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Davido Cancels Remainder of US Tour to Focus on National Youth Service

"I apologize to all my fans but Duty calls," says the Nigerian artist.

Afrobeats star Davido has cancelled the remainder of his Locked Up Tour in the US "due to scheduling conflicts and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) commitments in Nigeria," the singer stated in a message shared on Instagram yesterday.

Last month we reported that the artist had joined Nigeria's National Youth Service Corps (NYSC)had joined Nigeria's National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), where he was met by excited crowds of people as he arrived at camp. Many believed that Davido would receive preferential treatment as a result of his status and some joked about whether the "If" singer would accept the 19,800 Naira ($54.73) monthly stipend the program provides.

It seems the singer is taking his commitment far more seriously than some might have anticipated, canceling his upcoming tour dates in Houston, Dallas, LA and San Fransisco. "Davido and his team are working hard to reschedule all dates plus add new date in the future," read the message.


According to Sahara Reporters, Davido's absence from the program violated the program's mandatory three week orientation.

The singer was also set to perform at J.Cole's inaugural Dreamville Festival in North Carolina, but the festival was cancelled due to weather concerns brought on by Hurricane Florence, which made its landfall in the Untied States this morning.

Reactions to the news from folks on Twitter range from sad, to encouraging, to skeptical.

Here's some of what people are saying:






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Ras Nebyu Is Washington, D.C.'s 'Uptown Lion Walkin'

We talk to the Ethiopian-American rapper about his new album, his Washington Slizzards crew, and the impact of gentrification on D.C.'s music scene.

Ras Nebyu is caught up in the crowd at Howard University's homecoming tailgate, where he can barely walk a block without shaking hands with another person who he knows. Although he didn't attend Howard University, the campus and the surrounding neighborhood forms as much of a part of his narrative as any student.

The Ethiopian-American rapper hails from uptown Washington, D.C., a neighborhood he uses to inform his latest album, Uptown Lion Walkin, a project that pays homage to his ancestral upbringing, as well as his thoughts on making money, love, happiness, and the government.

There's a twoness to Nebyu's identity that allows him to create from a place of historical-cultural reverence while pushing forward new ideas. He was raised in a Rastafarian household by an Ethiopian dad and African-American mother.

Nebyu doesn't hold much back when he speaks, like his music. He preaches about belonging to his community, gentrification and the diaspora. His work serves as a strong soundboard, for not only his Ethiopian community but D.C. natives.

In 2011, Nebyu co-founded the Washington Slizzards, a collective of Ethiopian creatives in D.C. What started as a joke, tacking on "slizz" to everything, became a buzz-worthy crew. Around the same time as the group's inception, he began releasing music into the world.

Nebyu first ventured into making music as a producer, but soon found it frustrating getting artists to use his beats. He decided to begin experimenting with using his own voice and hasn't slowed down since. OkayAfrica caught up with Nebyu to discuss the new album and growing up uptown.

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Mr Eazi, Duncan Mighty, Afro B & Mayorkun Join DJ Neptune On 'Tear Rubber' Remix

Listen to the "All Star Remix" now.

"Tear Rubber," one of the standouts from DJ Neptune's latest album, Greatness, gets a big remix that'll jump start your week.

The track, which originally featured Mayorkun, now gets a massive revisit featuring Mr Eazi, Duncan Mighty and Afro B.

All three are potent additions to this laid-back and addictive Young John-produced track which was already getting a lot of spins.

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Listen to Sade's Beautiful New Song—'The Big Unknown'

Sade has graced us with her second single of the year—this time for Steve McQueen's highly anticipated film, "Widows."

We now have two new Sade songs to shed thug tears to before the end of 2018, y'all.

The queen herself released a lyric video for her new track, "The Big Unknown." This single will be played during the end credits of Steve McQueen's highly anticipated film, Widows, which is due to be released in theaters November 16, Highsnobiety reports.

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