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Sorry Guys, Wizkid Is Not the First African Artist to Sell Out London's Royal Albert Hall After All

News spread over the weekend, that Wizkid was the first African solo act to sell out London's Royal Albert Hall, but it appears that may not be the case.

Last Friday, Wizkid, performed a sold-out show at London's iconic Royal Albert Hall. The afrobeat heavyweight headlined an electrifying night with thousands of fans and fellow Nigerian artists Skepta and Tinie Tempah in attendance.


Following his buzzed about performance, news broke that the 27-year-old singer had become the first African artist to sell out the famed hall—his tickets sold out two days before the show—and congratulations were in order for Wiz. Fans and celebrities alike took to social media to congratulate the young star. Even the Royal Albert Hall sent out a tweet, sharing the historic news. Folks even began drawing comparisons between Wizkid and the late Fela Kuti.

It appears, however, that this information, may not have been completely true. On Sunday, one knowledgable Twitter user, Mr. Aye Dee, pointed out that Wizkid is not actually the first African, or Nigerian artist for that matter, to sell out the famous hall—perhaps just the first since many of his younger fans can remember. According to Dee, Sade sold-out the auditorium back in 1993.

For some reason, for some of Wizkid's admirers, this realization was not sufficient enough to take the title away from him. Some on Twitter argued that Sade is considered a band, therefore, Wizkid still remained the first solo act to accomplish the feat. Others questioned whether Sade identified as a Nigerian, to which he set the record straight by pointing out that she, in fact, does and listed several other African headliners who've sold out the hall as well.

This afternoon,The Royal Albert Hall, sent out a tweet, stating that they "may have got that wrong," and named Miriam Makeba as another sold-out solo African headliner.

Of course, it's not as if this news takes anything away from Wizkid's success. Sure, he's not Fela Kuti—let's collectively chill with the comparisons—but his accomplishment remains rare and impressive, and only helps solidify Starboy's status as a global ambassador for afrobeats and the contemporary African music scene as a whole. We're congratulating him nonetheless.

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Former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Laureate, Kofi Annan, Has Died

The celebrated Ghanaian humanitarian and the first black African to serve as head of the UN, passed away on Saturday at the age of 80.

Kofi Annan, the seventh UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away on Saturday morning following a brief illness. "His wife Nane and their children Ama, Kojo and Nina were by his side during the last days," read a family statement. He was 80.

Annan was the first black African to serve as head of the United Nations, holding the prestigious position from 1997 to 2006. He was lauded for his global humanitarian work, eventually earning Annan and the UN a Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 for "their work for a better organized and more peaceful world."

Annan was head of the UN during the onslaught of the Iraq War, proving to be one of the most challenging global events to occur under his time as Secretary General and one of the most divisive of the early 21st century. "I think the worst moment of course was the Iraq war, which as an organization we couldn't stop—and I really did everything I can to try to see if we can stop it," he said in 2006.

Annan was also the founder of the Kofi Annan foundation and chairman of The Elders, an international humanitarian organization of global leaders founded by Nelson Mandela.

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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, which see the dancers 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.

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You Need to Hear Juls' New Single 'Saa Ara'


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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