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Wizkid is set to release his highly anticipated album “Made In Lagos” this month of October, 2020, and to prepare his fans for the incoming project, he released the official artwork and two singles off the album; “Smile” which features American singer, H.E.R and “No Stress”.

The title, “Made In Lagos” is a direct reference to his Nigerian roots that lead straight to his Shitta (Small London), Surulere, Lagos beginnings, the city that made him who he is today. “Growing up in Lagos made me the man I am today. The most beautiful city in the world! Exciting times ahead “

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While his 2016 hit “Ojuelegba” showed bits and fragments of his humble beginnings “Made In Lagos” aims to share his deep connection with the city which shows that he is intentional with this album. “Smile” and “No Stress” tell an interesting tale of what to expect in the album but its artwork is another interesting feature that invites scholarly analysis.

In this article, we would be highlighting the distinguishing icons on the artwork that represent different landmarks portraying a typical Lagos story. From the Lagos Sun to Lagos traffic, to the Liberation image of the Afrobeat King Fela Kuti, to the Lekki Ikoyi link bridge, this is a story that only true Lagosians can relate to.

The Lagos Sun & Traffic

Located at the center of the artwork is a circle with dotted lines around it. This represents the Lagos scorching and ever blazing sun and traffic. For Lagosians, there is no energy and life if these key factors are absent. The hustle makes everyone bustle. This might appear like an attempt at humor, but Lagosians actually spend a huge part of living in traffic. They spend more time in traffic than in their homes or places of work. That is how brutal the legendary Lagos traffic could be but hey that’s what keeps the city alive

Fela Kuti

What’s Lagos without music? What’s Lagos without Fela? The Afrobeat icon, Fela Anikulapo Kuti continues to remain a legend for decades even after his passing. His music which was aimed at fighting for the liberation of the masses and against corruption is still very much relevant today.

Every year, the “Felabration,” which is an annual festival of music and arts is hosted at the New Afrika Shrine to commemorate the life and times of the late singer. At the 2017 edition of the festival which also marked the 20th year anniversary of his demise the famous “Liberation Statue” was mounted at Allen Roundabout, Ikeja, Lagos by then Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode now moved to Toyin Roundabout by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The artwork was created as a form of respect and remembrance to the legend; what he stood for and fought for with his music; his mythology; struggle for freedom; fight for human dignity; social consciousness; courage and Pan-Africanism. The Liberation Statue was brought to life by Nigerian artist Abolore Sobayo who used fiberglass to design the golden headless effigy of the legend with its handless arms raised into the sky. This is Wizkid’s way of paying homage to the late legend, King of Afrobeat who inspired him to make music.

The Lekki – Ikoyi Link Bridge

The bridge is the first cable-stayed bridge to be built in Nigeria and was constructed at a cost of 29 billion Naira. Lagosians use this bridge as an alternative route to escape traffic and it also serves as a recreational facility especially for those that like to jog or work out. The bridge is the most photographed place in Lagos as tourists and other visitors have named it one of the places to visit in the state. The founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg even went on a morning run on the bridge during his visit to Lagos. You should see the view of the bridge at night, absolutely breathtaking and stunning. The bridge is also home to the Lagos Lagoon, canoes, and boats which is illustrated in the artwork,

National Arts Theatre

The National Arts Theatre is an important building in the history of Lagos as it is the primary center for the performing arts in Nigeria. The monument is located in Iganmu, Surulere, Lagos.  With its exterior shaped like that of a military hat, It has a 5,000-seater Main Hall with a collapsible stage and two capacity cinema halls, all of which are equipped with facilities for simultaneous translation of 8 languages; among others. It’s not just a building its art with deep history, art that makes Lagos shine.

Tafawa Balewa Square, (TBS)

Originally called the “Race Course” in Lagos Island, the entrance to the square has gigantic sculptures of four white horses hovering above the gate and seven red eagles, which are symbols from the national emblem signifying Strength and Dignity respectively. It is bounded by Awolowo Road, Cable Street, Force road, Catholic Mission street, and the 26-story independence building. The square has a capacity for 50,000 people and is mostly used for numerous events such as musical concerts and religious gatherings.

Eyo

Another important symbol to note in the artwork is that of the “Eyo” “It refers to the costumed dancers, known as the masquerades that come out during the festival. The white-clad Eyo masquerades represent the spirits of the dead, and are referred to in Yoruba as “Agogoro Eyo.”

Back in the days, The Eyo festival was held to escort the soul of a departed Lagos King or Chief and to usher in a new king but now, it is still almost universally observed as tourist attractions for visitors worldwide.

The Three Wise Men (White Cap Chiefs) – Welcome To Lagos

There’s no way you’ll miss three men greeting you upon entering Lagos. “Welcome to Lagos” is an Art Deco statue of three Lagos white-cap chiefs located. It was designed by Bodun Shodeinde in 1991 and stands over 12 ft high. It portrays the image of three white cap chiefs in slightly different positions, wearing white wrappers tied across their shoulders with their right fists clenched.

The figure on the right-hand side stretches his fist forward to the air; with an inclined fist a bit down, the figure in the middle holds his right fist forward while the figure on the left brings his two fists together, slightly touching each other in the air. Welcome To Eko!

Lifting Nigeria Up

Lagosians are often presented with beautiful scenery that leaves one wondering even during the hustle and bustle. Formerly in Maryland, that statue of three men lifting Nigeria up is seen as a reminder of how the three major tribes of Nigeria came together to keep Nigeria as a whole.

There is also the busy weave signs and canoes which indicates that Lagos is a lively environment surrounded by Water and enjoyed with great Musics.

“Made In Lagos” is sure to make history because it marks another era for the singer since he released his debut single “Holla At Your Boy”. We’ve seen tremendous growth from the days of “Superstar,” “Ayo,” “Sounds From The Other Side” to “Soundman Vol 1” and it is certain that “Made In Lagos” would be extraordinary. We can’t wait for the album to drop!!

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Nigerian gospel rapper and Heavenly Music Dynasty hiphophead MX-Nine announces the release of his new body of work tagged “The Last Adam” after much anticipation.

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The Last Adam” is a 12 track Mixtape + a bonus track (Chiff Timz X MX-Nine – Den Lions Exclusive).

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Late last year, 3 joints off the tape was dropped including the thought provoking “Nature Of My Pain” featuring gospel sensation Medlye.

MX-Nine is a gospel/conscious rapper who always shows up from an unconventional space.
A true HipHop head who is one of the pioneers on the Rap Scene in YenTown. He was formerly known as HT, back when he was a Circular Rapper.

Stay glued for more information on this, “THE LAST ADAM” drops April, 2021 and the Countdown starts shortly

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Davido Worldwide Entertainment Limited under exclusive licence to Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited releases the video of Davido ‘s Live Performance at the Jimmy Kimmel Live In US, performing his recent buzzing hit, ‘Jowo‘ off the A Better Time (ABT) Album and 2018 hit song – ‘Assurance‘.

Music video by Davido performing Assurance/Jowo at Jimmy Kimmel Live!.. Watch and Enjoy below

 

 

 

About Jimmy Kimmel Live:

Jimmy Kimmel serves as host and executive producer of Emmy®-nominated “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” ABC’s late-night talk show. “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” is well known for its huge viral video successes, with over 11 billion views and more than 15 million subscribers on the show’s YouTube channel. Some of Kimmel’s most popular comedy bits include “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets,” “Lie Witness News,” “Unnecessary Censorship,” “Halloween Candy YouTube Challenge,” and music videos like “I (Wanna) Channing All Over Your Tatum.”

 

 

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CDQ Stabbed By Burna Boy’s Crew Over Obafemi Martins Issue

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Pulse obtains audio and video recordings where CDQ claims he was stabbed by Burna Boy’s squad over Obafemi Martins drama

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On Monday, March 1, 2021, Nigerian rapper, CDQ called out Grammy-nominated Nigerian superstar, Burna Boy.

He accused BET Award-winning Burna Boy of disrespecting veteran Nigerian footballer, Obafemi Martins. You can read details of that story here.

While football fans and music Twitter clashed on social media later on Monday, Burna Boy, CDQ and Obafemi Martins were all spotted hanging out together.

What really happened at Quilox

In the evening of Sunday, February 28, Burna Boy and his crew were at Quilox, an exotic club on Victoria Island, Lagos. Martins and his crew were also at the club that night. A fight then broke out between businessman, Rahman Jago – a known associate of Burna Boy – and another person.

The issue got so big that Martins’ camp was affected. Due to Jago’s affiliations with Burna Boy, they faced off with the former Super Eagles player and his camp.

Martins himself got physically involved and in the heat of the moment, the footballer had to defend himself and found a way to escape the drama and the danger of it.

A bemused CDQ, who was also at the club on the night, vented at Burna Boy on social media. He felt Burna Boy’s camp had disrespected Martins, a respected footballer and philanthropist.

A thoughtful and respectful Burna Boy then sought to mend bridges with Martins, so he reached out and that was achieved. This led to the pictures of Burna Boy, CDQ, SammyLarry and Martins that went viral on Monday evening.

Aftermath

On the night of March 1, CDQ was at the club when a confrontation ensued with Burna Boy’s camp, led by a guy named Richie. As the issue escalated, CDQ said he was stabbed by Burna Boy’s camp and left bloodied.

Upon hearing about CDQ’s maltreatment, his camp stormed the same club and a fresh fight ensued with Burna Boy’s camp – a few other people got injured.

CDQ in an audio obtained by Pulse Nigeria, explicitly confirmed Burna Boy’s involvement. Speaking in Yoruba, he says, “It was Burna and his squad, led by a guy named Richie who later got stabbed as well. I made sure that he bled. [My People] questioned Burna’s sanity to do this in Lagos; not Port Harcourt or London.”

In a video also obtained, a deep cut is seen above CDQ’s left ear, from where blood gushes profusely. CDQ’s white Inter Milan shirt has blood stains while a white towel is visibly seen, drenched in blood, presumably that of rapper.

In another audio obtained by Pulse Nigeria, CDQ is heard in Yoruba saying, “He [Burna Boy] is an oloribuku. When [his camp] got done, I called my people over to retaliate against [Burna’s] camp. [Burna] then took me to the hospital where I got two pints of blood last night.

“Later, [Burna] asked me to enter the club and have a few drinks, so that people could make a video to prove that everything was settled.”

You can listen to the audio and watch the video below;

Word from Burna Boy’s camp

Pulse Nigeria then reached out to Burna Boy’s camp and they denied the allegations. In fact, they claimed that CDQ was never at the club on the night of March 1.

They claim that Burna Boy was about to leave the club when he heard that some guys were about to attack Martins. A horrified Burna Boy then rushed back into the club to rescue Martins.

Burna according to them always held the footballer in high regard after he bought expensive tables at the singer’s shows in the past.

Burna Boy’s camp also deny that Burna Boy was at the club on Monday night.

This is not the first time Burna Boy has been accused of violence.

In November 2017, the singer was accused of sending two men to attack fellow Port Harcourt-bred artist, Mr. 2Kay at Eko Hotels and Suites. You can read details of that HERE.

In December 2020, Burna Boy and fellow Nigerian superstar also reportedly had a bust-up in Ghana.

Before the December 2020 event, the Grammy nominee appeared to have turned a corner and had looked to leave public controversies behind.

But 11 days before he scheduled to perform at the 63rd Grammy Awards, where his album, Twice As Tall is also competing for the Best World Music Album, Burna Boy is again trailed by controversy.

Source:- Pulse Ng

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