Tobechukwu Nwigwe, a Texas-born rapper of Nigerian descent is one of the United States’ most consistent and prolific rappers.
With a video of a new song every week, Tobe uses his YouTube page to spread the message of purpose.
His goal is simple, “making purpose popular” as he raps about social justice, lifestyle and his life.
Tobe, born to Nigerian immigrants in the US 33 years ago has said in his latest single “Father Figure” that he’s a level above other rappers.
In the song featuring American rappers Black Thought and Royce Da 5’9”, Tobe eulogised his Nigerian roots and greatness.
Highly revered in Houston, Texas, Tobe is seen by many as a source of motivation and a man who typifies happiness.
He has a close-knit team of video directors, singers and drummers, with his wife, simply known as Fat, being one of the most important members of the team.
Tobe also has many of his extended family members on his projects and says he never wants to be popular but will always spread the word of purpose round.
Contrary to his desires, his fame rose when he released a video about the killing of Breonna Taylor, as Americans celebrated him for lending a voice.
Erykah Badu and Michelle Obama are some of the rapper’s staunchest supporters.
From American Football To Hip-Hop
Tobe wanted to become an American football player and was a great linebacker before a knee injury put paid to his career while he was in college. He attended the University of North Texas where he studied Real Estate and was an NFL hopeful before his injury in 2009.
He focused the burning passion in him on music and chose to rap about lifestyles and the need to be consistent.
Tobe never shies away from hailing his Igbo, Southeast Nigerian roots, and is known to celebrate his blackness.
In one of his songs, “Shine”, he said; “The world can be toxic. Especially when your skin looks like chocolate. Be cautious, all branches ain’t olive. And look towards the sun for your solace and, Shine, Shine, Shine on all of them.”
Nwigwe loves his family and his art has always been personal to him. He carries them along in all his strides and they form a strong part of his ascent.
Tobe has said he’s not interested in the perks of being a record label. The rapper said he rejected Mass Appeal, Roc Nation and Sony Music as they were never able to answer his one important question.
“They have someone call you and say, ‘Anything we can do,’” Fat, his wife said in an interview with the New York Times.
His response, he says has always been; “What can you do for me that I’m not already doing?”
He markets his songs and has a creative control of his branding and art.
Nwigwe says the only thing he does on his own is writing. His clothes come from his different travel experiences at Nigeria and Japan and he gives them to his African brother, a Cameroonian tailor your sew. Every other thing is done by members of his close-knit team of friends and family.
A hardworking rapper, flanked by a solid group of creatives, Nwigwe says he’s hard to be convinced to join a label because he’s not lazy.
Tobe’s Get Twisted Sundays on Instagram and his website is one of the most followed shows in Texas, and the rapper has been described in the city as a visionary who is in a mission to change the scope of hip-hop.
South African Jazz ‘Giant’ Jonas Gwangwa Dies at 83
South Africa jazz trombonist and composer, Jonas Gwangwa, whose music powered the anti-apartheid struggle, died on Saturday aged 83, the presidency said.
President Cyril Ramaphosa led the tributes to the legendary musician who was nominated for an Oscar for the theme song of the 1987 film “Cry Freedom”.
“A giant of our revolutionary cultural movement and our democratic creative industries has been called to rest,” Ramaphosa said.
“The trombone that boomed with boldness and bravery, and equally warmed our hearts with mellow melody has lost its life force” the president added.
There were no immediate details on how or where Gwangwa died.
He passed away on the third anniversary of the death of the “father of South African jazz” Hugh Masekela and the second anniversary of the death of Zimbabwean musical legend Oliver Mtukudzi. Jan. 23 had become “the day the music died” The South African and other media outlets said.
Gwangwa was born in October 1937 in Soweto and went on to have a career spanning 40 years.
“He delighted audiences in Sophiatown until it became illegal for black people to congregate and South African musicians were jailed merely for practicing their craft,” the presidency’s statement said.
He was awarded the Order of Ikhamanga, South Africa’s highest national award presented for achievements in art and culture, in 2010.
The award recognised his work as composer, arranger and musical director of the Amandla Cultural Ensemble, a cultural group formed by activists from the African National Congress in the 1970s.
Nyong’o Laughs as Kenyan Minister Claims She Has Been Unreachable for 5 Years
Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Tourism, Najib Balala, has defended the decision to name British model and actress, Naomi Campbell, as the country’s international tourism ambassador, saying actress Lupita Nyong’o had been unreachable for the last five years.
Nyong’o, a Kenyan and Hollywood actress, in a reaction posted a photo of herself laughing on Twitter with the message: “Me when I hear the Kenya Ministry of Tourism has been looking for me for five years.”
The post was accompanied by hashtags with the phrases: “I am right here baby” and “alternative facts”.
Last week, Balala had named Campbell has Kenya’s international tourism ambassador. The announcement did not go down well with many Kenyans who questioned the minister’s decision to snub Nyong’o for the role.
In defending the decision, Balala said the Kenyan Oscar-winning actress had been unreachable for the last five years.
Balala said Campbell had taken up the role pro bono and that the government was working on the details on how to use her influence to promote tourism.
Rapper Sarkodie Nominated for MTV Africa Music Awards 2021
Ghanaian rap icon Sarkodie has bagged a nomination for the 2021 MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA).
The super talented rapper was nominated in the Listeners’ Choice Award category.
Sarkodie will at the virtual show on February 20 in Kampala, Uganda. face competition from nineteen (19) other talents from eighteen (18) countries across the continent.
Other nominees include Anna Joyce (Angola), AsaphAfrika (Zimbabwe), Dagi D (Ethiopia), DBNGOGO & DJ Dinho (South Africa), Didi B (Cote D’Ivoire), Drizilik (Sierra Leone), Focalistic (South Africa), Khaligraph Jones (Kenya), Locko (Cameroon).
The rest are Malome Vector (Lesotho), Meddy (Rwanda), Mohamed Ramadan (Egypt), Ngaaka Blindé (Senegal), Pallaso, (Uganda), Rayvanny (Tanzania), Shirazee (Benin), DJ Slick Stuart, DjRoja_ (Uganda), Souhila Ben Lachhab (Algeria) and Tiwa Savage (Nigeria).
The MAMA Awards is an award that celebrates local African and international talent and achievement. MAMA 2021, in partnership with Uganda, The Pearl of Africa, recognizes and rewards musicians, trailblazers and those who are shining a light on the continent’s diverse talent and creativity by instilling positive impact on African music and youth culture over the previous year. The awards ceremony will feature vibrant performances from leading African and international artists and will also showcase some of the biggest cross-genre and cross-border collaborations.
This year’s award will celebrate African talent across 20 award categories, including Best Male, Best Female, Best Song, and Best Collaboration. The contribution of artists from Portuguese and French-speaking Africa will also be recognized in the Best Lusophone and Best Francophone categories. Additional new categories included are the MAMA Generation Change Award, Best Fan Base, Alone Together Best Lock-down Performance and Personality of the Year. These new categories seek to demonstrate MTV Base’s commitment to supporting the youth of Africa.
The MAMA Generation Change Award will recognize the inspiring, young change makers of the continent who are tackling some of the world’s most challenging social problems. The Alone Together Best Lock-down Performance recognizes outstanding performances that took place virtually by celebrating artists who took to streaming services to share their music and unite society during the unprecedented 2020 Lockdown.
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