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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: Cuppy & Tekno – Green Light

Dj Cuppy steps out from behind the decks and into the front with her new single Green Light. The visual for the Tekno assisted single was also directed by Sesan.

Check it out below and let me know what you think.

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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!

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Website: One Africa Fest

 

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New Video: Tekno – Yawa

HE CAN NOT BE STOPPED!
There is no stopping Tekno.. He has the sauce.. This is his moment and he is running with it.

Tekno has consistency dropped hits since he released Dance almost three years ago and it seems like there is no slowing him down. Not only did he have one of the biggest hits of 2016 (Pana) and produce one of  the biggest hits out at the moment (If) but he releases yet another banger this one entitled Yawa. The single was produced by Masterkraft and the video was directed by Patrick Elis on location I want to say somewhere in the United States. The video also features cameos from Flavour and popular comedian Chief Obi.

Check it out..

He’s actually my favourite Afrobeats artist right now..

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Video: Davido – If

Thank you for baring with me whilst I was away guys!.. I’m back and I’m better.. Now back to the regular scheduled programme.. Let’s catch up with some of the biggest singles currently out..

I remember hearing Davido say last year in an interview that he had hit after hit lined up for 2017 alongside his album and so far, so good. Back in February he dropped one of the biggest songs of 2017 so far. If was produced by none other than (My favourite) Tekno. The video was shot on location here in London and directed by Director Q. The video also features popular CEO dancer Nqobile as the leading lady.

This is honestly one of the biggest Afrobeats songs out right now, as I am sure you are all aware.

If you haven’t already, check out the video below!

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New Video: Teknomiles – Diana

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I told ya the video would be out any day now..

Tekno has hits.. He has enough hits to release and shoot videos before the dust on a past hits settle. Pana is still in heavy rotation at parties, weddings and on the radio yet Tekno has moved on to new music, his latest being his new single Diana produced by Selebobo and Krissbeatz.

Check out the official video for  Diana, the video was directed by Teekay and shot on location in the Czech Republic..

Enjoy 🙂

Tekno is fast becoming one of my favourite Nigerian artists.
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New Music: Tekno – Diana

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Is there any stopping Tekno? My answer is no! Well not right now anyway..

Another artist who is having a superb 2016 is none other than Tekno Miles! The Triple MG prince continues to cook up new singles and with the dust on Pana nowhere near settled he is not even giving fans a second to catch their breath. Diana was produced by in house TripleMG producer Selebobo and Krisbeatz and according to what is being said on Instagram the video should be landing any day now.

Feast your ears on this one.. I think he has done it again!

Speaking of TripleMG what is happening over at that label? I have not heard anything from Iyanya in over a year, in fact aside from Tekno I have not heard much from the label. I wonder what’s going on?
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Hot New Video: Tekno – Pana

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You say you like cassava.. I get big cassava.. 

Right on cue.. Tekno releases the video to his scorching new hit single Pana!!

Whilst Wizkid and Davido leave us waiting for new music Tekno keeps churning out the music and the visuals too. Already on track to be one of the hottest tracks of the year Tekno seeks the support of the master director Clarence Peters for the Krizbeatz produced single. Remember back in the day when D’banj use to refer to himself as the African Micheal Jackson? I think we can start to hand that title over to Tekno now, his small frame, sleek moves and consistent hits really puts him in a different league to some of the younger stars out right now.

Check out the East Asian inspired visuals below..

Now.. I have no clue what the link between the single and East Asia is.. But I mean.. A lot of Afrobeats singles never have a strong link between the single and the visual. It is what it is.. I just like watching Tekno dance as he’s so smooth with it.. And Clarence Peters with the crisp visuals too.. Win!
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New Music: Tekno – Pana

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Damnnn Tekno.. Back at it again with the hit records..Is there any stopping him? Nope!

From Dance to Duro and now Pana, Tekno is a hit making machine and I for one do not want him to stop. As we reach the end of another summer Tekno releases his sultry new single Pana produced by KrizBeatz. I’ve had this playing on Apple Music (LOVE Apple Music and thank you Afrobeats artists for utilising it! Makes my life so much easier instead of searching on Soundcloud) for a couple of weeks now and I have to thank Dj FiiFii for putting me on this one as I can not get enough!

This is sultry, sexy and smooth.. And from what I have seen the video will be coming out any day now.

Hope you love it as much as I do..

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New Video: Teknomiles – Wash

Honestly.. Teknomiles makes me happy!! Lyrically this single does not have the best content but I mean who listens to Afrobeats for lyrical content? We listen to dance and shake our bodies and Teknomiles delivers once again with the Dj Coublon produced single Wash. The video was directed by AJE Filmworks.

I just love watching Tekno dance.. Bless him
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