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Music


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.

Music

The Fugees Will Be Playing Live Concerts In Ghana & Nigeria

Ready or not.

The legendary Fugees have announced that they will be reuniting for their first shows in 15 years for a string of concerts across North America, Europe and West Africa.

The reunion tour will be celebrating the anniversary of their classic 1996 album, The Score.

Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel will be embarking on a 12-city global tour, which will have them landing in Nigeria and Ghana for a pair of December show dates — we'll have more details on those to come.

The tour starts this week with a 'secret' pop-up show at an undisclosed location in New York City on Wednesday (9/22) in support of Global Citizen Live. The rest of the dates will kick-off in November and see The Fugees playing concerts across Chicago Los Angeles, Atlanta, Oakland, Miami, Newark, Paris, London, and Washington DC, before finishing off in Nigeria and Ghana.

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