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British-Nigerian Rapper Dave's Debut Album 'Psychodrama' has Won the Mercury Prize

The album has been hailed as 'the boldest and best British rap album in a generation.'

British-Nigerian rapper, Dave, released his debut album Psychodrama in March this year and it was certified gold in just three months. The album entered the UK charts at number and has sold over 100 000 copies to date, according to the BBC. Alongside the likes of British-Nigerian MC Little Simz, the experimental rock group Black Midi and Nao, Dave was nominated for this year's Mercury Prize at the end of July. This year's judging panel included artists such as Stormzy, Jorja Smith and Tshepo Mokoena, among several other notable individuals.

Yesterday, Dave took home the prestigious Mercury Prize for his debut album which has since been dubbed "the boldest and best British rap album in a generation."


Psychodrama has received critical acclaim since its release. It's lead single, "Black", caused quite a stir among certain listeners after it played on BBC Radio 1. The track, which talks about how Black people are generally perceived in the UK, caused some to feel that it was "racist towards White people". However, one of this year's Mercury Prize judges, Annie Mac, defended it saying that, "If you are genuinely offended by the idea of a man talking about the color of his skin and how it has shaped his identity, then that is a problem for you."

In his acceptance speech, Dave thanked his fellow nominated artists Little Simz, Nao and Slowthai and paid tribute to his brother, Christopher, who is currently in prison.

Speaking after the ceremony, Dave described the moment saying that, "This is surreal. It is a massive honor and I am glad that I've been able to repay the faith that a lot of people have put in me." He added that, "I have good days and bad days, but you see the team around me, my friends, my family, they kept me strong through this process."

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Burna Boy Makes His Directorial Debut With New Video for Single 'Last Last'

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The African Giant made his directorial debut this week with the release of his new single, 'Last Last', off of his highly anticipated sixth studio album, Love Damini. The single, a sample of American R&B singer Toni Braxton's hit single 'He Wasn't Man Enough For Me', is but a taste of what the Afro-fusion heavyweight has in store for fans this summer.

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“Back then you could walk into a meeting with a male colleague and everyone there only wants to talk to the guy. They would ignore you and shelve you aside. The meeting starts and, as a lady, when you speak, the men in the room are shocked, nodding their heads like ‘oh, she’s smart’.”

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Talking to Mavin Records’ Director of A&R Rima Tahini, lawyer and entertainment executive Oyinkansola "Foza" Fawehinmi, and Chocolate City Music’s Executive Vice President Aibee Abidoye—they all signal towards a lack of recognition for women in the Nigerian music industry.

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You Can Now Watch the Documentary 'Bigger Than Africa' on Netflix

Award-winning Nigerian Director Toyin Ibrahim Adekeye's first feature film is out this Friday, the 13th exclusively on the global streaming platform.

Netflix's investment in original African stories has seen a hoard of brilliant minds and their creations gain access to global audiences. The latest creative to share their narrative on the global streaming platform is award-winning Nigerian director Toyin Ibrahim Adekeye and his first feature film 'Bigger Than Africa'. The film, produced by Los Angeles-based Motherland Productions is available on the streaming platform this Friday, May 13th.


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