Kelly Rowland has joined the list of international artistes to sample afrobeat sounds in their music. In recent times Africa has become the spice route for artists, musicians and people in the creative industry as they continue to buy into Afro inspired sounds, dress codes, dances etc. Over the years, artistes such as Ciara and Beyonce have made Africa their go to, Beyonce especially as she constantly infuses the ‘Mama Africa’ theme into her costumes as well as featuring African stars in her most recent “Black is King” album.
In Kelly’s new song “Hitman”, she samples beats from Nigerian Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s “follow follow” track. The song which is part of the NFL songs of the season project definitely excites her African audience.
The video for the Hitman track was also released on 20th November 2020 and does even more justice to the track as it infuses great colours, popular African hairstyles like Bantu knots, Afro and simple fluid moves.
With 2021 around the corner will more international artistes follow the trend and with it establish a global Afrobeat genre?
Tems and I are in a Relationship – Omah Lay
Fast-rising Nigerian singer Stanley Omah Didia a.k.a Omah Lay recently opened up and admitted having a relationship with Omah Lay.
Omah Lay during an interview disclosed that he is in a relationship with Tems, and this relationship started after they were arrested at Uganda. He said, ‘’ Me and Tems have a relationship. We were not friends before, but this whole Uganda thing brought us together’’
Tems and Omah had left many Nigerians worried following their arrest by the Ugandan police. The two had been accused of going against COVID-19 restrictions and charged to court for negligently getting involved in acts that could aid the spread of an infectious disease.
Speaking on the ugly experience they had in Uganda, Omah Lay said, he would want to visit the country again. When Ebuka Obi-Uchendu asked if he had any regrets for attending the concert in the East African country, he categorically stated that he didn’t have any. According to him, the night he spent with fans was nothing short of a beautiful one.
Omah also noted that he would love to be back in the country just to spend more time with the fans who showed him so much love. In his words, “I don’t regret going to Uganda. The night with my Uganda fans was a perfect night. I would want to go back to see those people. There was a lot of energy and love.”
Speaking on his musical journey, Omah Lay said the reactions he got from people when his first project came out was quite overwhelming. ’’The reaction I got from people when I came out last year was shocking, but that had always been a dream. I had plans to take things slowly but it just happened the way it happened, and I’m grateful…I was scared when I wanted to put out my first project “get Layd.” I was scared that it was not good enough. It was not showing enough of me. It was five songs on the project. I was scared it was not going to show me off enough.’’
When asked how he feels about artistes in his generation and the kind of music he makes, Omah Lay said, ‘’I feel blessed to be part of the new guys trying to sell African music to the world. I want people to know me for several things, I do not like it when people put my music in a box’’.
Tacha Reacts to Internet Trolls Following Bandele’s Death
Reality TV star, Tacha has called out Big brother Nigeria fans who refuse to realise that the reality show is just a game, and would wish death on others for supporting their favourite housemate.
Yet these same people, mourned Digital Strategist, Ayodele Bandele who recently died after suffering years of depression.
According to Tacha, being unkind drives people to depression. While expressing displeasure, she also urged people on social media to be kind with words when dealing with strangers online because they do not know people’s battles.
Recently, a young Nigerian man in Lagos identified as Dele, who was declared missing on Tuesday, January 12, was found dead after battling depression for 7years.
A New Disney+ Yvonne Orji Autobiography Comedy Series Looms
The autobiography comedy series titled ‘First Gen’ will be co-produced by David Oyelowo and Oprah Winfrey.
The Nigerian-American, Yvonne Orji revealed that she has begun developing an autobiography comedy series for Disney+ which will span about 30 minutes.
The series titled ‘First Gen’ will take us through Yvonne Orji’s experiences as a Nigerian immigrant growing up in America.
According to Deadly report, ‘First Gen’ co-produced by David Oyelowo and Oprah Winfrey, will explore culture clash as detailed by the HBO ‘Insecure’ star. “As a child, she’s caught between trying to honour her parents and culture while simultaneously trying to assimilate to American life”, the report reads.
Emmy-nominated “Insecure” co-star Yvonne Orji confirmed this in a post on her Instagram page.
“The trailer I shot in 2015 for this family sitcom I desperately wanted to create, is what helped me get an audition for @insecurehbo. FIVE YEARS LATER (after being told “NO” SEV. ER. AL. Times), my Lil engine that could, finally has a home with the @disneyplus family. Thank you @davidoyelowo for believing in the dream FROM JUMP, and Lady @oprah for coming on board as our Fairy Godmother”.
“I’ve been very vocal about my desire to highlight stories from the Continent, and I’m grateful to have this opportunity to do so”.
Orji’s latest Disney+ deal comes in the wake of her successful HBO ‘Momma, I Made It!’ comedy show which also details the actress’s Nigerian and American upbringing.
This is the second collaboration between Oyelowo’s Yoruba Saxon and Winfrey’s Harpo Films. The two companies recently produced Oyelowo’s feature directorial debut, The Water Man, in which Oyelowo also stars. The film premiered at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival. Additionally, Oyelowo headlined Ava DuVernay’s feature Selma, which Winfrey produced and co-starred in.
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