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The MOBO Awards: Best African Act and Why African artists should have more than one category

The MOBOs 2017 Best African Act Nominations are in!

Continuing on from last year I think 2017 has been another fairly successful year for Afrobeats commercially. We’ve seen the likes of Davido deliver two massive tracks with If and Fall, Wande Coal ride high off the success of last years Iskaba, Wizkid drop his major label debut (I want to write a post on how I really feel about SFTOS but I’m still in two minds about if I should post or not) release successful single Come Closer with Drake and become the first African artist to sell out the historical Royal Albert Hall. Mr Eazi became part of Apple Music’s Up Next campaign exposing new talent to the Mass Media and performing on The Late Show with James Corden and we received new bodies of work from Juls and Sarkodie to name a few.

With all that being said, the nominations for the MOBO Awards 2017 Best African Act have been announced and the top 10 are:

Davido

Mr Eazi 

Juls 

Wizkid

Wande Coal 

Tiwa Savage 

Maleek Berry 

Eugy 

Tekno 

Sarkodie  

I think I can agree with this list to some extent. I may have added Olamide, Burna Boy and Shatta Wale to the nominations as recognition however, I can totally understand this final selection. The votes are not open to the public this year and will instead be left to members of the best African Acts committee. The winner will be announced at the MOBO Awards on the 29th November at the First Direct Arena in Leeds U.K.

My personal opinion on this?

If we want to put it down to work rate this year.. I’m knocking it down to Davido, Sarkodie, Tekno, Juls, Maleek Berry & Mr Eazi. If we want to put it down to biggest hit in the past year.. That’s knocked down Wande Coal, Tekno, Maleek Berry, Davido, Mr Eazi and Wizkid. But if it comes down to what I expect to be which is a popularity showdown then it’s between WizKid & Davido. I would personally give it to Davido based on the two biggest Afrobeats tracks he’s released this year.

The thing about a best African act category is that it usually always comes down to who has the bigger fan base however the artist with a bigger fan base may not have had a big impact throughout that year if you get what I mean?. That’s why I always find these one off type of categories within black award shows (MOBOs and BET for example) kind of hazy. There’s no denying that Wizkid is the biggest artist out of the continent of Africa right now and although he has had a very successful year I wouldn’t say singles wise it was stronger than Davidos. I personally wouldn’t say Come Closer was a bigger track than If, FallIskaba or even Tekno’s Yawa (can be debated) however, as an international artist Wiz has a much larger fan base and could be seen as the bigger act overall.

I say all that to ask does this category come down to the act with the bigger fan base or the act that has released the best music over the span of the year? Maybe they should introduce a Best African Single category alongside these Best African Act categories. I think it’s only right that the biggest African single should be recognised as well as the best overall artist you get what I’m saying? Why is it called the Music Of Black Origin Awards if African acts only get one category in the mix?

Anyway, lets all tune in on the 29th of November and see who scoops the prestigious award and also see if any of our acts get the chance to perform this year 🙂

Click Here to see the rest of the Categories and Nominees for this years awards

P.S We as consumers, bloggers and tastemakers of the scene have to keep pushing in order to get our music, artists and genre recognised. Afrobeats is still a very small drop in a mighty ocean.
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Events: Mr and Miss Teen Ghana UK

This Saturday the 21st October sees the first edition of the Mr & Miss Teen Ghana UK.

The 1st edition of Mr & Miss Teen Ghana UK, a non profit organisation with the central theme of youth empowerment and encouragement on young businesses. The program is dedicated to both young teenage males and females aged between 14-19 years old. The event is set to take place on Saturday 21st October at the Sanctuary in London.

Teen Ghana UK is a youth initiative program that inspires, motivates and educates young teenagers, adapting confidence in the individual and allowing them to embrace self confidence for the big transition into the new stages of their lives as brand ambassadors for Teen Ghana UK.

The winners are committed to promoting Ghana’s culture in the UK by creating a platform for young people to have a voice. Most importantly the two winners (Mr & Miss Teen Ghana UK 2017) will focus on their individual business idea for a year, working closely with industry links, sponsors and mentors to ensure their ideas are well executed.

 

Teen Ghana UK is endorsed by the Ghana High Commission To United Kingdom

For more information about Teen Ghana UK kindly visit:

Website: www.teenghanauk.co.uk
Email: Info@teenghanauk.co.uk

Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat &YouTube: @TEENGHANAUK

You can also purchase tickets: Here 

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Events: One Africa Music Festival

Talk about a line up! Summer is almost here, let the events roll in!

Upfront & Personal Global Management Consultants proudly presents One Africa Music Fest London, UK. One Africa Music Fest is coming to London for the first time ever on Saturday, 13th May 2017.

This event will take place at The SSE, London, UK

Confirmed artists – performing on the night include Jidenna, Davidom P-Square, Victoria Kimani, Flavour N’abania,  9ice, Phyno, Tiwa Savage, Olamide and M.I to name a few!

This unforgettable night will be hosted by Africa’s King of R&B, Banky W!

 Purchase tickets online at SSE Arena or AXS . Tickets are also available in person at the SSE Arena Wembley.

This night is one you won’t want to miss!

Instagram/Twitter: @oneafrica_musicfest
FB: oneafricamusicfest
Website: One Africa Fest

 

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Events: Burna Boy – The Homecoming Concert

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It is finally happening!  Burna Boy is doing a show in London!

Last month Burna Boy made his highly anticipated trip to the UK for the first time in 5 years. After doing some promo runs and hitting the studio with some UK Artists he was gone again.. But not without letting us know that he will be back in October to shut it down!

Sooo here we go.. Cokobar Presents the Official Burna Boy Homecoming Concert on Saturday October 1st!!    

 

With hits including Like To Party, Soke, Yawa Dey, Don Gorgon, Wickedest Love and Tonight juuuussst to name a few there is no denying that this will be a totally sold out event!

You have exactly one month to get those tickets people! 

You can purchase tickets directly from.. 
Coko Bar –  The Eventim Apollo  or Shoobs

Info: 02089531219
Sodiq: 07930193803

Outlets:
Tasty’s Woolwich: 020 8316 5408 / 020 8854 2171
Obalende Suya: 020 7703 7033
Tomi’s Kitchen Deptford: 020 8694 9352

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Events: Afrobeats Music Festival – R2Bees Live

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I don’t need to go on about how much I love R2Bees.. You guys know this already..

Afrobeats Music Festival is back on Saturday 30th July and this year it is headlined by none other than Ghanaian super duo R2BEES. Taking place at Indigo2 R2Bees will be accompanied by none other than The Compozers with support from some of your UK Afrobeats favourites including Moelogo and Mr Silva and hosted by Abrantee. With a catalog full of HITS including I Dey Mad Oh, Kiss Your Hand, Love, Slow Down and Lobi to name a few this is bound to be a wicked night!

You can purchase your tickets Here or at Shoobs.com

or Call

24/7 Ticket Hotline:
08448 24 48 24 / 07415 643 254
This is certainly not one to miss..
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Events: A Night with The Compozers 2

A Night with the Compozers 2

 

IT IS BACK! AND EVEN BIGGER!! (Excuse my excitement) 

Back by popular demand Decadence Entertainment Proudly Presents A Night With The Compozers 2

If you have been following this blog for a while you will know that late last year/early this year I was raving about the phenomenal band The Compozers and the awesome showcase they put on in December. After having a very success year supporting the likes of Fuse ODG, Wizkid and playing on BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Live Lounge the band are set to wrap up 2014 with another showcase.

This years event will be on the 20th December taking place at..

Gaumont Palace (Dominion Centre)

The Broadway High Road, Wood Green, London N22 6DS

This year promises to be even bigger with a 20+ piece live band and an even bigger venue so trust me when I say THIS EVENT IS NOT TO BE MISSED!

Tickets are now available for purchase Here (Click the link) With a limited amount of £10 seats. I advise you to get your tickets before they sell out! (Don’t say I never told you) 

I won’t lie to you guys… I can’t contain my excitement! If you are a lover of live music.. or just a lover of music in general you need to be there! 

Annnndd just in case you need a reminder of what went down last year…

See you there!

 

 

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Events: Africa Unplugged Music Festival

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This is a big one! 

The Africa Unplugged Limited presents to you… 

The Africa Unplugged Music Festival 2014 featuring..

Davido & The HKN Gang 

Tiwa Savage 

Diamond Platnumz

& more

Sunday 14th September 

O2 Academy Brixton

For tickets visit http://www.Africaunplugged.co.uk

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Events: Mafikizolo UK Tour


Mafikizolo- London

 

 

As summer comes to an end here in the UK there are a number of shows to send the season off with a bang!

 

South African Super Group Mafikizolo will be touring the UK this weekend only!

London – 22nd August – Hackney Empire 

Manchester – 23rd August – The Ritz

Coventry – 24th August  – Club Platinum

 

For the family friendly show in London you can purchase tickets HERE on the Hackney Empire Website.

Or

Check below for your closest ticket vendor!

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Mafikizolo + A live band? This is one show you do not want to miss!

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