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Jay-Z In Africa — Plans To Play Seven Cities Sadly, Not True

Jay-Z in Africa will sadly not be coming to fruition at this time.


UPDATE: Jay-Z in Africa? It now appears that a bunch of outlets were erroneously posting details from Jay-Z's 2006 Tour, linking to a Billboard article from August of that year (which mysteriously lacks a time-stamp). After some confused reaction on twitter, Okayplayer and Okayafrica have confirmed with sources close to Hov (specifically dream hampton) that this is indeed old info and no new dates for Jay-Z in Africa have been set for 2013. Sorry for the fake-out!

Jay-Z has just announced a seven-week world tour to spread awareness about the globe's water crisis. The tour kicks off Sept. 9 in Poland, with Jay making his way through Europe, Africa, Asia and finishing the shows off in Australia — no Cuba this time. Within those dates he'll be playing concerts in seven cities on the continent: Dar es Salaam, Accra, Lagos, Luanda, Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg. See the full Jay-Z world tour dates below.

JAY-Z WORLD TOUR DATES

Sept. 9: Krakow, Poland (Coca-Cola SW Live Festival)

Sept. 10: Bratislava, Slovakia (Incheba)

Sept. 15: Amsterdam (Heineken Music Hall)

Sept. 16: Germany (TBA)

Sept. 18: Istanbul (Refresh the Venue)

Sept. 19: Athens (Olympic Arena)

Sept. 21: Manchester, England (Evening News Arena)

Sept. 22: Glasgow (SECC)

Sept. 23: Birmingham, England (National Indoor Arena)

Sept. 24: London (Wembley Arena)

Sept. 26: Dublin (the Point)

Sept. 27: London (Royal Albert Hall)

Sept. 29: Paris (Le Zenith)

Sept. 30: Milan (Fiera di Milano)

Oct. 2: Barcelona (Teatro Heineken)

Oct. 4: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (Diamond Jubilee)

Oct. 6: Accra, Ghana (Accra Conference Center)

Oct. 7: Lagos, Nigeria (Ocean View)

Oct. 9: Luanda, Angola (Cine Karl Max)

Oct. 11: Cape Town, South Africa (Belleville Velodrome)

Oct. 13: Durban, South Africa (ABSA Stadium Outer Fields)

Oct. 14: Johannesburg (Coca Cola Dome)

Oct. 17: Hong Kong (TBA)

Oct. 18: Bangkok, Thailand (BEC Tero Hall)

Oct. 20: Seoul, Korea (Walker Hill Gayagum Concert Hall)

Oct. 21: Taipei, Taiwan (Taipei Dome)

Oct. 23: Singapore, Singapore (Suntec City Concert Hall)

Oct. 25: Sydney (Entertainment Centre)

Oct. 27: Brisbane, Australia (Entertainment Centre)

Oct. 28: Melbourne (Rod Laver Arena)

 

Interview

Interview: Terri Is Stepping Out of the Shadows

We talk to the Wizkid-signed artist about the story behind the massive hit "Soco" and his latest Afro Series EP.

Certain afrobeats songs have made in-roads in international markets and paved the way for the genre's ceaselessly-rising widespread recognition. Among these history-defining songs were D'banj's "Oliver Twist," Tekno's "Pana," Davido's "If" & "Fall," Runtown's "Mad Over You," and of course, Wizkid's "Soco." Wizkid released "Soco" under his label imprint, Starboy Entertainment in March 2018, and the song spread like wildfire across Africa and beyond. "Soco" was an Afro-pop wonder delivered at a time when the 'afrobeats to the world' movement was gathering steam, further cementing its electric nature. The Northboi-produced song was co-signed by celebrities across the world like Rihanna, Cardi B, and Paul Pogba and has accrued well over a hundred million streams across streaming platforms worldwide.

"Soco" was not only a trailblazer amongst mid-2010s afrobeats records, it was also the introduction of the first Wizkid-signed artist, Terri. Just weeks before "Soco" was released, Terri was discovered by Wizkid's longtime producer, Mutay, who saw him covering the song "Oshe" on social media.

Before "Soco," Terri Akewe was well on his way to fame. At fifteen, he had performed at street carnivals in his neighbourhood and, one time, was carried all the way home by neighbours after winning a Coca-Cola sponsored singing competition. Before his life-changing meeting with Wizkid, Terri had a seven-track EP ready for release, as well as a viral song titled "Voices." "One time I was on set with the video director T.G Omori, he told me that 'Voices' was the first time he heard of me" Terri tells me as we settle on a plush couch at his home in Lagos.

Regardless of Terri's initial career trajectory; signing to a label headed by afrobeats' biggest superstar was bound to accelerate his musical journey, and at the same time, cast a huge shadow of expectation on his career, especially given a debut as spectacular as "Soco." With his latest EP, Afro Series, powered by the sensational single "Ojoro," one thing is clear: Terri is stepping out of the shadows into his own spotlight and he is doing it on his own terms.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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