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Don Decries Immorality In Naija Hip-Hop Genre

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Dr Albert Oikelome, a lecturer at the Department of Creative Arts, University of Lagos on Thursday said that hip-hop music genre had promoted immorality and indecency in Nigeria.

Oikelome told newsmen in Lagos that there was a missing link between contemporary Nigerian music hip-hop and the grand oldies of the 1960s and the 1970s.

“Our local and classical traditional orchestras, highlife songs which define the nation’s music industry are no more. Proverbial songs and sounds filled with gongs and lyrics with words of wisdom are missing.

“They were the kind of music which thrills us so much so that we forget our political problems and socio-economic inequalities,” he said.

He lamented that the trend had been swallowed up by a strong music genre called “Naija hip- hop’’.

He, however, said that the youths patronising the hip-hop genre have redefined the old tunes in the music.

“Unfortunately, the youths appreciate hip-hop music more than the adults who still prefer the old school tunes,” Oikelome said.

The lecturer noted that there had been a growing concern on the negative impact of the hip-hop music on youths in the country.

He further said that in spite of the seeming financial success and popularity of the musicians, hip- hop culture has been frequently condemned for its exploitation of women nudity.

He regretted that most of the hip-hop and rap genre artistes have a lot of vulgarity, sexual resonance, preposterous violence, drugs and good-time symbolism.

Oikelome stressed that the sexual content in hip-hop movies and songs “leaves much to be desired”.

He gave examples of some of the vulgar languages which evolved from Naija hip-pop as “ Ori e ofoka sibe”, ‘hotter than fire”, and “enter the place.”

“The songs also glorify the get-rich quick syndrome called 419 and the reason is because the marketers and music promoters in the country want to make money,” he said.

Oikelome added that they employed all means to achieve this, like their counterparts in the developed countries.

He said that it was regrettable that the sexual exploitation in hip-hop was being done with the consent and collaboration of women who are mostly undergraduates, who got peanuts for doing that.

The don, however, commended some hip-hop musicians for positively  promoting Nigeria in the international music scene.

He gave examples of such musicians as Innocent Idibia a.k.a Tuface, Abolore Akande—  a.k.a. 9ice, Chibuzor Orji and others.

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Reno Omokri Writes Open Letter To BBNaija Enthusiasts

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Reno Omokri has written an open letter to BBNaija enthusiasts.
In his letter, the former presidential aide asked ardent followers of the reality TV show to campaign for their businesses as much as they campaign for housemates who do not know them.
His letter reads
‘’Dear #BBNaija enthusiasts,
You see how you campaign for that housemate? Good. Campaign for your success like that. Instead of selling a housemate you don’t know and who does not know you, to me, use that time and energy to sell a product you can profit from to me. Do not be afraid of business or think that it is wrong to make a profit. It is not wickedness for lions to kill and eat antelopes. It is life’s natural order. Don’t be sentimental in business. Set your price competitively. Make your profit. Don’t exploit customers. But dont cheat yourself. A lion that does not kill will itself be killed!’’

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A review Of Tiwa Savage’s Water & Garri EP

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Nigerian multiple award-winning artist Tiwa Savage returns with a brand new extended play “Water & Garri. This comes less than a year after the release of her critically acclaimed third studio album “Celia”.
Water & Garri, a five-track body of work features Grammy Awards winner and veteran rapper, Nas, singer Brandy, the Nigerian underground artist Rich King and Alte singer and soul music stunner, Tay Iwar.
Since her return to Nigeria in 2012, Tiwa Savage has raised the bar for female artists. She embodied the almost frowned on sex symbol attribute in the music industry, her music is filled with flirting words and expressions. No wonder when she called herself African bad gyal, no one disputed the assertion.
Garri is a staple food among Nigerians, water is used to take or make Garri. The title as used in this context refers to her mashed style and global collaboration. She sticks to her heartfelt style in the course of making this album.
Tiwa Savage infused Rnb/Soul with Afro-fusion. The end product is a 19 minutes run of music with themes detailing heartbreak, love, hard work, perseverance, etc.
Nas and Rich King were on the opening track “Work Fada”, the pensive and reflective song preaches hard work and perseverance with Nas almost going preachy in his thought-provoking verse.
The six minutes long track is the perfect opener to the avarde garde album, who opens an EP with this type of lengthy play? Only Tiwa Savage could do such, the theme is distinct and it’s a well-calculated risk.
In 2016, Tiwa Savage’s marriage with talent manager Teebliz hit the rock. Five years later, she seems set to speak her truth. She reveals a little on the Interlude on her last album—Celia. On Water & Garri, Tiwa Savage dedicates two tracks to that ugly incident.
Ade Ori is a soft-light take on past relationships/marriage. She is now independent while she is hopeful about future handling. The lyrics drip with pain and regretful lines.
Tale by Moonlight was a popular weekly storied program on national television. Tiwa Savage details her fairy tale love expectations on this soulful 90s house music. Even though she flirts and gushing about the guy, she is cautious. Amaarae’s whispery vocals compliment Tiwa Savage’s flirt takes.
Seven years ago, American artist Brandy visited Nigeria. At a press conference before her performance at Classic FM Valentine show, she revealed she loved Tiwa Savage’s vocals, she liked it to a 14-year-old. Unknown to her, Tiwa Savage considered the Grammy Winner her role model and one of the reasons she is into music.
When they finally collaborate on “Somebody’s Son”, it is a perfect blend of two songstresses.
They complement one another, Brandy even sings in Yoruba. This track is one of the up-tempo songs on the EP. Its production is filled with Drums and mellow strings. Somebody’s son retains the themes of Ade Ori: it pleads for reciprocal love.
Tay Iwar and Tiwa Savage jointly closed the EP with a rollercoaster of deep expressive expressions. The horn-filled disco makes it sounds like a potential track for a Friday night out.
Veteran producer Pharell Williams called this project a classic but the fans failed to realize his caveat of it not becoming commercially viable. Tiwa Savage is unbothered if her recent promotional talks are anything to go by.
Water & Garri explores Tiwa Savage Rnb/Soul forte with an infusion of Afro-fusion, the EP is a dart between hope and despair. The production is pristine, however, the songwriting is underwhelming.
The featured artists almost overshadowed her. Although it’s obvious that this project is destined for the international market, the collaborations could have been lesser.

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Wizkid Makes History As ‘Essence’ BeComes Most Shazam Song In US

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Nigerian singer, Wizkid has made history in the United States.
The Grammy award-winning superstar made the history with his hit single ‘Essence.’
The 31-year-old father of three registered his name on the book of musical history when ‘Essence’ was announced the most Shazam song in the United States of America.
Apple-owned Shazam, through its Instagram account, announced Wizkid’s ‘Essence’ as the most Shazamed song in the country.
The app, which is used to identify music and TV shows by listening to a short sample of their audio, posted a pictured Wizkid with the caption: ”Big Congrats to @wizkidayo!! #Essence is now the most Shazamed song in the United States.”

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