LAGOS STATE, NIGERIA, Thursday February 13, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – The 7th edition of the Gidi Culture Festival—the largest music and arts festival in West Africa—is set to take place this year from April 9th-11th. Naira Marley, Rema and Flavour have recently been announced as the headline acts for what promises to be yet another epic instalment of the festival.
For the first time ever, the festival will run over several days and feature a different headline act each day. Up-and-coming rapper Rema is set to kickoff the first day of the festival. While the promising young artist’s track titled “Dumebi”was arguably the one of the most popular Afropop singles of 2019, it was his debut track “Iron man” that made it onto the Obamas’ 2019 summer playlist.
Highlife king and Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, Flavour will be setting the tone for the second day of the festival. Known for his wildly successful track “Nwa Baby (Ashawo Remix)” and his fire collaborations with the likes of Yemi Alade, Phyno and Wizkid, this year’s Gidi Culture Festival will give fans the rare opportunity to see Flavour performing live, as the festival is themed “Bringing it home” and is meant to celebrate the growing numbers of the diaspora returning to Lagos during the event.
It’s no surprise that Naira Marley has been selected as the headline act to wrap up the festival. The artist had a spectacular year in 2019 after he released several hit singles including his collaboration with Zlatan titled “I Am Yahoo Boy”. Additionally, his 6-track EP Lord of Lamba dropped towards the end of the year and got fans flooding social media with #TesumoleDance in response to one of the vibrant tracks on the EP titled “Tesumole”.
Burna Boy Announces A 30-date World Trek
LAGOS STATE, NIGERIA, Monday February 24, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Nigerian Afro-fusion singer-songwriter Burna Boy has announced dates for his Twice As Tall world tour. With the critical and commercial success of African Giant album, the young lad has become a leading figure in the rising Afrobeats scene, one of the most exciting international sounds pushing the globalization of pop.
The 30-date trek will take the African Giant to theaters and venues across the U.S. in the spring followed by a European run throughout the summer. The tour also includes multiple performances at major festivals like Roots Picnic in Philadelphia, Pa., Glastonbury and Wireless in the U.K., Lollapalooza Paris in France, Osheaga in Montreal, Canada, and more.
Burna Boy has kept super busy over the past 12 months. In 2019, he performed at Coachella and featured on Beyoncé’s The Lion King: The Gift, the soundtrack album to the 2019 Lion King remake, which featured emerging African and Afrobeats artists. Last July, he released African Giant, his fourth album, which was nominated for Best World Music Album at the 62nd GRAMMY Awards last month.
Tickets for Burna Boy’s Twice As Tall world tour are on sale now. For more information and for the full tour routing, visit his official website.
Merqury Quaye Raves LG Party In Accra
GREATER ACCRA, GHANA, Sunday February 23, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Thousands of music fans in Accra were on Valentines day treated to great music and amazing performances at the LG Party held at the forecourt of CompuGhana in Osu. In partnership with CompuGhana, the LG Party saw patrons win prizes ranging from Microwave ovens to Television sets amidst the thrills the night offered.
The patrons who thronged the Oxford street, in ecstasy sang and danced along to back-to-back hiplife, afrobeats, reggae and highlife music throughout the night powered by all-DJ affair headlined by Hitz FM’s flagship DJ and OAP Merqury Quaye. Other acts on the night included award-winning DJ Sly, Joy Prime’s DJ Fresh, DJ Raennie and Ghana DJ Awards nominee, MC Omarion.
Electronics giant LG took the opportunity to show off it’s OLED TV, InstaView fridge, XBOOM series, and other premium products; an attraction which got a lot of patrons upclose with the brand.
Cardi B To Headline Castle Lite Unlock Concert In South Africa
JOHANNESBURG – SOUTH AFRICA, Saturday February 22, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Director of Castle Lite brand, Silke Bucker has confirmed that, American Rapper, Cardi B will headline the 2020 installment of Castle Lite Unlocks slated for 12th June at the TicketPro Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa.
According to the Director of the Brand, Castle Lite prides itself in not only being a market leader in the beer category, but also in their commitment to making a positive contribution to African hip hop culture. Cardi B’s performance will mark the 10-year anniversary of the Castle Lite Unlocks concert series.
Prior to this announcement, Castle Lite brand manager Claudia Schmid, in an interview with Music In Africa, said her organisation had designated enough resources to make sure that consumers would enjoy the concert, adding that, the Castle Lite is known as an innovative brand that always come up with new things, that in itself is often risky.
Artists who have performed at Castle Lite Unlocks include Drake, J Cole, Chance the Rapper, Kanye West, Travis Scott, Post Malone and Meek Mill.
Patoranking Hosts Audience At “The Patoranking Experience” In Lagos
LAGOS STATE – NIGERIA, Friday February 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – It was a night of music for residents of Abuja, as Award-Winning African artist Patoranking chose the capital city as the location of his first ever solo concert dubbed “The Patoranking Experience” which took place at the prestigious Transcorp Hilton Hotel.
The Concert was undoubtedly one of the best Abuja has seen in a very long time as vouched by fans in attendance. The event hosted teeming and anxious audience to a star-studded evening with performance from music power houses like 2Baba, Davido, Tekno, Falz, Teni and Mayourkun.
The night boasted of back to back hits by Patoranking and energized performances from all the guest acts including a moment of love between Patoranking and his daughter Wilmer whom he brought onstage to perform his titled song from his Album Wilmer.
The event put together by Amari Musiq and Delphino Entertainment was supported by Heineken and Hennessey also by media houses – Trace, MTV Base, HipTv, Max FM, Beat FM, Classic FM, Cool FM, Wazobia FM, AIT, RayPower FM, and Rhythm FM with Arik Air as the official airline for the event.
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(Photo Credit: Sheyo Becks )