Nonny’S Afrobeat Report
Hi all! I know it's been a while since my last column, but I'm back after little hiatus to get you back up to speed on the world of afrobeats - so let’s get going! This summer has been one to remember, not only for the Diamond Jubilee and Olympics, but for the African invasion at this year's biggest music events...
Firm favourite D'Banj made history as the first ever bonafide afro-pop musician to perform at a major UK festival when he hit the stage at BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend, setting the pace for fellow Nigerian Ice Prince, who joined Gyptian for an energetic rendition of 'Magician'.
If that wasn't enough, Koko Master also wowed at Wireless Festival as eager crowds came to catch a glimpse of his infamous stage show. Lebete!
In keeping with the sporting celebrations, the Nigerian Bank of Industry teamed up with the national Olympic committee to host ‘New World Nigeria’ at Stratford's prestigious Theatre Royal.
The event saw Ice Prince return to London with the rest of the Choc Boiz - Jesse Jagz, Brymo and M.I in tow. Also joining in with the festivities were Wande Coal, 2Face Idibia, new first lady of Mavin Records, Tiwa Savage, Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 as well as original afrobeat legend and Grammy nominee, King Sunny Ade.
Overseas, African artists continued to fly the flag for the continent; with Sarkodie and Wizkid both walking away with ‘Best International Act: Africa’ at the 2012 BET Awards, competing against Camp Mulla (Kenya), Mokobe (Mali), Lira and Ice Prince.
Meanwhile, Nigerian wonder kid Davido hosted a star-studded event for the release of his highly-anticipated debut album, ‘Omo Baba Olowo’ (O.B.O) which features production from rising UK producer Maleekberry - the brainchild behind Sauce Kid’s infectious ‘Carolina’.
That's all from me this month, but in the meantime why don't you go and fill the void with my top 10 tracks for this month? You can check them out below.
1. Timaya - Sexy Ladies
2. Ice Prince - Aboki
3. M.I & Naeto C - Bartender
4. Wande Coal - Go Low
5. Omo Akin - BBMMS
6. R2Bees - Life (Walaahi)
7. Tillaman - Koma Roll
8. Tiffany - Fake London Boy
9. Brymo - Good Morning
10. White Nigerian - Dirty Wine ft. Tekno
If you missed Nonny’s previous column, you can always catch up.
Words: Nonny Orakwue (@Verbal_Vixen)