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Prof. Austin Emielu’s ‘Land of my Birth’ hit single, is out!

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After a long period of silence, the Nigerian-born musician and music scholar Austin Emielu is out with a new single titled ‘Land of my Birth’. The song, which combines musical resources and perspectives from West, East, Central, North, and Southern Africa eulogizes Africa with its varied peoples and cultures and preaches ‘unity in diversity’. The song is done essentially in English with a call and response refrain in Igbo, a Nigerian language. According to the artist, the song is dedicated to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) global movement.

The single was released on August 4, 2020 by Distrokid, a U.S-based company and available on major digital platforms including Apple Music, iTunes, Medianet, Google play, and Deezer.

Austin Emielu started his music career in Nigeria in 1982 when he formed the A-Konnection Band modeled after the American pop group T-Connection. In the 1980s and 1990s, Austin, who is a guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter, singer, producer, and studio engineer, was very active in the music industry in Nigeria and the West African sub-region. He moved into academia as a music teacher in 2001.
Austin holds a Ph.D. degree in performing arts(music) and currently a visiting professor at the University of Ghana as well as Rhodes University in South Africa.
In November 2019, he was in the U.S. as a scholar and musician. He gave series of lectures on West African popular music and a concert at Morehouse College Atlanta, Georgia before moving to Boston, Massachusetts, where he received an award from the African Studies Association.

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A strange Inauguration eve: why this night’s so different-AGU writes.

Earlier in the day, I saw the incoming President, Joe Biden, wept openly. I equally saw a woman, a staunch member of Qanon, who said President Biden would be arrested and won’t be sworn in as the President.

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Many of us quarreled, fought, and became enemies and passionately supported our candidates. In the next 12 hours or less, a new President will be sworn in. Let's bury the hatchets and be friends again. In politics, they say, there's no permanent friendship but permanent interest.

Washington DC is like a City under a military siege, right at this hour. I was an eye witness on the eve of then-President-elect Obama’s swearing-in ceremony. I got selected to headline the African Inaugural Ball; the day was the 19th of January 2009. I performed to honor the incoming President around 1.a.m Eastern time.

After my performance, the entire crew rode freely amid thousands of folks to Capital Hill, where the swearing-in ceremony would occur. We also visited Baily’s house, where the Obamas stayed on the eve of his swearing-in ceremony. Our next port of call was the White house. I can never forget when a White Secret Service agent told me bluntly not to pass through his ‘yard.’ That night, around 3.a.m, President Bush and his family had their last night in the White House.
Thousands of people camped out at the national mall and folks who kept coming from different directions.

Corona Virus memorial-Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

It was around 4.a.m that I drove back to New York City, leaving my crew behind in Washington D.C. I don’t have a word to describe what I saw as I saw thousands of people smiling, singing, and dancing in the streets. People partied across the United States all night long. Candidate Obama had mesmerized and dazzled a distressed nation with messages of hope. You can see that millions of people hoped that Obama would succeed after the economy took a turn for the worse.

Millions of people had lost their jobs. Companies went out of business.
A vast majority of Americans saw the President-Elect, Barrack Obama, who campaigned with a catchy phrase that says ‘Hope you can believe in,’ put their hopes on him. The man went to work as soon as he got sworn in; there was no drama, no scandal. Obama and Biden worked for the American people, who gave them a mandate. Obama, just like every other mortal out there, is not a perfect man; some of his policies, as controversial as they were, he dug the nation out of a hole. His detractors agreed.
Tonight as the United States people mourn the deaths of over four hundred thousand lives lost due to the coronavirus, Washington D.C is a no-go area. With over twenty thousand members of the national guard in military Kakis, their hands on the long guns, this night is the complete opposite of 2009 or even 2017 when the current President took over. The national guards are dealing with the harsh cold weather too. I don’t know how they do it, but this is hard. Imagine staying outside under this cold condition? Horrible. You can see hundreds of them sleeping on the bare floor. How do they even eat or shower under this condition? I salute these men and women who put their lives in harm’s way for us.

The national Guards, all over the City

I remain grateful that I witnessed history in 2009, by every standard, Kamala Harris’s rise from slum to become the Vice president lect is historic. She was born and raised like an ordinary child out there. She rose from nothing to become somebody. Kamala also went to a regular school like every other poor kid in our neighborhood. The man who selected her ( President- Elect Joe Biden) is also an ordinary American whose parents lived from paycheck to paycheck. Many of us quarreled, fought, and became enemies and passionately supported our candidates. In the next 12 hours or less, a new President will be sworn in. Let’s bury the hatchets and be friends again. In politics, they say, there’s no permanent friendship but permanent interest.

It is an unusual night, surreal, frightful, and unprecedented in so many ways. Historians will never refer to this transition as a peaceful transfer of power. It reminds me of a military take over in Banana Republics. This night in Washington, D.C, looks nothing like an inauguration eve; it is a sad night. Earlier in the day, I saw the incoming President, Joe Biden, wept openly. I equally saw a woman, a staunch member of Qanon, who said President Biden would be arrested and won’t be sworn in as the President. Guys, these are challenging times; please pray for the United States, the land of the impossibilities.

https://allafrica.com/stories/200901120544.html

AGU’s a New York-based Musicologist, Singer, songwriter, producer, web developer, and businessman.

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Trump Pardons Lil Wayne and other Rappers

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Trump’s final act in office is the pardoning of so many people including rappers. The plan to pardon Young Money boss, Lil Wayne has been put in motion.

Yesterday, the 18th of January, Trump’s administration put in place, article No. 45, as stated by media giant Bloomberg. The news was leaked by an anonymous source in Trump’s cabinet.

Lil Wayne amongst many other rappers, regardless of race, endorsed Trump during his failed 2020 elections, which was well reciprocated by the outgoing President.

The charge emanated from a December of 2019 incident in which Wayne was stopped at the Miami Airport by police who discovered a gold-plated Remington 1911, .45-caliber handgun loaded with six rounds of ammunition, personal use amounts of cocaine, ecstasy, and oxycodone in the rapper’s bag. He was charged with possession of a firearm in November of 2020.

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Bow Wow Encourages Coronavirus Infections – Social Media Users

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The infamous Bow Wow has been under fire from social media users for performing at a packed crowd show in a Houston club on Friday.

Twitter users called the superstar all sorts of names for encouraging the spread of the virus which has killed over 200,000 people so far.

The Houston club promoter Larry Morrow organized events with multiple club events slated at venues throughout the city which saw Bow Wow perform in one.

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Yeezy Sues Former Intern $500,000

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Yeezy, the clothing brand owned by the famous rapper and producer Kanye West has sued its former intern Ryan Inwards for $500,000.

The Yeezy brand claimed the former intern shared confidential information about the company on social media, after signing a nondisclosure agreement before his internship.

The lawsuit which was filed on Friday in a Los Angeles County Superior Court claimed that Inwards posted confidential information about the company on Instagram multiple times while he was being warned to desist from the act.

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