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Olamide Is Now The First Nigerian Entertainer To Own A TV Station

Nigerian hip-hop artist Olamide kicks of his 29th birthday with his new single, "c.Ronaldo," and announcement on his newly acquired tv station, VOTS.

Olamide Baddo, the Nigerian hip-hop artist and entrepreneur starts his birthday off right with an announcement on launching his new TV station, VOTS (Voice Of The Streets), becoming the first Nigerian entertainer to own one. As if that was not enough to celebrate in one day, he also launched his new dope single titled "c.Ronaldo."

Olamide is on a roll with his career with so many notches on his belt already, but he's proving that he's not in the game only for himself. He's using his music and business ventures to both represent and spread African culture throughout the diaspora and beyond.


VOTS is only available on Play satellite TV and will provide subscribers with 124 channels. As Olamide informs us in his Instagram post, reported by Bella Naija, VOTS is "our television, my television, your television...be heard." As an additional treat, accompanied with his tv station announcement, Olamide promised the first 100 individuals to set foot on Play TV's premises a decoder with a free one-year subscription to VOTS as a "thank you."

Of course with a fanbase as large as his, over 1,000 proud Nigerians came to the premises. Although only 100 were allotted decoders, those who remained were instructed to record their names with VOTS, and follow up with an e-mail for an update. So far, it seems Olamide has a knack for surprises so who knows what that "update" will be.

Additionally, his new single is a wavy combination of African beats and smooth vocals that you can bump to at the same time. Check out his track, named after Cristiano Ronaldo, now available on Soundcloud, and stay tuned for more on VOTS.

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Interview: ÌFÉ Blends Music & Religion to Honor Those Who Have Died During the Pandemic

Producer and percussionist Otura Mun talks about his latest EP, The Living Dead, and how he traces the influences of West Africa in his new work.

There are bands that open up a spiritual world through their music. ÌFÉ is one example. An electro-futurist band that fuses Afro-Cuban rhythms and Jamaican dancehall with Yoruba mystical voices. With the success of their 2017 debut album "IIII+IIII" (pronounced Eji-Ogbe), ÌFÉ has reached an audience that is looking for Caribbean and contemporary sounds.

The Puerto Rican-based band just released a new EP, The Living Dead- Ashé Bogbo Egun, that aims to heal and honor those who have died during this pandemic. Otura Mun, the band leader, is an African-American producer and percussionist, who began a personal journey about a decade ago, when he landed in San Juan, and decided to move there. He learned Spanish, dug deep into his African ancestry and started to practice the Yoruba-Caribbean religion of Santería.

ÌFÉ, which means "love and expansion" in Yoruba, ties two worlds, music and religion, artistically. This new EP modernized prayer songs to hopefully make them more accessible to a younger generation. OkayAfrica spoke with Otura Mun on his latest work.

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