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Fela Anikulapo Kuti receives posthumous nomination for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2021 class

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Considered father of Afrobeats and for sure one of the pioneers, Fela Anikulapo Kuti gets nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2021 class .

To be eligible for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, a musician must have released their first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to their nomination and Fela Kuti surely meets the standards, having his first commercial recording released as far back as 1969 (52 years ago) with his album ‘Fela Fela Fela.’

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame also celebrate songwriters and their impact on the music scene which Fela also qualifes for, writing and making music with his band – Afrika 70 which later had a name change to Egypt 80 and undoubtedly the impact of Fela on African music cannot be overemphasized both home and abroad. Afrobeat is now the number one genre in Nigeria and one of the biggest exported music genre out of Africa.

Fela shares nomination for this year’s induction with household names like JAY-Z, Mary J. Blige, LL Cool J, Foo Fighters, Tina Turner etc.

The Top 5 acts with the highest number of votes are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame class, to get Fela Kuti an induction spot, vote by clicking here: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2021 class till April 30 when voting ends.

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Dekbaby shares first EP, “Next One”, on Audiomack

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Dekbaby releases his first body of work after putting out two singles, one last year (“Ibadi”) and another (“Abeg”), May 28th this year. He titles his first project—Next One. An EP comprising of 6 tracks including his debut single, “Ibadi”, which seats on the sixth position, tracklist wise. Next One mostly includes songs in which Dekbaby shares his affinity for the feminine gender but at strategic points on his debut EP, he makes sure to show his retrospective side, singing about the hustle and the dream to amass a lot of money on the first track (“Easy”) and fourth song (“Ghetto Boyz”).

While Dekbaby might have kept songwriting at a reasonable minimum, choosing not to do too much, rather using repetition to emphasise his points on the songs, he did put a lot of thoughts into writing and visualising his pain on the retrospective tracks stated above; the other songs, although are mainly about his love for women—their bodies and other attributes, contain danceable beats which would have listeners bumping their heads at the barest minimum. Heywhykeyz is the solely featured artiste on Next One, he appears on “Ghetto Boyz”.

You would do well by listening to Dekbaby’s debut project, the EP—Next One—on Audiomack.

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Sarkodie and Zlatan advise broke people to leave the “VIP” on new song produced by Rexxie

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Ghana’s finest and Zanku lord reunite on Rexxie produced song, “VIP”, spitting pompous bars with catch hook broke-shaming club goers who are not on their level socially, sternly advising them to “leave the VIP . . . Go to the regular” in order to make “space for the ballers”

As expected on a song like this, braggimg about wealth and the ability to spend at will, getting any girl of his choice is what Sarkodie brings to the table while Zlatan adds his charismatic adlibs all over the song, spicing it up with the interesting hook, a much needed flavour. Rexxie does his thing too, making a fast paced instrumental to match Sarkodie’s flow.

“VIP” can be streamed below:

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Falana release second EP, “Rising”

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Alternative fast-rising artiste, Falana, the Nigerian Canadian, release her second EP with the title of “Rising”, an exhibition of her brilliant pen game, soft spoken vocal chords, smooth sailing on LoFi productions and a journey of self-discovery and romantic love, presenting her stories to the average youth or Gen-Z if you’d call them that. Sir Dauda is the only featured singer, appearing on the second song, “Energy”.

Guitar strings, piano keys and mellow drumbeats are the go-to production instruments on Rising, fluidly blending them to create a “by the ocean” breezy cool vibe. On the third track, “Sweet Adeola” might be where Falana fully shows her musical prowess, telling the tale of a young Nigerian lady who has dreams of leaving the very populated Lagos state of Nigeria to chase her dreams and goals in the USA.

Most of the tracks contain electric production; Falana resurrecting retro ’90s vibes on Rising. Afrobeat is sought after on the gracious track “Joy” which sees her counting her blessings despite the challenges, living life without stress.

Listen to the EP:

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