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Davido Cancels Remainder of US Tour to Focus on National Youth Service

"I apologize to all my fans but Duty calls," says the Nigerian artist.

Afrobeats star Davido has cancelled the remainder of his Locked Up Tour in the US "due to scheduling conflicts and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) commitments in Nigeria," the singer stated in a message shared on Instagram yesterday.

Last month we reported that the artist had joined Nigeria's National Youth Service Corps (NYSC)had joined Nigeria's National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), where he was met by excited crowds of people as he arrived at camp. Many believed that Davido would receive preferential treatment as a result of his status and some joked about whether the "If" singer would accept the 19,800 Naira ($54.73) monthly stipend the program provides.

It seems the singer is taking his commitment far more seriously than some might have anticipated, canceling his upcoming tour dates in Houston, Dallas, LA and San Fransisco. "Davido and his team are working hard to reschedule all dates plus add new date in the future," read the message.


According to Sahara Reporters, Davido's absence from the program violated the program's mandatory three week orientation.

The singer was also set to perform at J.Cole's inaugural Dreamville Festival in North Carolina, but the festival was cancelled due to weather concerns brought on by Hurricane Florence, which made its landfall in the Untied States this morning.

Reactions to the news from folks on Twitter range from sad, to encouraging, to skeptical.

Here's some of what people are saying:






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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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