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Peter of P-Square Linked Up With Diddy & Cassie

Mr. P partied with Diddy and Cassie in Abu Dhabi and promised that there's 'something bigger coming.'

Peter Okoye of the now defunct P-Square has been releasing new music under his solo name Mr. P, like the Thriller-influenced music video for "Look Into My Eyes."

He was recently in Abu Dhabi ahead of a concert as part of his "All Eyes On P" world tour.

And who happened to also be performing in the United Arab Emirates city? None other than Brother Love himself, Diddy.


Mr P posted several pics and videos of himself, Diddy and Cassie partying it up in Abu Dhabi. There's a hilarious video in which Diddy invites everyone in the room to what we presume is his concert (who knows) and the whole squad goes nuts.

"When 2 Business Moguls/Tycoon party together, y'all know it's Crazy and Lit! We are not Business Men, But We are The Business Meeeeen! 💶💸💰💴👍🏾 #BadBoyzForLife #SomethingBiggerComing," wrote Mr P on his Instagram page, promising there was something larger in the works (again, who knows).

Of course, the video ends with a shameless plug of Ciroc because what would a Diddy cameo be without that?

Check out Mr P, Diddy and Cassie in Abu Dhabi below.


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Burna Boy Set to Perform at the Grammys 2021 Premiere Ceremony

The Nigerian star is nominated in the Best Global Music category.

The African giant Burna Boy will perform at the 2021 Grammy pre-show which will be livestreamed on GRAMMY.com at 3 p.m. EST on March 14.

The premiere ceremony will be hosted by Jhene Aiko. It will kick off with an ensemble of previous Grammy nominees including Gregory Porter, Afro-Peruvian Jazz Orchestra, Regina Carter, and Kamasi Washington performing "Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology)" in tribute to the late legend Marvin Gaye.

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At the moment both the backlash and the advocacy for the cause is currently at a climax, sparked by recent events concerning Ghana's LGBT+ support group and the public opposition against it by Ghana's society and the nation's government. Ghana's official LGBT+ support group, called LGBT+ Rights Ghana, established their headquarters in Accra on January 31, 2021. The office was intended to be a safe space and avenue of support for all LGBT+ Ghanaians. On February 24, 2021. the office was shut down by members of Ghana's national security force together with the police, on orders issued by Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, after the center became the subject of a furious public backlash.

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Interview: In The Beginning Was Manana

Manana on his debut album 'In The Beginning Was The End', a relatable love story narrated backwards.

Ndumiso Manana had just purchased a microphone to complete his home studio setup when President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a hard lockdown in 2020.

Unable to tour with his Seba Kaapstad family due to travel restrictions implemented as part of measures to curb the spread of the novel Coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, he did what many musicians in his circles, and around the world, were doing: he diverted his attention to something else.

In his case, the diversion led to one of 2020's most beguiling releases, In The Beginning Was The End, an album so perfect, so polished yet raw; so whole yet sparse; so sophisticated yet, strangely, relatable.

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