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Beyonce’s album: Kenya’s Victoria Kimani kicks, Nigerians react

Kenyan singer, Victoria Kimani has expressed displeasure over the absence of Kenyan singers in Beyonce’s upcoming album ‘Lion King:The Gift’.


On Tuesday, Beyonce unveiled the track list of her new album, ‘The Lion King: The Gift’, which is the musical accompaniment to the new Disney movie.

The album features six Nigerian pop stars including Yemi Alade, Burna boy, Mr Eazi, Tekno, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage as well as Ghana’s Shatta Wale.Nigerian singer spotted with Beyonce at the Lion King movie premiere in London. Photo credit @yemialade

In a tweet, Kimani @victoriakimani said, “As much as we celebrate with our fellow Africans, the obvious exclusion of Kenyans/East Africans on this Soundtrack is depressing.

“The movie was based on Kenya.That’s fine …. Our Queen forgot about US. WE were not represented in her love letter to us. It hurts. That’s all.”

She further stated that Rafiki, Simba and Nala are Kenyan and Disney would have had Lupita Nyongo or Barack Obama on the outro.

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She said, “Since we don’t have artist in East Africa, as much as we celebrate with our fellow Africans.”

Her comments have drawn diverse reactions from Nigerians.

While some support her view, others disagreed on the grounds that the album was solely Beyonce’s project.

@SincerelyAde tweeted; Just to clarify, this project is incorrectly being referred to as the soundtrack for the film but it isn’t that.

The Lion King soundtrack exists and this project has been curated by Beyoncé separate.

@kenzomilan; It’s not a matter of “right” it’s a matter of picking the BEST ARTIST! Beyonce said they only chose the best artist from Africa!

Y’all need to stop this false sense of entitlement when you know damm well that your music isn’t good enough to represent the continent.

@i_am50; She needed the best and famous African artists to work with… Sorry East Africans didn’t make the list, they should work harder (Be marketable).

@jayprxne,The album is a big project, it’s not only about representing, it is about representing well, you want her to gather upcoming singers on the album and expect it to be good, she chose “African bests” Kenyans can only blame their singers for not being popular in Africa, not Beyonce.

The album and the live action remake of ‘Lion King’ will premiere on July 19.

Over-75s TV licence fee decision was 'nuclear', BBC boss says

The BBC’s director general has claimed the Conservative government went “nuclear” by telling the corporation to take responsibility for free TV licences for over-75s.

The BBC announced last month that most over-75s would lose free licences.

The BBC took on the policy “really unwillingly” but had “no choice”, Tony Hall told MPs on the House of Commons culture select committee.

The decision was made in negotiations with the government in 2015.

Lord Hall said the first he knew about the decision was when then-Culture Secretary John Whittingdale called him to say he had “lost the argument” and that the BBC would have to take over free TV licences for over-75s.

“At which point I said, ‘Well, that’s nuclear.’ And I then laid out the consequences of that decision.”

The BBC has now decided to revoke free TV licences for all over-75s, except those claiming the pension credit benefit. That has proved hugely controversial, with more than 600,000 people signing a petition calling for the move to be reversed.

Conservative MP Julian Knight accused Lord Hall of “whingeing”, suggesting he had misjudged his negotiations with politicians at the time.

The corporation won certain other agreements from the government – including an extended charter period, an increase in the licence fee, no longer paying for broadband roll-out, and plugging a loophole that meant people could watch the iPlayer without a TV licence.

Committee chairman Damian Collins MP suggested those deals were worth “about £700m”, adding: “It seems you’re net gainers from this process.”

The corporation has said keeping free licences for all over-75s would cost £745m, a fifth of the BBC’s annual budget, by 2021/22.

Lord Hall said licence fee negotiations should not happen at such speed behind closed doors in the future.

“I feel very, very strongly that this mustn’t happen again,” he said. “It happened in 2010 over a period of a few days, behind closed doors and it happened again in 2015.

“I think when it comes to 2021, next time it’s negotiated, it needs to be in plain sight with parliamentary involvement in a way that allows proper debate to take place.”

Wonka bar and Golden Ticket fetch £15,000 at auction

A Wonka bar and golden ticket from the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory has sold at auction for more than £15,000.

The “chocolate” bar, which is actually made of cardboard, originally belonged to actress Julie Dawn Cole who played the spoilt Veruca Salt in the movie.

Ms Cole gave them to her friend, Linda Carr from Sherborne 48 years ago when she was aged 12.

The items were sold along with photographs of the actress for £15,808.

The collection had been estimated to sell for £12,000 at the auction held in Selsdon, Surrey, by Catherine Southon Auctioneers & Valuers.

In the movie, Veruca Salt found the golden ticket in the wrapper of the chocolate bar in the movie after her wealthy father got his factory staff to open thousands of Wonka chocolate bars in a bid to find a golden ticket.

Google suspends ticket site Viagogo from advertising

Google has suspended Viagogo as an advertiser, after claims touts resell tickets at inflated prices on the site.

The Competition and Market Authority is taking the ticketing website to court, alleging it has not done enough to change its business practices.

It says it is “working with the CMA”.

Last year, the Football Association, the trade body UK Music and some MPs signed an open letter to senior Google executives, urging it to stop Viagogo from advertising.

In a statement on Wednesday, Google said: “When people use our platform for help in purchasing tickets, we want to make sure that they have an experience they can trust.

“This is why we have strict policies and take necessary action when we find an advertiser in breach.”

BBC News has contacted Viagogo for comment.

The CMA initially launched legal action against Viagogo in August last year, over concerns it was breaking consumer-protection law.

As a result, a court ordered the company to overhaul the way it did business, including telling buyers:

  • which seat they would get
  • if there was a risk they would be turned away at the door

Now, the CMA alleges that Viagogo is ignoring its demands to make changes and plans to launch legal proceedings for contempt of court.

It claims Viagogo is still giving:

  • misleading ticket-availability messages
  • incomplete addresses of businesses selling tickets
  • insufficient warning tickets with resale restrictions may not allow entry

If found in contempt, the company could face high fines.

Burnout: What musicians in 2019 are 'perpetually terrified' about

As Sam Fender steps off stage at TRNSMT festival in Glasgow he’s completed a run of three shows in as many days.

“I did a hometown gig in Newcastle, then played with Bob Dylan and Neil Young in London and then came here,” he tells Radio 1 Newsbeat.

“I’m dead,” he says with a smirk on his face.

Sam says he’s constantly pinching himself over how lucky he is, but is also “perpetually terrified” of not being able to keep up with his schedule.

“The music industry as a whole needs to genuinely make a conscious effort to look after people’s physical and mental health.”

‘We just didn’t stop’

Sam was recently forced to cancel a string of gigs, including a show at Glastonbury, after he “burned out”.

“We just didn’t stop.

“I love my job, I’m going to keep doing it until I die, but there’s nothing more soul-destroying than having to cancel a show.”

Sam took a break to rest his voice but thinks he’s “completely annihilated it in the last three days”.

“Fingers crossed when I get a check up on Monday it’ll be alright.”

Musicians burning out “is an age old story”, Sam says, but social media and feeling like “you have to be on top all the time” adds extra pressure on the mental health of modern artists.

“Back in the day, you could have a crap gig and nobody would film you.

“Now everybody’s got an iPhone – you have a bad day and it’s going on the internet.”

The 25-year-old says it’s easy to become vain as a musician.

“It’s so vacuous this job.

“You’re constantly looking at pictures of yourself, talking about yourself. Then I come back home and all my mates want to talk about is me because I’ve been hanging out with Elton John and stuff.”

Sam loves his job, but also craves “normality”.

“I just want to talk about my cousins you know, that sort of thing, ask how they’re doing at school.

“You’ve got to have a bit of time to go back home and try and be normal and talk to people about normal stuff.”

‘I needed to look after my mental health’

“Yeah, 100% social media is not a nice world,” agrees Tom Grennan.

The singer took time off touring and his phone to focus on writing music for his second album.

“I was like, ‘I’m going to have to consciously think, how do I write the best album I can? To do that I’m going to take myself away from social media’.

“And since then I’ve been in the studio and I’ve been writing some of the best stuff I’ve ever written, I’ve got about 80 new songs!”

Tom doesn’t want to seem ungrateful and knows he’s in a “very, very lucky position”, but he needed some time away before stepping back into the limelight.

So he moved back home with his parents and took a break from music.

“I’ve been trying to keep a healthy mindset. I sound like I’ve become a yoga guy. But it’s important that I look after my mental health to make the next album the best it can be.”

“I just had to calm myself down and put myself back on a path of success,” he added.

‘We over did it’

The Amazons have had a tense weekend, playing shows in Portugal and Milan before heading to Scotland for TRNSMT.

Frontman Matthew Thomson says the band have “pretty lucky” to avoid burnout.

But they’ve also learnt their lessons.

“We did the bar and club scene a lot over the first couple of years,” explains Matthew.

“That’s where I had all my vocal trouble.

“I had it really badly on the first album, and we had to cancel a week or so of vocal recordings when we were making it. We just overdid it.”

Drummer Joe agrees.

“Matthew is very good at knowing his limits.

“He has to forgo the party sometimes to look after his voice.

“I respect that, because the rest of us don’t!”

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BBNAIJA 2019: Drama as Seyi forfeits veto power

By Rotimi Agbana and Tolulope Abereroje

On Monday, housemates in the Big Brother Naija ‘Pepper Dem’ took part in what may arguably go down as one of the most exciting and unexpected nomination shows in the history of the reality show.


Following the previous day’s double evictions of Ella and Kim Oprah, Monday’s nomination show resulted in Mike, Seyi, Frodd, Tuoyo and the controversial Tacha being up for possible eviction come Sunday, July 21, 2019.

As is the norm, the housemates individually made their way to the diary room to nominate two housemates each for possible eviction. At the end, Seyi and Frodd topped the nomination list with a total of six votes each, with Tuoyo coming next with five votes. Mike received four votes while Tacha had four votes.

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However, the shocker of the show came after the revelation of the nominations, with Seyi refusing to save himself with his veto power. “Biggie” had called on Seyi, requesting that he uses his veto power to save and replace himself with another housemate. In the most surprising twist, Seyi declined to use his veto power as he refused to replace himself with any other housemate. With this decision, Seyi not only remains up for eviction alongside Mike, Frodd, Tuoyo and Tacha, but he is also automatically banned from any other privileges associated with his veto power.