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Netflix To Premiere New Afrobeats Documentary On May 27

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On May 27, Netflix will premiere a new 12-part docuseries about Afrobeats. The Ayo Shonaiya-produced series, titled Afrobeats: The Backstory, premiered in April 2021 at the Filmhouse Cinema in Lagos, Nigeria. The project chronicles the origin and development of the genre through the eyes of well-known Nigerian entertainers and music professionals, using previously unreleased footage shot over a 20-year period.

Afrobeats is popular in West African countries such as Nigeria and Ghana, and it combines traditional African sounds such as highlife with Western genres such as hip hop, R&B, and electronic music.

“When I was called into music in 1999, I took my camera along with me for the journey, not knowing that I was documenting the birth of what we call Afrobeats today, Shonaiya said. “This is a story of my work in the music industry and business over 20 years, with never-before-seen footage of how we built this genre and industry into what it is today.”

Last year, the filmmaker, who has managed Afrobeats musicians such as D’Banj, eLDee, and Don Jazzy, told Punch(link is external) that the work “is about the sound of this new popular music – its origins from highlife and Afrobeat; from Fela to Ghana, to the UK, and to the world.” During my documentary research, I looked into the connection between old and new Afrobeats.”

“This project, although 20 years in the making, took me two years to complete. It is coming out at a time when we are now winning Grammys. I must say this though, making a documentary instead of a feature film was also a strategy for me, as we do more entertaining than educating in Nigeria nowadays, so this is a mixture of both. It is like a history lesson with a musical soundtrack,” Shonaiya said.

Afrobeats is gaining popularity around the world as a result of the work of Nigerian musicians such as Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Davido, Burna Boy, and CKay. Afro Nation, a popular Afrobeats festival brand, partnered with Billboard in March to launch the Billboard US Afrobeats Songs chart, which ranks the top 50 songs in the genre in the United States. Afro Nation launched the weekly Official Afrobeats Chart on BBC Radio 1Xtra two years prior.

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Hushpuppi Trends As Chris Brown Mentions Him In New Song

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Hushpuppi is trending on Twitter right now after Chris Brown mentioned him in a new song.

Lojay, the singer, has released a remix of his hit single Monalisa, which features Chris Brown.

Chris Brown sang in his remix verse, “See for this life | Me and you chop like Hushpuppi | We walk and they stare | Please show them you’re best…”

This piqued the interest of Nigerians, and many of them took to Twitter to discuss it, causing Hushpuppi to trend.

Hushpuppi trends as Chris Brown mentions him in new song

Hushpuppi trends as Chris Brown mentions him in new song

Hushpuppi, real name Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, is facing fraud charges and is scheduled to be sentenced on July 11, 2022.

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He Was A Controlling Partner : Johnny Depp’s Ex-Girlfriend, Ellen Barkin Testifies

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Ellen Barkin, who dated Johnny Depp in the 1990s, testified that while the two were dating, Depp tried to constantly monitor her.

Depp is suing his ex-wife, Amber Heard, for $50 million after she wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post in 2018 alleging domestic violence. Depp was not named in the article, but his lawyers claim she was referring to him indirectly, and it has harmed his career ever since.

Heard, 35, testified earlier in the trial, describing numerous instances of physical and emotional abuse by Depp, all of which Depp has denied, claiming he was the victim.

“I had a scratch on my back once that got him very, very angry because he insisted it came from me having sex with a person who wasn’t him,” Barkin, now 68, said in the video.

Barkin said Thursday that the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor was often using drugs and/or drinking alcohol while they were together, saying it affected their relationship allegations which Heard made in the trial too.

Barkin also claimed that Depp threw a wine bottle at her while they were filming “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.” She claimed Depp threw the bottle while fighting with friends in a hotel room.

Barkin claims that her relationship with Depp lasted three to five months and was more sexual than romantic.

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Abena Korkor Finally Explains Why She Leaked Her Naked Video

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Abena Korkor, mental health advocate, has finally explained why she leaked her naked videos and photos online.

In an interview with Mona Gucci on Onua TV, the controversial media personality revealed that she was having a manic episode, which caused her to leak the videos.

Abena Korkor revealed that she took those photos with a professional photographer in order to sell them online and make money.

According to Korkor, she intended to make millions from her nude photos, but the incident she experienced derailed her plans.

“It was an episode, and the photos I took with a professional photographer were to be sold on another platform.” That was supposed to make me millions of dollars, but I leaked it because I was having an episode,” Abena Korkor explains.

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