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US to launch first ever Afrobeats Billboard chart

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Afrobeats Music is set to explode into an international phenomenon after world famous US music magazine, Billboard, announced on Saturday that it is teaming up with Nigerian festival company, Afro Nation, to launch America’s first ever Afrobeats chart.

This will be a significant breakthrough for the music genre which many music connoisseurs believe was created by late Afrobeat icon, late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, but has now been taken to a “second base” by new generation artists like Burna Boy, Wizkid, Ckay, Davido, Seun Kuti, Fireboy, and a host of others.

It will also be a significant boost for the genre as Billboard publishes music charts showing the most popular albums and songs in various genres every month.

The chart, according to Obi Asika, founder of Afro Nation, will go live on March 29 and will rank the top 50 most popular Afrobeats songs in the Nigeria based on their monthly streams and downloads.

“As with much of the world, Afrobeats has grown tremendously as a genre in America. Several Afrobeats songs have had international success recently including Ckay’s Love Nwantiti, Fireboy DML’s Peru and Wizkid’s Essence.

“I am humbled to have made a contribution to growing the genre alongside many talented, passionate people,” Asika said.

“We are proud to showcase the top songs and artists with this new weekly ranking,” Billboard executive, Silvio Pietroluongo, said shortly after making the announcement.

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Egypt discovers Greco-Roman funeral building dating back centuries

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The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has announced the discovery of a massive Greco-Roman massive funeral building in Fayoum Province, south of the capital Cairo, dating back several centuries.

In a statement on Friday, the Ministry said the discovery was made in an Egyptian archaeological mission at the site of Garza Cemetery in Fayoum which started in 2016.

“Several portraits, a statute of Isis-Aphrodite, a combination of the Egyptian Goddess Isis and the Greek Aphrodite, a wooden coffin, human-shaped coffins and papyrus-made records that refer to the social, economic, and religious conditions of the inhabitants of that period, were found inside the building,” the Ministry said.

“The funeral building‘s floor is made of colorful and decorated limestone tiles leading to a narrow street, with remains of four columns found inside the funeral house,” the statement added.

According to history, Garza village which was known as Philadelphia in the Greek era, was established in the third century BC as a central area for a desert reclamation project by King Ptolemy II Philadelphus, also known posthumously as Ptolemy the Great, for securing food resources, according to the statement.

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Africa mourns as legendary Gambian musician, Oussou Njie Senior, dies

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The entertainment industry in Africa has been thrown into mourning following the death of Gambia’s legendary musician, composer and producer, Oussou Njie Senior, who passed away on Tuesday night.

Gambia’s authoritative media platform, The Point Newspaper reported on Friday that Njie who made music for over 50 years, died after a brief illness.

“He was the founder of Super Eagles, one of the most successful Gambian music groups of all time,” the paper wrote in a tribute to the late Njie.

“The group inspired a generation of musicians from the Senegambia region including Youssou Ndour.

“Oussou Njie Senior wrote many songs including hits like ‘Mandally’ ‘Gambia Sunu Rew’, ‘Viva Super Eagles’ and ‘Haleli Africa’.

“He was certainly a renowned music star and trailblazer during his hey days. Ismail Oussou Njie Senio, was one legend that many Gambians, especially upcoming artistes looked up to in their respective careers.

“An ex-member of the Super Eagles band, Oussou Njie Senior as he was fondly called, was upbeat about Gambian music. He thus called on them to work for the betterment of the country’s music industry,” the newspaper said.

A top Gambian entertainment writer, Oko Drammeh, in a tribute to the late Oussou Njie, described him as “a learned man and music teacher.”

“Ousou Njie was a God gift to Gambia and he was true to The Gambia. He released the most popular songs from the Gambia including “Bada Touray”, “Dawda Serge”, “Mandal Ly”, “Gambia Sunu Rew”, “Gambia Zambia”, “Fiesta Vous”, “Haleli Africa”, “Viva Super Eagles” and many, many more.

“We would never forget you, Oussou Njie; your good heart, your wisdom, your kindness, your fun and laughter, your kind gifts and charity, your love,” Drammeh wrote.

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