Teni, the unorthodox pop-star taking Nigeria by storm
01 July 2019 | 2:46 pm
No one could have predicted that Teniola Apata, or "Teni, The Entertainer", would become an Afro-pop star in relatively conservative Nigeria. The 26-year-old artist is challenging conventions and hopes to go on to conquer the international scene.
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Nigeria's foremost highlife musician, Sir Victor Uwaifo passed away a few days ago at the age of 80. GuardianTV takes a look at the life and time of the legendary singer and how he impacted the Nigerian music industry during his time.
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British electronic duo Jungle appeared out of nowhere in late 2013 as a mystery group, but their slick funk-pop singles quickly propelled them to fame. Their 2014 self-titled debut album was certified Gold in the UK and their follow up album "For Ever" confirmed their success around the world. This summer, they released their third studio album "Loving in Stereo", a collection of wall-to-wall bangers bursting with life. Josh Lloyd-Watson sat down with FRANCE 24's Florence Villeminot to talk about what inspired this 13-track bundle of love.
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