The NbariNbajo art centre, the modern-day variant of the ancient adult theatre group, Mbari Mbayo, is full of talented children who immersed themselves in theatre, relishing its joy and sorrow, beauty and ugliness. The art centre was founded in 2014 by a community organizer and dancer Ayodeji Adewale to create…

Brymo

Sometimes in 2017, I was listening to Smooth 98.1 FM. During ‘The Grape Vine’ segment of the station’s Smooth Breakfast show, the presenters were talking about Brymo’s video for ‘Billion Naira Dream’, a song off his 2016 Klitoris album. The presenters were talking about the song’s lyrical content and how…

Title: “The Portal”
Credit: Alternate Ending: The Lost and Found album
Author: Kolawole Michael
Source: “The Portal” off Alternate Ending: The Lost and Found album by Boogey and PayBac|
Email: Kolawole_m@yahoo.com

“Don’t be locked in a box. Lost and find yourself. Liberate yourself. Be.” Michael Kolawole

BLACK SCREEN…
From the black…

Case in point: ‘Deal With It’, the title and the opening track on Phyno’s latest offering begins with a startling rap. It’s a reminder that Phyno hasn’t lost his rapping prowess. The beat is a blend of thumping drums, a hip hop bop and African percussion. Towards the end of…

Barely two years after the release of her third studio effort Black Magic, Yemi Alade is back with a new album, Woman of Steel. The album, which isn’t overflowing with technical innovation and lyrical skills, tolls the lines of its predecessors. …

Brymo

After he has mastered his incantations on the critically acclaimed Oso and has released a novel, Oriri’s Plight, Brymo awesomely returns with a-five track EP AAA. …

The pendulum of Nollywood — or is it the Nigerian movie industry? — is swinging back to the early ’90s and 2000s when the industry was filled with average filmmakers whose films were badly scripted, poorly acted, and directed. (To be fair to the old filmmakers, many of their films…

Released a decade ago, Modenine’s ‘Cry’ has survived the changes in Nigerian hip hop to emerge one of the best rap songs made by a Nigerian rapper as well as a prophetic tune.

The Nigerian rapper Modenine

A song of two verses, ‘Cry’ was released as a single off Modenine’s E Pluribus Unum album…

The Barbershop Chronicle: She is not her hair

Sometimes last week I went to a barbershop to charge my phone. As I entered the shop, I sat beside a nice looking man. I’ll call him Mr Sanctimonious. I greeted Mr Sanctimonious and a hairdresser Iya Korede, and then I saluted…

Qudus Onikeku: The man who dances but doesn't dance

Qudus Onikeku dancing

Qudus footwork is poetry. The twisting and contortion of his body is a story. The silence that follows the closing of his performances is hypnotizing. The screaming and shouting and clapping that greet him are thundery. Qudus doesn't dances, no —…

Kolawole Michael

Critic-at-large. Screenwriter. Poet. Kolawole_m@yahoo.com

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