Afro Soul Pop

THIS GENRE IS GIVING RISE TO GREAT SOUND, INCREASED CREATIVITY, AND A DYNAMIC INDUSTRY

Afro-soul-pop is a music genre that is a fusion between soul music and African sound and pop or should I say pop-culture. Its distinctive feature from any other African Music genre is the emotional vocals, it’s soft upbeat sound – I always wondered how soft and upbeat were able to come together to make something beautiful.

This genre is making hits out of African music across the continent and showcasing great talents. Although there are some resemblance between this genre and a few other Afro centric genres but you can almost tell the difference.

The trend of African artists creating their own genre is sure to lead us to newer sounds and a more dynamic entertainment industry. We certainly encourage creativity however way it comes. As African continually create their own sound, the likelihood of headlining events in more distant European countries is on the brink of happening.

Music Marries Movies

MUSICIANS ARE BEGINNING TO TAKE UP LEAD ROLES IN AFRICAN MOVIES

Source: Unspalsh

Source: Unspalsh

It always makes me happy when two separate entities are joined together in holy matrimony. Well in this case, I’m not sure how holy this matrimony is but I like the idea of a joining. Although this trend I’m about to reveal is the norm in many European countries and the Americas, but it is largely a new trend in this part of the world and it is highly welcomed.

I’m sure you must have noticed that your favourite music stars aren’t just gracing your TV screens in their music videos but have begun to unlock their hidden talent in acting. These musicians have begun to take up lead roles in African movies and they are doing a fantastic job, I must say.

Especially in Nigeria, musicians used to stay away from taking up movie roles but right now not anymore. Two block buster movies form the Nigerian movie industry a.k.a Nollywood has seen this trend to full swing. First was “The wedding party” which had Nigerian music icons Banky W and Ikechukwu grace the screens,

Source: Ayola.tv

Source: Ayola.tv

and second was “King of Boys” which had Ill bliss and Reminisce join the list of Nigerian actors. By the way, if you haven’t seen any of those movies you are doing yourself a total disfavor.

Source: Pulse

Source: Pulse

We TINK that in the nearest future we are going to see music artists compete with actors for roles in more African movies. This is definitely going to lead to a speedy and more healthy development in the industry.

This is sure an exciting trend to keep an eye on.

Politricks and Futuretainment

APPARENTLY, POLITICS IN NIGERIA HAS BECOME THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY ANNEX.

Source: Linda Ikeji

Source: Linda Ikeji

Now it’s seemingly a no brainer; after spending sometime on the TV screens as a public figure, the next thing is to plan to occupy a public office. I must commend the courage even though the drive to make some good political money maybe one propelling factor –which they are likely to deny, but my point is, is this sustainable? Are we letting the right set of people lead? Just TINKing.

A lot of Nigerian artists in recent times have indicated interest in occupying political offices and some have even gone ahead to win. Some have done very well and some others, not so well. Amongst Nigerian entertainers who have vied for political offices at some point include, Bob Manuel, Kate Henshaw Nuttle, Desmond Elliot, Kenneth Okonkwo, Tony “One Week” Muanagor, and very recently Bankole Wllington a.k.a Banky W. there are speculations that Jude Abaga a.k.a MI is also saddling up for politics but we currently have no proof of this. We also saw A-List Nigerian musician, Davido get involved with politics while chairing the campaign for his uncle who was vying for political office in his home state.

Source: Pexels

Source: Pexels

I do not think there is anything wrong with this trend as it is everyone’s wish to do something for the common good of the people and politics is one great avenue. However, my concern is the quality of individuals who occupy such offices. Otherwise it may just be a square peg in a round hole scenario. Politics in Africa is no stage where you come do your thing and go, whatever decisions you take there will affect the lives of people for a long time.

So dear entertainers, if you want to vie for political office in the nearest future, ensure you have added a lot more than twerk videos and lyrics that don’t mean anything to yourselves as we would require you to give us the best of you.

I just hope that very soon criteria for running election in Africa won’t be based on the amount of screen time you have and the number of followers on social media.

Immortality

STANLEE –THE MAN WHO PRACTICALLY SAVED THE WORLD WITH HIS BARE HANDS IS GONE, BUT HIS LEGEND LIVES ON

Source: Bleeding Cool

Source: Bleeding Cool

You know you didn’t live on this planet if super heroes like Thor, the Incredible Hulk, Spiderman, Iron man, Black Panther, Ant man, The Wasp, Captain America and so many others didn’t enter your vocabulary at some point. I remember always running home from school because I wanted to catch the next episode of Spiderman on TV. All of these super heroes came from the mind of the ultimate –Stanlee.

Source: Gaming Central

Source: Gaming Central

He used cartoons to frame our minds and insert values we live by even now as grownups. He gave us super heroes to look up to while making us understand that we are super heroes of ourselves. He lived his life to the fullest and saved the lives of many young people in this world across continent; people he never even met for example, me.

Source: The Newyork Times

Source: The Newyork Times

The man altered pop-culture and started new trends with every single work he made with the Marvel Universe and we shall forever miss him.

Thank you so much Stanlee, your legend lives on.

Collapse, Faint, or Fall?

FIRST OF ALL, YOU COULDN’T ATTEMPT THIS DANCE MOVE WHILE WEARING A WHITE SHIRT, BECAUSE YOUR BACK MUST HIT THE GROUND.

It’s about time something this exciting started a new trend. A couple of people have said that this new dance move inspired by the Limpopo born musician King Monada is next to madness. How would one who is obviously sane drop his backs on the ground as soon as this beat comes up?

I couldn’t help but admire the creativity behind this dance because it’s so easy, I don’t have to be a dance guru to join the fun. Well that was my thought until I knew the lyrics of the song.

See lyrics video

Oh my word!!! Did I just see sickness? I’m not sick so I’m not falling down anymore. Right here are people who obviously share my opinion on the matter and we are forming the “NFA - No Falling Association”.

This dance trend has taken Africa by storm and it is showing no signs of slowing down. However, I TINK that this song is going to make the millennials and the generation Z very obsessive when it comes to relationships; take a look at that lyrics video and see that it refuses one from walking away from a relationship no matter how sour it must have turned out to be.

See more videos inspired by King Monada Malhwedhe song…

PS: Please do not collapse; your country is spending so much on health care already.