What’s up! For those who have followed my work for a long time on other platforms, you know I get very restless when I just focus on one thing/topic/group for extended periods. I start fidgeting and can’t sit still because my life and my makeup is not one dimensional or myopic like that. I want to know what other music markets are doing beyond Africa and the relevance and impact on Africa. I have been following the South Korean Music and Entertainment industries for a very long time now, both on and offline. Since I enjoy diversity and have many friends who come from all works of life, it only make sense, for me, that I embrace the rich experiences their cultures offers me.
Online, I had a dedicated portal to the Asian fashion and entertainment industry but due to the difficulty of finding savvy persons to operate the portal, I had to let that be. However, I think with respect to music, there is no better platform to share what is happening in Asia and possibly help connect some of Africa’s leading artists with South Korea’s than AML.
So, true to form i.e. embracing diversity of sounds, people, cultures etc., I am bringing the K-pop scene here. So, expect to see K-pop musicians here in their own category. I may also, from time to time, cover some of the legal issues in their music industry as a way of example of things not to do; and bring some dope interviews some of their leading stars and executives. One step at a time though.
So, here we go!
First K-Pop story is that of Andup an underground rapper out of South Korea. I love the simplicity of his flow on this track. Andup recently dropped a new EP titled ’20’ which includes his hit song ‘The Way it is Right Now.’ Shortly after releasing his EP, he followed up with the music video below to his hit song.
I love what the South Koreans are doing with their music scene. I also think, often, how powerful hip-hop music is. From Asia to the Middle East, Europe, Africa and back to America, hip-hop music has indeed turned the world upside down.