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Naira Marley Isn’t The Villain, We Are – By Joseph Abalokwu

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The music career of Naira Marley has been a case study on controversy since he debuted his popular song “Issa Goal”.

An alleged cyber fraudster, Naira Marley definitely sings obscenity as songs. He has also been trailed by issues surrounding his peculiar dance “Soapy”.

Joseph Abalokwu takes a look at the singer from his perspective and dishes out his view below: Tell us if you agree with him after reading his piece.

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In my previous article, I somewhat metioned that a substance cannot be called trash if it performs its intended purpose, though you may not like it or its quality might be reduced, if the substance is still used for its intended purpose, then it cannot be trash so lets relate this analogy to the music sphere, if I, a music connoiseur in my own rights, calls a project “a little bit garbage like” (which i have learnt not to) but that particular project goes on to be no. 1, rakes in millions of downloads, connects to a million and one persons and blows up in the clubs, radios and all supposed platforms then thats my personal problem, it isnt any better to me but then it has fulfiled its intended purpose – To connect people.

When Azeez Fashola aka Naira Marley blew up in 2016 with his banger “issa goal” which strategically came out during the FIFA world cup in Brazil, Nigerians thought the streets had finally taken over, young street artistes were shaking up the airwaves with Zlatan Ibile, Chinko Ekun, Danny S  also coming up strong. It was their time to shine again since the early days of Olamide but little did they know they were feeding an uncontrollable, unrepentant, no manner villain.  A villiain that would come back and remind people why you dont give the street / uneducated a big platform. Since going mainstream, the U.K returnee has been in one controversy or the other with little or no remorse for its consequences. Naira Marley to me is a cunning individual that understands his target market which is why i and every music enthusiast out there are scared of him. An artiste that understands his listeners are a sect of rebels that have been neglected for so long and are in dire need of a hero, an artiste that isnt conforming to societal norms, an artiste that calls a spade a spade and stands by it, an artiste projecting more the bad than the good, an infamy, thats why we are scared. A man dubbed by his fans as the Mandela of the Nigerian music scene and infamously going  to jail for standing up for internet fraudsters, Naira Marley has made himself the ignominious local champion but with all these adjectives qualifying the young man, is he really the vilian ?

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As a music curator, it is observed that people who buy / stream music in Nigeria are the well to do / educated people that understand content creators should get benefits for their works but these set of people swear they hate Naira Marley especially on social media ; one question is who then gets him to no1 spot on most streaming sites, request programs, top Djs playlist, trends on social media and every other felicitating platforms you can think of ? It isnt far fetched that Nigerians are the biggest self righteous hypocrites of all time, they reject everything in public that they gladly accept in private, it is not rocket science why our nation is still a little less on the developing side. When a song goes to the no1 spot on its first 5 days of release, it is understandable because of curiosity but when it stays longer than 3 weeks at the top 10 chart then you know these so called self righteous people are really the ones grooving to his songs and doing the soapy dance in the dark like it is crack. Regardless of the machines that manipulate streaming numbers, always realise he isnt the only artiste with the connect and also you can only mess with the analytical data if people are actually listening to your project and i tell you people from all around Nigeria are listening to him. To book Naira Marley for a gig, it would cost you 2-3 million Naira depending on your location and right now, he is on high demand so you see things dont add up.

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Who is playing his songs, requesting every dj to put him on, following him on social media, feeding off his publicity, booking him ? Yes it is us, the hypocritical fresh people that swear his platform to the new generation is cancerous. One thing is almost certain is if we do not like his music we can end his career the same way we made it by not listening to him or his music. We as top predators in the music food chain might not determine who listens to him but we determine how long he holds that platform.

Thehypocrisy of the Nigerian populace especially those we call “fresh” can be observed by from as far as the solar system. We go around condemning acts in public that we glorify in secret so instead of making progressive moves, we dilly dally around the point because we identify with the cancer deep down.

Naira Marley has 3 songs on top streaming charts and getting booked all around the world by the so called self righteous hypocrites paying his bills. It is safe to say NIGERIANS ARE THE REAL VILLAINS.

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Harrysong Speaks Collaboration With KCee

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Alterplate Records lead singer, Harrysong, has revealed that a collaborative music effort between him and former label mate KCee cannot be pre-planned.

The ‘Isioma’ singer revealed this during an exclusive chat with Juke Box, adding that this was despite his brotherly relationship with both Kcee and his brother E-money.

“Things like that are not pre-planned,” Harrysong said when asked if his fans can expect a fresh collaboration between him and KCcee in the nearest future.

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Recall that Harrysong used to be signed to E-money-owned Five Star Music, but he left the label in 2018.

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Saheed Osupa Concede Mayegun Title To Wasiu Ayinde

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The leadership of the Fuji music industry has been in contention for a while.

However, it took a different shape Wasiu Ayinde Marshall was to be installed as the Mayegun of Fuji music.

Gossips went into town with talks that K1 had hijacked the titled from it’s original owner, Osupa Saheed.

The speculation thus gave birth to bad blood between fans of both musicians.

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Osupa as Saheed Osupa is aptly called has however rested such speculations with a recent courtesy visit to the new Mayegun of Yoruba land.

An unceremonial visit, very few of his friends knew of the visit, as they only found out when he shared pictures on his Instagram page.

The singer posted some photos and videos of his visit on his official Instagram page, accompanied with a caption that got some of his followers talking.

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Osupa in his caption congratulated his colleague and noted that: “Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”

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Burna Boy Moves Into Lekki Home

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“Ye” singer, Burna Boy, has moved into the Lekki area of Lagos State.

Burna Boy acquired a massive eight-bedroom property worth millions of Naira, and it is set to become his new home.

Photos and videos of the property have surfaced on social media with the popular singer seen chilling inside the property.

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He unveiled the massive property a few weeks after he showed off a Ferrari believed to be worth about N100m.

Since photos of the property found their way online, fans have been congratulating him.

Burma Boy real name Damini Ogulu has been on a roll in while picking awards and performing top show both in Nigeria and abroad.

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The singer recently announced a tour of several nations that will see him performing in France, Italy,  Demark among other cities.

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