Is Shatta Wale right to claim “Wizkid isn’t extraordinary, “?

Wizkid (Image courtesy of i.onthe.io)
Afro-beat Artist, Wizkid (Image source: WEB)

I’m not really sure what’s going on with Shatta Wale but the man has been going around throwing shade at his fellow artists and it just ain’t cute. It was Stonebwoy, then Samini and now even Wizkid. *eyes rolling*

During an interview on Kasapa FM in Ghana’s Capital, Shatta Wale said that most of his fellow musicians act all awkward when around Wizkid. “I will not see Wizkid and be stunned, I rather want him to see me and be amazed because I don’t see anything extraordinary about him, even though he claims to be the best African artist, ” he said.

According to Shatta Wale, it’s about time Ghanaian artists respect themselves and stop rating Nigerian artists into the sky. He said that he is merely motivating his colleague artists  to believe that they can also achieve the same status the foreign artists have, through hard work and perseverance. Shatta concluded by saying that he is the only “smart” African  artist making enormous money from his music career.

I agree with Shatta Wale on the fact that Wizkid is not extraordinary in any kind of way. But, he is an ordinary person or artist, if you may, doing extra ordinary things. Because of Wizkid, African music is on the map and we have people that are curious to discover even more music from the continent. People that would probably never have known about the existence of such incredible music from Africa are now aware, dancing along, sharing this music with even more people and trying to discover what more Africa has to offer in terms of music.
Does Wizkid claim to be the best African artist? (Not that I have heard of. But I stand corrected. You can send me a link or tag me whenever and wherever he did make this claim) His work, music fans, critics and  the media gave Wizkid the “best African artist” title. Does that mean that he is the best in terms of talent? Not necessarily. There could be artists that are more talented than Wizkid, but no one has been able to push the boundaries as much as he has, and without a doubt, no one that has been able to match up to his level of diligence with his art.

Yes, Ghanian artists or any other for that matter shouldn’t look down upon themselves, while holding Nigerian or foreign artists in high regard. However, it’s important to give credit where it’s due and not just that, but for talent to recognize talent. It’s important for artists to be able to study Wizkid and pick up as much as they can on what he’s doing that makes him stand out. This way, you are able to tailor your own success, based on valuable lessons learnt from him.

Shatta Wale is without a doubt very talented but I’m disappointed every time he tries to dim someone else’s light and ends up coming across as bitter and entitled. Why worry about someone that you think is “ordinary” while you are an incredible artist within your own right? If anything, Shatta should be thanking Wizkid, for being such a great representative of African Music to the world. Because of Wizkid, more African  artists have higher chances of making it beyond the continent now that there’s already a foot in the door. Shatta might have had a valuable message to share, but with oh such poor delivery.

 

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Is Kiss Daniel better off without G- Worldwide Entertainment?

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Kiss Daniel- Now former G- Worldwide Entertainment artist

The best of the best music artists from abroad are signed to music labels, which seems to be a way of achieving even greater success, as opposed to being independent. I’m talking about the likes of Rihanna, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Chris Brown.  It would take me an entire day to complete this list.

Come to Africa, given the option and based on other African artists’ experiences, I would bet more artists would opt for being independent, as opposed to entrusting  music labels with their careers. Don’t get me wrong, but the truth is that just a handful of music labels in the continent actually have a structure that would ensure the maximum realization of their artists’ potential. I talked about this on my Record deal or Career Kill article and even highlighted some of the issues that such big artists under international record labels had to deal with. It’s absurd that an artist could secure funding, have wider networks and connections, build on their reputation just by being under a music label, and yet still prefer to be independent, due to the failed structures of the first.

 

Through Pulse Nigeria, Kiss Daniel recently confirmed that he had left G- Worldwide Entertainment, revealing his very own, FLYBOY I.N.C Label. Without a doubt,  G-Worldwide will remain to be a big part of Kiss Daniel’s music career, having discovered him and grown his brand from 2013 to what we know him as now.  But let’s be real for a minute and talk about the absurd “no external collaboration policy” as part of his contract, which he revealed sometime in 2016 through NotJustOK.

Kiss Daniel was only allowed to do music collaborations with his label mate,  Sugaboy while at G- Worldwide. Wait…That’s not true. How about the Woju Remix that featured Tiwa Savage and Davido? Well…That was a one off thing and the only one that he was allowed to do with non- label mates during his time at G- Worldwide. And yet, that was the biggest hit Kiss Daniel has had so far- in my opinion.

Early last year, Wizkid hinted at a collaboration between him and Kiss Daniel (sorry, tried to get that Tweet link but still can’t find it) and I was so excited about it.Until I realized it’s never happening, not while he was still under G- Worldwide.

When asked about this non- collaborative strategy, Emperor Geezy, G- Worldwide’s CEO  said, “We understand that this is a risky move but remain convinced that if this can be achieved, we will be able to take credit for having set the pace in the Nigerian music industry. Granted that collaborations in the industry bring color and variety to the end product, but our approach at this time is to grow stronger and richer in value as a unit

But this is more than just G- Worldwide’s no external collaboration policy. It’s about engaging an artist more in their own careers, beyond the creative aspects. How do you expect an artist that’s frustrated because you won’t allow them to release their music  be excited about hitting the studio and working on more music? Or an artist working their a** off, only to get 25% of their income? (Word on the street is that that’s what Wizkid used to get at E.M.E Records). How do you keep such an artist motivated or even continue to love their art?

I  hope that Kiss Daniel will use his experience to change how music labels work, to allow for policies that will ensure greater success for artists and flexibility. I say flexibility because a policy may work at a certain point in time in an artist’s career, but as times change, they evolve and keep rediscovering themselves. There’s a need for a more engaging artist approach for their own careers, even when they are signed to music labels.

The week that was; afromuziq-ally speaking

Hey you!

Hope you had a great week. Now let’s make it even better by catching up on what was happening in Africa’s Music Scene.

Banky W. makes it through 3rd surgery

A wise man once said this: "Scars. A sign that you had been hurt. A sign that you had been healed." Scroll through the pictures to see mine. I'm sharing these because they're proof of what God has brought me through. And because somewhere out there, I know there's someone who needs to hear this. For those who've been wondering why I've been away so long..I had my 3rd surgery on a rare strain of skin cancer tumours in my shoulder last month. The first 2 times were over 10 yrs ago, then it recently resurfaced. But this isn't a sad story as much as it is a reminder, and a testimony. A reminder that you should never take life for granted. You only get 1 shot. Some people went to sleep and never woke up. Many others have lost the battle to cancer and other illnesses. Many are still fighting. U never know when your time will be up so don't waste another minute. It's also a testimony about the goodness of God. I think I had to go through this again to remember how merciful God is to me; Lord knows I don't deserve it but He saves me time and again anyway. I keep saying I need to write a book. I really, really do. The past few weeks of recovery have been tough, but beautiful. I'm finally back on my feet, feeling stronger and ready to get back to life. I'm especially thankful to my Nurse Susu for loving me and being by my side every step of the way – I don't deserve U 😍😭, my parents & siblings, in-laws & close friends for the love, support and prayers, my Pastors – Pastor Tony Rapu & Pastor Del Balogun of TPH, Pastor Taiwo Odukoya and Pastor Bayo Adeyokunnu – for constantly praying with and for me. And of course to Dr Wodajo & Dr Miralli & their teams – who God used to operate on me successfully. I'm thankful for life, provision and healing. Pls dont feel bad, or msg me with any worries.. God has done it, just thank Him for me. The pain will eventually go away but the scar won't – and I'm glad because it's a reminder to me of what God has done, and evidence to you of what He CAN do. I'm not stronger or better than anyone. I'm just a living testimony that no matter what u face, U can survive & thrive, by God's grace. #TheBankStatements #nowplaying #BlessingMe

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Need I say more? I hope this gives you the strength and hope you need to keep going. That it shifts your focus on the positive, to keep your head up high (irrespective of your situation.

Frederic Gassita partners with the president of Gabon for a music album 

For those of you that do not know him, Frederic Gassita is a Jazz artist from Gabon. One of the most celebrated within this genre of music. Frederic has partnered with the President of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba, who also happens to be his best friend (*side eye*- I Know!) to do an album dubbed, “The African Queens”. The album will feature different female artists from Africa , with the first song on it being “Imara” that features Tanzania’s Vanessa Mdee.

 

The debate/ controversy??!! of M.I’s You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Lives continues….

Seems like the conversations/ beef (I really don’t know what to call it) sparked by  M.I‘s You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Lives, won’t be dying down anytime soon. Rappers have been replying, some by hitting the studio, (as they should) while others, well, let’s just say that’s too much work for them. Especially when there’s Twitter and with 280 characters at their disposal. See?..I knew that some day we would find use for those extra characters. But that’s besides the point.

Someone decided to call out M.I on Twitter, saying that he hadn’t done enough for upcoming HipHop artists in Nigeria, which strips him of the right to talk about their craft. He made his point through threads and then shared a few links of rappers that had done rap replies to M.I’s song. One of the links shared happened to be that of N6, (which a majority of Hip-hop heads thought was the best reply yet- check Twitter).

 

To which M.I responded;

And then…

I’mma let you be the judge and decide who won. Though I have to say…..hitting the studio is the only way this should go down…..That’s how  it’s done in Hip Hop. *drops mic*

Blackface comes for 2baba (or 2Face Idibia- if you still aren’t used to the first)

 

Still on beef between artists and last week, Blackface  (Nigerian artist who alongside 2Baba and Faze formed music group Plantashun Boiz), was a guest at Pulse Nigeria’s LooseTalk Podcast. Blackface shared his career story and life as part of Plantashun Boiz. He claimed that “African Queen” belonged to him and that he had a Tweeter DM to proove that. According to him, 2Face has not done anything “spectacular” for the Nigerian Music Industry and that he (2Face) could never be independent, as he depends on people that can tell him what to do.

2Face clapped back, (which by the way is very rare for him to do)….

Well, I’m not Nigerian and even if you too aren’t, I bet you get the main point he was trying to make.

That’s all I had for you this week. Is there anything that I might have missed out on?

Do let me know via the comments section below.

Have a blessed week ahead!

My top 10 Radio & Weasel songs at 10

Last week, Radio and Weasel or the Goodlyfe Crew (if you prefer) celebrated 10 years in music. It’s been a decade of drama, great collaborations but most importantly, incredible music. I have been a fan of this duo since the first time I heard about them and if you are too, then you are just at the right place. We’re about to take a trip down down memory lane, as I share what I think are their best songs yet, for the decade that they have been in the game.

  1. Zuena

 

Off their Nyambula Album, (which to me is their best album yet), the song that was sung for Bebe Cool’s wife , stirring so much controversy was released in 2008. Right about the same time when PSquare‘s No One Like You dropped. I still can’t tell who sampled whose beats.

Everytime I listened to this song, I wished I could be a Zuena for someone. That someone could sing about my beauty and yearn for my love with as much passion as there was in Radio’s voice. Such a beautiful song that had so much soul poured into it.

2. Ring a Bell (Club Remix)

 

Listen, I loved the original version of Nakudata, but as soon as I heard this remix, I knew that this was it.This was Goodlyfe’s sure way into the club with the song, irrespective of the already great reception of the original.  The beats are sick, the lyrics catchy,  just like on the original but with an added hook. This is how you do a remix to an already amazing tune.

3. Kuku

 

Who knew that being told you’re sweeter than kuku (chicken- for my non- Swahili speaking audiencewould sound so good?….Or that being the “salt in a man’s supu (soup)” would be something you would actually enjoy hearing? …There’s something special about using food to drive your point home in music. Ask Nigerian artists. Why else do you think Flavour sang, “My Jollof Rice oooh, how you de do today? My tomato Jos, I don de think about you” in Oyi? Or Tekno included “You say you like big Cassava” in Pana? Or Davido told his girl that “banana follows her” in Fall?. But I digress. Main point-this was an easy one to fall in love with.

4. Potential (featuring Gen. Ozzy)

 

This song was released in 2010 and I couldn’t wait for the official video to drop. 7 years down the line and I’m still patiently waiting. This song had potential like no one’s business.

Side Note:  If you’ve listened to Roberto‘s music, you’ve probably heard him mention “Brathahood“. Well, that happens to be the label under which he is signed to, alongside Ozzy (who is his brother) and a couple of other Zambian artists.

5. Bread and Butter

 

Like I said, there’s something special about using food to drive your point home in music. I don’t even have a clue what GNL  says at the beginning of the song but you have no idea how much it excites me. Plus, the moves would have me watching the video over and over again without getting tired of it.

5. Juju (featuring Allan Toniks)

 

OK! People, I have a confession. I’ve had a crush on Allan Toniks since forever. The guy could be singing the national anthem of Uganda and I would find it sexy. And no, I don’t need anyone to rescue me from his spell. Toniks’ vocals were a nice touch to the song, making this is one of my favorite collaborations from the duo. Not that he made the song, but sometimes, we need someone else to take us to even greater heights of success in our journey.

6. (Tukikole) neera

 

I love an artist/s that is versatile enough to be able to do good music in more than one genre.  For most of their songs, the Goodlyfe crew has focused on having club bangers,  so to be able to switch that up into this chilled love song, I was more than impressed.

7. Can’t let you go

I still can’t tell the exact number of neck pieces hanging on Radio’s neck. ION… Can we talk about just how beautiful the acting love interest on this video is?…Seriously, I wanted to dye my hair blonde just because she made me believe that a black girl could pull it off. The hook on this jam was EVERYTHING!! (Though why would you give a guy a wrong number?…Why not just refuse to give it to him?)

8. Magnetic

 

Everytime this song comes on, I want to get up, completely drown in the music and  dance. This must be love. I wish the two would work more with the producer behind this hit because child…….he surely makes some great beats.

10. Talk and Talk

This is one of those songs that I listen to every time I have naysayers talking *isht about me that they do not really know about. Away from enjoying the catchy  lyrics,  the most important message that you can get from it is that,  people will always talk, but keep going, do you.

10. Heart Attack

What can I say…? I love a creative song that will  have the most unbelievable lyrics, and yet still capture you enough to sing along.

I am so happy that these two made it to 10. I cannot wait to see what more they have to offer.

What are some of your best songs ever  from Radio and Weasel?

Drop me a comment below.

 

 

New Music Video Alert: Frederic Gassita Ft. Vanessa Mdee- Imara

 

It’s a rare cross border collaboration between Gabon‘s Jazz artist, Frederic Gassita, Tanzania’s Vanessa Mdee and RnB singer Tommy Flavour, who co-wrote the song.  The instrumentation done by Frederic will have you on cloud nine, while Vanessa’s vocals are a sure way of appreciating the value of a versatile artist, with a mastery of their skill.

Here’s my issue with the song, which some of you may hate me for. The instrumentation is way louder than the vocals. It’s a real struggle to hear what Vanessa is singing about. It might have been intentional, considering the roles that each of the artist is meant to play on the song, but I highly doubt over- powering Vanessa’s vocals was the ultimate goal.

I do however love the fact that Vanessa carries her Swahili Culture with her, even to places that it might be all too unfamiliar. But she sells it in such a beautiful way, that not so many artists are able to do.

What do you think about the song?

Let me know via the comments section below.

The week that was; “afro-muziqally” speaking

I’m hoping that you had yourself a fantastic and productive week. Now let’s get down to what was happening in Africa’s Music Scene this past week.

Keko admits to being gay and an anticipated wedding soon

For a long time, Keko was rumored to be gay and to have even dated fellow artist Sheebah Karungi at some point. Never did she however publicly accept or deny the allegations, despite openly being an LGBT rights activist. Well, Keko recently confirmed that she had found a new home in Canada, that she was gay and that there was going to be a wedding soon.

Yemi Alade’s “Johnny” breaks YouTube records as the African music video with highest number of views

P-Square‘s Personally  held the title for months, with a whooping 78.9 Million views (as of today), until late last week. Yemi has taken over since then, with a new record currently standing at 79.2 Million views and now you know why they call her Mama Africa.

Sheebah Karungi named most downloaded female artist

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Sheebah Karungi being crowned as the most downloaded female artist, 2017

Still on women winning and Sheebah Karungi was this past week  crowned by Mdundo as the most downloaded female artist in Africa in 2017. Mdundo is a pan- African Music platform, just in case you don’t know . I’l say this without any fear of contradiction, Sheebah is one of the most talented female artists in Africa and one that has in the recent past put in so much work into her art, this was bound to happen.

 

Radio and Weasal celebrate 10 years in the game

 They have entertained us for the past 10 years (can you believe that???!!) with drama, mind blowing collaborations but most importantly, incredible music. I have loved the Goodlyfe Crew since my brother introduced me to them back in 2008. “Zuena” was the first song I heard from them and it was pure bliss. I remember singing along to it so loud with my earphones plugged in, my mum would constantly knock on my door to remind me to leave the singing to the real singers. Then I heard Nakudata– Good Lord!!!! I still feel my heart racing and about to jump off my chest as I think about the song and how it made me feel.I’m glad that Radio & Weasal have made it this far and hope for even better years to come, musically speaking.

Actually, I will do a list of my favorite songs from this duo, so if you love them as much as I do, watch out for it as we take a trip down memory lane and reminisce on the good old days of amazing music.

Patoranking signs Tanzanian artist Walid to his music label

 

Patoranking has signed Tanzanian artist Walid to his music label, Amari Musiq. Walid dropped his debut video, Dunia this past week and so far, he is a star in the making. I absolutely love his sound and think he would be a treasure to not only Tanzania’s music industry, but to Africa as a whole. And with mentorship from Patoranking, there are no limits for Walid.

Did I miss out on anything? Let me know via the comments section below.

New Music Video Alert: Tiwa Savage Ft. Wizkid- Ma lo

Been waiting on this video to drop like it’s Christmas. And damn these two (Tiwa Savage and Wizkid) make some good music together. I remember the first time I listened to Bad  and thought that there was no way in hell that Tiwa Savage could ever release a song that matched up to it. But this one…..yoooh! the woman keeps getting better and I’m glad that she had Wizkid jump on it too.

Gael Will covers Major Lazer & DJ Maphorisa’s Particula

 

I’ve said this before, I’mma say it again, I’m a sucker for a great music cover. And if you can’t match up or  do it better than the original artist did it, then leave it alone. Especially when it’s a big song.  Gael Will, whom I think does some of the most incredible music covers jumped on Major Lazer and DJ Maphorisa‘s Particula and I have to say, not bad at all. Although, I have heard him give a whole new twist to an original song with a unique touch of his own,  the result= PURE MAGIC. That’s what I honestly hoped I would get from this cover. But we don’t always get what we want, now do we?

Check it out and let me know what you think about it via the comments section below.