Music show: Slowthai on his new album, cancel culture and his love of French hip-hop
British grime artist Slowthai is known for his provocative live performances and politically aware lyrics. His first album, the outward-looking "Nothing Great About Britain", was greeted positively by critics and music fans alike and propelled to the top of the UK's urban music scene. FRANCE 24 caught up with him to discuss his new introspective offering, "Tyron".
Vector opens up to Sammy Walsh on 'Crown of clay' with M.I and rap music in Nigeria I The Dice
Rapper and songwriter, Olanrewaju Ogunmefun, better known by his stage name 'Vector' on The Dice this week with Sammy Walsh talks about 'Crown of clay' with M.I, the rap culture in Nigeria, and moments that defined his rap career.
Gaye Su Akyol: Turkey's feminist music pioneer
An Istanbul musician is reinventing genres while quashing gender norms with her avant-garde music. Her songs, with their unique blend of old and new sounds, also hit the country's political beats — especially on the injustices faced by women.
In Switzerland, one-on-one concerts make up for closure of music venues
The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (OSR) is organising free one-on-one concerts in Geneva in order to preserve a link with the public despite the closure of concert halls due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Music show: 'Intérimes', Adeline's nod to old-school funk, soul and R&B
French-Caribbean singer, bassist and producer Adeline moved to New York City as a young adult. She's had a successful career playing in the 17-piece disco throwback band Escort and performing bass and backing vocals with singer CeeLo Green. On top of all that, she's had a prolific solo career under her first name Adeline, creating a unique blend of funk, R&B and soul. She spent most of 2020 releasing a constant stream of soulful, heartwarming songs. She tells FRANCE 24's Florence Villeminot about her latest musical endeavours.
14th Headies Award: What the celebrities wore
Social media is buzzing, all thanks to photos of celebrities arriving at Eko Hotel, Lagos for the 14th edition of The Headies Awards. Bovi, Chike, Iyabo Ojo, Nancy Isime, Niniola, Sound Sultan, Deyemi Okanlawon, Laycon, Tobi Bakre and other music lovers, are part of the exclusive group of people joining the showcase physically due to COVID-19 restrictions. Themed ‘XPLORE’, this year's edition aims to beam the spotlight on the new tribe of musicians who are pushing the Nigerian and African culture through their music. Viewers and music lovers from all over the world can catch the live show on all Headies’ social media platforms and HipTV.
T-Classic talks about his career and why he considers himself blessed I The Dice
Not every music artist gets signed to a major record label straight out of high school, but that was exactly what happened to Sony Music act, T-Classic. Regardless of the fame, the Agege native remains grounded. No wonder the singer, who revealed that he handed out his first pay check to his mother, considers himself “very lucky and blessed.” Addicted to good shoes, even if he’d never spend over ₦200,000 on a pair, T-Classic was the guest of @sammywalsh in the latest instalment of The Dice, a one-of-a-kind online show brought to you by Boomplaymusicng and The Guardian.
Laycon and Sammy Walsh in conversation about music, career and crush on OAP Kemi Smallz I The Dice
Laycon was the guest of Sammy Walsh in the latest installment of The Dice, a new live show brought to you by Boomplaymusicng and The Guardian. He spoke, amongst other things, on how upcoming artists cannot grow their music career based on their talents alone but with the help of their management team and the platform offered.
Ikorodu Bois gets Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards nomination
Young boys and internet sensation, the Ikorodu Bois known for recreating and mimicking multi-million-dollar music videos, Hollywood film trailers, and epic pictures have been nominated for a Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award.”
Music show: British singer-songwriter Yungblud on his sudden rise to fame
Pop, rock or punk: Yungblud doesn't like to be put in a box. He's only 23 but the musician already has a strong fan base and videos that notch up millions of views on social media. Yungblud's flamboyant style sets him apart. It's no surprise he's received accolades from Sir Elton John or Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl. Clovis Casali sat down with him in Paris for the release of his new album "Weird".