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Falz's 'This Is Nigeria' Has Been Banned by Nigeria's Broadcasting Commission

Wande Cole's "Iskaba" and Olamide's "See Mary, See Jesus" were also deemed too "vulgar" for radio.

The Nigerian Broadcasting Commision (NBC) has banned Falz's viral, politically-charged hit "This is Nigeria."

The song, which was released in May, blatantly calls out the Nigerian government and addresses many of the country's social ills. One line in particular "This is Nigeria, look how we living now, everybody be criminal" was deemed "vulgar" by the commission and thus "unfit for radio." The artist shared a photo of the letter on Instagram, making light of the NBC's move.


Wande Cole's 2016 banger 'Iskaba' and Olamide's 'See Mary, See Jesus' were also banned.

Why the ban for "Iskaba" in particular came so late, is unknown, a letter from the NBC entitled "Persistent Airing of Music with Vulgar and Indecent Lyrics," cited the lyrics ""Girl you de make me kolo, shaking the ass like kolo" as the reason for the ban.

How exactly the NBC makes such decisions is unclear.

Last years, the NBC was also accused of banning songs from Davido, Olamide and 9nice, though it denied that the song had been removed from airwaves.

Many online have called out the NBC on social media, because really, none of this makes sense.







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Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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