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DIASPORA— Nigerian rapper, Wale's new album Shine, was the subject of a Twitter storm on Wednesday, after popular music critic Anthony Fontana, called his single "My Love," “one of the ugliest attempts at capitalizing on the Caribbean craze."

Fontana’s tweet garnered a prompt response from the rapper, who clarified the song’s genre and pointed out his Nigerian roots: “man that's Afro beat that's my naija culture. I was born into this sound. This is OUR sound,” he said. Folks on Twitter made it a point to call out Fontana for his oblivious remark. Read some reactions below.

Sports

NIGERIA—The Ogun State government is naming a street and stadium after British-Nigerian, World Heavyweight Champion, Anthony Joshua, ESPN reports. The boxer—who was denied the chance to represent Nigeria in the sport back in 2008—is coming off a historic win against Ukraine's Wladimir Klitschko, last Saturday. Read the full story here.

Fashion:

DIASPORA—UCLA has opened a new exhibit called "African-Print FashionNow! A Story of Taste, Globalization, and Style," which seeks to uncover the history of what has come to be known as "African fashion." The show will run until July 30, and then travel to three other U.S. museums. Read the full story via Los Angeles Times.

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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