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Falz Reveals The Ordeal Of Nigeria Police Brutality Victims In Visuals Of ‘Johnny’ [WATCH HERE]

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Rapper Falz ‘The Badguy’ hasn’t given up on the EndSARS and EndPoliceBrutality protests in Nigeria which was the most dominated agenda across the globe with high profile celebrities and organizations lending their voices to the fight. Flawlessly directed by ‘Olu The Wave’, his recent music video of Johnny – a socially conscious tape revealed the ordeal of the victims of police brutality in Nigeria.

Taken from his fourth project – Moral Instruction released last year, the Nigerian rapper remains at the forefront of the #EndSARS and #EndPoliceBrutality movements. In lieu with the lyrics of the audio slide, the visual intepretation highlights and gives more intriguing insight on the violence that transipired amidst the peak of #EndSARS protests, culminating in the shooting of Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos by security forces.

“We will never forget the heroes that have been unlawfully slain. This is for them. For every single Nigerian life snatched away unlawfully, we must make sure we get justice,” the author posted on Instagram with snippet from the project. “Almost two years since I released the audio. Even more disturbing to think that as time passed, the message became more relevant.”

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According to Native Magazine, unlike the previous Falz tapes which saw him build public appeal with his humorous and often charming takes on social issues, ‘Moral Instruction’ took a more serious tone as he criticised social norms and the negligent government with a Fela inspired gravitas.

Though “Johnny” was the tape’s opening track, it remains as timely as ever because it offers a detailed description of the police brutality that sparked the recent #EndSARS protests in Nigeria. Over the retro-inspired hip-hop beat produced by TMXO, Falz narrated the story of young people getting killed by trigger-happy police officers.

To drive home just how rampant this issue is, he’s just updated the nearly two-year-old track with a graphic video to match the horrific tales he narrated on the track. In addition, to the dramatised clips of Falz at a staged protest, Olu The Wave-directed music video also features some original clips of the police brutality recorded during the EndSARS protests—including the video recordings that captured as army officers attacked protesters at the Lekki toll gate.

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Knii Lante Calls For Better Ghana/Naija Relations With New Single

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On 1st of October 2020, Nigeria celebrated its diamond jubilee – 60 years of independence from colonial rule – a feet that Ghana achieved a few years back. Throughout the years we’ve shared a great bound of companionship wrapped in rivalry. In the wake of the recent misunderstandings amongst Ghanaian and Nigerian traders that escalated tensions, it’s become necessary that we remind ourselves of the great positive bounds we share, especially through music!

That’s what Ghana-Naija represents. Knii Lante’s 6th single this year is a celebration of both cultures through the eyes of a Ghanaian and Nigerian couple in love. Let’s celebrate the love we share for food, sports, women & of course music. Enjoy this beautiful afro-pop jam, laced with guitar strings reminiscent of highlife sounds shared by both cultures. Ghana-Naija was produced by Knii Lante & DatBeatGod, now available on audiomack.

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Ishak Spark Spices Up The Game With ‘Tonight’ Jam

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Sensational crooner Ishak Spark is out with another love song for all couples out there and he brands it as; ‘Tonight’. The smooth singing vocalist portrays the story of a young guy held spellbound by the love of a certain beauty.

It exudes soothing tones and mid tempo rhythmic vibes that sets the perfect atmosphere for a relaxing time with your beloved. ‘Tonight’ was produced by Deworm and mixed by Posigee with crisp visuals coming from the camp of Director Mickey Johnson.

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James BKS Brings Inheritance And Legacy Themes To The Forefront In New Video – [WATCH]

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French-born Cameroonian producer James BKS’ music is a meeting point between traditional African rhythms, choirs and avant-garde urban sounds. His new single “No Unga Bunga”—released today via Idris Elba’s 7Wallace label doesn’t shy away from this.

“No Unga Bunga” is the first track off his forthcoming EP, set for release in 2021. It touches on self-belief, heritage and grief, with a sample of the Super Beagle classic “Dust A Sound Boy” looped throughout over James BKS’ signature sound rich in percussion. 

Stream “No Unga Bunga”: https://ada.lnk.to/NoUngaBunga 

“No Unga Bunga’ is a gathering cry and a message to face adversity by standing proud, strong and united. With the sad loss of his father Manu Dibango to COVID-19 earlier this year, James BKS grapples with continuing and embracing his father’s legacy, In “No Unga Bunga” he goes, (“Mama said go be great, bloodline royal in your vein”), while also reflecting on his career as a DJ, producer and songwriter.

Director and photographer Mahine SEF has brought to life a rhythmic and intense music video with inheritance and legacy themes as central. With dozens of artistic references, Mahine is a name to remember in the French audiovisual landscape. He has collaborated successfully with French and African artists such as DJ Arafat, Runtown and Memphis Depay.

James BKS is the leader of a mixed and eclectic community in the music video, leading us to a post-apocalyptic universe where life no longer seems to exist. Yet energy and hope emanate from this nation where several portraits are superimposed and give life to an urban and modern setting filled with Africanity, an implicit representation of James BKS’ multiculturalism.

The notion of movement is explored through the presence of the Guinean dancer and contortionist Abdoulaye Keita. Luka Austin, French krump champion, lends himself to the game of choreographer accompanied by members of The Vipajiz (Parisian afro-urban dance group) who emit a communicative energy. We also find out the beautiful Senegalese model Mame-Anta Wade, muse for Rihanna (Fenty) and YSL. A young girl rises and shines on the screen, she is the symbol of the handover and the legacy message precious to James BKS. The 12-year-old dancer Elysha, is already very popular on social media.

The song ponders his internal battle and his desire to stand on his own and create his own lane. James BKS explains, “This song is about me embracing my path no matter how hard or long the road to success might be. ‘No Unga Bunga is about heritage, not material things but what is truly meaningful and precious: education, love, lessons, advice, time”.

James’ music is a perfect crossover of his African roots (a nod to his father, the legendary late Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango) and urban hip hop sensibility – having grown up in the US and produced for the likes of Talib Kweli, Snoop Dogg, and Mr Eazi as well as French music icons Booba and Soprano.

James BKS is a unique artistic figure. His music, like his person – two inseparable entities as they reflect each other – are the fruit of an unusual initiatory journey, between acceptance of Cameroonian roots long ignored and the discovery of an innate talent for music production. A unique and singular entity, James BKS’s project reflects his passage from the shadows, as a producer, to light, as an artist in his own right. 

Carrying meaning and a movement that goes beyond his person, the music of James BKS, unifying by nature, unites around causes that connect people of African descent as well as all those who wish to reconnect with their heritage. A producer for a time, he developed his paw and cut his teeth with renowned urban figures. As an artist today, he relies on independence by setting up his structure, a creative house welcoming his own artistic compositions.

James had an unexpected reunion with his biological father, Manu Dibango (celebrated Cameroonian musician, songwriter and instrumentalist who played the saxophone and vibraphone). His heritage has additionally influenced him to compose music, between hip-hop sounds, African percussions and pop melodies – that reflects on his identity.

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Ras Kuuku Urges Ghetto Youths To Maintain Calm For A “Peaceful Election” In New Video — WATCH

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As the days draw closer to another election in Ghana, many artistes have come out to preach the message of peace in diverse forms and platforms.

Ras Kuuku, Ghana’s reigning “Reggae/Dancehall Artiste Of The Year” at this year’s Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA 2020) has also joined forces to advise the youth against violence and unruly behaviour before, during and after the elections.

He drops “Peaceful Election” which speaks to the youth to desist from any form of uncouthness and bad energy. He urges them to put Ghana ahead of any politician or political party.

Ras Kuuku returned from the USA last week after spending few weeks there working on his upcoming EP titled “Kwame Nkrumah”. Scheduled for release this December 2020.

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