Two Nigerians are nominated for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony slated for February 12, 2017.
One of them is Wizkid for co-writing and co-producing Drake’s “One Dance” in the Album of the Year category, the other is Kah-Lo for “Rinse and Repeat” with Riton, the veteran British DJ, for Best Dance Performance.
Kah-Lo’s nomination comes as a surprise to many of the artist’s fellow citizens.
In Nigeria, afrobeats is in front-street while other pop-genres lurk in back alleys and lungu only making an appearance as infusions, rather than stand-alone genres. Kah-Lo’s nomination is exciting for being a big bruising house track, a little known genre in Nigeria, at a time when afrobeats all but dominates.
The Glory, Olamide’s 5th solo studio album, is essentially a victory lap. It was released in late December to coincide with the third “Olamide Live In Concert” in Lagos.
Produced by Major Bangz, its first single “Owo Blow” is an exercise in brag swag like a mid-career Jay Z song, say 2006’s “Show Me What You Got.” This is telling. Olamide is now at the height of his powers, as Jay Z was in the mid-2000s, and like him he owns a prominent record label, and can confidently claim to be the king of Lagos/Nigeria/Afro-rap—but then again there are other thrones and his co-d, Phyno, is sitting on one of them.
Germany’s Ace Tee gave us all the fixings for a refreshing take on 90s swag in her music video for “Bist tu down?” featuring German rapper Kwam.e.
The song title translates to “Are you down,” and thanks to my older brother who’s the German speaker in the family, Ace Tee is singing about a guy she likes and asks him if he’s down to hang out and be together.