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How Spotify Celebrated Afrobeats Culture In Lagos

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Spotify Afrobeats Celebration took place on October 12 and 13, 2023. Spotify hosted two experiential events, #SpotifyPodcastsLagos and #SpotifyAfrobeats, to celebrate its milestone achievement.

The event brought together celebrities, podcasters, influencers, music executives, media personalities, and music fans. It was held at La Madison Place in Lekki, Lagos, and beautifully celebrated the rich culture of Afrobeats and its remarkable achievements over the years.

During the Spotify Afrobeats Celebration, Jocelyne Muhutu-Remy, Spotify’s Managing Director for Sub-Saharan Africa, emphasized Spotify’s commitment to connecting people with the music they love.

She reinforced their dedication to fostering the growth of the music ecosystem in Nigeria and across Africa,

“Spotify’s commitment to connecting people with the music they love is at the heart of everything we do. We’re thrilled to continue celebrating Afrobeats’ milestones and reinforce our commitment to the growth of the music ecosystem in Nigeria and across Africa.”

The two-day celebration started with a masterclass session led by Ncebakazi Manzi, Spotify’s Podcast Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa.

This session provided a platform for podcast enthusiasts to delve into the art of storytelling, explore innovative techniques and insights, and gain a deeper understanding of Spotify’s support for podcast creators.

Further, a fireside chat moderated by Gwenevier Ehimen Lem from the Association of African Podcasters and Voiceover Artists featured a panel of industry experts, including Tony Doe from “Into The Podverse and Tony Doe Media”Ayomide Tayo from “Loose Talk”Dami Aros from “So Nigerian”, and Fay Fay, the founder of “Naija Podhub”.

The attendees were then treated to engaging live podcast recordings, featuring renowned Nigerian content creators Jola Ayeye and Feyikem Abudu from “I Said What I Said” and Joey Akan from “Afrobeats Intelligence“.

In a conversation with Victor Okpala, Spotify’s Artist and Label Partnerships Manager for West Africa, Joey Akan delved into various topics, including the success of Afrobeats and Spotify’s contributions to the music ecosystem.

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The “I Said What I Said” live show featured artists Nissi and Pheelz and concluded with a live Q&A session.

The event culminated in an electrifying performance by Pheelz.

On the second day, the Afrobeats Celebration commenced with an electric atmosphere and captivating performances that thrilled the large gathering of Afrobeats enthusiasts.

The dance floor came alive with energy, and DJ Tohbad set the stage with a continuous flow of chart-topping tracks by Nigerian artists, creating infectious enthusiasm throughout the room.

The night’s performances featured a mix of emerging and established artists from Nigeria.

Bloody Civilian, a Spotify RADAR Africa artist, had the audience singing along to her hit songs, which included “I Don’t Like You“.

FAVE, a Spotify EQUAL artist, mesmerized the crowd with songs like ‘Baby ‘Riddim”, “Beautifully“, and “Mr Man“.

The emerging Nigerian Street Pop singer, Shallipopi, lit up the stage with different hits.

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Sarz, the DJ, producer, and mixing engineer, delivered a dynamic set that had the audience vibing.

Ruger, the sensational Nigerian singer, closed the night with his unique style.

The venue was illuminated with warm, gentle lighting, highlighting Spotify’s brand image, while the stage featured mesmerizing visual projections that highlighted details about the Afrobeats genre.

Spotify’s Afrobeats Celebration surpassed merely a music event; it became a celebration of culture, diversity, and the unifying power of music.

With 15 billion streams and counting, Spotify continues to shape the future of the music industry, and this journey is just the beginning, promising exciting developments in the world of music.

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Kanye West Performs With North West During ‘Vultures’ Release Party In Paris

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At the recent launch party celebrating his new album “Vultures 1,” renowned musician Kanye West welcomed his eldest daughter, North West, to join him on stage.

The ten-year-old North showcased her talents alongside her father at the Accor Arena in Paris on Sunday. Together, they performed the song “Talking/Once Again,” much to the delight of the audience.

Videos shared online show North confidently sang along to the track as it played, while she and her father shared a fun and energetic dance routine onstage.

During the performance, North briefly folded her hands in a prayerful gesture, repeating the words “Bless me, bless me” with sincerity.

Meanwhile, Kanye, who shares four children with his former spouse, Kim Kardashian, remained silent while the song played. Instead, he danced and gestured towards the audience.

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Both North and the 46-year-old Grammy award winner wore entirely black attire for the event.

Kanye West chose an outfit he had worn previously, consisting of a jacket, pants, and shoes. He completed the look with a distinctive “Friday the 13th” face mask.

Upon removing the mask, one could see a white image of a crucified figure embroidered on the hood underneath. This specific design choice echoed the one he showcased at the Super Bowl earlier in the month.

North West, mirroring her father’s style, sported a pair of baggy pants, chunky shoes, a graphic T-shirt, and a puffer coat with a white stripe running down one sleeve. To top it all off, she wore a large, fluffy trapper hat.

The “Flashing Lights” rapper has been exploring various European cities with his wife, Bianca Censori. They are on a celebratory tour to mark the release of their new album, which they collaborated on with Ty Dolla $ign. Though the couple has been sharing pictures and videos of their travels on social media, it remains unclear when their eldest child joined them on their European adventure.

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Rihanna And A$AP Rocky Star In New Fenty Short Film

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Fans of Rihanna and A$AP Rocky are in for a treat as the duo recently starred in a short film that has now been released. In a teaser that the award-winning singer shared on her socials, the couple can be seen displaying their love.

The post on Instagram had the intriguing caption, “Born to Steal: Yours, Mine, Ours.”

This has piqued the interest of fans around the world. 

In the clip, the power couple is captured exuding the vibe of the roaring 20s. Rihanna and Rocky are donning elegant attire that perfectly complements the era.

The duo looks absolutely stunning as they dance, laugh, and enjoy each other’s company. Fans were left mesmerized by their chemistry.

In the recently premiered video on Fenty Skin and Fenty Beauty’s YouTube channels, the famous songstress Rihanna and her beau, A$AP Rocky, were seen flaunting their impeccable style.

Rihanna looked stunning with her signature pin curls, a dark cherry lip, a black top, and a lace overlay. Her outfit was a perfect mix of vintage and contemporary fashion, setting a new trend for her fans and followers.

A$AP Rocky, on the other hand, looked dashing in a brown trench coat, a black and white striped shirt, his signature cornrows, a pair of dark sunglasses, and his gold grill.

His outfit was a perfect blend of sophistication and street style, making him look effortlessly cool.

Throughout the video, the couple can be seen embracing each other with hugs and kisses. In one frame, A$AP Rocky is seen holding Fenty Skin’s lip balm, which he models for the camera. The video ends with A$AP Rocky planting a sweet kiss on the back of Rihanna’s neck, leaving fans in awe of their undeniable chemistry.

The video was a visual delight for fans, with its perfect mix of style, romance, and glamour. It is no wonder that the video has garnered thousands of views and has become a talking point among fans.

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Boston City Declares March 2 ‘Burna Boy Day’

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In recognition of his achievements, the city of Boston, Massachusetts, has officially designated March 2nd as “Burna Boy Day” to honor the renowned Nigerian singer. This special day was officially declared in a document signed by Councillor Ruthzee Louijeune of the Boston City Council.

To recognize his exceptional performances and advocacy work, Burna Boy has been honored by the city of Boston. This recognition is a testament to Boston’s commitment to celebrating diversity and culture, as evidenced by its range of cultural events, festivals, and community initiatives that showcase the city’s multicultural landscape.

The document further states that Burna Boy’s legacy serves as a reminder of the possibility and encourages the city to continue amplifying voices that have long been silenced or overlooked. In light of this, March 2, 2024, has been designated as Burna Boy’s Day in the City of Boston.

According to the document, inter alia:

“Whereas, Burna Boy’s legacy serves as a reminder of possibility, reminding us to continue amplifying voices that have long been silenced or overlooked, now, therefore, be it resolved: that March 2, 2024, is designated Burna Boy Day in the City of Boston.”

Burna Boy has held many sold-out shows in Boston since breaking into the international scene in 2018. His music has resonated with audiences across the globe, and he has become a symbol of hope and inspiration for many. The honor bestowed on him by the city of Boston is evidence of the impact of his work and the significance of his legacy.

Damini Ogulu, better known by his stage name Burna Boy, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and record producer. Burna Boy rose to fame in 2012 with his hit song “Like to Party”. Since then, he has released several critically acclaimed albums. He’s won numerous awards, including a Grammy Award for Best Global Music Album.

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