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Netflix Debut First Egyptian Original Series, ‘Paranormal’, Tomorrow

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Netflix Inc will on Thursday debut its first Egyptian television series “Paranormal,” a major step in the streaming service’s Middle Eastern strategy.

The series is based on Egyptian novelist Ahmed Khaled Tawfik’s books about a doctor whose lifelong scientific convictions are suddenly called into question. His critically acclaimed novels in Arabic have sold more than 15 million copies.

“Our plan is: invest in Arab creators, in Arab production, in Arab content. We have announced four projects, plus ‘Paranormal’,” said Ahmed Sharkawi, director of Arabic and African original series at Netflix.

Paranormal centres on Refaat Ismail, a cynical doctor with a dark wit and whose convictions about the natural world are put to the test when he begins to experience paranormal activities.

“This is one of my life’s projects. I loved (the novels) since I was a kid … We’ve been trying to get (a series) out since 2006, so finally it has been shown to the audience,” said Amr Salama, co-producer on the show along with Mohamed Hefzy.

Egypt was historically dubbed the “Hollywood of the Middle East” and produces the most Arabic films and television series which are viewed widely across the region.

“We are on a global platform… so this is an opportunity that is different from any other opportunity we’ve worked on. We can now have fans from other regions, other countries, who speak other languages,” said Ahmed Amin who plays the show’s protagonist.

Netflix has said it expects to complete shooting over 150 productions by the end of the year and that it would release more original programming in each quarter of 2021 compared with 2020.

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RMD, Nengi Feature As Davido Releases ‘Jowo’ Video

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Nigerian music star, Davido on Friday released visuals to his song, Jowo.

Davido featured Big Brother Naija Star, Nengi and Nollywood veteran, Richard Mofe Damijo in the video directed by Dammy Twitch.

Read: Kind-hearted Davido To Serve As His Driver’s Best Man

The video explores cultural diversity and creativity, with quite explanatory scenes. The scenes mainly exudes the battle that comes with winning hearts as shown by the musician’s plea for love (Jowo).

Jòwó, meaning “Please” in Yoruba language is a popular word in Southwest Nigeria used in seeking a person’s understanding.

RMD, a veteran of many movies in the Nigerian creative industry also acted beautifully as the leader of a gang where Davido has a target- love. The love Davido sought in the video is Nengi, a part of RMD’s gang.

Like many Nigerian videos that have been shot in recent time, Jowo explores the world of moviemaking and storytelling.

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Wizkid’s ‘Made in Lagos’ Makes Guardian UK’s Best Albums of 2020 List

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Popular Nigerian singer and songwriter Wizkid’s highly celebrated album “Made In Lagos” has been listed among The Guardian UK‘s Top 50 Best Albums of 2020, making it the only African album on the list.

According to the publication, the list is drawn from votes by Guardian music critics – each critic votes for their top 20 albums, with points allocated for each placing, and those points tallied to create this order.

The 14-track album not only envelops listeners in the unique sounds, live instrumentation and vibes of Lagos but celebrates Wizkid’s love and appreciation for where he comes from and his inspirational journey with standout tracks such as “Blessed” and “Reckless.”

The project includes features from an incredible group of chart-topping artistes – Burna Boy, Skepta, Damian Marley, H.E.R., Ella Mai and Starboy Entertainment’s youngest signee Terri.

“Nigerian pop continued to establish itself more firmly on the international stage in 2020 with successful albums by Burna Boy, Davido, Tiwa Savage, Tems and more. The best of them all was this lilting, versatile record by Wizkid,” the Guardian said in its article.

“Guest stars from across the Black Atlantic – Skepta and Ella Mai from the UK, HER from the US, Damian Marley and Projexx from Jamaica – create the sense of a diasporic dialogue, where reggae, dancehall, rap and Afro-swing seamlessly and sensually intertwine.”


Within one week of release, Made In Lagos broke several African streaming records. It became the first African album to debut on the Spotify Global Album chart, and within the top ten at that. The album surpassed 100 million streams across five platforms nine days after release, a huge milestone for an Afrobeats artist.

It debuted at no. 15 on the UK Albums Chart with over 4,100 album-equivalent units and no. 80 on the US Billboard 200 with over 10,000 album-equivalent units. “Ginger” became the only charting single off the album in the first week of release, peaking at no. 67 on the UK Singles Chart.

Congratulations are in order for Wizkid, as he recently won BET Soul Train Awards for the second time. Honouring artistes across 12 categories, the 2020 “SOUL TRAIN AWARDS” recognised Summer Walker (Album of the Year), Megan Thee Stallion (Rhythm & Beats Award), Brandy (Soul Train Certified), Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, Saint Jhn & Wizkid (Video of the Year), Snoh Aalegra (Best New Artist) and Kirk Franklin (Best Gospel/Inspirational Award) for their special contributions to the genre.


Also, nominations for the 63rd annual Grammy Awards were announced last week, with some African artistes featuring in a few categories.

Nigerian artistes Burnaboy and Wizkid are on the list for the 2021 awards by the Recording Academy.

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Asa, Her Music And The Blue-Haired Blokes

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Asa seems to be having so much fun these days and we are loving every bit of it.

The dreadlocked singer who has gifted us with timeless hits like Jailer, Fire on the mountain, Eye adaba went on a music hiatus but seems to be back with so much excitement and has been keeping her fans engaged via her social media platforms.

She was an active part of the #ENDSARS protest which started out in Lagos Nigeria, using her social media as a tool of advocacy, Asa showed solidarity to the moment by making a number of heart felt posts in support of the movement to end police brutality.

The Blue Haired Blokes

Asa has been sharing interesting posts which in colloquial or urban language  is termed ‘vibes” on her platforms and coincidentally it is with the blue haired blokes.

Earlier she posted a hilarious  video with Folarin Falana also known as Falz the Bahd guy via her Instagram and Twitter platforms with the caption “New handshake vibes”

Asa has also posted another video with Wurld the musician with the blue hair and unique lyrics where she was seen dancing with him to his new song “Chop and pray” in what appears to be her parlor.

Recall that on the 4th of November the blue haired butterfly symbolic Wurld had tweeted to her saying “Gm, hope you had an amazing night. We love you and we cant wait for new music from you”

Asa loves good music, art and the good life. Hopefully, this is tilting towards more good music for her anticipating listeners, collaborations from any of these blue haired blokes is just perfect.

Read Also: Complete list of the Future Awards Africa winners

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