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Lauryn Hill Played Her First Ever Concert In Nigeria And Visited The New Afrika Shrine

Check out photos and video from Lauryn Hill's debut Nigerian show and her visit to the New Afrika Shrine, where she was greeted by Seun Kuti.


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Ms. Lauryn Hill made it over to Lagos last weekend where she played her debut Nigerian concert to a sold out crowd. Following a previous cancellation (and a striking apology video) for a planned show earlier this year, the singer made it to the Eko Hotel and Suites on Sunday night for a 2-hour-long performance backed by a 20-man band. While many concertgoers expressed their anger towards event organizers on social media for the late start of the show, things went smoothly once the star took the stage. The day after the concert, Ms. Hill, accompanied by her daughter Sarah Marley, paid her respects to Fela Kuti by visiting the New Afrika Shrine, where she was greeted by Seun Kuti. This wasn't the singer's first time performing in Africa, as she held her first show in Ghana late last year and has previously played in South Africa for Cape Town Jazz Festival, Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Senegal. Check out some photos and video from Lauryn Hill's concert in Lagos and her visit to the New Afrika Shrine below.

Ms. Lauryn Hill live in Nigeria for the first time EVER.
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Photo via Seun Kuti's Facebook.

Just before the show started a beautiful lady walked up to me telling me how much she loved my music, in her words "we ve been playing you songs in philly " , this sister sang the chorus of No Be You and I was blown away by her voice, soon I realized she was Lauryns back up singer. My life changed last night. I cried when Lauryn was performing and thinking,in my life time I see woman wey I use her songs learn work!!!!! She killed it! She gave me music life! So I got home and next thing my phone rings "waje Lauryn wants to meet u? I ran back like I was going to collect the certificate that validates the school of music life I have been in since, she took my hand and I cried all thru...... I'm so sure I embarrassed her but i had to tell her how grateful I am. Thank you Lauryn for music... Long story short, do your own with diligence and authenticity and you will save lives, inspire people to reach their goals as she inspired many singers and musicians. I'm so honored. Shout out to my sis @jbeautyfull A photo posted by Waje iruobe (@officialwaje) on
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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'

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