The Inaugural Gidi Culture Festival Hits Lagos This March

The inaugural Gidi Culture Festival featuring Ice Prince, Wizkid, Jesse Jagz, Poe + more hits Lagos 2nd March, 2014.

Lagos has a new music festival heading its way next month. Organized by Eclipse Live, the inaugural Gidi Culture Festival features a stacked lineup of Nigerian pop royalty the likes of Wizkid, Ice Prince, Lynxxx, Timaya, DJ Obi, Reminisce, Seyi Shay, Poe, Jesse Jagz, DJ Hazan, Blink, Vicky Kimani, Boj, and Ayo Jay. Considering how much overlap there's been amongst this group of artists in the past, we anticipate quite a few one-off collaborations in store. The one day mega-show is set to take place on the private Elegushi beach on Sunday, 2nd March. Follow Gidi Culture Festival over here for more info on tickets along with the Flow With The Beat (#FWTB) contest for an opportunity to perform live on stage.

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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)

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