Davido, Tiwa Savage, Mr Eazi Talk Stereotypes, Afrobeats In Latest Issue Of Billboard Magazine

A photo combination of pop stars Tiwa Savage, Davido, and Mr Eazi.
A photo combination of pop stars Tiwa Savage, Davido, and Mr Eazi.

 

Nigerian music heavyweights, Davido, Tiwa Savage, and Mr. Eazi covered the May edition of the American magazine Billboard, where they discussed afrobeat and stereotypes in the music industry.

An ecstatic Davido (real name David Adeleke) tweeted, “The forces that unite us are intrinsic and greater than the superimposed influences that keep us apart.” – Africa Must Unite!.”

He then proceeded to share the photos of him alone on the cover of the magazine, another with Tiwa Savage shot by Lakin Ogunbanwo, and a solo shot of Mr Eazi shot by Seye Isikalu.

In their interview with the magazine, the trio covered a lot of grounds, starting with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their music, the afrobeat renaissance, and the stereotyping of African acts by the west.

Davido in his response said, “Man, it’s been crazy because my fiancée actually tested positive [for COVID-19 but has since recovered]. I was on tour in America, with six shows done and 19 sold-out shows left. We were in Denver sitting in my hotel room listening to the news. We looked at each other and said, ‘Yo, let’s just tell ourselves the truth: It’s about to be a wrap.’”

For Tiwa Savage, it was difficult wrapping her head around the situation in the beginning.

“I’ve been giving out food to people around my neighborhood. I can quarantine for a month or a couple of months, but some of these people don’t even have food for tomorrow.”

On his own part, Mr. Eazi said he has been using the lockdown to tighten some business knots.

“Musically, it’s been an eye-opener for me. During this lockdown, I’ve not recorded any new music. But I’m on Zoom calls almost the whole day working on my business or [talking] with one of my new artists, listening to records and setting up release plans.”

While Tiwa Savage attributed the phenomenal rise in afrobeats to social media, Davido said it is simply the unique flow of the music. Mr Eazi thought different: “Hey, I’m African, it’s great to be African, and we’re flaunting it.”

When asked about the stereotypes the west still had about Africa, Davido recalled an incident in Los Angeles where an interviewer asked him whether afrobeats is a phase. He called the question “ignorant,” and pointed out that “like everywhere else, there are good parts and bad parts in Africa. There are places even in America that look worse.”

Tiwa Savage’s anger is about the west’s belief that “Africans don’t speak English,” while Eazi thinks it can be linked to ignorance. He added that not all music that comes out of Africa is afrobeats, “…There are a lot of different tribes — the language and culture are as different as the rhythms and BPMs of the music. You can have a hit song in Nigeria, but it won’t be a hit in Ghana.”

Exclusive: Mr Eazi Reacts To Zaaki Azzay’s Copyright Infringement Claim

Nigerian music star, Mr Eazi, is out to swiftly put an end to the controversy surrounding newly released single “Do You”.

Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie had featured the “Leg Over” singer on the track, which was released in August. But barely two weeks later, both acts have been accused of copyright infringement by veteran Nigerian singer, Zaaki Azzay.

In a social media post, Azzay alleged that his song “Marry Am” was lifted in the track.

“I released the monster hit way back in 1996, and I want to believe that you guys should know the consequences of copyright infringements,” Azzay’s post read in part.

READ ALSO: Zaaki Azzay Accusses Mr Eazi, Sarkodie Of Copyright Infringement

“This is a massive violation of my musical copyright dues and the illegal exploitation of my intellectual property as I haven’t been contacted for permission/approval for the lyrics of my song to be used.”

Zaaki who had been off mainstream music for a while now has yet to make any demands off the two artiste neither has he also stipulated his next line of action.

In an exclusive interview with Channels TV, Mr Eazi was quick to confirm that the new track actually samples Azzay’s “Marry Am”.

He is, however, optimistic that the matter “would be resolved quickly”.

“I actually reached out to him, we were messaging earlier today. I am going to get on a call with him to really get to the bottom of that. I am sure it would be resolved quickly. Zaki is one of my idols growing up you know,” he said.

“There is a sample. Actually, if you listen to the music, you will hear it in the beginning and you will see that there is actually a sample. So, it is an undeniable sample and I am sure he will be given, if he hasn’t already been given, his publishing split on that record.”

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

Burna Boy, Mr Eazi To Perform At Coachella 2019

 

Nigerian music stars Damini Ogulu popularly known as Burna Boy and Tosin Ajibade, popularly known as Mr Eazi have been billed to perform at Coachella 2019.

The names of both stars were spotted on a list shared by Coachella on Thursday via its Twitter handle.

 

The ‘Ye’ crooner also took to social media to confirm the news.

“Everybody change your plans!! We all move to Coachella! 14/04, 21/04,” he told fans on Instagram.

 

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Everybody change your plans!! We all move to Coachella! 🔥🔥14/04, 21/04.

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The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is an annual music and arts festival held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.

It is one of the most famous music festivals in the US and all over the world.

Others billed to perform include: Solange, Janelle Monáe, Ariana Grande, Kid Kudi, Childish Gambino.

‘I Need Nigeria To Be Better’, Eazi Explains Reason Behind $100,000 Initiative

 

Pop act Mr Eazi who recently launched a $100,000 dollar intervention fund for emerging African artistes, has explained the reason behind the initiative.

According to him, it was aimed at encouraging young creatives to participate in the coming 2019 elections so as to vote in better leaders that will in turn improve the state of the nation.

One of the criteria for receiving the funds which he says will be under his soon-to-be launched Eazi Sound Foundation, is that prospective beneficiaries have to be registered and eligible voters in their country.

Explaining how he came about the initiative, Eazi in an interview with Channels Television’s Entertainment News, said he had always offered help to emerging artistes in the past and only decided to make it public following various advice from friends.

Registered 👍🏿 , & I Encourage all my Fans to do the same

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“Since 2016 when I basically started doing music, I’ve been helping emerging artistes, sometimes with advice and in some cases, I help to shoot videos or put money into their projects, ranging from 1000 tom 2000 dollars.

“I was having a chat with some people and they were like, why don’t you say anything about it, and I said it’s just something I do and they were like why don’t you open it to a lot of people, instead of you just randomly picking from twitter,” he said.

Speaking further, he said he observed that many young Nigerians are always in the habit of complaining about the bad leadership whereas, many have failed to actively participate in politics.

Subsequently, “I decided to attach it to this whole thing where a lot of young educated African youths just say its illiterates that are picking bad leaders. But when I and my friends talk, we find out that most of us did not register to vote – we’ve never voted in our lives, so we really have nothing to say about the quality of leadership because we’ve not added our quota.

“I believe that 50 per cent of the people who listen to my music are artistes in themselves.

“Data shows that I have at least 3.4 million fans in Africa so if 50 per cent of them are artistes, we’re talking about one million fans, so if I could get one million people registered to vote, that will be amazing for the quality of leadership because creatives are also passionate about the government like myself.

“Apart from wanting change and a good Nigeria, for Nigeria as a whole, even for myself, I need a better Nigeria because when I travel, I get stopped even though I travel so much.
“I’ve gone through three passports in three years, yet at every border, they’re always singing me out just because of my green passport.

“Sometimes I travel with my band and they have passports from Hiati, United Kingdom and they go through and I have to wait. It’s funny and at the same time, very embarrassing so I even need Nigeria to change for my business (if I want to be selfish) and I feel like the best way to do it, is through my platform,” he said.

Dotman Drops ‘Afro Girl’ Music Video

‘Akube’ crooner, Olatunji Alade, who is popularly known as Dotman has released the visuals to his latest single ‘Afro Girl’.

The new video, which featured Mr Eazi, followed Dotman’s collaborative efforts with Davido on ‘Escobar’ and ‘My Woman’.

The love song was produced by Zimbabwe’s Kamera and also featured a cameo appearance from Ugandan singer and actress, Sheehbah Karungi.

Dotman who is signed to U & I Music imprint came into limelight with his hit song ‘Akube’ in 2016.

In January 2017, Dotman performed at Big Brother Naija’s Live Eviction Show in South Africa.

Mr Eazi Postpones Houston Concert

Singer and song writer, Mr Eazi has postponed his Houston concert which was supposed to kick off on Friday.

He took to social media where he explained that the postponement came as a result of “unavoidable circumstances”.

Meanwhile, Mr Eazi who had his birthday on Wednesday is currently in Miami for a vacation with his girlfriend and the daughter of billionaire businessman, Femi Otedola, Temi.

The latest development is coming shortly after she took fans by surprise with a birthday treat for her heartthrob which has kept many talking.

While some have been impressed by her hiring a plane to fly a banner with the words: “Happy Birthday Eazi, love, Temi”, others believe she has generally raised dating standards.

Some also believe that the postponement is linked with Eazi’z desire to spend more time with his girlfriend.

Music Was The Least I Was Interested In -Mr Eazi

mr-eaziPopular Nigerian-born star, Mr Eazi, says of all his talents, music was the least he initially had interest in.

As fate would have it, singing is the reason why Nigerians and Ghanaians lay claim to him today.

The Port-Harcourt born ‘skin-tight’ crooner, originally named Tosin Ajibade, said this while explaining his journey into the music industry.

He told Channels Television that while growing up, he traveled a lot within the country and this, as well as his large extended family, influenced his life a lot.

He moved to Ghana when he was 15 years old and although he had the dream of studying aeronautic engineering in a Canadian University, he found his way into music.

According to him, his family, advised him to study mechanical engineering in Ghana, instead of his initial choice.

Recounting the experience, he said: “I hated it for the first one week, but by week two, I didn’t want to come back to Nigeria anymore.

“Ghana is where everything started to happen – I started doing music based on the fact that I was doing shows, concerts from my second year.

“I would use my school fees to invest in parties, concerts and bring artists from Ghana and Nigeria to my school and at a point, that was all I was doing.”

He explained that music for him, was a “mix-match of influences” and being around artist, comedians and entertainers in general, brought about the Mr Eazi personality.

Furthermore, the artist stated that his music inspiration mostly comes from old school Ghanaian high life.

“A mix-match of influences is what basically formed this sound. I never tried to have a sound and to be honest, I have never really put so much thought into writing a song.

“I just go as my mind tells me, Mr Eazi stated.

Some of his hit tracks include, ‘Sample you’, ‘Hollup’ and his most recent ‘Ohema’, featuring Nigerian multiple award winning Dj, Dj Spinall.

Lil Kesh Releases Music Video For ‘Ibile’ Remix

lil kesh, ibile, reminisceRapper, Lil Kesh has released the video for the remix of his song titled ‘Ibile’.

The ‘Young And Getting It’ (YAGI) rapper, after releasing his well-composed debut album, delivers the accompanying visuals to the hit track.

The song is a collaboration with popular ‘baba hafusa’ crooner, Reminisce.

The video, which depicts a competition between rival teams, was directed by Clarence Peters.

Also making waves on the music scene is Capital Hill and Goretti lead act, Ill Bliss, who recently recruited Mavin singer, Reekado Banks and rave act, Mr Eazi for his newly released music video, ‘Jawonlaya’.

The visual interpretation was equally created by Clarence Peters.

The new release precedes Illbliss’ ‘illygaty: 7057’ album, which is set for unveiling this October.