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Afropunk Announces Fire Line-up for Free Virtual Concert

Afropunk has released a fire line-up: Tiwa Savage, Moonchild Sanelly, Masego and more for free virtual concert.

Afropunk has announced that not only will it go online, but that this year's event will be entirely free. Tiwa Savage, Moonchild Sanelly, Masego, Ari Lennox and Petite Noir are just some of the amazing Black artists that have been announced on the line-up. The theme for this year is: Planet Afropunk: Past, Present and Future is Black.


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The festival is a celebration of all things Black and celebrates a positive prospective on Black creativity. Afropunk started in Brooklyn, and has gathered a rousing following over the years. Its breakthrough in South Africa came in 2017 and has been remarkable to date. Past events have featured international headliners Solange and Miguel.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, festival goers this year will not be able to dress up for Afropunk's radical themes that celebrate freedom, creativity, and Blackness. Afropunk has reclaimed the online space for itself and stated that, like its live events, the virtual concert will be a "safe space".

See who else is on the line-up and register to attend on Planet Afropunk. The event will take place between 23 to 25 October 2020.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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