DJ Tàrico & Burna Boy, Preck and Nelson Tivane champion pan-African unity in video for ‘Yaba Buluku’ remix

‘Yaba Buluku’ remix finally gets an official music video and as expected, it comes off as another big win for African music, paving the way for more mega cross-cultural collaborations on the continent in the years to com

It has been well over two weeks since Mozambican star, DJ Tàrico featured Nelson Tivane and Preck on the remix of his sought-after Amapiano single ‘Yaba Buluku’, done together with ‘’Best World Music’’ Grammy award-winner, Burna Boy, thanks to the pan-Africanist vision of George ‘Geobek’ Beke: the ‘’Geobek Standard’’ for African music, talent, culture and entertainment.

Today, following its critical success on all major streaming platforms worldwide, an official music video that was long overdue swoops in to celebrate the spirit, as well as unity of African culture, dance, language, music and most notably, to push Amapiano as a prime Afro-genre on the global market.

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A journey right on course thanks to American rapper, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, who shared a video of Burna Boy dancing to the song at hand.

Unanimously the biggest collaboration on the African continent right now, ‘Yaba Buluku’ remix retains its crown in the video department as well, boasting an engrossing set of visuals from director, The Alien, as he zooms in and out of the intense street dance standoff between Mozambican and Nigerian factions.

Beyond the Yaba Buluku Boys and Burna Boy however, lies a cameo from Poco Lee. The famed dance influencer can be seen amid the night time frolics, revving hype behind the ‘’Twice As Tall’’ artist in bursts that read: ‘’Odogwu you bad!’’

The all-new clip’s beauty lies in its portrayal of the electrifying ambience between two vastly different cultures, as both sides revel in the frenzy, undeterred by their language barrier, nor comprehension of the music on blast.

There’s an equally intriguing set of dance moves on display too; one that brings the two cultures together as they enjoy and appreciate quality music on Geobek Standard

 

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 Burna Boy is a year old today

Ace Nigerian musician known by his stage name, Burna Boy turns a year older today. Clocking 30 years today, the multiple award winning superstar has been surprised with a special birthday present from his family.

 

Burna Boy’s family displayed some decorative balloons and light that had his name and age to join him celebrate his special day. On the artiste’s Instagram story, he posted the videos of him entering his room and surprisingly saw the lovely gesture from his family who were singing a birthday song at the background as he approaches the balloons and light.

 

A week before his birthday, Burna Boy took to social media to share emotional message about how he felt as approaching his 30s in a week time. He as well celebrated his dad and wished himself better life as he looks up to him. Adding that, he’d like to celebrate a whole week in Miami for his birthday, tagging some friends along the post.

 

He said: “can’t believe I’m really turning 30 years old in a week.  My Father is Not rich at all but I pray that as this new phase of my life begins I can be even half the man that he is. I just want to be better and do better. I’m feeling emotional as fuck right now. lol. I wanna be in MIAMI on my birthday Smiling the whole week. @Diddy @Pharrell @KodakBlack1k @USMAN84kg @RickRoss @ZoeyDollaz im turning 30 in yo City! What we doing?”

 

Music lovers of Burna Boy also showered powerful well wish messages to express their love as he embarks on a new chapter and journey in his life.

 

Once again, happy birthday to Burna Boy!!

 

DJ Tàrico-Burna Boy remix for ‘Yaba Buluku’ puts Mozambican music on the map

After weeks of much teasing and hype, Mozambique’s Yaba Buluku Boys’ much-anticipated remix with Grammy award-winner, Burna Boy officially touches down today, and it is off the charts.
DJ Tàrico’s mega-hit ‘Yaba Buluku’ finally gets its due upgrade, swinging it back into 2021s top-ranking charts in all grandeur, thanks to executive music producer, Geobek’s smashing project: ‘’Geobek Standard’’. ‘Yaba Buluku’ remix is available on all digital streaming platforms globally.

A thunderous and attention-grabbing record, Nelson Tivane and Preck’s energetic chants feel better than ever before, bouncing off the song’s electrifying production in seamless perfection. The remix’s big bad, Burna Boy doesn’t miss a beat either, infusing this sought-after version with a flavor no one thought it missed.

According to the song’s author, DJ Tàrico: ‘’The collaboration with Burna Boy is very amazing and will bear a lot of results for us. It will leverage our career to the highest level and we will do our utmost best to maintain this level that Geobek Records has brought to us’’.

He adds: ‘’It was motivational for us to work even harder for Mozambican culture, bearing in mind that it’s not easy to work in the Mozambican market. Goebek came like a God, right when we aspired to internationalize Mozambican music and our image, so we feel very honored that he believed in us’’.

Released back in 2020 as Mozambique’s response to ‘John Vuli Gate’ by Mapara A Jazz, ‘Yaba Buluku’ came off DJ Tàrico’s sophomore album ‘’Moz Piano Vol. 2’’ and quickly become Amapiano’s new poster song following its viral spread on the social app, Tik-Tok; which steered in close to 38 million views for all tags that bore its name.

This boom would see the song become a part of over 100 playlists on Spotify alone, eventually leading it to usurp every other song on the southern coast for Number 1 spot on the streaming platform’s Viral 50 South Africa chart amid numerous streams. 

The official music video for the song also fetched in close to 2 million viewers on YouTube, prompting Nigerian media buff, Geobek to hand the song’s authors an invitation to spearhead his pan-African project ‘’Geobek Standard’’, thus culminating in a remix with Africa’s current hotshot, Burna Boy.

The Yaba Buluku Boys are on to get Mozambique a place in African music’s Hall of Fame and with the renowned Geobek seemingly paving their way, unbridled global success is the only standard.

‘Yaba Buluku’ remix is available on all digital streaming platforms globally here: https://music.empi.re/yababulukuremix.oyd

It’s another year for BET Awards, this music festival and award ceremony in recognition of blacks in the entertainment industry.

Unlike last year, when the Covid 19 pandemic had reached its peak and the celebration was eventually organised virtually without live audience, this year’s edition will be aired live with audience.

The awards night is scheduled to be held in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 27 on BET at 8 PM ET/ PT, under strict observation of Covid 19 safety protocols.

List of nominees have been unveiled for fans to begin voting for their favourites.

The nominees for For “Best International Act” includes none other than Diamond Platnumz, he is the only artist from East Africa.

The king of Bongo-Flavor has been working extensively in the music world, producing back-to-back hits. His song ‘Waah alone has generated over 150 million views on YouTube in less than a year.

In 2020,  Diamond Platnumz topped various news outlets and was celebrated widely for his ground-breaking success on YouTube where he gathered one billion views on the video streaming platform, making made him the first African artist to achieve milestone.

Diamond will be representing Tanzania for the third time on the “Best International Act” award category.

 

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Other 2021 BET Awards Best International Act Nominees in no particular order are:

Burna Boy, one of Nigeria’s top notch musicians and has gained international recognition through African music.

The singer/songwriter became the first Nigerian to succeed in back-to-back Grammys nominations following his “Africa Giant” and “Twice As Tall” albums’ nominations at the 62nd and 63rd edition of the Grammy Awards for the “Best World Music Album” category.

 

He has also received multiple accolades for the same album on other music festivals. Burna Boy won the “Best International Act” at the 2019 BET awards and 2 years after.

Wizkid is the greatest of all time international awards winner from the African Continent. Wizkid has in his possession multiple internationally recognised accolades.

He won a Grammy in the 63rd edition of the Grammy Awards, his first ever Grammy award for Best Music Video,  three BET Awards of which he remains the only African artist to win the most awards and two consecutive times for “Best International Act”.

This is yet another year to celebrate his achievements in the music industry and his appearance on the nomination list for the forthcoming BET “Best International Act” award category is well deserved.

Aya Nakamura is a French female vocalist who is of Malian origin. The singer is well-known for her creativity through the afro pop and R&B music genres.

Privately known as Aya Coco Danioko, the young pop star is making waves in France with many of her songs peaking on several music charts in France and internationally.

She’s notable for a lot of hit songs including, “Djadja” and “Comportement”.  She has a huge fan base around the world and with about 5.8 million subscribers on YouTube.

Aya Nakamura has garnered more than 2 billion views on her YouTube page, making her the first female French artiste with most views.

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Youssoupha is also a French rapper who hails from Congo.

Known officially as Youssoupha Mabiki, the rapper has also been nominated in the same award category in recognition of his remarkable success in the music industry through his unquestionable French rapping skills.

His best songs include, “On se connaît” and “Cœur de Guerrier”. He has worked closely with renowned French rappers and international artists such as Diam’s, Kool Shen, Corneille, Indila among several others.

Youssoupha has established international success through his enormous views and followers on YouTube.

 

Emicida is representing Brazil for the second time at the BET awards, but will be competing on the award category for the first time.

He took to his Instagram page his nomination flyer with a caption “thank you”.  Originally, Emicida is referred to as Leandro Roque de Oliveira.

The rapper is identified with hits like “Rua Augusta” and “Zica, Vai Lá”.

 

Headie One is a British rapper with the real name, Irving Ampofo Adjei. He’s of Ghanaian descent and will be representing the United Kingdom in the “Best International Act” award category.

This comes after his breakthrough year, topping multiple UK Albums and Singles chart. His first album titled, “Edna” dedicated to his late mother peaked at number one on UK Albums Chart last year triggering huge airplays and honours in the UK and around the world.

Headie One’s best songs include, “18Hunna” and “Know Better”. The artiste joined youtube in 2018 and within three years, he has gained more than 150million views.

 

Young T & Bugsey are an English hip hop duo with the real names, Ra’chard Tucker and Doyin Julius.

The rappers gained international prominence in 2020 with their viral song “Don’t Rush”. The song was widely used for videos effect on the TikTok app where users touched their devices’ screens with a makeup brush and immediately changes their look.

They have over 4 billion streams on YouTube with their song, “Don’t Rush” having the most views which is 76 million.  They will be competing with their fellow British Rapper Headie One on the same Category.

The above artistes have ceased international success in their own unique ways and are worth the category nominations. Wishing them best of luck and Congratulations to all.

 

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Congratulations to all the Grammy winners! The 63rd edition of the yearly internationally recognized music festival dubbed, Grammy Awards was spectacular.

The monumental music event hosted by South African comedian Trevor Noah was held in Los Angeles Conversion Centre in Los Angeles on Sunday March 14, 2021 with no audience.

63rd Annual Grammy Awards – Photo Credit Trevor Noah

Despite the absence of the usual most notable moments in the previous years, which saw huge number of music lovers and entertainers gracing the occasion and with red carpet sessions to reflect on various fashion sense and performances to audience, the night of music celebration was historic even in the era of the deadly pandemic, Covid 19.

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It was also a night of celebration for Africans because, some African afrobeat artists Like Burna Boy and Wizkid hailing from Nigeria were able to put smiles on the faces of Africans as they bagged home awards from a tight and impressive category.

 

Burna Boy, who goes by the real name Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu Rex won the award for the Best Global Music Album category with his “Twice as Tall” album.

Twice as Tall was released in August 2020 and it features other amazing African talents like, Stormzy, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Youssou N’Dour, Naughty by Nature, and Sauti Sol. Last year, for the same award category, burna boy lost to Angélique Kijo.

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Wizkid, whose real name is Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, also won the award category for Best Music Video alongside with Beyoncé and Blue Ivy for Beyoncé’s Brown Skin Girl, from Lion King: The Gift album.

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These awards were grabbed in the early hours on Sunday at the premier ceremony before the main event on Sunday night.

Congratulations are in order! Angélique Kidjo has won the ‘Best World Music Album’ (Celia) ‘at the 2020 Grammy Wards.

The nominees for World Music Categories were:

Gece — Altin Gün
What Heat — Bokanté & Metropole Orkest Conducted By Jules Buckley
African Giant — Burna Boy
Fanm D’ayiti — Nathalie Joachim With Spektral Quartet

The African influence in the world music has become increasingly visible

This owes to the influential musicians of Africa whose music sailed overseas and proven their originality. One of the pioneers of this movement is the Beninese American singer .

Angelique Kidjo’s creativity and activist personality earned has earned her top spots in the lists like The Guardian’s Top 100 Most Inspiring Women and Forbes’ Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa.

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The Afro nation Ghana was just awesome!

Wizkid

 

Burna Boy

 

Davido

 

 

Stonebwoy

 

Becca

The four-day show celebrated all types of music genre including hip- hop. Afrobeats, UK Rap, Reggae and dancehall.

 

 

Eddie Kadi

 

It is the first ever African edition of the afro nation concert in Africa, the peaceful coastlines of Accra the capital of Ghana to promote and celebrate African culture, music and arts across the globe was the perfect location.

 

 

The four-day concert which started from 27th to 30th December saw many exciting live performances from artists from Africa and beyond performing.

 

Efya at Afro Nation Ghana

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Jidenna at Afro Nation Ghana

 

Adesope at Afro Nation Ghana

 

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Artists who performed the first night were, Alkaline, Burna Boy, Davido, Wizkid, Stonebwoy, Kidi, Kuami Euguene, La Meme Gang, Naira Marley, Not3s, Teni, The Compozers, Wendi Shay, Yemi Alade, Yxng Bane and many more.

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The stage continued with more trilling performances with singers, rappers and DJs like Kwesi Arthur, Shatta Wale, Olamide, 6lack, Efya, R2Bees, Zlatan, Kofi Kinaata, Santi, Akala, Mayorkun, DJ Vyrosky, DJ SoGood, DJ Distruction Boys, just to mention a few.

It was indeed a great event which served the right purposes bringing together the global African community from 27th to 30th December 2019.

Adesope at Afro Nation Ghana

 

DID YOU KNOW? Afro Nation Ghana is officially part of the Year of Return, Ghana 2019?

 

 

Afro Nation Puerto Rico is just around to corner from  18th – 21st March 2020 in San Juan, Puerto Rico⁣

⁣Sign up for early access via www.afronationpuertorico.com

We can’t wait for Afro Nation Ghana 2020

 

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Popular Nigerian musician Burna Boy and girlfriend Stefflon Don have been the talk for some days now, all because of a video that is circulating is of the Afrobeat star and Princess Shyngle Gambian Princess/Ghanaian actress.

The video has attracted many views and went a long way to threaten the relationship between the two lovebirds. Stefflon Don at first debunked the validity of the video, saying it was an old clip.

Unfortunately, Stefflon deleted all the images of Burna Boy on her Instagram account a couple of days later. Let’s not jump into conclusion that, this is a confirmation their relationship.

No one knows for sure; these days people archive their photos and put them back later. Let’s not  read too much into this.

So far, we have not heard from Burna Boy regarding this relationship issue. Burna Boy, like every other citizen of the world, deserves the freedom of choice.

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Burna boy is focusing on his upcoming ‘The African Giant Returns Tour’ has been shaking the whole world since its inception on the 6th of August in Toronto.

The overbooked Afro-fusion specialist has lined up his schedule around the United States starting from Houston September 1st, Denver on the 4th of September….  San Francisco, Netherlands and the United Kingdom, Afro Nation Ghana and MORE…

Enjoy this recap of Burna Boy at the just ended One African Music Fest in London

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The question everyone wants to know is who leaked the video that has been circulation?

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New EP

D.i King, another voice to emerge on the Afro Fusion music scene has released his debut EP titled ”Chaos in Accra”. The EP follows the release of his three singles under the Organized Khaos label, namely ‘Chobooi’, ‘Dibi’ and ‘High Tension’.

The EP ”Chaos in Accra” is a compilation of six songs and boasts of tracks like ‘Over’, ‘Bum Bum’, ‘Find Love’ and ‘Thank God’, among others.

 

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The EP was successfully launched at a grand event on the 15th June, 2019 at the +233 Jazz Bar & Grill.

The event was supported by friends, industry players and other media personalities.

”The EP is a good follow up to my three singles. It is a collection of six songs that expresses the emotions that I have had in the past year while working on my craft; from heartbreak to finding love. All songs on the EP were recorded in Tema~ D.i King 

 

He added that, the name of the EP is inspired by the disruption his music is going to cause in the industry upon release.

In addition to the above, he said it was ‘ really fun to work on this project and I hope my fans will enjoy it as much as I do”.

 

D.i King outdoor a 6-track EP ''Chaos in Accra''

 

D.i King, originally from Port Harcourt, Nigeria, has been making music in Ghana for the last 10 years. His music has been described as being Afro Fusion, but his palette is quite wide and varied.

He is a singer, songwriter and a performing artist. His influences include Burna Boy, Wande Coal and Fela Kuti, to mention a few.

Has smooth vocals laid over and woven into Afro Fusion delicacies, are bound to position him as the big bad lover boy.

His one side chant is still a mystery which we shall uncover as we give what he has in store for his fans and followers a listen.

”Chaos in Accra” is released under Organized Khaos and it’s available on all digital streaming platforms including iTunes below.

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Congratulations are in order! Burna Boy won the Best International Act at the BET Awards 2019 last night.

The event was held at the Microsoft theatre in Los Angeles. 

Burna Boy’s mother, Bose Ogulu, accepted the award on his behalf and gave a fantastic speech. She started by thanking BET and African and added that:

Burna Boy’s mom and manager receives his Best International Act Award.

 

”… Every black person should please remember that you were Africans before you became anything else.”

Other nominees include: Burna Boy (Nigeria), Mr. Eazi (Nigeria), Dave (U.K.), AKA (South Africa), Aya Nakamura (France), Dosseh(France), Giggs
(U.K.)

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One Africa Music Fest

 

Burna Boy will be giving us a shut down performance at OneAfricaMusicFest  on August 24, 2019