Stefflon Don Announces One Year Anniversary With ‘African Giant’ In Romantic Video

 

British rapper and songwriter, Stefflon Don, has celebrated her one year dating anniversary with her boo, Burna Boy, also popularly known as the African Giant.

The ‘Hit me up’ crooner took to her Instastories on Tuesday, January 7, to share a romantic video of themselves making out at a club, with a sweet note which read; “Today marks exactly 1 year! cheers to 100 more my sweetie cakes”.

 

 

READ ALSO:  Burna Boy Nominated For 2020 Grammy Awards

In an interview with Los Angeles radio station, Power 105.1, Stefflon Don had revealed how she met Burna Boy.

“I met him in Ghana,” she said.

“I was in Africa for a show then I missed my flight, he had a show where he performed and I went to the show and the rest is history baby. He told me I was going to be his wife and you know how boys always talk shit, but I didn’t remember he said that but he told me and I was like wow.”

On his part, the Multiple award-winning Nigerian singer, Burna Boy, is no doubt in love.

The duo have been known to display their affection in the public to the joy of fans.

Burna Boy, Rema Make Obama’s Favourite Music List For 2019

 

Burna Boy’s Anybody and Rema’s Iron Man have been included in former US President Barack Obama’s Favourite Music List for 2019.

This is according to a post by the former US president on the micro-blogging site, Twitter.

In his post, Obama noted that he had drawn the list from a variety of music genres.

The post read, “From hip-hop to country to The Boss, here are my songs of the year. If you’re looking for something to keep you company on a long drive or help you turn up a workout, I hope there’s a track or two in here that does the trick.”

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Beyond The Glitz, Nigerian Entertainers Struggle To Make Money

A photo collage of three Nigerian entertainers, Burna Boy, Omotola Jolade-Ekeinde and Wizkid used to illustrate the story.

 

Fake eyelashes fluttered, bespoke suits were on display and slick music videos played at the inaugural edition of The Entertainment Fair and Festival in Nigeria’s economic hub Lagos in late November.

But behind the glitter, the reality of the film and music sectors in Africa’s most populous nation can often be far less glamorous: wages are low, there are no social protections and copyright law is rarely enforced.

That comes despite the country boasting the second most productive film industry in the world and some of Africa’s biggest pop stars.

Hits by singers like Burna Boy, Wizkid and Davido play non-stop on stations across the continent and Nollywood churns out some 2,500 movies each year.

Despite the successes, revenues from Nigeria’s entertainment and media sector in 2018 lagged well behind that of the continent’s other leading economic powerhouse South Africa at $4.5 billion compared to $9.1 billion, PwC said.

That difference is not down to output or demand as Nigeria produces more, exports more and has a domestic market of some 200 million people, four times bigger than South Africa.

Instead industry insiders insist it is a problem of organisation.

South Africa has better systems for ensuring royalty payments for artists, stronger legal protections and more modern facilities such as film studios, concert venues and cinemas.

‘Not taken seriously’

In a bid to help remedy the issues facing the industry, veteran Nollywood star Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde came up with the first entertainment business fair, known as TEFFEST.

It is aimed at bringing together actors, singers, producers, insurers, lawyers and managers to better organise the sector.

“The entertainment industry has grown without structures, without a roof,” Jalade-Ekeinde, nicknamed “Omo Sexy”, told AFP.

“For decades, we were not taken seriously and the big corporation companies didn’t consider us.”

The situation has changed as the industry has grown and now companies like Netflix are looking to step up their involvement in Nollywood and international labels attempting to tap Afropop stars.

“We produced, we grew, we became something suddenly and now the corporate world is trying to understand how we work and how they can deal with us,” Jalade-Ekeinde, AKA “the Queen of Nollywood”, said.

But the problems riddling the industry means it is often difficult to invest.

“There is nothing to celebrate here,” said Efe Omoregbe, manager of singer 2Face and former board member of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), which was dissolved by the government due to an internal conflict.

“We should be fixing and addressing major structural issues (…) We live in a culture of abuse when it comes to copyrights.”

PwC estimates that 80 percent of the pirate CDs globally can be found in Nigeria and singer Brymo says that in almost 20 years performing he has never received any money from his songs playing on local radio stations.

“Internationally, we make money through digital distribution platforms that have taken over rapidly, but locally it’s mostly with gigs or endorsement deals,” he said.

Contracts or handshakes

Lawyer Simeon Okoduwa said he tries to insist on artists signing a contract with producers before working with them.

“Too many film shoots or recordings are still done based on promises and handshakes,” he said.

This is an issue that leading actor Michelle Dede knows only too well.

The star always demands a written contract before starting her next film — and says the largest production companies now do offer written contracts as standard.

“Before producers thought I was being pretentious,” she said.

Despite the improvements she still decries the lack of protections for performers or a minimum wage for actors and others involved in the industry such as make-up artists, cameramen and technicians.

Nollywood is a vast employer in Nigeria — with some estimates saying it offers jobs to one million people — but much of that is very precarious.

“We make more money on building a brand than acting,” said Dede.

“But I shouldn’t be focusing on how many likes I get on Instagram, I should be working on my roles.”

Despite the drawbacks, the entertainment industry is still a major draw in a country where almost half the population live in extreme poverty.

But Dede said she still has no regret of leaving her job in marketing in London to launch herself in Nollywood.

“Nothing makes me happier than acting,” she said.

“Even though the pay is not good, there is no way I would give up on that.”

 

AFP

FULL LIST: Burna Boy, Timi Egbuson, Tolani Alli, Others Win Big At Future Africa Award

Burna Boy, Timini Egbuson and Tolani Alli

 

It was another big night for Afropop musician, Burna Boy, on Sunday as he clinched the Young Person of the Year Award and The Future Award Prize for Music.

The African Giant was one of the many young Nigerians celebrated at the 2019 edition of the Future Awards Africa held at The Balmoral, Federal Palace, Victoria Island.

Young actor Timini Egbuson and Tolani Alli, a storyteller and personal photographer to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo were also part of the winners for the night.

READ ALSO: Burna Boy Nominated For 2020 Grammy Awards

The event which is designed to recognise the achievement of young people in Nigeria and Africa nominated outstanding young talents, innovators, entrepreneurs, and community advocates who are breaking boundaries in various industries.

This year, the award was themed ‘Nigeria’s New Tribe’ and was hosted by popular musician, Folarin ‘Falz’ Falana and actress Toni Tones.

They were also supported by social media sensation, Taymesan and Khafi of Big Brother Naija 2019 Reality show.

Below is a complete list of winners of the awards:

 

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR ACTING

Timini Egbuson (32) – Winner

Bimbo Ademoye (28)

Bandele ‘Baaj’ Adebule (30)

Sharon Ooja (28)

Fatima Washa Abdullahi (26)

 

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR MUSIC

Teniola Apata (26)

Damini Ebunoluwa ‘Burna Boy’ Ogulu (28) – Winner

Folarin ‘Falz’ Falana (29)

John ‘Johnny Drille’ Ighodalo (29)

Sadiq ‘Wurld’ Onifade (32)

 

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR AGRICULTURE

Emmanuel Maduka (24)

Chiamaka Ndukwu Theresa and Kenneth Okonkwo (25/25)

Uka Eje (29) – Winner

Divine-Love Akam (24)

Rotimi Olawale (29)

 

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR ADVOCACY

Hamzat Lawal (32) – Winner

Bright Jaja (29)

Uchechi ‘Ucy’ Rochas (27)

Ifedayo Durosinmi-Etti (30)

Funke Adeoye (27)

 

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR ARTS (VISUAL & APPLIED)

Arinze Stanley (26)

Ken Nwadiogbu (25) – Winner

Dipo Doherty (28)

Olarinde Olayemi Ayanfeoluwa (22)

Olabanke Subair (28)

 

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR COMMUNITY ACTION

Abdulazeez Kaltumi (27)

Yetunde Fadeyi (27)

Kelechukwu Nwachukwu Lucky (25)

Tony Joy (27)

Akpobi Elvis (31)

Isaac Success Omoyele (28) – Winner

Stephen Teru (29)

 

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR FILM-MAKING

Kayode Kasum (28)

Dare Olaitan (28) – Winner

Chinney Love Eze (31)

Rahama Sadau (26)

Uche Odoh (30)

 

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR LITERATURE

Akwaeke Emezi (32)

Ijeoma Umebinyuo (30)

Lanaire Aderemi (20)

Oyinkan Braithwaite (31)

Otosirieze Obi-Young (25) – Winner

 

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR MEDIA

Peace Itimi (24)

Paul Alasiri (27)

Edirin Edewor (28)

Samuel Ajiboye (28) – Winner

Tosin Olaseinde (31)

 

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Bukky Akomolafe (31) – Winner

Adesola Ade-Unuigbe (28)

Yinka Iyinolakan (30)

Onoriode Reginald Aziza (27)

Peter Tega Oghenejobo (32)

 

PRIZE FOR OAP (VISUAL & AUDIO)

Osato ‘EDK’ Edokpayi (27)

Huisaina ‘Dashen’ Usman (31)

Mayowa Ogundele – Adegoke (30)

Simi ‘Drey’Adejumo (21) – Winner

Sandra Ezekwesili (30)

 

PRIZE FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

Adetola Onayemi (28) – Winner

Ibijoke Faborede (31)

Moses Onalapo (29)

Dr Achama Eluwa (31)

Fehintola Ajogbasile and Judith Oguzie (27/32)

 

PRIZE FOR SPORTS

Al-farouq Aminu (29)

Georgia Oboh (18)

Eseoghene Oguma (21)

Samuel Chukwueze (23)

Israel Adesanya (30) – Winner

 

PRIZE FOR EDUCATION

Olaseni Cole (32) – Winner

Omozino Eguh (28)

Eyitayo Ogunmola (31)

Seyi Oluyole (27)

Farida Kabir (27)

 

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR TECHNOLOGY

Chinedu Azodoh/ Adetayo Bamiro (29/32)

Zang Luka Bot (28) – Winner

Muhammad Salisu Abdullahi (28)

Timothy Adeleye (25)

Funfere Koroye (29)

 

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR FASHION

Andrea Iyamah (26)

Derin Fabikun (29)

Tuboboreni Sandrah (28) – Winner

Osemwengie Victor Odion (31)

Kenneth Izedonmwen (29)

 

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR BUSINESS

Adekunle Hassan (31)

Obi Ozor (30)

Chika Madubuko (30)

Olawale Ayilara (31) – Winner

Tiwalola Olanubi (31)

 

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR JOURNALISM

Aisha Salaudeen (25)

Joey Akan (28)

Ayodeji Rotinwa (29)

Shola Lawal (25) – Winner

Kiki Mordi (28)

 

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

Adah Clarence (30)

Yemi Ajala (31)

Praise Nnemeka (21)

Stephen Tayo (25)

Tolani Alli (27) – Winner

 

THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR YOUNG PERSON OF THE YEAR

Debo Ogundoyin (32)

Kenneth Udekwe (32)

Damini ‘Burna Boy’ Ogulu (28) – Winner

Burna Boy Nominated For 2020 Grammy Awards

Nigerian singer, Burna Boy, has made the list of nominees for 2020 Grammy Awards.

In the recently released list on Grammys.com website, Burna’s African Giant album is nominated for ‘Best World Music category.’

The nomination is for albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental World Music recordings.

Nominated in the same category with Burna Boy is Altin Gün (GECE); Bokanté & Metropole Orkest Conducted By Jules Buckley (WHAT HEAT); Nathalie Joachim With Spektral Quartet (FANM D’AYITI) and Angelique Kidjo (CELIA).

The cheery news of the nomination was met with congratulatory messages from many other Nigerian artists including Wizkid, Davido, May D, Iyanya, Patoranking, Runtown, Banky W, among others.

See some of the tweets congratulating Burna Boy below…

 

 

2019 Headies Awards: Burna Boy Makes History With 10 Nominations

The 13th Headies Awards nominations list is out and Burna Boy made history raking in 10 nominations.

Headies on its website says Burna’s history as the most nominated artiste is the highest in the history of the award as it defeats Olamide’s record of seven nominations in the 2015 edition of the awards.

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Burna Boy is in contention for the artiste of the year alongside Wizkid, Davido, Tiwa Savage, Falz The Bahd Guy, Teni and Mr Eazi.

Burna’s Ye has three nominations, Song Of The Year, Recording of the year, Best Pop Single and its producer, Phantom gets nominated in the Producer of the year category.

Other categories he got nominated for are: Best Reggae/Dancehall Single Heaven’s Gate featuring Lily Allen ‘, Best Pop Album ‘Outside’, Best Collabo Killin’ Dem featuring Zlatan.

Best Music Video ‘Dangote’, Album of the year ‘Outside, and Headies Viewers Choice.

Other artistes with top nominations include Davido, Wizkid, and Teni.

Tagged ‘The Power of A Dream’ the 2019 Headies Award will feature 29 unique categories to acknowledge and celebrate the work of various artists in different categories.

These include; Best Recording of the Year; Best Pop Single; Producer of The Year; Best Rap Album; Best R&B/ Pop Album; Best Collabo; Best Rap Single; Best Vocal Performance (Male); Best Vocal Performance (Female); Next Rated; Hip Hop World Revelation; and Lyricist on The Roll.

Others are the Best Street-Hop Artiste; Album of The Year; Artiste of The Year; Song of The Year; African Artiste Recognition; Headies’ Viewer’s Choice; Industry Brand Supporter; Best Performer; Songwriter of The Year; Rookie of The Year; Special Recognition; Hall of Fame.

 

 

See full nomination list:

 

BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR

A non-voting category for the best recording (that meets the judges’ requirements of excellence; songwriting, production, rendition) by an artist or group in the year under review.

Adekunle Gold – Ire

Heal D World – Patoranking

Olanrewaju – Brymo

Uyo Meyo – Teni

Ye – Burna Boy

 

BEST POP SINGLE

A category for the best pop single in year under review (by single individual or group).

‘Ye’ – Burna Boy

‘Wetin We Gain’ – Victor AD

‘Fake Love’ – Starboy ft Duncan Mighty, Wizkid

‘Case’ – Teni

‘Jealous’ – Fireboy DML

‘Baby’ – Joeboy

 

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

An individual is responsible for producing the most acclaimed song or album in the year under review.

Phantom – ‘Ye’ by Burna Boy

Ozedikus – ‘Dumebi’ by Rema

Spellz – ‘Askamaya’ by Teni

Killertunes – ‘Fake Love’ by Starboy ft Duncan Mighty and Wizkid

Kel-P Vibes – ‘Killing Dem’ by Burna Boy ft Zlatan

 

BEST RAP ALBUM

A non-voting category for the best album by a rap artiste or group in year under review.

‘Moral Instruction’ – Falz

‘Crown’ – AQ and Loose Kaynon

‘A Study On Self Worth: Yxng Dxnzl’ – M.I Abaga

‘Clone Wars, Vol. IV (These Buhari Times)’ – Show Dem Camp

 

BEST R&B/ POP ALBUM

A category for the best r&b/pop album in the year under review (by single individual or group).

‘Rare.’ – Odunsi (The Engine)

‘Outside’ – Burna Boy

‘No Bad Songz’ – Kizz Daniel

‘Mayor of Lagos’ – Mayorkun

‘About 30’ – Adekunle Gold

 

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

A voting category for the best conceptualist, best directed and most exciting video in the year under review. This award goes to the video director.

‘Dangote’ (Burna Boy) – Clarence Peters

‘Available’ (Patoranking) – Clarence Peters

‘Ire’ (Adekunle Gold) – Aje Films

‘Talk’ (Falz) – Prodigeezy

‘Jaiye’ (Ladipoe) – 88 Factor

 

BEST R&B SINGLE

A category for the best r&b single in the year under review (by a single individual or group).

‘Tipsy’ – Odunsi ft. RAYE

‘Serenade’ – Funbi

‘Uyo Meyo’ – Teni

‘Wishes and Butterflies’ – Wurld

‘Gimme Love’ – Seyi Shay ft. Runtown

 

BEST COLLABO

A voting category for the best r&b, pop or hip-hop collaborative track (including cameos).

‘Like’ – Reekado Banks Ft. Tiwa Savage, Fiokee

‘One Ticket’ Kiss Daniel ft. Davido

‘Fake Love’ – Starboy ft Duncan Mighty, Wizkid

‘Killin’ Dem – Burna Boy Ft. Zlatan

‘Amaka’ – 2baba Ft. Peruzzi

 

BEST RAP SINGLE

A voting category for a single (released on-air) recording of a rap song.

‘Talk’ – Falz

‘We Don’t Do That Over Here’ – Hotyce

‘40ft Container’ – Illbliss ft. Olamide

‘Sacrifice’ – Payper Corleone Ft. Alpha Ojini

‘Gang Gang’ – AQ and Loose Kaynon

 

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE(MALE)

A non-voting category for the single male artiste with the most outstanding vocal performance on a single song or album.

Tay Iwar – ‘Utero’

Johnny Drille – ‘Finding Efe’

Nonso Bassey – ‘411’

Funbi – ‘Serenade’

Wurld – ‘Wishes & Butterfly’

 

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)

A non-voting category for the single female artiste with most outstanding vocal performances on a single song or album.

GoodGirl LA – ‘Bless me’

Waje – ‘Udue’

Teni – ‘Uyo Meyo’

Tems – ‘Mr Rebel’

Falana – ‘Repeat’

 

NEXT RATED

This category is a voting category for the most promising act in the year under review.

Rema

Joeboy

Fireboy DML

Victor AD

Lyta

Zlatan

 

HIP HOP WORLD REVELATION

A voting category for the best new artist with a debut album adjudged to be outstanding in terms of artistic quality and impact within the year under review.

Odunsi

Mayorkun

Wurld

Humblesmith

 

LYRICIST ON THE ROLL

A non-voting category for the rap artiste with the best lyrical depth and performance on a single song or album.

YCEE – ‘Balance’

Boogey – ‘Implode’

Paybac – ‘Implode’

Ghost – ‘Crown’

Tec – ‘Crown’

AQ – ‘Crown’

 

BEST STREET-HOP ARTISTE

A voting category for the artiste whose songs are inspired by the streets. Such song should captain lingua, which may also be originated by the artiste and popular on the street.

Erigga – ‘Motivation’

Chinko Ekun – ‘Able God’

Zlatan – ‘Leg Work’

Barry Jhay – ‘Aiye’

Lyta – ‘Time’

 

BEST ‘ALTERNATIVE’ SONG

A voting category for the artiste whose songs reflect any form or style of music which falls outside the mainstream of recent or past popular musical trends.

‘Cash’ – Lady Donli

‘Mr Rebel’ – Tems

‘Finding Efe’ – Johnny Drille

‘Heya’ – Brymo

‘Ire’ – Adekunle Gold

 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

A voting category for the best album (solo or group) in the year under review, that meets judges’ requirements of excellence (songwriting, production, rendition and impact).

‘About 30’ – Adekunle Gold

‘Outside’ – Burna Boy

‘Moral Instruction’ – Falz

‘No Bad Songz’ – Kizz Daniel

 

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Most critically and commercially adjudged artiste in the year under review. Overall most successful artiste in the year under review.

Burna Boy

Wizkid

Davido

Tiwa Savage

Falz

 

SONG OF THE YEAR

A voting category for the most popular song in the year under review.

‘Ye’ – Burna Boy

‘Dumebi’ – Rema

‘Wetin We Gain’ – Victor AD

‘Fake Love’ – Starboy ft Duncan Mighty, Wizkid

‘Case’ – Teni

‘Leg work’ – Zlatan

‘Baby’ – Joeboy

‘Jealous’ – Fireboy DML

 

AFRICAN ARTISTE RECOGNITION

A non-Nigerian award category for an individual African artiste or group with the most outstanding achievement, impact and infiltration into the Nigerian music scene in the year under review.

Master KG – Skeleton Moves (SOUTH AFRICA)

Afro B – Drogba (Joanna) (IVORY COAST)

Sauti Sol – Melanin (KENYA)

King Promise – CCTV (GHANA)

DJ Maphoriza – iWalk Ye Phara (SOUTH AFRICA)

 

HEADIES’ VIEWER’S CHOICE

A voting category to award the fan’s favourite artiste with the most digital tractions (downloads, views, streams) in the year under review.

Mr Eazi

Burna Boy

Teni

Fireboy DML

Rema

Joe Boy

Wizkid

Davido

 

BEST PERFORMER

A non-voting category for the Artistes whose stagecraft, showmanship and performance routines are exceptionally conceptualized and executed in the year under review with consideration of live performances.

Falz

Tiwa Savage

Brymo

Yemi Alade

Adekunle Gold

 

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:

A voting category for the rookie of the year who has had a successful year musically, with the absence of an album in the year under review.

Crayon

Buju

Barry Jhay

Oxlade

Xenophobia: I Will Never Go To South Africa Again – Burna Boy

 

In the wake of fresh attacks on Nigerians in South Africa, talented Nigerian artiste, Burna Boy, has vowed never to visit the country.

The self-acclaimed ‘African Giant’ took to his twitter to vent over the recent attacks, stating that he had also had his fair share of xenophobic experiences in South Africa.

According to him, although his dream had always been to see a united Africa, that dream may no longer be feasible until the government takes decisive measures against the situation.

He, however, stated that he was not encouraging violence and that there are some South Africans who are “amazing”… “but they are not many at all”, he added.


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Meanwhile, as a solution to the continuous attacks, the ‘Gbona’ crooner has also called on Nigerians in the diaspora to return home.

“Instead of to go become dog for city…If all the Nigerians for diaspora come back with ginger for our future we go clean house wey e go shine pass shoe”, he wrote in response to a tweet by fellow musician, Davido who said, “If our country good, wetin we go find go southy ???”.


See link to the series of tweets below.

Davido, Burna Boy, Nasty C Top 2019 AFRIMA Continental Nominees’ List

Nigerian singer, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido and Damini Ogulu with the stage name Burna Boy have scored high nominations in AFRIMA Continental Nominees’ List of 2019.

Also South African rapper and producer, Nasty C and Northern Africa’s showman, Tamer Hosny made the top list of the nominations.

The list was released by the International Committee of the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, on Sunday.

The Continental categories are made up of the different genres of African music from Hip-Hop, Jazz, R’n’B, Pop and Reggae, Ragga and Dancehall to other coveted categories such as ‘Song of the Year’, ‘Album of the Year’, ‘Producer of the Year’ and ‘Best African Collaboration’ among others.

READ ALSO: Burna Boy Ecstatic As Music Legend Elton John Gives Him Shout Out

Over 200 songs have been nominated from a variety of artistes in the Continental and Regional categories cutting across a host of African talents and creative living on the continent and in the diaspora.

South Africa’s Nasty C leads the nominations with nine nominations in the following categories; Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa, Artiste of the Year in Africa, Song of the Year in Africa, Producer of the Year in Africa, Best African Rapper/Lyricist, Best African Collaboration, Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Hip-Hop, Songwriter of the Year in Africa and Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African R’n’B & Soul.

Nigeria’s Davido follows closely with six nominations which include; Best Male Artiste in Western Africa, Artiste of the Year in Africa, Song of the Year in Africa, African Fans’ Favourite, Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African R’n’B & Soul, and Best African Collaboration for ‘Blow My Mind with Chris Brown’.

Killin Dem’ cronner, Burna Boy picked up five different nominations which are Best Male Artiste in Western Africa, Artiste of the Year in Africa, Song of the Year in Africa, Album of the Year in Africa and Best African Collaboration.

Egyptian artiste, Tamer Hosny copped four nominations in the following categories; Best Male Artiste in Northern Africa, Artiste of the Year in Africa, Song of the Year in Africa, and Songwriter of the Year in Africa.

Other artistes with multiple nominations include Diamond Platnumz who accrued four nominations and South Africa’s producer and DJ, Prince Kaybee with five spots.

The public voting for the sixth AFRIMA Nominees stands a chance to win the 23.9 Carat Gold-Plated AFRIMA trophy commences on September 1 and closes on November 22.

Burna Boy Ecstatic As Music Legend Elton John Gives Him Shout Out

 

Nigerian music sensation, Burna Boy, seems to be getting more of the right attention as the days go by.

From having a swell time performing across the world, the Nigerian singer recently got a shout out by legendary music icon, Elton John, on his radio show.

The shout out stirred ecstatic reactions from the BET award winner.

READ ALSO: Why I Featured My Daughter In My New Music Video – Waje

Below is what he had to say about Elton’s shout out.

 

Beyonce Reveals Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Others For New Album

American Singer, Beyonce has released the tracklist of her new album entitled ‘Lion King: The Gift’ with top Nigerian artists on the list.

Nigerian stars including Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Tekno, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy among others are on the tracklist.

Tiwa Savage and Mr Eazi on the track Keys to the Kingdom, while Tekno and Yemi Alade are on the track Don’t Jealous Me. Burna Boy is on the track titled Jara E also in the Lion King album.

Other African artists in the album include Ghana’s Shatta Wale, South Africa’s Busiswa and Moonchild Sanelly; and Cameroon’s Salatiel.

Meanwhile, Yemi Alade has since shared pictures of her during the premier of the Lion King movie. She also shared a video of her on the Red carpet with Beyonce.

 


 

See below the tracklist of the new album. It also features collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams, Childish Gambino, Beyonce’s daughter Blue Ivy and many others.

 

The Lion King: The Gift

01 Beyoncé: “Bigger”

02 Beyoncé: “Find Your Way Back (Circle of Life)”

03 Tekno / Yemi Alade / Mr. Eazi: “Don’t Jealous Me”

04 Burna Boy: “Ja Ara E”

05 Beyoncé / Kendrick Lamar: “The Nile”

06 Beyoncé / JAY-Z / Childish Gambino: “Mood 4 Eva”

07 Salatiel / Pharrell / Beyoncé: “Water”

08 Blue Ivy Carter / SAINt JHN / WizKid / Beyoncé: “Brown Skin Girl”

09 Tiwa Savage / Mr. Eazi: “Keys to the Kingdom”

10 Beyoncé: “Otherside”

11 Beyoncé / Shatta Wale: “Already”

12 Tierra Whack / Beyoncé / Busiswa / Yemi Alade / Moonchild Sanelly: “My Power”

13 070 Shake / Jessie Reyez: “Scar”

14 Beyoncé: “Spirit”

 

‘This Means A lot’, Burna Boy Thanks Africa After BET Win

 

Burna Boy performs onstage during the Post Show at the 2019 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 23, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. Maury Phillips/Getty Images for BET/AFP Maury Phillips / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

 

Following his big win at the 2019 BET Awards, Burna Boy has thanked organisers and Africans for their support.

While he stated that he is not “big on awards”, he, however, said that this award meant a lot to him.

 

 

The ‘Killin Dem’ crooner was announced as winner of the Best International Act category on Sunday.

He was nominated in the category alongside fellow Nigerian singer, Mr Eazi, and others such as AKA (South Africa); Aya Nakamura (France); Dave (U.K.); Dosseh (France) and Giggs (U.K).

The award was received by his mother who also doubles as his manager.

Burna Boy, Teni, Mr Eazi Nominated For BET Awards

The 2019 BET Awards nominations have been announced and three Nigerian music stars made the list.

The Killin Dem crooner, Burna Boy, and Mr Eazi were nominated in the international act category.

They were nominated alongside AKA (South Africa); Aya Nakamura (France); Dave (U.K.); Dosseh (France) and Giggs (U.K).

In the Best New International Act category is Nigeria’s fast-rising star, Teniola Apata popularly known as Teni Makanaki.

Nominated in the same category with Teni is Sho Madjodzi from South Africa, Headie One and Octavian from the UK and France’s Jokair and Nesly.

The 2019 BET awards will take place at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles on June 23.

The awards celebrate the brightest stars across music, television, film, sports, and philanthropy.

The International Act category has honoured previous African winners who have done Africa proud and become recognisable worldwide for their talent from Nigeria’s 2face and D’banj in 2011 and Wizkid in 2017, Ghana’s Sarkodie and Stonebwoy in 2012 and 2015 respectively and South Africa’s Black Coffee in 2016.

Last year in 2018, for the first time, globally acclaimed Davido emotionally received his BET Best International Act Award live on stage during the global broadcast of the show with South Africa’s Sjava in traditional Zulu regalia receiving his Best New International Act at the live Red-Carpet Show.

 

Below is the complete list of nominees for the 2019 “BET AWARDS”:

 

Best International Act

AKA (SOUTH AFRICA)

AYA NAKAMURA (FRANCE)

BURNA BOY (NIGERIA)

DAVE (UK)

DOSSEH (FRANCE)

GIGGS (UK)

  1. EAZI (NIGERIA)

 

Best New International Act – (Fan Voted Category)

HEADIE ONE (UK)

JOKAIR (FRANCE)

NESLY (FRANCE)

OCTAVIAN (UK)

SHO MADJODZI (SOUTH AFRICA)

TENIOLA APATA (NIGERIA)

 

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

BEYONCÉ

ELLA MAI

H.E.R.

SOLANGE

SZA

TEYANA TAYLOR

 

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

ANDERSON .PAAK

BRUNO MARS

CHILDISH GAMBINO

CHRIS BROWN

JOHN LEGEND

KHALID

 

Best Group

CHLOE X HALLE

CITY GIRLS

LIL BABY & GUNNA

MIGOS

THE CARTERS

 

Best Collaboration

21 SAVAGE FT. J. COLE                        A LOT

CARDI B & BRUNO MARS                         PLEASE ME

CARDI B FT. BAD BUNNY & J BALVIN             I LIKE IT

H.E.R. FT. BRYSON TILLER                             COULD’VE BEEN

TRAVIS SCOTT FT. DRAKE                       SICKO MODE

TYGA FT. OFFSET                          TASTE

 

Best Male Hip Hop Artist

21 SAVAGE

DRAKE

  1. COLE

MEEK MILL

NIPSEY HUSSLE

TRAVIS SCOTT

 

Best Female Hip Hop Artist

CARDI B

KASH DOLL

LIZZO

MEGAN THEE STALLION

NICKI MINAJ

REMY MA

 

Video of the Year

21 SAVAGE                                            A LOT FT. J. COLE

CARDI B                                      MONEY

CARDI B & BRUNO MARS                        PLEASE ME

CHILDISH GAMBINO                         THIS IS AMERICA

DRAKE                                       NICE FOR WHAT

THE CARTERS                                 APES**T

 

Video Director of the Year

BENNY BOOM

COLIN TILLEY

DAVE MEYERS

HYPE WILLIAMS

KARENA EVANS

 

Best New Artist

BLUEFACE

CITY GIRLS

JUICE WRLD

LIL BABY

QUEEN NAIJA

 

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award

ERICA CAMPBELL FT. WARRYN CAMPBELL           ALL OF MY LIFE

FRED HAMMOND                                        TELL ME WHERE IT HURTS

KIRK FRANKLIN                                       LOVE THEORY

SNOOP DOGG FT. RANCE ALLEN                          BLESSING ME AGAIN

TORI KELLY FT. KIRK FRANKLIN                        NEVER ALONE

 

Best Actress

ISSA RAE

REGINA HALL

REGINA KING

TARAJI P. HENSON

TIFFANY HADDISH

VIOLA DAVIS

 

Best Actor

ANTHONY ANDERSON

CHADWICK BOSEMAN

DENZEL WASHINGTON

MAHERSHALA ALI

MICHAEL B. JORDAN

OMARI HARDWICK

 

YoungStars Award

CALEB MCLAUGHLIN

LYRIC ROSS

MARSAI MARTIN

MICHAEL RAINEY JR.

MILES BROWN

 

Best Movie

BLACKKKLANSMAN

CREED 2

IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE

THE HATE U GIVE

 

Sportswoman of the Year

ALLYSON FELIX

CANDACE PARKER

NAOMI OSAKA

SERENA WILLIAMS

SIMONE BILES

 

Sportsman of the Year

KEVIN DURANT

LEBRON JAMES

ODELL BECKHAM JR.

STEPHEN CURRY

TIGER WOODS

 

Album of the Year

ASTROWORLD                                   TRAVIS SCOTT

CHAMPIONSHIPS                                MEEK MILL

ELLA MAI                                            ELLA MAI

EVERYTHING IS LOVE                           THE CARTERS

INVASION OF PRIVACY                         CARDI B

 

2019 Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award

CARDI B, BAD BUNNY & J BALVIN        I LIKE IT

CHILDISH GAMBINO                                    THIS IS AMERICA

DRAKE                                       IN MY FEELINGS

ELLA MAI                                             TRIP

  1. COLE MIDDLE CHILD

TRAVIS SCOTT FT. DRAKE                       SICKO MODE

 

BET Her Award

ALICIA KEYS                                         RAISE A MAN

CIARA                                               LEVEL UP

H.E.R.                                              HARD PLACE

JANELLE MONÁE                           PYNK

QUEEN NAIJA                                         MAMA’S HAND

TEYANA TAYLOR                                ROSE IN HARLEM