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Music Is A Universal Feature Of The Human Experience : Kojo Talr

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As Stevie Wonder once said, “Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand.”
On Friday, 21st of June, Afrobeats star Kojo Talr released a romantic Ballad, ‘Dadie Anoma’ produced by Lexyz and Mr. Midstrike with OT on guitar. Before then, he had released “Obaa Hemaa” and “Logologo” while following the big footsteps of his brother, Fuse ODG. In this interview with PAM, Kojo Talr talks about his plans, relationship with music and his brother’s influence on his career.

How did you get in touch with OT?

OT works with the New Africa Nation and the Off Da Ground Records, particularly my big brother Fuse ODG. So we’ve become like family, and he does stuff on my tracks for me. He is always ready to support.

You have released ‘Logologo’, ‘Oba heema’ and now ‘Dadie Anoma’, is this a build up to an album?

Sure. I’ve got more projects on the way. These include songs with the big names in the industry. And certainly, I will run them up with an album eventually. However, an EP will precede this album.

I like the fact that you sing in your native language, have you ever worried about people that do not understand your language?

Music is a universal feature of the human experience such that, you don’t necessarily have to understand the language with which it is sang before you enjoy the music.

As Stevie Wonder once said, “Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand.”

And I agree with him, indeed, music is a universal language which transcends cultural differences due to our shared human nature underlying basic musical structures. Furthermore, our shared psychology, as humans, produces fundamental patterns in songs that transcend our profound cultural differences.

But let me hasten to add that, I do more English songs. I’ve got more English songs than those in the local language. Strategically, I decided to capture and consolidate the local or home fandom with the “Obaa Hemaa”, “Logologo” and “Dadie Anoma” before introducing those works in English as I step on the international stage.

When did you start singing?

I started singing as far as I could remember from infancy because music has always been a part of me. However, I started performing actively at church. I played a lead role in the main choir of our church. We did a series of performances at other churches and programmes upon invitation as well.

How did your big brother Fuse ODG influence your music?

As a big brother, Fuse ODG has always been an inspiration. He is always guiding me on this journey. As a matter of fact, although we come from a family of music, Fuse ODG blazed the trail by going professional and not just that, being international. This has been a big motivation to me, coupled with the fact that I am privileged to have at my disposal, ultramodern and world-class recording studio and equipment to produce good music by kind courtesy of Fuse ODG. To put it simply, just living under the same roof with the Afrobeats king is even a big and major influence enough.

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Lauren London’s 2-Year-Old Son Will Inherit $1 Million From Nipsey Hussle’s Estate

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Lauren London has recently filed to establish guardianship over her 2-year-old son with Nipsey Hussle, Kross Asghedom.

London filed the documents, in which she also said that Kross is reportedly “anticipated to inherit approximately $1 million” from Nipsey Hussle’s estate.

In the documents, London states that she is already taking care of Kross Asghedom, and if granted sole guardianship she will look out for his “best interests” as he receives the hefty inheritance from his late father.

Lauren London

She also reportedly wants to be his guardian so that she can continue to participate in any ongoing legal matters with Nipsey’s estate and probate on his behalf.

A rep for London is quoted as saying, “this is a private matter and Lauren has not and will not make any statements. We asked that everyone respect their need for privacy. Thank you.”

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Nipsey Hussle’s Clothing Store Could Be Seized For Gang Activity

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Nipsey Hussle and his Marathon Clothing store in Los Angeles were the subject of a police investigation when the rapper was fatally shot outside the shop on March 31, The New York Times reports.

The investigation remains open as police and the city attorney’s office contemplate whether to declare the store’s strip mall a site for gang activity, which would allow officials to fine the property’s remaining owners and even seize the property under so-called abatement laws.

Hussle and partners purchased the commercial plaza earlier this year after Marathon Clothing’s former landlords were reportedly pressured to evict the rapper as part of the probe.

The investigation looks especially odd now after city officials, including Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Commissioner Steve Soboroff, publicly mourned Hussle’s death. Garcetti praised the rapper born Ermias Asghedom as an “artist, entrepreneur, activist and philanthropist” who “loved this city and gave of himself to uplift his neighborhood and his neighbors,” and the city council named the strip mall’s intersection at Crenshaw and Slauson after him.

Hussle was a member of the Rollin’ 60s Crips who was known to invest in the community and support and employ former gang members; he planned to build apartments on the strip.

Thousands gathered at the plaza to mourn and pay tribute during the weeks following Hussle’s death. Marathon Clothing has however remained closed since the shooting.

The ongoing investigation endangers the store’s future and Hussle’s development plans, as Marqueece Harris-Dawson, a city council member representing South Los Angeles, points out. “I think everybody in the community will do everything we can to make sure the ventures he started will continue,” he told the Times. “And this is a very confusing hiccup in this process.” You can read the full report here.

Hussle’s alleged killer Eric Holder currently faces one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault with a firearm, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. Police have said the shooting was not gang-related. Holder has pleaded not guilty.

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Lyrics: Beyoncé Feat Shatta Wale & Major Lazer – Already

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[Chorus: Beyoncé]
Long live the king, you a king, you know it
King already, already, you know it
Top everything, everything, you know it
King already, already, you know it
Mind, body, soul, got a king body
Body gon’ shine, bling bling, body
Calling all the shots, ring ring, body
Crown on your head, got a king body

[Post-Chorus: Beyoncé]
Long live the king, you a king, you know it
King already, my baby, you know it
Top everything, everything, you know it
King already, already, you know it
Shine already, it’s time already
The line already, it’s time already
Shine already, it’s time already
The line already, it’s time already

[Refrain: Shatta Wale with Beyoncé]
Try to stop it, me say no, no, no
Royalty say, don’t you know, know, know
Try to stop it, me say go, go, go, go
Bubble up and watch it grow, grow, grow, grow

[Verse 2: Shatta Wale]
Every king be ruler, be ruler, yeah
Everybody all dey conquer, yeah
Every king be stronger, yeah
King to rule them longer, yeah
Remember who you are, ooh
Real king always win, oh
Give up your bread, oh
I’ll show your people my love
It’s time already, I say it’s time already
The line already, I say, line already
Only you got the remedy, I say you got the remedy
Shine your body, shine your body

[Chorus: Beyoncé]
Long live the king, you a king, you know it
King already, already, you know it
Top everything, everything, you know it
King already, already, you know it
Mind, body, soul, got a king body
Body gon’ shine, bling bling, body
Calling all the shots, ring ring, body
Crown on your head, got a king body

[Post-Chorus: Beyoncé & Shatta Wale]
Long live the king, you a king, you know it
King already, my baby, you know it
Top everything, everything, you know it
King already, already, you know it
Shine already, it’s time already (Already)
The line already, it’s time already (Already)
Shine already, it’s time already (Already)
The line already, it’s time already (Already)
Shine already, it’s time already (Already)
The line already, it’s time already (Already)
Shine already, it’s time already (Already)
The line already, it’s time already

[Refrain: Shatta Wale]
Try to stop it, me say no, no, no
Royalty say, don’t you know, know, know
Try to stop it, me say go, go, go, go
Bubble up and watch it grow, grow, grow, grow

[Verse 3: Beyoncé]
Diamonds on my fist, fighting demons, oh
Come and rest your head, take your crown off, oh
Woke up in a foreign, need to take it slow, oh
He said I’m moving too fast, need to take it slow, oh
Take it slow, oh
Take it slow, oh
Tryna take my baby home
Take it slow, oh

[Verse 4: Shatta Wale]
Remember who you are, ooh
Real king always win, oh
Give up your bread, oh
I’ll show your people my love
It’s time already, I say it’s time already
The line already, I say, line already
Only you got the remedy, I say you got the remedy
Shine your body, shine your body (Ah)

[Outro: Shatta Wale]
Be your own king
Make nobody come rule your world (Yo, yo, yo, yo)
Be your own king
Make nobody come rule your world (Ah)
Be your own king
Make nobody come rule your world (Yo, yo, yo, yo)
Be your own king
Make nobody come rule your world
Long live the king, you a king, you know it
Top everything, everything, you know it
Show them the way, you know it
You know it, you know it

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