobeats scene. Social media has given a platform to musicians who can reach a wide audience without institutional support. There are more than a few cities in Italy that are not exactly kind to migrants, but Palermo has gradually become a haven for a number of young Nigerian musicians to hone their craft and attempt to carve a niche for themselves on European shores.

The influx of these musicians has had a significant effect on the city, too. For instance, Ballaro, a small neighbourhood in Palermo, was once known as one of the most dangerous places in Italy, no thanks to the activities of the Mafia. But with the arrival of African and Asian immigrants, the neighbourhood is now revitalised and less prone to crime.

Artists like RayJeezy, Brenex Baba and Thug Money make a living from performing at night clubs across the city. They hope that their hustle ultimately pays off and that they gain worldwide recognition, but for now, they are contributing to the transformation of a city’s music and culture. Things are looking up for the African migrant population in Palermo, and it’s not hard to tell that there will be more where the music came from.

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The 2020 African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) which came off virtually on November 15 saw many artiste across the continent take home numerous honours, including billionaire’s daughter, DJ Cuppy.

The Best African DJ category was a very tight one, it had, DJ Spinall from Nigeria, DJ Black Coffee from South Africa, DJ Dollar from Senegal, DJ Lutonda from Angola, DJ Andy Josty from Ghana, DJ Neptune from Nigeria, DJ ECool from Nigeria, DJ Malvado from Angola, DJ Moh Spice from Kenya, and of course, DJ Cuppy from Nigeria on that list.

An excited DJ Cuppy posted on her Twitter handle saying she’s going to disrupt the industry after emerging as the winner and been crowned the best DJ in Africa.

According to her, as the first woman to win this award, she’s very honoured and will continue to disrupt her industry as she begins a new mission to win more awards we guess.
She also dedicated the award to her fans the Cupcakes thanking them for holding her through it all and now she’s the best African DJ.
“Best African DJ” 2020 @Afrimma Awards 🏆✨ … As the first woman to win this award, I am truly HONOURED and will continue to disrupt my industry; this one is for YOU my Cupcakes! 🧁 #CuppyOnAMission”

Her cupcakes are equally as excited as she is, here are some of their sweet congratulatory messages to her.

“Songs of praises are not enough to thank God and you for all you are to me.
👏🏿With a sincere heartfelt❣ gratitude, kindly accept my appreciation, for the good wishes, the love, prayers, support, time and assistant you’ve provided me with babe, I adore you alot ❤❤❤ “


“Women should really stop feeling excluded in a World of equal opportunities, I feel really encouraged when I see WORKING WOMEN @UN_Women as I come from a society where our women are full time house wives. Congrats keep doing MORE ✨✨✨✨✨⚡🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉”

“You deserve it young lady keep it up 👍🏿 but hope no be because of that your new Ferrari them give you just so Dey can have a ride with it 🤥🤥”

DJ Cuppy has worked so hard to see that she is not just called a billionaire’s daughter. She has earned a name for herself in the music industry. Cuppy has taken it all in her strides, kept honing her skills, maintained that cheerful demeanour and now, she is getting the recognition she deserves

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