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CKay Makes History As First African Artist to Hit 20 Million Spotify Listeners

High off of his Tik Tok success and debuting on the Billboard Global 200 list, the singer shows no sign of slowing down.

Nigerian singer CKay has made history as the first African artist to surpass 20 million Spotify listeners. The Afrobeat singer-songwriter currently boasts over 21 million monthly listeners on his Spotify page alone, making him the first on the continent to do so.

'Africa's boyfriend' took to Instagram to share his excitement on having reached 12 million listeners, at the time, saying, "Music does bring the world together. Love y'all, Let's get to number 1!"


The futuristic Afrobeat connoisseur has been doing us proud lately, with a host of wins under his belt since his 2019 debut. The success of the hit single, "Love Nwantinti," and the multiple international remixes that followed certainly helped solidify his place on top. And the popularity that the track reached on social media video-sharing app Tik Tok certainly did its part.

Tik Tok users from across the world all took part in the "Love Nwantiti" Dance challenge, further pushing the song into the charts. Over 3 million videos have been created on the app using Ckay's remix featuring DJ Yo and Axel, with the song becoming the most Shazamed song as a result of the social media demand. The remix initially wasn't approved by Ckay but finally, all credit has been restored to the rightful parties.

Check out the popular Tik Tok dance created around CKay's hit single "Love Nwantinti" here.

Love Nwantiti TikTok Dance Compilation www.youtube.com


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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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