Did Mowzey Radio’s death mark the death of Weasel’s music career?

Radio and Weasel
Goodlyfe Crew- The Late Radio (Left), Weasel (Right) Image source: Web

 

I’m still on that Radiology vibe and I’d like to talk about something that I think many of us have had in mind the minute we learnt about Mowzey Radio’s death. Was he buried along with his Goodlyfe crew partner Weasel’s career? The two have been together for over a decade and while Radio over the recent past before his death was doing a lot of solo projects that music lovers including myself appreciated, there was always a special kind of magic that we experienced when the two worked together. Radio reeled us in through his powerful vocals, while Weasel brought in that dynamic Ragga- Dancehall feel that added umpf to their music.

I have to be honest and admit that I am one of those that thought Weasel’s career had hit a dead end now that Radio is no more. But I have had a change of mind since then. I have been listening to a lot of  Goodlyfe music this past couple of days and realized that I loved their songs not because Radio was on them, but because it was both Radio and Weasel. They were the phenomenal and timeless hits that we knew them for because the duo combined efforts and each brought something unique to the table.

So if you ask me if Weasel has a career ahead of him without Radio, that would be a YES. However,  it will need a lot of re-strategy. Music lovers and particularly Goodlyfe fans have been used to a certain sound for such a long time, with Radio’s voice in it. And while we love Weasel, his is a style that is very niche and one that on his own may lack commercial appeal. Two options; Weasel tones down on the rapping while incorporating more singing into his style (I’m not for this option because it’s more of selling out). The second option, (which is my preferred one) would be to team up with other vocalists (it doesn’t have to be one) for the sake of being able to appeal to the larger masses, as the Goodlyfe Crew did.

Uganda has some of the most talented vocalists that I know from Africa, who would gel well with Weasel’s style including Allan Toniks, Aziz Azion, Michael Ross, and Rabadaba.

It might be hard for people at first to accept the change (whichever strategy he opts for), they might be skeptical about it, especially if Weasel decides to partner with other vocalists. Some may interpret it to mean that Weasel cannot stand on his own as an artist but hard as it may be initially, people will eventually get used to it.

Although Weasel did reveal that he and Radio had songs that could last upto five years from now so hang in there my fellow Mowzey fans. We will still be getting a lot of that “fresh unheard Radio sound”. The Radio might be off but the music keeps playing.

That said, I do wish Weasel nothing but the very best on his new journey. I pray God give him the strength that he needs and that we as Goodlyfe fans continue to support him and shower him with love and encouragement.

 

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When it’s time to walk away from that prestigious Sony Music Africa record deal

Happy new week my loved ones!

Unfortunately for me, I’m just not over Radio’s demise. How can the death of someone that you barely even know be so damn painful??…I’m upset, disappointed and broken at the thought of never getting to fully explore that “Radiology potential”. He might have left us with more than enough phenomenal music but it’s just never going to be the same. Mowzey did say that we failed to appreciate the living legends and instead showed love when one was no more. He was right. We did not give him enough credit for his contribution to the music industry and it’s a damn shame. (I’m sorry but this is the only place I get to let out the emotions that I have to deal with following Radio’s death. So please bare with me for the next couple of days, will you?)

 

YCEE
Nigerian Rapper YCEE

 

ION, Nigerian rapper YCEE‘s music label Tinny Entertainment has terminated the artists’s distribution deal with Sony Music Africa .

tinny entertainment

Well, we saw this coming. YCEE was clearly dissatisfied with Sony Music’s Michael Ugwu’s performance as an executive, 10 months into the deal, accusing Ugwu and his team of ripping him off.

I have said this before and I’mma say it again. Think twice and weigh your options before agreeing to a music record deal. I don’t care about it’s potential to take your music career to a whole new level or how badly you think you need it as an artist.  It’s not a life and death kind of situation. It might seem so at first but nothing will take you further than your talent and determination to win. Not even the best music record deal that one could score. Stay woke in these streets people!

Farewell Mowzey Radio!

Mowzey Radio
Mowzey Radio of the Goodlyfe Crew

My heart is shattered into a million pieces! Just about 2 months ago, I was doing my own celebration of 10 years of Radio and Weasel. I was beyond excited to see what more they had to offer the music industry after a decade of nothing but incredible music. And now I have to write about Radio’s sudden demise. Life is funny, huh?

 

I have loved Radio and Weasel since I first heard their song Zuena back in 2008. I’m not even sure how to properly eulogize a legend such as Mowzey. I cannot begin to tell you how much of an influence he has had in my love for urban African music.

Radio was among the very few artists from Africa that I thought were worth listening to back in the early 2000s. He (alongside Weasel) had me learn to appreciate what the continent had to offer in terms of music, at a time when foreign music was the only availed option on mainstream media (and was shoved down our throats- if I’m being honest) .Because of them, I became more open and interested to explore our own music even from other artists from across Africa.

Mowzey had a voice like no other and so much soul in it that always had me blown away. Every time I listened to his music, I was ecstatic about it like it was the first time I had heard it.  I remember sampling Vanessa Mdee’s Scratch My Back from the Money Mondays Album (which features the Goodlyfe) crew and thinking, YES!! This is that untouched novel sound that had me fall in love with Radio and Weasel back in 2008.

When Radio was in hospital, Chameleon had promised to step in for him and perform in his place at all of Goodlyfe’s booked concerts until he was well. Who knows if Weasel and Chameleon will now team up to form a new crew?

PS: Interviewing the Goodlyfe crew was on my list of things to do before I die. I did not know Radio personally, but trust me when I say that I’m greatly pained by his death.

Such a great loss to the African Music Industry,

Rest in Power Legend!

Lesson from Tanzanian artists for a thriving music industry.

 

If you read my blog, then you have probably figured out by now that I am a keen follower of Tanzania’s music industry. And even if you’re a first timer, now you know. Last weekend, one of Tanzania’s leading female acts Shilole was getting married. In attendance were some of the country’s A-list stars, but that’s not what caught my attention. People!!! Tanzanian artists’ support for each other is beyond me. You would think that the guests was trying to outdo each others’ gifts to the  newly weds.

While Vanessa Mdee was sponsoring the couple’s honeymoon, Jux promised to pay for one of Shilole’s kids’ fee and any other school related cost for a whole year. Jokate on the other hand offered to pay for a business course for the bride, (whenever she was ready to take it up) that would help her grow her newly launched chilli business.

You’re probably thinking that it couldn’t get any better than that, right? Well, it could. It actually did. Harmonize told Shishi (as she is popularly referred to) to go window shopping of  a car worth 9 Million Tanzanian shillings ( USD 4050), for which he would pay for, in an effort to help further her business.

And then came Diamond……. He noted that he might want to offer the bride a gift that she probably already had or one that she might not necessarily need, and therefore gave her the choice to select her own wedding gift. (I know!! You don’t do that unless you’re Platnumz) She’s a smart woman though because while she was being advised by the MC to ask for another car, after a while of thinking, she settled for asking Diamond to use his platform to help in promoting her chilli business. Being the boss that he is, it was a done deal right there and then as Diamond promised to cater to all marketing costs that would help promote the  business.  (For a minute I thought she would ask to be signed to WCB or even a collaboration with Diamond but I’m not mad at her for her choice).

I was thinking about this whole scenario and couldn’t help but wonder if Kenyan artists (and creatives in general) are doing enough to support each other. It’s been said that Kenyans are one of the most aggressive and competitive lot in the world, which leaves room for little to no support for one another. Nothing wrong with knowing what you want and going for it, but then again it is true that if you want to go faster, you should go by yourself. But if you want to go further, then go with others.

I’m not saying that creatives should be buying each other cars or paying for each others’ children’s fees or honeymoon. Support could be achieved without having to spend a dime. It could just be by using your huge platform to promote an upcoming artist’s song via social media, giving a referral or even just simple advise to a fellow artist on how to stay winning.

It could be a practice that is already on going but one that I just do not get to hear of  much, but I love doing rounds on Insta to just to find a Tanzanian artist doing a cover to a song by another artist or dancing along to a fellow artist’s song. Sometimes, I don’t even know about the existence of that particular song, but because it’s on my favorite artist’s feed, I get a chance to hear and then sample it. Not because you are featured on the song or because you stand from gaining from the song’s success, but because you understand the hustle that comes with putting out a song and respect those that actually put in the work.

I really hope that 2018 will be a year of difference for Kenya’s Music Industry. From DJs to media personalities to music promoters and event organizers. Let’s work together to build a richer industry.

The week that was; afromuziq-ally speaking

Hey!!

Hope that you had a great week. Christmas is almost here and  I personally just can’t wait. That aside, let’s get into what was making headlines this past week in the African Music Scene.

DJ Maphorisa calls out Cassper Nyovest 

It was as awkward as it would have been in real life when you’re with your crew, having the time of your life, you share some exciting news and then someone calls you out. It’s actually even more awkward for the rest of the crew that have to experience it all go down, not having a clue as to what they should be doing when two people have a go at each other. Maphorisa had his a** blocked, after which he clarified that he only wanted to set the record straight and that he still respects Cassper.

Nigeria’s Timaya and Ghana’s Stonebwoy up for a Grammy.

This is for their feature on Morgan Heritage’s “Avrakedabra” album, that has been nominated under the Best Reggae Album category for the 2018 Grammy Awards. And needless to say, this is huge. Whether they scoop this one or not, it’s already a win for Africa.

Vanessa Mdee and Tiwa Savage divide fans over awards. 

 

The Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards (AFSAs) 2017, which was themed, African Fashion is the Future #FashionTakeover took place this past week in Kampala, Uganda. It was all glitz, glamour, a touch of royalty; everything that you could possibly want to experience with a high fashion event. Except for one thing, Tiwa Savage was crowned the Most Stylish Female Artist in Africa, while fans of Vanessa Mdee thought that she (Vanessa) deserved the award, considering the votes garnered by each of the artists. I will leave this to your discernment.

Rita Ora dances along to Maleek Berry’s Kontrol

And this is how you know Africa is taking over the world.

Is there anything that I missed out on which should be on my highlights?

Let me know via the comments section below.

 

The week that was “afromuziq-ally” speaking”

What’s good!!!!How you doing??

I hope that you are enjoying the holiday season and doing everything that you possibly can to wrap up 2017 in an phenomenal way. Just 21 days left people, let’s get the ball rolling if you haven’t done that already.

Now let’s do what we came here to do, which is to talk about the most notable events of this past week, within the African Music Scene.

The Burna Boy/Mr 2Kay drama far from over

What started with these Tweets from Burna Boy

has quickly escalated into some kind of soap opera drama that just won’t come to an end. Let me explain…..After the Tweets, Mr 2Kay did an interview, in which he rebuked his fellow artist for sharing such opinions.

 

Burna Boy wasn’t so pleased about the interview, to which he responded by hitting up Mr 2kay’s DM,

mr 2kay and burna screen shots

And lo and behold, just about two weeks after the threat was made, Mr 2Kay was  allegedly robbed at gunpoint and assaulted in his room in Lagos, Nigeria, after performing at 2Face’s Buckwyld and Breathless Concert.

Through an exclusive interview with Pulse Nigeria,  Mr 2Kay gave a detailed account of the incident. He revealed that after his performance,  he and his road manager were were headed back to his hotel room, when Burna Boy’s manager joined and accompanied them to his room, trying to start a conversation.

Mr 2Kay revealed that Burna’s manager was among the suspects arraigned in court, in relation to the attack, but his name suspiciously excluded from the court documents. He went ahead to add that Burna had tried reaching out to him through family members and called him with a UK number, apologizing for what had happened and denying his involvement with the incident.

But 2Kay wasn’t buying  any of it. “If I got a threat from you and then something happens to me like this because on your threat you said I should have the same energy that I have when I meet you or your people and in not too long after two weeks this happens and your manager was a part of it, your manager was in my room….” 2Kay said.  He added that Burna during the phone conversation admitted that he did not know it would go this far, as his manager took it upon himself.

G-Worldwide lawsuit against Kiss Daniel

You know the kind of lover that you break up with and they just won’t allow you to move on with your life  because they feel like you owe them big time?……(Well, sometimes they rightfully hold on and destroy your life after the break up for wasting their time and resources)…I don’t know why that’s the first thing that came to mind as I read through this whole situation.

Back to G- Worldwide and I wrote about their lawsuit against Kiss Daniel this past week, so be sure to give it a read. Just a brief, the record label is against Kiss Daniel’s  appointment of a new manager, solicit for bookings, negotiations and performance agreements in respect of songs from the album New Era and Evolution- (which is set to be released soon), under his G- Worldwide contract.Oh! Plus they don’t want him to use his stage name  without the company’s prior consent and permission. What the hell is he supposed to be called now? Hug Daniel??!!

The case it to be heard in January. As usual, I will be keeping tabs on it and  will keep you on the know while at it.

Pulse Music Video Awards 2017

The third edition of the PMVA was for the very first time open for public attendance. And while he might not be scoring “Gospel Awards”, Willy Paul was the biggest winner of the night, scooping the Male Video of the Year and the Most Viewed Nominated Video of the Year Awards, both for  his song Jigi Jigi. Le Band also walked away with 2 awards,  the New Artist of the Year and Best Group Video of the Year Awards. Other winners included Kush Tracey, Fena Gitu, Papa Dennis and Moses Osidana.

Wizkid stops live performance to warn a man aganist assaulting a woman in his life ever again. 

 

Just how cool is that! Imagine being that talented, considerate and respectful to others. *Claps hands while nodding in approaval* You go Wizkid! This took place in a concert in Kampala, Uganda and I really wonder what happened to the man after being called out like that. But lady that was about to be assaulted, I hope more than anything else that you realized your worth and chose not to stay. (If ever you get to read this)

Shatta Wale claims that Nigerians are now more receptive to his songs. 

He was at the center of controversy when he shared his opinion, on there being nothing special about Wizkid. Nigerians went ham on him and Shatta claims that they are now  patronizing his songs even more. In a recent interview on Ghana’s Hitz FM, Shatta said that more Nigerians are now calling him and even commenting on his songs, which is an advantage to him. He says that with the controversy stirred, he has gotten overwhelming attention, which may not be a good approach to showbiz, but one that worked for him.

Navy Kenzo’s Gold is here

On the 9th of December, which was also Tanzania’s Independence Day, the Navy Kenzo duo got their first child,  which they have named…….wait for it…. Gold. Yes, you certainly read that right. I do wish them nothing but the best as parents.

Is there anything that I missed out on which should be on my highlights?

Let me know via the comments section below.

Have a great week!

The week that was; afromuziq-“ally” speaking.

Hey you!

Hope that you are doing fantastic and that you had an even better week. December is FINALLY here and I couldn’t be happier and more grateful than I am already,  for the far that I have come. God’s been so good and kind, but before I get all teary…..  let’s get down to discussing the highlights of the week that was in Africa’s Music Scene.

Bebe Cool gets a baby girl

Christmas came early for him and his wife, Zuena. He shared the news via a Facebook post on Wednesday, revealing that the baby would be named Eman. This makes 6 of his kids’ count leaving one more to go, considering he wants seven in total. Well, he is a strong man, with enough money to take care of them all, so I do wish him nothing but the best- including good health and more joy in his family.

Wizkid and Davido win at the MOBO Awards 2017

Davido at MOBO Awards 2017
Davido at the MOBO 2017 Awards (Image source: bellenaija.com)

 

While Davido got the Best African Act Award, Wizkid scooped the Best International Act Award, beating….wait for it….

JayZ, Cardi B, Travis Scott, Migos, DJ Khaled, Solange, Drake, SZA and Kendrick Lamar, who were all up against him for the same award. Preety huge, huh?

And guess what?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cardi B ended up giving Davido a shout out for his win, while letting him (and the rest of the world) know that his music is amazing.

It’s a win for Africa and I hope this encourages our artists even more, to keep doing even better music.

Diamond Platnumz spills all the tea on his love life

He dropped two songs, on one day this past week. One, titled Niache (Leave me alone) while the other, (which is the most important for this particular conversation) is Sikomi  (I don’t stop). As I said, Sikomi is the important one for this particular conversation, in which he addresses the fact that has been hurt severally by love in the past, and yet still keeps going out to seek for it. He sings about his previous relationship with Tanzanian VJ Penny, alleging that he bought her a car after revealing that she was pregnant, but later got rid of the pregnancy. Diamond also sings on his  being stupid enough to cheat on Zari, only for him to be later embarrassed about his choice on the media.

Away from that, he failed to drop his song with Rick Ross as promised earlier, saying that it would be released at a later date.

Cassper Nyovest fills up FNB Stadium, making history

What a way to wrap up 2017! Because Cassper can now chill out for the remaining days of  the year and no one could blame him for it. How do you even top up such an achievement?? THE PRESSURE! It was an ambition, then a hashtag and then he sold 68, 000 tickets, a first by a South African Hip Hop artist. If this does not inspire and remind you that anything is achievable if you believe in yourself, I do not know what will.

Is there anything worth mentioning that I missed out on in my highlights? Let me know via the comments section below.

 

 

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!

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

Sheebah
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.

The week that was: afro-muziqally speaking

Hey!

I’m sorry I have been silent this past week, been under the weather and decided to gift myself a break. That’s however not to say that I haven’t been paying attention to Africa’s Music Scene (how else would I have survived?!). Now that I have the juice, let’s get into it.

Navy Kenzo duo expecting.

They are what millennials would refer to as “ultimate couple goals”. They have been together for about 9 years now, having met in India and joining the music industry as a couple and as part of music group Pah One. Aika and Nahreel through incredibly stunning photos posted online, revealed that they are expecting a baby boy, who will be named…wait for it…………”Gold”.

Bobbi Wine to hold concert online

Necessity is the mother of invention, they say. And Bobi Wine needs to do a damn show. He was barred from holding concerts in Uganda after failing to support the scrap of the age bill  law that will have Museveni rule Uganda for eternity. Thankfully, we are living in an era where anything and everything is possible, if you  are creative enough. After running a poll on whether he should hold a music show online, he overwhelmingly got the go- ahead that he needed. I simply cannot wait for that one.

Diamond honored for “going platinum” with his Marry You record

 

Diamond was honored this past week with Universal Music Group (to which he is signed),  after hitting a record six times platinum with his song, “Marry You” that features Ne-Yo. Now let me break it down to you- just in case you don’t understand the musical terminology “platinum”. This is a description of a record that has sold 1 Million units (or times in this particular case). So for Diamond, he has sold 6 million units of this song, which is a first for African artists signed under the Universal Music Group label. Truly living up to his name, “Platnumz”.

The 2017 Beatz Awards Nigeria Nominees

Beatz Awards in Nigeria is basically a ceremony that celebrates those that work behind the scenes of Nigeria’s Music Industry. I’m talking about music producers, song writers, artist managers, music video directors, DJs and entertainment bloggers. In it’s third edition that is set to take place this December, the nominees’ list is out and you can check it out here.  Can someone explain to me why we don’t have such kind of award ceremonies in other African countries?…Anyone?…

Is there anything that I missed? Let me know via the comments section below.

Have a blessed week!