Nigerian superstars, Burna, Wizkid, Rema, top Spotify weekly charts
Nigerian music superstars, Burna Boy, Wizkid and Rema, are the leading chart toppers on Nigeria’s Spotify Weekly Music Chart for this week.
The selection of the top weekly artistes for the Spotify Weekly Chart is based on the number of streaming an artiste gets during the week in review and the three music acts clearly stood out of the pack with Burna Boy’s Question having the highest number of streams and the biggest winner on the Top Songs, ranking at #118.
Wizkid who was recently nominated for an award in the 64th Grammy for his album ‘Made in Lagos’ and hit song ‘Essence’, but lost out to veteran Benin Republic singer Angelique Kidjo, won in the Top Albums chart as ‘Essence’ stayed the longest with a total of 10 weeks.
On his part, Rema, whose debut ‘Rave & Roses’, was the most-streamed album by a Nigerian artiste in the first 24 hours with 47.25 million streams, has recorded another feat with his latest song, “Calm Down’, having the most spots on the Top Songs at #5.
Here is the breakdown of top artiste’s projects based on the Spotify streaming service:
Rema maintained his slot as the longest-reigning artist on the Top Artists chart at 10 weeks straight.
While Rema’s ‘Calm Down’ had the most spots on Top Songs coming in at number 5, Omo Ope (feat. Olamide) by Asake remained on the Top Songs for an impressive 10 weeks.
Question (feat. Don Jazzy) by Burna Boy and Don Jazzy was the biggest winner, ranking at #118, while Dreams by Boy Spyce claims the highest new entry at #57.
WizKid’s Made in Lagos Deluxe Edition has been on the Top Albums chart the longest, with a total of 10 weeks.
Top 5 songs in Nigeria on Spotify Charts this week:
Kwaku the Traveller by Black Sherif
Finesse by Pheels, Buju
Omo Ope (feat. Olamide) by Asake, Olamide
Playboy by Fireboy DML
Calm Down by Rema
Top 5 artists in Nigeria on Spotify Charts this week
BNXN fka Buju
Top 5 albums in Nigeria on Spotify Charts this week
Rave and Rose by Rema
Made in Lagos Deluxe Edition by WizKid
Barnabas by Kiss Daniel
Pier Pressure by ArrDee
Catch Me If You Can by Adekunle Gold
Kenyan govt to convert ‘evil cult’ forest into a memorial site
The Kenyan government says it plans to convert the Shakahola Forest, where bodies of over 250 members of a Christian cult led by Pastor Paul Mackenzie were exhumed, into a national memorial.
The eastern African country was thrown into a frenzy in April when some followers of the pastor reportedly died after he instructed them to starve to death so they could meet with Jesus.
Kenya’s Interior Minister, Kithure Kindiki, who disclosed the intentions of the government at a press conference on Tuesday, said once the recovery of the bodies buried in the 800-acre forest was complete, the forest would be “turned into a place of remembrance so that people won’t forget what happened there.”
The minister added that the government had enough evidence to prosecute the leader of the cult and the main suspect, Pastor Mackenzie, on charges of genocide after he allegedly convinced his followers to fast to death in order to go to heaven.
“Most of the victims, including children, died of starvation but some were strangled, beaten, or suffocated,” Kindiki said, quoting autopsy reports.
Kindiki said investigations had shown that the cult’s activities extended beyond the Shakahola Forest, adding that investigations had extended to the larger 37,000-acre Chakama ranch in the area.
“Security roads are being constructed to provide access to the expansive area as search and rescue operations and investigations continues,” he said.
Scientists discover world’s oldest burial site in South Africa
Scientists in South Africa say they have discovered the oldest-known burial site in the world “containing remains of a small-brained distant relative of humans previously thought incapable of complex behaviour,” world-renowned palaeoanthropologist, Lee Berger, who led the team of researchers, said on Monday.
The find was announced by the University of the Witwatersrand, the National Geographic Society and the South African National Research Foundation, and published in the journal, eLife.
It challenges the understanding of human evolution which is normally held that the development of bigger brains allowed for the performing of complex functions.
Berger said the research team uncovered evidence that “members of a mysterious archaic human species buried their dead and carved symbols on cave walls long before the earliest evidence of burials by modern humans.”
“The brains belonging to the extinct species, known as Homo naledi, were around one-third the size of a modern human brain,” he said in a statement while announcing the result of the discovery.
“These revelations could change the understanding of human evolution, because until now, such behaviors only have been associated with larger-brained Homo sapiens and Neanderthals,” he added.
According to the palaeoanthropologist, the team discovered several specimens of Homo naledi, a tree-climbing, Stone Age hominid, buried about 30 metres (100 feet) underground in a cave system within the Cradle of Humankind located in Johannesburg, which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
“These are the most ancient interments yet recorded in the hominin record, earlier than evidence of Homo sapiens interments by at least 100,000 years,” Berger wrote.
Before the discovery, the oldest burials previously unearthed were found in the Middle East which contained the remains of Homo sapiens and were around 100,000 years old.
But the South African find reportedly dates back to at least 200,000 BC.
“These discoveries show that mortuary practices were not limited to H. sapiens or other hominins with large brain sizes,” Berger said.
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