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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.

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Casanova, Davido & Tory Lanez' '2AM' Will Soundtrack Your Weekend

Flatbush meets Lagos and Toronto in this addictive new single.

Brooklyn rapper Casanova rolls through with an energetic new collaboration with Davido and Tory Lanez.

"2AM" sees the rapper going in over highly-infectious afrobeats-meets-pop beat work, in the same vein as we've heard from massive hits like "Unforgettable." The song was produced by 30 Roc.

The single features the star power of Davido and Tory Lanez which gives "2AM" the increased potential to be one of those huge new jams that'll be getting constant spins this year on both sides of the Atlantic (it's already got the top slot in Spotify's African Heat playlist).

The music video kicks off in Atlanta but eventually follows Casanova to Lagos, where he connects with Davido in Shitta. The clip was directed by Nigeria's Meji Alabi, the creative force behind many of your favorite afrobeats videos.

"2AM" is the lead single from Casanova's upcoming EP, Free At Last, which is due from Roc Nation/Def Jam Recordings on February 15.

We talked to Casanova below to learn a little more about this new collaboration and sound for him.

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Dive Into TOBi's New Music Video For 'City Blues'

The Nigerian-Canadian rapper delivers a solid jam.

TOBi is a Nigerian-born, Toronto-based rapper making music inspired by his early life move to Canada and the experiences around immigration and culture shock.

You might have previously heard his track, "Hidden Fences," closing out the finale of Insecure or gotten into his 2016 debut EP, FYi.

TOBi is now sharing the new single and music for "City Blues," which sees the rapper taking cues from Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues" over a beat produced by Free n Losh. It's the first taste we're hearing from his upcoming debut album due later this year.

"[City Blues is] written from one perspective within the African diaspora, pertaining to being caught between two worlds and reclaiming my ethnic identity," TOBi tells OkayAfrica. "Embracing my name has been a crucial part of my personal growth."

"I drew inspiration from the Shakespeare quote: 'All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts.' City Blues speaks about the many roles that a human takes on at once but from my perspective," he adds.

Get into it below.

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Issa Rae to Star In Murder Mystery Rom-Com, 'The Lovebirds,' With Kumail Nanjiani

Issa Rae isn't playing with us in 2019!

Issa Rae has added yet another exciting project to her growing list for 2019, and we're totally here for it.

The actress and Insecure showrunner is set to star alongside comedian and Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani in the upcoming romantic comedy The Lovebirds, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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