The venue was the historical Pelourinho in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil on Sunday 12th of August. It was the close of a book festival and the afternoon till late evening was alive with music, color and culture, right in front of the Jorge Amado foundation.

The event featured Salvador’s Afrosymphonic Orchestra, Mario Uolla, Gabriel Batatinha, Doudou Rose from Senegal, Nigerian singer and composer Okwei Odili, Monica Millet, Bira Reis, and many more cool cats.

In this clip, legendary Baiana Percussionist Monica Millet and her all female group- Mestras do Saberes play Samba Reggae in the company of Baiano Percussionist- Anderson Souza, /RIGHT/ whose father was one of the founders of OLODUM, the group which in addition to many feats choreographed Michael Jackson’s ‘They don’t really care about us’, another legend- Bira Reis plays the Sax, and Nigerian singer and composer Okwei Odili sings in Yoruba.

Enjoy, and PEACEEEE.

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PEACE.

Fans and disciples of Nigerian music are no strangers to Augustine Ahmedu, more popularly known as Blackface, co-founder of one of Nigeria’s foremost RnB group ‘Plantashun Boiz’.

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With the success and later hiatus of the group, Blackface went solo and created his first solo album ‘Ghetto Child’, a masterpiece that showed the artist in a more serious light, as not just a lover-man but a conscious Nigerian who is truly concerned about the politics and social issues in his country.

In the wake of the seemingly incessant killings presently happening in Nigeria’s middle belt, and even more disheartening, the government’s lukewarm attitude in arresting the problem, he used his creativity to create more awareness of the issue.26733584_10216348500245330_6249550245603772562_n.jpg

Blackface released the song STOP THE KILLINGS, and has followed it up with a video, to further propagate the message. We are proud of you Augustine, and wish you more successes.

Watch the video here, and please spread the message. NOW is the time to hold our ‘leaders’ accountable, after-all we are in a ‘Democracy’.

 

We regret to make our first post of the year on a dark note, but hey this is life. Sometimes we really have no choice but to go with its flow.

South African Jazz Maestro Hugh Masekela has passed away peacefully at the beautiful age of 78.

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This one really hurts.

If you never knew about the artist until now, you’ll be doing yourself a solid one by clicking on the youtube video below and further looking him up.

Hugh, we are thankful for your music, activism, pan-Africanism and will also miss your humor in this strange world.

Journey well.

 

 

Photos by The Guardian and Getty Images.

The year 2017 like its predecessors was full of twists and turns and laughs and tears but WE ARE HERE STILL, and that’s what matters most.

AFRIKAJUMP is thankful for your support, and like The Roots crew, we plan to proceed and continue…to rock our..blog mic. Hehehehe.

Many blessings in the coming year people. Here’s our 2017 in a summary. Join us for a bigger and better experience in 2018. Ashe for us!

Afrikajump celebrates with Nigeria’s first ever women Bob sled team which has qualified for the Winter Olympics. The trio of Seun Adigun (driver) and brakewomen Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga completed all five of their required qualifying races to become the first African team, men or women, to qualify for the sport in the 2018 games that takes place in PyeongChang, South Korea. Yeah!

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photo from Bellanaija

For those who don’t know, these women were responsible for chasing after this huge feat independently. It is not a secret that Nigeria’s sport federation is mostly focused on soccer- and we use the word ‘focused’ loosely because Nigeria’s football has been plagued with in house politics and corruption, which has been hugely detrimental to the sport in the country.

The women funded and pursued this dream while juggling higher studies in medicine until their exploits built them a following of supporters like Nigerian British actor John Boyega.

At some point in their quest, they fashioned sleds from wood, to train and practice in their Houston Texas base. It paid off.

Their feat also made more people (like us ) aware that there is a Bobsled and Skeleton Federation of Nigeria. We at Afrikajump can admit we had no idea. We became aware when the officials of the association suddenly started granting interviews commending the ladies. /side eye/.

We commend these outstanding women too and shall keep you posted on their future feats right here.

Congrats Africa!

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Today, November 10 in Nigeria’s history, specifically in 1995 left a lasting mark which still continues to shape and alter the destinies of millions, for bad. It left progressive Nigerians and Africans bereaved, and is a constant reminder of how terrible governments and sub par governance  have deprived Africa of some of her most illustrious children.

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Photo by Zina Saro Wiwa- Facebook.

Ken Saro Wiwa (10 October 1941 – 10 November 1995) for those who don’t know, was a Nigerian writer who also produced for Television.

He was a prominent environmental activist. His native home Ogoniland in Nigeria’s Niger-Delta region had been a hub for extracting crude oil since the 1950s- an action that consequently severely destroyed the environment.  

As president of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), Saro-Wiwa and his group often peacefully protested against these oil companies, (primarily SHELL). He wasn’t afraid of criticizing Nigeria’s government especially as it was obvious that they were in partnership with these foreign oil companies (that ruin and rape the land, leaving the people poorer and sick), and so were reluctant to enforce environmental regulations on these foreign bodies.

General Sani Abacha, Nigeria’s then dictator president couldn’t stand Saro’s guts and eventually had him murdered after falsely accusing him for things he did not do.

The execution shocked the world and provoked international outcry with some good things being withheld from Nigeria by the rest of the world, until Abacha (thankfully) died.

This post is a tribute to Ken Saro Wiwa who will live forever. 

Here’s one of the many ways he remains with us.