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Okwei Odili, Nigerian singer and composer has put out visuals for her acoustic version of her song ‘WAKA WAKA’. Yeahhhhh.

Waka waka means ‘to walk’ or someone who walks a lot’. The artist whose musical influences are Afrobeat and world black genres divides her time between Nigeria, Ghana and Brazil. The song was made by Jose Balbino at Casa Laranja Studios in Salvador Brazil.

The video was shot and directed by MBZ Afrika in Salvador Brazil. Check it out below.

Okwei is presently the musical director of Aweto Band, and is recording her new album which is an eclectic mix of African, Brazilian and World styles.

Connect with Okwei via the artist’s social platforms below.

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.

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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.

For more info about the festival, check Commons Studio Bar

The ACOUSTIC LOVE Ep by Nigerian Afrobeat/Soul Singer Okwei Odili is out!

The project comes after the Collaborative album between Okwei Odili and IFA Afrobeat- the first Afrobeat band from Salvador Brasil to gain national prominence. The EP named IFA Afrobeat + Okwei V Odili won one of Brazil’s biggest Music Awards- The Dorival Caymmi Prize in the category of ‘Best New Revelation’ in 2015. Listen here

https://ifafrobeat.bandcamp.com/album/i-f-afrobeat-okwei-v-odili-ep

Since then Okwei who divides her time between both countries has established her band- Aweto and they are currently recording a new album to follow Acoustic Love. Check out Acoustic Love and more of the artist’s music in the Link Below.

https://fanlink.to/okwei

The EP was produced by Jose Balbino.

Picture by Adeola Olagunju.

Connect with the artist-

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https://www.instagram.com/okweiodili/

https://www.facebook.com/OkweiNigeria/

 

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!!!

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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.

https://www.facebook.com/AfrikajumpWorldwide/

Want to be part of the festivities? Get tickets-

NOV 3- http://bit.ly/2Q3wcBe

NOV 10- http://bit.ly/2Q3wcBe

PEACE!

Accra based Nigerian Afrobeat/Afrofusion talent Oliseh Odili AKA Villy and his team of musicians The Xtreme Volumes are in the news again. And for more good reason.

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Two years ago, Villy and his friends-an eclectic mix of Nigerians and Ghanaians released their EVERGREEN work (mark our words), entitled HUMANIMALS.

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Humanimals cover art by https://twitter.com/Aimuan_ra

This daring and fiercely creative work was a love collaboration between some determined and passionate like-minds that resulted to a revolutionary work.

The EP led them straight to the hearts of many (conscious) Africans and people outside the continent, including media outlets like CNN, BBC and in true hero fashion, Villy and The Extreme Volumes put the work out FOR FREE. Incredible.

Listen here https://soundcloud.com/thextremevolumes/sets/humanimals

With the success of Humanimals EP, Villy and the Xtreme Volumes decided to add visuals to their audio-story, it worked out just right and will screen next month at Film Africa Festival where it’s getting its first screening!

We’ll get back to the festival gist. For now, the gaddem movie trailer!-

Humanimals is a 30mins Pidgin English musical film with English translations. In the film, the artists show present pressing issues that are woven around tracks from the Humanimals EP. It is clever.

Villy expressed his main reasons for the project.

“This whole project is created to address issues that challenge my people, the day to day struggle and how I am connected and affected by it is the story I tell through my art. The goal is to be able to share ideas, create and tell our stories by ourselves, we embrace platforms that amplifies our voices, platforms like Film Africa.”

Well said, man.

Humanimals film will premiere at the Film Africa festival on Saturday 10th November at Ritzy, London. It is directed by Ghanaian musician Wanlov, who co-produced with Omonhinmin omonblanks okhiogbe of the band’s management Blanks Creations. Humanimals Film also features band members like guitarist-Johnson Hunton and bassist- Sam Ofori Chiku, with actresses Mallory Cheebs Savisaar and Alyson Paris.

Peep here to know more about the festival.

http://www.filmafrica.org/shorts-2018/humanimals/

villybandPicture from Uncolonized concert 3rd edition by Mutombo Fotombo.

CONNECT WITH VILLY XVOL HERE  https://www.facebook.com/TheXtremeVolumes/

 

Brazilian musician Andre Sampaio  released his latest Album, Alagbe today, November 3rd 2017. Great things happen in November!

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The 13 track work is Andre’s second studio album and a testament of his creativity and in conjunction with his band Os Afromandinga. The versatility in culture  and music styles with deep homage to Africa and African spirituality embedded in the album is inspirational and uplifting. Alagbe is a sweet Africa and South America union and has all the ingredients of a modern Afro-Rock classic.

 Alagbe means the guardian of Candomblé‘s sacred music.  Candomblé is a an African spiritual belief system brought from Africa to Brazil by enslaved people from West Africa.

The production of Alagbe has heavyweights like Cris Scabello of Bixiga 70, Victor Rice and more, and featured musicians like Mauricio Fleury, Roberto Barreto from Baiana System, Poet Nelson Maca, Sekou Diarra from Burkina Faso, Lenna Bahule (Mozambique) and Nigerian singer Okwei Odili.

ANDRÉ 1Album Cover Art and visual identity is by Ricardo Magrão.

Alagbe is available on digital platforms, like here:

https://SMB.lnk.to/AlagbeAlbum

It is distributed by Planet Music Brazil / Sony Music Brasil.