Nigerian-American Hip-Hop and afrobeat artist Teeklef releases a new single entitled “A Prayer for (Black) America”. The song is a commentary on the current state of the U.S. and the world and asks difficult questions about civil rights and social justice.
Teeklef is not known to be politically explicitly, but as a Black man in America, an immigrant, and a father, it is important to add to the chorus of brave and talented voices currently speaking up against systemic racism.
After the gruesome murder of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, Teeklef took to the streets in his current home of Indianapolis and stood with protesters. Frustrated by the difficulties presented to the Black community in the US and inspired by the reactions of so many people calling for change, he returned to his studio and wrote this song. “A Prayer for (Black) America” is a meditation on life as a Black person in America, but it is also a call to action to all of America to stand up, march for equality, and ‘say their names.’
Recall that George Floyd was choked to death by cops on the streets of Minneapolis sparking worldwide outrage and outcry against police brutality. Similarly, Breonna Taylor was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police Department officers while asleep in her bedroom after they had forcefully entered into her home.
Ladies and Gentlemen Teeklef is at it again. After just having received 3 Awards at the Just concluded Afrique Entertainment Awards, Teeklef releases another video to kick start his year.
The Afrique Entertainment Award Winner of Best Afro-beat Artist, Best R&B, and Artist of the year is known for his working really hard and pushing himself to the limit. Teeklef will be looking to surpass his recent achievements in next years awards.
Speaking on his award on Facebook and attending with his daughter, Teeklef Said “… baby girl is the closest person that sees how hard I really work behind the scenes. it’s only right that she was there to see me to bag the trophies. s/o to the AEA Awards committee and the fans who voted for us … #girldad #aeaawards ”
In the space of a few weeks, Teeklef drops another video titled “Last night in Paris”. The video looks like it was shot outside the USA. Teeklef is definitely up to something in 2020 and it will be a matter of time before we found out. There has been a number of collaborations with acts outside of the USA and content from outside the USA in 2019 and we hope the Indiana based artist can keep up the trend in 2020.
Last night in Paris is a mix of Afrobeat and R&B something that Teeklef terms “Afropop”. The video features Sweedish model Sophia Clintestedt Smith. The Nigerian artist remains one of the leading musicians in Indianapolis USA.
He is one of the leading musicians in the city of Indianapolis USA and has a huge fanbase in the heart of the city. He was also nominated in 5 categories including Artist of the year at the upcoming AE awards after touring parts of Europe this year. You all can tell I am talking of no other than Teeklef right?
Ladies and Gentlemen the wait is Over. Teeklef has dropped the video to his XO single released earlier in the year.
‘XO’ sees the Indiana Star re-focusing his production and writing with a harder Hip-Hop edge.
Following on a tumultuous past couple of years personally and professionally, Teeklef expresses his feelings of loss and struggle through this song .
Swedish DJ/producer collective Mash Up International is back with the single “Killa Wine” ft. Nigerian/American/Naptown singer Teeklef!
This flirtatious and sweet Afropop song with the aggressive title “Killa Wine” is the result of Mash Up International discovering the talented artist Teeklef via Spotify.
Teeklef who was on tour recently is set to release his project which he describes as a revelation of the ordeal he passed through in the hands of his ex wife. “I am finally ready to tell the world what i passed through in the last year. It was a difficult journey and i am glad it is finally over”, Teeklef said .
Teeklef serves us the visuals to his newest single titled want it. The USA based Nigerian star who just dropped his Afro-pop project after having completed a tour to several countries is expected to reach his peak this year. I am really excited for Teeklef, it’s been a long time coming and things seem to be looking up for him.
Want it is a dope single featuring sample vocals from Tuface’s hit single “ For instance ”. The video is very befitting of the song.
Nigeria-raised, Indianapolis-based R&B artist Teeklef released the AfroPop EP on April 26th. Following Singles ‘Calling’ and ‘Want It’, the singer/producer has been on a world tour promoting his newest project. Entitled Afropop, the EP embraces the elements of Afrobeat and pop music that have influenced Teeklef’s process.
In 2018, following a long-awaited return trip to his birthplace of Lagos, Nigeria, Teeklef returned to the studio energized. He began writing and recording what would be the beginning of a series of EPs, which reflect the diversity of cultures that make up Teeklef as a musician and as a human.
‘Calling’, a song that flows from memories of driving the streets of Lagos at night, starts the EP. ‘Feel Like’ expresses his relationship with the hometown he has
been away from for years. ‘Want It’, the 3rd single, brings a turn in the artist’s attitude, and ‘I’m Ready’ brings us to a catharsis.
Teeklef is embracing both his homes, Africa and America, and his multiple musical influences. Sonically, it merges the sounds of Afrobeat and Hip-hop, and lyrically it flips between Pidgin, Igbo, Yoruba and English. A second chapter, AfroSoul, is planned for later this year.
The AfroPop EP is available on 4/26/19 via HipNavi Sound.
Watch clips of one of Indiana’s most prolific acts Teeklef on stage at Club Kalakutah . Club Kalakutah is known for hosting guest artiste from in and around the city . Last weekend a Nigerian music Icon – Dr SID also performed . Teeklef adds to the illustrious list of acts that have graced the stage at Club Kalakutah .
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I had a blast this weekend as Teeklef and his HipNavi crew hosted his core fans to a concert / Listening party . The event was held at the famous Spotlight Indy, a small concert venue inside the humble creations studio.
Teeklef kept the ladies dancing and jubilant all night with his sonorous voice and stage presence . There were other performances by notable acts like Terrance Anderson , Khiry Managan , Keiana Whatley , Camerudeboy and FOXDLEGND. Other notable celebrities present were Video director Tai Payne , DJ Mary Jane most of whom have been featured on this blog and my play list in the recent past . A lot of fans stayed to have pictures at the end. It was a lot of fun . Teeklef continues his Tour to major cities , visit his page @teeklef to find out the next tour destination.
I was granted an all access passage and was privileged to take exclusive backstage pictures . These are pictures from Teeklef’s Afropop Listening party. Please view and share them with your friends . Also do not forget to tag @mazi_ifeanyii as Photo credit on Instagram when you share photos .