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When Uti won the grand prize on the fifth episode of  Big Brother Africa (tagged All Stars), he celebrated on stage by dancing “alanta” popular Nigerian dance style that involves beating an imaginary drum across your chest and abdomen. He was  joined by the host, Ik who is also Nigerian.

In celebration of Uti’s win (two times in a row Nigeria!), X2 is bringing you top 5 popular Nigerian dance styles of recent times.

(Read about Uti’s victory)

No. 5: Ijo Shina

Made popular by Afro Juju Maestro/founder (Oludasile…!!!) Sir Shina Peters, the dance involved moving your shoulders back and forth as you lower your body to the floor and come back up, shaking your body all the time to the heavy beats of the drum/bass. If you are a lady, you can add some chest (see: bust) wiggles to that.

It was considered a sexy dance depending on who was doing it.

No. 4: Fuji Garbage

“Especially for students who know how to dig it!”

This was the top dance of the eighties. It was made popular by Wasiu Ayinde Barister from his hit song of the same name.

You moved your arm from the elbow in a fluid snake-like motion with stiffened shoulder while the rest of your body jerked to the rythm of the music. You could add your own style to it by  going up and down, doing the  backslide, using one arm or both arms as you “just dance to (the) music.”

The lady below does it rather enthusiastically, more like a parody,still she’s got the general idea.

No. 3: Alanta

Made popular by the duo: Artquake.

With your hands, you tap an imaginary drum against your stomach, your chest or in the air to your side. Then, you raise one “leg up” at will all the while “forming attitude” with your mouth opened in a sneer or a “duuh”.

This dance has a series of variations depending on the individual dancer. You can move to the side in a shuffle (just like Uti did when he came out of the house), take a walk (like IK) or beat your “drum” to the ground.

No. 2: Yahoozee

This is the most popular Nigerian hip-hop dance style of this decade. Made popular by every hip-hop act in their video.

Yahoozee got its highest recognition when it was “danced” by former United States Secretary of State Colin Powell on satge with Olu Maintain and his Kentro crew.

It has variations but the basics still are: Stand with one foot in front of the other,  then raise arms up and away from you then down, always moving to the ryhthm or the beat.

Then finally No. 1: Galala (Garala)

This is actually an imported dance style from the West Indies, precisely Jamiaca dance hall. But Nigerians so owned this dance style. We put our special “thing” to it. The dance started in the mid-nineties and continued into the millenium holding its own againsts skonto and even swo.

It was popularized during the AJ take-over in the nineties when we artistes like Daddy Showkey, Daddy Fresh, Baba Fryo, Father U turn and later African China became very popular.

Daddy Showkey made it his signature style infusing his own theatrics to it.

You did the dance like this: Spread your legs. Bend at the waist. Push out your bottom so that you are almost bent in half. Then you move each foot forward and backward, one after the other.

Special mention: Swo!

Swo! was also very popular.  Made popular by the Danfo Drivers video of their song Danfo Driver. With Swo!, all you had to do is “tear am!”

Tells about your various dance styles. Create your own or rearrange this list!

Onyinye Muomah

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These are the videos that are getting/would be getting super airplay on your favorite music channel in the coming weeks.

Asa
Song: Be my man
Album: Beautiful Imperfection

Omawumi feat. Naeto C.
Song: Chocolata
Album: Wonder Woman

Fr3style feat. Brace
Song: Ariwo Ko
Album: My Name is Essien

Fragrance
Song: Toba Fejo
Album: [in the works]

And then on the foreign scene, we’ve got Willow Smith with the video for her song Whip My Hair. The 9 year old has tween heartthrob, Justin Bieber promoting her song on Twitter even as she has taken lots of flack for everything from her dress sense to her age and record label.

The little cutie looks so much like her big bro Jaden who featured in Bieber’s song Never say Never which was part of the soundtrack for Jaden’s movie Karate Kid

 

(Read about upcoming Hennesy Artistry 2010 and other celebrity news here)

The Golden One

A friend once recounted to me a concert audience (of which was a part) reaction’s to songstress, Goldie. “When she first came on stage, we were like who is this one? Her clothes, her dancers… Then when she started singing people were booing her, telling her to get off the stage.”

But the artiste refused, insisting instead on doing her thing. She was set to perform three songs and after the first one, the crowd had had enough. “Go! Thank you!” they called out but Goldie, the performer was not listening. In her husky voice she kept urging her audience to listen to her and endure her performance, “You will love this one,” she said after the first two songs determined to drown out their displeasure and gain their appreciation. Eventually, after the third song, it was with relief that the concert attendees watched her cede the stage to next performer.

” Haba! Thank you, e don do! ” my friend reiterated her sentiments at the concert and almost with the same passion as then.

Like most performers, Goldie is many things to many people. Some love her and some hate her- absolutely. Whether she has real singing talent is debatable but her entire entertainment style especially fashion-wise gets a lot of tongues wagging and most times in displeasure.

Golden lashes.

Her over-the-top (literally!) costumes, her overly long lashes, her cruel pout… all serve as fodder for hate and rather than promote have served to undermine her credibility as a “professional” artiste.

Performance artistes are not rare in the music industry. The greatest of them all is Michael Jackson who is known not only for his beautiful voice and fantastic dance moves but also his weird antics off-stage and outside the studio earning him the nickname “Wacko Jacko”. Madonna is also known for going beyond the music; Fela, Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga and to a lesser extent Rhianna and Kanye West.

These are singers who have defined themselves and chosen to relate to their audience not through their music alone but also their sense of style and lifestyle.

Lady Gaga is the most prominent of them all these days. Her costumes get the paparazzi clicking away and even mainstream media prattling in “other news”. Some say she is “redefining”  entertainment.

But before there was Lady Gaga, at least in the Nigerian consciousness, there was Goldie. In her personal style, Goldie has chosen to go all Western on her Nigerian audience. Her bustier recall Madonna, her fishnet stockings and recently, her golden get-up in her latest video (the one for her song “You Know It” featuring eLDee) Beyonce. In a self-proclaimed conservative society like ours this does not seem to be working well on her behalf and have earned her more criticism than praise.

When Christina Aguilera first appeared in her chaps, lacy brief and bikin top outfit, the public was first baffled then disappointed. That Aguilera has talent is undeniable. She has often been touted as the best singing voice of her generation but here she was resorting to a gimmick that was best left for people with no real talent whatsoever (like Britney Spears?). Rare, then, was the artiste especially female who would display “another side of her” in order to sell her records. You either had it or you didn’t.

Unfortunately, this gimmick is now being embraced by everyone, both the talented and not-so-talented. In spite of this, that self-promotion is still associated with the no-real-talent-to-talk-about is seen in debates on Gaga’s ability to really carry a tune and Rhianna’s nasal alto.

The debate is also on for Goldie. There are some who appreciate her for her videos, an unfortuante instrument which has seen the breaking of real talents and the making of those who really should have nothing to do with a microphone. These days of music channels on TV and cable have seen a song’s commercialization being  dependent on how good the video is. And to the chagrin of Goldie’s critics, this is were the gaudy one excels.

She has been called the “richest female artiste” in the industry and a lot said of her ability to sponsor herself. “Goldie will spend her money on anything,” I once heard someone say.

Album sales for even the best musicians in Nigeria is questionable and with a debated artiste like Goldie, the question is even more pronounced. “Who buys a Goldie album or even listen to her songs?”

But love her or hate her, this lady is determined to remain center-stage. And if she has the rumoured money to do so then too-bad for those who hate her. Because poor album sales or not her “wealth” gives her an advantage over those who poorly-accepted artistes with their passion for entertainment who are not financially-able to make it beyond one song.

Judging from all this, it is clear that music- rather entertainment- is something Goldie loves and is determined to excel at. She has even relaunched herself with a more toned-down but no less gaudy image. More importantly, she has just signed onto Kennis Music so fans and haters alike should expect more albums. Her latest one is set for release in September. (Read Goldie’s X2 interview)

Still, it remains to see how long her performance will last before she gets the appreciation she craves and needs to remain relevant in her chosen profession. Will she earn this by an insistence to remain on stage despite the boos or will the audience clamour finally get to her, forcing her to take a reluctant bow? This is a questiononly the future  can answer.

Onyinye Muomah

It is the first World Cup on African soil and one would have thought that for the opening ceremony at least, all or most of the featured artists would be from Africa. The opening ceremony was one huge concert featuring music stars from the US alongside K’naan, Hugh Masakela, Angelique Kidjo and other African artistes but non from Nigeria.

It pained me seriously that they didn’t allow our Naija represent. Here are videos of some of the best performances (my choice).

For a theme song this was too cool. Who can remember these guys who sang the original (below)?
Loved Shakira’s gorilla hop.

I loved the next one for three reasons: Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Lira’s dress and the time she had to pull it up. (Okay, that’s four! ; ) ) I wonder why she dey fear? Is she not South African? They have the most famous breasts in the world!

K’naan waves his flag. Still loved the video even if will.i.am. looked lost waving a Brazillian flag.

For more World Cup videos, visit Vevo’s World Cup Channel on Youtube.

Onyinye Muomah

Rap diva Sasha’s single Put it Down which featured Mozambican superstar Dama Do Bling recently earned the Museke online Music Awards for Best Collaboration.

The track which was recorded in Lagos was produced by Frenzy late last year (2009).

Put it Down is the first single from Sasha’s much anticipated sophomore album Sasha Speaks. Although a release date is yet to be announced, the album will feature other top acts such as Naeto C and Sauce Kid and songs produced by Jay Martins, Dr. Frabz and other ace producers.

Storm records sign-on YQ Jubril is set to release his debut album I AM YQ. Singles released from the album include Dress Code featuring Naeto C and newcomer Ejay, Efimile featuring the late DaGrin and I like Girls. Video for Dress Code has also been released. Shot at the Palms and directed by Bobby Boulders, the video includes a cameo by Dj Neptune.

Production on the album was done by aces such as Dr Frabz and So Sick. Other featured artistes include Vector the Viper, So Sick and Terry G.

The release date is yet to be disclosed.

SCARY PICS OF A SERIOUSLY-ILL LOOKIING 50 cents HITS THE WEB

The buff Fifty lost 54 pounds to play the role of a former football star diagnosed with cancer.

The movie Things Fall Apart which also stars Good Fellas star Ray Liotta and directed by Mario Van Peebles is set for release in 2011

Fifty Cent as we once knew him. The actor/rapper who is now on tour is reportedly trying to regain the lost weight.

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL STAGED AT THE EXPO HALL OF THE EKO HOTEL IN LAGOS

The Nigerian stage version of the popular Disney made-for-TV movie opened on Children's Day in Lagos . The next show is at Abuja on May 30th.

ALICIA KEYS ANNOUNCES PREGNANCY AND ENGAGEMENT TO SWIZZ BEATZ

The producer/rapper already has two children from a previous relationship.

SIMON COWELL LEAVES AMERICAN IDOLS

The acid-tongued producer who was described by comedian Dane Cook as having "the honesty of Abe Lincoln and the charm of the guy who shot him" is moving to become producer and judge on the X Factor for Fox TV. He created the original version of the show for British television.

BRITTANY MURPHY’S HUSBAND DIES

Screen writer husband of late actress Brittany Murphy, popularly known for her role in Clueless, was found dead on Sunday from a heart attack five months after losing his wife to complications due to pneumonia.

TUFACE RELEASES NEW VIDEO  FOR THE SONG, ONLY ME FROM THE UNSTOPPABLE ALBUM

The video was directed by Clarence Peters and could be aptly rated as the best video ever made for any of TuFace songs.

D’BANJ RELEASES SINGLE, MR. ENDOWED

The song is from his yet to be released album of the same name and features beats from the prolific producer, Don Jazzy- who else?