During an interview with Nandy Madiba on Apple Music Africa Now Radio, BNXN, the artist behind the album “Sincerely, Benson” (recently dropped on October 5, 2023), unveiled the interesting story of how he drew inspiration from the Nigerian Grammy-winning Afrostar, Burna Boy, to shape the album.
The beginning of this narrative was the moment when BNXN, formerly known as Buju, decided to change his name to BNXN (Benson). Burna Boy, a global icon and a mentor to many, played a crucial role in guiding BNXN towards personalizing his newfound identity. Burna Boy’s advice was clear: BNXN needed to put his name into his album in a way that it became an integral part of his musical narrative.
Recalling the interaction, BNXN said,
“I went out with Burna Boy. We were talking – this is around the period where I’d just changed the name – and he’s like ‘yo, now you need to personalise that name, you need to make an emphasis on that name. This name? That has to be your album name. It has to be part of your album itself, you need to sell it with you.’
He told me that and it stuck to me so bad, but it was crazy because months after that he drops ‘Love, Damini’. You know, his real name! I was like ‘Ahhh my guy, I feel you!’… so yeah, that was one of the reasons that really inspired the name, the need to personalise and make an emphasis on the name, so people really identify me for what it is.”
The twist is that Burna Boy himself later released an album titled “Love, Damini“, incorporating his birth name, Damini, into his music. This further reinforced the wisdom of personalizing one’s identity and artistic expression.
BNXN’s creative process for his “Sincerely, Benson'” was heavily influenced by the emotional rollercoaster of a heartbreak he endured during its making.
“True story: I was in love when I was in this project. I was so heartbroken when I made this project because I had just left a relationship. I know that I was the one that really caused it, [that] made that happen, but it’s like… how do you really tell someone you’re sorry if you can’t own up to it and accept it? That was one of the themes that inspired the project.”
Delving into the content of the album, BNXN emphasized his intention to cater to a diverse audience by crafting songs that connect with various sensitivities.
“This album itself encompasses so much emotion, especially if you can relate or you understand. Also in there, there is still a need for you to feel good and dance and vibe. It’s why songs like ‘GWAGWALADA’, ‘Mukulu’, and ‘Right Energy’ are on there. It kind of gives you this sense where yeah, we’re about to sink into a project full of emotions, but I also want you people to feel good, you know? I feel like this is such a perfect project, it has everything.”
As BNXN’s new album resonates with audiences worldwide, he is now preparing to embark on a North American tour, where he will perform songs from his latest musical creation, sharing his heartfelt emotions and musical artistry with fans across the globe.
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Beyoncé Shares Why She Cut off Her Hair After Becoming A Mom
Music legend Beyoncé, whose influence extends far beyond the stage with initiatives like BeyGOOD and fashion line IVY PARK, is venturing into the world of hair care. Her brand new line, Cécred (a clever combination of her name), launched on February 20th. This exciting addition to her empire comes with a rare interview in Essence Magazine, where the “Renaissance” star shares a glimpse into her personal journey with hair, particularly after motherhood.
In a recent interview, Queen Bey shed light on the powerful emotions behind her dramatic hair transformation in 2013. The iconic singer, known for her cascading tresses, surprised fans by chopping off her hair into a daring pixie cut. This wasn’t just a style change—it was a symbolic shedding of expectations and societal pressures.
According to Beyoncé,
“I remember the day I decided to just cut all my hair off, I didn’t have a particular style in mind. It wasn’t an aesthetic choice, but it was a very big emotional transformation and metamorphosis that I was going through. So much of my identity as a performer has been connected to flowing hair. Cutting my hair off was me rebelling against being this woman that society thinks I’m supposed to be.”
Newly a mother, the singer remembered feeling a powerful urge to break free from societal expectations. She felt motherhood had granted her the freedom to shed those burdens. Beyoncé recalled her friend and hairstylist, Neal Farinah, feeling surprised at her decision, especially since she had long, thick, and healthy hair.
” It was a physical representation of me shedding the expectations put upon me,” she said.
“I just got the scissors and chopped it off. It was very intentional. And it was what I needed to do.”
For Beyoncé, this bold step sparked a newfound bravery and led her to make many other daring decisions in her life and career. This decision has shaped her into the person she is today.
The celebrity revealed glimpses of her childhood spent observing her mother, Tina Knowles, weave magic with hair in her salon. This experience, she shared, instilled in her a deep appreciation for haircare, a tradition proudly carried forward within their family.
“I saw her shampooing and trimming hair, transforming women, leaving them feeling really good,” Beyoncé recalled.
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Asake Says He Genuinely Loves Seyi Vibez’s Hit Song
Asake, the Nigerian music sensation who skyrocketed to fame in 2022 with his hit “Omo Ope,” surprised fans recently by publicly expressing his admiration for another rising star, Seyi Vibez. In a heartfelt message on his Instagram story, Asake declared his genuine love for Seyi Vibez’s hit song “Different Pattern,” dispelling any rumours of animosity between the two artists.
Both Asake and Seyi Vibez have taken the mainstream by storm with their unique styles of Afrobeats, Fuji, and hip-hop, often characterised as exciting “neo-fuji” music. Asake’s musical journey began in January 2022, captivating audiences with his tunes that incorporated traditional Yoruba music, while Seyi Vibez made waves later that year with his hit “Chance,” which bore some musical similarities to Asake’s “Organise.“
Despite their shared influences and similarities, particularly their use of elements from Fuji and Apala (another Yoruba music genre), the artists delve into different subgenres. Asake’s music often features the distinct sounds of Fuji music, while Seyi Vibez leans towards the rhythmic style of Apala. However, both artists share a common thread in their exploration of hip-hop and the incorporation of religious influences, leading to comparisons from fans.
However, any worries about a potential rivalry were put to rest with Asake’s public appreciation for “Different Pattern.” This gesture not only reaffirms the positive relationship between the two artists but also opens up exciting possibilities for future collaborations, much to the delight of fans who admire their distinct talents.
In short, Asake’s unexpected appreciation for Seyi Vibez’s music not only clears the air on any potential rivalry but also paves the way for exciting possibilities in the Nigerian music scene. The future looks bright for these two talented artists, both individually and potentially together.
Davido Credits Foundation With N306m For Disbursement To Orphanages
Renowned musician Davido has made good on his philanthropic pledge, fulfilling his promise to donate N300 million to orphanages across Nigeria.
On his official Twitter account on February 20th, 2024, Davido publicly declared his intention to support these institutions. He further clarified that the outreach efforts would be spearheaded by his own foundation, ensuring transparency and responsible distribution of the funds. True to his word, Davido wasted no time in translating his pledge into action.
On Wednesday, February 21, 2024, he announced a contribution exceeding the initial N300 million, transferring a grand total of N306,420,973 to the foundation’s account.
This commendable act of generosity shows Davido’s commitment to social responsibility and his dedication to improving the lives of vulnerable children in Nigeria. The substantial sum will undoubtedly have a significant impact on numerous orphanages, providing much-needed resources and support to those in need.
He shared proof of the transaction and wrote, “FOUNDATION ACCOUNT CREDITED… More details to follow soon.”
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In his earlier post, Davido emphasised that this N300 million donation upholds a tradition he established years ago of giving back to his beloved Nigeria. He said the specific details of how the funds would be distributed to orphanages across the country would be unveiled soon.
He had posted,
“I and my foundation pledge the sum of 300 million Naira to orphanages around Nigeria … as my yearly contribution to the Nation ❤️ .. details of disbursement tomorrow 🇳🇬”
This is not the first time Davido has engaged in a charitable course, according to Fab.ng. Just last year, he donated N237 million across 424 orphanages, showing his commitment to supporting vulnerable children. This time around, his “Holy Ground” spirit soared even higher, exceeding initial pledges with a N306 million donation.
Davido’s generosity didn’t just impact numbers on a spreadsheet; it touched the lives of 13,818 children across the country. This act embodies his personal motto, “We Rise By Lifting Others.”
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