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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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.
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.
This thursday August 8, Nigerian singer and songwriterOkwei Odili in company of her band- AWETO will present Afrobeat, Brazilian and World music styles in her compositions and popular classic covers at Afrikajump first party as we reach the last quarter of 2019. YEAH!
The party holds in Oliveiras, a cool pub in the serene and historical San Antonio in Salvador Bahia, from 8pm. Okwei will present in the company of Kamile Levek- Guitar, Riam Santos- Drums, Bruno Almeida- Keyboards and Normando Mendes- Bass.
“Imagine a world where everything you ever dreamed of was at your fingertips. Well, that’s how I imagined music would be but…”
The quote above was on March 20th made by Nigerian Singer- Waje Iruobe, followed by a Youtube link to her mini documentary where she talks about her struggles in the music business and seriously contemplates quitting. The video is entitled ‘Music is not for me’.
Quite absurd to me because she is music.
Photo- Artist’s page.
Waje is a household name in Nigeria and beyond, a vocal powerhouse. Blessed with beauty and incredible talent, her come up in the Nigerian/African music scene is inspiring and praise worthy, and so, it was quite the surprise when the artist of such status made that post.
It is also really understandable when that artist is from Nigeria.
And when the artist is a woman in Nigeria, then it is really, really, understandable.
Let’s be honest, it is one thing for an industry to lack structure- also made worse by a government that is too lazy (and ignorant) to see the potential of Nigerian creatives and invest in them, but lack of structure is not an excuse for a government that really wants to support its country’s artists, by the way.
Forgive the digression.
One of Waje’s Smash hits ‘I wish’
It is one thing I said, for an industry to lack structure, BUT adequate and proper gender representation is another thing. I cannot think of any yearly women’s music festival in Lagos.
We need spaces/more spaces in Nigeria where women musicians are respected and valued, given opportunities, at festivals, shows and artistic events, free from harassment of any kind and supported to function as the intelligent beings they are. We need more forward thinking show organizers and promoters.
Waje’s cry goes beyond her. It is the echo of the everyday un-famous Nigerian youth. We can’t keep going on with no plans and directions. Where are the music and art schools? When last did Nigerian government contract local and even international artists to give free shows to the people? Will they ever see and treat us as people?
Watch Waje’s documentary here-
Afrikajump wishes this diva clarity and success in her music/life’s journey in which she still has a long way to go, with more hits.
Okay, okay, happy belated New year 2019. We do wish you the very best in this year, and encourage you to be the best you can be, for yourself, the planet and others close to you that are in it.
Year 2018 ended with so, so much activities, and this new year did not break the pattern, we have literally had our hands full. Figuratively speaking we will be needing more hands to be able to serve you guys better and more especially, FASTER.
As we are presently in Salvador, Bahia, we were only too excited for the chance to see the show of amazing Ska band in Salvador, SKANIBAIS, founded by Trumpeter, Joao Teoria from Muritiba, Bahia Brazil. This amazing band and Nigerian singer Okwei Odili thrilled us and hundreds of fans last week at Trapiche Barnabé in Salvador.
Here’s a clip of their rendition of Frank Sinatra’s ‘Can’t take my eyes off you’.
Also kindly see it as a peace offering, and a sign of many good things to come from us to you, this year. ENJOY AND HAVE A TERRIFIC AND REWARDING 2019.
We had the very first on the third of November and it was just fantastic.
Okwei and her band Aweto, thrilled and entertained guests with her compositions influenced by African rhythms interwoven with contemporary styles of elsewhere and Brazil. The singer and band also did some covers celebrating musical greats like Lionel Richie, Miriam Makeba, Tim Maia and Ben E King.
Fagunde Fotografia was on hand to capture some of the priceless moments.
Here, the band performs Okwei’s ‘Fool for you’.
Our Next party is on Saturday the 10th and features our main acts Okwei Odili and Aweto Band, with the ecclectic reggae queen Vivi Akwaba in company of her band. Tickets at venue and on Sympla http://bit.ly/2Q3wcBe
We are excited to be having our first ever party or parties as it is, celebrating the Month of African consciousness – or in Brazil- “Mês da Consciência Negra” or Black Month – Mês negro.
On November 20 this day is celebrated officially, and is alternatively called ‘Dia Nacional de Zumbi’- National Day of Zumbi.
#HISTORYTIP Zumbi (1655-1695) is a historic figure in Brazil, particularly for African-Brazilians. He gave his life in his fight and revolt against slavery. A real champ.
As you may know, besides Nigeria, Brazil is the second country with the most humans of African origin. Where better to also have our parties, right?
As we are immensely proud of our roots, we will be putting up four shows in November- each Saturday at Gamboa Nova Theatre, our principal partner for the project. Special thanks to our media support, TVE Bahia and Educadora FM.
To kick off this party entitled FESTA AFRIKAJUMP! Nigerian singer and composer Okwei Odili and her band AWETO will present shows in company of other invited artists, amazing musicians like Fabiana Rasta, Vivi Akwaba, Jôh Ras, Teekay Omoyele, Normando Mendes, Lalo Aleman, Bobo Tafari, Suyá Nascimento and more. We are so excited!!!
All shows start at 19HS PROMPT. COME if you are in Salvador.
We shall keep you posted!
Also don’t forget to check out our facebook, there are gems there too fam.