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Rema, Burna Boy Leads Nominated African Artists for MOBO Awards 2020

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The Music Of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards have announced their list of nominated acts for year 2020 and in the categories concerning Africans and Nigerians, it is Burna Boy and Rema who are at the forefront to represent us.

Burna Boy and Rema both bag 2 nominations with the Best African Act and Best International Act while Wizkid, Davido, Adekunle Gold, Fireboy DML, Tiwa Savage, also getting nominated for the Best African Act category.

Rapper, Nines is the most nominated artiste with 5 nominations while J Hus, Mahalia, Lianne, Tiana Major9, La Havas and Nigerian-British singer, Darkoo all with 3 nominations each.

Reggae singer and rapper, Koffee, leads Non-African and Non-British Act with 2 nods in the Best International Act and Best Reggae Act.

The 2020 MOBO Awards is bent on showcasing and celebrating Black Culture, especially now than ever and will be aired on 9th of December by BBC One and YouTube Livestream; hosted by Chunkz and Maya Jama, both nominees for the Best Media Personality.

The full list of nominations:

Album of the Year:
J Hus – Big Conspiracy
Stormzy – Heavy Is the Head
Mahalia – Love and Compromise
Nines – Crabs in a Bucket
Lianne La Havas – Lianne La Havas

Best Male Act:
Headie One
J Hus
Stormzy
Nines
AJ Tracey
Young T & Bugsey


Best Female Act:
Lianne La Havas
Ms Banks
Tiana Major9
Mahalia
Darkoo
FKA twigs

Song of the Year
Young T & Bugsey – Don’t Rush (feat Headie One)
Digga D – Woi
Darkoo – Gangsta (feat One Acen)
Tion Wayne – I Dunno (feat Stormzy & Dutchavelli)
Abra Cadabra – On Deck

Best Newcomer:
Aitch
Alicai Harley
Darkoo
Dutchavelli
Ivorian Doll
M1llionz
Miraa May
Pa Salieu
Shaybo
Tiana Major9
M Huncho
Loski

Video of the Year:
Bree Runway – Apeshit (directed by Will Hooper)
Nines – Clout (directed by Charlie Di Placido)
NSG – Lupita (directed by Kevin Hudson)
Jorja Smith – By Any Means (directed by Otis Dominique)
Knucks – Home (directed by Ray Fiasco)
Kojey Radical – 20/20 (directed by Charlie Di Placido)

Best R&B/Soul Act
WSRTN
Tiana Major9
Michael Kiwanuka
Mahalia
Lianne La Havas

Best Hip-Hop Act:
J Hus
Nines
Ms Banks
D-Block Europe
Krept & Konan
Potter Payper

Best Grime Act:
Ghetts
P Money
Manga Saint Hilare
Capo Lee
JME

Best International Act:
Burna Boy
Drake
Koffee
Megan Thee Stallion
Pop Smoke
Popcaan
Roddy Ricch
Rema
Shenseaa
Summer Walker
HER
Lil Baby

Best Album:
Dave – Psychodrama
Kano – Hoodies All Summer
Ella Mai – Ella Mai
Skepta – Ignorance Is Bliss
Nines – Crop Circle
Little Simz – Grey Area

Best African Act:
Burna Boy
Tiwa Savage
Davido
Fireboy DML
Rema
Master KG
Adekunle Gold
NSG
Afro B
Wizkid
Stonebwoy
Shatta Wale

Best Reggae Act:
Popcaan
Koffee
Lila Iké
Buju Banton
Protoje

Best Gospel Act:
Calledout Music
Noel Robinson
Guvna B
The Kingdom Choir
Shekinah

Best Jazz Act:
Moses Boyd
Joe Armon-Jones
Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes
Yazmin Lacey
Ego Ella May

Best Producer:
Jae5
808 Melo
Sir Spyro
TSB
Steel Banglez
M1 On The Beat

Best Performance in a TV Show/Film:
Kane Robinson as Sully – Top Boy
Michaela Coel as Arabella – I May Destroy You
Ncuti Gatwa as Eric Effiong – Sex Education
Jessica Plummer as Chantelle – Eastenders
Michael Ward as Marco – Blue Story
Damson Idris as Franklin Saint – Snowfall

Best Media Personality:
Munya Chawawa
Chunkz
Yung Filly
Mo Gilligan
Clara Amfo
Maya Jama
Henrie Kwushue
KSI
Harry Pinero
Zeze Millz

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Wizkid’s “Come Closer” is certified Platinum by Music Canada, becoming the first Afrobeat song to achieve that milestone

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Wizkid keeps reaching and creating milestones upon the sands of time of the Nigerian music industry and Africa at large, cementing himself as one of the greatest musicians, Africa has ever had. His 2017 single, “Come Closer” recently got certified as Platinum according to Music Canada standards.

Music Canada certifies “Come Closer” Platinum.|PC: @GoldPlatCA (Twitter).

For a record to become Platinum by Music Canada, it must have or have surpassed 40,000 units in sales and this Wizkid’s March 31, 2017 released single with Canadian-born Drake titled “Come Closer” clearly accomplish and is duly certified as one.

This makes it Wizkid’s first Platinum certified single and the first Afrobeat song to achieve such milestone.

“Come Closer” becomes first Afrobeat song to become Platinum certified.|PC: screenshot from https://musiccanada.com/certification/

“Come Closer” also appears on Wizkid third studio-album — “Sound From The Other Side” as the second track.

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Before I started singing, “I was actually a rapper” — Omah Lay

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2020 breakout music star from Nigeria, Stanley Omah Didia, better known professionally as Omah Lay granted an interview with American magazine – Teen Vogue – speaking on music, life and the #EndSARS protest which took the country by storm last year.

Omah who got his mainstream breakthrough with his debut project, an EP with the title – “Get Layd” – revealed he was not too sure on how much people would gravitate towards his style of music which he tags “Omah Lay Music”. When asked if he had any fears about his debut EP, he told Teen Vogue: “Actually before I put out Get Layd I wasn’t sure if it’ll be accepted. I wasn’t so confident about it but I enjoyed making the project.” but said he put it out nonetheless because he liked what he created and those around him were supportive and also enjoyed his music.

Speaking on why he chose to use his social media as a voice for help during the massive #EndSARS protest against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), he revealed he had had three different tormenting encounters with the SARS force; one back at Porth Harcourt and the remaining two in Lagos, one of which he barely survived because some people recognised his face because of his music.

He added he his still very much devastated from the October 20, 2020 Lekki Massacre, “ I honestly can’t say I’ve gotten over the #LekkiMassacare and I don’t [think] I’ll ever get over it. I still dream about it, write lyrics about it”, Omah Lay discloses.

Omah Lay who also happen to be a music producer, with production credits on his own personal songs — “Bad Influence”, “Confessions”, “Damn” — and a few others, shockingly reveals: “I’ve been a producer for a very long time. I was actually a rapper, then I switched to being a music producer and I did just that for about three years.”

While sadly admitting, nowadays he barely has anytime to produce his own personal music, talk more of producing for others. Stating his primary focus right now is own making his album which is to be released in 2021 (but no date is set yet).

You can catch the full Teen Vogue Omah Lay interview here: Teen Vogue: Nigerian Afrobeat Star Omah Lay on Music, #EndSARS and More:
https://www.teenvogue.com/story/nigerian-afrobeat-star-omah-lay

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Yemi Alade and Patoranking spark dating rumours

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“Abule” crooner Patoranking might be dating Self-proclaimed ‘Mama Africa’ Yemi Alade according to a recent post by the Reggae-Dancehall singer.

Without giving further details on the relationship status between himself and the Pop singer, Yemi Alade, Patoranking posted pictures of her with the caption: “Mon Bébé [love emoji]” which translates to My Baby in English.

To which Yemi Alade fuelled the dating speculations with the comment: “Thanks papi” with loved up emojis attached.

This generated a lot of interests from fans of both artiste, with one of them asking if they were dating in French to which Patoranking also replied in French, saying: “Mon Cherie” which means My Dear in English, probably in confirmation to Yemi Alade and him being a thing now.

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