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Krizbeatz. Photography: Babajide Osho

Krizbeatz Is Nigeria's 'King of New Wave'

"I created a new African music sub-genre called 'Afro Dance Music,'" the young producer tells us in an exclusive interview.

Krizbeatz is the Nigerian beat maker renowned for producing "Pana," one of the biggest afrobeats tracks of 2016 and a song that sparked the new Pon Pon sound.

The "King of New Wave" has now taken his name to new heights with the release of his debut album, ADM ( Afro Dance Music) in November. With a track list featuring African heavyweights like Davido, Sauti Sol, Yemi Alade, Tekno and DJ Tira, the album is a plethora of riches.

The star studded record is an invitation to delve deeper into his distinctive sound, which he describes to be a fusion of afrobeats and electronic dance music.


At only 23-years-old, Krizbeatz has already been elevated to super producer status and you can surely count on him to give us more cuts of his club friendly afro-dance music soon.

Read our conversation with Krizbeatz below.

Photography: Babajide Osho.

Tell us a bit about yourself and how your journey as a music producer began.

I grew up with an overwhelming passion for music and sound. My first love was writing my own songs and trying to perform my own songs, then production and sound creation. After my first degree in Linguistics at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, I travelled to SAE, South Africa to study Music Technology. I decided to be a music producer—and a game-changing musician—based on the exposure I got studying music.

You just turned 23 but you're already working with the biggest stars in Africa like Davido, Yemi Alade, and Sauti Sol amongst others. How does that feel?

To be honest I never thought how would grow big in the industry within a very short period of time, but I was prepared and it feels great and fulfilling even though I still want to conquer the world.

Compared to a lot of music coming out of Nigeria, yours definitely has a unique sound. How would you describe it in your own words?

In order to get global acceptance of my sound, I sort of created a new African music sub-genre called "Afro Dance Music." It's the fusion of Afrobeats and Electronic Dance Music. And so far the acceptance has been overwhelming, that's the current African sound everyone wants to reckon with both locally and internationally.

Songs like "Pana" have greatly influenced the trendy Pon Pon sound that's been dominating Nigerian airwaves. In your opinion, what elements of that sound have made it so well-received?

Like I said earlier, its Afro Dance Music (ADM). Everybody loves new stuff especially when its good, ADM makes it easy for global acceptance and penetration.

You call yourself "The King of New Wave", what's the reason behind that title?

The Afro Dance Music, or Pon Pon sound like you said, is the African "new wave" and I champion the movement, so that makes me the King of New Wave.

Your album Afro Dance Music dropped in November; what was the inspiration behind the album?

After the success of "Pana," I see everybody jumping on my kind of sound and style, which is a good thing inspiring a lot of people, especially people I grew looking up to and listening to. So. I just thought it's smart I own the course, and I decided to put out a body of work that defines the sound, I hope generations to come will reckon with my legacy, like Fela and Afrobeat.

Photography: Babajide Osho

How do you feel about the way afrobeats is currently going global?

I am very excited, especially being a front runner as a music producer. The opportunities are limitless.

What pressures do you face now that you're one of the hottest producers in Nigeria right now?

No pressures, as far as am concerned, I have nothing to prove, am not trying to brag, within a short period of time everybody has acknowledged my talent and gift, I am one of the best on the continent. I just want to get better every day, get my business right, inspire people positively and leave a good legacy for generations to come.

What advice can you give other young African producers on the grind right now?

Be yourself, be creative and take your craft and business very serious.

What can we expect from Krizbeatz in 2018?

Watch out for hit songs from major artistes across Africa; more videos from my debut album, ADM, and I am writing a book and shooting a movie and most likely my sophomore album.

Krizbeatz' latest album 'ADM (Afro Dance Music)' is available now.

Photography: Babajide Osho

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Janet Jackson Returns With Afrobeats-Inspired Song & Video 'Made For Now' Featuring Daddy Yankee

The icon's latest is a nod to the sound, fashion and culture of the diaspora.

Ms. Jackson is back.

The iconic artist returns with her first single since the release of her 2015 album Unbreakable, and it's a timely nod to the "made for now" influence of afrobeats fashion, sound and culture.

On "Made For Now," which features Puerto Rican reggaeton titan Daddy Yankee, Janet Jackson does what she's done successfully so many times throughout her decades-long career: provide an infectious, party-worthy tune that's fun and undeniably easy to dance to. "If you're living for the moment, don't stop," Jackson sings atop production which fuses dancehall, reggaeton and afrobeats.

The New York-shot music video is just as lively, filled with eye-catching diasporic influences, from the wax-print ensembles and beads both Janet and her dancers wear to the choreographed afrobeats-tinged dance numbers, even hitting the Shoki at one point in the video. The train of dancers travel throughout the streets of Brooklyn, taking over apartment buildings and rooftops with spirited moves.

It's obvious that Jackson has been studying and drawing inspiration from the culture for some time now. She even hit the Akwaaba dance, popularized by Mr Eazi, during her Icon Award performance at this year's Billboard Music Awards.

The bouncing video, directed by Dave Meyers, features contributions from a number of creatives from Africa and the diaspora who were involved in the creation of the video, including designer Claude Lavie Kameni and choreographer Omari Mizrahi. Ghanaian health guru, Coach Cass pointed out some of the many dancers involved in the production on Instagram, who hail from Ghana, Nigeria, Trinidad, Grenada and the US.

Ahead of the video's release, it garnered attention on social media when Jackson was spotted filming in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, wearing what many thought was a questionable fashion ensemble. The outfit in question only makes a small appearance in the video, and we're glad to see that Janet's other looks appear, at least slightly, more coordinated.

Watch the music video for "Made for Now" below. The singer is set to perform the song with Daddy Yankee live for the first time tonight on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, so be ready!

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New hip-hop and highlife grooves from the celebrated UK-based Ghanaian producer.

By merging the diverse influence of growing up in Accra and East London, Juls has managed to cultivate a hybrid afrobeats style that has set him apart from the rest.

For his latest single, "Saa Ara," he teams up with award-winning rapper Kwesi Arthur and gifted lyricist Akan.

The brilliant fusion of vintage highlife instrumentals and booming hip-hop beats, along with Kwesi Arthur's lively chorus and Akan's fiery delivery gives the song a very spiritual and classical feel.

Soothe your soul this weekend with these tasteful sounds from Juls.

Listen to "Saa Ara" by Juls featuring Kwesi Arthur and Akan below.

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FIFA Refuses To Meet with Nigeria's Sports Minister as Ghana Takes Steps to Avoid Ban

This could jeopardize Nigeria's qualifier against Seychelles in September, while the Ghanaian government has pledged not to dissolve its football association.

In lieu of the ultimatums Nigeria and Ghana's football associations faced from FIFA, one country is on its way to dodge the threat of being banned, while the other is not going down without a fight.

FIFA has refused a proposed meeting with Nigeria's sports minister, Solomon Dalung, to discuss problems in the country's football federation, BBC Sport reports. They say their leadership and the FIFA president is unwilling to meet during the proposed time period.

FIFA is giving the NFF until August 20 for Chris Giwa, who was acknowledged by the courts as the president of the federation, to leave the NFF offices.

Giwa's lawyer Ardzard Habilla asserts that FIFA can't ban Nigeria as the federation's issues need to be sorted out internally by the country's judiciary.

Habilla questions, "Do we take it that FIFA laws are superior to the judgment of the highest court in our land—the Supreme Court, and has FIFA elevated itself before the constitution of Nigeria?"

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