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Asake, BNXN, Other Africa Creators For YouTubeBlack Voices 2023



YouTube on Tuesday selected 40 creators from Sub-Saharan Africa to be part of 2023 #YouTubeBlack Voices.

It reinforced efforts to support creators and the creative economy in Africa through the 2023 #YouTubeBlack Voices creators and artist cohorts.

#YouTubeBlack, which is in its third year, is an initiative from YouTube as a followup to a global, multi-year commitment made in 2020 to uplift and grow Black creators, artists, songwriters, and producers on the platform.

The 40 creators from Sub-Saharan Africa will be part of the 135 #YouTubeBlack Voices Creators selected globally who are enrolled into the cohort.

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Among the 23 #YouTubeBlack Voices artists selected for the programme are African fast-rising musical artists Gyakie from Ghana, Kamo Mphela from South Africa, Asake from Nigeria and BNXN from Nigeria.

The cohort will also include Hip Hop producer MashBeatz from South Africa and Nairobi-based producer Ukweli, who will be joining 17 #YouTubeBlack Voices Songwriters and Producers globally.

As support from YouTube, grantees will receive $20,000 and $50,000 as seed funding, dedicated partner support for six months and have the opportunity to participate in programmes including bespoke training, workshops and networking programmes spread out across the year.

Alex Okosi, MD, Emerging Markets, YouTube EMEA said: “We are excited about the creators, musical artists and producers from Africa joining others from across the world in the 2023 #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund. The initiative is dedicated to equipping up-and-coming Black creators and artists with the resources to succeed on our platform.

“We are seriously interested in the growth of the creative community in Africa. For the creators, artists, songwriters and producers that will be joining this third cohort, we will go beyond the initial training to measure our success with them over a long-term period, thereby ensuring that they achieve sustained success.”

The artists, songwriters, and producers joining the #YouTubeBlack Voices Music Class of 2023 will be required to set goals, develop content strategy, and engage with their fans on YouTube, with the assistance of a YouTube partner manager. There will be networking opportunities with other artists, songwriters, and producers included in the #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund, and a chance to maximise the impact of their channels as they provide catalogue-development opportunities.

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Over the next few years, YouTube will be directly investing in more than 500 creators and artists from across the world to support, grow, and fund their channels and content development through the #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund.

Below is Africa’s full list of the #YouTubeBlack Voices Creator Class of 2023 (in alphabetical order per country):




Night Of Queens: What To Expect At Big Musical Showdown




Nigerian queens of Afro-pop, including Tiwa Savage, Teni the entertainer, Simi, Waje, Niniola, Yemi Alade, Dope Ceaser among others are gearing up for a showdown as they perform at the highly anticipated “Night of Queens” concert slated for Sunday, December 17, at Eko hotels and Suites, Lagos.

The all-female concert, being packaged by Livewire Concerts, an international entertainment company in Nigeria is a celebration of the country’s musical powerhouses.

Themed “A Night of Queens”, the first of its kind concert will have an all-female lineup take the stage to showcase their incredible talent and diversity of Nigeria’s female music scene.

According to Seyi Sodimu, a Night of Queens concert is more than just a musical performance, it’s a celebration of female excellence and a testament to the groundbreaking achievements of these remarkable artistes.

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Each of the female artists has made significant contributions to the Nigerian music scene, inspiring other women to aspire for greatness.

The concert promises a diverse musical medley, showcasing the unique styles and sounds that have made these songstresses household names in Nigeria and beyond.

From Tiwa Savage’s captivating Afropop to Teni’s infectious melodies, Simi’s soulful vocals to Waje’s powerful voice, Niniola’s vibrant energy to Yemi Alade’s electrifying performances, and Dope Ceaser’s captivating blend of genres, the audience is in for an unforgettable experience that will leave them wanting more.

Tiwa Savage’s fans can’t wait to see what their musical idol will bring to the stage, after her electrifying performance at the coronation of HRH King Charles.

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Like Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Waje and Teni are expected to bring down the roof with their energetic performances and perhaps, leave a lasting impression on the minds of the audience.

Particularly, the ‘Johnny’ crooner, whose sound draws from many African styles, is expected to captivate the audience with her energy and talent. Already, the whole city of Lagos is reverberating ahead of the concert date.

In an Instagram post, Sodimu described the concert as “a spectacular night with some of Nigeria’s biggest female stars, alongside some of the hottest female DJs and entertainers.”

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Burna Boy Explains Why Nigerians Hate Him




Grammy-winning Nigerian singer Damini Ogulu, popularly known as Burna Boy, has revealed why he is “hated” in the music industry.

According to him, he is hated by his “inferiors” for having no “superiors.”

The controversial singer posted this on his X handle on Saturday when he wrote, “Hated by my inferiors for having no superiors,” while sharing a photo of himself.

Recall that Burna Boy has repeatedly claimed that he is hated by Nigerians.

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In ‘Thank You’, a track from his recent album, I Told Them, Burna Boy insinuated that Nigerians don’t appreciate him enough despite making the country proud “every chance I get.”

He said instead of Nigerians appreciating his invaluable musical contributions to the nation, they spread rumours that his mother was one of the dancers of the late Afrobeat pioneer, Fela Kuti, and that impotency might be the reason he doesn’t have a baby mama like most of his colleagues.

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How Radio Station Rejected Me, 9ice For Singing In Yoruba’ – Reminisce




Indigenous rapper, Remilekun Abdulkalid Safaru, popularly known as Reminisce, has recalled his “first major” rejection in the music industry.

The ‘King Of Boys’ star said his first major rejection was when a radio station rejected him and singer, 9ice’s CDs because they performed their music mostly in Yoruba.

He disclosed this in a recent interview with Zikoko.

Reminisce said, “My first major rejection was with 9ice on the Island at a radio station where we went to submit our music CDs for airplay, and the feedback we got was that we would never make it.

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“They said 9ice was singing like Babalawo [native doctor] cos he sings in Yoruba.

“The other guy told me: ‘why am I rapping like a buffoon, can’t I see Ruggedman? He said that we should both go back and look for something to do with our lives and be better.

“That was my first major rejection. I will never forget it, even 9ice I’m sure he hasn’t forgotten it.”

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