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#RoundAboutTown With Henri Yire

Hi Guys,

Tonight is arguably the biggest night in Nigerian entertainment!

Argue with yourself.

It’s the Soundcity MVP awards and yours truly will be live at the event to give you real-time, stewed-up update of everything that’s going down, as it’s going down.

The line-up of performance is just mad and we get to see the biggest acts of the past year get awarded for their genius.

No one in their right senses should miss this but if by some navigational remiss you can’t make it tonight, then I will be your eyes and ears; dishing out gist of who made an appearance and who didn’t.

So just follow The Lagos Review on Instagram & on Twitter and I think you’ll be fine.

Okay, there are other events lined-up for this weekend too, so I will just quickly provide a quick round up for you.

Here you go.


The HolyGrail of Music events shuts down Lagos today. The Soundcity MVP Award! If you don’t have an invite to the event yet, you need to double your hustle.

Date: 11th January, 2019.

Venue: Eko Hotel Conference Hall

Time: Red carpet kicks off at 8pm.


Our first Sunday Commune for the year 2020 features the King of Earthmusic “Etuk Ubong” + The Etuk’s Philosophy and a Special Guest CHYN @chynofficial

Date : Sunday 12th January 2020
Door : 6pm
Stage : 7pm
Gate : N500

112 Akerele Road Surulere Lagos Nigeria

Soundcity MVP Award Festival holds today.

Don’t hold your breath.

The biggest entertainment award hits Lagos today.
A breathtaking collection of performances and an ecclectic array of artistes across Africa will make an appearance at the event today.

As much as we love the line-up of performances, we are super excited about the list of nominees tonight.

Incase you have forgotten, let’s jog your memory a little.

Also don’t forget that the 2020 SOUNDCITY MVPs telecast which will be aired live across the continent on the Soundcity TV channel DSTV 327 to an anticipated 25 million viewers across the continent.

Here you go.


Fireboy (NG)

Joeboy (NG)

Marioo (TZ)

Rema (NG)

Simmy (SA)

Wendy Shay (GH)


Blow My Mind – Davido x Chris Brown (NG)

Daz How Star Do – Skiibii x Teni, Falz x DJ Neptune (NG)

Gugulethu – Prince Kaybee x Indlovukazi x Afro Brothers x Supto (SA)

Jama – DJ Micsmith x Patoranking x shaker (GH)

Killin Dem – Burna boy x Zlatan (NG)

Inama – Diamond Platinumz x Fally Ipupa (TZ)


Innos B (CNG)

Joeboy (NG)

Kizz Daniel (NG)

Mayorkun (NG)

Naira Marley (NG)

Nandy (TZ)

Otile Brown (KNY)

Teni (NG)

Rayvanny (TZ)


Blaqbonez (NG)

Falz (NG)

Khaligraph Jones (KE)

Kwesta (SA)

Medikal (GH)

Nyashinski (KE)

Sarkodie (GH)

Reminisce (NG)

Ricky Rick (SA)

Zakwe (SA)


Black Motion (SA)

Blaq Diamond (SA)

Dope Nation (GH)

Ethic (KE)

Show Dem Camp (NG)

Toofan (TG)


Cracker (NG)

Prince Kaybee (SA)

Jay Synth (NG)

Kel P (NG)


Ozedikus (NG)

Pheelz (NG)

Rexxie (NG)

S2Kizzy (TZ)


DJ Crème de la Crème (KE)

DJ Kaywise (NG)

DJ Neptune (NG)

DJ Spinall (NG)

DJ Vyrusky (GH)

DJ Zinhle (SA)


Cassper Nyovest


Diamond Platnumz

Kizz Daniel

Mr Eazi

Yemi Alade



49-99 – Tiwa Savage by Meji Alabi (NG)

Dangote – Burna Boy by Clarence Peters (NG)

Jericho – Simi x Patoranking by Adasa Cookey (NG)

Ngwa – Bassey Blk by Tebogo Malope (SA)

Ohema – Kuami Eugene by Rex (GH)


Baby – Joeboy (NG)

Dumebi – Rema (NG)

Fetch your Life – Prince Kaybee x Msaki (SA)

Jealous – Fireboy (NG)

Jama – DJ Micsmith x Patoranking x Shaker (GH)

Kainama – Harmonize x Burna Boy (TZ)

Killin Dem – Burna Box x Zlatan (NG)

Kpo K3K3 – Stonebwoy x Medikal x Kelvynboy x Kwesi Arthur x Darkovibes (GH)

Oil & Gas – Olamide (NG)


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49-99 – Tiwa Savage (NG)

Able God – Chinko Ekun x Lil Kesh x Zlatan (NG)

Banomoya – DJ Kaybee x Busisiwa x TNS (SA)

My Level – Shatta Wale (GH)

On The Low – Burna Boy (NG)

Soapy – Naira Marley (NG)

Tetema – Rayvanny x Diamond Platnumz (TZ)

Zanku (Legwork) – Zlatan (NG)


Betty G (ETH)

Daphne (CMR)

Nandy (TZ)

Sho Madjozi (SA)

Teni (NG)

Tiwa Savage (NG)

Yemi Alade (NG)


Burna Boy (NG)

Davido (NG)

Diamond Platnumz (TZ)

King Promise (GH)

Sjava (SA)

Wizkid (NG)

Zlatan (NG)


Baby – Joeboy (NG)

Case – Teni (NG)

Dumebi – Rema (NG)

Fetch Your Life – Prince Kaybee x Msaki (SA)

Jama – DJ Micsmith x Patoranking, Shaker (GH)

Jealous – Fireboy (NG)

Killin Dem – Burna Boy x Zlatan (NG)

Malwhede – King Monada (SA)

Soapy – Naira Marley (NG)

Tetema – Rayvanny x Diamond Platnumz (TZ)

Zanku (Legwork) – Zlatan (NG)


Burna Boy (NG)

Davido (NG)

Diamond Platnumz (TZ)

Shatta Wale (GH)

Sho Madjozi (SA)

Tiwa Savage (NG)

Wizkid (NG)

Yemi Alade (NG)

Amazing, right?

See you tonight.


President Muhammadu Buhari commiserates with government and people of Anambra State over the passing of Prof. Chukwuemeka Ike, renowned author, scholar and traditional ruler of Ndikelionwu Kingdom.

The President condoles with family, friends and associates of the traditional ruler, whose loyalty to the nation will continue to resonate in the way he mobilised his community for civic duties, and sensitized youths on the value of good education.

President Buhari believes that the administrator, cerebral scholar and prolific writer will always be remembered for his exceptional creativity in communicating wisdom in simple ways through books like ‘Toads for Supper,’ ‘The Potter’s Wheel,’ “Sunset at Dawn,’ The Bottled Leopard’ and other publications, which have been used by many institutions as teaching tools, within and outside the country.

The President affirms that the late traditional ruler understood the depth and richness of African cultures and the power of the narratives, exploring every opportunity to showcase Nigeria, and Africa, to the world.
President Buhari prays that the almighty God will grant the soul of the departed eternal rest, and comfort his family.

Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to the President

(Media & Publicity)

January 11, 2020

A playlist for pan-African integration

Miriam Makeba’s A Luta Continua is a constant reminder of the imperative of struggle for liberation and meaning. (Mike Hutchings)
Miriam Makeba’s A Luta Continua is a constant reminder of the imperative of struggle for liberation and meaning. (Mike Hutchings)

African musicians have over the years played a major role in the sociopolitical and cultural life of the continent. Advanced technological developments and new media continue to help to promote their messages within and beyond the continent. Like the griots of the past, these musicians are not unaware of their influence and effect on societal dynamics.
The continued harassment of the musician-turned-politician Bobi Wine by Ugandan authorities is one example of the kind of power and influence a musician wields in society.

Activist Jennifer Jaff could not have put it better when she wrote that musicians “have created true works of art by holding up a mirror … to society so that we can see clearly ‘the most comprehensive truths’ of our times … They have also transmitted feelings so that others can experience them”. Perhaps there is a lesson here for our political elites, who speak endlessly of the need for regional and continental integration — and yet struggle to turn their words into action.

Africa’s musicians have fared rather better on the pan-African front.

But how should one go about curating a playlist for African integration? Is this a case of putting together a playlist that explicitly speaks to African unity or liberation or development? Should it be about songs that pay tribute to actors who have been at the forefront of African unity and national politics? Perhaps one should rather pay attention to symbolism, especially by showing the essence of collaboration between artists from different parts of Africa. Or should it be about understanding that music is a significant element of African culture and as such, regardless of the subject, any song that is sung by an African qualifies to be on the playlist? If this is the case, should the musician be a continental or diasporic African for the song to qualify as an appropriate addition?

These questions ran through my mind as I was putting together this playlist. My position is that there is some validity to these concerns and that, based on individual preferences, nothing should limit or prescribe music taste — and how it morphs into a playlist that speak to the importance of African integration. After all, it was the late Sierra Leonean poet and diplomat, Abioseh Nicol, who famously wrote that Africa is “a concept, fashioned in our minds, each to each, to hide our separate fears, to dream our separate dreams”.

This compilation is a combination of political commentary, aesthetics, symbolism, and a call to service and action. The songs, jointly and separately, speak to the aspirations of unity; agency; the need for good governance and democracy; common purpose and vision; peace and stability; and a sense of togetherness. This is by no means a fixed list and it is not ordered by preference, but below are the songs that have made it to my playlist for African integration.

On the issue of context and autonomy of ideas regarding the design and implementation of regional programmes, two of Fela Kuti’s songs come to mind: Mr Follow Follow and Perambulator. In Mr Follow Follow, Kuti sang about the dangers of adopting and pursuing foreign ideas without a questioning mind, cautioning that such an approach can only lead one into falling into gaping hole. In Perambulator, Kuti mocks politicians who move around in circles without making any meaningful progress (motion without movement), especially those who travel overseas on frivolous trips to look for solutions that are readily available within the continent.

Miriam Makeba’s A Luta Continua is a constant reminder of the imperative of struggle for liberation and meaning. Similarly, Orlando Julius’s Selma to Soweto highlights continental and transcontinental solidarity of efforts in addressing social injustice, racism and oppression. Joel Sebunjo’s United Slaves of Africa puts the blame of the inability to achieve the dream of a “United States of Africa” on issues of dictatorship, corruption, maladministration and rampant injustices. Likewise, Femi Kuti’s Sorry Sorry tackles the topic of bad leadership and how it hinders Africa’s progress.

Salif Keita’s Africa and Youssou N’Dour’s New Africa speak to African pride, heritage and the need for unity and a borderless Africa. Yemi Alade’s Africa (featuring Sauti Sol) and Angelique Kidjo’s Afrika paint the incomparable beauty, diversity and resilience of the continent. Cocoa na Chocolate, a collaboration of 19 musicians from 11 African countries, emphasises the centrality of agriculture to Africa’s development.

In African Unity, Majek Fashek laments the irrational state of disunity among African countries. In a similar vein, Bob Marley, in Africa Unite, sees the unity of Africa as the desired path to the promised land, the benefit of its people and the return of its diaspora. In Africa Nossa, Cesária Évora (featuring Ismaël Lô) sings about the essence of unity and its indispensability to peace and progress.

Maybe if our leaders were to put a few of these tracks on their headphones, they may be inspired to make good on their repeated promises to deliver meaningful unity on the continent. But perhaps not. Maybe instead, we should ask them to provide us with their own pan-African integration playlist, so we can decipher their true intentions and have a meaningful dialogue with them.

Lyndon House showcases African American contributions to Athens music

The warmly lit room of the Lyndon House Arts Center was crammed full with people of all ages with some lining the walls and spilling out into the hallway on Thursday, Jan. 9 for the African American Music Heritage in Athens: an Evening of Presentations.

“I can still see some spots open,” said program supervisor Didi Dunphy as she encouraged the standing members of the crowd to have a seat.

The event was hosted by the Lyndon House Arts Center and the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission and featured speakers Gregory Hull, Art Rosenbaum, and Mary Helen Hoque, who took a deep dive into the contributions of African American music to the local history as well as the different genres and artists that originated in Athens.

The event was held in celebration of the planned Athens Music Walk of Fame, which was approved on the Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission’s consent agenda in late 2019. The public art project will circle the Georgia Theatre, 40 Watt Club and Morton Theatre.

Music walk of fame to surround famous downtown Athens venues upon approval
Music walk of fame to surround famous downtown Athens venues upon approval
Anna Thomas | Staff Writer
According to Jamie Bull a program leader at the Lyndon House, the project will highlight “exceptional musicians” in Athens and is expected to grow in the future.

Gregory Hull, the director of worship and the arts at Hill Chapel Baptist Church, was the first to present. From the beginning Hull roped the crowd into the presentation by asking them to sing a church song in a traditional African American style.

“I make a choir anywhere I go,” Hull said.

Throughout his presentation, Hull mentioned several artists from the past and present including the Hull Family Singers, a group that includes four generations of family members from the Hill Chapel Baptist Church.

A native of Athens, Hull stressed how important is for people to know and recognize the different talents and the diversity that has come from the community.

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