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Drake reveals how he got to know about ‘Ikebe’ and ‘Bakassi’ he said in Swae Lee’s ‘Won’t be late’ song which Tekno produced

Drake reveals how he got to know about

One of the highlight of yesterday was Swae Lee’s ‘Won’t be late’ hit which Drake got featured in being released. 

Asides the surprise of Nigerian superstar singer Tekno producing the song, Drake stunningly ‘went foreign’ with ‘Ikebe and Bakassi’. Part of the Canadian rapper’s verse on the hit song was ‘Ikebe, pressing on me heavy, Pressing up against me real close. Bakasi, moving on me’. 

Drake went on to reveal how he got to know about the Nigerian slangs for a*s after the song became some fans’ favourite, in an exchange with a Nigerian Instagram user. The rapper said he made some research on his own even though Tekno brought life to it by changing the riddim. 

Here is a screenshot of the exchange with a Nigerian fan; 

Drake reveals how he got to know about
Drake reveals how he got to know about
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Tekno and Zlatan dance their way through ‘Agege’ visuals


The video features dance routines and street props. 

Tekno features Zlatan on ‘Agege.' (Instagram/TeknoMiles)
Tekno features Zlatan on ‘Agege.’ (Instagram/TeknoMiles)

Artist: Tekno featuring Zlatan Ibile

Song Title: Agege

Genre: Shepeteri

Date of release: August 6, 2019

Album: TBA

Producer: TBA

Label: Cartel Music

Video Director: TG Omori

Details/Takeaway: Tekno returns with a bang. Over the past week, he has given a tell-all to Daddy Freeze and gotten arrested over alleged patronage of ‘strippers’ in a public place.

The song is perfectly timed. But its video which features dance scenes, Poko Lee, strippers and a few other interesting props dropped a few minutes ago.


The video features dance routines and street props. 

Tekno features Zlatan on ‘Agege.' (Instagram/TeknoMiles)
Tekno features Zlatan on ‘Agege.’ (Instagram/TeknoMiles)

Artist: Tekno featuring Zlatan Ibile

Song Title: Agege

Genre: Shepeteri

Date of release: August 6, 2019

Album: TBA

Producer: TBA

Label: Cartel Music

Video Director: TG Omori

Details/Takeaway: Tekno returns with a bang. Over the past week, he has given a tell-all to Daddy Freeze and gotten arrested over alleged patronage of ‘strippers’ in a public place.

The song is perfectly timed. But its video which features dance scenes, Poko Lee, strippers and a few other interesting props dropped a few minutes ago.

You can watch ‘Agege’ video below; 

You can watch ‘Agege’ video below; 

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Tekno reportedly invited by the police over nude women in transparent truck


Tekno is reportedly at the Nigeria Police Force command office in Lagos answering questions over his naked women drama which caused commotion over the weekend.

There are reports that Tekno has been invited to the Criminal Investigation Department of the Nigeria Police Force to answer questions over the nude women dancing in a transparent truck in public some days ago [Instagram/TeknoOfficial]
There are reports that Tekno has been invited to the Criminal Investigation Department of the Nigeria Police Force to answer questions over the nude women dancing in a transparent truck in public some days ago [Instagram/TeknoOfficial]
There are reports that Tekno is at the Criminal Investigation Department of the Nigeria Police Force to answer questions over the nude women dancing in a transparent truck in public some days ago.

According to blogger, Michael, the music star is said to have arrived the police command to answer questions on Tuesday August 6, 2019, over the transparent truck which caused an outrage some days ago in Lagos.

”Tekno has been invited by the State CID in respect of those strip dancers in the truck in a public place dancing naked. So he is invited for questioning. He is in our office at the moment,”Bala Elkana the spokesman for the police command to Linda Ikeji.

There are reports that Tekno has been invited to the Criminal Investigation Department of the Nigeria Police Force to answer questions over the nude women dancing in a transparent truck in public some days ago [Instagram/TeknoOfficial]

Mr. Bala, however, said he doesn’t know if Tekno will be charged to court yet because he is still under investigation. It would be recalled that Tekno caused a major commotion on the Lekki axis of Lagos a few days ago when he was spotted with some naked women dancing in a transparent truck.

It would be recalled that Tekno caused a major commotion on the Lekki axis of Lagos a few days ago when he was spotted with some naked women dancing in a transparent truck [Instagram/TeknoOfficial]

He, however, went on to apologise for the act which caused a lot of outrage from people who saw the act as intolerable.

Tekno apologises for dancing publicly with half-naked women in Lagos

It would be recalled that Tekno caused a major commotion on the Lekki axis of Lagos a few days ago when he was spotted with some naked women dancing in a transparent truck [Instagram/TeknoOfficial]

Nigerian musician, Augustine Kelechi, popularly known as Tekno has apologised over the controversial video in which he was seen with strippers dancing seductively in a truck. A snippet of the video, which recently went viral on social media showed Tekno dancing with four strippers, spraying them with money and spanking their buttocks.

The act according to the Lagos State Signage and Advertising Agency, LASSAA, contravenes Section 136 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

It’s been reported that the act could earn the singer two years imprisonment.

The section provides that “any person who commits any act of gross indecency with another person in public commits an offence and liable to a conviction to three years imprisonment”. Section 134 (a) further states that “an indecent act in a public place makes both parties engaging in the act liable to imprisonment for two years”.

It’s been reported that the act could earn the singer two years imprisonment.

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5 years ago, they saw you as rude and arrogant when I signed you – Ubi Franklin officially announces Tekno’s exit from MMMG

5 years ago,?they saw you as rude and arrogant when I signed you - Ubi Franklin officially announces Tekno

Ubi Franklin has officially announced the exit of Tekno from the ‘Made Men Music Group’ label following the expiration of their 5-year contract.

In an appreciation post, Ubi Franklin wrote, ‘5 years ago I was asked why I was signing you.
Because they saw you as rude and arrogant, my reply then was Talent and self confidence most times comes out as rude and I believe the results show today that I wasn’t wrong’.

Most of the issues I had from that day with the former was because I took that decision to sign this great talent.

One of the successful growth of Made Men Music is as a direct result of your outstanding talents, Your dedication and commitment to the label is priceless. Congratulations Tekno! This is a significant year for you as you celebrate an important part of your career. And as you reach this milestone with MadeMen Records, it is with great pride that I say I appreciate your outstanding exemplary character.

This message reflects my appreciation for your dedicated years of service and is a symbol of your personal and professional commitment and loyalty to the label. Outstanding talents like you are and always will be my greatest asset. I always believed in you. Please know that you are an important member of the Made Men Music Group for life and your abilities and contributions is an important part of our continued success.

Thank you Tekno for all that you do and please accept my good wishes on your new career journey.
It’s a Family Thing 
Congratulations CARTEL MUSIC

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Tekno risks 2 years imprisonment for publicly dancing with strippers

Tekno risks 2 years imprisonment for publicly dancing with strippers in Lagos [Youtube/Tekno]

Tekno risks 2 years imprisonment for publicly dancing with strippers in Lagos [Youtube/Tekno]

The act is said to be in contravention of Section 136 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015

Nigerian musician, Augustine Kelechi, popularly known as Tekno and four others may be prosecuted and sentenced to two years imprisonment for shooting a music video publicly with strippers dancing seductively in a truck, Punch reports.

On Friday, August 2, 2019, Tekno was seen around the Lekki-Ikoyi link bridge in Lagos, dancing with the semi-clad women, spraying them with money and spanking their buttocks. 

The act contravenes Section 136 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The section provides that “any person who commits any act of gross indecency with another person in public commits an offence and liable to a conviction to three years imprisonment”.

Section 134 (a) further states that “an indecent act in a public place makes both parties engaging in the act liable to imprisonment for two years”.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Signage and Advertising Agency, LASSAA has suspended the licence of Provision Media System Limited, the advertising agency, whose display truck was used to shoot the video.

In a statement signed by its Chief Executive Officer, Mobolaji Sanusi, the agency said the suspension of the ad agency would subsist until the completion of investigation.

The statement reads in part: “The Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency has suspended, pending final investigation, the practicing licence of an advertising firm, Provision Media System Limited, over indecent advertisement around the Lekki/Ikoyi toll gate.”

LASSAA also accused the advertising agency of using unregistered mobile advertising truck with no valid registration “illegally deployed in engaging in abysmally debasing projection of semi-nude women for several hours around the Lekki/Ikoyi toll gate.”

 Lagos State Signage and Advertising Agency, LASSAA has suspended the licence of Provision Media System Limited over Tekno's controversial video shoot. (Punch)

Lagos State Signage and Advertising Agency, LASSAA has suspended the licence of Provision Media System Limited over Tekno’s controversial video shoot. (Punch)

“We wish to state, without equivocation, that no outdoor mobile advert truck within the jurisdiction of our dear state is licensed to display such crass immorality of the calibre that the owner(s) of this unregistered truck exhibited on our roads over the weekend.” 

LASSAA further said after concluding its investigation on the matter, the full weight of the law, as enshrined in the agency’s extant law, would be meted out to the company owning this erring outdoor mobile truck, Punch reports.

However, the management of Pro-Vision Media Systems Limited, has denied ownership of the truck.

The advertising agency said the truck had been sold to a third party since October 2018.

The statement read in part, “Pro-Vision wishes to inform the general public that the company did not partake in and was not responsible for the open display by semi-nude women on a public road in Lekki, Lagos as reported in the social media.

“Although the truck with vehicle registration number APP 713 XL which conveyed the semi-nude women is registered in the name of Pro-Vision, the company had sold the said truck since October, 2018 and transferred ownership and possession of the truck to the buyer who represented that the truck was to be used for haulage.”

However, Tekno has not issued any statement to react to his controversial video shoot in Lagos.

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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.