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BOZOMA SAINT-JOHN

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Bozoma “Boz” Saint-John is currently heading Apple Music’s Global Consumer Marketing division. Although she has been hustling in the marketing field for over a decade behind the scenes, Saint-John stole the spotlight in 2016 at Apple’s World-Wide Development Conference when she led thousands in a karaoke style, sing along to “Rapper’s Delight.”


The Ghanaian born, Wesleyan University alum started her career with Pepsi Co. by being at the forefront of their music festival based marketing strategy. She is the creative force behind some of your favorite, yet subtle, superstar marketing moments. She arranged Beyonce’s blackout Superbowl performance, the Apple commercial with Kerry Washington, Mary J. Blige & Taraji P. Henson and was instrumental in inking deals with Taylor Swift. Billboard has named Boz a “Top Woman in Music” and she has also been inducted in the American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Achievement.

—MB

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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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