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Kabaka’s ‘Abialam’ Makes Highlife History With Top Music Chart Performance

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In a historic moment for African highlife music, Kabaka and His Oriental International Brothers have achieved a groundbreaking feat with their latest album, ‘Abialam,’ which has climbed to No. 24 on the Apple Music Top 100 chart worldwide. What’s even more stunning is that this achievement was attained within less than 24 hours of its release, and it secured the 27th position within 48 hours of hitting the charts.

Kabaka and His Oriental International Brothers

‘Abialam,’ which translates to “I have returned,” is a masterful blend of traditional rhythms and contemporary beats, that captures the very essence of highlife music while resonating with a diverse global audience.

The album comprises six tracks that pay respect to the rich history of the highlife genre while seamlessly integrating modern elements, making it both timeless and relevant in today’s music landscape.

Kabaka is a highlife music trailblazer

With this incredible success, ‘Abialam’ not only tops the charts but also receives praise from music critics who applaud the album’s sophisticated orchestration, intriguing lyrics, and innovative sound.

African highlife music pioneers, Kabaka and His Oriental International Brothers are recognised for fusing traditional highlife rhythms with contemporary influences. Their music has won over followers across decades and cultures.

With future tour dates and streaming of “Abialam” on all the main platforms, Kabaka and His Oriental International Brothers are ready to electrify audiences with their comeback.

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I Love Anything Afrobeats, I Love Burna Boy So Much – Shakira

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In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Shakira, the famous Colombian singer, dished out her love for African music, particularly Afrobeats. She described her musical style as a mix of many influences (eclectic), heartfelt (honest), and true to itself (real).

Shakira wasn’t shy about naming some of her favourite African artists. She gave a shoutout to Burna Boy and also mentioned her excitement about Tyla, a rising South African talent.

She said,

“If I could explain my taste in music in three words, I would say eclectic, honest and real.

I love anything Afrobeats. I like Tyla, I like Burna Boy, anything Afrobeats. But I love Burna so much.”

This isn’t the first time Shakira has shown appreciation for global music. Her career has been full of blending sounds from different cultures, so it makes sense that she would be drawn to the vibrant energy of Afrobeats.

Burna Boy is a heavyweight in the Afrobeats scene, known for his music style and energetic live shows. He’s been selling out stadiums worldwide and making history with his achievements. Tyla, on the other hand, is a new voice coming out of South Africa. Shakira’s acknowledgement of her potential shows that she has a keen eye for spotting rising talent.

Shakira’s love for Afrobeats is a great example of how music can transcend borders and languages.

It shows that good music is good music, no matter where it comes from. Afrobeats has been taking the world by storm in recent years. With artists like Shakira championing the genre, it’s sure to continue growing in popularity.

This love for Afrobeats could also lead to future collaborations between Shakira and some Afrobeats artists. It wouldn’t be surprising to see her team up with Burna Boy on a track. Only time will tell, but one thing’s for sure: Shakira’s a big fan of Afrobeats, and that’s a great thing for the genre’s global exposure.

Shakira’s song “Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)” was the official song for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. She included a part of a different song in her music.

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Millionaire In Every Currency – Wizkid Celebrates 13 Years Of ‘Superstar’ Album

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Marking a musical coming-of-age moment, Nigerian megastar Wizkid, also known as Ayodeji Balogun, recently hit the rewind button on social media (on his former Twitter platform) to celebrate the 13th anniversary of his debut album, “Superstar.”

The chart-topping album launched Wizkid’s career into the stratosphere, and the anniversary clearly holds special significance for the artist.

In a heartfelt post, Wizkid expressed his deep appreciation to God, reflecting on the immense success that followed the album’s release. Beyond the musical accolades, he acknowledged the personal blessings in his life, mentioning his cherished family and the fulfilling path his life has taken.

He wrote, “13 yrs since superstar! First album! Thankful for all God’s blessings. Healthy family! Blessed life! Love God.”

This celebratory post not only highlights Wizkid’s enduring legacy as a musician but also offers a glimpse into his values and priorities.

Wizkid also mentioned that he’s a millionaire in “every currency.”

Beyond his wealth, this post is an encouragement for his fans to focus on achieving genuine success in their own lives, urging them to avoid pretending to be something they’re not.

“Millionaires in every currency!”

“Real-life winners! Make sure u win in real life, no deceive yourself! U deserve it,” he added.

Wizkid’s musical journey began in 2012 with the release of his debut album, “Superstar.” Banky W’s record label, Empire Mates Entertainment (EME), released the album. This album was a major success, launching hit singles like “Don’t Dull,” “Pakuromo,” “Tease Me,” “Holla At Your Boy,” and “I Love My Baby.”

Wizkid wasn’t afraid to spread his wings. After releasing his second album, “Ayo,” in 2014, he decided to strike out on his own. He established his own record label, Starboy Entertainment. This paved the way for the next chapter in his music career.

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Chimezie Imo Speaks On Actors Playing Stereotypes In Nollywood

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Nollywood star Chimezie Imo tackled two common hurdles actors face in the Nigerian film industry. One challenge Imo addressed was the tendency for actors to be typecast in similar roles. While acknowledging the frustration this can cause, Imo offered a surprising perspective.

He suggested that being stereotyped isn’t always a negative thing.

Perhaps he feels it can provide stability and recognition. Also, it allows actors to hone their skills in a particular genre. The interview piqued viewers’ interest in learning more about his unique perspective.

He said,

“I’m of the opinion that stereotyping is not really a bad thing, especially in the movie scene, because it only means that you’re really good at something, and everyone can tell, and it’s okay to be good at one thing. But there’s so much an actor has that you don’t want to be kept in a box.”

Chimezie Imo argues that actors can find ways to bring something fresh to their performances even when cast in roles that seem repetitive.

“Sometimes, even when you get those stereotyped roles, you can have conversations to tweak it a little bit. For example, there was a script that I had and it was supposed to be emotional and I said, ‘Okay, can I be emotional without crying?’ I didn’t shed a tear in that film. There are other ways you could be emotional without shedding tears.”

He also discussed the challenges actors face during auditions.

Placing the blame on the casting directors, Imo said,

“Auditions challenge you. One of the worst things is getting a ‘No’ or getting in front of some people and losing all your lines and whatever; that is also because of most of our casting directors here.”

Chimezie Imo didn’t shy away from discussing the pressure actors experience during auditions. He even pointed out that some audition environments can feel cold and unfriendly. In his own words, he said,

“I think we also need to do better. We don’t know how to make people comfortable and warm, just a bunch of straight faces looking at you like they’re about to stab you, and that line you’ve been rehearsing for 3 weeks just flies.”

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