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Nigerian Highlife legend Victor Olaiya dies at age 891 minute read

The “Evil Genius of Highlife” reportedly passed away at exactly 12 noon on Wednesday, February 12.

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Nigerian music legend Victor Olaiya passed away yesterday, February 12 at the age of 89. He reportedly died at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital after a brief illness.

The Managing Director of Evergreen Music Company Limited, Bimbo Esho confirmed the story yesterday on a Facebook post.

“The entire music world wishes to announce the death of a legend of highlife music, one of the last man standing, and the last of the original, Dr. Victor Abimbola Olaiya.

“This untimely incident happened at LUTH hospital Lagos State at exactly 12 noon today (Wednesday) February 12, 2020. We pray that the doyen of highlife music finds repose with the creator while wishing the family and entire music community the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss,” she shared.

Victor Olaiya and 2baba (TV360 Nigeria)

Victor Olaiya is a much-celebrated highlife musician who rose to fame in the 1950s. After playing as a trumpeter for the Old Lagos City Orchestra and the popular Bobby Benson Jam Session Orchestra, Olaiya formed his band the Cool Cats in 1954.

In 1956, he was selected to play at the state ball on Queen Elizabeth II’s highly publicized visit to Nigeria. He also played at state balls when Nigeria became independent and became a republic in 1960 and 1963 respectively.

In 2013, Victor Olaiya released a remix to his classic Baby Jowo (Baby Mi Da) featuring Afropop act, 2baba.

The singer officially announced his retirement from six-decade-long music career in 2017.

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2baba announces new album “Warriors”

This coming full-length project is set to solidify 2baba’s status as a living icon.

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One of Nigeria’s most celebrated singers 2baba is set to release his new album titled “Warriors” on Friday, February 28. This album would be released as part of his 20 Years A King celebration, which commemorates 2baba’s two decades in the Nigerian music industry. 

This coming project would be the long-overdue follow up to his 2014 album, “The Ascension” which was met with mixed reviews upon its release. 

2baba made the announcement on his Instagram page, sharing the album cover and the release date. He also revealed that the album scheduled for release next week is already available for pre-order.

Anticipate!!! This album is for warriors ✊ 28.2.2020. Pre-order link in bio,” he shared.

“Warriors” would contain 13 tracks and include previously released singles like ‘Important’, ‘Oyi’ and the Peruzzi-assisted smash hit, ‘Amaka’. The LP also boasts big-name collaborations like Burna Boy, Wizkid, Olamide, Tiwa Savage and Peruzzi. It also features AJ, Symeca and his daughter HI Idibia.

The album would be released under the 2baba-headed imprint, Hypertek Digital which he established after leaving Kennis Music in 2008.

Formerly known as 2face Idibia, 2baba is one Africa’s most successful artists, winning local, continental and international awards like BET and MTV Europe Music Awards. 

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Wizkid teases “Made in Lagos” release

The popular Nigerian singer says that the long-awaited album is “finally done.”

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One of Nigeria’s biggest music superstars Wizkid has revealed on Thursday, February 20 that his highly anticipated album, “Made In Lagos” is finally ready. 

The singer shared this news on his Twitter, revealing that “I been working on my album and my spirit.”

“Finally done! So you know what that means! ,” he continued. 

This news comes much to the delight of fans who have been anticipating the album’s release for years now. Last year, Wizkid also teased that the album was ready for release. In fact, the singer played some of the songs suspected to be off the project on Instagram live. 

However fans and music lovers were disappointed when the year ended and there was no “Made In Lagos” or any assurance of its release. 

Instead of the promised album, all the fans could lay their hands upon were two 2019 singles ‘Ghetto Love’ and ‘Joro’. Later in the year however, Wizkid’s record label, Starboy, released a collection of songs titled “Soundman Vol.1” which featured significant contributions from the much celebrated singer.

“Made In Lagos” is expected to be Wizkid’s fourth solo full-length project, coming after his ambitious body of work, “Sounds From The Other Side” released in 2016. The 12-track album featured an international all-star cast of Drake, Major Lazer, Ty Dolla $ign, Bucie and Trey Songz.

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Cardi B to perform live in South Africa

Cardi B’s appearance would be in celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the Castle Lite Unlocks concert series.

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Award-winning American rapper Cardi B is set to headline the 2020 edition of Castle Lite Unlocks at the TicketPro Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Friday, June 12.

In what would be her second official visit to Africa, Cardi would join the long list of American rappers to headline the annual Castle Lite Unlocks. This includes Drake, J Cole, Chance the Rapper, Kanye West, Travis Scott, Post Malone and Meek Mill.

“Castle Lite prides itself in not only being a market leader in the beer category, but also in our commitment to making a positive contribution to African hip hop culture,” Castle Lite brand director, Silke Bucker said.

“We couldn’t be more excited to reveal the multi-award winning ‘Press’ hitmaker Cardi B as this year’s headliner.”

Cardi B also confirmed the news a few hours ago on Twitter. “SOUTH AFRICA !! Chioma B is coming !!!!….Teach me more bout your country in the comments ❤️❤️❤️,” she shared. 

A lot of fans and lovers have also started expressing their excitement on Twitter.

In 2019, Cardi B was on a highly publicized visit to Nigeria and Ghana where she delivered thrilling performances at the year ending concerts. 

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