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Olamide’s YBNL UK Concert: why all the fuss?

This past Sunday 9 October saw Nigerian rapper Olamide takeover the Eventim Apollo, London for what’s said to have been a recording-breaking headline show. Instead, it turned out to be the most memorable afrobeats afropop concert of the year, for all the wrong reasons. Excited fans descended on the iconic west London venue to see the “Durosoke” rapper alongside his YBNL generals Lil Kesh, Viktoh and Adekunle Gold. The evening’s… Read More

More Than A Rookie: An Interview With YCee

YCee is the Lagos-born rapper and songwriter who made the the Nigerian music scene wake up and listen, when we he released his edgy street anthem ‘Jagaban’ in 2015. Recently crowned ‘Rookie of the Year’ by one of the nation’s most prestigious award shows, and all without a debut EP and album,  YCee is predicted to make waves over the coming months. Verbal Vixen caught up with YCee on his recent… Read More

6 Reasons Why We’re Obsessed With Jidenna

For a guy who only signed his first record deal a year ago with Janelle Monáe’s Wondaland Records, American rapper, Jidenna sure has blown up fast. Whether it’s his eye-catching style, outspoken views (that open letter to Nigerians springs to mind) or his great chart-topping singles, Jidenna is one of 2015’s standout acts. Grab a seat and find out why we just can’t get enough of him. 1. He’s got… Read More

#VixenPix: Shatta Wale

New music makes the world go around, well at least that’s what I say. So every so often I’ll sing the praises of an up and coming artist who’s currently stimulating my eardrums. Check out who I’m obsessing over this week… Name: Shatta Wale Hometown: Ghana Background: Since gaining international recognition with his track “Dancehall King” earlier this year, Ghanaian artist Shatta Wale has been on the lips of fans… Read More

DJ Abrantee & The Guardian Anger Afrobeat Fans

Guardian journalist, Dan Hancox bit off a little more than he could chew last Thursday night after his article on the rise of Afrobeats was published online. The article whose inaccuracies were apparent from the first paragraph, featured an interview with Choice FM’s DJ Abrantee and claimed that the British-Ghanaian DJ singlehandedly created and coined the term ‘Afrobeats’ with the launch of his April 2011 specialist radio show. It wasn’t… Read More