Video

Video: Banky W Headlines U.S. Empire World Order Tour + "Lagos Party" Vid

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The 2011 Empire World Order Tour will be headlined by the EME (Empire Mates Entertainment) All-Stars from Nigeria, which consists of award-winning songwriter, singer, producer and multi-platinum R&B superstar Banky W, WIZKID and rapper and wordsmith Skales. They will be accompanied by a live band, background singers, and full stage production at each show. In each city the EWO Tour, along with the “I AM CAPABLE Foundation” (EME’s charitable foundation), will present awards to individuals and/or organizations whose works have impacted the community.  The video for Banky W's major hit "Lagos Party" can be viewed above, along with the tour dates and locations after the jump.

Friday, June 24th 2011 Lincoln Theatre @ 7:30pm Washington, DC, United States BUY

Saturday, July 2nd 2011 Variety Playhouse Theatre @ 8:00pm Atlanta, GA, United States BUY

Saturday, July 9th 2011 Museum of Science & Industry – West Pavilion Theatre @ 7:00pm Chicago, IL, United States BUY

Friday, July 15th 2011 AYVA Center @ 7:00pm Houston, TX, United States BUY

Saturday, July 16th 2011 Grand Ballroom at 630second   @ 9:00pm Manhattan, NY, United States BUY

Interview

Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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