USA based Nigerian Afro-beat Artist T-ME Singsong releases his first body of work titled Take II. According to T-ME, this is a second opportunity for him to fulfill his dreams through music and he is going to make the most of it.

The much anticipated Take II features an impressive list of collaborations that includes Vector, Junior boy, Afrorolls, Mr. Duke, and Rilo. The album is surely going to leave you astonished.

 

 

 

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After receiving over 60 impressive movies from mostly African and African American short-film directors and production houses, we finally came up with a list of 12 movies that made the final cut.

It was very difficult to streamline the list because almost all the entries were good enough. Our judges had the difficult task of putting this list together. The purpose of IAFF is to give the African short-film director a channel to connect with the rest of the world. Many misconceptions about Africa exist mostly via foreign movies so it is time we tell the African story from an African’s perspective and let the world see Africa from the eyeball of an African and not just that of an outsider as the case has almost always been.  It is our goal to expose new African talents to the world.

These Short films center on religion, sex, Politics, marriage, relationships, crime, and business as it pertains to African societies, but most importantly they come from the perspective of Africans. The Short-film that is able to get the most views in combination with the highest votes will be awarded a $1000 (cash and gift package), while the runners up and the 3rd placed will go home with a $450 and $250 package respectively. We would like to thank all those who participated in the process and we hope that your talents impact the world.

You can also donate to contribute to the overall price package and contribute to the growth of the movie industry in Africa via the donate button below. Click on the title of the movie to view it. Remember a combination of the highest views and votes is what is required to win these prices. Voting ends May, 25th, 2020 and winners will be announced afterward.

These below are the 12 short-films gunning for the top spot.



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The Indianapolis local scene is booming with a lot of great African music and entertainment talents and it is so necessary that we begin to support and recognize talents to reinforce good behavior and appreciate hard work. As a community, this is not a choice it is an obligation. It will alsp ensure brand growth and development within the community. These are the main reasons for creating the Afrique Entertainment Awards.

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The 2nd Edition is already in the planning and we intend to make it a bigger and better event but this will require more African businesses, more sponsors, and also the support of the general African public in Indiana USA. We would appreciate if you support this initiative by clicking on the donate button below.

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Do you remember Onosz? The talented singer from Port Harcourt who featured on Grammy Award Nominee Burna boy’s SMOKE WEED single? Yes, the same Onosz who gave us the hit E.P that featured hit singles like Last Love (Gbana) and Pariwo.

Onosz Started singing early in his life and at a point found himself in the Aristocrat camp alongside Burnaboy, Leriq and Piriye Isokrari (CEO & Founder of The Aristokrat Group). “I really enjoyed my time at aristocrat records, I believed in the movement as soon as I was introduced to Preye and Leriq by Redkad (Mazi Ifeanyi), then we were all at Port Harcourt Nigeria”. “The first day I set foot in their studio, I recorded three freestyles including Smoke some weed with Burna boy and one that featured Wande coal. I really felt like my career would accelerate at Aristocrat records but they had a really talented artist in Burna boy and that was the focus of the entire team. I am a huge fan of Burnaboy but as an artist, I wanted more and at a point, I got a bit tired of waiting on an official contract and I decided to check out other alternatives. I like the people at aristocrat records and I hope to do music business with Piriye and hopefully Jump on some Leriq produced tracks in the future because I have seen him work and I think he is one of the best in the business. The Journey so far has been amazing, I have an E.P that is doing really well on the streaming charts and singles that have opened the door to good opportunities”, Onosz continued.

The new single titled “Together” is a special dedication to celebrate women for all the times they have silently carried their men, families, and kids and still kept the love strong. They are unsung heroes. In a statement on his Facebook page, the singer said, it took him three producers and several cover art edits to get here. It is also the first single off my forthcoming E.P. Together is a wonderful love song. The track is produced by Beka Beats.

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Feel Good Music (FGM) presents the Official Video of  GROOVE by Wizzy ft Fweshie Oloye off his Upcoming E.P. WizzyWee is a Houston based Nigerian rapper who consistently puts out quality vibes.

With Afrobeat making astronomical strides in the diaspora, King Wizzy continues to stay ahead of the competition with another banging video. The video features another promising Nigerian act, Fweshie Okoye and is directed by Mr Victorious.

Watch the full video below

If you were a party freak in the ’90s then you will be familiar with this playlist. It was one used by the best DJ’s of the era, it consists of songs like TLC No scrubs, Bobby Valentino Slow down, Sisqo Unleash the dragon, Cassidy Hotel, Ja Rule what’s love.

Dj 2Busy provides a customized mix of all our favorite mainstream American songs in the 90’S. Check out  the entire playlist below

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Tracklist.

1. Snoop Dogg – Drop It Like It’s Hot.

2. R Kelly – Pick Up The Phone.

3. R Kelly – Snake.

4. Naughty By Nature – Jamboree.

5. Bobby Valentino – Slow Down.

6. TLC – No Scrubs.

7. Akon – Ghetto.

8. Wyclef – Your Love.

9. Akon – Look Into My Eyes.

10. Black Eyed Peas – Where Is The Love.

11. Ja Rule – What’s Love?

12. Cassidy – Hotel.

13. Mario – Let Me Love You.

14. Jagged Edge – Where The Party At?

15. Nas – I Know, I Can.

16. Sean Paul – Give It Up To Me.

17. Usher – You Remind Me.

18. 2Pac – Do For Love.

19. 112 – Only You.

20. Angelique Kidjo – Agolo.

21. Raghav – Angel Eyes.

22. Chaka Demus & Pliers – Bam Bam.

23. Eve – Who’s That Girl?

24. Mad Cobra – Legacy.

25. Maxi Priest – Close To You.

26. Mark Marrison – Return Of The Mark.

27. Chaka Demus & Pliers – Murder She Wrote.

28. Shaggy – Wasn’t Me.

29. R Kelly – Burning.

30. Sisquo – Unleash The Dragon.

31. Ja Rule – Always On Time.

32. DNA – Tom’s Dinner.

33. Baby Bash – Baby I’m Back.

34. Beyonce – Naughty Girl.

35. Cassie – Me & You.

36. Chris Brown – Run It.

37. 50Cent – Candy Shop.

38. Gwen Stefanie – Rich Girl.

39. Heavy D – Don’t Be Afraid.

40. Brandy – Afrodisiac.

41. Mr Vegas – Head High.

42. Ini Kamose – Hot Steppers.

43. Sean Paul – Get Busy.

44. Ludacris – Area Code.

45. Black Eyed Peas – Request Line.

46. T Pain – Bartender.

47. Cassie – Long Way To Go.

48. Usher – Yeah.

DJ 2Busy serves us a throwback mix of some of Nigeria’s most historic songs in the late ’90s and early 2000s’. This comes at a time when people are looking o get away from sad and depressing News as COVID-19 continues to spread and claim lives. People are still stuck in their homes waiting for their pandemic to end.

Throwback Mix is by Dj 2Busy is a great way to escape to a time when the world was so much better.

This mix is brought to you courtesy DTwinz global services Indianapolis USA, the No. 1 way to convey goods from the USA to Nigeria and Nigeria to the USA. We are asking our clients to stay safe at home and observe all precautions. Cargo delivery will be back after the shutdown.

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The rap industry in Nigeria has come alive in the last few months. There has been a resurgence, a couple of significant events that have regenerated and rekindled interest in the art form. At the turn of the millennium, rap music could pride itself as the most followed form of music in Nigeria. Rewind time to the days of Ruggedman, Idris Abdulkareem, and Eldee, rap in Nigeria at one time had a very honest and fanatical following.

Blaqbonez albums,  E.P’s and battles, Chocolate city’s Martell Cypher, Mi vs Vector Beef, Blaqbonez vs Khaligraph Jones, Timi Kei’s soul soup Album, and Dr. Barz record detailing the killing of a Mechanic in Port Harcourt are some events that have lifted the face of rap music in recent times.

Today, we had a chance to sit down with Dr. Barz who is emerging as one of the best rap acts in Nigeria and this is how it went.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Born Victor Akpomon, Dr. Barz is a uniquely versatile Afro-hip-hop music artiste. Born in the early ’90s in Benin, Nigeria and raised in the southern city of Port Harcourt, his love for music began from his early years as he started writing music at a tender age of thirteen in high school.

Dr. Barz’s music is an expression of his vast life experiences, societal struggles, and deep knowledge. With a voice texture and rhyme scheme likened to that of Kendrick Lamar, the soul of J. Cole and the spirit of a Port Harcourt hustler, Dr. Barz produces all shades of dope any day.

Why did you choose the name, Dr. Barz?

I chose the name Dr. Barz because I doctor bars. At first, it was just Barz, because I needed something simple and self-explanatory but it needed some distinction. I switched to 16 Barz for a short time because most of my verses were 16s, but in the end, I finally decided to be a Dr.

Can Tell us who your creative Influences are?

My major influences currently are J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, and Burna-Boy. Although at different times during the span of my music career, I have had several other influences

Who do you consider the best rapper in Nigeria?

I consider myself The Creative God and one of the best rappers in Nigeria. I personally hold the opinion that the best is a set of people and not just one person, contrary to many people’s beliefs.

What is your opinion about mumble rap?

I think mumble rap is largely overrated and glorified – sad. I personally think real hip-hop/music should be comprehensible, possess clearly defined messages and inspire people to a positive end

What do we expect from you in the future?

In the future, expect way better songs, videos, bigger collaborations, award-winning projects and definitely real poo-poo

I’m working on my debut album, can’t specifically say when it will be out but it promises to feature a number of amazing artists worldwide.

What are your thoughts on selling digitally?

I think digital platforms are an amazing inclusion in the music industry business, one today’s generation of artistes should feel privileged to have Traditional hard copy sales should not be overlooked too as different regions have their preferences and this is also a good source of revenue during tours.

Are making enough money from streams?

Not enough But I am making some considerable amount of money

Would you say you have all the support you need?

I would say I am grateful for all the considerable amount of support I am getting, but I wouldn’t say that getting way more is a bad idea. It is required for growth

Are you signed to a label?

No, I am independent but I am currently managed by an independent outfit, Kporwell Inc. There are big advantages of being on big labels, but for the integrity of my sound and creative freedom, I would prefer to be independent

But you sure need some type of investment, right?

Music is a business Businesses need investors The more the merrier.

Thank you so much for joining us today.  we honestly think your video is pretty solid, gritty and dope. You are one of the best rap act out now.

 

We would like to use this medium to wish One of Indiana’s most prolific photographers Stiff Shot’s a Happy Birthday.

Stephen Oluwagbemike Fadojutimi popularly known as Stiffshot was born in the late 1970s. In 2007, he graduated from Business Administration and management from Ondo state polytechnic and went on to serve at the EDO state Government house( media department).

Through his Photography business, Stiffshot has contributed a lot to the success of events and shows in Indianapolis USA. He has help capture key moments and memories that live long in the hearts of residents of Indianapolis and hence was a nominee at the Afrique Entertainment Awards USA. He is loved by many and his impact to the culture is very positive. Happy Birthday Sir and have a memorable day

This is a play-list we put together to celebrate with him. click play

Do you know that 29 African Countries speak French while only 24 speak English.?  That tells you how important the French-speaking African countries are to the growth and development of Africa. One may argue that English speaking African countries have taken entertainment to another level but the same could also be said for the french community. French-speaking African countries like Benin, Ivory Coast, Senegal,  have huge artists and put out music that could match or even surpass their English brothers.

DJ Marco is one of the most versatile and vast DJs in the city, by virtue of him being born in a french speaking African country and then migrating to the USA to ply his trade, he is able to mix songs from almost every country in Africa and also songs from the USA. The Ivorien was voted as the best African DJ in Indianapolis at the 2020 Afrique Entertainment Awards. This new mix titled Afrozouk is going to last a long time on your playlist

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World FAMOUS DJ Final returns with another firecracker. This time, he takes us back in time circa 1999 till 2010.  He serves us mega-hits that ruled the Nigerian airwaves at that time and laid the foundation for the industry we have today.

DJ Final is one of the most hardworking DJ’s in Nigeria, his works speak for itself. One word to describe them is quality.

Enjoy the moment. as he takes us down memory lane…

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WORLD FAMOUS disc jockey, DJ FINAL comes through with UBER FRESH Mixtape to break the Stay Home Boredom and Corona Panic.

This new playlist “UBER FRESH Mixtape ” is a 1 hr – 2 mins mixtape that comprises of recent hit songs. The mix is to keep everyone lively as we stay home in order to be safe from the viral disease – Corona Virus. Starring; Fireboy’s ‘Gbas Gbos‘, 2Baba x Wizkid’s ‘Opo‘, Kizz Daniel’s’ “Jaho“, Tekno’s “Skeletun“, Small Doctor’s ‘Account Balance‘, Naira Marley’s ‘Tesumole‘, DJ Xclusive’s ‘Mad o!‘, Davido’s ‘Sweet in the Middle‘, Timi Dakolo’s ‘Take‘ and others…

Listen and Enjoy!

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On the 22nd of April 2010,  Nigerians woke up to the news that one of it’s fiercest rappers at the time Dagrin had passed away in a fatal accident. Dagrin who was on a steady rise at the time is credited for taking Yoruba rap music to the mainstream. He succeeded where his predecessors like Lord of Ajasa, Reminisce, had struggled to make an impact.

After the death of Dagrin, the indigenous rap industry really needed a savior. It did not take long before Olamide stepped up to that responsibility, and ever since he held on to the crown he has not let go. He took indigenous rap a whole new level, going on to compete with the more mainstream Afro dancehall artists like Wizkid and Davido. In what was regarded as a healthy competition, Olamide was frequently being featured on everything that came out during the time. Never have we seen anyone take rap to this level. Following the successes of most of his song — something most people would describe as “Back to Back” hits, Olamide became one of the most respected brands in the music business and in a few years created a platform for other artists to excel. Olamide built YBNL from the ground up and gave acts like lil Kesh, Chinko Ekun, Adekunle Gold, and more recently Fireboy DML  the opportunity to reach the limelight.

He is also behind brands like OLIC that sell out thousands of concert seats every year and is rumored to be close Allies to the Lagos State Government and partners with them on several events and shows. His career has not been without controversy, In 2015, he went toe to toe with Don Jazzy, the owner of Mavin records — one of the most powerful labels in Africa. A fight broke out over the headies Awards that went to Reekado Banks. During the ceremony, Olamide came on stage and expressed disappointment over the choice of Reekado Banks as the winner, stating that his artist lil Kesh was a more suitable candidate to win the brand new car that is typically awarded to the winner of the Next rated category at the awards.

DJ Baddo releases the best of Olamide Mix and it puts together of all the Major hits that have made Olamide who he is today.

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Olamide has stayed relevant and at the top since he made an appearance almost 10 years ago

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Nigeria boasts a host of amazing music genre’s highlife music, Afrobeat, Apala, Juju, Fuji, folk music, alternative music, Rap, Funk, Afro-pop and a hybrid or mix of several genres. Although Afro-beat seems to be the countries highest selling and most followed style at the moment, artists still create chart-topping singles using a combination of sounds from other genres. While Afro-beat centers on heavy percussions, fast passed beats aimed to make you move, alternative music is more thought-provoking and lyrics based good for making you relax and meditate. There is a really thin line these days in classification as many alternative songs can pass for Afrobeat songs and vice versa but generally, alternative music is not yet mainstream. Famous DJ Cboi releases an alternative mix of Nigerian and foreign songs that have made it to the top of the chats in recent times.

DJ CBOI - Alternative Mix

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