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2019 BET Hip Hop Awards: Sarkodie Wins ‘Best International Flow’

Ghana’s ace rapper, Sarkodie has been crowned the first winner of BET’s ‘Best International Flow act’ at this year’s BET Hip Hop Awards.

The award show was held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Georgia, United States last night, October 6, 2019.

In his acceptance speech, Sarkodiue dedicated the award to his daughter, Adalyn Owusu Addo (Titi).

“I just want to say thank you to the Almighty God. To family, this one is for my lil girl Titi…. I think Africa has always had it and it is about that time.
This year is the Year of Return and I will urge each and every one of you here to take a trip back home.”

The other rappers nominated in this category included Nigerian rapper; Falz the Bad Guy, Ghetts from the United Kingdom, Kalash from France, Female rapper; Little Simz from the UK, South African hip pop prodigy; Nasty C, Tory Lanez of Canada and Ghana’s Sarkodie.

Source: Information Nigeria

MI takes the Vector diss to the BBNaija 2019 stage

Yesterday night was arguably one of the biggest nights in reality TV in Africa, with the grand finale of the Big Brother Naija, ‘pepper dem’ season drawing to a close.

But apart from the premium entertainment supplied by the trending event and the over 50 million votes that came in this week for contestants, rapper MI supplied his own unique brand of entertainment to the proceedings.

He came for Vector on stage.

There was high octane stage performances from Patoranking and Tiwasage and MI, but the short black boy made his offering solely about his recent spar with arch rival and fellow Nigerian rapper, Vector tha Viper.

He came on stage with a t-shirt cunningly inscribed with the words ‘ No Snakes’, a rhetoric directed towards the ‘snake-affiliated’ Vector.

But that wasn’t all, he performed hit songs like ‘Anoti’, ‘Undisputed’ and the inflamed ‘Bad Belle’; undoubtedly taking a jab at Vector and reaffirming his right to the throne.

In-between songs, he threw in a short freestyle of his recently released Vector-directed, diss track and displayed the art image of the said track which he titled, ‘The Viper’ alongside a writhing snake on the floor of the stage which he continually stamped for emphasis.

It was a generous dose of cleverly- constructed diss, nothing like we have ever seen before.

The performance threw social media into a frenzy with people reliving the unforgettable performance with the trending hashtag of #NoSnakes

Barely hours after MI released his response to Vector, the track was already the No.1 trending track in Nigeria and as at the time of publication No. 8 trending song worldwide on Genius.com.

Impressive right?

Meanwhile Vector has been uncharacteristically quiet, something that is quite alien to him, with his only response being a call for a beat to craft a suitable response to the MI onslaught.

We await this hip-hop spectacule, because this is definitely not the end of it.

Felabration@FreedomPark -Immerse yourself in the heady cocktail of sounds

Felabration@FreedomPark –Immerse yourself in the heady cocktail of sounds that will take over the stage as Omawumi gets in her feelings alongside Rororofo Jazz from Paris, France, Alero and Abinibu Band on Saturday October 19th 2019.

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Make it a date.

LABAF2019 – SILVER LINING @Kongi’s Harvest

It was Arthur Miller who said that “A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself.”

This can also be said of poems, essays and indeed, all forms of writing. The organisers of the Lagos Book and Art Festival (LABAF) and those who attend know this fact to be sacred. This is why LABAF is hosting the presentation of SILVER LINING, an anthology of poetry and essays by members of the Poets, Essayists and Novelists.

The event is powered by PEN Nigeria

Date: Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019

Time: 3pm

Venue: Kongi’s Harvest Arts Gallery, Freedom Park, Lagos

Don’t miss #Labaf2019

Influential drummer & Fela Kuti’s friend, Ginger Baker dies at 80

Influential and iconic drummer, Ginger Baker has died at the age of 80. The announcement was made via a post to Facebook on Sunday morning October 6, saying that the veteran musician “passed away peacefully.”

Ginger Baker’s family had previously made it public that the veteran drummer was critically ill.

One of the founding members of ‘Cream’, the drummer left England for Nigeria in 1970, following the dissolution of the band, and set up the Batakota recording studio in Lagos, collaborating with the Afro beat legend Fela Kuti and his band Africa 70 on 1971’s Live. A body of work chronicled in the 1971 documentary Ginger Baker in Africa.

Baker later released his debut solo album in 1972, ‘Ginger Baker at His Best’, and went on to enjoy a long and fulfilling career, playing with Blind Faith, Hawkwind, and contributing to Public Image Ltd’s 1986 release, Album.

Ginger Baker’s astounding career was characterized by a notorious reputation for being temperamental, volatile and sometimes abrasive. This flaws were captured in the 2012 documentary ‘Beware of Mr. Baker.’

Check out his music with Fela below:

Source: Fact Magazine
Image via: Getty

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