Kiss Daniel’s exit from G-Worldwide not as easy as he thought it would be.

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FLYBOI I.N.C’s Kiss Daniel (Image source: WEB)

Not so long ago,  Kiss Daniel confirmed that he had left G- Worldwide, unveiling his very own FLYBOI I.N.C Label and it was all good. Just a couple of days ago, he dropped his debut single “No do“.

I was pretty excited about it because we all know that very few artists are able to survive on their own after being under the management of a record label. But even before he could enjoy his “independence” and drop an official video for the song, Kiss Daniel was allegedly slapped with a law suit by his former record label. Some of the concerns brought up in the law suit include;  the artist’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. But the most surprising of all…..wait for it……Kiss Daniel’s use of his stage name  without the company’s prior consent and permission. (Is he supposed to get a new stage name now??))))

Kiss Daniel’s however posted on his Instagram….

And before we could even process that,  a new document as recently surfaced, confirming that indeed both parties were required to maintain a status quo, until the case was heard in January next year.

 

I don’t know about you, but someone isn’t being completely honest, or there’s more to this story than meets the eye. But thank goodness, we are living in an age where people have access to more information than they actually need and I’m sure it’s just a matter of time before the truth is revealed.

I will be keeping tabs on this story, to ensure that you are on the know, so do check in every once in a while.

Let me know what you think about it as well.

 

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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.

 

 

Should artists be performing other artists’ songs on stage?

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Tanzania’s RNB artist, Ben Pol on stage 

Tanzanian artist TID is unimpressed by Ben Pol‘s performance of his song, Nyota Yangu (My Star) at the most recent Fiesta Concert, that went down this past weekend. Speaking on East Africa Radio‘s Planet Bongo, TID intends to speak to his management and legal team, to take up the issue against Ben Pol.

“I have an issue with Ben Pol, who is being paid a huge sum of money to perform at such a big sponsored concert, deciding to have one of my songs as part of his performance, when the event sponsors don’t like me at all. That’s the reason why I wasn’t performing at the event, in the first place”, said TID

TID went ahead to explain that his frustration is from the fact that the performer (Ben Pol) is paid, while he who owns the copyrights to the song being performed is not paid. When asked about the kind of compensation that he was seeking from Ben Pol, TID said that it will only be after talking to his legal team that he would be able to know how much he should be compensated, depending on how much Ben Pol was paid for his performance at the concert.

I am an avid follower of Tanzania’s Music Industry and I can tell you for sure that this is not the first time that an artist is performing another artist’s song on stage. I however thought that one has to get permission and sign some form of contract with the original owner of the song, before performing it. It might be the case for other artists, but allegedly not for Ben Pol.

Case in point; About a month ago, Vanessa Mdee and Jux  were  performing Kidum’s Mapenzi on the Tigo Fiesta Stage….. (No offence, I ADORE Vanessa Mdee, but you can tell that she did not know the song well and was very dependent on her back up singers to sail her through the performance).

Then there was the recent one when Nandy posted a video on her Instagram of her performance alongside Ben Pol of  Ray C‘s Kama Vipi (which also features Mez B and Noorah), Ray C expressed her disappointment , saying that she was not dead, and that if promoters wanted her songs performed at their event, they should have contacted her for it and not Nandy. Nandy on the other hand had put up a performance of Ray C’s song at last year’s Fiesta in Dar-es-Salaam, which Ray C not only approved, but even helped out on some of the lyrics. Nandy probably thought that because it was cool the first time then she could go ahead and perform a Ray C song on stage again.

I haven’t seen other artists from Africa perform other artists’ songs while on stage, maybe I’m wrong, but I think this only happens in Tanzania. I totally get TID’s frustration and him wanting to be compensated by Ben Pol for performing his song, especially if he wasn’t (allegedly) consulted and therefore did not give his approval before the performance. So much work goes into creating a song and for it to be popular to the point of wanting to perform it, knowing it’s impact on an audience, the song’s owner should definitely be very much involved in that process.

What do you think? Is TID rightfully going after what belongs to him or is he just being a tad bit dramatic? Let me know via the comments section below.

 

 

Art that sparks debate: Ezekiel Mutua V/S Sauti Sol

Once again, Sauti Sol are trending on Twitter.  This time, not for their unconventional way of dressing (which I have absolutely have no problem with; they’re artists for crying out loud!) and certainly not for an unnecessary back and forth with a fellow artist. Thank goodness! …..Their melanin video that features Patoranking did not sit well with Ezekiel Mutua, effecting a ban on it. (Well, not entirely. Between 5 AM and 10 PM)

If you’re Kenyan, you probably rolled your eyes so hard reading this, you saw the back of your head. Or maybe not, and you actually agree with Ezekiel Mutua?…..(*shrug). For the rest of my audience that probably does not not know who Ezekiel Mutua is, he is the CEO of the Kenya Film Classification Board. This would be the second time that Mutua would be  imposing a ban on a Sauti Sol video, with the first being the band’s Nishike.

Mutua can do whatever he wants to do, considering it’s part of his job (and a bit more extra that he chooses to do). My issue is that this ban seems biased, considering there’s so much more content (especially foreign) on local media that could do with a ban, but which Mutua apparently seems to be blind to. You’re either blind to everything that you think is inappropriate, or choose to ban it all. There is no in between. And while artists play a huge role in influencing young people, it’s a parent or guardian’s primary responsibility to mold their own child’s character.

Also, what’s art if it can’t spark such debate? Yes,  I might feel embarrassed watching the video with my 10 year old niece. But if someone else watching will have an eye opening moment when they watch the video and actually fall in love with themselves and realize that they are beautiful just as they are, why not?

What’s your take? Was the ban called-for or is Mutua being plain biased?

 

 

New Music Video Alert; Sauti Sol Ft. Patoranking- Melanin

 

Let’s just start with how gorgeous the women on this video are. I love the fact that being dark skinned, (contrary to before) is now appreciated for the beauty that it really is. I am all for celebrating women in all shapes and sizes and beyond happy that the world finally embracing the diversity that there is in women. *Raises glass* A toast to this celebration of dark skinned women.

Plus, let’s not forget how long we’ve been waiting for this collaboration to happen. Patoranking has been collaborating with artists across Africa, left, right and center and it’s about time he did this one with Kenya’s musical treasure, Sauti Sol.

What do you think about it?

 

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.

 

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.