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Nigerian AfroJazz/FolkSoul singer and songwriter TOSINGER has released the video for her beautiful song- Flowers. Yeah!

By Lola Scott

Death is a theme that we mostly tend to avoid in life’s journey, even with the knowledge that it is a final certainty for everything that lives, so it is refreshing to hear one more beautiful song that reminds us to appreciate and enjoy these moments we have breath.

Flowers especially encourages us to appreciate those people that matter to us while we have them and vice versa. To quote the artist;

“ “Don’t give me flowers when I’m dead, where is the love while I live”. People tend to celebrate friends and families, celebrities, when they are dead and gone, where is the love while they were alive? “

Tosinger, who is credited for creative works like ‘FINALLY’ released in 2012 and ‘Afrospire’ in 2013 independently released her original full studio debut album titled ‘Organically Singing’ in 2015 which is currently available on all major digital outlets including iTunes, Spotify and Amazon.

By Simeon Fabunmi

She was inspired to write Flowers as she reflected on life and seeing social media commentaries after people have passed.  People type accolades where the deceased may have never heard a word of while they were alive, and take fresh and beautiful flowers to the graveyard where the deceased cannot smell it anymore. It is for this reason the video was shot at a cemetery.

Watch Flowers below-

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According to the artist, flowers are a symbol of life, and should be for the living. I agree.

So what are we waiting for, guys? Let’s give out flowers, today.

….and connect with Tosinger here-

http://www.tosinger.com

@Tosinger on all social media platforms.

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“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.

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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.

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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.

You’re too legit to quit, sis.

Connect with Waje here-

Fb  https://www.facebook.com/officialWAJE/

YT https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAw8Sy1F4nsb7CX1rblJ96w

INSTA https://www.instagram.com/officialwaje/

                                                                                                                         Story by Mmaburuzò.

YESSSS!

In our last post we talked about Brazil’s month of Black consciousness, which is November. We also told you we’ll be celebrating our cultural heritage by having FOUR concerts this November, one every Saturday at Gamboa Nova theatre. Re- NIGERIAN SINGER AND GUEST ARTISTS TO HEADLINE OUR PARTIES FOR MONTH OF AFRICAN CONSCIOUSNESS IN SALVADOR BRAZIL.

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

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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/

 

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.

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’.