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Happy World Dance Day 2017!

In celebration of this day our guest is Nigeria’s Qudus Onikeku, one of Africa’s finest dancer and choreographer. Qudus is the founder of Qdance Academy in Lagos, and did us proud at this year’s  Biennale du Val de Marne in March.

Here’s his message on this day.

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Happy World Dance Day!

In the beginning wasn’t the word, in the beginning was MOVEMENT. The word was initially a thought in the mind of God, a moment within a sacred Dance in God’s mind, a moment of desire to create, to assemble and to recreate. It is within this “desire,” its metamorphoses, its sight, hearing, sense of smell, taste, touch – in short, its expressive power– that we mortals DANCE and CREATE.

In our beginning was MOVEMENT. A gush of sperm, a speed towards the ovum, and a continuous evolution which began, till it became blood, till it became a piece of meat, till it became a toad like creature, till it became a fetus, till it became a baby, till it became a child, till it became an adolescent and naive, till it became adult and restless, till it became old and experienced, till it became weary and frail, till it loses life, till it became dead, till it became corpse and degenerated, till it became worms, till it became insects and the MOVEMENT never cease to be.

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To connect with Qudus, peep his website

http://www.qudusonikeku.com/

Check out this excerpt of his piece “My exile is in my head”

We are currently feeling this new jam from Zimbabwean Rapper/MC Gerald Mugwenhi, alias Synik.

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The track ‘Dream about you’ isn’t a solo effort, Synik teams up with his new crew Jazza Experiment with musicians Jazzafari and Lana Gasparotti. They are based in Lisbon, Portugal. The union  is a perfect fit with Synik’s history as a conscious rapper who talks about Zimbabwean and global issues, through a combination of sounds from his culture like Mbira, with western influences.

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After blessing us with releases like The Beta Version EP, The God Within Single as well as the ground-breaking Zimbabwean Hip-Hop album Syn City, hailed as one of the more accomplished Hip-Hop projects to come out of Zimbabwe in recent years and winning him 3 awards in the 2012 edition of Zimbabwe Hip-Hop awards, we are delighted with his new musical direction.

Jazza experiment is all about that eclectic sound that the group defines as Space-Jazz Offbeat.

For your health and well-being we recommend a thorough listening. The track is smooth and heavy and also features talented teenage saxophonist Bernardo Tinoco. Congrats guys.

 Watch Jazza Experiment Dream About You here

 Connect with the group here

www.facebook.com/jazzaexperiment

https://jazzaexperiment.bandcamp.com/

www.instagram.com/jazzaexperiment

 www.instagram.com/synikzim

 

 

Remember Ghanaian poet and singer Poetra Asantewa? If you don’t, there’s this little refresher course- https://afrikajump.wordpress.com/2017/01/17/7-questions-with-poetra-asantewa/

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Her new work is is curious and asks questions about that inevitable fate we mostly dread- Death. It is titled CORONER. Check it out here-

 

AFRIKAJUMP had the real pleasure of sitting down with Nigerian rapper Teria Yarhere, more popularly known as M-Trill Teria. M-Trill has trilled audiences with hit songs that won him fans and awards until he changed directions to pursue other creative paths. He is back on the scene with his new musical work- ABOH. This word in Teria’s language from Delta state means CLAP.

M-trill talks about stuff he did while away from music, and more.

Further below is the premiere of the track and video on this page.

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AFRIKAJUMP M-trill, how does it feel to be back on the scene with your new work, Aboh?

M-TRILL I think relieved is the right word. I feel relieved to be back, music doesn’t allow you a life if you do not answer it. Every song is a reminder of what you can do, so I’m happy to be making and putting out music again.

AFRIKAJUMP What were some of the lessons you learned from your recent past time of absence from mainstream music?

M-TRILL Quite a number, more business lessons though because I started a media support company. I learnt a lot about customer service. Your client’s troubles automatically become yours. I was waking up at 4am to respond to client needs. I loved the experience. I learnt how to better manage people, I learnt more about myself and what drives me. I think what I learnt the most was balance. The art of walking the thin line and catering to all needs at the same time.

AFRIKAJUMP Congrats M-trill. Can you tell us a bit about your new song Aboh, and what inspired it?

M-TRILL Aboh was partly inspired by my very first single “Bounce” off my first album. I began that song with a phrase “where my clap at”…turned out to be very effective for performances as it was the ice breaker between the crowd and myself. I also always liked the way the churches in Warri clap and praise. The claps alone are melodious so I wanted to try and infuse all that into this song.

AFRIKAJUMP Clearly it’s working for you. Welldone. Is this single part of a coming album?

M-TRILL Yes, the album locally made should drop this year by God’s grace. There’s a lot of music I want to free myself off. So, yes we will be dropping the album this year.

AFRIKAJUMP The influence of your culture is evident in your new video. What does culture mean to you?

M-TRILL For me, it’s the balance. I really don’t rap in pidgin or any of the local languages so infusing our culture in the beats and visuals is my way of balancing it for my target audience. I needed to find a way to let people know where I am from and I didn’t want any misconceptions.

AFRIKAJUMP If you had the power to change three things in Nigeria’s music industry for good, what would they be?

M-TRILL Royalties. I would change the ways royalties are collected so more artistes can live off their art. 2. Better media platforms for performing arts…so more TV and radio shows that go beyond playing music videos and more music related content, educative and entertaining content. 3. Celebrate the diversity in music, most of the songs in the industry sound the same and that’s because we do not celebrate the diverse talents that abound, I would like to change that.

AFRIKAJUMP Thanks bro. Lastly, can you describe your city in just one word?

M-TRILL Port Harcourt is my city and that’s Home. PH is home to me.

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WATCH “ABOH ON YOUTUBE 

 

LISTEN TO “ABOH” ON SOUNDCLOUD: https://soundcloud.com/user-34074749/mtrillaboh

CONNECT WITH THE ARTIST

Twitter- @Mtrillteria

Instagram – @Mtrillteria

facebook – @mtrillteria

Ghana’s Busua beach in Takoradi is usually a hub for getaways, relaxation, fresh sea food and all the other things that come with being a beach town, until the month of March, when it becomes a musical mecca that attracts people and artists from different parts of Ghana, Africa and the world at large.

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Asabaako festival is the vehicle that unites all these people. Asabaako means One Dance. The festival organizes live music with some of the best musicians and Djs on the planet, display works by visual artists and also contribute to the lives of inhabitants of peaceful Busua by holding workshops that offer training on skills that can help them generate income. There is also the famous jungle party- a real thrill, and (water) sports.

Asabaako is definitely one of the liveliest music festival from Africa. Busua is roughly 4-5 hours by road from Accra, Ghana’s capital but if you ask someone who’s attended, we bet they will tell you how ‘worth it’ the experience is. You can also fly too.

The festival has hosted musicians and artists like FOKN BOIS, Villy and The Extreme Volumes, Okwei Odili, Sewor Okudzeto, Ladyjaywah, Jojo Abott, Wiyaala, Paulina Oduro, to mention a few.

2017’s edition we hear will have Sena Dagadu, M.anifest, Yaa Pono, and many more talented acts. You really don’t want to miss this if you can attend.

We hope to get Kofi Debrah soon on this channel to tell us how he and his friends managed to put this wonderful project together.

Until then, get more info via their website.

http://www.asabaako.com/

Translated into English, this Portuguese phrase means Jam at MAM. MAM is Salvador’s Museum of Modern Art in Bahia, Brazil. As the name indicates it is a center for contemporary arts, particularly visual arts but every Saturday MAM comes even more alive with hundreds of people attracted by amazing music from some of the state’s best musicians. Musicians from all parts of the world who visit Brazil often pass through to jam at MAM, with its wonderful view of the Atlantic ocean.

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TIP: Forget about finding a seat if you come later than 6 PM, when the show starts. Also if you don’t want to stay on the epic queue, come early.

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At Jam no MAM, popular and complicated jazz standards are improvised on by these talented musicians including Brazilian tunes. The musicians play just about anything from African music to American soul from folks like Roy Hargrove, Ray Charles and James Brown- whoever catches their fancy.

Another fun part of the event is that as a singer or musician attending the jam, you are very welcome if there’s time, to sing and play with the band. AFRIKAJUMP was there on February 11 where singers like Okwei Odili- Nigeria, Cecelia Stalin- Sweden joined with visiting instrumentalists from other parts of the world to play with Jam no MAM regulars like Ivan Huol, Matias Traut, Andre Cruz Tang, Ivan Bastos, Andre Becker, Gabi Guedes, his nephew Felipe Guedes, Bruno Aranha, Artur Carneiro and more. Joatan Nascimento, a prominent horn player in Bahia was in attendance.

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For more, check out their website and facebook below. Peace.

http://www.jamnomam.com.br

https://www.facebook.com/jamnomam/

Nigerian and South American music collective in Brazil; Okwei Odili and Aweto Band had their first outing in this year on February 3 at Tropos, Salvador. The gig which was also in tribute to Yemoja week in Bahia, attracted friends and fans of the band who were thrilled with Afrobeat, Soul and Reggae vibes enhanced by the band’s ancestries.

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They perform Okwei’s composition- SUFFER in the link below

To be in the know about the band’s activities, click and LIKE their page here-

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