Ugandan musician Aziz Azion has called out new generation artists, claiming that they have no love and respect for each other.
Ten years ago, Aziz Azion was one of the best RnB artists and vocalists running the Ugandan music industry. At the peak of his career, the celebrated musician had a string of artists that he worked well with.
According to Aziz Azion, there was a lot of unity between artists back then, something he says is so rare in today’s industry.
His music generation was pioneered by the Goodlyfe crew who ruled the airwaves for a couple of years alongside other talented artists like; G.N.L Zamba and Rabadaba among others.
Despite the massive talent that was in the industry, Aziz Azion maintains that they had good working relationships and always supported one another.
“Our generation had something unique and uncommon called 'One Love'. Even if an artist was shooting a video, they would call all of us to make an appearance in the visuals. We loved each other,” he said.
Aziz says all was well until the so called pillars of the industry; Chameleone, Bebe Cool and Bobi Wine allegedly interfered with the peace and unity they were experiencing.
"If people are united it's hard to beat them but if you want to destroy them, separate them. And that is exactly what they did.
"This generation lacks that special feature. Yet it's a good thing to be united. Currently everyone knows they are the best. They sing just one hit song and lose all the respect they have for someone like me," Aziz Azion told Bukedde TV.
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Celebrated Kenyan musician Nikita Kering has opened up on how winning various continental awards has impacted her career, stating that her brand has been able to grow thanks to the press and hype that comes with the victories.
On November 22, 2021, Nikita bagged two AFRIMA awards, adding to another 2 that she bagged in 2019, making her a 4-time AFRIMA award-winner.
Speaking during an interview with Citizen TV, Nikita noted that thanks to the awards, more and more people get to know about her and listen to her music.
“The nominations and awards have helped me grow as the awards give a lot of media attention and one’s social media platforms grow. It has given me a lot more drive, I feel my work is being appreciated across the borders and this makes me work even harder,” she said.
She thanked veteran gospel musician Emmy Kosgei for supporting her, noting that she wouldn’t be where she is now if the latter had not held her hand and taught her how to perform while she was still young.
“I started singing when I was four, performing at weddings…I thank Emmy Kosgei for holding my hand, showing me how to perform,” she said while narrating her music journey.
At 19, this is just beginning for Nikita, and Kenyans should expect more in the coming years, as she is immensely talented and has the determination to push forward.
This week, Pongo delivers an adrenaline shot with her debut album, DJ Travella carries the new wave of singeli to the stars, Acid Arab invite their entourage for a pan-African remix session, Hassan Ideddir gets another shot at the limelight, and Makhadzi provides the bolobedu house.
The queen of Angolan kuduro finally releases her very first album, Sakidila. The author of the iconic “Wegue Wegue” of Buraka Som Sistema lets her contagious energy fully express itself on these 12 tracks. Between tender afropop, hybrid electronic meetings and kuduro discharge as she knows how to do so well, Pongo shows vigorously the extent of her artistic palette, surrounded by a number of talented collaborators: Lazy Flow, King Doudou or Meryl.
At only 19 years old, Dar Es Salaam’s DJ Travella represents a new wave of singeli producers who are driving Tanzania’s breakneck dance sound into fresh, innovative spaces. Hamadi Hassani’s music points singeli’s fusion of taarab and techno towards the stars, locating a cyber-singeli style that’s dense, kinetic and unashamedly sexy. Tracks like “London Jomon Beat” will leave no doubt that the East African young producer is capable of bending singeli completely to his will.
Today, a digital mini-album entitled Remixed is released, containing eleven tracks reworked by a few producer friends from half a dozen countries (including Egyptian 3Phaz, London’s The Reflex, Tunisian producer Ammar 808, Parisians Polo & Pan and VoX LoW, etc.) while Acid Arab is putting the finishing touches on its third album, to be released in October. Born in 2012 in the multicultural cauldron of Paris’ 10th arrondissement, the Acid Arab collective (aka Hervé Carvalho, Guido Minisky, Pierrot Casanova, Nicolas Borne, and the sensational Algerian keyboardist Kenzi Bourras) has patiently honed its style, ignited the stages and conquered the world.
Hassan Ideddir’s 1989 single “Atfalouna” sees an expanded repress courtesy of Dark Entries. While Hip-Hop and New Beat borrowed tropes from Ara I’m bic music, “Atfalouna” inverts the gesture, resituating orchestra hits and sampling techniques within a Moroccan music framework. Also included are two tracks not on the original 12”. “Ibini” is a moody, downtempo instrumental that sounds like a cult Italo B-side. The record closes with “Ydouchababe”, an electro number driven by funky guitars, electronic claps, and a huge horn riff.
Pain Ya Jealous
Limpopo’s dance music queen Makhadzi pours her heart out on her new album Pain Ya Jealous. Using her iconic bolobedu house sound the South African hitmaker puts together ten tracks that are a perfect blend of modern pop, the shaker swing of amapiano and her region’s auto-tune and epic synth style. This project also calls Master KG into the fold on what has already become a modest hit, “Kulakwe”.