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Shatta Wale performed on Basketmouth’s new album ‘Uburu’ for free



Shatta Wale performed on Basketmouth's new album 'Uburu' for free

Nigerian comedian and producer, Bright Okpocha, popularly known as Basketmouth, is set to release another studio album, Uburu, and one of his featured stars worked for free.


The 44-year-old announced at an album listening party in Lagos on September 10, 2023 that Ghanaian superstar, Shatta Wale, didn’t charge for his feature on Goalkeeper, the first song on the album.


He told the party, “After Shatta Wale sent me the song, he said, ‘Yo, we’ve been friends for years and I’ve not done anything for you before. This song, I’m giving it to you 100%.’ He took nothing. He’s a cool guy.”


Uburu, an Igbo word for brain, is Basketmouth’s third studio album, following the release of Yabasi in 2020, and Horoscopes in 2022. The album is split into two parts of seven songs each, and the first chapter will be available for streaming on October 20.


“You know the brain is split into two when you look at it from the front. It inspired the idea of splitting the album into two parts,” Basketmouth told Pulse Nigeria.


The second chapter of Uburu is set for a February 2024 release.


The second song on Uburu’s official tracklist, and touted as the album’s lead single, is Party, featuring Peruzzi.


“Party is just vibes. We had this beat for about two years looking for who to give us the right melody to make it work because the beat is a monster. It’s one of the best beats I’ve heard,” Basketmouth said.


The entertainer also hyped Jolie Jollof as one of the monster hits to thrill fans. He said he got Lojay on the track after chasing him for a long time, and the Monalisa star worked ‘like an animal’ to deliver.


“Lojay gave us about six different vibes for one song. He did all six in one take each and they were all hits. We all agreed Jolie was the one,” he said.


Basketmouth tried to land Tiwa Savage for Uburu’s Cover Me track, but she was on tour and unavailable, and he encountered the same problem when he started eyeing Ayra Starr for the spot. He later landed on Qing Madi to drop vocals on the track two years after Victony first delivered on his.


Koko, Chasing Dreams, and Link Up by Boj and Duncan Mighty are the three other songs on the album.


“Link Up was supposed to be on Horoscopes but I pulled it out because it’s special to me,” Basketmouth said.


Other artists who contributed to the album are Bayanni, Duktor Sett, Falz, Laycon, Timi Dakolo, Torrian Bell, Paladin, and Reminisce.

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Funke Akindele, Chidi Mokeme, Chioma Chukwuka headline inkblot’s crime thriller “No Way Through” premiering on Amazon Prime Video



Funke Akindele, Chidi Mokeme, Chioma Chukwuka headline inkblot's crime thriller "No Way Through" premiering on Amazon Prime Video

Inkblot Productions, a trailblazer in the Nigerian film industry, has unveiled the much-anticipated crime thriller, “No Way Through,” set to exclusively premiere globally on Amazon Prime Video this December. The star-studded cast includes Nollywood luminaries Funke Akindele, Chidi Mokeme, Chioma Chukwuka, Ikechukwu, Nengi Adoki, Seun Ajayi, Jnr Pope, Eso Dike, Roberta Oroma, and Sheggz Olusemo.


Directed by Inkblot CEO Chinaza Onuzo, the film explores the intricate balance between family, survival, and the risks taken in the pursuit of freedom. The storyline revolves around Jolade Okeniyi, a single mother employed as a driver for a local drug cartel. When confronted by the authorities, she faces a dilemma—become an informant against the cartel to secure her freedom and protect her daughter, risking deadly consequences.


Onuzo, who also penned the screenplay, expressed his enthusiasm for the project, stating, “I loved making No Way Through because it was an opportunity to explore the lengths people will go to for the people they love. In the film, we see this through the lens of a mother’s love for her daughter.”


The director commended the cast for delivering exceptional performances, especially highlighting the trio of Funke Akindele, Chidi Mokeme, and Chioma Chukwuka. Onuzo extended appreciation to collaborative partner Film One Studios and acknowledged Amazon Prime Video for providing a global platform for the film’s premiere.


Inkblot Productions, known for its commitment to storytelling excellence, has enjoyed recent success with critically acclaimed titles like the romantic comedy “Big Love” and the gripping thriller “A Weekend to Forget,” which recently concluded its successful cinematic run.


As “No Way Through” gears up for its Amazon Prime Video debut, audiences can anticipate a compelling narrative that delves into the complexities of love, sacrifice, and the unyielding spirit of those facing the challenges of life in the bustling cityscape of Lagos. Inkblot’s legacy of producing captivating stories continues to captivate audiences globally, cementing their reputation as a cinematic powerhouse in Nigerian cinema.

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‘Get some rest, King’ – Davido throws support behind Rema amidst health concerns



'Get some rest, King' - Davido throws support behind Rema amidst health concerns

In a heartwarming display of camaraderie, international music sensation Davido has extended his support to fellow artist Rema, who recently announced a break from performances in December 2023 due to health concerns.


Davido took to his Instagram story on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, sending words of encouragement to Rema. In the post, he acknowledged the physical and mental challenges of the industry, praising Rema’s outstanding contributions to African and global music. Davido urged the rising star to prioritize his well-being, stating, “The Job ain’t easy physically and mentally!! … You’ve done Africa and the world proud .beyond expectations… get some rest King @heisrema come back stronger.”


Rema’s decision to take a break was revealed through an Instagram story post on the same day, where he candidly shared the importance of prioritizing his health. The announcement left fans expressing mixed emotions on social media.


“Breaks my heart to say that I won’t be performing Anywhere this December, been years of touring I’ve ignored my health & I need time to recuperate. 2024 we go again,” Rema expressed.


The young artist has enjoyed an exceptional year in his career, achieving milestones such as selling out the prestigious O2 Arena and completing successful tours across Europe, Asia, and North America. His mega-hit, the Calm Down remix, further solidified his global presence by becoming the first by a Nigerian Afrobeats artist to feature on Spotify’s top 10 chart of most streamed tracks globally.


While acknowledging the necessity of the break, the news of Rema’s absence from December performances has left many Nigerian fans disheartened, as they had hoped to celebrate the festive season with his electrifying performances. However, the overwhelming outpouring of support from fellow artists like Davido emphasizes the importance of prioritizing health in the demanding world of entertainment. The music community rallies behind Rema, wishing him a swift recovery and anticipating his return in 2024.

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Tina Knowles defends Beyoncé against skin bleaching allegations



Tina Knowles defends Beyoncé against skin bleaching allegations

Tina Knowles, mother of global music icon Beyoncé, took to Instagram to vehemently refute claims that her daughter was bleaching her skin after recent photos from the premiere of “The Renaissance” sparked controversy.*

The Instagram post, shared on the evening of Tuesday, November 28, 2023, was a detailed clapback at those suggesting that Beyoncé was attempting to alter her skin color. Knowles, clearly infuriated, addressed the accusations head-on, emphasizing that the controversy stemmed from ignorance and baseless hate.

The post began with a photo from the Renaissance premiere, where Beyoncé appeared in a silver-themed ensemble, complete with a silver wig. Knowles, in her caption, expressed her frustration with the unfounded claims circulating online. She stated, “Came across this today and decided to post it after seeing all of the stupid, ignorant, self-hating racist statements about her lightening her skin and wearing platinum hair wanting to be white.”

Knowles passionately defended her daughter, explaining that the silver wig was a deliberate choice to align with the theme of the event. She dismissed the accusations as absurd and attributed them to jealousy and hate. “How sad is it that some of her own people continue the stupid narrative with hate and jealousy. Duh, she wore silver hair to match her silver dress as a fashion statement clown. ALIEN Superstar duh!” she added.

In the post, Knowles also revealed that TMZ, a prominent media outlet, had reached out to Beyoncé’s hairstylist, Neal Farinah, seeking a statement on the alleged skin bleaching. The outraged mother condemned the audacity of the media outlet to discuss Beyoncé’s blackness with a white woman. “Well, that made my blood boil, that this white woman felt so entitled to discuss her blackness… I am sick of you losers,” Knowles expressed.

Knowles further defended Beyoncé’s character, asserting that she minds her own business, helps people whenever she can, and consistently uplifts and promotes black women and underdogs. Despite the passionate defense, neither Beyoncé nor her team has officially addressed the matter.

The controversy underscores the challenges faced by high-profile individuals in the public eye, where even their artistic choices become the subject of unfounded and harmful speculation. Tina Knowles’ candid response serves as a powerful defense against baseless allegations targeting her daughter’s personal choices and artistic expression.

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