Falz was here in Indianapolis USA over the weekend as a part of his ongoing tour of several states in the United States of America. This event hosted by ClubKalakutah had an impressive turnout and Falz in return dished out an energetic performance, performing some of his songs from way back to the delight of his fans. After the show, Falz praised ClubKalakutah for putting together a fantastic show. He also singled out the promotional team of the club for creating the buzz that surrounded the event. Speaking to the manager of the club, Falz said “ I did not really know what to expect when I was told we were going to Indianapolis, I was like wow because I do not really hear about shows here but when I came on stage, it was mad! You guys really turned up, Kudos to you. ”

Falz also spent some time taking questions from friends and fans while enjoying a meal at the famous Kalakutah African restaurant in Indianapolis, United States.

Check out the recap video above and some photographs taken by Bree Daniels and Mazi Ifeanyi below.

 

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Enjoy and share pictures from this weekends flex Saturday at Club Kalakutah located at 4718 Century Plaza Rd, Indianapolis, IN, USA 46254 . I would appreciate you tag @MAZI_IFEANYII as photo credit and @clubKalakutah as location when you share the pictures on Instagram.

The name Kalakutah originates from Nigeria. It refers to a breakaway state created by Nigeria’s music Legend and Afrobeat founder Fela Anikulapo Kuti. He created the state to be free from Government interference, Police brutality, corruption, and bad policies. In other words, it is meant to be a place to freely enjoy what you love doing.

Don’t forget that Falz is going to be in the building on the 27th of April 2019.

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Falz releases visuals to Hypocrite, one of my favorite songs on the Moral Instruction album. In fact, the message of the song is so vivid that the video was already visualized in everyone’s mind. It is one of those videos that you can shoot with a phone camera and it would still be dope but for TV sake it better be shot with the right camera and in the right format.

Off his moral Instructions album, Falz continues to extend his relevance in the Nigerian music community as he deploys recent events and happenings around him as inspiration for making his content. The lawyer turned rapper is in a world of his own, combining activism and music on this one.

Let’s talk about these lines from the song for  a minute

What about even you voters /
Wey dey act like say you only see two jokers/
Recycle the same corrupt men/
Later you complain you say you hate the government/

This weekend someone was complaining to me about the fact that there are reports in the news that Fulani herdsmen are killing people in Zamfara State Nigeria. I replied to her “ Let them kill whoever they want ”.You all had the chance to elect a good Government.

It is painful and frustrating that people will complain all day but when the time comes to change the status quo, they support the same people who they have been complaining about. As a matter of fact, they carry firearms and dedicate their lives to installing well-known criminals. Then a few weeks later they return to complaining.

My question is Do Nigerians even know elections are for? It is really sad, we blame it on lack of education or enlightenment, but you will be surprised that highly educated individuals and those highly ranked in the academia are the ones who pave the way for this irrational behavior and thinking. How do we resuscitate our society? Once upon a time, Nigerians were good thinkers, Nowadays our IQ is rapidly on the decline.

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Kizzdaniel’s fuck you challenge is probably the biggest Nigerian challenge ever witnessed on Instagram. We not only have Nigerian stars, but we have got the biggest artiste from Africa sending in their entries. Some of the emerging acts posted on this blog on a daily had amazing covers and were reposted by the Megastar on his Instagram. Acts like Toby Grey, Blaqbones, and officialBils just to mention a few.

The fans are delighted as some of their favorite acts take turns to dismantle the instrumental made by Young John. Kizz daniel started the Fuck you challenge some weeks ago and it is basically about telling a story of cheating partners in a relationship. Here is a compilation of what we think are the best covers and why.

1. Kizz Daniel

The original version in my opinion still remains the best and retains its relevance. S/o to Kizz Daniel for this initiative, it also gives young acts the chance to level up against the giants and it provides a platform to discover new emerging acts.

2. Tiwa Savage

We all know that Tiwa’s version came from a deep down. Failed Relationships and betrayed trust, she has been through them all. For a while, she has been on a break but decided to let some steam. Her version wins the category of the most controversial cover and the fact is controversy sells. We are glad to finally hear from her.

3. Toby Grey

I talked about Toby Grey in a post last week about her new single Show Glass featuring Chinko and Terry Apala, I told y’all about how amazing she is as an artiste. Her cover to Kizz daniels Woju was what brought her limelight. She just made another brilliant cover to kizz Daniels song which has also earned her a mention from kiZZ Daniel. Kizz Daniel and his team via Instagram have promised to work with Tobi Grey for free in 2019. Hopefully, this challenge has lead her to her helper.

4. SUPERCHEQUEBOY

This to me is the discovery of the challenge.Prior to this, I never heard of him before. His style is 100 and he totally smashed it. Very different vibe.

5. Ladipoe

Ladipoe is one of the most consistent rap acts in Nigeria at this point. The Mavin Record artiste is out here to prove a point. His version stands out from the rest because of his very concept and approach. I love the idea, you can tell he has taken his time to think of how to make a version different from the rest. His dialogue / conversation with his girl friend is really cool.

6. Nadia Nakai

South Africa is always known for coming through in rap cyphers. There is an abundance of rap talents in the country, I need not mention them. Nadia Nakai The south African Femcee sent in her cover and boy it did not disappoint! Although she sounded like she lost her voice, her bars were serious and it felt like she is talking from experience. Look out for her. Real talk!

7. Simi

They are not much to say other than the fact that she has got an amazing voice. Probably the best in Africa. Simi will always win any competition with her sonorous voice.

8. Bils

Y’all stand up for this dude mehn. He came through with the best lines and quotables. He even used names of popular acts to make his metaphors and punchlines. I love it, the best rap version but the only thing is that it falls short in terms of production. You may have to struggle to hear him clearly but some good headphones will help.

9. Skiibii

Skibii is probably one of the most insulted artiste in Nigeria. He took time to task and get off the runway especially with his time in Five-star music. Soon after he left Five Star Music, his career took off and he has been on a winning streak. His Fuck you challenge is also really dope, he seemed very comfortable and balanced on the young John produced instrumental. I am happy that someone who people thought would never blow up is doing awesome for himself and his fans now.

10. Ycee

Ycee always comes correct. He is a sweet blend of rapping and singing. His version also stands out. Swag, Lyrical ability, and finesse.

11. Dremo

Very similar concept to Ycee, Dremo comes correct on his verse. His concept is also dramatic and he paints a picture of a girl that has fucked the entire DMW crew. I think his version is the most aggressive almost like the chick is his kid .. lol. Dremo was expected in Indianapolis USA alongside Mayorkun in the month of March but failed to make it due to technical issues. The event has been rescheduled.

12. Falz

Falz is a natural storyteller. I reviewed his album Moral Instructions a while ago and compared it’s relevance to that of the legendary Fela. His fuck you challenge is really dramatized and I love it especially how he switches from Pidgin to English effortlessly.

13. Demmiee vee

Dope artiste! He got his break last year when he released his massive hit single Tiff. Tiff went on to get almost 1 million views on youtube. He also featured on one of the best songs on Falz album titled Hypocrite. His voice is astounding and very unique.

14. Sarkodie

One of the best artiste Africa, this mans delivery is unrivaled. The energy in his voice can power up a dead soul. It is something like versaline for every instrumental, so smooth and glides in without friction. I also love his cover

15. BlaqBonez

Dude has been very consistent and his consistency has begun to pay off. I remember when i would call Blaq to offer him some management advise, at this point he knew nothing about the music business. I was able to lay the foundations for his understanding of the business side. I feel very happy seeing him at this level. He is currently signed to choc city under the tutelage of Audu Maikori and M.I Abaga two of the most powerful music businessmen in Africa.

As more and more covers continue to drop we will keep you updated.

 

Falz was born in Lagos State, Mushin, in South-Western Nigeria to renowned lawyers Femi and Funmi Falana. He is the son of Femi Falana, a Nigerian human rights activist and lawyer. He was called to the bar in 2012 after graduating from the Nigerian Law school . Falz started music as a hobby while in secondary school. He formed a music group with a friend called “The School Boys”. In 2009, while in high school, he released a compilation of some of his recordings as a mix-tape titled Shakara: The Mixtape

Going by his background and training as a lawyer , it is not difficult to understand why Falz uses his music to examine the Nigerian society . Music is a very important socio-political tool. However in Nigeria, it is used primarily for entertainment . Youths these days are so focused on entertaining people for a profit via music , that they forget music is also a tool to educate society . Many of us may have been little children when Fela Anikulapo Kuti was in his prime . Fela used his music to educate people, it served as a medium to pressure government; warn the masses about government excesses , and fight social injustice . To Fela music was a way to re-orientate the people on the need to preserve the African culture , religions and traditions and do away with colonial influences or western doctrines. Fela’s main agenda was to fight military dictatorship , he was against the military and any other form of the colonial government (including democracy) , he often referred to military personnel as zombies .

Femi Falana , Falz’s dad is very passionate about Fela , he refers to Fela as his most interesting client . He served as Fela’s lawyer for a period of time but little did he know that his son would one day use his music for social reconstruction just like his client Fela had done . The seed was planted in Falz.

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Falz recently released his Album titled “ Moral instruction ”  to critical acclaim . There has been mixed feelings about the lyrics and content of the album . The songs touched on different issues plaguing the Nigerian society , ranging from corruption to Nepotism ; prostitution to political thuggery ; election violence ; lynching in public places ; human rights , law and order , police brutality , Sex with minors , early marriage , gay rights , hypocrisy , Internet fraud , Fake Pastors and Imams , and materialism to mention a few . Falz does a really good Job at highlighting all these issues in each of the songs . I felt like i was listening to a social worker while playing the album . Some of the songs even caused me to pause and ponder on it , something that is a rarity in today’s music. i cannot recall the last time a song made me ponder on a topic and research deeper .

The two stand out tracks for me on the album are Jonny Just come and Hypocrites . Jonny Just come was a story about many Nigerians who have been killed in tribal wars or by police brutality . It is a very sad tale and the type that Nigerians wake up to almost every day . Religion and tribe has shed a lot of blood in the country . Falz samples a lot of Fela’s vocals on the album with production primarily handled by Sess, with additional production from TMXO, Willis, and Chillz. Demmie Vee, Chillz and Sess were listed as features on the album. My personal favorite is Hypocrite . Every Single Nigerian is a Hypocrite . All you need to do is go on Facebook or any social media platform where you have majority Nigerians and see the level of hypocrisy and double standards.

People just dey do like say na dem be Jesus / People so wicked but they so religious
Who dey calculate/ E no dey show the figures
Who dey demonstrate wey dey run leave us / People too complain but dey fear to speak up/ You don’t want to die but nothing to live for /Christian and corrupt no suppose be mixture / Real musulumi e no suppose dey thief jor / Real talk no be fight rara
Everybody get fault for inside matter/ We dey talk human right
We no respect am / Who are we to crucify the homosexuals?

I love the fact that the album does not sound boring, especially with the fact that he was mostly stressing on similar issues. If care and creatively wasn’t at maximum levels , one could easily be bored to sleep by songs talking about the very same issues even though at some point i felt a little bit less interested as the album wore on. Another down side to the album is the fact that Falz mostly concentrated at pointing out the problems in Nigeria . I would have expected that he could have taken the time to find more solutions also. It is easy for anyone to point out everyday issues but it takes special people to find solutions . Solutions like exercise your rights to vote, more educated people should sit for police exams , more inter tribal marriages , place of origin should be done away with and place of residence be what is recognized by law, a better education curriculum , a merit based system rather than quota based or faith based , constitutional amendments and reforms, and the separation of church and mosque from state just to point out a few.

The only reason i would still maintain that Fela is the most relevant act of our time is the fact that Fela was dare devil. He directly attack powerful people, he made references to real events and wait would for the consequences . Fela went against presidents, Governors, Religious leaders, e.t.c . No corrupt person was spared, Fela would name names. Falz on the contrary is playing very cautious , and i really understand why. The Nigerian political terrain can be really brutal , so people are very cautious of what they say so as not to be targeted even Fela lost his mother and most of his property as a result of his fight against the military dictatorship in Nigeria . Notwithstanding, What Falz has done is very commendable, though some of his remarks are sometimes more comical, salient , metaphoric or ironic which only the more intelligent may grasp. It is facts that the method an artist chooses to deliver his message also impacts how his music is received, because people will tend to gravitate towards the more controversial record or artiste. Having said that , I think people will gravitate towards Fela’s music more because Fela’s mode of delivery was fierce . With more time and work in this direction, Falz will definitely grow to become as influential as Fela , even though he may achieve this in his own way, style and fashion and not necessarily the Fela way .

I really commend Falz for dropping this gem and i know for certain that it will stand the test of time . It would be interesting to see how this album grows or dies on Nigerians especially as youths are more inclined to dance songs and majority of us youths are the ones being criticized by Falz. People do not want to hear the truth and may avoid playing the album more than once . The songs that make the numbers are the ones that encourage greed and short cuts to wealth or the once that elevate religion . I would be following Falz projects and progress . Falz if you are reading this , i want to tell you that your music has spoken for the weak , the poor and the oppressed . There will be may blessings attached to this but also be safe and aware of your surroundings . I wish you all the best .

 “ Like the popular saying A prophet is not recognized in his own home ”