Com músicas autorais, a cantora e compositora nigeriana Okwei Odili apresenta o show “Amor, Sempre” em conjunto com integrantes da banda Aweto, formada em 2016: Kamile Levek (Guitarra), Marco Oliveira (Baixo) e Riam Santos (batera).
“A Real da Liv/fe” é uma realização dos grupos que coabitam a Casa Preta Espaço de Cultura – Aldeia Coletivo, Ateliê Cenográfico Maurício Pedrosa, Bogum Ambiente Criativo, Grupo Vilavox e Macumba Produções. Você pode doar qualquer valor pelo picpay
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“A Real da Liv/fe” da @casapretaespacodecultura Okwei Odili e banda Aweto 12 de setembro (sábado), 20h Transmissão ao vivo no YouTube e Facebook da Casa Preta Espaço de Cultura.
Nigerian Reggae queen Evi Edna Ogholi is one artist who evokes the most fond memories in Nigerian homes. As the creator of Africa’s most played Happy birthday song and other hits like Obaro, Jealousy, Ririovara-Dry your tears, to mention a few, she is Evergreen n history.
Her music came at an era when Nigeria was more supportive of love and great music and this music transcended and continues to transcend age, social class and religion, touching on social and real issues of every day life and dreams for the future. She inspired many women artists in a male dominated music and art industry of Nigeria.
After 7 great albums, she seemed to be on a musical hiatus but her timeless music kept us. Now in 2020 she has decided to bless with a new treasure-The Peace and love EP.
The album consists of eight tracks, featuring artists like Matins Showpromoter (guitarist) Winning Jah (Musician) , Jude Vee (Singer) and MC Apostle Paul Odion. Her classic “Happy Birthday” was also remixed officially, with some vocal backings from Winning Jah. The work is produced by Jossy Joe for Enorecords LLC . Evi Edna will be dropping a video soon. In addition to her new masterpiece, Evi Edna will present an online concert on youtube on September 5, which you can access here! Wow, Get ready, people.
Listen to the new EP on digital platforms, and here . Until our next post, stay well and blessed.
Anonymous cyber activists Anonymous has released a video, condemning America’s long history of racial abuse and violence towards African-Americans and calling for accountability for the injustices against them.
The video comes in the wake of the recent killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis policeman, Derek Chauvin, while his colleagues looked on in silence. The video has sent shockwaves around the world, and inspired both peaceful and violent protests in America and beyond.
In the video narration, Anonymous accuses Minneapolis Police Department of having “a horrific track record of violence and corruption,” claiming that the killing of George Floyd was “merely the tip of the iceberg.” “Sadly, in the vast majority of police killings, the only one left alive to tell the story is the officer who took the person’s life,” the Anonymous narrator says. “This travesty has gone on for far too long… and now the people have had enough.”
Anonymous, which recently won a Twitter appeal to remain on the site, has been linked to the recent hacking of MPD website. Police radio and sound system was also hacked and instead of commands and signals of communication, their megaphones are said to play the rap song ‘F#ck the police’ by African American group NWA.
On twitter, there is pandemonium as Anonymous has also leaked court documents of the infamous Donald Trump and Jeffery Epstein case of 2016 where they were accused by a Jane Doe of Rape and other sexual offences, and a list of Epstein’s acquaintances, featuring shocking names like Naomi Campbell, some members of the Royal family, Bill Gates and more. This is some explosive Black Mirror shit.
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Today May 11 is World Reggae Day, also in conjunction with the anniversary of the death of Reggae icon Bob Marley. Since the boom of the genre in the 70s and 80s, it has become a symbol of cultural and socio-political resistance as well as a means of musically sharing love, hope and positivity.
Afrikajump curated this playlist, to bless and bliss your week. (And for always).
Let’s start with Lonely Avenue a blues anthem ably ‘reggaefied’ by Stephen Marley.
2. Culture– Addis Ababa.
3. The essential soul brother Gregory Isaacs with his smash hit Number One.
4. Jamaican lioness, Rita Marley with One Draw.
6. Nigerian queen Okwei Odili with Ebezine– Don’t cry.
7. Charles Organaire Cameron with I’ll never stop loving you.
8. The love song that we never tire of. Bob Marley, Waiting in vain.
9. Ugandan pearl Jaqee sings reggae blues in Letter to Samson.
10. In the late 80s, African Reggae queen from Nigeria Evi Edna Ogholi gave the world a gem when she released her song Ririovara (Dry your tears).
11. Is truly a Nice One by Wailing Souls.
12. By the Reggae Emperor himself Peter Tosh.
13. The bass and keyboards in this song will get to you. Get Up, Stand Up.
14. Waje Nigerian Soulstar and her hit reggae track I Wish.
15. Nigerian king Majek Fashek sings Love and Affection. And we melt.
16. To crown our list is Brazilian living legend Gilberto Gil with Vamos Fugir. It means Let’s escape.
HAPPY WORLD REGGAE DAY, LOVES. Enjoy the full playlist here
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Little Richard was/is a phenomenon. Born Richard Wayne Penniman in Georgia, his incredible talent and natural charisma were some of his principal traits that encase him in the World’s music history. He paved the way for Rock and Roll music and musicians and opened audiences and locations that were previously closed to people of color in America. He was both King and Queen of this bih.
His death on May 9, 2020 aged 87 after having truly lived, is an occasion and opportunity to honor this great human.
Little Richard was discovered in 1947 by Sister Rosetta Tharpe(Godmother of Rock and Roll), when he sang a version of her music at an event. He had been kicked out from the home he shared with his strict religious family a year before. Rosetta paid him after inviting him to open her show, and Little Richard was inspired to make a living off his musical talents.
In two years he had started working and touring as a musician with several bands until he met Billy Wright who inspired his flashy and peculiar look. After recording 8 songs which failed to be national hits with a label Wright introduced him to, Richard left in frustration, hooked up with Specialty Records where he later recorded his instant classic hit ‘Tutti Frutti’ in 1955.
He gathered his dream band and a year after had another hit- Long Tall Sally.
Despite it being a known fact that Richard liked men as well, women found him very attractive.
FUN FACT Little Richard was the first musician to have women throw their undergarments at him during performances.
After massive successes and some of the overwhelming trappings that come with it, he converted to Christianity and became a minister.
We were happy when he ‘came back’ to his Rock and Roll ways.
In the UK in 1963 he performed sold out shows, with The Beatles and yet to explode The Rolling stones opening for him. This one is especially memorable.
Who could forget that classic BBC interview where his wits and generosity shone so bright?
Here he performs Good Golly Miss Molly at Muhammad Ali’s 50th birthday in 1992. Oh the graciousness.
By this time he had long been inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside Ray Charles, James Brown, The Everly Brothers, Chuck Berry and more greats.
Thank you, Mr. Richard, for your amazing grace and artistry. Farewell and Rock On.
WATCH this interesting movie by Robert Townsend about Little Richard, portrayed by Leon and starring Jennifer Lewis.
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Hey, how are you? If you are reading this you are probably on lockdown, probably with someone you love (you lucky devil), or maybe you are…alone- no problems there’s self love too, you know 😉 and besides, we will come out of this Coronavirus madness, stronger and better with faith and cooperation. So let’s keep our game and love fires burning shall we?
Every true lover knows there’s a difference between having sex, and making love. This list was curated by us for the latter which usually accomplishes the former, hehehe. OK without much talk, let’s begin with the song that caused a boom in earth’s population in the early 80s. Let’s start with the essential Marvin Gaye with his forever classic ‘Let’s get it on.
Hey singles, play safe. Everybody- wash your hands.
Number 2 on our playlist is ‘Emotions by Destiny’s Child. The song is an original by brothers Robin and Barry Gibbs from the Bee Gees and shot into more prominence in 1978 when Australian singer Samantha Sang covered it. It is Destiny’s child’s version however that makes us want to kiss and cuddle with it, volume on with all the lights turned off.
3 is by a very, very bad Soul brother- D’angelo. Here he covers Smokey Robinson’s ‘Cruising. The original deserves a spot on this list too. Be blown away.
Yo, number 4 is by D’angelo again, with ‘Send it on‘ from his Voodooalbum.
Jazmine Sullivan‘Need you bad on Number 5. A banger, no pun intended.
Six almost rhymes with Sex! Let’s give it up for the baritone god, Barry White. Here he sings one of his classics ‘Practice what you preach.
In number 7 we go to Nigeria via Brazil with Okwei Odili and her sultry love song ‘All I ever do.
In number 8 the legendary Smokey Robinson saves our souls with ‘Being with you.
9 is from Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel, British singer of Nigerian heritage famously known as Seal and his heavenly hit ‘I am your man.
Number 10. By Ashanti. ‘Baby. Oh baby.
We hope you enjoyed. Feel free to comment with your favorite love making songs if they didn’t appear on this list. VOL 2 is around the corner, so check us out more often. Follow us if you heaven’t so you can know, and kindly share thank you.
To watch live videos and performances of the songs in the list click on the link below. We made a playlist on our YouTube. Until soon, keep safe and love hard.
The world lost its best drummer Tony Allen Yesterday April 30, 2020.
The maestro was aged 79. This is a celebration of his life and legacy.
Nigeria’s Tony Allen co-originated Afrobeat with Fela Kuti who famously declared that ‘Without Tony Allen, there would be no Afrobeat’. The genre became a sound of resistence, loved and copied around the world and which back home in Lagos, inspired the new age genre- Afrobeats which put Nigeria’s pop music on the world map in the past decade.
Tony Allen’s extensive music trajectory has been wildly documented audio-visually, in literature , on the internet and evidently in his discography. Since the 60s where he became the musical director of Fela’s band from 1968- 1979 and after they parted ways over personal choices, both remained collaborators, with Tony Allen actively performing music till the very end of his life. We have been so blessed and lucky.
Here are 7 epic times when the Afrobeat King made us say ‘Yeah Yeah’.
1. When Fela’s band just transitioned from being called Koola Lobitos to Africa 70in the late 60s and them with Tony Allen recorded the epic and groovy track Witchcraft in 1969.
2. With his masterful art and swing in the Fela Kuti hit song Roforofo fight from 1972.
3. In 1976 when he, Fela Kuti, the band and America’s Sandra Izsadore featured on the heavy hitter Upside Down and his drumming seemed to defy gravity.
4. When he split from Fela Kuti leaving with some members of his band and eventually teamed up with Fela and Africa 70 with his first solo album and the singled named after the album.
5. 2010 was the year Tony Allen and Hugh Masekela would cross paths during their tours. Their shared love for Fela and Afrobeat made them decide to record a joint album. Rejoice was released finally in 2019, one year after the legendary South African trumpeter passed. The album showed the minimalist side of Afrobeat. May their beautiful souls rock in peace. We especially love track 4- Never (Lagos Never Gonna Be The Same)
6. His Drum Masterclass with young people in 2016 hosted by Boiler Room UK.
7. And last but never least, a Friday Flashback to when he released his genial soul piercing single Go Back featuring Damon Albarn from his 2014 album Film of life.
Rest in Power, King. Thank you for the heavy groove.
Nigerian rockstar based in Ghana Villy Odili won more fans over- us included, with his earlier works, and more recently the groundbreaking ‘HUMANIMALS EP‘ with his band The Xtreme Volumes. It is a banger.
With the current Coronavirus crisis the artist has made this sonic lyrical message, calling for all of us to be safe, show love, and especially hold our governments accountable.
This could easily be a long-ass read, but we shall try to break it down and properly.
Nigeria twitter and indeed social media has been on fire- almost literary speaking, in the past week. Nigeria twitter is always on fire- half the time for seriousness and the other half for bother line silliness, but one thing is certain; that the app has become a hub where Nigerians speak up on every and anything, especially on governance. And because of the blue verification tick people know who is saying what, and especially where/who their opinions should be directed at when it concerns public offices.
On EASTER SUNDAY 12 (I know, right), Bello El Rufai, son of Nasir El Rufai– Kaduna State governor who also was the former Minister of Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory from 2003 to 2007 caused a storm on twitter. It was a storm that in the following days would grow into an unstoppable Tsunami.
Bello was arguing with a twitter user @thanos_zer after the latter told Bello he wasn’t fit to criticize America’s Donald Trump while Nigeria’s government wasn’t doing right by its people, especially under the APC political party, of which Nasir El Rufai is a founding member. The user had described Nigeria’s president as an absentee one. At some point in their exchange, triggered by Thanos’ comments about Bello being a ‘Daddy’s boy’, Bello replied with below the belt tweets that would extend beyond his opponent, open old wounds, promote existing unhealthy tribal sentiments and make Nigerians visit the country’s deep cultural maltreatment of women- the one good that came out of it all.
This would not be the first time Bello would attack people and their mothers over the internet that he presumed wrongly to be of Igbo extraction. The confirmation tweets below are worrisome as they are disgusting.
Bello has had his fair share of controversy. A twitter user Sugabelly took his friends years ago to court and won over a sordid tale of sexual assault. In light of Bello’s recent tweets, she voiced her opinions and he had a vulgar response. His seemingly regular trademark.
As news of Bello’s Sunday 12th rants caught on, first lady of Kaduna and Bello El Rufai’s mother, Hadiza El Rufai was quickly informed of her son’s crass comments via twitter where she is active, giving Kaduna English and French language classes amidst other activities. Her response and catch phrase “All is fair in love and war” shocked many Nigerians, reinforcing that the apple truly doesn’t fall far from the tree.
The very next day she seemed to have realized the gravity of the situation and came back with ……
Former Education Minister and Bring back our girls advocate, Oby Ezekwesili was one of those who jumped in to caution Bello eary in the saga. It seemed both families had once been quite close, with Bello tweeting in the past about Madam Oby’s kindness to his family and her suitability to be a leader. On the 12th however, she was quickly and publicly shunned by both mother and son on the social platform. Soon, the print and other media began to get involved. Like some people, you may agree that this is better than Game of thrones.
NIGERIAN WRITERS REACT
In another part of the country, Obi–Young Otorisieze, an Editor with Brittle Papers, an important Nigerian/African literary website was very upset, like many others with Bello and Hadiza El Rufai. As the pen is a writer’s weapon- or these days- the laptop, Obi penned an article on the matter calling the First lady out. His boss Aniehi Edoro felt the write-up was potentially libelous with an outrageous headline and wanted the article edited. Obi did so grudgingly but it wasn’t enough. He got fired, the article got edited, Nigeria twitter caught on more fire, BP gave their statement, the inferno increased.
The popular opinion is Brittle Papers has been compromised as Hadiza El Rufai, who herself is a writer has been featured on the site. People felt there was Brown envelope involved, and to protest the censorship of Obi’s article, some of Nigeria’s new writing talents pulled their work from their site. Some authors from other demography and geography followed suit. Fast rising writer Chibuihe Obi, from Nigeria returned his prize money from BP for his work.
In El Rufai land meanwhile, Nigerians wouldn’t relent on the offending tweets and on the 5TH DAY after the media war began, Bello eventually “apologized”. It was not well received. This led to more fighting and division in some Nigerian literary, art spaces and the country.
How effective is Bello’s apology if it cannot address his clear obsession and hate for Igbos who he keeps maligning and attacking at any given chance?
How real is his apology when it doesn’t answer some fundamental questions about Bello’s upbringing and Nigeria’s unstable “unity”? Does Bello echo thoughts of the average Nigerian Northerner about Igbos who have historically been killed many times in that region of Nigeria ?
If Bello, a political office holder can speak so badly in reference to women, on several occasions shouldn’t we imagine what the attitude of the average Nigerian man who isn’t exposed to his “education” and wealth is with women and implement how to truly better the rights of Nigerian women? Who can forget that a seating Nigerian senator Elisha Abbo, publicly physically attacked a nursing mother in a sex store.
Like Bello he later “apologized”.
Why have Nigerians allowed themselves to be walked over and can’t unite and insist on not recycling criminals in representing them for so long? It does seem the tides are changing, because the people are angrier about the contempt with which people in governance, and their families treat them even in the midst of their unending looting and blatant irresponsibility.
To end this long ass article, watch this video of Bello’s father being probed for allocating state properties to his family over a decade ago, and tell us why again Bello was so enraged at being referred to as a Daddy’s boy, that he threw every caution to the wind. Truth does hurts.
On February 2, 2020 Salvador Brazil came alive as Afro-descendants and indeed believers from all over the country and beyond trooped out in hundreds of thousands to celebrate Yemoja, the African deity of the sea, as they do every year on this date. We were there LIVE to bring it to you.
Festivities started the night before, with offerings and parties around the city, especially in Rio Vermelho, the central part of the city which is coasted by the Atlantic ocean. In traditional Yoruba culture and spirituality, Yemọja is a mother spirit and patron spirit of women, especially expectant mothers.
Her name is derived from the Yoruba words Iye/Iya, meaning “mother”; ọmọ– “child”; and ẹja, -“fish”. While West Africa worships and celebrates her as a high-ranking river deity, Brazil and Cuba revers her mainly as a sea/ocean goddess.
Yemoja is often portrayed as a mermaid, even in West Africa, and she is able to visit all other bodies of water like lakes, lagoons, and the sea. The Ogun River in Nigeria is expressly dedicated to her.
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Renowned novelist and writer from Nigeria, Chukwuemeka Ike has translated to glory on January 8 at the great age of 88, (wow) and we put together some of our best of his best sellers.
Ike, whose books are a norm in Nigerian schools, is known for referencing his Igbo heritage in his works. He was the son of a king who later was crowned king.
The Anambra State born writer chose his traditional name over Vincent, his middle name (did we hear you say African pride? yeahhh), and as a former Registrar for the West African Examinations Council- WAEC, Ike was inspired to write ‘EXPO 77’ which shed light on the scourge of Exam malpractices in Nigerian exams, often aided and abetted by those in school authority, and parents of non dedicated students. ‘Expo’ later became a slang for exam practice in Nigeria.
Thank you Mr. Chukwuemeka Ike for your service and dedication. Rest in glory.
Ok, let’s get into it….
1. The Naked Gods, 1970
2. To my husband from Iowa, 1996.
3. Sunset at dawn. 1976
4. The Potter’s Wheel, 1973
5. Our Children Are Coming, 1990.
6. The Bottled Leopard, 1985.
7. The Chicken Chasers, 1980.
8. EXPO ’77
Chukwuemeke Ike is also credited for other literary masterpieces, like ‘How To Become A Published Writer’, Toads For Supper, Conspiracy of Silence and more. He has influenced generations of writers, artists and people, and will be terribly missed.
The weekend of 15 and 16 November was a memorable one for music lovers in Salvador Brazil. Fans were thrilled with Brazilian and world music and also important is the bands and projects were women-led. And we were there for it, love.
The event which happened at Commons Music Bar started with the incredible Héloa from Sergipe, Brazil. Launching her second new album ‘Opará’ which celebrates the ‘meeting of waters’ and her ancestrality.
After her delicious set which left all wanting more, Nigerian singer and composer Okwei Odili and her band Aweto came on and gave an incredible performance which won them more fans. The fantastic DJ Belle then gave us something to hit the road with. Known in Brazil as a ‘Saidera’. Check out Okwei!
The next day 16 was the day for African-American duo ‘Oshun‘. The hall which was packed full of happy and excited people sang and danced along with the inspirational and exceptional artists. Take a look.
It is a thing of beauty when people- women- especially African and of African origins taking the spotlight to inspire and show what they can. THANK YOU QUEENS.
As rainhas dirigem tudo na Intercenas Musicais, Salvador.
O fim de semana de 15 e 16 de novembro foi memorável para os amantes da música em Salvador, Brasil. Os fãs ficaram emocionados com a música brasileira e mundial, e também importante por que foi pelas mulheres.
O evento que aconteceu no Commons Music Bar começou com o incrível Heloa de Sergipe que lançou seu novo álbum ‘Opará’, na Bahia. O disco comemora ‘o encontro das águas’ e sua ancestralidade.
Depois de seu set maravilhoso que deixou todos querendo mais, a cantora e compositora nigeriana Okwei Odili e sua banda Aweto apresentou uma performance incrível que conquistou mais fãs. A fantástica DJ Belle forneceu a saidera.
No dia seguinte, 16 foi o dia da dupla afro-americana ‘Oshun’. O salão que estava cheio de gente cantava e dançava junto com artistas inspiradores e excepcionais.
É uma coisa de beleza quando pessoas – mulheres – especialmente africanas e de origem africana, ficar em frente, nos palcos, para inspirar e mostrar o que podem. OBRIGADO RAINHAS.
Tomorrow Friday 15/11 is Intercenas Musicais Festival at Commons Studio Bar in Salvador, Brazil.
The festival which boasts of a long line of some of Brazil and the world’s talented musical artists opens its doors yet again at 8PM to fans and artists like beautiful singer/songwriter Héloa from Sergipe, Brazil who came into the limelight with her first EP entitled Soltar. She will also launch her new album entitled Opará.
After her show, amazing Nigerian singer and composer Okwei Odili takes the stage in company of her band AWETO. Okwei who lives between West Africa and Brazil, gained visibility in the enchanting South American nation when she and some local Brazilian musicians from Salvador formed a band IFA in her first visit to Brazil, which led to a joint album in 2015. Now the enchanting and inspirational artist with her band will present some of her works in true Afrobeat and Soul fashion. The show will end with a DJ set by Dj Belle.
On Saturday, the party continues with Afrofuturistic American group Oshun. The women will bring their bliss vibes, heavy beats and conscious lyrics which have earned them a growing cult following from 8pm, with locally acclaimed and respected Dj Dudoo Caribe ending the show.
Nigerian singer and composer Villy Odili based in Ghana in company of his sensational band The Xtreme volumes will give their yearly ‘Uncolonised’ concert on September 18.
The group, known for their groundbreaking EP ‘Humanimals’ are keeping to their tradition of presenting live and conscious quality music at One Corner Garden in Accra. This year’s concert features eclectic and soulful musicians Ria Boss and Tommywa. The gate is 50 Cedis only, and show time is 8PM. Those outside of Accra can watch and follow the show on Villy’s Instagram! WOOHOO.
Merchandise made in Ghana and Africa will be on sale at the show. Check out Villy and the Xtreme Volumes on BBC News Africa.
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