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Vanessa Bryant eulogises Kobe Bryant and daughter Gigi in heartbreaking tribute

Vanessa Bryant, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’ Neal pay tributes to Kobe Bryant and daughter, Gigi.

Vanessa Bryant eulogies Kobe Bryant and daughter Gigi in heartbreaking tribute
Vanessa Bryant eulogies Kobe Bryant and daughter Gigi in heartbreaking tribute
The tribute service for the late National Basketball Association (NBA) star, Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gigi has been held.

The service which took place at the Staple Center, Los Angeles, saw the widow of the late NBA legend, Venessa Bryant deliver a heartbreaking tribute to her late husband and daughter.

She, first of all, thanked everyone for the outpour of love they have received since the demise of her husband and daughter.

“I’d like to thank everyone for coming today. The outpouring of love and support that my family has felt from around the world has been so uplifting. Gianna Bryant is an amazingly sweet and gentle soul. She was always thoughtful

“She was daddy’s girl but I know she loved her mamma. She was one of my very best friends. She had the best laugh. It was infectious, it was pure and genuine. Kobe and Gianna naturally gravitated toward each other,” she said.

Vanessa Bryant eulogies Kobe Bryant and daughter Gigi in heartbreaking tributeJed Jacobsohn/GettyImages

She went on to talk about how she would never see her daughter get to drive, get married and have the father and daughter dance.

“We will not be able to see Gianna go to highschool with Natalia … we didn’t get the chance to teach her how to drive a car,” said Vanessa. “I won’t be able to tell her how gorgeous she looks on her wedding day. I’ll never get to see my baby girl walk down the aisle, have a father-daughter dance with her daddy … or have babies of her own,” she said.

She went on to talk about how she would never see her daughter get to drive, get married and have the father and daughter dance.Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY via Reuters

She went on to eulogise her late husband with some heartfelt and emotional words.

“He was the most amazing husband. Kobe loved me more than I could ever express or put into words. I have no idea how I deserved a man who loved or wanted me more than Kobe. We loved each other with our whole beings, two perfectly imperfect people making a beautiful family and raising our sweet and amazing girls,” she said.

Kobe Bryant and his family before his demiseChristopher Polk/Getty Images

The tribute service was attended by friends, family and former teammates of Kobe Bryant in attendance. NBA legend, Michael Jordan paid a tribute to Kobe and kind of lightened the mood in the venue with his memes jokes.

Beyonce gave an outstanding but emotional performance of two of Kobe’s favourite songs, ‘Halo’ and ‘XO.’

Kobe Bryant and his daughter were buried weeks ago in a private ceremony that was attended by their family members.

Kobe’s untimely death

The 41-year-old former Los Angeles Lakers basketball star died alongside his daughter and six other persons on Jan 26, 2020.Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images

The 41-year-old former Los Angeles Lakers basketball star died alongside his daughter and six other persons on Jan 26, 2020.

TMZ was the first to report his death. In their report, they revealed that Bryant and his daughter with traveling with four other people in his private helicopter when it crashed, killing everyone on board.

TMZ was the first to report his death. In their report, they revealed that Bryant and his daughter with traveling with four other people in his private helicopter when it crashed, killing everyone on board.Danny Moloshok/Reuters

Officials with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department responded to reports of the crash near Las Virgenes Rd and Willow Glen St in Calabasas at around 10 am after a fire broke out. Kobe was survived by a wife, Vanessa Laine Bryant, three daughters, and aged parents.

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Wizkid, Davido top Billboard sales charts

Davido’s ‘Blow My Mind’ debuts at No. 3 while Wizkid hits No. 1 on his second week.

Wizkid, Davido’s top Billboard sales charts. (Daily Post)

Wizkid, Davido’s top Billboard sales charts. (Daily Post)

Premier Nigerian acts, Wizkid and Davido currently top Billboard’s World Music Sales Charts.

Billboard's World Music Song Sales Charts. (Billboard)

Billboard’s World Music Song Sales Charts. (Billboard)

Brown Skin Girl,’ Wizkid’s collaboration with Beyonce, Blue Ivy and Saint Jhn, hits No. 1 of the charts in its second week. ‘Blow My Mind,’ Davido’s collaboration with Chris Brown debuts at No. 3 on the charts.

Blow My Mind,’ keeps waxing strong. In just one week of release, its video has garnered 6.8 million views on YouTube. Davido is now set to go on a ‘Blow My Mind’ tour which will visit New York, Lebanon, Marbella, Mykonos and Cape Verde.

Wizkid on his own is set to go on a tour that will hit Paris, the o2 Arena in London, Manchester and a few other locations. Wizkid is also set to feature on a new single with British rapper and singer, Kojo Funds.

Davido will also feature on a remix of Lyta’s ‘Monalisa. He also paid for the video to be shot by Director Kay.

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Review of The Lion King: The Gift album by Beyonce


Beyonce’s latest body of work is not a cash grab attempt to milk the Afrobeats trend but a love letter to the beauty of African music.

Beyonce has been heavily influenced by African culture especially Yoruba culture as of late. Here she is wearing a face mask made from cowries (Pink Now)
Beyonce has been heavily influenced by African culture especially Yoruba culture as of late. Here she is wearing a face mask made from cowries (Pink Now)
Circa 2011, Beyonce Knowles Carter recorded a 20-track album inspired by the Afrobeat god Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. That album never left her engineer’s hard drive.

During this period, King B jumped on the track ‘Lift Off‘ on the Watch Throne, the classic collaborative album by her husband JAY-Z and pop culture icon Kanye West.

One of the producers of that track was Michael Collins Ajereh a.k.a Don Jazzy, who produced the track ‘Oliver Twist.

Naija LabelDon Jazzy and Kanye West. Date unknown (Naija Label)

The D’banj track is the seminal record that started the invasion of Afrobeats (contemporary West African pop music) into the UK, other parts of Europe, the Caribbean and eventually North America.

Since then, Afrobeats has had a few inflection points, such as the ‘Apple brand of rap’ Drakeworking with WizkidDavido scoring a global sing-along ‘Fall‘, and Yemi Alade racking over 100m views on YouTube for her runaway hit ‘Johnny‘.

Now, Beyonce is taking a stab at Afrobeats with her latest body of work ‘The Lion King: The Gift‘ inspired by the live-action remake of the classic Disney animation released in 1994.

This is not B’s first sonic body of work that pays homage to Africa. In 2016, she released her cathartic album ‘Lemonade‘.

Beyonce channelled the Yoruba deities Osun and Yemoja for the visual interpretation of her emotional mood at the time. She also worked with Laolu Senbanjo, a visual artist whose works are based on Yoruba iconography and mythologies.

BeyonceBeyonce as Yoruba goddess Osun (Beyonce)

Now, on this LP, she assembles Afrobeats mightiest acts, Burna Boy, Mr Eazi, Tekno, Wizkid, Yemi Alade and Tiwa Savage to help her channel the beauty and strength of Africa. Other African acts include Shatta Wale (Ghana), Moonchild Sanelly (South Africa), Salatiel(Cameroon), and Busiswa (South Africa).

Heavy-hitters from America, Pharell, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino also appear on the project but don’t get it twisted, the African acts own the narrative on this body of work.

The trio of Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi and Tekno, elevate the tempo of the album with the ‘lamba*‘ driven ‘DON’T JEALOUS ME‘. This is the core of Afrobeats music, easy rhyme schemes, hypnotic melodies sprayed all over an irresistible hard-knocking beat.

The party starter track is followed by a solo offering from the hottest Afrobeats act in the world right now, Burna Boy.

On the mid-tempo ‘JA ARA E‘, he warns you to “watch out for the hyenas” with his commanding voice. Zlatan, one of the hottest rappers in Nigeria at the moment, blesses the track with his adlibs that have induced kicks on dance floors all over Nigeria. Tip: Americans, Google Zanku*.

Ayodeji Ibrahim ‘Wizkid’ Balogun who rattled speakers in America with the BBK-OVO remix of his smash hit ‘Ojuelegba‘ in 2015, teams up with Beyonce for a duet on ‘BROWN SKIN GIRL‘ featuring Ivy Carter and emerging alt-Hip Hop act SAINt JHN.

The track is an ode to melanin beauty. “Melanin too dark to throw her shade/she minds her business and winds her waist” sings Beyonce. The pro-melanin theme is a common trope in global contemporary music but it is still an agenda that still needs to be pushed.

Mr Eazi makes a second appearance on the LP by assisting Tiwa Savage on ‘KEYS TO THE KINGDOM‘, a highlife-driven mid-tempo cut that touches on the themes of destiny and royalty.

Only the rabble-rouser from the Gold Coast, the dancehall warlord Shatta Wale could get Beyonce to flow with an Afrobeat cadence on ‘Already‘ also featuring Major Lazer. The gravel-voiced Ghanaian pounds the beat to submission. “Try to stop it, me say no, no, no/royalty, don’t you say no, no, no” he declares.

Energy goddess Moonchild Sanelly brings her genre ‘Future ghetto punk‘ on the ‘My Power‘. Starring Tierra Whack, Beyonce and featuring Nija, this is a fem-anthem celebrating girl power. “Refer to me as a goddess/I am tired of being modest/100 degrees hottest-if we are being honest” spits the American rapper Tierra Whack in a machine-gun flow that can create holes in a vibranium suit.

A cornerstone track on this album, the South African clicks and tribal drums is a rallying call for Africans to come and dominate the world stage.

Beyonce is as impressive on her solo cuts as she is on the tracks she features acts. On the Sarz-produced ‘FIND YOUR WAY BACK‘ Beyonce tells about a story about independence, strength and resilience. The track is peppered with vocal contributions from top Nigerian A&R Bankulli* who appears again on ‘OTHERSIDE‘.

The latter track is a ballad on friendship, “If it all ends and it’s over, If the sky falls fire, Best believe me, you will see me on the other side“, sings Beyonce. Bankulli elevates the spirituality of the song when he brings down the Holy Spirit in his native tongue, Yoruba.

27 tracks (13 Lion King interludes inclusive) and 54 minutes long, Beyonce has curated a strong, balanced and vibrant album. To hell with it, this could have been the soundtrack for the Black Panther movie.

Beyonce describes this album as her “love letter to Africa” and said she “wanted to make sure we found the best talent from Africa and not just use some of the sound or my own interpretation of it.

The Beyhive leader achieves this impressively by allowing African artists to do their thing. On the album, she plays the role of a party host who opens her doors to artists from the great continent of Africa to rock the house. And rock the house they did.

Even JAY-Z gives a shout out to Lagos, the city capital of Afrobeats, “Bumping Fela on the PUMA jet like we from Lagos” on ‘MOOD 4 EVA.

The Lion King: The Gift albums comes at a time when questions are being asked if Afrobeats can dominate America on a mainstream level. This album is a good shot at answering this question.

This however should not be the lens through how this album is viewed. The context is not Beyonce lending a helping hand to African acts but African artistes making Beyonce culturally relevant in a continent that is an emerging powerhouse on the global music scene.

Mrs Carter you are welcome.

Sincerely yours, from Africa.

Rating – 4 out 5

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*Bankulli is credited with additional vocal credits on ‘Lift Off’, ‘Illest Motherfucker Alive’ off Watch the Throne.

*Lamba is used to describe a style prevalent in Nigerian pop music songs that have easy going lyrics and enchanting beats.

*Zanku is a street dance in Nigerian created by rapper Zlatan.

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Beyonce releases Lion King album ft Wizkid, Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Eazi, and others


Beyonce has released the much anticipated Lion King album which features several Nigeria artists.

Beyonce releases Lion King album ft Wizkid, Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Eazi, and others [Instagram/Beyonce]
Beyonce releases Lion King album ft Wizkid, Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Eazi, and others [Instagram/Beyonce]
The much-awaited Lion King album from one of the world’s most talented artists, Beyonce has been released.

The album dropped today Friday, July 19, 2019, and has several Nigerian artists on its feature list including WizkidBurna BoyTiwa SavageYemi AladeEazi and a host of other African acts.

The album, Lion King: The Gift, is a collection of music inspired by the 2019 remake of the classic Disney movie ‘Lion King.’ Wizkid is featured on a song titled, ‘Brown Skin Girl,’ alongside Beyonce’s first child, Blue Ivy Carter, Beyonce, and Saint Jhn.

Beyonce releases Lion King album ft Wizkid, Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Eazi, and others [Instagram/Beyonce]

Mr Eazi, Yemi Alade, Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, and Tekno all give a very interesting mix to the album as they sing in different languages about embracing blessings in ‘JA ARA E,’ ‘DONT JEALOUS ME‘ and ‘KEYS TO THE KINGDOM.’

You can listen to the full album HERE

Beyonce also worked with some of America’s biggest talents like Kendrick Lemar, Tierra Whack and husband, JAY-Z to make this project a fantastic one.

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Oyemykke calls Victoria Kimani a ‘small-minded idiot’ over complaint of non-inclusion of East Africa in Beyonce’s Lion King album

Oyemykke calls Victoria Kimani a

Oyemykke has lashed out at Victoria Kimani and those supporting her, over complaint of non-inclusion of East Africa in Beyonce’s Lion King album. 

Recall we reported earlier that Beyonce’s Lion King album features Nigerian popstars Yemi Alade, Burna Boy, Mr. Eazi, Tekno, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage as well as Ghana’s Shatta Wale. However Victoria Kimani in her complaint, stated that the movie was based on Kenya and the exclusion of East Africans/Kenyans made it more depressing. 

Firing back at her, Oyemykke said that Beyonce decided to work with big afro-beat stars on the album and doesn’t even live in Africa to know where they come from. Describing Victoria Kimani as a ‘short-minded idiot’, the motivational speaker added that if she worked hard enough she might have gotten a place in the album. 

Watch his video below;

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Sarkodie is a hypocrite – Shatta Wale slams him after getting congratulated on Beyonce’s ‘Lion King’ feature

Sarkodie is a hypocrite ? Shatta Wale slams him after getting congratulated on Beyonce

Shatta Wale took a dig at Sarkodie, after the Sarkcess Music Records Boss congratulated him on being the only Ghanaian artiste to work with Beyonce on the Lion King Album. 

We reported earlier that the album will be released on the 18th of July and from the tracklist released already, Shatta Wale will be on a song with Beyonce titled “Already”. Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Burna Boy, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade and Tekno are also on the album.  

Shortly after the report went viral, Sarkodie had tweeted; 

Welcome home Queen @Beyonce officially  Big shouts @shattawalegh !!! And all our brothers and sisters on there … Big One for the culture

Sarkodie is a hypocrite ? Shatta Wale slams him after getting congratulated on Beyonce

But reacting to the congratulatory message from Sarkodie, Shatta Wale called him a hypocrite in an interview with Zylofon FM. He claimed that the the “tweet was not from Sarkodie’s heart”, as he has always been acting like a boss to him which he hates.

“Sarkodie has become too known. He was recently on Hitz FM and he was trying to pose big to me. I don’t pose big to people. Music is not about your dress and it’s not about how you speak.

“I don’t want hypocrites around me. Sarkodie has always been a hypocrite. I didn’t wish him on his birthday. He think he can tweet about my collabo and make people say he’s a matured person. I won’t retweet his tweet. He can say that message but I know deep down within him it wasn’t a real tweet.”

The two Ghanaian artistes beef has been on for a while. It was reignited in 2018, after Shatta Wale accused Sarkodie of failing to appear for the video shoot of a song they did together.

He rebuked Ghanaian artists for not being supportive of each other, and was quite angry that Sarkodie was shooting a video with a Nigerian artiste.