I am proudly American as I am Nigeria. The two together, for me, equal “Nigerican,” as I call it. You all already know, nevertheless, how I feel about the influx of American musicians in Nigeria and Ghana. Local artists should be getting these monies going to our American artists. These African music industries are still building from scratch and event organizers are paying truck loads of money along with hospitality, accomodations etc. to bring American celebs to Nigeria and Ghana. Only recently, we have to begun to see a little break through with these local artists here in the West.
Wait! When was the last time a major American promoter/organizer paid thousands or even millions to have our artists perform on a national platform here? Yet Nigeria alone has had Beyonce,Jay-Z, Kelly Rowland, John Legend, Snoop and the list goes on of artists all making some serious dough in Nigeria. Wait! Hold on, when was the last time our artists even appeared on the BET Awards Networks event during their annual ceremony. If Nigeria or Ghana’s events do not have an American musician, Amber Rose etc. headlining the event, does that mean local artists cannot shut it down i.e. pack the place? I guess somehow it all balances out? *Confused face.*
Moving on . . .press info. below:
“Grammy Award winning R&B Singer, Brandy and wave making American Hip-Hip phenomenon, Game are set to perform at the MTN Project Fame West Africa season 4 opening Gala show which holds this Sunday, October 2, 2011 at the Expo Hall of Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos.
The two American artistes will storm the city later this week, to be part of the ground-breaking gala show and international concert which will also feature multiple-award winning Nigerian artiste, D’banj, past Project Fame Winners, Iyanya, Mike, Chidinma, Praiz and other A-list Nigerian artistes, to mark the commencement of the West African leading reality TV show.
The presence of Brandy and The Game at the opening show will bring a breath-taking experience to music lovers as West Africa looks forward to a new season of exhilarating musical experience in the MTN Project Fame Academy.
The Game is known for his street bangers, deeply interpersonal reflection albums and radio friendly Pop pleasers, selling multi‐platinum albums and moving over 10 million albums and platinum selling chart topping singles. Brandy on her own part is ranked as one of the best-selling female artists in American music history, having sold over 8.5 million copies of her five studio albums in the United States and over 30 million records worldwide, winning over 100 awards as a recording artist.
The 32 year old Mississippi born talent said in a voice drop over the weekend that she is looking forward to being in Nigeria. “I will be performing at the MTN Project Fame Opening Gala. It’s going to be fire, as it is my first time in Nigeria. I will see everybody there”, she promised.
The leading telecom company in Africa is leaving no stone unturned in making this season’s show a worthwhile experience for Nigerian music lovers, as the event will see the lucky 18 contestants from across West Africa compete for the 15 slots available in the Academy for 10weeks.