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Rema & Burna Boy Lead Spotify’s Top Exported Artists In SSA

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African musicians are making progress by infusing traditional sounds with contemporary beats, creating a compelling fusion that resonates globally.

This cross-cultural dialogue is not confined to Africa; it’s breaking down international barriers and fostering collaborations with global superstars.

Spotify Wrapped data for 2023 underscores the escalating influence of African artists worldwide, with a notable 26% year-on-year increase in plays outside the continent.

Nigerian artists, particularly Rema and Burna Boy, stand out as Afrobeats ambassadors who have dominated charts and earned global recognition.

Rema achieved the milestone of the first African-led single to surpass a billion streams on Spotify with “Calm Down, a collaboration with Selena Gomez. He also secured a spot in Spotify’s top 10 global chart of most-streamed artists in 2023, a feat unprecedented for a Nigerian Afrobeats artist.

The 2023 Billboard Awards further solidified the global impact of Nigerian musicians, with Burna Boy winning the Top Afrobeats Artist award, and Rema and Selena Gomez’s “Calm Down” clinching the Top Afrobeats Song category.

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Beyond Rema and Burna Boy, other Nigerian artists like Tems and Ayra Starr have made significant strides. Tems ranks as the most exported female artist in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), holding the third position overall. Ayra Starr, another Nigerian sensation, claimed the title of the most streamed female artist in various African countries on Spotify in 2023, and she secured the fourth spot on the top list of most exported artists in SSA.

Asake, captivating audiences beyond Nigeria, emerged as the most streamed artist in Nigeria, Ghana, and Togo and secured a place in the top ten most exported artists from SSA.

The dominance of Nigerian music is evident in the charts, with nine out of the top 10 most exported recordings in SSA originating from Nigeria.

Rema’s “Calm Down” and its remix with Selena Gomez lead the charts, followed by Ayra Starr’s “Rush” and CKay‘s “Love Nwantiti (ah ah ah)“.

While Nigerian artists lead the way, musicians from other African countries are also gaining international recognition. Ghana’s Amaarae is among the top 20 most exported artists, and artists from São Tomé and Príncipe, Côte d’Ivoire, and South Africa, including Master KG, Nomcebo Zikode, and Black Coffee, have a significant presence in the top 40 most exported artists in SSA.

African music is not just about chart-topping hits; it’s a vibrant tapestry that resonates with global audiences, as evident in the specific countries’ top exported tracks.

To prove the point further, Tyler ICU‘s “Mnike” and Lexsil and Otile Brown‘s “Bounce” are standout tracks in South Africa and Kenya, respectively.

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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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