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D'banj Will Make His Nollywood Debut in Jadesola Osiberu's 'Sugar Rush'

The film will reportedly hit the big screen this Christmas.

Over the past few years, Nigerian artist D'banj has been on somewhat of a hiatus. Following the success of his smash hit "Oliver Twist" from the 2017 album King Don Come, he admittedly flew under the radar for a while. In 2018, he returned to the music scene with a few tracks including "Something for Something", a collaboration he did with South African artist Cassper Nyovest, and "Shake It", a track he hopped onto with Tiwa Savage.

More recently this year, D'banj released the vibrant track "Shy" and went on to give a stellar performance at the inaugural edition of the Afro Nation Festival in Portugal. Now it seems that the artist is looking to flex his acting muscles in his debut role in Nigerian filmmaker Jadesola Osiberu's Sugar Rush.


Osiberu took to Instagram to announce her new project and some of the talent she's rounded up for it. D'banj will star in the film alongside Adesua Etomi, Bisola Aiyeola and Omoni Oboli. Whilst details of the film's storyline are yet to be revealed, it is reported that the film will be hitting the big screen this coming Christmas. No stranger to producing blockbuster hits within Nollywood, Osiberu was behind the 2017 romantic comedy Isoken as well as local Nigerian television shows Rumor Has It and Gidi Up.

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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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