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Video: “More You” by Bez

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When I think of Nigerian music, my mind usually goes to one of two places - afrobeat or Nigerian hip-hop, so I was pretty surprised when I came across Bez and his relatively stripped down sound. Instead of the over produced wailing that I’ve come to expect from male R&B singers (sorry, but you know I’m right) I was treated to a number of airy tracks featuring some folksy guitar and sober vocals. Bez refers to his musical style as “Alternative Soul” and it’s easy to see why. He gives equal billing to his guitar playing and singing, allowing the former to give the song just as much emotional charge as his lyrics.

Bez is a rising star in Nigeria, and has opened up for artists like Nneka and Angie Stone. His album Super Sun is set for release later this year (we’ll be sure to give you more info as it comes in) and I’m interested to see the full range of his musical gifts. The tracks “Zuciya Daya" and “Super Sun” in particular lead me to believe that his debut album will be worth the wait.  Until then enjoy the video for “More You” above ....and believe me, there are many things to enjoy about that video.  For more Bez, check out his site.

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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