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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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New Video: Sarkodie Ft. Flavour Your Waist & Baby Mama Ft. Joey B

Lastly, we have two of my personal favourites off the album Your Waist & Baby Mama.

Your Waist sees Sarkodie link up again with hitmakers Flavour and Masterkraft. The last time we saw the trio link up was on the hit Finally and we all know how that one turned out. This time they come together again and guess what? Another big tune! The video was directed once again by Alexx A and was shot I want to say somewhere here in the UK but I could by lying.

THIS is my favourite song on the album. It has had been reloaded so many times in my car. These three should work together all the time. They have the formula

On Baby Mama Sarkodie links up with Joey B and producer Ced Solo. The video was directed by David Nicol-Sey and shot on location in Ghana.

Enjoy…

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New Video: Sarkodie Ft. Jesse Jagz – Overdose & Glory Ft. Yung L

Next up we have Overdose & Glory

Overdose was produced by NOVA and features Nigerian rapper Jesse Jagz. The David Nicol-Sey directed video is my personal favourite visual of the six. The colours, the outfits, the face paint! The whole video gives me Chale Wote Street Art vibes and I love it!

Glory features Yung L, was produced by Jayso and directed by IKŌNE Agency. The video features a cameo from Sark’s adorable daughter and was shot on location in Paris (Don’t quote me on this but I saw Disney land and put two and two together lol).

 

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His daughter is his twin! She is so adorable
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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
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Website: One Africa Fest

 

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New Video: Sarkodie – Gboza

At this point there is no denying that Sarkodie is the king of rap in Ghana and arguably one of the best in Africa. I have yet to see another rapper as consistent as him when it comes to not only releasing music but killing features.

Check out his new video for his latest single Gboza. The single was produced by M.O.G  and the video was directed by Prince Dovlo

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Video: Vision DJ Ft King Promise & Sarkodie – Double Trouble

I’m not actually sure who Vision DJ is (I need to do some digging, is he a producer? Or a DJ/curator?) but he is behind two big songs that I am feeling at the moment. This time he calls up King Promise and Sarkodie  for his single Double Trouble. The video was shot on location in Accra Ghana and was directed once again by Lex MacCarthy.

Check it out..

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Video: Sarkodie Ft Runtown – Pain Killer

There’s no denying that Sarkodie is the king of Hip-Life in Ghana right now, his work rate is second to none. He kicked off his 2017 collaborating with Mr Mad Over You Runtown on the single Pain Killer. The track was produced by T Spice and the video was directed by Gyo Gyimah of the Phamous Philms collective.

These Ghanaian x Nigerian collaborations need to keep happening, they work so wonderfully together! See what happens when we all get along? lol

I’m not quite sure the location of this video shoot but I must say the scenery is gorgeous! Check out the video..

 

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Music: Dj Juls Featuring Eugy, Mr Eazi & Sarkodie – Teef Teef

Teef TeefI. Can’t. Get. Enough! I’ve had this on repeat for God knows how long.

Oya shout out to my girl.. Tell am sat walahi she be the best!!

I already told you guys earlier about the new dangerous trio that is Dj Juls, Mr Eazi and Eugy. The three of them have managed to drum up plenty of excitement in Afrobeats again and I for one am here for it. Thanks to Apple Music I have had this track on repeat and now that it is up on Soundcloud I can share it with you all. BBnZ Dj/Producer Juls hits up Mr Eazi and Eugy as well as Ghana’s finest MC Sarkodie for single Teef Teef. Juls manages to fuse old school sounds with the drum kits of modern music and make a track that balances the nostalgic feel good factor of old school Hi-life and modern day Afrobeats (Has more of a hip hop sound than an Afrobeats sound but for the sake of the genre we will call it Afrobeats.. or should we call it Hip-Life? or maybe Afro-Hip-Life, Afrobeats-HipHop? What genre would this fall under lol). 

Take a listen and let me know what you think..

If you follow me on my personal Twitter (@ItsNanz) you will know I have been singing this for a while! I honestly can’t get enough.
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New Video: Patoranking Ft Sarkodie – No Kissing

 

I. CAN’T. GET. ENOUGH. OF. THIS. TRACK.

I just want to thank God for Apple Music as I have had this track on repeat for at least 2 weeks now. I honestly can’t get enough. Nigeria’s African Dancehall master Patoranking hooks up with the African Rap King (I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say that now) Sarkodie for his latest single No Kissing off his debut album God Over Everything. The single was produced by Gospel On Da Beat and the video was directed by Daps and shot on location in London.

I love everything about the track and the video. It’s always a great collaboration when Nigerians and Ghanaians come together.

Check it out!

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