So the police have yet again shut down another Hip Hop artists show (just a few days before its start date) due to doubts and fears that there might be trouble at the event. UK Hip Hop artist Giggs, who was due to perform at his ‘When Will it Stop’ show on the 15th of October, a few days before the release of his album, had informed his fans in a three minute YouTube Video apologizing to fans. This has come as a major disappointment for several fans who have not only long been anticipating this show but booked tickets,hotel reservations and made preparations for the night.
This isn’t the first time that an event has been cancelled by the police in the world of UK Hip Hop and the Urban Grime scene.
Link Up TV’s launch party which took place earlier this year, had been shut down due to fears and ‘hoax phone calls’ regarding firearms being present at the event. That event also had to be cancelled and rescheduled for another date.
At the So Solid Crew reunion show, artists such as Wretch 32 and Skepta were refused entry into the iconic O2 Arena due to reasons not fully explained by the police.
Watch the video here
Find out in my next post exactly why the police keep shutting down UK Hip Hop Events.
- Meeting at Vox Africa discussing what role I would be playing once working for them.
- Yoruba Arts Festival: smelling the suya mixed with freshly chopped onions, fried yam sticks and tomatos. Conversing with market stall owners and collecting their business cards. Watching people have fun in the sun and relax on picnic mats.
- Afrobeats Sundays 2nd year anniversary party: Interviewing Moelogo and Atumpan, taking photos and having conversations with fellow press. I was super shocked to see me media name on the wall in the press room OMG OMG OMG!!!
The One Mic event presented by We Plug Good Music and sponsored by DLA UK was the first ever Afrobeats live show. Under one roof, was a swarm of concert attendees, budding artists and household names, not to mention a live band.
Zaffi B, the 16 year old sensation who’s song ‘Number 1′ is on the A-List Playlist on Choice FM, showed off her super gripping heartfelt vocals, which was a success as the crowd cheered on and encouraged the confident young artist. She pulled it off an absolutely smashed this performance which is so surprising yet commendable because it was her first ever live show.
Dizzy Vocal Chameleon who recently shot to stardom with the scene gave a dazzlingly enthralling performance with his hit single ‘Glue’. Mirroring Fela through his performance, the crowd were enthralled by his commanding voice.
The two-man crew Vibe Squad (Kelvin and Wizzy) performed their long awaited hit single, of which a video has recently just been released for. The video gained over 10,000 views in just one day and the song definitely got the crowd moving.
Moe Logo, Afrobeats most wanted put on a show to remember. The star who DJ Abrantee tipped to be one of the best hit makers charmingly serenaded a fan up on stage and sweetly sung to her, leaving her flattered. He did his own version of Chris Browns ‘Fine China’ hit in which he hit notes I didn’t think he could hit. His performance was very lengthy but most certainly worth it.
MY VERDICT: Although the show started late and I could not stay till the end to watch Atumpan. I really enjoyed this show and the energetic buzz and atmosphere. I was blown away by Zaffi B’s performance and the sky-high confidence she maintained through out the night. Another star that absolutely smashed it was Dizzy, who’s performance was just phenomenal. It was so much better seeing these artists perform live and you could just see that they had put great effort into rehearsing. One thing I particularly liked about this show was the fact that there was no miming or half-hearted performances. Everything was on point. My favorite performances were most certainly Dizzy, Zaffi B and Moelogo.
This song lacks the creativity that I sort of wasn’t even expecting anyway. I just knew she wouldn’t live up to the hype from her annoyingly catchy previous hit ‘Watch my ting go’. This song if I’m honest is rather bland and the beat sounds exactly like the beat in her old song. More to add, if you were to take the vocals off this new track and sing her old lyrics over it, you would see that the two songs compared together are almost a duplicate of one another.
I have to ask myself weather this woman really loves what she does or likes and even listens to the music she makes sometimes.
Let me brace myself while this song goes viral -_-.
DISCLAIMER: my view on this song may change. As time goes on her annoying rattle could grow on me.
Yet another fantastic collaboration from the Master of Newskool Afrobeats and the son of the late Great (King of Afrobeat) Fela Kuti.
Wiz Kid does a great job in mixing pidgin and Yoruba with standard English whilst still keeping the traditional Afrobeat sound alive and ever so apprent. Only true Afrobeat lovers can truly single out that distinct Afrobeat element in this song which lays prominently underneath Wiz Kids’ ringing vocals. Afrobeats lovers will truly appreciate that it has been cleverly been re-invented to sound fresh and new yet still so original.
I’m very glad that two of Afrobeat musics most amazing musician, one coming from the oldskool and the other coming from the newskool, could come together and create such a tasteful and infectious sound.
“Hey Mr. Its really really nice to meet ya!”
The QUEEN OF DANCE is back with yet another club banger, which is set to take all the African raves by storm. As one of the only prominent female Afrobeats artists in the scene, this track shows us exactly why she was crowned as ‘Queen of Afrobeats’ by the Evening Standard.
This tune, ‘Hey Mr.’ is an excellent track with an extremely infectious beat that will have you skanking out like an African warrior with a spear. The fusions of electrical Funk and Afrobeat make it a unique sound compared to no other and she delivers a great hook as per usual!
Her May7ven & Friends Uni & Club Tour starts from 26th April in Cardiff and Wales and ends in London , Indigoo2 28th August 2013.
This really should have been uploaded a month ago but due to reasons I shall not disclose I was not able to
Messy Village hosted a press conference/launch party in East London’s Shoreditch, last month. They are a fresh new London based Creative consultancy that specialize in Fashion, music, print, art direction & production for advertisements and digital campaign.
It was nice meeting upcoming and well established people in the industry. Many were there such as models, singers, cake-makers, fashion designers, video directors, bloggers and many more.
It was truly a night to remember and positive vibes circulated in and around, all through out the night.
And if you’re wondering why everyone’s’ carrying a bottle of Fiji water…well…cos’ it’s the best.