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Davido makes the list for Time Magazine’s ‘2021 TIME100 NEXT’

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Nigeria Afrobeat and Pop, coined into Afro-Pop phenom, David Adeleke, known worldwide as Davido makes the grand list for the 2021 TIME100 NEXT by Time Magazine.

Speaking on what Davido has achieved so far in his career, Laycon who gave the speech translated into written words, said: “You can tell Davido puts 100% into every song he makes. And the results are clear . . . Afrobeats is a worldwide phenomenon, and Davido is one of many Nigerian artists who has made that possible.” “By bringing Afrobeats to the global stage, he’s paved the way for people like me.” Laycon concluded

Davido continue to soar as one of the few Nigerian artistes to have gone global yet stuck to their roots. Like the piece from Time Magazine says, “the results are clear”; one of Davido’s latest achievement is having his 2017 released smash-hit—“If”— achieve Gold status in the U.S i.e. the record has sold a cumulative over 500,000 units or its equivalent in streams.

Although Davido did not make the “ARTISTS” cut on the ‘2021 TIME100 NEXT’, he got inducted through the ‘PHENOMS’ category for his role in making Afrobeat a global genre of music enjoyed by a vast array of music listeners.

Other Nigerians to make this year’s list are: FK Abudu, Odunayo Eweniyi and Damiliola Odufuwa under the ‘ADVOCATES’ category for the role they played during the #EndSARS protest; Flutterwave CEO, Olugbenga Agboola for being one of the breakout and outstanding ‘INNOVATORS’ in 2020 and Nigerian-American writer, Ijeoma Oluo made the ‘ADVOCATES’ list.

Check out the write-up on how and why Davido made the ‘2021 TIME100 NEXT’ here.

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Davido performs medley of past and present hits on NPR’s Tiny Desk

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National Public Radio (NPR) continue to shine the light on black artistes for Black History Month, having Davido as guest for this week’s edition. Davido honoured the call by performing with his band a medley of hit singles, both past and present.

To kick off his Tiny Desk performance, Davido sang to the beat of ‘Gobe’, the smash hit single from his debut album—‘Omo Baba Olowo’. After the nice intro song, Davido gave an inspiring speech about his father, Adedeji Adeleke, a renowned business mogul who Davido called an inspiration.

“My dad worked at Burger King . . . to become what he’s become as a Black man, starting off in America has been very, very inspiring to me” Davido applauds his father’s work ethic and competitive drive.

After the speech, Davido continues to thrill viewers with his performance, transitioning from one hit to another from ‘Aye’ to ‘Risky’ and finally ending with ‘Jowo’ off his recent album—‘A Better Time’.

The location is set at Davdio’s house. Watch the full 12 minutes performance on NPR’s YouTube channel:

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“I’m still a sugar baby” – Joeboy confesses to having a sugar mummy

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She up in my yard / Calling my phone / She tell me she love me say she no go let me go” Joeboy begins on the track ‘Sugar Mama” and true to his words, he confesses on Lagos-based Nigerian radio station, THE BEAT 99.9 FM, about his love life, admitting boldly and proudly—“I have a sugar mummy.”

The prompt to Joeboy admitting this was when asked about his relationship status, Joeboy says: “right now I’m single but I’m not searching. I have a lot of female friends”

Adding to the response, Joeboy continues: “She only call me when she wants to have . . .” he stops without completing the sentence. Asked by the OAP: “but are you complaining?” His response? “No I like it.”

“I have a sugar mummy . . . It’s really really dope . . . it’s fun” Joeboy says after admitting “I’m still a sugar baby”  while making it known the song – ‘Sugar Mama’ – is based on “true life story.” Although choosing to keep the identity of his sugar mummy a secret, he did flex, “She met me” when asked “how did you meet her?”

Watch the interview clip below:

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AQ told me to sign Blaqbonez – MI

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Chocolate City founder and president, Jude “MI” Abaga has without a doubt shown he can hold the rap game for as long as he wants and still remain one of the top music label, heads in the country with Chocolate City. MI once more showed his brilliance in being a good music label head and good talent scout, using his Twitter page as the medium through which he shared how having a meeting with AQ back in 2015 led to him signing ‘BBC’ rapper, Blaqbonez.

L-R: Loose Kaynon, AQ, MI and Blaqbonez of Chocolate City for the ‘Martell Cypher 2019’.

In the tweet, MI said “Oct[ober] 15, [2015]” marked the beginning of “an amazing partnership” with Nigeria rap veteran, AQ, who during the course of the meeting let go of the “opportunity” meant for him for the sake of Blaqbonez’s blooming yet upcoming career (as at 2015) in the music industry.

MI explains that after pitching ideas to AQ in that October 15, 2015 meeting, “he [AQ] listened n said M I’m grateful but d person u should give this opportunity to is @BlaqBonez. [sic]” The result? MI continues, “[I] signed Blaq a year later.”

And the rest is history! AQ has gone to make one of the best discography in Nigerian rap sector, even releasing ‘God’s Engineering’, the most critically acclaimed rap album of 2020 which earned him the award for ‘Best Rap Album” at The Headies 2020

Blaqbonez’s not only shown he can outrap anyone at will but also carved a niche for himself, becoming a comical act on social media. Adding to that Blaqbonez has also shown he can self PR his work and still get massive recognition for it.

It goes without saying that MI made a very wise decision in forming the partnership with AQ while heeding to AQ’s advice about signing Blaqbonez.

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