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The First Official Trailer for 'Knock Out Blessing' Is Here

The highly anticipated follow-up from Nigerian director Dare Olaitan premieres December 28.

Nigerian director Dare Olaitan has dropped the first official trailer following the teaser he shared in October for his new project, Knock Out Blessing.

The visionary remains consistent bringing us comedy/suspense thriller in the Ojukokoro follow-up, telling the story of three girls embarking on an adventure to survive, which leads them into the criminal sector of Nigeria's political underworld.


Olaitan shares the summary of the film on Twitter, detailing:

A nation in need of truth. A good girl with a violent gift. Bad girls with (good?) intentions. A dark hat politician with a terrible secret. Opportunistic criminals biting more than they can chew. A ruthless assassin on a mission.

In the midst of this perceived intensity, one still manages to let out a laugh or two while watching the trailer.

Check it out below.

Knock Out Blessing Trailer December 28th. youtu.be

Knock Out Blessing stars Ade Laoye, Meg Otanwa, Linda Ejiofor, Demola Adedoyin, Bucci Franklin, Tope Tedela, Gbenga Titiloye, Tony Akposheri, Udoka Oyeka, Charles Etubeibi, Sammie Eddie, Paul Utomi, Iyke Micheal, Mary Kowo, Sandra Eze, and KC Ejelonu.

The film is due to premiere in Nigerian cinemas on December 28, 2018.

(Youtube)

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Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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